Category TPP

Will Trump’s trade policies impact Florida’s electorate?

It’s been fashionable for Democrats to discuss how polarizing and racist President Trump is to justify predicting a “blue wave.” Meanwhile Republicans point to the economy’s apparent strength and the favorability of the tax cuts (don’t Republicans always laser-focus on tax cuts? For all the rhetoric Republicans spew, the party remains largely a single issue […]

Open thread: President Trump and the TPP

President Trump today unilaterally pulled the United States out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). This unilateral action and the potential of Trump invoking a Brexit-like article to abrogate NAFTA have spread fear this afternoon among many. How do our readers feel about Trump’s actions? Given the Democrats conflicted views about Free Trade, this seems […]


In a last-minute huddle, Democrats blocked fast-track authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the Senate, saying they had concerns about enforcement of protections. This was a big, multifaceted win for progressives. One, Elizabeth Warren’s Klout score just went way up. Two, the TPP now has a good shot of being killed in the House with […]

What DO you call it when democracy is broken at the behest of business?

“Democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt, April 29, 1938 (Letter to Congress on the problem of Curbing Monopolies) We sometimes forget that private monied interests have been campaigning for “small government” since long […]