May 21, 2015 By Jack Jodell.
Though the President was prevented last week – only TEMPORARILY – from getting the fast track authority(TPA) he and bought-out corporatist congressional Republicans and Democrats needed to ram a horrible measure through Congress authorizing our acceptance of a very BAD Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bill with less than 2 minutes of debate by every single member of Congress, the bill itself was not defeated and will certainly rear its ugly head again real soon!) Even as this post is being written, Congress is debating both of these terrible measures. The time is NOW for ALL of us to voice our strong disapproval! WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO PREVENT THESE MEASURES FROM EVER BEING ADOPTED BY THIS COUNTRY! Here is why:
The TPP is a wide-ranging trade agreement between 12 Pacific-rim countries which has been described by many as “NAFTA on steroids.” The U.S., Canada, Mexico, Chile, Australia, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, New Zealand, Brunei, and Singapore have all been NEGOTIATING IN SECRET for many years to put together a trade arrangement which would encompass a whopping FORTY PERCENT of the world’s economy! The benefits to the very wealthy and huge multinational corporations are immense, and the PERIL to America’s workers, consumers, elderly and poor population, and even its very system of government, are DIRE! This disgusting agreement would allow a foreign corporation to successfully sue the government of any of its member nations for any law that nation might pass which would threaten that corporation’s future profits! That means safety amd pollution control regulations designed to protect our workers and our citizens would all go bye-bye the minute some foreign-owned corporation’s profits were threatened. American wages will certainly DROP as more and more of our jobs would be outsourced to overseas countries with slave-wage labor rates. Our ever-shrinking middle class will all but disappear once the full effects of our membership in this diabolical group are seen – we will be left a nation of millions upon millions of poor and/or unemployed people with only a tiny sliver of the population at the very top of the economic scale making unheard of record high profits – talk about RECORD wealth disparity! It will become astronomical!
PUBLIC CITIZEN (www.citizen,org/TPP) warns that, “in one fell swoop, the secretive deal could offshore American jobs and increase income inequality; jack up the cost of medicines; sneak in SOPA-like threats to internet freedom; expose the U.S. to unsafe food and products; roll back Wall Street reforms; ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs; AND empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards!”
This horrible proposal will rob us of our sovereignty and make us all become mere pawns in a sinister, profit-driven, completely corporate-owned society. THIS is NOT the kind of “freedom” our Founding Fathers envisioned or our soldiers have fought for and died to protect since 1776 – this is economic slavery! As such, it must be strongly opposed and DEFEATED by all Republicans, Democrats, Socialists, liberals, conservatives, progressives, and true PATRIOTS throughout the entire country! Thom Hartmann refers to this proposal as the Southern Hemisphere Asian Free Trade Arrangement, or SHAFTA. He is right on the money, as this rotten deal will shaft American workers for all time! That is why I urge you to call the congressional switchboard at 1-202-225-3121 OFTEN and INSIST they connect you with the offices of your individual Senators and Congresspersons, and then DEMAND that they vote AGAINST the passage of BOTH the TPA and the TPP! Make these calls at least once a week until the threat of these insane deals being adopted has completely vanished for all time!
YOUR job – and YOUR economic well-being is definitely in jeopardy here!
MAKE THAT CALL TODAY – and TOMORROW – and NEXT WEEK – and the FOLLOWING WEEK! Tell your friends and relatives to do the same!
FOR FURTHER INFO GO TO http://www.tradetreachery.com .
You will be glad you did. Guaranteed!
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