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TPA: Republican and Democrat Elite Ravage America’s Working Families

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Conservatives have long considered it a given that free trade was a benefit to the American economy and that opening trade and reducing trade barriers would be a net positive for the United States. Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to advance it have turned that calculus on its head and amount to a new looting of American workers by the Republican and Democratic elites who are pushing it through Congress without even reading it.

The fact that the document is classified and may only be accessed by Members of Congress after they’ve signed a non-disclosure agreement, and then only through a burdensome process of personal review without notes, was our first clue that something was amiss.

Who, exactly, is the text of the TPP being kept secret from?

It’s not secret from the other countries with which we are negotiating – they’re all in the room.

It’s probably not secret from our adversaries, like Russia and China, who regularly penetrate the Obama administration’s websites and email.

It’s only secret from American workers and voters who in the end are the parties being treated as adversaries by the treaty’s advocates among Washington’s ruling elite.

What do we know about the TPA and TPP so far?

First of all, we know that two of their strongest Republican advocates – Republican Whip Rep. Steve Scalise and Rules Committee chairman Rep. Pete Sessions – refused to admit through spokespersons to Breitbart News whether they have read the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Pacific Rim trade deal, but they still support granting President Barack Obama the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to fast track it.

We know that Senator Rand Paul has reviewed it and then came out against both the trade deal and the “fast track” authority to rush it through Congress.

We know that Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama has written to President Obama asking him to make the highly controversial so-called “living agreement” from inside the TPP deal—which again is currently secret—public before the Senate gives him TPA fast-track authority for the deal. Also, this TPA would be a six-year authority and would apply to other trade deals, not just TPP—and give them an up-or-down vote rather than the 60-vote threshold, like most things in the Senate, or the 67-vote threshold for international treaties.

We know in a June 3 interview on NPR’s Marketplace President Obama said that enforcing climate change regulations will indeed be part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite the previous denials of TPP advocates, such as Democratic senator Ron Wyden of Oregon.

We know that Curtis Ellis, executive director of the American Jobs Alliance calls the trade deal "a Trojan horse for Obama's immigration agenda." He notes that "one corporate trade association says bluntly that 'The TPP should remove restrictions on nationality or residency requirements for the selection of personnel.'"

And we know commentators from Senator Sessions to political pundit Dick Morris have outlined how TPP makes provision for needed labor to move across national boundaries without restraint. While much of the commentary on the deal has been focused on high-skill, white-collar migration, it could easily be interpreted as allowing farm workers and others to flow back and forth without legal regulation.

We know that the TPP has been touted as an economic bulwark against an increasingly aggressive China, yet President Obama confirmed just this week that China has been angling to get into the deal – something that could be allowed without consulting Congress once the TPP is in effect.

And we know, as Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2016 Republican presidential candidate said, “…President Obama has made lofty promises before and we’ve learned with this White House that the devil is in the details. And the details are frequently very different than the lofty goals with which he describes the deal.”

In a truly outstanding piece on illegal immigration for Conservative Review Daniel Horowitz wrote “What is completely lost throughout this entire debate are the needs and demands of the forgotten men – the American taxpayer and worker who must bear the brunt of appalling crime, schools overrun with illegal aliens who can’t speak English, hospitals flooded with the massive unfunded liability of caring for their primary care needs, and with the gargantuan wealth transfer in the form of welfare and refundable tax credits. “

The same must be said for TPA and TPA.

What is forgotten – indeed being purposely kept secret by the ruling elite of the Republican and Democratic Parties – is the effect of the Trans Pacific Partnership on America’s working families, who have been devastated by the open borders policies of the past 20 years, and who will bear the brunt of increased energy costs and decreased income and job prospects of this secret deal.

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I remember reading about 15 years ago a CEO of a major American Corp saying American worker make too much money they make more than Brazilian workers! And he continued that they would continue to work to bring down the American workers pay to the Brazilian level. I was amazed visualizing tin shanty towns in the prairies of Kansas but also remember a CEO saying he didn't run an American Company but an International Company. It is obvious since that their war plan was exporting all jobs that could be exported and importing cheap labor for jobs that couldn't be exported.