All tagged Trade

This weekend, President Obama struck back at the Left's ideological opponents of trade who seem to be wearing blinders to the fact that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is finally our chance to renegotiate NAFTA and transform to a new paradigm where labor, the environment and human rights are staples of trade, not simply safe-to-ignore side agreements. The President slammed the likes of Elizabeth Warren for questioning his commitment to working people and exposed the lie of a "secret" agreement. Warren and others have scrambled to respond, but have fumbled badly.

Big labor unions and liberal members of Congress have picked a fight against the global expansion of the rights of workers by mounting do-or-die opposition against the Trade Promotion bill moving through Congress that will allow the President to bring the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Congress for an up-or-down vote. In doing so, American labor is displaying key symptoms of its self-inflicted collapse.

I think the idea that Robert Reich is now against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the president's "fast track" trade promotion authority is hilarious and exposes Reich for being a GOP-like grifter. You don't? Consider this: this is the same man that happily promoted NAFTA when he was Labor Secretary and subsequently implored Congress to give fast track authority to George W. Bush. Now suddenly he's railing against President Obama's attempt to renegotiate and fix NAFTA in the form of the TPP.

It's disappointing, to say the least, to see Elizabeth Warren joining the Left flank's loudest and least informative ideologue part in spreading lies and misinformation about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement being currently negotiated by the Obama administration. Did say lies? Yes. Warren has put out a new call against the TPP at the heart of which are blatant and demonstrable lies about the Left's favorite bug-a-boo about the TPP: its dispute resolution process.

For decades, liberals have sung the praises of international law, international accountability and international pacts when it comes to war, environmental policy and most foreign policy matters. But not so for trade. Now, a key union and liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren have teamed up to try to stop the most progressive trade agreement in history in the name of "American sovereignty". Yeah, thanks for your concern.