There is clearly protectionism, cronyism, implicit subsidies, labor and environmental regulations in TPP. RW sounds like one of those ass-backward libertarians in his apology of TPP.I believe I have made it exceptionally clear in numerous posts that TPP is a crony trade deal. Indeed, I wrote an entire post about it. SEE: Free Trade, No Trade, Crony Trade and Trump Trade.
But a crony trade deal is better than a situation where even more trade is halted. I, of course, would like to see complete free trade but a trade deal that removes a multitude of restrictions is not ass-backward libertarianism, if it is better than the proposed alternative in moving in the direction of freedom.
So in one tiny comment, we have a commenter who is confused about the complexity of trade deals such as TPP and the nature of ABL.
ABL occurs when government control is expanded to combat previous government failures, e.g. vouchers, federal troops to patrol cities, establishing tariffs to "fight unfair trade."
Trade deals, such as NAFTA and TPP, are far from libertarian ideals but they remove many trade restrictions. That is, they are in many ways a shrinkage of government control. Trump's withdrawing from TPP is not because he wants more freedom of trade. He has indicated a clear desire to become even more protectionist or did the commenter forget what the President said a few short days ago in this inauguration speech:
We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength...This is not a man who is withdrawing from TPP to make trade easier. He is doing it to make it more difficult to trade across borders. It is a move to increase the amount of government control.
America will start winning again, winning like never before.
We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth...
We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.
The three men he has assigned to renegotiate trade deals, Wilbur Ross, Peter Navarro and Robert Lighthizer, are all hardcore protectionists. They were put in their roles not to improve upon TPP or NAFTA and increase trade. They are there bizarrely to limit trade even more.
Supporting Trump's move here is ABL on steroids.