You Can Help Force Obama To Expose the TPP


tay
#1
Although it is called a "free trade" agreement, the TPP is not mainly about trade.

Of the TPP's 29 draft chapters, only 5 deal with traditional trade issues. Most would set rules on non-trade matters that affect our daily lives: food safety, internet freedom, medicine costs, job off-shoring, financial regulation, and more.

Our domestic policies would be required to comply with the TPP rules.



http://www.exposethetpp.org/TakeAction3.html (external - login to view)



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The North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement has, indeed, caused a "great sucking sound" of jobs being outsourced as Ross Perot predicted some years ago. Of course, since then, legislation and tax loopholes have also made it attractive for manufactures to move our good paying jobs overseas.


It has now become fashionable among our leaders, both corporate and governmental, to proliferate these trade agreements with a dizzying array of acronyms: TTP, TAFTA, CAFTA, and FTAs for Korea, Columba, and Panama. The ideas fostering these offspring are deregulation and globalization of trade--two of the most ignored reasons for our economic decline since the 1990s.

But how much are you willing to give up for those cheap clothes, flowers, foodstuffs, and other products produced overseas?

Here are some of the nasty secrets leaking out of the carefully guarded talks according to Public Citizen: the TPP or Trans-Pacific Partnership involves

-- some 600 multinational corporations taking part with no representation from the global citizenry

--international tribunals being proposed to allow corporations to sue governments which stray from their agreed obligations

--enabling "easier" trade by subordinating sovereign laws affecting labor, the environment, worker safety, wages, health, etc. (Have you heard of the "race to the bottom" where multinationals look to place their factories in countries with the least restrictions on them?)

--giving up a great deal of our democratically won rights to make our own laws and giving the process over to the corporate leaders.

The TTP and the TAFTA (Trans-Atlantic FTA) are scheduled to go before Congress soon and President Obama, who has adopted this ideology, is likely to request "fast-track" authority to push them through before the public is aware of what is happening. In doing so he will continue the recent trend of presidents to usurp Congressional power to write laws and set policy.

To learn more visit www.citizen.org (external - login to view) and www.exposethettp.org (external - login to view)

 
tay
#2
As steel imports grow, as many as half a million U.S. jobs threatened








The U.S. steel industry is facing its worst import crisis in more than a decade.


In the aftermath of the Great Recession, steelmakers in other countries, backed by aggressive government support, continued to add production capacity as demand stagnated. The open and large U.S. market became the prime target for the massive excess supply stemming from this excess capacity, and, since 2011, U.S. steel imports have surged and import unit values have plummeted.




Surging imports of unfairly traded steel are threatening U.S. steel production, which supports more than a half million U.S. jobs across every state of the nation. The import surge has depressed domestic steel production and revenues, leading to sharp declines in net income in the U.S. steel industry over the past two years (20122013), layoffs for thousands of workers, and reduced wages for many more.




Surging Steel Imports Put Up To Half a Million U.S. Jobs at Risk | Economic Policy Institute (external - login to view)
 
Tecumsehsbones
#3
Benghazi!
 
BornRuff
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

Benghazi!

Tradeghazi!
 
Tecumsehsbones
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by BornRuffView Post

Tradeghazi!

Jobsghazi!

(I see how you didn't fall for my devilishly crafty diversion, you clever fellow.)
 
BornRuff
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

Although it is called a "free trade" agreement, the TPP is not mainly about trade.

Of the TPP's 29 draft chapters, only 5 deal with traditional trade issues. Most would set rules on non-trade matters that affect our daily lives: food safety, internet freedom, medicine costs, job off-shoring, financial regulation, and more.

Our domestic policies would be required to comply with the TPP rules.

These are common parts of any free trade agreement. All of these issues can become effective barriers to trade.

On many occasions countries have used these regulations to erect barriers to certain imports. They put a certain safety regulation in place that only affects the commonly imported item and gives their domestic item an advantage.

On the flip side, they don't necessarily want to get into a race to the bottom to attract business.
 
taxslave
No Party Affiliation
+1
#7
Free trade is good, as are common rules among trading partners.Too bad the provinces didn't practice it.
Steel is mostly produced because unions and environmentalists made it impractable to produce here.
 
BaalsTears
+1
#8
Obama hoped to advance the cause of the TPP during his recent visit to East Asia. However, he was rebuffed by both the Japanese and South Koreans. Maybe that's at least in part due to the fact that Congress refuses to give his "fast track authority."
 
EagleSmack
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The Emperor will use Executive Orders to get what he wants.
 
BaalsTears
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

The Emperor will use Executive Orders to get what he wants.

Executive Orders work with Americans, but Japanese and South Koreans aren't going to gamble on edicts that can be reversed on a whim by the next administration.
 
Highball
#11
Why not look at "North American Cooperative Security Agreement" too? The name keeps changing but it is still actively being pursued.
 

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