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Meet the TPP: A Worldwide Corporate Power Grab of Enormous Proportions - TAKE ACTION!


World  (tags: agribusiness, agricultural free trade policies, Cargill, Devry Boughner, free trade, Frontline Communities, nafta, protest, Ron Kirk, tpp, Trans-Pacific Partnership )

Judy
- 577 days ago - understory.ran.org
While 600 corporate lobbyists have been granted access and input on the draft texts from the beginning, even high-ranking members of Congress have been denied access to the most basic content of what US negotiators are proposing in our names.



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Roxy H. (340)
Friday September 14, 2012, 12:06 am
signed n noted ty
 

Past Member (0)
Friday September 14, 2012, 2:51 am
"As international trade negotiators gathered this week at a posh golf resort in rural Virginia to hammer out details of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), they sought to project an image of inclusion and receptivity to public input. In reality, this high-stakes global corporate pact, now in its 14th round of discussions, is heavily guarded by paramilitary teams with machine guns and helicopters as it is developed behind closed doors under a dangerous and unprecedented veil of secrecy.

What the hell is the TPP, you may ask? While it is among the largest and potentially most important ‘free trade’ agreements the world has ever seen, one can hardly be blamed for not being familiar with it yet. The corporate cabal behind it, including names like Cargill, Pfizer, Nike and WalMart, has done an exceptional job of maintaining an almost total lack of transparency as they literally design the future we will all inhabit.

While 600 corporate lobbyists have been granted access and input on the draft texts from the beginning, even high-ranking members of Congress have been denied access to the most basic content of what US negotiators are proposing in our names.

Demand transparency now! Write to US trade representative Ron Kirk and lead Cargil trade lobbyist Devry Boughner to demand they make the text public.

Thankfully, draft texts of the proposal have appeared on Wikileaks and the website of Citizen’s Trade Campaign. It is difficult to overstate the potential implications on the lives of people around the world if anything like the agreement in these leaked documents were to be implemented with the force of law."
 

JL A. (269)
Friday September 14, 2012, 8:54 pm
Thanks Judy--I missed this one somehow (signed)
 

Patricia E. G. (76)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 1:17 am
Cargill!...the Rainforest killers.
Thanks for the forward Judy.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 3:43 am
Thx Judy for putting this on the news, I also get the RAN infos, have been aware of this hellish plan.
Yes, TPP must be FLUSHED NOW , BEFORE elections.
 

DAVID LAIRD (0)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 12:48 pm
SIGNED
 

Jillyan B. (0)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 1:58 pm
Shared on facebook, thanks.
 

Amy Stotler (9)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 4:57 pm
Noted and shared, thank you
 

Dandelion G. (403)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 6:44 pm
Sign this Petition on the TPPA
Trade Deal Worse Than NAFTA
The impetus for NAFTA actually began with President Ronald Reagan, who campaigned on a North American common market.

NAFTA was signed by President George H.W. Bush, Mexican President Salinas, and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1992.

It was ratified by the legislatures of the three countries in 1993. The U.S. House of Representatives approved it by 234 to 200 on November 17, 1993.

The U.S. Senate approved it by 60 to 38 on November 20, three days later. It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on December 8, 1993 and entered force January 1, 1994.

Although it was signed by President Bush, it was a priority of President Clinton's.

So we can thank BOTH Parties for giving us this disaster that has come about since NAFTA has been signed in.

No one could of made a more clearer statement than Ross Perot when he said, NAFTA was not a two way street would create a “giant sucking sound” of jobs going south to the cheap labor markets of Mexico.

Perot has been vindicated in his opinion; expanded free trade has not been accompanied by an increase in jobs in the U.S. relative to the vast numbers of jobs created in the rest of the world as NAFTA became just a stepping stone on the pathway to global commerce.

Manufacturing jobs lost each year starting with 1992 are equivalent to the U.S. goods trade deficits over the past 19 years. There has been a cumulative job loss, amounting to almost 29 million jobs by the end of 2010.
Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-02-11/markets/30028586_1_nafta-goods-trade-cumulative-job-loss#ixzz1yTQN7J8s

And now we have TPP that is expected to be worse!

 

Dandelion G. (403)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 6:48 pm
Another Petition to Stop TPPA
Stop TPPA
It is not really that complicated. If you are a giant U.S. corporation, you can either make stuff here, or you can make stuff overseas where it is far, far less expensive to do so.

To greedy corporate executives, there are a lot of advantages to moving operations out of the country....

*It is legal to pay slave labor wages in many of these other countries. After all, why pay an American worker 10 or 20 times as much as a worker on the other side of the globe?

*In many of these other countries you do not have to provide any health care for workers.

*In many of these other countries there are virtually no environmental controls to worry about.

*In many of these other countries there are virtually no labor standards to worry about.

*In many of these other countries you only have to deal with a fraction of the "red tape" that you have to deal with in the United States.

By merging our economies with the economies of societies that are far different from our own, we have created a "race to the bottom" that is incredibly destructive to the U.S. economy.

In Vietnam, one dollar an hour is considered to be a very good wage.

So how do you plan to compete against that?

Apparently, one of the goals of the TPP is to reduce all trade tariffs among member nations to zero by the year 2015. The proponents of "free trade" are absolutely thrilled.

We are literally destroying the American economy and this TPP agreement is only going to hasten it along.

 

Fred Krohn (34)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 6:48 pm
Scrap TPP - and while we're at it, repeal NAFTA and GATT!
 

Ludger W. (72)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 12:41 am
noted, ty
 

Herbert E. (10)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 1:18 am
It was somewhat hard to find a place to sign, could not sign at this site, americans only but finally signed at another address. Thanks Dandelion.
 

Emilia Boccagna (14)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 10:51 am
ok
 
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