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TransPacific Partnership Will Undermine Democracy, Empower Transnational Corporations

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese March 31st, 2013

Our country's democratic values could be under threat if President Obama fast tracks the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

On critical issues, the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) being negotiated in secret by the Obama administration will undermine democracy in the United States and around the world and further empower transnational corporations. It will circumvent protections for health care, wages, labor rights, consumers' rights and the environment, and decrease regulation of big finance and risky investment practices.

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.

Circumventing the Checks and Balances of US Democracy

President Nixon first developed the idea of "Fast Track" in 1973 as a way to secure Congressional approval of trade agreements, and it has been a key to passing many unpopular agreements such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and NAFTA. As people have caught on to the offshoring of jobs and other detrimental consequences of these agreements, civil society now understands how important it is to not allow a president to circumvent the democratic role of Congress. Fast Track expired in 2007, so President Obama must have it re-instated in order to pass the TPP. His administration is moving to have Fast Track approved and hopes it will happen by this summer....MORE

from Richard Stallman:


"If this were going to benefit poor and working people in other countries, it might be ethically a step forward. However, "free trade" generally helps the rich and hurts the rest, by undermining democracy.

Another screw in the TPP: no more "buy American" requirements in government contracts...."

Bye Buy America and Jobs
Under TPP, Buy America and other buy-local preferences are banned

The TPP’s procurement chapter would require that all firms operating in any signatory country be provided equal access as domestic firms to U.S. government procurement contracts over a certain dollar threshold. To implement this “national treatment” requirement, the U.S. would agree to waive Buy America procurement policies for all of the firms operating in the TPP countries...

Some corporate TPP proponents argue that this is good for America because these rules would apply to all signatory countries, so U.S. firms would be able to bid on procurements contracts in other countries on a national treatment basis. The notion that new access for some U.S. companies to bid on contracts in the TPP countries is a good trade-off for waiving Buy America preferences on U.S. procurement is ridiculous: Taking even the most favorable cut on other countries’ markets, the total U.S. procurement market is more than seven times the size of the combined procurement market of the current TPP negotiating parties: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Posted by green for victory | Sun Mar 31, 2013, 11:37 AM (10 replies)

k/r what would people here say if Romney appointed monsatan shills

everywhere he could stick one?

Posted by green for victory | Sun Mar 31, 2013, 10:12 AM (1 replies)

lots of people get it MineralMan

in post #1 you said you were going to plant opium and belladonna and asked politely how it sounded.

Then in post 3 you are all of a sudden going to sell it.

I've seen this before, it's mission creep. And you're creeping.
And I GET it.
Posted by green for victory | Sat Mar 30, 2013, 11:01 AM (1 replies)

a jerk here and a jerk there and pretty soon you have a circle nt

Posted by green for victory | Sat Mar 30, 2013, 10:47 AM (0 replies)

actually that setup is a whole lot more work than need be

he's listening to the wrong people. That setup is from the early 90's. Here is about 4x4 feet with a tray instead of those pipes- more output and less space.

tobacco: (really)


about 4x4:


Those are from a friend who started growing his own toacco after Obama raised the tax 14x or something on pouch tobacco.
Posted by green for victory | Sat Mar 30, 2013, 10:02 AM (1 replies)

once upon a time most americans wouldn't have stood for this outrageous bullshit


People that say the war on drugs is a failure haven't thought it through.

It was/is one of the Biggest Successes of ANY government program of any time in history.

Think about it-some of the most corrupt people in existence talking about the "morality" of using Cannabis or Cocaine? And if that wasn't enough-- convince them that natural plants and powders are dangerous enough to give up their rights for? Wow. Chutzpa.

All so that Pharma wouldn't have any competition.
Posted by green for victory | Sat Mar 30, 2013, 09:33 AM (2 replies)

by your definition miracle gro would make them suspect, since one can grow "weed" with it

people need to ask why these laws persist. That's where the answer is.

This guy knows too--


Pharmageddon by David Healy-- check out the reviews

but his case won't be heard by most Americans because the media and pharma are in bed. It's a shame. actually it's a crime.

Posted by green for victory | Sat Mar 30, 2013, 09:26 AM (0 replies)

As the poster below pointed out, cameras are everywhere. Next? Drones

I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Law Enforcement has recordings of everyone that has been to a hydro store in that state ever since they could convince the feds to grant them more money and install them.

a world of constant surveillance by people that want more and more secrecy. It's .... hard to watch. Every last movement recorded somewhere accessible to anyone with the right password.

Posted by green for victory | Sat Mar 30, 2013, 09:18 AM (0 replies)

Dara has yet another message for yet another dolt

Bloomie doesn't say much about "Collateral Damage" in the Middle East, does he. Why is that?

People like this bloomberg creep have ruined this country
Posted by green for victory | Thu Mar 28, 2013, 08:53 AM (0 replies)

Damn. This guy keeps wanting to say hello


Will he be held accountable for arresting single payer advocate doctors and nurses at a hearing?

Probably not

Barack Obama appeared this week with health-industry bigwigs, proclaiming light at the end of the health-care tunnel. Among those gathered were executives from HMO giants Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Health Net Inc., and the health-insurance lobbying group America’s Health Insurance Plans; from the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association; from medical-device companies; and from the pharmaceutical industry, including the president and CEO of Merck and former Rep. Billy Tauzin, now president and CEO of PhRMA, the massive industry lobbying group. They have pledged to voluntarily shave some $2 trillion off of U.S. health-care costs over 10 years. But these groups, which are heavily invested in the U.S. health-care status quo, have little incentive to actually make good on their promises.

See Video of the Chief Democrat in charge of "Health Care" hearings have doctors and nurses arrested at a hearing:

Will anyone ask Senator Baucus (D-Insurance) why their rates are going up?
Posted by green for victory | Thu Mar 28, 2013, 06:58 AM (0 replies)
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