Grayson on TPP-NAFTA; Ukrainian ships seized

3-25-14    

Before NAFTA went in to effect, the United States never had a trade deficit of a hundred and thirty five billion dollars in any time in its history.  

Every single year since NAFTA went in to effect we’ve had a trade deficit of a hundred and thirty five billions dollars or more.  In the last thirteen years we’ve won thirteen state trade deficits that are higher than any country that’s ever run in the history of the entire world.  There’s no country that’s ever had a two hundred billion dollar trade deficit other than the United States.  

We have thirteen in a row that are three hundred and fifty billion dollars or more. We’ve lost five million manufacturing jobs and roughly ten million other jobs and the middle class is being destroyed.

R.K.: Who benefits from these then?  Why are they done?

A.G.: They’re done because foreigners benefit from them and multi-national corporations benefit from them. 

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Exclusive-to-Opednews-Ala-by-Rob-Kall-Globalization_Globalization-NAFTA_Globalization-WTO-WB-etc_Tpp-Trans-pacific-Partnership-140325-498.html

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3-26-14 http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/russia-reportedly-seizes-51-ukrainian-ships-in-crimea-340929.html
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3-20-14 Over 25 leading technology companies have joined a public letter urging Senator Ron Wyden, the newly appointed Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, to firmly oppose any form of “fast track” authority for trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Fast Track, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, is a mechanism that in practice limits Congressional oversight over U.S. trade policy, and gives the White House sweeping power to negotiate and finalize trade agreements.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/03/tech-companies-urge-senator-wyden-reject-fast-track-and-bring-transparency-tpp

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