Conservative Versus Liberal Matters on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

TPP

The above is a screen grab from today’s Drudge Report.  Here is the opinion piece to which it links.

I don’t know why the most liberal president since Carter is such an opaque supporter of this policy.  I don’t understand why he would go to Nike’s campus, of all places, and celebrate Nike’s commitment to add 10,000 jobs to our economy why talking down to allies who understand how we are negotiating away our economic sovereignty.

But the point is, if we are to head in the right direction it is important to understand we need to work harder to spread the good word of liberalism to our friends on the other side of the aisle who still believe if we just continue to tear down regulations and hurdles to trade and a “free” market we’ll reach Ayn Rand‘s or Milton Friedman‘s economic utopia.

Life, markets, community, society, the globe is more complicated than that.  Some of us get it, some would rather keep their heads buried in the sand.  Here are a couple of articles from either side of the TPP divide.  Paul Krugman of the NYT and a joint article from Congressman Paul Ryan (and 2012 Republican VP Candidate) and Presidential hopeful and Senator Ted Cruz.  Both are behind paywalls, but there has to be ways around them – I don’t know how to get around the WSJ one and have no interest.  I subscribe to the NYT.

Trade and Trust by Paul Krugman

Officials have evaded the main concerns about the content of a potential deal; they’ve belittled and dismissed the critics; and they’ve made blithe assurances that turn out not to be true.

Putting Congress in Charge on Trade by Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz

‘Fast track’ authority will give lawmakers more say over agreements that are vital for economic growth.

I know it’s tempting to throw in the towel and say it’s all Repulocrats or Democans, but it’s not.  We have an institutionalized system of two poles, if you don’t like where we are headed and you can see through the Republican’s charade, there is only one choice – get involved and make the Democrats do the right thing.  They can’t while 64% of white men across the nation reflexively vote for conservatives.  It’s up to you, and you can make a difference.

At one point in Krugman’s article he writes simply…

As I see it, the big problem here is one of trust.

This is true not just for “free” vs “regulated” trade, I’m finding it is the commodity on which politics rests.  It’s what politicians and pundits (myself included) trade in and we’re continuing to trust the Milton Friedman conservatives and what is left of the DLC (Bill Clinton) Democrats on trade and the economy to our nations (and I’d argue our globe’s) detriment.

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2 thoughts on “Conservative Versus Liberal Matters on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    1. Thanks Fred. I still don’t get it. Huge fan of Bernie and that article. Would vote for him for President if he wins the primary. If he is close, I might even consider voting for him in the primary.

      But why do Democrats sell out to the rich against their base and their long-term interests. I could understand it in the DLC days when we were fighting a “Morning in America” fever, but why now. There is an argument to be made that we really don’t have a choice b/c the Republicans own Congress. That’s the argument I was trying to make above.

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