Pat Buchanan, former presidential candidate and long-time illegal immigration foe, has resurfaced with a vengeance to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Buchanan is also railing against his fellow Republicans who, a mere six months ago, promised voters they would fight against President Obama’s tyrannical government and oppose him at every turn. Instead, at the urging of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the GOP confirmed pro-amnesty Attorney General Loretta Lynch and is vigorously supporting the anti-American worker, pro-Wall Street, pro-corporate America, pro-K Street TPP.
|Protestors raise their fists and chant slogans during a rally against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, in Tokyo on May 13, 2014
(AFP Photo/Yoshikazu Tsuno)
The White House keeps the full details surrounding TPP a secret, but too many years of free trade make its consequences painfully easy to predict. Buchanan neatly summarized the results of more than three decades of free trade agreements in his recent opinion column.
According to Buchanan, today the United States is a dependent nation – dependent on imports for its daily needs and for the vital components of our military’s weapons systems. Gone are the days of rising wages and an expanding American middle class, replaced by income inequality, and wage stagnation.
Since George W. Bush’s administration, the U.S. has amassed $11 trillion in trade deficits. During the first decade of the 21st century, 55,000 factories closed, and the economy lost more than 5 million jobs because of the huge deficit. Many of the American factories that shut down reopened in China which contributed to a U.S. average annual growth rate of a meager 1.8 percent since 2000 versus China’s 10 percent. In the last 15 years, U.S. family income has dropped $4,600.
Buchanan called for a trade policy that puts Americans first, a place the nation hasn’t enjoyed during this sustained era where Congress values political double dealing and big business above all else.
Please go to the CAPS Action Alert page here to urge your representative to block TPP which could, in addition to its other flaws, lead to major immigration increases through L-1 guest worker visa abuse.