Corrected version If you breathe air, drink water or are concerned about the environment and climate change, watch out because a tsunami of corporate power is about to overtake many of our existing protections [“Trans Pacific Partnership: Fast-track authority at odds with self-governance,” Northwest Voices, Dec. 30]. A few details of the ultrasecret, 12-nation Trans…More
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Thank-you for the pro and con opinion pieces regarding fast-track authority for trade deals [“Should Congress give Obama fast-track authority for trade deals?” IOpinion, Dec. 30].
Don Kusler is absolutely correct: Allowing fast-track authority for trade deals such as the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) — negotiated in secret — is in direct opposition to principles of democracy and of our Constitution, which gives Congress authority over foreign commerce. How can Congress properly exercise that authority if its members are not given the chance to review and amend trade legislation?
It’s a slap in the face to Pacific Rim countries with developing economies
Plaudits to Jon Talton for raising questions about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership pact [“Fast track risky path for Pacific trade pact,” having trouble finding this article].
He correctly raises the issues of secrecy and the process of fast tracking the agreement through Congress. The secrecy issue is a special slap in the face to several Pacific Rim countries whose economies are still developing, and whose voices in international trade agreements have frequently been overwhelmed by the influence and clout of large global corporations in the rich countries.
For many who oppose this Trans-Pacific trade pact, the issue is not only economic but also moral. My own religious denomination, recognizing that trade policies have moral implications for millions of people mired in deep poverty in developing countries, passed a resolution at the Episcopal Church General Convention last year titled “advocate for a just economy for international trade.”
Trans-Pacific Partnership will help state’s job market Jon Talton’s column highlights the critical need for a high-standard trade agreement that will benefit Washington state and the national economy [“Pivot toward Asia comes with potholes,” business, Oct 13]. Washington state has much to gain from a well-crafted agreement due to our strong economic ties with Asia. In fact,…More
Beware the TPP I’m writing regarding the recent article about the woman who almost died from eating cheese infected with listeria. [“Near-fatal food poisoning spurs local woman to act,” page one, Sept. 19.] If the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement goes through, any rules the Food and Drug Administration comes up with to protect us…More
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…More
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…More