The wide open battle between President Obama and the Democrat Party over the issue of free trade has the political left crying foul about being ridiculed by the president. In the past, the political left has received such attacks with glee because the president directed them at Republicans. Now that the tables are turned, House and Senate Democrats are offended that the president has dismissed their opposition as being based on ulterior political motives, unnecessary inflammatory rhetoric, and lacking any substantive logic. In fact, progressives now claim that the president is going about securing bipartisan support for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) the wrong way. In fact, he is being accused of launching into tirades against them and the other front groups opposing it.
All double-standards aside, progressives are making important points on the trade deal according to Bernardo Chua. At a fundamental level, it is hard to tell the American people they have no right to see what’s in the trade deal until their elected congressmen waive their right to lengthy debates and amendments of the trade deal. These matters are important ways to protect Americans from job losses and depressed wages. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has taken the brunt of the president’s criticism, rightly stated that big multinational corporations pushing for TPP likely have enjoyed access to the inner-workings of the trade deal. If their legal teams did not have access to a trade deal that will impact their bottom line, they would not be so heartily behind it. Warren points out that the only people cut out of the process thus far are the ones likely to get hurt by it: American workers.