No working stiff in America should like the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which President Obama may soon try to fast-track through Congress.
The TPP is not for you and me, or for people like you and me anywhere. Its primary purpose is to maximize the profits of multinational corporations, giving them free rein to move their operations from country to country for the best deal for themselves.
One hears it called the “race to the bottom.” That’s to the bottom in wages, in benefits, in job security, and in working conditions, and not just for us but for the most vulnerable people throughout the Pacific Rim.
If you agree that the TPP is a bad deal all around, contact Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein and your representative in Congress to voice your opposition to it. Tell them what it is like to lose a job, to have a sense of zero control over the quality of life in your own country or to send your children into a needlessly impossible and impoverished future. They need to hear it.
If you do not know who represents you in Congress, use your zip code to search online.
Kathleen Miles, Fresno