Tuesday, May 19, 2015


THIS is despicable, fear-mongering propaganda:

What Top Officials Charged with Keeping Our Nation Safe Are Saying About the TPP

It is certainly true that America’s trade policy plays a large role in the resurgence and strength of our economy – but that’s not the only role it fills. Our trade policy also sits at the core of our strategy to keep America and our allies safe in the 21st century.

So here's the question: How can the President's progressive trade deal -- the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- help safeguard our future?

Speaking today at Boeing Headquarters in Seattle, WA, America's top diplomat -- Secretary of State John Kerry -- offered this answer:
"It is no secret that the world in the future looks pretty complicated right now. The turbulence that we see comes from a combination of factors, including the fact that even as the world grows closer, there are powerful forces pulling people apart – terrorism, extreme nationalism, conflicts over resources, a huge number of people coming of age in parts of the world where there simply aren’t enough jobs. This creates a race between opportunity and frustration that we can’t afford to lose.
Expanded trade can help us win that race by spurring innovation and – and as we’ve seen in Asia and elsewhere – helping hundreds of millions of people to lift themselves out of poverty. And poverty, my friends, is where you see much of this violent extremism born.


Thornton Hall said...

"Luckily, I was able to interpret this feeling correctly." Paul Krugman (citing Simon Wren-Lewis) on the proper use of economic models.

Denis Drew said...

Just been reading Ha-Joon Chang's Bad Samaritans. Going by him, the kind of trade deals being forced upon the poorest countries by the richest kills off infant industries and pretty much renders them permanent appendages to our trade purposes.

If Korea had had the same foisted on it it would still be exporting seawead and fish.

Eubulides said...

To insinuate that it's trade or terrorism is itself a form of terrorism.

Sandwichman said...

Yep. So one way or the other THE TERRORISTS WIN. Good-bye, precious bodily fluids!