In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, President Barack Obama has ended his push for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest free trade agreement ever sought. The TPP is dead. I am hard pressed to think of a larger giveaway of the power of the people and good governance to corporate power than the TPP. Good riddance! This is a huge win, undergirded by years of activism by millions of people across the planet. Candidate Trump campaigned strongly against free trade agreements, second only in emphasis to immigration control. Candidate Clinton switched her former support for the TPP to opposition during the campaign. Clinton advisers spoke openly of its eventual passage under a Clinton presidency. President Obama’s perplexing insistence in pushing the TPP, against most in his own party, congress, and the American people, kept alive and relevant candidate Trump’s vociferous opposition. For those mourning, with good reason, a Trump regime, this may be the best news we see emanating out of the Trump earthquake, perhaps ever. So…celebrate this big win, and get back to the fight.
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