Monday, April 20, 2015

What Is TPP? Not For Me

Until last week I'd never heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership or T.P.P. and that's no mistake. It seems to be another “free trade” deal that promises millions of new jobs but looks like another surrender of our sovereignty and more jobs leaving the country. In other words yet another corporate sellout. So it's no wonder it's been pretty much a secret deal that they want to enact without any debate. Maybe we should find out more about it. So that's what I've been doing today and here's what I found out.

What got me started was hearing a radio with Jim Hightower for an organization called it stoptpp.org. That website didn't really seem to have their stuff together through it I found myself on the PublicCitizen web site at citizen.org. It was very informative here is what they had to say (in part);
    “Have you heard? The TPP is a massive, controversial "free trade" agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by officials from the United States and 11 other countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.
    The TPP would expand the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) "trade" pact model that has spurred massive U.S. trade deficits and job loss, downward pressure on wages, unprecedented levels of inequality and new floods of agricultural imports. The TPP not only replicates, but expands NAFTA's special protections for firms that offshore U.S. jobs. And U.S. TPP negotiators literally used the 2011 Korea FTA – under which exports have fallen and trade deficits have surged – as the template for the TPP.
    In one fell swoop, this secretive deal could:
    expose the U.S. to unsafe food and products,
    roll back Wall Street reforms,
    ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs,
    offshore American jobs and increase income inequality,
    jack up the cost of medicines,
    sneak in SOPA-like threats to Internet freedom,
    and empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards.

    Although it is called a "free trade" agreement, the TPP is not mainly about trade. Of TPP's 29 draft chapters, only five deal with traditional trade issues. One chapter would provide incentives to offshore jobs to low-wage countries. Many would impose limits on government policies that we rely on in our daily lives for safe food, a clean environment, and more. Our domestic federal, state and local policies would be required to comply with TPP rules.”


To find out more click here.


What makes all this important right now is a bill before Congress that would hand over their own constitutional authority to debate and modify this trade law. The process is called Fast Track, or Trade Promotion Authority. It creates special rules that empower the White House to negotiate and sign trade agreements without Congressional oversight. Lawmakers won’t be able to analyze and change their provisions, and have only 90 days for an up or down, Yes or No vote to ratify the entire treaty.


In this video Senator Elizabeth Warren exposes one of the provisions of this agreement called Investor Dispute Settlement and how it threatens our sovereignty.






Does all of this sound like something you'd want to find out more about and perhaps fight? Follow the links and find out more and below is one more if you'd like to sign a petition to keep Congress from approving this Fast Track authority.

https://act.eff.org/action/don-t-let-congress-fast-track-tpp

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