Bloomberg: Trans Pacific Partnership Is “Corporatist Power Grab”, “As Democratic And Transparent As A One-Party State,” Shrouded In “Big Brother-Like Secrecy”

Stop the Anti-American Power Grab

The U.S. Trade Representative – the federal agency responsible for negotiating trade treaties – has said that the details of the Trans Pacific Partnership are classified due to “national security”.

A Congressman who has seen the text of the treaty says:

There is no national security purpose in keeping this text secret … this agreement hands the sovereignty of our country over to corporate interests.

It will increase the cost of borrowingmake prescription drugs more expensive, destroy privacy, harm food safety,  and – yes -  literally act to destroy the sovereignty of the U.S. and the other nations which sign the bill.

To give an idea of what would happen to American law if TPP passes, just look at Equador …

It’s courts awarded billions against Chevron for trashing huge swaths of rainforest.  But then a private arbitration panel simply ignored the country’s court system.

If TPP passes, American courts will be sidelined as well. (Conservatives might want to read this and this.)

William Pesek writes at Bloomberg:

The Big Brother-like secrecy enshrouding the treaty on the U.S. side [is stunning.]

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WikiLeaks did what Barack Obama’s White House refuses to: share portions of the document with the public. The draft of the intellectual-property rights chapter by Julian Assange’s outfit validated the worst fears — that TPP is a corporatist power grab. Rather than heed the outcry, the U.S. doubled down on secrecy, refusing to disclose more details.

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You know you have a transparency problem when citizens of a democracy need to rely on WikiLeaks for details on changes to laws on Internet use, labor, environmental and food-safety standards, and the cost and availability of drugs. It’s worth considering something Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt told CNBC in December 2009: “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” So why is the Obama administration behaving as if it runs a closed Communist Party state? The answer can only be, To circumvent the legislative process.

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Last month, 151 House Democrats, members of Obama’s own party, sent a letter to the White House stating their opposition to granting him fast-track authority to negotiate trade agreements, citing a lack of congressional consultation.

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What would America’s founders make of this process?

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Asians should say no to a trade deal that’s as democratic and transparent as a one-party state.

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  • yo@yo

    When an entire corporation was ruled as to be treated with the same rights as a human being was the first step in Corporatocracy. That should have been the first clue.

  • Vanessa Aldeberon

    Internal Revenue Service Department of the Treasury

    TO ALL DISTRICT DIRECTORS APRIL 4,1985

    On March 5, 1985, a charge of tax evasion was filed in U.S. DISTRICT COURT in Indianapolis, Indiana by U.S. Attorney George Duncan. The Charges were dismissed. The defense attorney, Lowell Becraft of Huntsville, Alabama presented irrefutable evidence that the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was never properly ratified. This amendment which established the “income tax”, was signed into law despite serious defects. In reality only two states ratified the amendment and ratification requires 36 states to be valid. The effect of this is such that every tax paid into the Treasury since 1913, is due and refundable to every citizen and business.

    The official position of the service is, as it has always been, to aid and assist the citizens of the United States. We will not publish or advertise this finding as a total immediate refund would cause a serious drain on the resources of the Treasury. For those citizens who become aware of this finding and apply for a total refund, expedite their refund documents as quickly and as quietly as possible…

    …Advise each of your managers that they are not to discuss this situation with anyone. There will be no written communications and you are to destroy this memorandum.

    The Secretary of the Treasury assures me that there will be no reduction in the workforce as this refunding activity will take a minimum of 5 years to complete. Further directions will be forwarded as the need arises.

    (signed)
    Roscoe L. Egger, Jr.
    Commissioner of Internal Revenue

    • Jane

      The average taxpayer is always griping about the wealthy elite and big businesses using “loopholes” to get out of paying taxes…the “loophole” is that “they” are aware that there is no income tax law. Now you might think that after all these years, they would have made it law…however, IF they did, they would also be required to pay taxes that they currently do not have to pay. The average taxpayers are frightened into paying taxes because they always go after those who don’t have the knowledge, or money, to fight the IRS. Income taxes are paid on a voluntary basis…however, most are not aware they are voluntary.

  • gozounlimited

    Evil Corporatist/Government sleaze bags and congenital liars won’t benefit from this….. you will.

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  • Tonto

    “It’s courts awarded billions against Chevron for trashing huge swaths of rainforest.”
    —–

    It’s the common typos like that, that reassure me that these articles are far less thought out than something written in a book. Trust your instinct. The TTP is not going to give the world to China. Dream on.

    China is being shown the back seat, into which they will gladly slump. The Japanese are being encouraged to re-arm.

    • Shameer Mulji

      The TPP isn’t about giving the world over to China. It’s about giving the control of our livelihood and liberties over to international corporations and the international investment banks that own the majority of shares in these corporations. As FauxScienceSlayer above says;

      “Fascism should be rightly called corporatism, as it is the merger of state and corporate power.”

      That’s the biggest problem of the TPP.

      • Tonto

        Then, these are American corporations everyone is horrified are taking over the world?

        Then, the untimely question seem to arrive on the condescending, hand-wringing, invective hurling, alternative media scene, what is the alternative?

        Should THE MAJORITY, the disenchanted, liberal, Obama, hope and change, idiots be given the reins of the out-of-control, crumbling, scientific society to provide anything and everything for an ever growing world population of useless feeders, welfare cheats and endlessly polluting morons just because THAT can be done a little while longer, at the expense of all future humanity?

        Is that the alternative? Is the NWO society to be modeled by what the world’s populace can be tricked into believing is a better alternative by speech making, promise making politicians like Obama with just enough color in their skin to have a little wider appeal?

        God save us all, then! You people are all useless ninnies, unable to think.

        • Eileen Kuch

          I may not know a lot about the rest of the world, but the US has a CONSTITUTION, which, btw, is the Supreme Law of the Land, by which ALL legislation must abide. The Constitution is NOT simply a set of promises; it’s citizens’ rights created by God and guaranteed by Law.

          The TPP is just another violation in a list of violations involving trade with other nations. Any trade treaties that violate national sovereignty are illegal, according to sovereignty laws – including the US Constitution.

        • Bob Baker

          Thinking of corporations as being American, as opposed to foreign, is as false as thinking politicians are either republican or democrat. When both parties have allegiance only to campaign donations, it matters little which party a politician chooses. He/she will choose the party to which most of the voters in the area are aligned. The campaign money (in amounts large enough to matter) generally all comes from the same place. Divide and conquer is a well tested and proven tactic. Corporations are mostly owned by bankers and bankers have no nationality and their allegiance is only to profit.

          Usury was illegal at one time. Through interest on fiat money (the gaining of something for nothing) bankers now control the world. The end of fiat money may be the only solution, or at the very least the end of paying interest for its creation. That would reveal its worthlessness soon enough.

  • http://FauxScienceSlayer.com/ FauxScienceSlayer

    “Fascism should be rightly called corporatism, as it is the merger of state and corporate power”

    Mussolini was right, but there is no distinction between communism, fascism, marxism, nazism, socialism and their progenitor FEUDALISM. We live in an Orwellian false reality, run by the elite Demonic Warlords, bounded by faux science, fake history, filtered news and funded by fiat currency. They need only a ‘few more’ treaties to force universal serfdom. Find and share Truth…it is your duty as an Earthling.

    • masaccio68

      If you can’t tell these apart, you have real problems.

      • http://FauxScienceSlayer.com/ FauxScienceSlayer

        It’s semantics only….either you private property, free speech, informed consent government….or you have nothing and are ruled by an oligarchy….no nation remains in-between these polarities for long….

    • abinico

      Fauxscience – you have no idea what these “isms” are otherwise you wouldn’t say something this stupid. However, the rest of what you say I think is quite accurate.

      • http://FauxScienceSlayer.com/ FauxScienceSlayer

        The confusion is intentional rote indoctrination. The robber barons like to put fascism and nazism on the “right” and marxism and socialism on the “left” and CLAIM we need to be in the “center”. If you actually STUDY these systems, they are ALL THE SAME. Either you have private property, speech/assembly rights, informed consent government…OR YOU DON’T.

        “The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the twin millstone of taxation and inflation” ~ Vladimir Lenin

        There is no distinction in impact on subject populations…it is all FEUDALISM.

  • Jim

    A better name for a Corporation is a Gang. Gangs use their leverage as a group to force their will on others through coercion, Same as the Mafia. Corporations at this point are no different.

  • highpriestess

    Linear though was written down in a line, there is a beginning a middle and an end, linear written lines is the lateral fall of man, literally

  • TR M

    “I’ll know corporations are people when I see Texas execute one” – Source Unknown (but I love it!)

  • abinico

    We must end the notion of ‘corporate personhood’ – it is one on the looniest concepts ever that only serves the interest of the elite, and completely undermines democracy.

  • http://www.TorpidTeam.com/ Grand Pubah

    I think it’s time to rethink corporate law. It’s time to stop taxing them, but take away their US citizenship rights like free speech, etc. No more political contributions and no more armies of lobbyists. Return the country to the individual.

  • susan

    Just a little over a week to stop #FastTrack! That will #StopTheTPP dead in it’s tracks! Click Image To SHARE! Updated, 8 new petitions at the top. Call your Reps! #VoteNOFastTrack! Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 and send them an Email EVERY DAY! http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml I am going to re-sign all of the petitions to make sure they get the message, particularly the Fast Track Petitions! We MUST #StopTheTPP!

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  • WithdrawConsent

    “Equador” = Ecuador? ;-)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador

  • Howard Treesong

    So, we don’t only want our own rights as humans, it’s gotten to the point where we have to insist on having the same rights as corporations.

 

 

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