In a recent op-ed published in the Salt Lake City (Utah) Tribune, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) calls for approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and for “breaking down trade barriers.”
Hatch, a consistent supporter of all things globalist, argues that when one is presented with the “facts” about the TPP, that person would join in him in pushing for the agreement’s passage.
Calling the TPP a “great opportunity not only for Utah, but for the entire country,” the seven-term senior senator from the Beehive State writes that “despite the wide bipartisan support for free and fair trade agreements, there are those who fear that free trade agreements are merely an opportunity for corporations to ship jobs overseas.”
Hatch goes on to warn those wary of the TPP that should the United States fail to participate fully in the trade pact, American jobs will be at risk, claiming that “to disengage from trade negotiations makes no sense for our nation.”
With all due respect to a man who has been in the Senate since Jimmy Carter was president, the TPP is neither a free nor a fair trade agreement and is a legitimate threat to the economic security of the United States and to the right of the people to rule.
As Senator Hatch cites “facts” in support of his promotion of the TPP, here are a few details of the agreement that he neglected to mention that should serve as a warning to any senator who might be considering following their colleague’s advice.
First, it is curious that Senator Hatch would be pushing for ratification of a multi-national treaty that he has never read. Perhaps the senator is adopting Representative Nancy Pelosi’s “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it” protocol.
The fact is, no one in Congress has seen a single sentence of the agreement.
Time and again, lawmakers have been straight-armed by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) when they’ve tried to get a look inside the secret document and the frightening compromises being made by the USTR at the TPP negotiations.
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