Skip to content Skip to footer

Odd Bedfellows, Lying Together

Supporters of a job-killing global pact are peddling hokey numbers and neon lies.

Fast Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Cartoon: Khalil Bendib)

Come one, come all. Step right up and buy your ticket for a ride on the splendiferous, phantasmagoric, and miraculous Trans-Pacific Partnership!

The TPP isn’t some sort of futuristic flying machine. It’s just another global trade scam coming at us like a volcanic eruption straight out of hell.

This thing is a “partnership” of, by, and for global corporations – similar to NAFTA, only much, much bigger and far more destructive both to the middle class and to our people’s sovereignty.

After hammering out backroom deals in strict secrecy over the past seven years, a cabal of White House negotiators and corporate lobbyists are now ready to spring it on us. And its backers intend to ram it into law before We the People can get a whiff of its anti-democratic stench.

Indeed, to perfume it, they’ve already begun a PR campaign touting the TPP as a long-sought wonder cure for America’s downtrodden working class.

Fast Tracking the TPP, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil BendibFast Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Cartoon: Khalil Bendib)

For example, such odd-bedfellow boosters as Secretary of State John Kerry and the US Chamber of Commerce both exclaim that the 12-nation scheme will “support 650,000 new jobs.”

Wow… really?


Glenn Kessler, who writes The Washington Post’s “Fact-Checker” column, dug into that number in January. He found that it was incorrect, misleading, and silly. In fact, he wrote, “The correct number is zero.”

He also pointed out that even if 650,000 jobs were created, that’s not even a drop in the bucket. It would increase US employment by less than one-half of 1 percent.

Be alert, friends, for the TPP gang wants to dazzle us with hokey numbers and neon lies. Meanwhile, they’re stealing our democratic rights and turning our future over to global corporations. To get information and get involved, visit Public Citizen.

​​Not everyone can pay for the news. But if you can, we need your support.

Truthout is widely read among people with lower ­incomes and among young people who are mired in debt. Our site is read at public libraries, among people without internet access of their own. People print out our articles and send them to family members in prison — we receive letters from behind bars regularly thanking us for our coverage. Our stories are emailed and shared around communities, sparking grassroots mobilization.

We’re committed to keeping all Truthout articles free and available to the public. But in order to do that, we need those who can afford to contribute to our work to do so — especially now, because we have just 4 days left to raise $36,000 in critical funds.

We’ll never require you to give, but we can ask you from the bottom of our hearts: Will you donate what you can, so we can continue providing journalism in the service of justice and truth?