Members of Congress are back home districts for the the next two weeks. This is our opportunity to let them know how we feel about Obamatrade and "fast track," critical issues threatening our jobs and Constitution.
Malaysia’s missing airliner and Russia’s takeover of Crimea show us that the bedrock assumptions of globalization are illusions. People around the world are more proud of their national identity than their brand of smart phone, no matter what the corporatist elites try to tell us. And just because some country can buy an airliner, that doesn't make it equal to the good ole USA.
The free market CATO Institute is blasting the TransPacific Partnership (aka Obamatrade) for giving “special privileges to foreign corporations” that will “encourage outsourcing” and put American businesses at a competitive disadvantage. If that weren’t bad enough, the think tank says Obamatrade also gives bailouts to corporatist insiders and undermines the rule of law and national sovereignty.
Obamatrade is not about trade and never was. It’s sold as a magic elixir that will cure all ills – Jobs! Prosperity! World Peace! - but it is in fact a toxic brew that weakens the American body politic and the Constitution. Obamatrade undermines our national sovereignty and that’s what it was designed to do.
A new bipartisan poll shows an overwhelming majority of Americans of all political stripes oppose giving the president fast-track authority to push the TransPacific Partnership. Yet the leaders of both parties, from President Obama to John Boehner, continue to support it. Read the poll results for yourself.
The White House is selling Obamatrade aka the TransPacific Partnership with the equivalent of 'If you like your job you can keep it." The president claims it will create jobs, protect workers and open new markets for products made in the USA. The opposite is true. Here are some Americans making things in the USA who will be out of work if Obamatrade comes to pass.
Want to solve economic inequality? Stop liberalizing trade. Between the lines of President Obama’s fifth State of the Union lies the real reason behind job loss and stagnant wages for all but the top 1% Americans -- the nation’s trade deficit, among others.
Tonight, during his fifth State of the Union address, President Barack Obama is expected to mention free trade and economic inequality in the same speech, which makes absolutely no sense at all. Freer trade is just a recipe for more off-shoring creating greater inequity. It seems the American worker's last line of defense is the nation's millionaire Congress. Scary, huh?
Overseas-produced shoes are the worst. You never know whose kid is breaking their back or risking their life to produce a cheap sneaker or sandal that ends up falling apart soon than later. Major footwear manufacturers have contended that it’s the only way to stay in business. Some less conventional entrepreneurs would beg to differ. Take Annie Mohaupt, an architect turned made shoe scientist from Chicago.
Think Congress does nothing? Think again. The bipartisan $1.1-trillion spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law Friday contains a provision that limits and requires a cyber-espionage review of tech purchases from China. Perhaps, our congressional lawmakers rethink the White House's take on TPP. You can make it happen.