Big Defeat For Obama’s Fascist “Trade” Deal

Trans Pacific Partnership Petering Out

The Senate just voted down fast-track authority for the tyrannical Trans Pacific Partnership deal.

This is great news.

Specifically, many have noted that the treaty is so bad that – if Americans knew what’s in it – they’d demand that Congress reject it. No wonder it has been classified as a national security secret, so that people can’t see it’s language … until 4 years AFTER it’s passed.

The only chance Obama had was to rush it through before anyone has the chance to hear about it. And that failed.

Score one for Americans.

Postscript: While the TPP is falsely called a “trade agreement,” only 5 out of 29 of TPP’s chapters have anything to do with trade.  And conservatives point out that even the 5 chapters on trade do not promote free trade. Bloomberg calls TPP a “corporatist power grab”, “as democratic and transparent as a one-party state,” and shrouded in “Big Brother-like secrecy”.

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  • Bev

    Good. Next:

    Corporate Media Blacks Out Coverage of Bill to Overturn Corporate Personhood
    By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: May 4, 2015

    Congressman Rick Nolan, Leesa “George” Friday, and David Cobb at the Move to Amend Press Conference, April 29, 2015

    Last Wednesday, the grassroots organization, Move to Amend, held a press conference at the National Press Club to announce that six members of the U.S. House of Representatives were introducing legislation to overturn Citizens United v FEC to make free speech and all other rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution available only to “natural persons,” not corporations or limited liability companies. The legislation would also give Federal, state and local governments the ability to limit political contributions to “ensure all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process.”

    When corporations overturn the will of the people, it’s widely covered by corporate media. When the people fight back, the news is frequently blacked out. As of this morning, we could find no major corporate media outlet or corporate wire service reporting on last Wednesday’s press conference by Move to Amend. That might be because there was evidence presented at the press conference of a groundswell of public momentum to overturn Citizens United, the decision handed down on January 21, 2010 by the U.S. Supreme Court that opened the floodgates to corporate campaign spending in elections along with super wealthy donors.

    The press conference revealed that 16 states have passed resolutions asking Congress to overturn Citizens United while almost 600 municipalities and local governments across the country have done likewise. Almost two dozen other states have resolutions pending or introduced.

    Congressman Rick Nolan of Minnesota spoke at the press conference, telling attendees that “Good and successful movements in this country have always started with ordinary people who commit to accomplishing great things. And so it was with ending slavery, with child labor laws, environmental laws, women’s suffrage, civil rights, the progressive income tax, Social Security, Medicare, rights for the disabled – you name it – this movement transcends labels, it transcends political parties, it transcends regions and it transcends generations.”

    Nolan added that “America’s future and American democracy is dependent upon the success of this movement.” In addition to Nolan, co-sponsors of the bill include Mark Pocan (WI), Matthew Cartwright
    (PA), Jared Huffman (CA), Raul Grijalva (AZ), and Keith Ellison (MN).

    Leesa “George” Friday, who has been part of this grassroots movement since its beginning in 2009, said “Democracy isn’t a gift that we’re given, it’s a right. And with that right comes the responsibility to do a little bit more than just go to the polls every now and then or volunteer for a campaign, write a check or make some phone calls. It means being vigilant about what democracy means; about holding sacred that democracy; and doing the work.”

    • jadan

      Thanks for this.

  • ClubToTheHead

    It is my understanding that under the Constitution, the legislature writes the laws.

    How is it then that the legislature is not even allowed to read the legislation known as the TPP?