The basic premise of this article is fallacious. Yet another person in the mass media who refuses to give Donald Trump credit for ANYTHING. It is likely Trump won't do much that people on the left will consider good. But he does get credit for this. The writer offers us the lie that Hillary Clinton opposed the TPP. Not true. She lied about turning against the TPP for one reason -- she was running for President and she knew most Democratic primary voters opposed the TPP. Are any of you shocked at the idea Clinton will voice a change of position in the midst of a political campaign? In the process of telling that lie (she was now against the TPP) she had to tell three other lies to buttress that lie. But she gave herself away in the fight over the democratic Party platform. Bernie Sanders' delegates knew a plank in the platform opposing the TPP outright would go down, so they proposed a plank that simply urged president Obama not to present the TPP for ratification during the lame duck session. But Clinton wanted the TPP ratified before she took office so she could happily implement it while ducking blame for it. Then she would have continued negotiations on the TTIP and the TISA (look 'em up) and use the fast-track authority Obama got established to get them ratified. With all three in place, the U.S. (indeed, ALL the well-established democracies) would have imposed on them a comprehensive oligarchic system which would have wielded extensive authority over Americans' ability to be self-governing. These are facts. Had Clinton won the election, this would have become our reality. Because Donald Trump was elected, these "treaties of oligarchy" are dead. And we have President Trump to thank for it. This may be just about the only thing for which we on the left may thank Trump over the next four years. But we can and should thank him for this.
Some are bemoaning the fact that Australia has proposed that China can take our place in the treaty. This makes me laugh. One purpose of the TPP was to neutralize China's economic power in the Pacific rim. So now they might instead enhance China's power? Yeah, right. Let's say they do. Remember that "giant sucking sound" we were warned about with NAFTA? Turned out Ross Perot was right. So imagine the giant sucking sound we will hear as millions of jobs in Australia and Japan go to China and their miserably low-paid workers. Go ahead, Australia and Japan, and give your jobs away to China.