This is insane and more people need to realize what this partnership is. Corporations are now publicly taking over our government. CORPORATIONS
PUBLICLY TAKING OWNERSHIP OF OUR RIGHTS AND LAWS!!
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: We Won't Be Fooled by Rigged Corporate Trade Agreements
This is because the TPP goes far beyond a trade deal. Only five of the 29 chapters contain provisions related to trade. The other chapters consist of
provisions related to patent protections, investor state rights and finance deregulation, among others. The TPP is a backdoor corporate power grab to
advance the stalled WTO agenda. Or as Sachie Mizohata writes in Asia Times, "The TPP is a Trojan horse, branded as a 'free trade' agreement, but
having nothing to do with fair and equitable treatment. In reality, it is precisely 'a wish list of the 1% - a worldwide corporate power'. "
Will Obama Fast-Track the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
This week there has been discussions between leaders from the Pacific Rim over the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Bali, Indonesia at APEC.
President Barack Obama has demanding a ‘trade promotion authority’ from the United States Congress to fast-track the Pacific Rim treaty, the
The fast-track authority plays a pivotal role in determining the extent to which the United States Congress can engage in a critical review of trade
The United States Chamber of Commerce has supported a comprehensive Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would enhance the intellectual property rights
and investment rights of corporations. Thomas Donohue, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber, has vowed: ‘We will launch a
full-scale lobbying, grassroots, and education campaign to win passage [of the Trans-Pacific Partnership] in Congress.’
U.S. pushing Trans-Pacific Partnership agenda despite government shutdown
Obama had intended to thrash out issues with leaders of the 11 other trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, member countries on the sidelines of the
Asian-Pacific regional summit in Bali on Monday and Tuesday.
"I do want to make clear none of what is happening in Washington diminishes by one iota our commitment to our partners in Asia, including our efforts
to promote trade and investment throughout the region," Secretary of State John Kerry, who is standing in for Obama, said Saturday.
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Resisting a Threat
If the TPP only concerned trade—imports tariffs and exports quotas, for example—perhaps citizens and elected officials would not be so alarmed by
the lack of transparency. But as Sharon Treat, a member of Maine’s House of Representatives, explains to Toward Freedom, “These agreements cover
soup to nuts: you’re talking about everything from financial regulations to environmental regulations to labor policies to, well, everything.”
Treat is a member of one of 28 committees that are granted access to portions of the TPP’s negotiating text, ostensibly as a way for officials to
receive public input; however, the vast majority of those who sit on the committees, more than 600 individuals, are corporate executives and
lobbyists. She went on, saying, “I know more about this sort of thing than the average person, yet I’ve been taken aback by some of what
I’ve learned in terms of how these agreements reach into everything and could potentially overturn many of the laws and regulations that protect
public health and the environment.”