It Is Wrong To Rush This And Wrong To Prohibit Congress From Fixing Flaws That Would Hurt Us
TPP is the largest trade agreement ever. It includes countries that make up 40 percent of the world's economy. President Obama himself is selling TPP as rewriting the rules for doing business in the 21st century. This is a big deal, and the American system needs to be able to operate as intended to consider if we should do it.
It is wrong, under these circumstances, for the President to ask Americans to just trust him and grant him a process that bypasses the Constitution and requires Congress to vote on TPP before the public has a chance to read it, analyze it, discuss it, thoroughly understand it and consider all of the ramifications -- and then organize opposition if the public decides opposition is warranted. That takes time.
And it is wrong under these circumstances for the President to demand a process that does not let Congress fix flaws that turn up in that process which might harm our economy and our people.
Trade can be done right. Trade can lift people on all sides of trade borders. Trade can improve lives. But so far we have been doing it wrong and it has badly hurt us. Congress and the public need as much time as it takes to evaluate TPP, and must be allowed to fix problems that might turn up in that time.