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Opinion

January 27, 2014

TPP not a good deal for US workers

To the editor:

In the State of the Union speech, President Obama is expected to tout his plans to combat growing U.S. inequality. But at the same time, he is pushing measures that would only make inequality worse.

President Obama is trying to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade pact with 11 Asian and Latin American nations, through Congress.

Data from 20 years of NAFTA and subsequent deals show us that these pacts send good-paying jobs offshore and depress wages in the jobs that remain.

Our U.S. representative, John Tierney, should vote against sidelining the people’s voice in Washington.

Democracy doesn’t thrive in the fast lane.

John Harwood

Newbury

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