Yesterday, on his first day in office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order pulling the U.S. out of the negotiations over the largest free trade deal ever created, the Trans Pacific Partnership. It was a great move for American workers and was immediately celebrated by populists, nationalists, and others who put America first.
By Mark Anderson
Things are looking a lot brighter for Americans and others who’ve had their fill of treacherous trade treaties.
On Jan. 23, during his very first full day in office, newly sworn-in President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order pulling out of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a “crown jewel” of trade treaties in the eyes of rapacious plutocrats whose plunder via previously enacted trade treaties has so diminished the U.S. industrial base that former factory towns became “tombstones” across the country, as Trump stated in his Jan. 20 inaugural address.
Trump, who just concluded an important White House meeting with both labor leaders and corporate bosses to secure better labor-management relations, clearly saw that if past multilateral trade deals did so much damage, why should he expect a 12-nation monster like the TPP to be any better?
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His press spokesman Sean Spicer clarified that the president would seek bilateral trade deals that are easier to manage and tend to preserve U.S. sovereignty.
The TPP would’ve added to the existing treachery wrought by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which has eroded nationhood through mandated globalization of production-distribution-consumption—so no one nation can stand on its own feet and limit its trading mainly to vitals that cannot be domestically produced.
Besides, the privately run banking system, and its debt-based usurious money system, tends to diminish the domestic purchasing power of individual nations, who are economically compelled to over-rely on exports so that product inventories can be sold by accessing the purchasing power of other nations.
Trump’s new strategy “starts by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and making certain that any new trade deals are in the interests of American workers. President Trump is committed to renegotiating NAFTA. If our partners refuse a renegotiation that gives American workers a fair deal, then the president will give notice of the United States’ intent to withdraw from NAFTA,” the Trump White House’s website further explains.
United Automobile Workers (UAW) union President President Dennis Williams had this to say about the end of TPP: “UAW members around the country have long rallied against the deeply flawed corporate driven TPP that puts quarterly profits before worker paychecks. We commend President Trump for withdrawing from the TPP and congressional leaders, such as Sherrod Brown and Debbie Stabenow, for their leadership in opposing this job killing trade agreement. This is a victory for American workers and families.”
From this point onward, AFP will keep close tabs on Trump’s NAFTA actions and other trade related proposals amid his historic moves to improve America’s economic lot.
Mark Anderson is AFP’s roving editor.
I agree with you Ld Boogie. Let’s hope he stays on the right trail. I don’t agree with all his ‘goals’ but this is a great start. I and many others are starting this new year off with a glimmer of hope!
Wow! Just imagine a president actually keeping his campaign promises and looking out for those who voted for him! It’s a first in my lifetime and I’m in my 7th decade! Not only that but I was always a liberal democrap until lately and used to really believe all the stuff they are spewing. What was I thinking? When I realized how committed I was to those principles I can see how difficult it must be to all those left leaning SJW’s and why it is so impossible to get their attention. I wasn’t going for the whole trans bathroom deal. That was a bridge too far! The whole gay issue is beyond reasonable to me. Not so much being gay but making it out to be way more important than necessary. There have always been gay people but never have they needed all this focus to just live their lives. There’s too much funny stuff going on to be simply about civil rights. This has an absolute agenda and I don’t trust that idea at all. So although I’m not a registered anything I did support the Donald and I’m glad I did. Having the stupid media driven arguments about Hillary was another bridge I was not willing to travel. It was all so blatant I could not believe what I was seeing and hearing. It was so insulting to anyone with a functioning thinking process and that no one, not a single person, was willing to contradict any of the bullshit….that was it for me. I’m thinking I wasn’t alone here and there were many more people who were as offended as I was. It’s what happens when you keep pushing the envelope and forget to stop at your goal. In fact, you forget you even have a goal and wind up trying to overturn the whole system just because you won a few battles. It’s not going to happen like that and this election proves that..I may not agree with everything but at least some is better than none.