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  • UnicornOnTheCob (1601 posts)
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    TPP: How Obama Traded Away His Legacy

    TPP: How Obama Traded Away His Legacy
    Lori Wallach & Murshed Zaheed
    Huffington Post

    And President Obama still won’t face the sorry truth, this week declaring that he would have beaten Trump if he had been the candidate. After years of siding with corporate America to pass various job-killing trade deals over the opposition of congressional Democrats, he announced that it was “nonsense” that anyone should have the view that “Democrats have somehow abandoned the white working class.”
    Yet in fact, post-election polling and exit polls confirm that Trump flipped decisive states because he connected with voters’ fury about job-killing trade deals.

    Trump won Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania by 23,000, 11,000 and 68,000 votes, respectively. The number of people in those states certified as having lost jobs to trade since the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, is 78,331, 159,252 and 182,017 under just one government program that captures a fraction of trade-related job loss.

    Support for the TPP signaled to those whose lives have been turned upside down by the trade policies of the past 25 years that the Democratic Party did not care about them. That message was conveyed repeatedly to the administration and Clinton campaign by union officials who heard it from their angry members.

    But President Obama’s election-year obsession with the TPP sent a message to American workers that was deadly to Hillary Clinton’s campaign as it elevated Trump to the White House and ultimately damaged – if not destroyed – the president’s own legacy.


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  • jwirr (4122 posts)
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    1. I do wish that they would quit saying that the white working class are the only

    ones abandoned by the Dems. The entire 99% have been abandoned. It is just that the white working class have always thought that the Dems would be loyal to them while helping others. Today the only ones the Dems are true to are the establishment.

    • MusicofEbony (135 posts)
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      7. I agree

      The working class of all colors and religions were hurt by neoliberal trade policies. I’m black and my family members who live in Dayton, OH lost their jobs.  It amazes me that people on both sides of the trade argument seem to think minorities were somehow magically unaffected by our countries disastrous trade policies.

      • jwirr (4122 posts)
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        8. IMO this kind of blindness has been happening for centuries. But this time there

        is no excuse for it. Everyone who is not a 1%er has been hurt in some way. The problem is that many do not know they have been hurt and they find scapegoats to blame for it rather than the politicians.

      • FanBoy (7983 posts)
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        9. AAs were also hit hardest by the real estate crash, and on average had

        the biggest hit to their net worth — and it didn’t get better under Obama either.

  • Punxsutawney (1914 posts)
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    2. As someone who has lost household income in VERY large amounts

    To having work sent overseas. I can say that Obama’s TPP campaign infuriated me and made sure I wouldn’t be voting for any Democrat, including my local rep who supported it here in Oregon. I’m sure there were many in the swing states that felt the same way.

    Obama needed to stop listening to his handlers, but he lives in a bubble of his own making. The irony is that as he was about to enter the White House he mentioned that he was afraid of “losing touch and being insulated”. Not sure if he was sincere in that statement or if it was just more bull crap. After 8 years it sure looks like the later.

    Sadly, the 2016 election results were all too predictable given the lack of any attempt by the Dems to curb corporate power.



    To neoliberals, everyone and everything are disposable. -  Chris Hedges  “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness" - J.K. Galbraith
  • Downwinder (1735 posts)
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    3. What legacy is there for a drone?

  • closeupready (2025 posts)
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    10. Same thing with Obamacare. It's toast, but if he'd pushed for a public option,

    his legacy on health care reform would have remained intact, without question.

    So while I love him and Michelle gobs, the loss of his legacy is completely on him.

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  • peacecorps (4149 posts)
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    11. "The ACA, Dodd-Frank and protections for the environment and immigrants all

    are set to disappear in no part small part thanks to President Obama himself and his relentless advocacy for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) right through Election Day.”

    American corporations will survive quite nicely without TPP. Indeed trading TPP for lower taxes on corporations and the rich, fewer ‘job-killing’ regulations, a suppressed minimum wage and a spread of ‘right-to-work’ laws to more states will be good for the 1%.

    The US already imports less (15.4% of GDP) than any country on earth other than Sudan and Nigeria. Progressive countries import much more than we do (Sweden – 40.8%, Canada – 33.8%, Germany – 39.2%). We can reduce those imports down to the levels of Sudan (10.9%) and Nigeria (10.8%). That will not make us progressive.