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Consideration of Michael J. Boskin’s Nov. 22 article, “The next trade breakthroughs,” encourages my opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Keizai, the Japanese counterpart for the word “economy,” originally meant managing the state and supporting people’s lives — not making money.

Most economists today are obsessed with the holy grail of making more money at any cost; hence the ugly trend of the rich getting ever richer and the poor, poorer, making life miserable for the majority. Before stock exchanges, people worked to earn a living, raise children and love. Since the exchanges were established, people have worked for the sake of money, often ruining their family when an investment failed.

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