WHEREAS, the trade agreement known as Trans Pacific Partnership is being negotiated in secret, and opponents in the labor and environmental communities argue that it would give new enforceable monopolistic rights and privileges to multi-national corporations, and establish limits on sovereign governments’ ability to regulate corporations’ actions, including but not limited to the areas of intellectual and copyright provisions, prices, labor practices, environmental impacts, disclosure requirements, and safety issues and
WHEREAS, according to public documents from the US Trade Representative, this agreement would allow multi-national corporations to sue governments through international tribunals, staffed by private sector attorneys, which could force governments to pay compensation to corporations and investors if the challenged policies are deemed to hinder investors’ future profits, even if those corporations are not abiding by the countries’ laws and regulations and
WHEREAS, past trade agreements have had a detrimental impact on jobs and wages, the environment, and fair equitable trade, this agreement goes beyond what has been done before, and should not be pursued
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party calls for withdrawal from Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, and calls for a new, more transparent paradigm for trade negotiations
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party forward copies of this resolution to President Obama, the Office of U. S. Trade Representatives, Governor Jerry Brown, Speaker John A. Perez, Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. read more here
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: We Won’t Be Fooled by Rigged Corporate Trade Agreements Wednesday, 02 October 2013 10:15 By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Truthout | News Analysis The Obama administration has been negotiating the TPP in secret for more than three years. Unlike past trade agreements, the text of the TPP is classified, and members of Congress have restricted access to it. If they do read the text, they are not allowed to copy it or discuss any specifics of it. However, more than 600 corporate advisers have direct access to the text on their computers. Read more
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 An analysis released today of the effects of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement concludes that “most workers are likely to lose” as a result of the agreement, and that what the economy will gain as a whole “amounts to a rounding error.”
The study, by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, is the latest indictment of a trade pact now being negotiated between the United States and a number of countries on both sides of the Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and Singapore. The provisions are being forged in private between government negotiators and corporate interests, and when the agreement is presented to Congress, the Obama administration intends to ask for “fast-track” approval, which means an up-or-down vote without amendment or real debate.
According to Public Citizen, the TPP would lead to the offshoring of millions of jobs; weaken regulations governing banks and a host of other businesses, putting the economy and consumer safety at risk; and hamstring the United States’ ability to use its tax dollars to support American businesses or boost new industries, such as green energy. Read more
Closed-door talks are on-going between the U.S. and Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam; with other countries, including China, potentially joining later. 600 corporate advisors have access to the text, while the public, Members of Congress, journalists, and civil society are excluded. And so far what we know about what’s in there is very scary! read more
Get informed – Threats Posed by TPP
Read how foreign corporations would be empowered to attack our health, environmental and other laws before foreign tribunals to demand taxpayer compensation for policies they think undermine their expected future profits.
U.S. negotiators are pushing the agenda of Big PhaRMA – longer monopoly control on drugs for the big firms. This would mean millions in developing countries are cut off from life-saving medicines & higher prices for the rest of us.
Read how special investor protections incentivize offshoring by providing special benefits for companies that leave. Plus, TPP would impose limits on how our elected officials can use tax dollars – banning Buy America or Buy Local preferences.
TPP would require us to import food that does not meet U.S. safety standards. It would limit food labeling.
Thought SOPA was bad? Read how TPP would require internet service providers to “police” user-activity and treat individual violators as large-scale for-profit violators. Plus, TPP would stifle innovation.
TPP would rollback reregulation of Wall Street. It would prohibit bans on risky financial services and undermine “too big to fail” regulations.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership n. 1. A “free trade” agreement that would set rules on non-trade matters such as food safety, internet freedom, medicine costs, financial regulation, and the environment. 2. A binding international governance system that would require the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and any other country that signs on to conform their domestic policies to its rules. 3. A secret trade negotiation that has included over 600 official corporate “trade advisors” while hiding the text from Members of Congress, governors, state legislators, the press, civil society, and the public.
On Now: Listen To Lori Wallach
Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
January 4, 2012
Most foods sold at American markets must be labeled with their country of origin. But some say that may soon have to change…
Gains from Trade? The Net Effect of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on U.S. Wages
September 2013, David Rosnick Recent estimates of the U.S. economic gains that would result from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are very small — only 0.13 percent of GDP by 2025. Taking into account the un-equalizing effect of trade on wages, this paper finds the median wage earner will probably lose as a result of any such agreement. In fact, most workers are likely to lose — the exceptions being some of the bottom quarter or so whose earnings are determined by the minimum wage; and those with the highest wages who are more protected from international competition. Rather, many top incomes will rise as a result of TPP expansion of the terms and enforcement of copyrights and patents. The long-term losses, going forward over the same period (to 2025), from the failure to restore full employment to the United States have been some 25 times greater than the potential gains of the TPP, and more than five times as large as the possible gains resulting from a much broader trade agenda. READ REPORT HERE http://www.cepr.net/documents/publications/TPP-2013-09.pdf
FAIR TRADE NOT FREE TRADE DON’T LET CORPORATIONS HIJACK ANOTHER TRADE DEAL
Corporations are trying to manipulate the Trans-Pacific Partnership—a free trade agreement being negotiated right now that would be bigger than NAFTA—to increase their power over the global economy, so they have a say in everything from your rights at work to the prices of your prescriptions and the safety of your child’s toys.
The American Economy and ‘Buy American
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) should retain the U.S. government’s ability to stimulate America’s economy through stimulus programs. In particular, the government must retain the ability to target job creation in particular regions or industries and to promote resource conservation and respect for human and workers’ rights. That is why the TPP should not repeat rules from earlier agreements that limit “Buy American” and impose other restrictions on government purchasing contracts. These rules sometimes require the United States to pretend that foreign companies are “American” for the purposes of Buy America laws. Moreover, states should be able to opt out of such procurement commitments. Recently, 68 members of Congress wrote to President Obama with this concern: they know this provision is critical to the development of our domestic economy, especially in times of recession or depression. Now is not the time to simply trade away the ability to create jobs through government spending.
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Ed Schultz Exposes the Secret Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Talk show host denounces the secretive trade agreement that promises to be worse than NAFTA. TPP is, according to the Ed Show host, a surrendering of American sovereignty to a foreign entity. The Obama doesn’t want you, and even Congress, to know about it. It is happening without debate. This is proof that we have lost our democracy to the multi-national corporations. We are losing our freedoms right before our very noses. At least some on the left, and in the media, have the integrity to tell the . American people the truth
MUST KNOW! Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Most Important Agreement of the 21st Century!
Leaked “Trans-Pacific Partnership” Draft: Global Corporate Dictatorship
Did you know that Barack Obama has been secretly negotiating the most important trade agreement since the formation of the World Trade Organization? Did you know that this agreement will impose very strict Internet copyright rules, ban all “Buy American” laws, give Wall Street banks much more freedom to trade risky derivatives and force even more domestic manufacturing offshore? If you have not heard about this treaty, don’t feel bad. Obama has refused to even give Congress a copy of the draft agreement and he has banned members of Congress from attending the negotiations. The plan is to keep this treaty secret until the very last minute and then to railroad it through Congress and have it signed into law by October. The treaty is known as “the Trans-Pacific Partnership”, and the nations that are reported to be involved in the development of this treaty include the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia. Opponents of this treaty refer to it as “the NAFTA of the Pacific”, and if it is enacted it will push the deindustrialization of America into overdrive.
“A Corporate Trojan Horse”: Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact, Would Rewrite Swath of U.S. Laws As the federal government shutdown continues, Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Asia for secret talks on a sweeping new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is often referred to by critics as “NAFTA on steroids,” and would establishing a free-trade zone that would stretch from Vietnam to Chile, encompass 800 million people — about a third of world trade and nearly 40 percent of the global economy. While the text of the treaty has been largely negotiated behind closed doors and until June, kept secret from Congress, more than 600 corporate advisors reportedly have access to the measure, including employees of Halliburton, and Monsanto. “This is not mainly about trade,” says Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. “It is a corporate trojan horse. The agreement has 29 chapters, and only five of them have to do with trade. The other 24 chapters either handcuff our domestic governments — limiting food safety, environmental standards, financial regulation, energy and climate policy — or establishing new powers for corporations.”
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