June 13, 2015

TPP democrats and unions

President Obama suffered a tough defeat in Congress when they failed to pass the first bit of legislation relating to the Trans Pacific Participation agreement. The unions and congress have lost sight of China and how this defeat potentially affects our world stature versus China. Our ego, exemplified by “American Exceptionalism” has blurred our world vision.

China has a similar vision of itself. As we look at ourselves as exceptional China sees themselves as the Middle Kingdom.

It dates from c.1000 B.C., when it designated the Chou empire situated on the North China Plain. The Chou people, unaware of high civilizations in the West, believed their empire occupied the middle of the earth, surrounded by barbarians.

The country was embarrassed in the mid 19th century by losing wars with Britain and Japan from 1850 until 1950. Chinese refer to this time period as the Lost Century and they are now determined to regain their stature.

The way to overcome the problem is to give the unskilled more skills through education. In this years state of the union address President Obama proposed the following:

“By the end of this decade, two in three job openings will require some higher education. Two in three. And yet, we still live in a country where too many bright, striving Americans are priced out of the education they need. It’s not fair to them, and it’s not smart for our future.”

“That’s why I am sending this Congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college — to zero.”

The world has a choice. They can enter into trade agreements with the United States or China.This is not 1945 where after Word War II we were the last industrialized country standing. Recently China has entered into an agreement with Brazil and Peru in South America to invest $225 billion dollars to build a railroad from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Being a world leader means staying in front of the remainder of the world in terms innovation, living standards and freedom.We are called the United States because its people stand united. Presently TPP is written in such a way that the multi national, oligopolistic, companies stand to gain from the TPP and the unskilled worker gets further behind.

This can be partially paid for by taxing some of the extra profits gained by the multi-national companies directly benefiting from TPP.

There is also an outcry that the negotiations are being conducted in secret without the input of congress and more importantly the people of the United States. This is partially true for good reason. Remember at the end of negotiations congress will have the opportunity to review the entire agreement and if they don’t like it they can and will reject it. The President knows if congress does not approve it they will reject the agreement.

When released to congress it will also be released to the press and our citizens for further review. If the general public is adimately opposed to the agreement it will be rejected by Congress or they will need to find new work when their term in congress expires.

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