The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Western Hemisphere Agenda

By Eric Farnsworth, Vice President COA, Washington Office Trade is never a popular topic in a presidential election year, but 2016 may prove to be an inflection point.  For the first time since the Depression, the presumptive candidates of both major political parties have spoken skeptically about trade, one even suggesting that he would renegotiate existing agreements including NAFTA.  Anti-trade sentiment in both Houses of Congress is growing, as the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democrat party expands, the traditional isolationist strain within the Republican party re-emerges, and the center disintegrates.  Ironically, trade is one topic that seemingly unites both sides of the political spectrum, even as the American public decries the deep divisions in Washington.  If George Carlin were still […]