Though most Americans haven’t heard of it, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a disastrous “free trade” deal that is being negotiated in secret among 12 nations in the Pacific region including the U.S. Like previous “free trade” agreements this one would strip away any remaining protections we have placed for ourselves and allow other countries free access to our market, shipping American jobs and companies overseas. It would also rewrite many of our laws to the benefit of large, multinational corporations.
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Once the wealthiest city in America, known as the “arsenal of democracy,” Detroit was the fourth largest city in the U.S. in the 1960’s, with a population of two million. Now a microcosm of everything that is wrong with the American economy, Detroit has become nothing more than a devastated landscape of urban decay with a population of about 700,000.
The United States used to be a nation whose population, through hard work and sound policy, grew wealthier over time. Now, we are a nation whose middle class has nearly disappeared, whose workers’ wages have stagnated, and whose plutocrats become greedier and wealthier with each passing year.
As this year’s college graduates prepare to pay back their student loans, many are concerned and left with questions as to exactly how they will pay them back. Before taking out a student loan, students and their parents must go through extensive hours of reading up on exit counseling and how one pays their loans back. However, during these sessions, it is never once mentioned how difficult it will be to pay them back.