8/16/16, "Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): More Job Offshoring, Lower Wages, Unsafe Food Imports," Public Citizen, citizen.org/tpp
"Have you heard? The TPP is a massive, controversial, pro-corporate "free trade" agreement among the United States and 11 other countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Although it is called a “trade” agreement, the TPP is not mainly about trade. Of TPP's 30 chapters, only six deal with traditional trade issues.
Secret TPP Text Unveiled: It's Worse than We Thought
In early November 2015, after seven years of close-door negotiations, with the public, press and policymakers locked out, the final TPP text was released. In chapter after chapter, the final text is worse than expected, with the demands of the 500 official U.S. trade advisers representing corporate interests satisfied to the detriment of the public interest.The text reveals that the pact replicates many of the most controversial terms of past pacts that promote job offshoring and push down U.S. wages.
If passed, the TPP would:
The TPP can take effect only if the U.S. Congress approves it, and its fate in Congress is uncertain at best. Fast Track trade authority only passed through Congress by the narrowest of margins after a series of legislative maneuvers, with reluctant support from some key swing members contingent upon certain provisions being in the final TPP. The released text shows these concerns have been largely ignored.
And an unprecedented array of organizations have joined together in a powerful and diverse coalition to stop the TPP. Groups united on this extend well beyond labor unions and include consumer, Internet freedom, senior, health, food safety, environmental, human rights, faith, LGBTQ, student and civil rights organizations. Opposition to the TPP is growing at home and in many of the other countries involved.
Se puede encontrar recursos en español aquí.
- Updated Factsheet: Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
- Brochure: No TPP Corporate Attack
- USITC TPP Study Analysis: Press Release: TPP Study Projects Worsening Trade Balances for 36 of 55 U.S. Economic Sectors, Overall U.S. Trade Deficit Increase
- TPP Corporate Empowerment Map: See which foreign corporations near you could use NAFTA-style investor rights to challenge laws and regulations under the TPP
- Case Studies: Investor-State Attacks on Public Interest Policies
- Map: What Would the TPP Mean For Your State?
- Memo: Investors Use Runaway "Fair and Equitable Treatment" Standard in 75% of "Successful" Cases Against Governments
- Find out more on the blog: Read the latest on the TPP on Eyes on Trade
|The TPP would require us to import meat and poultry
that does not meet U.S. safety standards. It would|
impose limits on food labeling.
|U.S. negotiators are pushing the agenda of Big Pharma – expanding firms' monopoly protections for drugs. The TPP would restrict access to life-saving medicines for millions in developing nations, while undermining efforts to contain U.S. medicine costs.|
|The TPP would undermine the re-regulation of Wall Street. It would prohibit bans on risky financial products and services and undermine "too big to fail" regulations.|
|Thought SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) was bad? The TPP would require internet service providers to "police" user-activity and treat individual violators as large-scale for-profit violators. Plus, the TPP would stifle innovation.|
|The TPP would impose limits on how our elected officials can use tax dollars – banning Buy American or Buy Local preferences and offshoring our tax dollars to create jobs abroad.|
|Foreign corporations would be empowered to attack our health, environmental and other laws before foreign tribunals on the mere basis that their expectations were frustrated, and to demand taxpayer compensation for expected future profits.|
|The TPP would turn a blind eye to human trafficking, child labor and anti-LGBT abuses by giving human rights offenders like Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei privileged access to the U.S. market."|
5/6/16, "It's hard to know what drives politicians to sell out their people and their country." Der Spiegel on TTIP, another pending massive free trade deal
Comment: Both US political parties are really just business lobbies. The Democrat party at least has some characteristics of a political party. The Republican party doesn't even try.