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Trans-Pacific Partnership Proves Rules Are Rigged in Favor of the 1 Percent


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Trans-Pacific Partnership Proves Rules Are Rigged in Favor of the 1 Percent

Katrina vanden Heuvel

“China wants to write the rules for the world’s fastest-growing region … We should write those rules,” President Obama declared in his State of the Union address. To sell Congress on giving him authority to “fast track” consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade and investment treaty with 12 nations that has been under negotiation for five years, the president argues it is vital that “we” write the rules.


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"To sell Congress on giving him authority to “fast track” consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade and investment treaty with 12 nations that has been under negotiation for five years, the president argues it is vital that “we” write the rules. The real question, of course, is what does he mean by “we”?"

Glad to see this quintessential question is catching on since almost all of the time that it's used it enforces the Dominant Ideology and/or what the dominant group is selling, pushing, promoting, conniving without the honest consent (or understanding, or knowledge thereof) of the public.


#4

Duhyathink? Can you imagine all this effort going into it and the president burning his political capitol and what national good will he still has left if there weren't a flock of multinational corporate vultures sailing around to pick the corpse of our Democracy.


#5

Perhaps we have been stabbed in the back as an electorate often enough over the last thirty or so years to pay attention when we are being fed a ration of BS. It would be nice.


#6

What sense can we make of the liberal media that have gone into over-drive to replace VP Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton as the 2016 Dem candidate, when Clinton worked long and hard (before deciding to play Candidate Coy) promoting the TPP?


#7

Like you said... Our only problem is a lack of viable options.


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Problem is that TPP only provides protection for parasitic corporate traitors to steal even more.... Helping the 1% instead of the 99% leads to Bastille day.

TPP = Traitors Protecting Profits.


#9

We only elect messengers, not "deciders".


#10

Well, in truth, isn't that what they are supposed to be? The problem is from whom most of them are getting their messages, the 1% and not the people. We are supposed to be the government working for the betterment of us all not the 1% working for themselves.


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When I read such articles I wonder what's the new in it? What are you telling me that does empower me Katrina or CD. What is the status on your lousy search and offer for other news than the regurgitated "we're being silenced and oppressed by the 1%"? Is this why your voices are so instrumental to progressive activists? To tell us that the rain is wet? What activism needs is a rebellion of activists against the rewinder of the obsolete facts. News like these are what makes activists more depressed and prone to become cynic. Good job, Search for the new big ideas now.


#12

To clarify, there are TWO separate bills before Congress:

First, there is the
Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) which expired under Bush
in 2007, and which is the "Fast-Track" authority, allows
the President to submit trade agreements to Congress
for an up or down vote, no amendments allowed.

Second, there is the
Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP)
which many of us think is going to be used by the neo-cons
to bring China "to its knees" — as well as give massive profits
to the multi-national corporations.

Obviously, the Prez. wants the TPA
before submitting the TPP to Congress.

As NAFTA and other trade agreements have shown, we can't trust
the Prez. or Congress with the TPA — so we have to kill the TPA,
so that the TPP has to be exposed to the democratic process.

Now for my Libertarian friends in the Tea Party and Blue Dog Dems:
Section 8 - Powers of Congress (U.S. Constitution)
"To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations..."

Why are the Pro-TPA folks in Congress giving their Constitutional
responsibility "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations"
to the President?