Back during the 2004 democratic presidential primary debates I remember and supported then Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s motivation for getting the United States out of the World Trade Organization (WTO). He made it one of the main planks of his campaign. Even though I was and still consider myself to be a Deaniac (supporter of Howard Dean), I really did appreciate Kucinich on the issue of trade.
Here’s what being a member of this organization gets the American people:
“The WTO’s continued assault against commonsense food labels is just another example of how corporate-controlled trade policy undermines the basic protections that U.S. consumers deserve,” said Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter in response to the news. “The United States should appeal the ruling and continue to fight for sensible consumer safeguards at the supermarket.”
Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, said the ruling speaks to how international trade deals weaken U.S. consumer, environmental and other protections: “Today’s ruling spotlights how these so called ‘trade’ deals are packed with non-trade provisions that threaten our most basic rights, such as even knowing the source and safety of what’s on our dinner plate.”
For the past thirty years or so there hasn’t been a trade deal or trade partnership that has benefited any citizen of any country. These deals only enrich the 1 percent at the expense of labor and the environment. One of the saddest realities to come to terms with is to witness what the Obama administration is doing on the issue of trade.
Back in the 2008 presidential election cycle then candidate Obama heavily attacked Hillary Clinton for being a strong supporter of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). If we fast forward six years, you will now see the Obama administration pushing for fast track authority to negotiate a trade deal that is even worse than NAFTA in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The scary thing is that there are even more horrible trade deals out there that the neoliberals want the U.S. government to adopt.