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Sat Jan 31, 2015, 03:17 PM

Rep. John Conyers Calls TTP: Fast Track to Job Losses

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Fast Track to Job Losses
Posted: 01/29/2015


____The new Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- an agreement between the U.S. and Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam -- has rightfully been called "NAFTA on steroids." The 11-nation trade deal would force Americans to compete against workers from developing nations like Vietnam, where the minimum wage is less than 60 cents per hour.

Much like NAFTA, the TPP has more to do with big-business protectionism than with genuine free trade. Of TPP's 29 sections, only five relate to traditional trade issues like lowering tariffs. The rest of the chapters seek to limit the powers of governments to protect the safety of food, medicines, and the environment, as well as to forestall governments from implementing financial regulations of the sort that are needed to safeguard taxpayer money from bank bailouts. Most damaging of all, the TPP would create new incentives for corporations to ship jobs overseas and would forbid governments from using strategies like "Buy American" provisions that keep jobs in our country.

But the TPP is only part of the problem. This same failed NAFTA model is being replicated yet again though a massive new Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) with Europe. Like NAFTA and the TPP, this proposed agreement would empower corporations to offshore jobs, attack U.S. and Michigan consumer protections, and sue taxpayers.

Thankfully, there's a way to stop these deals. Because they contain individual provisions that are harmful to every group of Americans -- from farmers to factory workers -- the agreements will almost certainly be amended beyond recognition once they're debated openly in Congress, forcing international negotiators back to the drawing board. That's why the agreements' backers are pushing for a special legislative procedure known as Trade Promotion Authority, or "Fast Track," to remove Congress's power to decide on the content of trade agreements. Fast Track would prevent Congress from being able to fully debate and amend the TPP or TAFTA and would force lawmakers to consider the agreements under expedited timetables. Because Congress has constitutional authority over trade policy, members of the House and Senate have a sacred obligation not only to stop these destructive deals but to stop the usurpation of their constitutionally granted powers. By rejecting Fast Track, we can defeat the TPP and TAFTA.

In this era of partisanship and gridlock, the fight for fair trade is an extraordinary opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to come together. In the last Congress, 178 lawmakers from both parties signed letters expressing strong opposition to Fast Track. In the weeks ahead we will work to build on this support. Protecting American workers, consumers, and taxpayers from foreign lawsuits and a regulatory race to the bottom isn't liberal or conservative; it's simple common sense.


read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-conyers/trans-pacific-partnership_b_6571496.html

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Reply Rep. John Conyers Calls TTP: Fast Track to Job Losses (Original post)
bigtree Jan 2015 OP
Autumn Jan 2015 #1
Buns_of_Fire Jan 2015 #11
KoKo Jan 2015 #2
Autumn Jan 2015 #3
bigtree Jan 2015 #4
kelliekat44 Jan 2015 #5
think Jan 2015 #6
colsohlibgal Jan 2015 #7
backwoodsbob Jan 2015 #15
djean111 Jan 2015 #8
ND-Dem Jan 2015 #9
KoKo Jan 2015 #18
Ykcutnek Jan 2015 #10
Autumn Jan 2015 #12
Buns_of_Fire Jan 2015 #13
Tierra_y_Libertad Jan 2015 #14
TheKentuckian Jan 2015 #16
hughee99 Jan 2015 #17

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 03:22 PM

1. The TPP is the best thing ever.


At least I see a lot of DUers defending it. I often wonder if they did the same for NAFTA

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Response to Autumn (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 07:33 PM

11. Hey, trust us. You're just gonna LOVE it.

We won't even give you a hint about WHAT you're gonna love, but that would spoil the surprise!

Do I need this? +++> (I suppose. Better safe than sorry.)

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 03:27 PM

2. Uh...Oh....its "Huffington Post"

which is Propaganda....a disinformation source we are not supposed to read from for information about the TPP--according to the "CIC." Even when it is Representative John Conyers reporting it.

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Response to KoKo (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 03:31 PM

3. It is all so confusing!!! Who can we trust???

Even history is nothing more than disinformation A worthless General who answers to the President decides he interprets the constitution, not the courts and doesn't have to answer to anyone is just exercising his 4th amendment rights. Yep.

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Response to KoKo (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 03:33 PM

4. even when it's...

Barack Obama
44th President of the United States

A Blueprint for Middle-Class Economics
Posted: 01/29/2015

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barack-obama/obama-budget-middle-class-economics_b_6570948.html?1422544154

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 03:40 PM

5. I wish we could read it for ourselves. Where is Anonymous? nt

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 03:49 PM

6. k&R

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 05:30 PM

7. Obama Carrying On What Bubba Started

Crazy Ross Perot wasn't all crazy, he was dead on about trade deals, and this is a trade deal with even more added that's terrible for most of us.

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Response to colsohlibgal (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 07:51 PM

15. at this point

 

I almost wish I had voted for Ross Perot

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 06:15 PM

8. kick and rec and this is so important!!!!!

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 06:21 PM

9. k&r and thank you john conyers

 

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Response to ND-Dem (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 10:11 PM

18. Recommend...

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 06:32 PM

10. Spoken like a good puppet of Zane Walker and Karla Swift. nt

 

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Response to Ykcutnek (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 07:35 PM

12. I always considered Rep. Conyers a puppet of the American people, the vulnerable ones.

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Response to Ykcutnek (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 07:41 PM

13. If you're going to be a puppet, being a puppet of the AFL-CIO is probably better

than being a puppet of some other organizations that anyone here could name without any trouble.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 07:45 PM

14. More like a slow track to Palookaville. K&R

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 07:59 PM

16. Uh oh...looks like we have another anonymous, racist, isolationist, uninformed,

Republican enabling, Obama hating internet crank all hopped up on the Huffington Post.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 08:11 PM

17. Some people just can't get over the fact that we have a black president! n/t

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