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January 28, 2015 at 7:08 AM

Fast-track authority: Designed to cut Congress out of the loop and empower corporations

I’m concerned about the false ideas in the editorial “Congress should enact trade-promotion authority” [Opinion, Jan. 20]. Trade-promotion authority (“fast track”) is not actually about trade, but about cutting Congress out of secret so-called trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). These deals are kept secret because they would never stand the light…


| More in trade | Topics: Fast-track authority, Jennifer Keller, North American Free Trade Agreement

January 26, 2015 at 5:08 PM

Port slowdown: We’re all in this together

Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times

I hope the port labor dispute is resolved soon [“West Coast ports are in rough seas due to slowdown,” Opinion, Jan. 24]. It has lingered destructively for too long.

A lot of people don’t realize just how many workers have been displaced from their jobs in recent months as a result. Whether it is due to congestion problems in Los Angeles, an unacknowledged slowdown in area ports or a nighttime West Coast lockout, the result is the same. The result is that innocent third parties are hurt as collateral damage from battling giants of


Comments | More in trade | Topics: Don Ricks, port of seattle, port slowdown

December 19, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Trade: Obama needs to face the realities of NAFTA

President Obama spoke recently to the Business Roundtable, as reported in the Seattle Times article [“Obama offers candor, insights in Q&A with top CEOs,” Nation & World, Dec. 4]. Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), U.S. presidents promised shared prosperity, while our economy de-industrialized and millions of family-wage manufacturing jobs disappeared. Our…


Comments | More in trade | Topics: Maralyn Chase, NAFTA, President Obama

December 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Coal exporting makes economic sense for Washington

If shipments through Wash. ports increase, investment in infrastructure does too

I applaud the idea of keeping the debate about building new bulk-export facilities on a rational rather than an emotional level.

If the goal behind the notion cited in Lance Dickie’s post, “Look at the economic costs of exporting coal,” [Online, Dec. 6] is indeed an unbiased rational look at the economics of transporting and trading bulk-export commodities, that should be applauded. Too often, studies are skewed by preordained policy wishes and don’t look at key facts. Hopefully that will not be the case with this study.

Information in Dickie’s post implied that transporting products from out-of-state sources is bad for the local economy and infrastructure. Much of Washington’s economy is based on trading goods that originate from beyond our state’s borders. Approximately 70 percent of the imports that come through the ports of Seattle and Tacoma don’t stop in Washington — they continue by train and truck to various inland markets crossing many states.


Comments | More in Economy, trade | Topics: Coal exporting, trade

December 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM

We need strong trade agreements in Wash. state

Trade promotion authority would empower Congress to create negotiating objectives

Jon Talton’s column “Fast track risky path for Pacific trade pact” [Online, Dec. 1] fails to capture the importance of fast track authority (also known as trade promotion authority or TPA) as a policy tool for both the president and Congress.

Far from promoting secrecy or reducing congressional oversight in trade agreements, TPA would empower Congress to create high-standard negotiating objectives for trade agreements and would require U.S. trade negotiators to consult extensively with Congress.

As a result, TPA increases transparency for trade negotiations and ensures that trade agreements have no surprises. In fact, every president since FDR had TPA, until it expired in 2007. If Congress wants increased oversight over negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership to ensure it is most beneficial to the United States, it is imperative it pass TPA as quickly as possible.


Comments | More in trade | Topics: trade

July 11, 2013 at 6:30 AM

The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Public must fight the trade deal With President Obama calling for completion of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations by October, it’s crucial that we raise public awareness right now. The TPP can only become reality if the public remains unaware and does not demand that Congress stop this attack on our basic rights. We all must fight this insidious…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: politics, tpp, trade

June 26, 2013 at 6:30 AM

The Trans Pacific Partnership

Trade agreement is problematic, should not be fast-tracked We should all be concerned about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a far-reaching trade agreement being negotiated in secret. Congress and the rest of us have been mostly kept in the dark about its provisions, but leaked documents reveal that the TPP goes far beyond trade. Its approval…


Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: Congress, fast track, tpp