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INTRODUCING MORNING TEA
"When you look at the world today,
What is your point of view?"
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From My Point of View
The Trans Pacific Partnership
It seems the TPP isn’t a trade treaty at all. It’s really an investor protection treaty, granting corporations the right to sue countries for laws that potentially hurt their ability to make a profit. These lawsuits, involving hundreds of millions of dollars, would be heard by secret tribunals run by corporate lawyers. There would be no right of appeal. If finalized, the TPP would also allow oil and gas companies to overturn fracking bans, Monsanto to overturn GMO labeling laws, investment banks to overturn banking regulations and the telecommunications industry to overturn Net Neutrality laws.
In other words, the intent of the TPP is to allow corporations to overturn the environmental, labor and health and safety laws as well as regulations of member countries. There's even a special 'transparency' clause inserted by the pharmaceutical industry that would allow them to challenge formularies (in the US this would include Medicaid and the VA) that would promote cheaper generic medications.
Obama is using this as an opportunity to permanently impose much of his agenda on a large portion of the globe. It is basically a gigantic end run around Congress. If adopted, this treaty will
fundamentally change our laws regarding Internet Freedom, healthcare, copyright and patent
protection, food safety, environmental standard, civil liberties and so much more. This Treaty
includes many of the rules that alarmed Internet activists so much when SOPA was being debated.
It would essentially ban all 'Buy American' laws. It would also give Wall Street banks much more freedom to trade risky derivatives and it would force even more domestic manufacturing offshore.
The delinquent Republicans gave Obama fast track negotiating authority so Congress will not be able to change any part of the Treaty but merely vote it up or down. The 30 chapter product was recently concluded and 12 national governments signed off on it so now it is up to each country to ratify it and this is currently happening in our government. The mainstream media will be singing it's praises and telling the American people about all the wonderful things that this new treaty will do for them. You would think that the American people would not be duped again after the bad outcome of other past “free trade” treaties.
But maybe all is not lost, More than 100 state and local governments have introduced or passed resolutions opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In addition, more than 100 resolutions opposing the TPP were passed at recent precinct caucuses in Iowa and State and local elected leaders have voted to officially oppose the TPP in New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Nashville. TN; Miami, FL; Baltimore, MD; Oakland, CA; Columbus, OH; Springfield, MA; Kenosha, WI; Berkley, CA; St. Paul, MN; Toledo, OH; Eugene, OR; Duluth, MN; Brockton, MA; and Granite City, IL.
“The grassroots opposition to TPP at every level of government shows that working people in communities across the country are standing up and fighting back against corporate trade deals,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “
Join the effort, plan local demonstrations and call all your elected leaders to oppose this monstrous Nightmare that will turn us into the (Pacific Union) or PU.
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