TPP: How Will It Help or Hurt Us?

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is currently in the public review period for comment. While the President and some corporations are in favor, many people, industries, and foreign nations are not.  Accused of weakening our economy, sourcing jobs overseas, weakening laws for food protection, and weakening environmental protection regulations amongst other things, TPP could very well be disastrous if it passes. What are the benefits to us if this agreement passes? Here is a collection of articles that could help you decide if you’re yay or nay.  (See bottom of page if you’d like to contact your representatives in Congress.)

Here is the full text of the potential trade agreement:

https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/trans-pacific-partnership/tpp-full-text, and in an easier-to-read format, https://medium.com/the-trans-pacific-partnership

 

Here is a collection of reviews and essays outlining the potential harms and what to look out for in the TPP:

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/4/a_corporate_trojan_horse_obama_pushes

http://www.exposethetpp.org/TPPImpacts_OffshoringUSJobs.html

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/10/trans-pacific-partnership-tpp-manufacturing/409591/

http://www.democracynow.org/topics/trans_pacific_partnership

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/10/27/joseph_stiglitz_under_tpp_polluters_could

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/5/27/julian_assange_on_the_trans_pacific

http://www.epi.org/blog/whats-wrong-with-the-tpp-this-deal-will-lead-to-more-job-loss-and-downward-pressures-on-the-wages-of-most-working-americans/

http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=6475

http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/blog/2015/11/05/civil-society-reacts-to-finally-released-tpp-text/

https://citizenactionmonitor.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/public-review-of-tpp-is-badly-needed-but-will-a-meaningful-process-be-forthcoming-from-team-trudeau/

http://www.globalresearch.ca/job-losses-and-obamas-tpp-the-deadly-impacts-of-trade-agreements-on-employment/5459809

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/10/06/will-congress-approve-the-trans-pacific-partnership/

https://www.eff.org/issues/tpp

http://www.nationalobserver.com/2015/11/05/news/secret-tpp-text-revealed-canadian-watchdog-calls-public-review

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/06/trans-pacific-partnership-four-key-issues-to-watch-out-for

https://www.socialeurope.eu/2015/10/the-problem-with-tpp-explained-in-two-minutes/

https://ustr.gov/tpp/Summary-of-US-objectives

Who Will Benefit From the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/10/6/breast_cancer_patient_arrested_for_protesting

http://www.alternet.org/story/156059/trans-pacific_partnership%3A_under_cover_of_darkness,_a_corporate_coup_is_underway

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11582294

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/NAFTA-on-Steriods-National-Mexican-Union-Protests-TPP-20160130-0007.html

TPP Winners and Losers

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/11/6/1445866/-TPP-Text-Corporations-Win-Working-People-Lose

http://www.communitysolution.org/blog/2015/12/11/tpp-americans-and-vietnamese-lose-big-corporations-win

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/04/27/is-tpp-trade-deal-a-massive-giveaway-to-major-corporations-an-exchange-between-obama-and-sherrod-brown/

 

Here is a collection of reviews claiming TPP’s virtues:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/419686/secrecy-complaints-about-tpp-are-also-meritless-andrew-c-mccarthy

http://thefederalist.com/2015/06/09/top-nine-myths-about-trade-promotion-authority-and-the-trans-pacific-partnership/

https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/economy/trade

http://www.tradebenefitsamerica.org/tpp-every-states-opportunity

The Candidates and TPP:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/chamber-of-commerce-lobby_b_9104096.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-tpp-chamber-of-commerce_us_56abb9bde4b0010e80e9f5b2

https://theintercept.com/2015/11/11/trump-was-right-about-tpp-benefitting-china/

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/09/exclusive-donald-trump-obamas-trans-pacific-free-trade-deal-insanity/

https://ballotpedia.org/2016_presidential_candidates_on_the_Trans-Pacific_Partnership_trade_deal

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/jul/08/ted-cruz/ted-cruz-changed-position-trade-promotion-authorit/

Bernie Sanders Calls Agreement of Trans-Pacific Partnership ‘Disastrous’

https://www.rt.com/usa/317718-sanders-trump-candidates-tpp/

 

Congress and TPP

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mcconnell-warns-that-trade-deal-cant-pass-congress-before-2016-elections/2015/12/10/b8151f26-9f66-11e5-8728-1af6af208198_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/10/06/will-congress-approve-the-trans-pacific-partnership/

http://thediplomat.com/2015/10/why-tpp-will-likely-pass-the-us-congress/

http://www.wsj.com/articles/house-passes-trade-component-but-trans-pacific-partnership-still-in-doubt-1449863100

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/business/trans-pacific-partnership-trade-deal-is-reached.html?_r=0

 

What do you think? If you care to reach out to your Senators or Congresspeople, find contact info here:

https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

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