The Giving Away Of America: Your Job; Your Money; Your Freedom

Saturday, November 24, 2012
By Paul Martin


“It’s been branded as a trade agreement, but really it is enforceable corporate global governance.” Lori Wallach, Global Trade Watch

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a secretive trade deal with Asian nations that could reshape the American economy and our foreign relations. Chances are, you’ve never even heard of it. That is because nobody wants you to. It has been in negotiations for two years and is being kept secret from everyone, even Congress, because the participants do not want public opinion to derail it. Senator Ron Wyden is the chairman of the trade committee in the Senate. His office is supposed to have oversight of trade agreements like this. Yet, he has been denied access to TPP documents, and has even had to file legislation demanding he be able to read it!

TPP is not simply about how countries “trade” with one another. In fact, the current document is comprised of almost 30 chapters, and only two of them address trade. The others set binding rules on service-sector regulation, investment, patents and copyrights, government procurement, financial regulation and labor and environmental standards. TPP will:

Send millions of American jobs offshore
Give longer monopoly control of drugs to big pharma firms
Limit food labeling, which could flood the U.S. with unsafe food
Bring back policies of SOPA by stifling internet freedom and killing innovation
Ban “Buy America” policies
Allow foreign corporations to attack our health laws and environmental regulations before an international tribunal, and give them taxpayer compensation

The Rest…HERE

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