Obama Tries To Sneak Through the TPP
The TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) is a huge Globalist trade deal among 12 nations that would a) “phase out thousands of tariffs” (NY Times, 6/1/16) and b) set up corporate tribunals to punish nations that refuse to import goods (e.g., toxic pesticides, toxic medical drugs, GMOs).
In short, it’s a nightmare. Wiping out tariffs is the cornerstone of the Globalist agenda. It allows companies in industrial countries to move their factories to Third World hell holes, pay slave wages, ignore environmental conditions, and then export their products back to the countries they abandoned—with no tariffs. No taxes. No penalties.
The absence of tariffs is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s the ONLY way these corporations can exports products from their factories in the Third World and make a profit. It’s the un-level playing field. It creates a world run by and for mega-corporations.
Obama is the Rockefeller Globalists’ man in the White House. He’s tasked with pushing through Congressional ratification of the TPP, come hell or high water.
He sees hell on the horizon and the water is rising. If Trump wins, the TPP is likely toast. If Hillary wins, who knows what’ll happen? Her latest flip-flop was to come out against the TPP. That was her strategy as she tried to win over Bernie Sanders supporters. Sanders was virulently against the TPP treaty.
So…Obama is aiming to have Congress ratify the TPP during its lame-duck session, which takes place after the November election and before new winners assume office in January.
In other words, during the lame-duck session, all members of Congress who occupy office at this current moment will still be there, before the newly elected Congress (whoever they are) takes over. Obama calculates his best chance of passing the TPP is with the present membership of Congress.
Twilight Zone? You bet. Here’s the picture: the election is over, the newly elected Congress is ready to take charge in January, but in November, with the old Congress still there (the lame ducks), Obama will make his last-ditch stand to leave the US and 11 other Pacific nations with one final exploding disaster, as he moves to a lavish home near one of his favorite golf courses.
As we speak, he’s on a nationwide tour, drumming up support among recalcitrant Congressional members and fence sitters, offering whatever he can to turn the tide in his favor.
Imagine this: you’re a member of Congress who’s just been voted out of office. You’re still there in November, though, one of the lame ducks sitting in chambers, sipping good scotch, watching Law&Order reruns, boxing up mementos, playing poker, running out the string on your expense account. One of Obama’s people drops by to convince you to vote for the TPP.
What can he offer you? You’re done in Congress.
So whatever the deal is, chances are it’s going to be sleazy. Maybe you’d like a cushy gig with a big pharmaceutical company. Maybe you’d like a seat on the board of a Wall St. firm. Maybe you can score a great price on a house in the Bahamas. Maybe your ne’er-do-well son can get into Harvard, once he’s out of drug rehab. Maybe the video of you and that three-thousand-dollar hooker in a DC hotel will vanish… Whatever it takes.
Because of these Globalist trade deals, good jobs in the US have been running away like marathon runners from the starting line. But who cares? The sinking US economy is “a fact of life.” You’re a lame duck. You need comfort and gifts in the next phase of your life. Inside the Beltway, it’s make-a-deal all the time. Nothing new.
You need to grab whatever is on the table before you go out the door. By the process of Washington DC alchemy, lame ducks can become vultures and buzzards and even eagles.
Thank you, Mr. President. Your mission is nearly done. Thank you for this one final messianic miracle. The American worker is in your debt. Literally.
Protest Never Changes Anything? Look At How TTIP Has Been Derailed
People power has taken on big business over this transatlantic stitch-up and looks like winning. We should all be inspired
For those of us who want societies run in the interests of the majority rather than unaccountable corporate interests, this era can be best defined as an uphill struggle.
So when victories occur, they should be loudly trumpeted to encourage us in a wider fight against a powerful elite of big businesses, media organisations, politicians, bureaucrats and corporate-funded thinktanks.
Today is one such moment. The Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) – that notorious proposed trade agreement that hands even more sweeping powers to corporate titans – lies wounded, perhaps fatally. It isn’t dead yet, but TTIP is a tangled wreckage that will be difficult to reassemble.
Those of us who campaigned against TTIP – not least fellow Guardian columnist George Monbiot – were dismissed as scaremongering. We said that TTIP would lead to a race to the bottom on everything from environmental to consumer protections, forcing us down to the lower level that exists in the United States. We warned that it would undermine our democracy and sovereignty, enabling corporate interests to use secret courts to block policies that they did not like.
Scaremongering, we were told. But hundreds of leaked documents from the negotiations reveal, in some ways, that the reality is worse – and now the French government has been forced to suggest it may block the agreement.
The documents imply that even craven European leaders believe the US demands go too far. As War on Want puts it, they show that TTIP would “open the door” to products currently banned in the EU “for public health and environmental reasons”.
As the documents reveal, there are now “irreconcilable” differences between the European Union’s and America’s positions. According to Greenpeace, “the EU position is very bad, and the US position is terrible”.
The documents show that the US is actively trying to dilute EU regulations on consumer and environmental protections. In future, for the EU to be even able to pass a regulation, it could be forced to involve both US authorities and US corporations, giving big businesses across the Atlantic the same input as those based in Europe.
With these damning revelations, the embattled French authorities have been forced to say they reject TTIP “at this stage”. President Hollande says France would refuse “the undermining of the essential principles of our agriculture, our culture, of mutual access to public markets”. And with the country’s trade representative saying that “there cannot be an agreement without France and much less against France”, TTIP currently has a bleak future indeed.
|“David Cameron is [was] happy to undermine British sovereignty and democracy, as long as it is corporate interests who benefit“|
There are a number of things we learn from this, all of which should lift hopes. First, people power pays off. European politicians and bureaucrats, quite rightly, would never have imagined that a trade agreement would inspire any interest, let alone mass protests.
Symptomatic of their contempt for the people they supposedly exist to serve, the negotiations over the most important aspects of the treaty were conducted in secret. Easy, then, to accuse anti-TTIP activists of “scaremongering” while revealing little of the reality publicly.
But rather than give up, activists across the continent organised. They toxified TTIP, forcing its designers on the defensive. Germany – the very heart of the European project – witnessed mass demonstrations with up to 250,000 people participating.
For all President Obama’s hope-change rhetoric, his administration – which zealously promoted TTIP – has all too often championed corporate interests. However, though Bernie Sanders is unlikely to become the Democratic nominee, the incredible movement behind him shows – particularly among younger Americans – a growing desire for a different sort of US.
Protesters wear masks of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel as they demonstrate against TTIP free trade agreement
In the coming months, those Europeans who have campaigned against TTIP should surely reach out to their American counterparts. Even if TTIP is defeated, we still live in a world in which major corporations often have greater power than nation states: only organised movements that cross borders can have any hope of challenging this unaccountable dominance.
From tax justice to climate change, the “protest never achieves anything” brigade have been proved wrong. Here’s a potential victory to relish, and build on.