The Trans-Pacific Partnership: It’s Free Trade on Steroids

Free trade treaties—actually, to this date, they have been called agreements—are a national scandal demonstrated by NAFTA, the deleterious results of which include 11.7 million lost blue-collar jobs, 57,000 small business closures and an annual trade surplus of $5.7 billion with Mexico turned into a $56 billion deficit.

The fact that TPP is intended as a treaty makes things much worse. If TPP is passed by Congress it becomes part of constitutional law and American challenges to any segment of the treaty will have to be approved by all signatories, i.e., all 12 nations that signed onto TPP, and require a two-thirds majority in Congress to change it. This makes modification, challenge and change to the treaty virtually impossible.