The TPP: America’s Next Job Killer
The Trans–Pacific Partnership Agreement, more commonly known as the TPP, is being put on the fast track, if some legislators in Washington have their way. Opponents of the TPP are very hard to stop the Transpacific Partnership
Not only is putting the TPP on the fast track a bad idea that needs to be stopped, but makes a joke out of the entire legislative process. In order to understand the joke, you have to understand what “fast tracking” a bill means.
Basically, what fast tracking a bill means is just throwing a bill onto the onto the floor of the Senate and House of Representatives without the bill going through the usual process of various committee hearings where legislators have a chance to pick apart a bill, study it, ask questions and generally learn what a bill does or what the bill is intended for. In other words, a legislator is put in the unenviable position of being forced to vote on a bill without having the chance to read it through thoroughly or study it. How is any legislator supposed to vote correctly on any piece of legislation, if they aren’t allowed to even read it through thoroughly? But after all, isn’t that all part of the plan?
If senators and representatives were allowed to take the TPP through the usual process of holding hearings where they would hear testimony from experts, they would easily see how dangerous the TPP is, and why the opposition is opposed to it. The TPP is nothing less than a job killer.
The reason I say this is because it will allow businesses and industries in the United States outsource even more jobs than they already have. No wonder they are calling the TPP “NAFTA on steroids.” Like NAFTA, the TPP puts American workers in competition with workers in Third World nations who make a much smaller wage than Americans. Looking at the TPP from the perspective of corporate interests, who are the primary proponents of this horrible piece of legislation, why wouldn’t they want it so badly that they are willing to subvert the legislative process by pushing for this bill to be fast tracked?
The Transpacific Partnership, or as it’s more commonly known, the TPP is something that must be stopped.