Last week, President Obama began beating the drum again for Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement—something he says needs to be done pronto. You might recall that everything Obama wants is a “right now.” He uses time as an effective tool to get his way, telling us that unless we submit to his agenda, we are headed for some (fabricated) disaster. Using this ploy once again, Mr. Obama has returned to Congress demanding passage of the trade agreement, claiming that “this is good for America and the American people.”
The Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement is similar to the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that was passed under the Clinton Administration. NAFTA was an agreement between the USA, Mexico, and Canada which supported cross-border trade among the three nations. At least that is what it was intended to do, but the real effect of it was to allow an avenue by which American corporations could move their production facilities to Mexico and ship their products back into the USA and Canadian markets with greater ease. Should you not believe that is the case, I suggest that you head on down to Laredo, Texas and watch the activity for a while—it is astounding.
The Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement (TPTA) is more global in its reach. Back in 2009, President Obama announced his intention to enter the USA into the Trans-Pacific Partnership made up of the USA, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Negotiations between the member nations led to drafting the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement (TPTA), which President Obama claims will provide economic growth by opening up more markets to the U.S. products—yeah, right. This is coming from a man who failed to see the economic value of the Keystone Pipeline right here at home.
Now that the agreement has taken shape, Obama is stepping up his efforts to pressure Congress into giving it its necessary approval under the Constitution. This is where the fly falls into the ointment. Congress must pass the agreement without knowing what it contains. Sound familiar? That’s exactly how ObamaCare was pushed through the legislative process. But there is one big difference here—ObamaCare was available for Congress to read and question while this agreement is NOT. You read that correctly. The agreement is classified such that even members of Congress cannot review it. Worst yet, it is to remain classified for four years following its Congressional approval.
For all practical purposes, this trade agreement is a “treaty,” and the Constitution requires that the Senate approve it by specific margins in order for the president to go through with it. However, Congress, in all their political wisdom, does not want to be hamstrung by history as blindly approving such an agreement without knowing what is in it, so an alternative is now on the table. The alternative is calling for Congress to pass legislation which will empower the president to enter into the agreement at his discretion. That sound you heard was the trap being tripped as Congress takes the bait. Obama loves this idea because it not only opens the door to enter into the TPTA, it also sets the stage for him to give the nod on the Iranian Agreement using the same means. In one swipe of the pen, Congress is about to give away even more of its constitutionally-conferred balance of power rights without a vote to amend the Constitution. This is a dangerous precedent.
There is little information out there on the TPTA, but just enough has been leaked for us to understand the implications for the American people. Member nations will be bound by certain tenets of the agreement. One of these tenets is that any disputes arising between member parties will be decided by a United Nations Tribunal rather than the court system. This gives the UN certain powers which reach all the way down to the corporate level of the American economy. This singular tenet is far-reaching and a giant step toward globalism. Another tenet establishes the member countries’ ability to decide how many workers they require to be brought into another member country and for how long—essentially supporting what is the current out-of-control immigration policy in the USA—or sidestepping any new policies put in place. Still, the effort to gain this agreement is being pushed by claims of economic growth, job creation, and a broader market for U.S. products globally.
Let us be clear on a flaw in this thinking right here and now. American products have encountered trade policy resistance in other nations around the globe—China being one that quickly comes to mind. For the most part, that resistance is political and set forth at the government level by the leaders in charge. But there is one other aspect which is prohibitive for American products in those nations, and that is the ability of the consumer to afford them. American-made products are just not affordable in many areas of the world due to the high labor costs associated with producing them. This is why we are seeing more and more large corporations make production partnerships and invest in production facilities in corners of the world like Asia. Make no mistake, TPTA will not create U.S.-based jobs for American citizens nor will it expand the market for U.S. products. What it will do is allow what has happened under NAFTA to take place once again on a global scale and give the United Nations an economic foothold on the American economy. Even the American labor unions are against it and that should tell you something in terms of jobs.
These are the true facts about ObamaTrade. This is the truth concerning what your Congress is about to do to save their historical face. This is ObamaTrade—we must pass it to find out what is in it. It is time to stop watching the riots on television, people. It is time to start thinking about how many more riots there will be when the middle income wage-earner is without work in America—a guaranteed consequence of the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement. You should be enraged by the agreement, how it might pass, and what it will do to this nation.
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