Understanding the Party Confusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
With most political issues, it’s easy to take a side, even if you’re not fully educated on the matter. Partisan politics makes it simple for the layman to choose which direction to support and whose rhetoric to read based upon the yays and nays. In the case of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the party lines have been blurred in the most extreme way we’ve seen in decades.
The Republicans seem to support it other than many in the Tea Party who don’t support it because the President does. The Democrats seem to be against it except for those who have potential benefits for themselves or their local area based upon promises from the President. The President himself obviously supports it and is working with enemies like Paul Ryan and Orrin Hatch to get it pushed through.
That’s the simple breakdown. The reality is much more complex. In fact, it’s so complex and the details are so delicate that it’s getting sold to the public and politicians while attempting to keep it completely obscured in its full scope. Nobody really knows what all is entailed other than that it should either help or hurt the US job market, it should either improve or dismantle relations with China, and it will either help companies like Nike to bring jobs back to America or force companies like New Balance to take jobs away from America.
If you’re confused, don’t worry. Everyone else seems to be just as confused, including the architects. The only people who don’t seem to be confused are the pharmaceutical companies which adds a whole other element to the puzzle that is currently being swept under the rug.
As for us, we’re going to hold judgment until all of the details can be seen and that could take some time. The dust isn’t settling because it keeps getting stirred back up. The sheer secrecy behind this agreement is enough to give us pause, but at the end of the day it comes down to one thing: transparency. We must be given the ability to see what it is. This isn’t a situation where we have to pass it if we want to read it. With all that’s at stake, we need to see it and fully examine the implications before anyone should be allowed to pass it.