The more we learn about the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) trade deal, the less we like it.
Because of a concerted and obvious lack of transparency, the American people know hardly anything about how this agreement will benefit the multi-national corporations at the expense of the American worker.
This massive, corrupt, trade deal, which accounts for 40 percent of global trade, would reduce restrictions on foreign corporations operating within the U.S., limit our ability to protect our environment, and create more incentives for U.S. businesses to outsource investments and jobs overseas to countries with lower labor costs and standards.
Despite the lack of transparency, one can predict the impact of TPP and whose interests this deal will serve, based on who favors the agreement.
More than 500 corporations, including Monsanto, who excels in poisoning the people and buying off politicians, Exxon-Mobil, the best in polluting the ocean with oil spills, and Dow Chemical, another biotech pimp, are key advisers to U.S. negotiators and have access to information that is closed off, blocked, and withheld from the American people.
These profiteers have been providing their input in these negotiations every step of the way to make sure their bottom line is enhanced.
Their influence helped force fast-track Trade Promotion Authority through Congress, taking away the ability of the American people, or the “tricks” as the call them, to weigh in and leaving Congress the only option of a simple uyea or nay vote on the final deal.
Meanwhile, those who represent the working-class, stakeholders, the environment and human rights, remain opposed to the deal.
Although the TPP has been pimped as the most progressive trade deal in history by Obama and other hookers, that’s impossible to verify.
Let’s say it were true and even if it were, what reason could there be to actually believe that the provisions of the deal relating to labor standards, preserving American jobs, or protecting our environment, would be enforceable?
Every trade agreement negotiated in the past claimed to have strong enforceable provisions to protect American jobs. Yet, no such enforcement has ever occurred and agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have always resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of American jobs.
To say that the loss of U.S. jobs under the TPP would not only be unprecedented but catastrophic.
Hawaii, being the gateway to Asia and the Pacific, will be among the first to feel the pain of this corporate corruption.
Skilled workers in Hawaii and across America will not be able to compete against the international minimum wages in many of the countries that are part of the TPP, some of which that are below $3 a day for labor.
Integral to our nation’s democracy is our sovereignty and our ability to set and enforce our own standards and laws. But this atrocious corporate gift to their profits will include an Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) process, which allows a foreign corporation or investor to dispute our U.S. laws related to workers’ rights and environmental protection, among other issues, placing our own domestic enforcement abilities at risk.
And yet our President touts this as beneficial to all. Maybe this should be added to his impeachment list.
A few weeks ago the people of Hawaii protested the TPP negotiations held on Maui. Their message was simple: the American people deserve a voice in the largest trade agreement the world has ever seen. We need open debate and discussion, not negotiations with special interests behind closed doors.
That was received with the feeling of Don’t let the door hit you on your ass on the way out!
The future of the American economy and the working people now rests in the hands of the multi-national corporations and foreign governments that only want to boost their profits at the expense of the American workers.
So, when we see that the final trade agreement contains the health destroying provisions that were in the fast-track authority legislation, don’t you think it’s about time we all stood up for all working Americans by demanding that our elected officials vote against this trade deal when it comes before Congress and make it clear to them that if they do not, this will be their last term in a government of, for and by the Corporation?
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