Twelve countries came together and after seven years scored a deal that will promote Made-in America exports which will create more good-paying middle class jobs in America.
The TPP is all about Jobs and Growth because it levels the playing field for American workers and American factories. Furthermore, the TPP levels the playing field for our farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers by eliminating over 18,000 taxes various countries put on Made-in-America products. That means we will be cheaper to our foreign consumers so they will buy more from the Americans.
We need more markets to sell to and most of the world is much bigger than America, matter of fact more than 95 percent of the world's consumers live outside our borders. Now that the rules are fair, our factory workers can out-compete anyone in the world.
Unfortunately, the present plan puts our factory workers at a disadvantage, with higher costs for American goods, more barriers to export, and lower standards for workers and the environment abroad than we have at home.
Here are six reasons why the TPP is a winner for the USA:
1. TPP includes the most robust enforceable environment commitments of any trade agreement. If you want to live a green life style then you want the "American way" to spread far and wide. Our factories are the cleanest on earth. We are bringing our friendly competitors to our standards. China and India will have to clamor to join this trade regime ultimately which will force these polluters to play on our higher level plateau. The world will be cleaner because of TPP.
2. TPP is a new type of tough trade agreement that puts American workers first by including the strongest enforceable labor standards of any trade agreement in history, including in areas like child and forced labor and wages. This means that USA Factories are not competing with kids in horrific work conditions--we are competing adult vs adult. US based factories never use child labor so we will be competing on a more level playing field.
3. TPP promotes a free and open Internet by removing government interventions that limit the free flow of information, ideas, and high tech products. It is better to have the USA negotiate this with Japan and Peru rather than China and Iran making internet policy.
4. The rules of the road are up for grabs in Asia, the world's fastest-growing region. If we don't pass this agreement and write those rules, countries like China will set weak rules of the road, threatening American jobs and workers and undermining U.S. leadership in Asia. TPP helps ensure that the global economy reflects our interests and values by requiring other countries to play by fair wage, safe workplace, and strong environmental rules that we help set. We are setting the tone. If you want to trade with this bloc (TPP Signatories) then you need to get on board this set of rules.
5. TPP strengthens the U.S. economy, which is the foundation of U.S. national security and a critical source of our influence abroad. Our jobs will grow and our factories will strengthen so this will increase our global strength. We will be seen as the leaders of free and fair trade.
6. TPP reinforces our commitment to this vital region, helping us strengthen our relationships with our partners and allies. We should not be Eurocentric--a lot of action is happening on the Pacific Coast so we need a trade pact that focuses on the world's growing markets.
(Special thanks to The District Export Council, America's export advocate, for contributing to this article.)