**Preface: This article was written March 4th of this year when every media was paying attention to this subject. Here it is seven months later and I still don’t understand!
WHY DOES PRESIDENT OBAMA WANT FAST TRACK ON TPP PARTNERSHIP ??
I cannot understand President Obama’s insistence to Fast Track the TPP! I do not understand why he is not giving the US Congress the details of this agreement before they have to vote on it. Nor do I understand why he does not go to the citizens of this country and explain his reasons (not the short explanations he has given). This is contrary to everything I believed about this president. I believed he would always be transparent and open about what his agenda is. He took a much longer amount of time to explain his health care program, which was needed. Why won’t he do the same concerning the TPP Agreement? This agreement needs the same amount of explaining, if not more.
It is common knowledge that all the previous trade agreements have resulted in the loss of jobs for Americans. The pay for the foreign workers who make these products is minimal. These workers are made to work long hours with no overtime in appalling work conditions. These agreements have certainly not helped the poor in these countries. These countries continue to break the rules without any consequences. The only people these agreements have helped are the corporations who make outrageous profits at the expense of American jobs and the labor of people who have no choice.
I understand how much our president cares for the “downtrodden” (whatever country they live in) and I appreciate his concern. However, this agreement falls short of actually helping them in any true sense. As much as I am sure he wants to help them, he must remember he is President of the United States, not the world. I believe he would serve the citizens of this country better if he continued to work on the many problems here in America.
This article is not intended to “criticize” our president. It is to ask for clarification on every one of the details in this agreement and the hope he will consider the will of the American people on this Fast Track proposal.