Michael Wessen of Politico after having read the Trans-Pacific Partnership details as they were provided to the government’s own advisors has come to the conclusion that Elizabeth Warren is right to be concerned about Obama’s secret trade deal:
So-called “cleared advisors” like me are prohibited from sharing publicly the criticisms we’ve lodged about specific proposals and approaches. The government has created a perfect Catch 22: The law prohibits us from talking about the specifics of what we’ve seen, allowing the president to criticize us for not being specific. Instead of simply admitting that he disagrees with me—and with many other cleared advisors—about the merits of the TPP, the president instead pretends that our specific, pointed criticisms don’t exist.
What I can tell you is that the administration is being unfair to those who are raising proper questions about the harms the TPP would do. To the administration, everyone who questions their approach is branded as a protectionist—or worse—dishonest. They broadly criticize organized labor, despite the fact that unions have been the primary force in America pushing for strong rules to promote opportunity and jobs. And they dismiss individuals like me who believe that, first and foremost, a trade agreement should promote the interests of domestic producers and their employees.
Everything I have read about the TPP makes it sound like one of the shadiest “trade” deals ever created. When Obama first took office back in 2008, he hired a number of Hollywood lawyers to high-ranking positions in his administration. The intellectual property portions of the TPP read like a dream sheet representing those lawyers, and their former employers, primary international interests. There is no good that will come from the TPP’s IP sections, much less the other damning aspects of the TPP.
The TPP needs to go away very quickly. Hopefully with Elizabeth Warren setting her sights on it she can kill this terrible agreement once and for all.