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Democrats and the TPP: Who Speaks for the Future?


Democrats and the TPP: Who Speaks for the Future?

Robert Borosage

Texas populist Jim Hightower will present the Democratic Party platform committee with a Bernie Sanders-sponsored amendment to the draft platform when it meets in Orlando this Friday and Saturday. It will read:

It is the policy of the Democratic Party that the Trans-Pacific Partnership should not get a vote in the lame duck session of Congress and beyond.

This should be a no-brainer. All of the Democratic candidates for the presidential nomination were opposed to the TPP trade deal, as of course is Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.


I don't think Sanders will win this one. Assuming it needs 60 votes in the Senate there should be a good chance of stopping it in a lame duck session. With Trump opposing it there may be some Republicans who will vote against it so it might not even pass in the House. Trump being strongly opposed to the TPP makes the outcome very hard to predict.


"The TPP simply extends what have been ruinous corporate trade policies." I'd say the TPP does far more Robert and at the center of it is the corporate stooge Barack Obama, Chicago machine politician.....and his anointed shill successor Hillary Cllinton.

"The primary reason offered to mute opposition to the TPP was that the platform should not “embarrass” President Obama, who appears intent on forcing a vote on the TPP in the lame-duck session" - This betrayal by Obama is typical of his entire tenure's MO - screw the people, ignore black issues and justice, and coddle banker/wall street/corporate greed!

This rubbish of "not embarrassing" Obama is especially infuriating - we don't expose his perfidy? Why, because he's black? Rep Elijah Cummings said he doesn't "want to undercut the Prez as he ends his term", instead supporting Obama's sellout to corporate Trojan Horse TPP and screwing all black Americans!

Neither Obama or Clinton deserve or earned support from Black Americans. Those over a certain age lavish support on both, even though neither have supported or pushed issues to advantage the middle class, poor, or Black Americans, quite the contrary!

Any voter that supports a candidate because they "are black" or "a woman" or "a Democrat" is an ignorant, "part of the problem" voter, IMO!


Correction: The Canadian company in question, TransCanada, is suing the US taxpayer $15 BILLION (not million) for having been denied their permit. And they will probably win. Obama should henceforth and forevermore be known as O'bimbo.


The TPP is so important that the Dem Party platform needs to contain a plank fully opposing its passage, all Dem Senate and House candidates running for office should announce they oppose it, they should vote against it should it come up before the Nov election, and they should pledge to vote against it if it comes up for a vote in the lame duck session or after, OR THEY SHOULD BE VOTED OUT - the consequences of passage are so widespread and devastating.


And if Clinton continues to be wishy-washy on TPP and opposition does not make it into the Dem platform those are legitimate concerns of people - good reasons not to vote for her. Millions of people are already pissed - the position of her platform committee delegates could well cost her the election.


On one "aside" point: The Dem voting base had long consisted of the "masses" -- poor and middle class, workers and the jobless, for the common good. The Clinton administration split the voting base wide apart. Many voted for Obama in hopes that the Dem Party would reverse course and resume a progressive course. That didn't happen, and isn't going to happen. All Democrats have left is a slice of the middle class. The middle class are under 50% of the population, and they are split by party. Of middle class Dems, many deeply oppose the anti-poor agenda, and the efforts of the Clinton wing to similarly "reform" Social Security.

On the TPP: Google "Hillary Clinton and the TPP," pick established, reputable news sources, and read. In 2015, before launching her campaign, Clinton was working on getting the TPP through Congress. This was routinely reported on the news. No one was surprised, since her husband had stuck us with NAFTA. As liberal media began paying more attention to the TPP, Clinton was pressured (by the end of 2015) to claim that she was "non-committal," and a few weeks later, she had the audacity to claim that she opposed it -- after working so hard to sell it to Congress.


On Obama "screwing the people," add to it a note to Democrats and liberals for most royally screwing the poor -- and blithely ignoring the appalling consequences.