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Sun Oct 21, 2012, 09:08 PM

Kucinich: TPP trade deal lacks transparency



"The negotiations over the multinational Trans-Pacific Partnership, or the TPP Free Trade Agreement, lack transparency. The U.S. Trade Representative denies members of Congress and the public access to the classified text of the agreement.

"This policy of secrecy undermines public trust and denies members of Congress the opportunity Congress has historically been afforded to provide input on trade deals. According to Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, the U.S. Trade Representative has consulted with 'over 600 mostly corporate advisors on the context of the classified TPP text,' while continuing to deny access to policy makers whose constituencies will be greatly affected by the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

"From what has been leaked of the TPP, it is shaping up to be worse than NAFTA. The North American Free Trade Agreement's (NAFTA) legacy of deregulation, the outsourcing of American jobs, and the undermining of U.S. environmental and health laws is legendary."

"The devastating track record of Free Trade Agreements (FTA) thus far is clear, and recent reports confirm the fears of those of us who opposed the NAFTA-style FTAs with Korea, Colombia and Panama last year. Colombia continues to be the most dangerous place in the world for trade unionists. Our trade deficit with Korea in the auto sector has grown to nearly $8 billion, a 28% increase over the same period from last year.

"In June of this year, I joined over 100 Members of Congress in asking U.S. Trade Representative for more transparent negotiations and to provide Congress with the vital opportunity to provide input for the agreement. Our voices join thousands of people across the country and a broad range of civil society groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Medical Student Association and the AFL-CIO that are calling for increased transparency and accountability in the TPP negotiation process.

"When will the U.S. Trade Representative listen? Why is the process so secret? Shouldn't we know the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership before the election?"
http://kucinich.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=311113

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limpyhobbler Oct 2012 OP
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #1
billh58 Oct 2012 #2
limpyhobbler Oct 2012 #3
billh58 Oct 2012 #5
limpyhobbler Oct 2012 #6
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #7
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #4
pam4water Oct 2012 #9
pam4water Oct 2012 #8

Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Sun Oct 21, 2012, 10:18 PM

1. In a sane world the Democrats would have gotten behind Dennis for President.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 21, 2012, 10:49 PM

2. And allowed

the Republicans to win any election in which DK ran? I think not.

Dennis has good ideas, and talks a great talk, but has no track record to run on, and has absolutely no voter appeal.

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Response to billh58 (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 21, 2012, 11:04 PM

3. no track record?

I think he has an awesome track record of being right about the issues. Ohio State Senate. Mayor of Cleveland. Member of Congress since 1997? He was for marriage equality before it was cool. Resists useless wars. Defends Social Security and Medicare from the cutters. Advocates health care for all Americans. Speaks out against shitty secret trade deals. Outspoken defender of progressive values. That's a track record.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 22, 2012, 12:05 AM

5. How many

bills has he sponsored and had passed since he's been in office? "Standing" for a position is not the same as doing something about it.

This train has already left the station, and DK wasn't on it.

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Response to billh58 (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 22, 2012, 12:18 AM

6. Check on the

internet maybe.

I'm more interested in the TPP issue. I think it is a crappy secret trade policy.

It kind of went off on a tangent talking about the person instead of the issue. I like Kucinich and think he is one of the best members of Congress.

"Standing up for stuff" is more important than "passing a bunch of laws to protect big banks and oil companies".


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Response to billh58 (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 22, 2012, 12:42 AM

7. "How many bills has he sponsored and had passed since he's been in office?"

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Response to billh58 (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 21, 2012, 11:04 PM

4. Oh really?

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Response to billh58 (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 22, 2012, 03:52 AM

9. Well maybe if we got some of the money out of politics and started voting on issues instead of

sex appeal we'd have a function government and elect more people like Kucinich.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2012, 03:47 AM

8. K&R

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