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What we know about the TPP that has been revealed so far

Summary of Dangers of the TPP

From what we've seen the TPP will:
1. make it easier to offshore more jobs now performed in the United States.
2. generate downward pressure on wages.
3. empower another 25,000 foreign corporations to use Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) tribunals to gut our net neutrality, environmental, health, labor and safety laws and regulations.
4. give big pharma new monopoly patent rights.
5. provide for rolling back financial regulations put in place after the crash of 2008.
6. provide for banning buy local and buy domestic policies.
7. undermine climate change and energy policies by constraining the permissible policies governments can use to implement them.
8. potentially prevent the Treasury from replacing the practice of issuing Treasury debt to fund deficit spending with alternative funding methods.
9. potentially prevent the Fed from using negative interest rate policies if it chooses to do so.
10. potentially force the US to bail out insolvent banks through ISDS settlements.
11. constitute ISDS tribunals as criminogenic environments with corporate advocates who play the roles of both judges and corporate attorneys at different times and who have substantial incentives to both drag out and sustain corporate suits against governments at all levels.
12. turn over the legislative power of the Federal government to the investor state dispute settlement courts and the corporations buying their loyalty.
13. paralyze action by future Congresses that might reduce corporate “expectations of profits,”.
14. create a permanent political fight over repealing the horror of the TPP while the US economy declines year after year.
15. create an unconstrained and unconstitutional trade agreement fusing judicial and legislative authority whose overnight judicial undoing would create international instability.
16. demand that the American public ought to ensure them against the business risks they take abroad.
17. insist on classification of the TPP drafts, hiding them from the public and making it an impossible burden for Congresspeople to evaluate them, and then on keeping the proposed or actual agreement secret so that the American people can’t even know what the law is that may result in international levies of many billions of dollars upon them, for four years after the TPP is either passed or defeated.
18. create the possibility that one ISDS case, decided by a biased three-judge panel dominated by attorneys who primarily work for corporate clients could deliver a financial crisis to an American State or local government.
19. provide multinationals protections against risk that would not be accorded to domestic corporations.
20. define “investment” so broadly that it applies to any asset that is either owned or controlled and therefore to any new regulation that may be passed by any democratic government placing chains on all of them and defeating the requirement of the consent of the governed.
21. prohibit “Buy American” laws and regulations.
22. fail to provide a clear legal provision allowing regulating investments for public purpose through laws and regulations that would not be subject to the interpretations of ISDS tribunals dominated by representatives of corporations making decisions in accord with the principle that national level rule making must not interfere with the “expectations of profits” held by multinational private corporations, or to any other tribunals not subject to the consent of the governed.

From: http://neweconomicperspectives.org/2015/04/indicting-the-trans-pacific-partnership-even-one-of-these-counts-is-sufficient-to-vote-to-kill-it.html

Many of our elected Democrats are fighting against it until it can be examined and changed. Our President, a few other democrats and the republicans are for it and want it NOW as it is. If just a few of those things come to pass it will be devastating to the American people. Scoundrel? Yeah I'm gonna say anyone wanting that secret monstrosity to become law without everyone knowing what is in it might just try on that shoe, because the shoe fits. There's an old saying, if the shoe fits, wear it.

As S.C. Democrats wait on Hillary Clinton, likely foes plant seeds


Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont toying with a primary challenge to Clinton, brought Democrats to their feet with a fiery sermon about the hollowed-out middle class and the rise of an “oligarchic form of society” controlled by billionaires.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks at a “Don’t Trade Our Future” march in Washington on April 20. (Win Mcnamee/Getty Images)
The reception Sanders received — several delegates called him “electric” — surprised Rep. James E. Clyburn, the state’s most powerful Democrat, who took it all in from the back of the hall.
“I really did not anticipate that from Bernie,” Clyburn said. “It says something about people’s thirst and hunger for a real message.”

Delegates rose again for Martin O’Malley, the ambitious former Maryland governor, after he spoke with rhetorical flourish about the undying American dream and gave a muscular defense of such liberal ideals such as raising wages, expanding Social Security benefits and cracking down on Wall Street banks.

O’Malley, who lately has amped up his attacks on Clinton, took an apparent swipe at his more cautious and calculating rival in his speech: “Leadership is about forming a public opinion, not about chasing after it. It’s not about the polls. It’s about our principles.”

Elizabeth Warren Room Poll

I have seen several posts suggesting that Elizabeth's supporters want her to run as Hillary's VP and that's the "only way that some of Liz's supporters will vote for Hillary." I'm really curious if any of Liz's supporters want that. I don't even see the scenario of Liz running to "pull Hillary to the left" or as why that would even be desirable.

So simple question. Do you think Liz would or should run as VP for Hillary?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Hillary Clinton needs to state her position on Trans-Pacific Partnership

Cross posted from GD. Special thanks to antigop


Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren on Thursday said Hillary Clinton should stake out a position on a multi-nation trade deal being finalized by the Obama administration.

Warren, in an interview broadcast Thursday on CBS “This Morning,” said that she will say where she stands on “all of the key issues, it’s up to others to say whether they stand there as well, or if they stand in some different place.”
CBS host Charlie Rose asked Warren to name one issue on which she would like to see Clinton delineate a stance. Warren pointed out the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other countries being negotiated by the administration, which will need approval from the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress.

“You know we have a big debate going on right now on trade within the Democratic Party,” Warren said, citing her opposition to dispute-resolution language in the trade pact.

Elizabeth Warren: "I Don't Support the Death Penalty" for Boston Marathon Bomber

On Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said she is opposed to sentencing Dzohkhar Tsarnaev to death, one day after the Boston Marathon bomber was found guilty on all 30 charges related to his involvement in the deadly 2013 attack.

Speaking on CBS This Morning, Warren said, "Nothing is ever going to make those who were injured whole…My heart goes out to the families here, but I don't support the death penalty." "I think he should spend his life in jail, no possibility of parole," she said. "He should die in prison."

"The alternative to the death penalty—it's not as if you set this guy free. He's put away…he's not someone who is able to keep sucking up a lot of energy. The families need their chance to move on."


Bernie Sanders: Sign the petition: no fast track for the TPP

Friend --

Since 2001, the United States has lost more than 60,000 factories and millions of decent-paying jobs. Enabled by free trade agreements like NAFTA, corporations shut down factories in this country to move abroad where they can get away with paying workers pennies an hour.

Fighting against these disastrous free trade deals has been a principal focus of my 24 years in Congress. I voted against NAFTA, CAFTA and permanent normal trade relations with China, because we need trade policies that rebuild our manufacturing sector, not agreements that will lead to fewer jobs and lower wages.

The newly-proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, written behind closed doors by corporate lobbyists, is the biggest free trade agreement of all. It's part of a global race to the bottom to boost the profits of large multi-national corporations by outsourcing jobs; undercutting worker rights; and dismantling labor, environmental, health, food safety and financial laws.

Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry and major media companies that stand to benefit from this agreement are now pressuring Congress to authorize the TPP treaty without allowing lawmakers due process to revise it in order to ensure the deal benefits American workers. They're lobbying for a "fast track" process to deny senators the right to amend the agreement in order to represent their constituents' best interests.

We can't afford to let them rubber stamp another disastrous free trade deal that would lead to the loss of more American jobs.

Please stand up for American workers and join me in saying no to fast tracking this dangerous agreement!


U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders


I do indeed love apples Nilla. There are many types of apples, here are a few I like

I hope you like some of them too. That will give us something in common to share.

Aurora Golden Gala, D'Arcy Spice,Shizuka, Silken, Irish Peach, Lobo, Grimes Golden, Tydeman's Early Worcester, Weirouge, and of course Zuccalmaglio'sReinette.

Now for baking, like pies, apple crisps and such I like to use Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jazz, (which I personally have found is sometime hard to find) Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Fuji, Gala, and of course Jonagold.

Have you ever had an Ard Cairn Russet apple? It's an old variety from Ireland and very reminiscent of a banana. Imagine that, an apple with a hint of banana flavor. There is also an apple called an Apricot Apple with an apricot flavor.

Did you know that the Cox's Orange Pippin is the finest dessert apple and get this, it was discovered as a chance seedling. Can you imagine that. Amazing isn't it. What if that little seedling had been thrown into the compost pile? Too horrible to contemplate.

So anyway I have shared my knowledge and love of apples just on the chance we can find common ground to grow and build a friendship.

I will admit I DO like Hillary. I like her so much that as a Grandmother I myself feel she will make a much better Grandmother than President, and I feel people should do what they can be good at. She was a great SOS wasn't she? Yay Hillary

Anything you want to share?

You are so right though my friend, Bernie is better than almost any democrat. He stands for the people and shares the best Democratic values. That's why most of the time he votes with the Democrats in the Senate. I have found when he votes against the Democrats in the Senate, they are not being very good Democrats. Now there's something else we have in common, Bernie is indeed a better Democrat than most democrats.

Fight for Our Progressive Vision

As I look ahead to this coming year, a number of thoughts come to mind.

First and foremost, against an enormous amount of corporate media noise and distraction, it is imperative that we not lose sight of what is most important and the vision that we stand for. We have got to stay focused on those issues that impact the lives of tens of millions of Americans who struggle every day to keep their heads above water economically, and who worry deeply about the kind of future their kids will have.

Yes. We make no apologies in stating that the great moral, economic and political issue of our time is the growing level of income and wealth inequality in our nation. It is a disgrace to everything this country is supposed to stand for when the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, and when one family (the Waltons) owns more wealth than the bottom 40 percent. No. The economy is not sustainable when the middle class continues to disappear and when 95 percent of all new income generated since the Wall Street crash goes to the top 1 percent. In order to create a vibrant economy, working families need disposable income. That is often not the case today.

Yes. We will continue the fight to have the United States join the rest of the industrialized world in understanding that health care is a human right of all people, not a privilege. We will end the current dysfunctional system in which 40 million Americans remain uninsured, and tens of millions more are underinsured. No. Private insurance companies and drug companies should not be making huge profits which result in the United States spending almost twice as much per capita on health care as any other nation with outcomes that are often not as good.

Yes. We believe that democracy means one person, one vote. It does not mean that the Koch Brothers and other billionaires should be able to buy elections through their ability to spend unlimited sums of money in campaigns. No. We will not accept Citizens United as the law of the land. We will overturn it through a constitutional amendment and move toward public funding of elections.

Let’s abandon the Democrats: Stop blaming Fox News and stop hoping Elizabeth Warren will save us

The Democrats’ conduct since the midterm debacle is as sad and sorry as the campaign that caused it. The party’s leaders are a big problem. A bigger one is the closed system of high-dollar fundraising, reductionist polling and vapid messaging in which it is seemingly trapped. Some say a more populist Democratic Party will soon emerge. It won’t happen as long as these leaders and this system are in place.

Nancy Pelosi says it wasn’t a wave election. She’s right. It was the Johnstown Flood; as catastrophic and just as preventable. One year after the shutdown Republicans scored their biggest Senate win since 1980 and their biggest House win since 1928. Turnout was the lowest since 1942, when millions of GIs had the excellent excuse of being overseas fighting for their country.

Every Democratic alibi — midterm lull, sixth-year curse, red Senate map, vote suppression, gerrymandering, money — rings true, but all of them together can’t explain being swept by the most extreme major party in American history. Citing other statistics — demography, presidential turnout, Hillary’s polls — they assure us that in 2016 happy days will be here again. Don’t bet on it.

Our problem isn’t partisan gridlock but the stagnation of a political ecosystem imbalanced by the slow extinction of liberalism. In the shutdown Ted Cruz bestrode the world like a colossus till the Kochs, of all people, rode to the rescue. Wall Street was a major player but labor was invisible and progressives said barely a word. Their silence didn’t strengthen Obama, it weakened him. It was a perfect tableau of politics in our time. When the left goes AWOL, the right goes crazy.


OMG The queen Latifah show. Everyone needs to see these three girls


My jaw dropped to the dloor. Simply amazing young women. It gives me hope.


you have to sit through a sponser ad but my God it's worth it. Powerful.
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