Phyllis Schlafly
The globalists and the lobbyists are lining up to promote another so-called free-trade agreement that gives favors to foreigners while discriminating against American products, jobs and consumers. The mainstream media are allowing the deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to be negotiated in typically secretive closed-door sessions.

The globalists don't want public debate to reveal that the TPP's fine print will ban the "Buy American" provisions of current U.S. law. Since the 1930s, the U.S. government has offered preferential treatment to American producers in the awarding of federal contracts, and many states have similar preference policies.

This is a popular law because Americans believe U.S. taxpayers' money should be spent on U.S. products made by U.S. workers. If a domestic producer's products or services are more expensive than a foreign producer, the U.S. bidder can still be awarded the contract.

Some recent trade agreements have been adopted that give some other nations the same negotiating status as U.S. firms. Now the Obama administration also wants to grant that privilege to Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Peru, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.

Although the text of the TPP deal is available to all those countries and to corporate "trade advisors," it has not been released to the American public. Yet, the TPP deal will allow large sums of U.S. tax dollars to be used to strengthen other countries' manufacturing sectors instead of ours.

China is expecting to join the deal soon, but meanwhile, China will get TPP's benefits anyway by shipping from its plants located in Vietnam and Malaysia. China, which grows its shrimp in sewage and then doctors it with chemicals, is already transshipping 66 million pounds of its shrimp annually through Malaysia in order to avoid U.S. antidumping duties and the FDA's import alert.

The seafood consumed by Americans is 84 percent imported, including a large amount from TPP countries. The question the lobbyists don't want us to ask about TPP is: Do you think foods sold to American consumers should be required to meet U.S. safety standards?

The FDA has already issued 25 import alerts for Vietnam this year, with Vietnamese seafood detained for misbranding, E. coli, unusually high levels of antibiotic residues, microbian contamination, and other serious safety concerns. Vietnamese exporters readily concede that banned antibiotics are used in their aquaculture, and Japan is requesting enrofloxacin tests for 100 percent of shrimp from Vietnam.

Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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