You Down With TPP?


The job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership could pass by year’s end—unless the public stands in its way.

Looking around, it seems like our country’s in pretty bad shape. We’re broke, the environment’s trashed, and wars drag on. It’s hard to believe that in another decade we might be looking back on 2013 like this:

Spongebob makes a rainbow for Squidward.

You know, the good ol’ days before the Trans-Pacific Partnership—or TPP, as we’ll all be calling it in a few years. So far, the details of the proposed free-trade agreement have been shrouded in secrecy, but based on the little information that’s been leaked or offered, the TPP has a lot of people like this:

Scared Spongebob

There are a few reasons to worry. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a huge free trade pact between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries, would restructure our economy in dramatic and undemocratic ways. Everything from environmental regulations to net neutrality to food safety laws could come under threat if the TPP is signed. Oh, and it’ll make outsourcing your job much easier, which is why many people are calling it “NAFTA on steroids.”

10/13/2013 9:40:07 AM

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