New disturbing information has surfaced that the House Republicans’ trade adjustment assistance bill, which supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, contains a Medicare poison pill.
The bill includes $700 million in Medicare cuts at the end of a 10-year budget period to cover the cost of trade adjustment assistance for displaced workers, Americans who will lose their jobs because of lower cost imports. Please let members of Congress know that they should not support the bill in its current form.
Covering the cost of assistance for displaced workers is important. But, in the words of several groups representing older Americans, including the Medicare Rights Center and The Alliance for Retired Americans, “Medicare should not be used as a piggy bank every time the government needs funding for other purposes.” …
And exactly why should we allow for the displacement of our own workers? Is it xenophobic to question who benefits from such economic dislocation? Can we please get past the propaganda here? This is not about lifting all boats. This same corporate regime has already devastated much of the “3rd world”. NAFTA was a disaster for the mexican poor. Trade globalization makes everyone less secure by increasing dependency on energy-intensive transport of goods from distant places with little accounting for labor, environmental or product safety laws. And for this “bargain” we are to tolerate increasing poverty at home?
It is not selfish to look a gift horse in the mouth. It’s only common sense. We need economic localization (certainly of food for crissakes), not globalization.