In the discussion thread: Why is the Trans Pacific Partenership Pact so terrible? Here, precisely, is why. [View all]
Response to Kolesar (Reply #2)
Mon Jul 1, 2013, 07:11 AM
cali (98,026 posts)
7. Here's what I found, but don't forget this is being done in secret.
we have leaks and we have things like this- but they don't know either. And it's being negotiated by people with strong corporate ties and corporate bigwigs themselves:
From last Decemberstrongly worded letter department)
Two Dozen US Senators Demand Labor Rights in the TPP
From April of this year:
Trans-Pacific Partnership Targets Internet And Labor Rights
Courtesy of the Roundup, the Real News Network recently did an interview highlighting the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and the stunning implications this rarely discussed treaty would have on labor, environmental, and internet rights. TPP is the next step in expanding Corporate Power at the expense of democracy and free expression.
According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation the latest round of talks has focused on wildly expanding copyright protection, in essence SOPA 2. But this time Big Business is trying to get through the backdoor by shoving the provisions into a trade agreeement.
According to the AFL-CIO TPP will also rollback the very modest gains unions have achieved in recent trade negotiations. But labor and the internet could just be the beginning as TPP could do serious damage to civil society by undermining democracy and further empowering transnational corporations.
The only way this treaty, which will be very unpopular with the American people once they are aware of it, can be approved is if the Obama administration avoids the democratic process by using an authority known as “Fast Track,” which limits the constitutional checks and balances of Congress.
If the TPP is approved, the sovereignty of the United States and other member nations will be dissipated by trade tribunals that favor corporate power and force national laws to be subservient to corporate interests.
From the Sierra Club:
Dave Johnson is great on the TPP. Very knowledegable:
You will be hearing a lot about the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. TPP’s negotiations are being held in secret with details kept secret even from our Congress. But giant corporations are in the loop.
TPP is a “trade” agreement between several Pacific-rim countries that is actually about much more than just trade. It will be sold as a trade agreement (because everyone knows that “trade” is good) but much of it appears to be (from what we know) a corporate end-run around things We the People want to do to reign in the giant corporations — like Wall Street regulation, environmental regulation and corporate taxation.
The TPP process appears to be set up to push corporate interests over other interests. The TPP is being negotiated in secret, so what we know about it comes from leaked documents. Even our Congress is being kept out of the loop. But 600 corporate representatives are in the loop while representatives of groups that protect working people, human, political and civil rights and our environment are largely not in the loop.
This one-sided participation unfortunately indicates that the interests of giant corporations are likely to override the interests of working people and those who want to protect non-corporate interests. Otherwise there would be more representation by representatives of organizations representing these concerns, and greater transparency into the process.
TPP Is A Very, Very Big Deal
The coming TPP is a very, very big deal. If it is agreed to by the Senate and signed by the President it will override American laws in many areas. We won’t be allowed to enforce laws and regulations that impede the “rights” granted to big corporations under this agreement, and it will be very hard to rescind the agreement once signed, no matter how much damage might result. Just look at how NAFTA, China’s entry into the WTO and other agreements are causing huge trade deficits and sending jobs, factories and industries out of the country while dramatically increasing income and wealth inequality.
Making the TPP work for We, the People should be up there on our “litmus test” of things we require of our elected officials — right along with pledging no cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
TPP Not Just Trade
It looks like TPP will go way beyond what most of us would consider to be in a normal “trade” agreement. TPP — negotiated by giant corporate interests — appears set to give giant corporations a veto over a country’s ability to set many laws and regulations that are designed to reign in those corporations. Quelle surprise!
Leaked documents appear to show that negotiators are writing provisions that will set rules that are binding on Congress and our state legislatures tell us what laws and regulations our own country can pass or enforce in areas like:
intellectual property rights like patents and copyrights,
government procurement like Buy American which would be banned,
investment and land use,
food and product safety,
even environmental standards.
Leaks show that TPP even limits government regulation of financial services!
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Here's what I found, but don't forget this is being done in secret.
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