While the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) does strive to include the high standards necessary for a "21st century" trade agreement, I believe that the potential inclusion of Japan in the negotiations is not in the best interest of the United States.
The Progressive Republican Party of Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln is long dead and buried. For the past 40 years, their crude replacements have conducted an unrelenting assault on our nation's democracy, values, humanity and rights.
You might think corporate money corrupts our political system, but the international trade system is where money really talks. The White House is touting the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a "21st century" trade deal, but many activists see it as a regression into economic imperialism.
Free speech, free press and labor standards are notoriously weak in China. China has a rich history and amazing culture. However, they lack the institutions of civil society for democratic debate about serious policy issues. This harms workers and producers in America.
The text of the treaty had been kept from the public during two years of closed-door negotiations, and now we know why: It does not reflect any of the changes that Obama promised as a candidate. It's more Bush-era same-old, same-old.
The Sierra Club is deeply concerned about the environmental implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, many parts of which could directly undermine efforts to strengthen environmental protection while also putting the U.S. economy and workers at risk.