NAFTA promised jobs, too... and what it actually caused was an Exodus of Mexicans and Central Americans over the U.S. border.
This is nonsense:
"Supporters of the pact try to divert the public from these issues with promises of big economic gains that imply more jobs. Take the Peterson Institute for International Economics, which is sponsored by Wall Street mogul Peter Peterson. News reports last week cited a Peterson estimate that if the agreement were approved, American exports in 2030 would grow by an extra 9.1 percent, or $357 billion, in 2030."
The most chilling thing without doubt are the Insider Trade Dispute Courts. Essentially, these grant to corporations a 21st century version of feudalism rendering ALL the world's people (apart from the top 1% or less) serfs and corporations, the new overlords.
Since there's already precedent for decent, hard-working citizens being MADE to bail out casino capitalism's banks under neo-liberal rules of global economics, TPP and TIPP would make it easy to hold CITIZENS accountable for the destruction wrought by corporations many of which already have despicable track records. Think: Monsanto, Exxon, B.P. and Big Pharma.
There is already a pattern in place where profits are internalized and privilege corporate CEOS (and some of their shareholders) while COSTS are externalized to communities. These costs frequently go beyond what money can buy... or heal!
Take the oil spills, the derailed oil trains, the methane plume outside of L.A., the Fukushima radioactive gash, the Maconda deep sea oil field wound, the pesticides and insecticides in our food and water... and so much else.
Corporations already ACT as if they "owned the place" and use their lobbyists and lawyers to bend the rules of fair play and meaningful accountability. TPP and TIPP would sanction--as law--these diabolical practices.
The fact that these horrors were rushed through IN the dark, that "lawmakers" weren't allowed to take notes or tell their constituents the contents of these rush-jobs... is so much proof positive that they are anything but Democratic or in any way helpful to most citizens.
By bending language, for example, framing the FORCED EXTORTION of Obama Care (ultimately a payout to insurance companies) into the illusion of assistance and practical health CARE... something forced onto citizens without their consent is packaged as something (supposedly) positive.
Same strategy with these trade pacts. And one could argue, it's the same bogus set of lies used to sell some of the public on an alleged National Security policy that BREEDS war, contempt, and blow-back while decimating what's left in the national budget for the things that REALLY matter and REALLY breed improvements in peoples' lives.
The oligarchs are showing they will stop at nothing.
Not the decimation of climate.
Not the millions of refugees, some drowning in attempts to escape war zones
Not the ridiculous levels of poverty that push a few into exorbitant wealth
Not the protests all over the world
Neither decency, fairness, or any faint trace of humanity.
They want to enslave people AND nature. They take themselves for gods, but very dark gods are these.
"Know them by their fruits" and the bitter fruit these contemptible souls are pushing onto the rest of us robs us of free will and agency. And Free Will is a gift directly from Creator... thus their actions violate the covenant of Universal Law.
Collapse is imminent. Too many covenants have been broken.
OUT of collapse, new options emerge. That's the lighter side of The Shock Doctrine and its inevitable aftermath.