It’s no surprise to most Americans that the economy is struggling. Unless you are part of the corporate elite, things are not going well. Time and again we have been told by our leaders that they are working to help the middle class. But in reality our nation’s leaders are serving the one percent.
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“Free trade” means unrestricted, uncontrolled access to our economy, tariff- and duty-free, for goods made for $4-per-hour or less. The U.S. cannot compete with these wages so we are forced to choose between going bankrupt, outsourcing nearly all of our manufacturing or simply selling out.
After suffering through decades of failed policies on trade, we are once again faced with another “free trade” agreement. The U.S. is currently negotiating a the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is poised to become the largest “free trade” agreement ever encompassing nearly 40 percent of our economy. The TPP has been negotiated in secret – except for 600 corporate advisors who get to see the text and work with the negotiators.