Before the Democratic Party's platform is finalized at a meeting late next week, Bernie Sanders and his progressive allies are mobilizing to ensure that opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)—described by its critics as a global corporate power grab—is made the party's official stance.
Carnival hucksters, con-men, and sociopaths have one thing in common: They have to SOUND convincing in order to work their wonders on marks.
"This is how Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), co-chair of the platform committee, explained his vote: "We have one president, and I have listened to him argue his case many times, and I know that he truly believes this. He really does. I disagree with him, but I don't want to do anything, as he ends his term, to undercut the president. I'm just not going to do it. In his last six months? I'm not gonna do that."
Obama doesn't believe that TPP will be good for America. A Constitutional Lawyer certainly understands the value of precedent; and NAFTA made that precedent (in the way of lost jobs, eviscerated trade unions, and diminished wages for most) quite clear.
He OWES the patrons who financed his multi-billion dollar campaigns.
THAT is what this is about... along with the types of deals awaiting him once he leaves office if he manages to follow in the footsteps of "Dems." like the Clintons.
I disagree with him, but I don't want to do anything, as he ends his term, to undercut the president. I'm just not going to do it. In his last six months? I'm not gonna do that." -E. Cummings
Cummings continued, "I will, however, do anything I can to undercut the poor, elderly and working class who this TPP non-trade, corporatist deal will hurt. That's the way we work here in Washington. Well financed corporate interests rule and the working class, poor and elderly have to suffer." He uncharacteristically, with candor added, "The Democratic party is only nominally democratic. Rich people and corporations tell us what to do."
(my highlights in bold):
“The TPP and TPIP accords are about power, not trade. More specifically, the agreements are about changed power relations between a collectivity of politically well-connected large corporations and the sovereign states in which these entities want to sink new roots. In particular, these treaties would allow U.S. corporations to engage in conduct unchecked by national rules of the participating countries. In eyes not fogged over through neoliberal dogma, such a thing would be recognized as predation.”
Bernie Sanders on Twitter today (and yesterday and the day before . . .)
Our job is to do everything we can to rally support for an amendment to the platform in strong opposition to the TPP. #StopTPP
while HRC tweets on about "deploying 5g internet to make sure we have the fastest connections possible"
Thank you Bernie Sanders and all those that continue the fight to overturn this biosphere killing behemoth that is the TPP.
Sanders continues to fight while Obama, Clinton and the DNC try to ram this truly evil force through.
If TPTB win, they will be----to quote 350.org----: "handing even more power to Big Oil, letting massive corporations throw tantrum lawsuits at governments who dare to scale back emissions, and prolonging our reliance on fracked gas, there’s no question that the Transpacific Partnership is an absolute disaster for our climate,”
I would say it's because the Democrats are dysfunctional,. Vote em out!
You are most welcome Tom!
From that article:
“Then there is an even bigger beneficiary in the shape of the 21st-century global casino of speculating banks, which make untold multiples of capital with their money while bypassing the complication of investing in production. For them, the TPP deal is a dream come true, which is why they rewarded two executives from Bank of America and Citigroup with millions in bonuses before these moved to work on the TPP.
The executive from Citigroup was appointed to lead the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the agency in charge of TPP negotiations.”
Citigroup ranks number 2 for top contributors to Hillary Clinton
You know, I still can't wrap my mind around Rep. Cummings' logic. Does he believe that embarrassing President Obama by the DNC taking a stance against the TPP is worse than the damage the non-trade deal will do to the working class, poor, elderly and the environment? If so, it's enlightening knowing his motives.
The Dem Party establishment is a corrupt cabal of political whores and corporate apologists! The Clinton camp and their sycophants is especially craven in its directions and lack of integrity.
The "platform" fight just emphasizes how corrupt and hyper-partisan the Clinton/DNC have gotten - when corruption/usury/financial parasites are defended or ignored, it is not acceptable or in any way "leadership" - that MO shows a total lack of integrity!
The craven stance of Rep Cummings is like old Uncle Tom, not "wanting to undercut the Prez as he ends his term", instead tacitly (at least) supporting Obama's sellout to corporate domination via TPP! Has Cummings spoken out against Obama's other sellouts ever? Supporting a "black" or "woman" prez sellout just because of their demographic shows neither integrity nor wisdom!
Bernie Sanders has been renewing his energy and reevaluating his position and possibilities - he has not given-up or cravenly submitted like Cummings, but Bernie needs to step up to the plate and call a spade a spade! I have supported and respected his leadership and issues but even though I understand the game he must play, this election is critical and calls for extreme measures!
When confronted by an evil, one does not fight it by joining with it! No Hillary, No Trump! No DNC coddling! No RepubliCon divisive blather!
We and Bernie owe them nothing except well-deserved contempt!
OCCUPY Philly! No Justice, NO Peace!
Hard to conceive the ferocity over a platform that's not binding on the candidates and will be ignored after the convention, as have all platforms. Sanders should have taken that as an excuse to run Green, instead of undercutting his credibility with his boiler plate concession-like speech about the loss being only the beginning. Yes, this is about who becomes president, not reforming the Democratic party - which allegedly progressives have been working within to reform my whole lifetime.
Am I to understand that that many countries have signed the treaty? Does that mean it has been ratified and that is the final word? Is that what all this Orlando/Pulse Homophobia distraction has been about? (Not to diminish those harmed)
We must give great credit to Bernie Sanders and his supporters. Instead of caving they/we are doing everything possible to save this country. After the rigged democratic party convention coronation of Hilary, no one would fault Sanders if he (by some freakin" miracle) joined or at least endorsed Jill Stein for President.
I wish them luck. that said, if this is what it takes for the Democratic platform to reflect the will of their base, then this is where Sanders and I part company. There is no reforming the Democratic Party. I hope this rhetoric about "reform" is just the last ditch attempt before Sanders helps establish/support a party truly representative of We the People.
"Cummings continued, "I will, however, do anything I can to undercut the poor, elderly and working class who this TPP non-trade, corporatist deal will hurt. That's the way we work here in Washington. Well financed corporate interests rule and the working class, poor and elderly have to suffer." He uncharacteristically, with candor added, "The Democratic party is only nominally democratic. Rich people and corporations tell us what to do.""
Did he really say this? Where can I find it?
No Arch, Cummings did not actually say that - out loud - only in effect. stewarjt was paraphrasing the intention of Cummings refusal to call Obama on anything........
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Opposition to the TPP is controversial within the modern Democratic Party because the modern Democratic Party is an extremely far right wing party that doesn't give 2 shits about American workers or the environment. That would be precisely why they consider opposition to be controversial.
If the right wing idiots nominate Clinton I would expect Trump will be ahead by 20+ points by November.
Got to ask yourself, "Where's the beef"?
What a legacy he will leave the people of the US with the widely unpopular bookends of Obamacare and now the widely unpopular TPP. He was elected to office to do something about the economy. He did not but somehow, despite Republican opposition, managed to inflict Obamacare. And now the TPP which will not help the workers either. It is had to see this as anything but a career move.
You said a mouthful and you said it succinctly, expressing my thoughts completely