Our nation loses 14 manufacturing plants per day and has lost over one-third of its manufacturing jobs over the last dozen years. The United States used to be a wealthy country, not one buried in debt. We accumulated abundance through most of the twentieth century, as we were a very productive country whose wealth derived to a great extent from manufacturing. Our companies invented and produced many of the things we needed and much of what the rest of the world needed.
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If the U.S. was attacked in a military war, we would do everything imaginable to defend ourselves, as losing a war could ultimately end in the enslavement of ourselves and future generations. History has shown us what happens to losers in a military conflict – the losers work for the benefit of the conquerors under their new ruler’s conditions.
The current system of “free trade” is not working for the United States. “Free trade” means unrestricted, uncontrolled access to our economy—tariff- and duty-free—for goods made in foreign countries for $4-per-hour or less. We cannot compete with these wages so we are forced to choose between going bankrupt, outsourcing nearly all of our manufacturing, or simply selling out.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a “free trade” agreement that, if passed, would unite the economies of Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico, Canada, Japan and the United States. The trade negotiators from these countries meet secretively behind closed doors to continue their work on drafting the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). Little has been revealed about what is discussed during the closed-door meetings, other than the fact that the lobbyists and government representatives want to “accelerate” the trade negotiations. When it is finalized, the consequences for the United States will be disastrous. Below are six reasons how the TPP affects you.