Exposing the TPP


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(video features interviews with Rep. Alan Grayson and President of CWA Larry Cohen.)

Update-  From Citizen Trade: RALLY Outside the TPP Negotiations

-212:00 noon | Monday, December 8, 2014
Outside the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
600 17th st. NW, Washington, DC

“Trade negotiators from throughout the Pacific Rim will be meeting in Washington, DC the week of December 8th for a closed-door round of talks aimed at concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a massive corporate power grab that would set rules governing roughly 40% of the global economy, with potentially dire consequences for the economy, environment and public health both at home and abroad.

We need your help!  Join with labor, environmental, family farm, consumer, faith, human rights and community organizations for a rally to help drag the TPP out of the shadows and to say NO to Fast Track.

For more info, write mitabashi@citizen.org.  RSVP at: bit.ly/TPPrallyDC

 


 

Recently, I spoke with one of the members of Congress, Alan Grayson, who has taken the time to read the top-secret trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). There is nothing redeemable in the entire TPP, Grayson told me, saying, “It is something that should be totally put to death.”

 


“The TPP is a secret global deal that combines all of the worst elements of NAFTA and Citizens United, shoots them up with steroids, sprinkles in a speedball and codifies these principles into a trade agreement that is in fact a Trojan horse to bore you and put you to sleep so that when you wake up a global corporate coup will be in place creating a parallel system of justice where three private attorneys would oversee a kangaroo court set up to defend corporate interests over the interests of people and the planet.” – Dennis Trainor, Jr.


The Obama administration continues to favor what is referred to as “fast track” legislation to authorize the TPP.

Fast track,  Grayson tells me, would allow each member of congress “88 seconds of debate per member” meaning that there would be no meaningful debate on this trade deal carved out by the lawyers and advisors of 600 or so of the most powerful corporations in the world.

You have probably heard the TPP called “NAFTA on steroids” and for good reason. The TPP is a trade deal to dismantle democracy.

The TPP It is a secret global deal that combines all of the worst elements of NAFTA and Citizens United, shoots them up with steroids, sprinkles in a speedball and codifies these principles into a trade agreement that is in fact a Trojan horse to bore you and put you to sleep so that when you wake up a global corporate coup will be in place creating a parallel system of justice where three private attorneys would oversee a kangaroo court set up to defend corporate interests over the interests of people and the planet. To whit, the TPP would empower corporations to sue countries or states that take action (environmental regulation, consumer protection, you name it) that may harm the potential future profits of the corporation.

In other words, if the concept of corporate personhood puts you into a fit of rage, then take a moment to let the concept of Corporate Nationhood sink in.
Rep. Grayson does not think that we have to worry about Fast track legislation on the TPP being pushed through during this lame duck session of Congress, citing “people who agree with you for all the wrong reasons, and yet they still agree with you.” While Congressman Grayson states unequivocally that he is against fast track and the TPP “on the merits” there are many Republicans who oppose the TPP and Fast Track authority because they “hate President Obama.”

Strange bedfellows, according to Grayson, have created a situation where creating fast track authority for the TPP is unlikely.

Larry Cohen, President of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) acknowledges that the labor movement did not do enough to stop NAFTA over 20 years ago, but he is throwing his weight behind stopping fast track authority for the TPP. “There are a significant number of Democrats willing to support Obama on fast track,” said Cohen. “To them, we say: we will not support you going forward politically. We won’t be part of your fund raising base, but you are willing to have corporate America substitute for our support. Shame on you.”

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