© Josh Sager – November 2013
Over the past two years, a group of governmental and corporate interests have been crafting a secret trade deal called the “Trans-Pacific Partnership” (TPP). This trade deal involves 12 Pacific nations—including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam—and has been described by some as “NAFTA on steroids.”
The Obama Administration has joined with establishment Republicans and Democrats to support the passage of the TPP—support for this treaty is one of the rare policy provisions which was consistent between the 2012 Republican and Democratic platforms—and it appears that only minorities of both parties will oppose the passage of the TPP.
When I refer to the TPP as “secret,” I am not being hyperbolic or alarmist. The TPP has been crafted entirely behind closed doors, by a combination of private corporate lawyers and a select…
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