Are you familiar with the General Agreement on Trade in Services?
It’s part of the bundle of ‘agreements’ that came with accession to the World Trade Organization which came into existence on January 1, 1995.
Basically, Bernie Sanders pretended that we had never joined the WTO and his platform is like a laundry list of things the WTO agreements we created forbids. They were all officially taken off the table way back during the Clinton Administration. The only way out would be Something called the services agreements’ Article XXI procedure thats described on the WTO site. (Or leaving the WTO entirely) Otherwise we’re on a path that prohibits all the things the progressive wing of the party wants, and also has put the existing public services on the fast track to privatization and outsourcing, since it costs so much more to have Americans do them than foreigners. Since Social Security gets in the way of this huge shift, they simply want to privatize it, give it to Wall Street to manage. Basically, the services deal was kind of like a reprivatization agreement that reversed the New Deal and Great Society direction, (since Communism had fallen) In the triumphalist spirit of that time. This allowed the oligarchs of the world to breathe a big sigh of relief as no longer were they pariahs for rolling back the public services, healthcare, education that had pulled some of the poorest countries up, all of a sudden they were the vanguard that the whole world, (according to the US) was supposed to emulate, to be rich like us. We eliinated welfare in our time, and they could too.
(We’re soon likely to become the #1 tax haven in the world.) All these policies are designed to attract money and push poor people out of sight. The global oligarchy is becoming one big family, and we should understand that. Whether Bernie’s strategy of pretending none of this had ever happened (like all other of today’s politicians) - was wise seems hard to discern, but there needs to be a discussion thats not happening now. Our lives literally depend on this.
Maybe he justifies it by saying to himself that young people would likely be suffering from depression or self esteem problems if they knew what was in store for them?
, or hard drug problems if they knew what was being done, given as they will pay a high price for the loss of all those job opportunities.
I dont know. But somebody really needs to bring some honesty to this party because the aforementioned agreement basically guarantees only GOP policies wil be implemented because thats what this agreement requires. People seem to think that Presidents can do all sorts of things that have been taken off the table, except if they are ‘minimally trade restrictive’ The coronavirus emergency illustrates this perfectly. Trump was only allowed to do the things he did in an emergency, similarly to how Obama was allowed to temporarily change the rules for health insurance in an emergency. But its only supposed to be done once, the 10 years is I think up now, and so in order to conform to the rules we ourselves pushed for, we are supposed to go back to the regulatory staus quo that existed in February 1998 or perhaps even earlier, Jan 1 1995. This is called a “standstill clause” and you can see this particular implementation in a document called the Understanding on Committments in Financial Services. Similarly, should the US try to expand Medicare without leaving this agreement first, formally, we will find that Social Security will be privatized - leaving most of the country at the mercy of Wall Street just as the economy tanks, (due to the quotas being ended (they are being challenged in WTO dispute DS-503 and public sector jobs at all levels of goverment being outsourced by the millions to services firms in Africa and South Asis) What about Medicare for All, Green New Deal, etc? Implementing any of them is 100% dependent on leaving these agreements, something neither Biden nor Trump would do (Trumps statements on the WTO can be shown to be incincere because like the rest, he never mentions the services agreement, whose name is an inversion of the word “stag”. You’ll be able to recognize an honest politician by their willingness to state the real problem. Unless that hapens soon, many of us will likely be living in squalid refugess camps somewhere in a few years, penniless. My prediction is that the care of the poor will also be outsourced and offshored to someplace like the Republic of Nauru which seems to have developed a niche in that area. Its a low lying island made of fossilized sea bird feces, that is tremendously valuable so its been mined so that the entire island is just a few feet above sea level, and its in the middle of the Pacific. Another possible future is debt slavery, for people with huge unpayable debt who have been duly convicted of crimes like sleeeping outdoors or stealing food or water (everything has to be privatized) This agreement basically subjects any and all subsidized government spending on ‘services’ in any area to a plethora of rules intended to privatize and globalize them fairly rapidly.
This is the only real exception, except in emergencies (but there its qualified in that it cant seem to be trying to evade its goals, doing things simply to preseve jobs is trying to evade it because it assumes at the outset that funneling once public jobs to the richest firms in the poorest countries to manage and broker is its goal) and for national security, etc.
> (b) ‘services’ includes any service in any sector except services supplied in the exercise of governmental authority;
> © ‘a service supplied in the exercise of governmental authority’ means any service which is supplied neither on a commercial basis, nor in competition with one or more service suppliers.
As one can see none of the former public services qualify. very few around the world do which has been a controversial issue in the countries trying to preserve the safety net programs against us and this horrible ‘agreement’ to privatize everything…
Bernie might have dumped it, he would have had to in order to do any of his signature programs. But like Corbyn he chose to not complete the sentence. Its time to find a way out of this trap thats not him, as he seems to be not up to the task. This country has been taken over by corporations.
Why arent people asking Biden about it by name? Of course hee will do or say or promise anything, even if he doesnt really intend to win (as the next term requires all these bad things happen) Time is a wasting.
Otherwise we should resign ourselves to a nation without jobs, because US workers are many times more expensive than workers from the global prcariat and businesses will be failing right and left as people stop spending. As the business of US business is making profits and these agreements make that crystal clear, none of the assumptions we make about being able to vote for politicians who can or will fix it seem likely to hold true. We need to be getting a huge national hive mind going about we’re going to get out of this trap and retore the democracy which has been stolen. The only way to do that is to stop our denial of the real problems. Immediately! And start figuring out a way to a future for us all immediately. Trump isnt it, Biden isnt it, what is?
We’ve been bamboozled and the price we’re going to pay is going to be huge.