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PostSubject: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:04 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:07 pm

I wish people cared about these things... talk about fundamental changes.
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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:28 pm

Just bow to the New World Order, comrade.


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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:32 pm

That's about the case. Every trade agreement since wwii has been a giveaway.
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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:07 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:22 pm

Doublespeak to the max... "chief transparency officer"

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no reason to believe that this officer would have much power to do anything meaningful to improve trade transparency
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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:33 pm

We won't even find out all of the details for two years. Wtf kinda latitude do we allow our representatives now? The breadth of this"agreement" are staggering. This is without question an overt step to global State capitalism... better known as fascism or a new world order.

https://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/bad-trade-deals-must-stopped-072610920--finance.html

And nobody will care... we deserve this for our apathy.
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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:41 pm

Even many Democrats are against this "policy". I wonder why?
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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:01 pm

They're mostly mad because labor was circumvented... but to blame for not resisting.

Don't forget how obama railed against NAFTA... calling it a mistake and promising to renegotiate it. Instead he doubles down the other way... Again. It would help the entire country if politicians were to be held accountable... occasionally.

http://ourfuture.org/20150225/obamas-tpp-promises-echo-clintons-nafta-promises
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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:45 pm



This should be good... Now companies can sell things, like gas, in the United States that aren't EPA approved. So I fill my tank with gas and the EPA fines me for using gas that is filled with carcinogens that the US government doesn't like.

I think they wrote a book about this called Catch 22!

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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Thu May 21, 2015 12:18 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Thu May 21, 2015 2:31 pm

What scares me is the damn SECRECY about this agreement.  It obviously has stuff in it that the politicos do NOT want us to know.

Saw this on Imgur today (a myopic view... internet stuff only)

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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Wed May 27, 2015 7:34 pm

From The Guardian

Critics of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership are unlikely to be silenced by an analysis of the flood of money it took to push the pact over its latest hurdle.

A decade in the making, the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is reaching its climax and as Congress hotly debates the biggest trade deal in a generation, its backers have turned on the cash spigot in the hopes of getting it passed.

“We’re very much in the endgame,” US trade representative Michael Froman told reporters over the weekend at a meeting of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum on the resort island of Boracay. His comments came days after TPP passed another crucial vote in the Senate.

That vote, to give Barack Obama the authority to speed the bill through Congress, comes as the president’s own supporters, senior economists and a host of activists have lobbied against a pact they argue will favor big business but harm US jobs, fail to secure better conditions for workers overseas and undermine free speech online.

Those critics are unlikely to be silenced by an analysis of the sudden flood of money it took to push the pact over its latest hurdle.

Fast-tracking the TPP, meaning its passage through Congress without having its contents available for debate or amendments, was only possible after lots of corporate money exchanged hands with senators. The US Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) – the fast-tracking bill – by a 65-33 margin on 14 May. Last Thursday, the Senate voted 62-38 to bring the debate on TPA to a close.

Those impressive majorities follow months of behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing by the world’s most well-heeled multinational corporations with just a handful of holdouts.

Using data from the Federal Election Commission, this chart shows all donations that corporate members of the US Business Coalition for TPP made to US Senate campaigns between January and March 2015, when fast-tracking the TPP was being debated in the Senate:

Out of the total $1,148,971 given, an average of $17,676.48 was donated to each of the 65 “yea” votes.
The average Republican member received $19,673.28 from corporate TPP supporters.
The average Democrat received $9,689.23 from those same donors.


The amounts given rise dramatically when looking at how much each senator running for re-election received.

Two days before the fast-track vote, Obama was a few votes shy of having the filibuster-proof majority he needed. Ron Wyden and seven other Senate Democrats announced they were on the fence on 12 May, distinguishing themselves from the Senate’s 54 Republicans and handful of Democrats as the votes to sway.

In just 24 hours, Wyden and five of those Democratic holdouts – Michael Bennet of Colorado, Dianne Feinstein of California, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington, and Bill Nelson of Florida – caved and voted for fast-track.

Bennet, Murray, and Wyden – all running for re-election in 2016 – received $105,900 between the three of them. Bennet, who comes from the more purple state of Colorado, got $53,700 in corporate campaign donations between January and March 2015, according to Channing’s research.

Almost 100% of the Republicans in the US Senate voted for fast-track – the only two non-votes on TPA were a Republican from Louisiana and a Republican from Alaska.

Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, who is the former US trade representative, has been one of the loudest proponents of the TPP. He received $119,700 from 14 different corporations between January and March, most of which comes from donations from Goldman Sachs ($70,600), Pfizer ($15,700), and Procter & Gamble ($12,900). Portman is expected to run against former Ohio governor Ted Strickland in 2016 in one of the most politically competitive states in the country.

Seven Republicans who voted “yea” to fast-track and are also running for re-election next year cleaned up between January and March. Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia received $102,500 in corporate contributions. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, best known for proposing a Monsanto-written bill in 2013 that became known as the Monsanto Protection Act, received $77,900 – $13,500 of which came from Monsanto.

Arizona senator and former presidential candidate John McCain received $51,700 in the first quarter of 2015. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina received $60,000 in corporate donations. Eighty-one-year-old senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who is running for his seventh Senate term, received $35,000. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, who will be running for his first full six-year term in 2016, received $67,500 from pro-TPP corporations.

“It’s a rare thing for members of Congress to go against the money these days,” said Mansur Gidfar, spokesman for the anti-corruption group Represent.Us. “They know exactly which special interests they need to keep happy if they want to fund their reelection campaigns or secure a future job as a lobbyist.

“How can we expect politicians who routinely receive campaign money, lucrative job offers, and lavish gifts from special interests to make impartial decisions that directly affect those same special interests?” Gidfar said. “As long as this kind of transparently corrupt behavior remains legal, we won’t have a government that truly represents the people.”

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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Wed May 27, 2015 7:35 pm

This has NOTHING to do with what was right, and EVERYTHING to do with getting the skids greased for reelection.

Sad. Really sad it has come to this.

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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Wed May 27, 2015 8:22 pm

Agreed... Sickening. Our decline is bought one vote at a time.
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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:42 pm

From the WASHINGTON POST

House Democrats dealt President Obama a humiliating defeat on his free-trade initiative Friday, derailing a key priority for the president and rebuffing his rare, personal pleas for their support.

The defeat at the hands of his own party placed Obama’s trade agenda in limbo and exposed deep party divisions on economic policy, leaving the pro-trade Democrats marginalized by the anti-corporate wing of the party, which has been on the rise since the 2008 financial collapse. It also exposed the weakening hand of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who had worked for days to avoid a Democratic takedown of the president’s agenda, only to throw her support in with the rank-and-file rebellion at the last minute.

The fate of the trade legislation now depends on Obama’s ability, along with business-friendly interests, to persuade dozens of Democrats to switch their votes before a planned do-over vote early next week.

The key roll call came on a measure to grant financial aid to displaced workers, with 144 Democrats linking arms with 158 Republicans in a rout that left the overall package of trade bills stalled. Despite Obama’s entreaty to “play it straight,” Democrats rejected a program that they had almost universally supported in the past because its failure also ensured the failure of the centerpiece measure, the “fast-track” negotiating authority. House leaders structured the voting so that it required passage of three separate measures for the legislation to advance.

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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:04 pm

Good... but obama is used to getting his way. I can't help but wonder why he wants this so bad... when he was so adamantly against nafta and this agreement will cost so many jobs that there needed to be a special provision of govt aid to our workers that will be displaced. Sure doesn't sound like a populist policy to me... unless the goal is to simply add as many citizens to the govt dole as possible.
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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:43 am

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Good... but obama is used to getting his way. I can't help but wonder why he wants this so bad... when he was so adamantly against nafta and this agreement will cost so many jobs that there needed to be a special provision of govt aid to our workers that will be displaced. Sure doesn't sound like a populist policy to me... unless the goal is to simply add as many citizens to the govt dole as possible.

Oblamer has no legacy and he is grasping at straws. Like his construct of a behemoth healthcare program this agreement is shrouded in secrecy with only those in Congress allowed limited access to details. That's never a good thing but it's how this dude rolls. Right out of the Hillary playbook.....
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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:56 am

What amazes me is that this agreement even got serious consideration, given that the agreement is hush-hush.

Anybody in their right mind should consider it dead-upon-arrival, since the details are obviously too abhorrent to release.

The fact that they're trying to cram this shit down our throats while keeping it secret just pisses me off.  This avenue should be illegal as hell.

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PostSubject: Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement   Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:11 am

Just like Obamacare was....Big Pharma has gotten too big for it's britches !
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