Monday, March 7, 2016

Hillary Clinton Takes a U-Turn on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

   After presidential candidate and senator of Vermont Bernie Sanders opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and gained votes as a result, Hillary Clinton decided to "change her mind" on the TPP as well and she did it right before the polls opened on Super Saturday. According to The International Buisness Times, Hillary Clinton said, "I did not work on TPP." For those who don't know or are not familiar with the TPP, it is a complex trade deal involving the United States, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru. The deal is expected to grow economic ties between these nations, slashing tariffs (taxes on imports) and fostering trade to boost growth. Some of the reasons critics argue and disagree with the deal is because it can move jobs from the U.S to developing countries. The International Business Times stated, "Clinton publicly promoted the pact 45 separate times." Though, according to The International Business Times, Clinton said, "I advocated for a multinational trade agreement that would be the gold standard. But that was the responsibility of the United States Trade Representative." Even though she called the deal the gold standard, which is an intense comment to make in my view, she blames the U.S Trade Representative. Going back to an earlier quote, when she was Secratary of State and did not have to disagree with the TPP not knowing that she would be competing for the Democratic presidential nomination against a progressive socialist,  Clinton said, "With respect to the TPP, although the State Department does not have the lead on this, we work closely with the United States Trade Representative." So in one quote, she says it was the trade representative responsible but in the other quote, she says that she worked very closely with the trade representative. The article states, "The cables from 2009 and 2010, which were among a trove of documents disclosed by the website WikiLeaks, also show that the Clinton-run State Department advised the U.S Trade Representative's office on how to negotiate the deal with foreign government officials." So, Clinton said that she did not work on TPP but in this quote, it says that she closely advised on how to negotiate the deal. That means that she basically made the deal. If that's not enough evidence for you, According to CBS News, "A senior administration official told CBS News Correspondent Julianna Goldman that Clinton was one of the biggest backers of TPP." If your a Hillary Clinton supporter, do you really beleive that she had nothing to do with the TPP? If you still don't, Susan Rice, President Obama's National Security Advisor said, "She was integrally involved in all of the major initiatives of the of the first term of the administration. She was instrumental in implementing the rebalance in Asia, of which the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a part." This clearly means that she was strongly in favor of the agreement. To show you even more clearer that she was strongly in favor of the agreement, Clinton said, "The TPP will lower barriers, raise standards and drive long-term growth across the region." She went on to saying, "we are making progress toward finalizing a far-reaching new trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership." 

 
   Hillary Clinton supporters, understand what you are voting for. If you are voting for Clinton, don't be surprised if she goes into office and "changes her mind" again and supports the TPP because I promise you, that is exactly what is going to happen. Don't say I didn't warn you.

   I want to make it clear that I do not want this article to imply that I have something against Hillary Clinton nor do I want this article to imply that I am not supporting Hillary Clinton. I went to Hillary Clinton' rally on Super Tuesday and she is a very strong and bold individual and I have tremendous respect for. I admire her drive and passion towards her campaign and even more so towards helping the American people. I would also like to point out that I strongly appreciate the work the Clinton Administration has done and the work specific individuals tied to the Clinton Administration have done for the American people. Having said all of that, I am just giving my point of view on this specific issue. At this point, I support whoever the Democratic Nominee is, wether it is Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.  


Signing off......

Sinan 


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