Why has President Obama been willing to spend so much political capital on the Trans Pacific Partnership?


Robert Reich has posted Why has President Obama been willing to spend so much political capital on the Trans Pacific Partnership? on his Facebook page.

Here is some of what Reich had to say about Michael Froman, the United States Trade Representative.

Froman went to Harvard Law School with Obama, but that’s not the only important connection. In the Clinton Administration, Froman was chief of staff to Bob Rubin when Rubin was Secretary of the Treasury. Rubin, you may recall, had convinced Clinton to pass NAFTA, kill the Glass-Steagall Act, and not regulate financial derivatives.

When I bring up this behavior of the Clinton administration, Hillary Clinton fans go into a state of denial. Robert Reich is a good friend of Hillary Clinton, and he was Labor Secretary in the Bill Clinton administration. If he can say this, perhaps you can give him a little credit that he might know a thing or two about what went on at that time.

Will Hillary Clinton denounce these actions that occurred during her husband’s administration? I am not claiming that she has responsibility for what he did. I am claiming that she has a responsibility to tell us what she thinks about those policies now. It is essential that we understand what she thinks about this if we are to vote for her for President.

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