Letters to the Editor

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Tag: trade

June
26th

TRADE: Retailers appreciate legislators’ support

Thanks to South Sound Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, and Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, for their recent votes to grant President Obama authority to negotiate international trade agreements that would benefit our state.

The Washington Retail Association and many of our members rely on robust trade as an engine of economic growth and job creation. Trade Promotion Authority policy creates a partnership of the president and Congress seeking to lower tariffs and eliminate barriers to growing U.S. trade prospects. TPA will allow the U.S. to demand high standards and transparency from our trading partners.

Forty percent of Washington state jobs depend upon the

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June
15th

TRADE: Promises made, promises not kept

This new concept of “fast track” is not about serving the trade interests of this nation. This is more about giving more unrestricted authority to the office of the presidency.

Promises would be made by the president of great economic value for every one of his trade proposals, like “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”

Our current president has no credibility to offer anything to the American public that is ultimately good for the American public.

June
15th

TRADE: Kilmer sells out workers with fast-track vote

The vote by my representative, Congressman Derek Kilmer, in support of fast-tracking another job-killing trade agreement was a betrayal of the American people.

Nobody says we shouldn’t trade, but so-called free trade agreements like NAFTA and now this Trans-Pacific Partnership kill American jobs so Walmart and other transnational corporations can make a vulture’s profit from our once proud economy. TPP is treason in a trade deal because American jobs will disappear.

Fast-tracking trade agreements, negotiated in complete secret from the American people (not from corporations) destroy our democratic sovereignty. That’s what Kilmer voted for on June 12.

Only transnational corporations loyal only to

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May
6th

TRADE: Pact would send yet more jobs overseas

Re: “Washingtonians need Pacific free trade agreement” (editorial, 5-5).

Why not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Because TPP would enable corporations to sue our government in foreign tribunals with foreign corporate lawyers as judges and jury. They could demand compensation for loss of “expected future profits,” such as from regulations to protect the environment, promote workers welfare, enhance safety or deter climate change.

If you would like to have climate change, could care less about the environment and workers’ welfare and don’t mind exposure to toxic chemicals and pesticides, then support TPP.

Free trade deals like NAFTA , CAFTA and TPP

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May
6th

TRADE: TPP does nothing for US workers

Re: “Washingtonians need Pacific free trade agreement” (editorial, 5-5).

You uncritically support the Trans-Pacific Partnership and discount the concerns of our citizens. The logic of free trade agreements is that it improves economic efficiency. Efficiency of what? We can measure the efficiency of electric motors and engines.

Economists reduce efficiencies to dollar costs. Thus, Asian labor is more “efficient” because wages are low. That is a measure of capital efficiency. Capital dollars invested in poor Asian countries earn a better return than here. Can you demonstrate any other economic efficiency?

Economists ignore what has been lost in the push for

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May
1st

TRADE: Don’t fast track a bad policy for US

In the 1990s we were told that NAFTA would create American jobs. It did not and instead helped create the immigration problems we have today.

A decade ago, we were sold the same bill of goods for CAFTA, yet America does not seem the better because of it.

Now, our congressional representatives are going to decide if the much larger Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will help trade, create jobs, and protect American businesses and intellectual property. But why should we believe another trade agreement, born of the same process and possessing much of the same blueprint of the previous two, will be any

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March
26th

TRADE: No secret treaties

Given The News Tribune’s usually solid support for transparency in government, it is astonishing to learn you support the fast track secrecy surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Now a secret document has come to light which shows that corporations could sue the U.S. government if its policies were deemed harmful to corporate profits. Suits would be heard “before tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations,” according to The New York Times (3-25,).

That part of the TPP agreement was recognized as so shocking that a January 2015 draft paper mandates that part of the agreement would not be “declassified

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March
25th

TRADE: Will US lose yet more jobs?

Re: “Give Obama authority to deliver Pacific trade pact” (editorial, 3-25).

I see the editorial board is getting its editorials from the land of make believe again.

Every time one of these sell-out agreements come around we see the same “trade liberalization … tends to create wealth by expanding markets.”

NAFTA destroyed millions of American jobs and businesses. It put thousands of small Mexican farmers out of business, forcing millions of them across our border.

Obama and his corporate allies claimed the “free trade” agreement with South Korea just a couple of years ago would provide economic growth and

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