The Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law was struck down by the World Trade Organization because they deemed that COOL is a non-tariff barrier to free trade and it treats Canada and Mexico’s product “unfair.” Now, due to the WTO ruling, our American cattle producers are forced to pay $3.6 billion in retaliatory tariffs by Mexico and Canada unless COOL is repealed.
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Senator Ted Cruz shocked America when he voted against something he has been advocating for in the past: Trade Promotion Authority. Cruz even wrote an article in tandem with Representative Paul Ryan not too long ago to calm fears of TPA. His switch shocked everyone and was the only Senator who switched votes since the last TPA vote. This adds yet another presidential Candidate who is against the secrecy behind TPA, TPP, TTIP, TISA, and every other acronym that starts with a “T”.
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has many Americans concerned, including members of the U.S. shrimp industry who claim that the TPP will weaken the ability of regulators to reject unsafe seafood imports. Their concerns rise from an increasing amount of shrimp from Asia that are testing positive for illegal antibiotics and food borne pathogens. This is terrifying especially since 90 percent of the shrimp consumed in the U.S. is imported.
Wikileaks has just released yet another chapter of the classified Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). This is the sixth chapter that Wikileaks has released and is it like the rest, extremely alarming. The chapter released is the “Transparency for Healthcare Annex” chapter along with each country’s negotiating position.
The list of presidential candidates is getting longer and longer on the republican side. Donald Trump and Jeb Bush’s announcement made the list even longer. Not to mention the fact that John Kasich, Governor of Ohio, is preparing to announce as well. Regardless of the political parties, what our nation needs to focus on is what exactly do these candidates stand for and if they have America’s best interest at heart, or do they only care about multinational corporations giving them more money.