Why do we the people still depend on WikiLeaks for information on what’s in the agreement?
If opponents of TPP have the wrong idea about what’s in the agreement, why don’t President Obama and the heads of the other 11 governments that negotiated the TPP reveal what’s in it?
The logical answer is that they want to give the public as brief a window of opportunity as possible to examine and discuss the agreement in order to ram it through without adequate public discussion.
President Obama has said that the TPP enables the United States to write the rules of international trade rather than some other country such as China. What it does is allow international corporations based in the United sttes to write the rules, which is something else.
The American people do not benefit from an agreement that enables American corporations to invest in setting up manufacturing operations in foreign countries, and then importing the products back into the USA.
The Chinese people benefit from being left out of the agreement, because that leaves their government free to pursue the Chinese national interest.
The Predators Behind the TPP by Karel van Wolferen for The Unz Review. A good analysis by a distinguished Dutch scholar and journalist.
On the TPP: “We Are Writing the Rules,” says Obama. Who’s “We?” by Jim Hightower for Buzzflash.