Black Americans voting for Secretary Clinton are like working class Republicans. They are supporting a candidate who will undermine their economic interests. Hillary Clinton supports so-called “free-trade agreements,” and the primary purpose of these treaties is to provide American trans-national corporations easy access to cheap labor. As previously explained here, Clinton is not “opposed” to the Trans-Pacific Partnership; she is being disingenuous about that. Even U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donahue understands that she will support the TPP if elected, and that “agreement” will devastate American people of color.
This was the topic on a TPP conference call last Sunday evening. One of the guest speakers was Dr. William Spriggs, Chief Economist for the AFL-CIO and a black man. He explained that the TPP will shift employment to Vietnam and Malaysia where wages are extremely low just as NAFTA lead to the outsourcing of jobs to Mexico. NAFTA was pushed upon the American people by President Bill Clinton, another candidate whose candidacy to the White House was funded largely by Wall Street bankers.
Dr. Spriggs explained that outsourcing has been especially bad for minority workers in the U.S. They are less likely to move to another part of the country to find employment that pays as much as their outsourced job did. He has studied the gap between how trade assistance to workers laid off and reality. They do get some training, but the vast majority of the time, the work they end up securing pays a fraction of the job they had before their company relocated its factory abroad. He explained the financial aid offered in trade assistance is never enough to recover lost income. Spriggs presentation can be heard here.
The TPP will do a lot more damage to American democracy and sovereignty than it will do to American workers. The TPP is a Trojan horse for the imposition of international corporate rule on all American legislators. If passed, it will not matter, when it comes to regulating the greed of foreign-based transnational corporations, whether Americans elect a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian or a Green Party candidate; they will all be constrained by the TPP, a prospective coup des lois, a sudden takeover of our system of government. Americans do not understand this because the corporate, mainstream media, from Fox to MSNBC, is not explaining it, not inviting guests who understand the fundamentally un-American and anti-democratic nature of these “free-trade agreements.”
Hillary Clinton supports hydro-fracking which will accelerate climate change. She is a nationalistic, mistake-prone hawk, and she supports Wall Street’s agenda: so-called “free-trade agreements.” She is a Democrat in name only, a DINO. Black Democrats voting for Hillary Clinton may as well become Republicans. That way, they could help steer that Party away from racist candidates like Donald Trump and toward “moderate” candidates like Governor Kasich. As Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, wrote in The Nation, Hillary Clinton does not deserve the black vote. Why she is getting it is as puzzling and frustrating as working-class Americans voting Republican.