It’s pretty powerful to see Carter, Ford, Bush, sr. and good ole’ boy Clinton all pushing the bright promise of NAFTA.
20 years later with its fiscal, social, ecological, and moral disasters made clear, is it surprising to see “the usual suspects” arguing for Round II in Asia? (As the TPP.)
It reminds me of the arrogant way that Obama and Kerry talk disparagingly of ISIS and Putin while pretending they are not part of the most grotesque Murder Machine in history.
Or like the generals and media sycophants that pushed the nation into war after war for no good or genuine cause. Yet all of them still have their jobs and keep on “catapulting the same pro-war propaganda.”
In the current money-buys-all accountability Free Zone that the Neocons and various right-wing Libertarian enablers have financed and finessed into place, Truth is made conspicuous by its absence. And in ensuring that Truth will have no place at the media table, any journalist, reporter, or whistle blower that DARES to impart info that’s not consistent with Official Stories will be legally tried, one way or another (if not outright disappeared or turned into a pariah).
I applaud Mr. Johnson for laying out the footage along with the proven track record of these (deferential to the “Business Caste”) policies; but he left out what I take to be more damning and damaging than the employment numbers and the no doubt soon to be inevitably diminished salaries.
A. These agreements coopt existing laws of nations. And that means Environmental laws fought for over decades. At the mere indication that one nation’s environmental laws may set up an obstacle to a corporation’s profits (i.e. plans for plunder), said law will be rendered null and void.
The decision that arguably would place capital on one side and national law on the other will itself be decided by pro-business global courts, trade courts that needless to say will put their clients’ objectives first and foremost.
B. These agreements not only will bypass established law, they will limit the means of available redress and effectively anesthetize legal challenges to the already egregious record of the globe’s greatest for-profit trespassers, including: the arms dealers & makers, Monsanto and Gen. tech allies in Crimes Against Nature, and Big Oil, Big Coal, Big Nuke, and Big Frack.
This is the way the 1% intends to checkmate due process and thereby obliterate the Will of The People in any lands where leaders are willing to sell them out.