Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Opportunity Missed

Until recently, America was in a race with China to secure a trade deal with Asia Pacific countries, which is the fastest-growing markets in the world.  The countries that would have been part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), received 62 percent of American exports in 2014.

President Obama explained: “past trade deals haven’t always lived up to the hype.  That’s why I’ve made it clear that I won’t sign any agreement that doesn’t put American workers first.” 

TPP would have been an opportunity to level the playing field for American workers, by putting in place tough new standards on labor, the environment, and in other areas that would have made the TPP the most progressive trade deal in the world. 

Failure to secure the trade agreement will result in America business losing opportunities to create new high-paying jobs through expanded exports, because other countries will get preferential access to the fastest-growing markets at our expense.

American businesses will have to drop out of competition or move their production overseas to access those markets.  Republican failed to secure strong labor and environmental standards for trade in the world's fastest-growing region.

There’ll be no enforceable rules ensuring countries set a minimum wage, end child labor, or enforce workplace safety.  There’ll be no enforceable rules ensuring countries address the ivory trade or wildlife trafficking.

We’ll continue to be unable to protect American innovation, because there’ll be no rules protecting American invention, artistic creativity, and research.  We’ll be limited in our ability to develop creative ways to speed the flow of new medicines to patients and ensure an open Internet.

An opportunity to level the playing field and secure a trade deal that reflects the best of our values and ensures the strength of our economic future has passed. 


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