Sunday, October 11, 2015

Just to be clear: This is not and never was Hillary Clinton's TPP

Things change. If you watched Showtime's excellent documentary Prophet's Prey last night, you saw that the polygamists moved to Utah because polygamy was not illegal in Mexico.  Then the U.S. annexed Utah and the playing field changed.

Hillary Clinton accepted Barack Obama's request to serve as Secretary of State, served the president's agenda at the pleasure of the president, and did so loyally and as a team player.  The administration's plan was a pivot to Asia, and that is why Hillary Clinton hit the ground running with her first official trip.

The final plan for the Trans-Pacific Partnership was six years in the making and did not come to a final form until six days ago - two years and seven months after Hillary Clinton left the State Department.
International Business

Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Reached, but Faces Scrutiny in Congress

ATLANTA — The United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim nations on Monday reached final agreement on the largest regional trade accord in history, teeing up what could be the toughest fight President Obama will face in his final year in office: securing approval from Congress.
The conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, after years of negotiations and a series of sleepless nights here, was merely “an important first step,” conceded Michael B. Froman, the United States trade representative, as he and other weary officials announced their accord.
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When Hillary Clinton came out with a statement on October 7 that she is not in support of TPP, she neither flipped nor flopped.  She was more than two-and-a-half years removed from TPP negotiations that finally came to a rather noteworthy conclusion (it was breaking news) a few days before.  The trade agreement was a treaty in progress when Hillary was at the State Department and, until only a few days ago, not the fully formed treaty now to be examined, debated, and ratified.

It is not impossible that a great deal has changed in more than two years.  It is also not impossible for people to change positions on issues over time.  As we become informed and communication changes, as we learn, we all can and perhaps should adjust our views, attitudes, and stances.

How did you see Bill Cosby in the 1980s?  How do you perceive him now?