Kasich did an op ed in the Wall St Journal yesterday. He came out four square in support of TPP, saying that it would increase exports, create jobs, and reduce consumer prices. All good stuff. That's stuff I would like to believe.
Trouble is, Kasich said nothing about that TPP is. Does it reduce other country tariffs against US exports? How much? When? What else does it regulate?
I am OK with a TPP that brings other country tariffs down to US levels. US tariffs (except for sugar) are really really low. That's why you see so many Japanese and South Korean cars on the road, and why pretty much everything on sale at Walmart is made in China. Fair trade means other countries lower their tariff barriers to match ours.
And I am OK with a TPP that tries to lower "non tariff barriers", hard to meet safety regulations , pollution limits, and the like.
I am not OK with lowering US tariffs any further. I am not OK with using TPP to impose international minimum wages, worker safety, and worker benefit laws. Or to impose controls on money exchange rates.
Or other things that have nothing to do with tariffs.
So far Obama has kept the contents of TPP secret. It could have anything in it. I am not in favor of ratifying a secret treaty that might well hurt us.