President Obama started a fresh push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) on Friday when he sent Congress a draft Statement of Administrative Action.
That action means that after 30 days, the White House will be able to present Congress with legislation on the TPP.
And on Tuesday, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton chose Ken Salazar, who is an aggressively outspoken supporter of the TPP, to lead her White House transition team, despite the fact that Clinton has come out firmly against the TPP.
Salazar’s appointment raises serious questions about what we can expect from a Clinton administration, and whether she’s sincere in her opposition to the TPP and other so-called “free trade” deals that are still being negotiated.
And it’s important to remember why these trade deals are so dangerous to begin with.
Activists from the right and the left have been working hard to raise awareness about the dangers of the TPP and its transatlantic cousin, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
But by far the most sweeping deal that’s being negotiated in secret and largely overlooked by activists is the Trade in Services Agreement, also known as TiSA.
TiSA will undermine citizens’ privacy and governments’ sovereignty, and negotiators are hoping to have a deal finalized by the end of this year.
Paola Casale at EconomyInCrisis writes bluntly about TiSA that, “You may be asking: ‘how does this affect me?’ The best one sentence response I can come up with is: ‘how does this not affect you.'”