Ag Urges Senate to Pass TPA

Cindy Zimmerman

trade-farmers-1Senate Republicans and agriculture industry leaders held a press conference in Washington today to discuss the ways new trade deals could benefit the agriculture community and urge passage of the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation.

Senators speaking on behalf of TPA included Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (R-SD), Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO). “I am hopeful that the Senate can find a path forward to pass this legislation, which is essential to securing free and fair trade agreements and providing access to new markets for American farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers,” said Sen. Thune in advance of an afternoon vote to proceed with the legislation. “We’re going to have a spirited debate, there are going to be a lot of amendments offered…hopefully we’ll be able to keep it in as close a form as we had coming out of the committee.”

California Farm Bureau president Paul Wenger

California Farm Bureau president Paul Wenger

The senators were joined by agricultural representatives American Soybean Association First Vice President Richard Wilkins of Delaware, Virginia Cattlemen’s Association President Jeff Slaven, and California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger.

“Last year we had a record $152 billion in exports for American agriculture,” said Wenger, speaking on behalf of American Farm Bureau. “We’re on pace this year to drop back by $9 million because we have not been a part of many agreements going on around the world. If we do not meet the demand, somebody else will meet that demand.”

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  1. Agriculture’s support of TPP is outrageous. Yes, agriculture has problems, but that’s because the so-called “free market” does not work for farming because both supply and demand are relatively inelastic. See here: http://www.exponentialimprovement.com/cms/farm.shtml

    TPP, and all “trade” deals are economic treason. Somehow, TPP supporters don’t realize when more money goes out of a country than comes in, that’s a prescription for economic collapse. The same is true for a state, a region, or a family. This is arithmetic, not rocket science. The only “trade” should be “balanced trade.”

    I document that for NAFTA from 1993 to 2007 imports overwhelmed exports. Exports increased by a factor of 3.28, but imports increased by a factor of 5.28. http://www.exponentialimprovement.com/cms/naftanem.shtml#Distort2

    Same goes for the Korea “free trade” agreement. Sherrod Brown: “The Obama Administration predicted that the South Korea Free Trade Agreement would create 70,000 jobs and deliver up to $11 billion in exports. Instead, it only increased U.S. exports to Korea by $1 billion, while Korean imports have skyrocketed to more than $12 billion. The growing good trade deficit with Korea has eliminated over 75,000 jobs in the last three years.” http://www.brown.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/brown-statement-following-presidents-visit-to-nike-facility

    What’s called “free trade” is really “transfer of the factors of production” … getting rid of higher paying jobs in the U.S. The Colorado Springs area has lost 72% of semiconductor-related jobs since 2001and has also lost over 50% of both its relatively high-paying Manufacturing and Information Technology jobs, This not only wrecks the economy but also destroys the investment in education made by those who lose their jobs. Those who support “free trade” have made my Ph.D. in physics and MBA virtually worthless.

    In addition, TPP allows corporations to overrule democracy. In every sense, TPP is TREASON!

    The public should be going after those who vote for TPP and fast track with pitch forks!!!

  2. Agriculture’s support of TPP is outrageous. Yes, agriculture has problems, but that’s because the so-called “free market” does not work for farming because both supply and demand are relatively inelastic. See here: http://www.exponentialimprovement.com/cms/farm.shtml

    TPP, and all “trade” deals are economic treason. Somehow, TPP supporters don’t realize when more money goes out of a country than comes in, that’s a prescription for economic collapse. The same is true for a state, a region, or a family. This is arithmetic, not rocket science. The only “trade” should be “balanced trade.”

    I document that for NAFTA from 1993 to 2007 imports overwhelmed exports. Exports increased by a factor of 3.28, but imports increased by a factor of 5.28. http://www.exponentialimprovement.com/cms/naftanem.shtml#Distort2

    Same goes for the Korea “free trade” agreement. Sherrod Brown: “The Obama Administration predicted that the South Korea Free Trade Agreement would create 70,000 jobs and deliver up to $11 billion in exports. Instead, it only increased U.S. exports to Korea by $1 billion, while Korean imports have skyrocketed to more than $12 billion. The growing good trade deficit with Korea has eliminated over 75,000 jobs in the last three years.” http://www.brown.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/brown-statement-following-presidents-visit-to-nike-facility

    What’s called “free trade” is really “transfer of the factors of production” … getting rid of higher paying jobs in the U.S. The Colorado Springs area has lost 72% of semiconductor-related jobs since 2001and has also lost over 50% of both its relatively high-paying Manufacturing and Information Technology jobs, This not only wrecks the economy but also destroys the investment in education made by those who lose their jobs. Those who support “free trade” have made my Ph.D. in physics and MBA virtually worthless.

    In addition, TPP allows corporations to overrule democracy. In every sense, TPP is TREASON!

    The public should be going after those who vote for TPP and fast track with pitch forks!!!

  3. Agriculture’s support of TPP is outrageous. Yes, agriculture has problems, but that’s because the so-called “free market” does not work for farming because both supply and demand are relatively inelastic. See here: http://www.exponentialimprovement.com/cms/farm.shtml

    TPP, and all “trade” deals are economic treason. Somehow, TPP supporters don’t realize when more money goes out of a country than comes in, that’s a prescription for economic collapse. The same is true for a state, a region, or a family. This is arithmetic, not rocket science. The only “trade” should be “balanced trade.”

    I document that for NAFTA from 1993 to 2007 imports overwhelmed exports. Exports increased by a factor of 3.28, but imports increased by a factor of 5.28. http://www.exponentialimprovement.com/cms/naftanem.shtml#Distort2

    Same goes for the Korea “free trade” agreement. Sherrod Brown: “The Obama Administration predicted that the South Korea Free Trade Agreement would create 70,000 jobs and deliver up to $11 billion in exports. Instead, it only increased U.S. exports to Korea by $1 billion, while Korean imports have skyrocketed to more than $12 billion. The growing good trade deficit with Korea has eliminated over 75,000 jobs in the last three years.” http://www.brown.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/brown-statement-following-presidents-visit-to-nike-facility

    What’s called “free trade” is really “transfer of the factors of production” … getting rid of higher paying jobs in the U.S. The Colorado Springs area has lost 72% of semiconductor-related jobs since 2001and has also lost over 50% of both its relatively high-paying Manufacturing and Information Technology jobs, This not only wrecks the economy but also destroys the investment in education made by those who lose their jobs. Those who support “free trade” have made my Ph.D. in physics and MBA virtually worthless.

    In addition, TPP allows corporations to overrule democracy. In every sense, TPP is TREASON!

    The public should be going after those who vote for TPP and fast track with pitch forks!!!

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