Yes, He Did: Obama Plugged Trans-Pacific Partnership While Touting ‘Middle Class’ Growth

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is an imminent threat to American workers--and it has the Obama administration's full support.

By Roger Bybee

Updated at 10p.m. EST on February 12 after the State of the Union address. President Obama, who disappointed workers’ rights advocates by snubbing labor in his inaugural speech, likely horrified them during Tuesday's State of the Union by not only overlooking unions again [RETURN TO ARTICLE]

  • Reader Comments

    No TPP at all. If Obama gives this an approval then it’s time to change government as we know it and find something that represents the people and not the criminals in US Businesses and Washington DC..

    Posted by Aneesia on Feb 12, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    He already gave it his approval.

    Posted by Tim de Phan on Feb 15, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Doesn’t much matter. The focus on turning (what’s left of) the middle class into a gated community is a failed strategy.  You can’t rebuild the middle class while ignoring the post-middle class/poor. You can’t save the middle class without a legitimate safety net that enables families to remain housed and fed during periods of joblessness. A single job loss today can easily result in losing everything, with no way back up. We took the set of policies that created a massive middle class (with a good measure of stability) from WWll until the 1980s, and threw them out the window.

    Posted by DHFabian on Feb 17, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Maybe we’ve reached the point where the president has no power over corporate power, the rich, however we define that shady group of uber-rich.

    Posted by DHFabian on Feb 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Newest Census numbers show in 2011:
    46 Million live below poverty line
    Unemployment insurance kept 2.3 Million our of poverty
    Social Security kept 21 Million out of poverty
    Food stamps kept 3.9 million out of poverty
    Keep healthy Unemployment Insurance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, Earned Income Tax Credit, Social Security and other programs that assist the lower income wage earners.
    The top income are doing very well.

    Posted by clarenceswinney on Feb 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    You couldn’t figure all of this out with the rally call to a $9 minimum wage?  Let’s see, we make labor really expensive in the states, create a free trade agreement that will allow US companies to use cheap offshore labor without penalty.

    It is a scam, and the people that will pay are you, me, and everyone else living in the US.

    Posted by Tim O'Neil on Feb 23, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    With the TPP, what we see is a confluence of forces that has the potential to solidify a shift towards corporate fascism and encase it in international law. Governments will merely be the tools of the corporations to provide a degree of separation from the inevitable police state that will accompany this corporate global governance. Sovereign governments even with all their failings still have at least some concern for the general welfare of their citizens. Corporations by their very nature have only one purpose and that is to generate profits. If an individual whose sole purpose was to blindly enhance profits, without any regard to the standards of what is wrong and what is right in society, would likely be considered a sociopath by mental health experts.

    If the TPP were to be enshrined into international law, these same sociopath corporations would now lord over sovereign governments, indifferent to criminal law, and beyond the control of nation-states. They would have the ability to utilize the militaries of some states to wage war on other “less complaint” states.

    Posted by End The Illusion on Mar 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Obama is a traitor to the voters who supported him.

    Posted by Bob on Mar 16, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    TPP must die.  It sounds like a coffin being built for what’s left of American jobs, manufacturing and every good thing that makes America, America. TPP MD

    Posted by Sherice Thomas on Nov 16, 2013 at 4:01 PM