(The following was an Op-Ed by Jonathan M. Ruga and Rocky Anderson published in the Salt Lake Tribune)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement being negotiated in secret among 12 nations, including the United States. The Obama administration, with the support of many members of both parties, claims the TPP will permit U.S. companies to compete more effectively in the global marketplace by lowering trade barriers. The reality, though, is far different.
Only about a third of the agreement addresses typical trade matters. The rest is a secretive ploy to further empower multinational corporations to the detriment of the health, safety and quality of life of millions of men, women and children in the United States and other participating nations.
Among the most egregious problems of the TPP are: (1) the forfeiture of U.S. sovereignty; (2) the secretive negotiating process; (3) provisions that will lead to untold suffering and devastation; and (4) the dangerous “fast track” approval process.