|Sent on:||Thursday, May 9, 2013 7:11 PM|
Our brave Congressman Alan Grayson is taking another heroic stance against the TPP. The proposed TPP trade agreement will undermine American sovereignty and quality of life by establishing a global corporatocracy to increase corporate profits at the expense of ordinary citizens. Please support his petition below and add any additional comment your may want to express. I added my following comments:
I oppose including an "investor-state” dispute resolution in this trade agreement. Corporations should not be allowed to sue my country to break the laws that they don't like.
I have serious concerns about this very broad international agreement that can take precedence over our national sovereignty. The TPP has been drafted and negotiated in secret by 300 corporations. Even members of Congress have been denied access to the documents. In spite of protests around the country, the TPP is continuing to move ahead. The potential impact of the TPP threatens our democracy and the approval and implementation of the TPP should be stopped.
Very little was known about this wide ranging agreement until someone leaked 2 of the chapters. That disclosed information should cause alarm to every citizen. What has become clear is that this proposed agreement is NAFTA on steroids. It goes well beyond a trade agreement. It gives legal jurisdiction over the laws of participating countries to an unelected tribunal that represents the interests of multinational corporations.
The purpose of the TPP espoused by government representatives is to open markets for American goods and create more manufacturing jobs – a statement that would make Orwell roll in his grave. Ironically, the result of United States trade agreements has had the opposite impact, namely, the outsourcing of jobs to countries with low labor costs that have virtually no environmental protection regulations. It has been a race to the bottom that has decimated our manufacturing sector and hollowed out our middle class. The intent of TPP seems to be to reduce our standards to those of the TPP 3rd world trading partners in order to increase profits for corporations and create a permanent poorly compensated underclass.
TPP benefits multinational corporations in 2 major respects:
• Allows corporations to cut costs and increase profits by outsourcing their manufacturing to countries with low labor costs and weak or no environmental regulations.
• Establishes an international corporate sovereignty over American industry that weakens labor rights, erodes our environmental standards for water, air and food quality and extends IP provisions that will discourage innovation and result in higher drug prices.
As TPP will continue to hollow out our manufacturing base and reduce wages for the middle and working classes, our tax base will be further diminished. That will mean reducing government services and further degrading our educational system. Ultimately, the corporations will have a poorly educated permanent American underclass that can be further exploited – essentially a workforce that lacks the education and skills needed to compete technologically in a global economy.
All other developed countries have an Industrial policy that incorporates education, research and development and some level of protection of their industries. The United States is the only developed country in the world that does not have an Industrial Policy. Perhaps the reality is that a country that just wants to extract profits by exploiting its citizens doesn’t need an industrial policy. Only countries that are focused on the quality of life of its citizens need to have an industrial policy. TPP is just another example of a society that values corporate profits over the well being of its citizens. Followed to its logical conclusion TPP can transition the United States and its partners into a neo-feudal society comprised of an isolated ruling class buttressed by masses of modern day serfs that toil to survive in a marginal existence. Essentially it will be a global corporatocracy that takes precedence over sovereign states and controls the society and lives of its citizens.
One also wonders if this is part of a larger global strategy. The TPP implementation time frame will parallel a realignment of our military resources from other regions of the world to Asia. The overall goal of the strategy appears to be to isolate China economically and militarily. Like past empires the projection of power around the globe will come at a high price to the average citizen in the homeland. In our own history, the American Revolution did not start as a general dissatisfaction with the crown. It started as a revolt against the East India Company – the Exxon Mobile of that day. Our founding fathers mobilized the citizenry, took on and defeated the major corporate power of that time to establish a democracy. Unfortunately, our current political leaders are not heeding the wisdom of our founding fathers who cautioned against allowing corporate power to undermine our democracy. In the American Revolution, change came from the bottom, not the top. The critical challenge of our day is to follow the historical example of our country’s founding fathers and to put our democracy and quality of life above corporate profits. I hope that there are other brave congressmen who will follow Congressman Grayson's example and stand up for our citizens and democracy rather than doing the bidding corporate interests.
From: Rep. Alan Grayson [mailto:[address removed]]
Sent: Thursday, May 09,[masked]:02 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Speak Out! No More Trade Deal Sell-Outs.
The United States Trade Representative has invited public comments on the "Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership." (God, even the title makes you ill, doesn't it?) The "Partnership" actually is a partnership between multinational corporations and their sellout tools in government. It features "investor-state" dispute resolution, which permits huge corporations to file lawsuits to prevent government actions that they just don't like, such as health and safety regulations.
Tell our government what you think about this huge power-grab by multinational corporations. Submit your comment here.
This is not just a theoretical possibility. "These provisions elevate corporations to the level of nation states and allow them to sue governments over nearly any law or policy which reduces their future profits," the Sierra Club warns. The government of Canada has been sued under a similar clause in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for refusing to export Canada's water. Canada also has been sued for keeping a pollutant out of its gasoline supply, and for taxing windfall profits by oil companies.
Why are we even thinking about handing over our sovereign rights to huge corporations who care nothing about us? Make your voice heard, by clicking here.
Who needs these "free trade" sell-outs, anyway? Since NAFTA went into effect in 1994, the United States has lost almost four million manufacturing jobs. Moreover, huge U.S. subsidies for corn have made it impossible for millions of Mexican families to survive on the farm. NAFTA accomplished something that hardly seems possible - impoverishing both American workers and Mexican ones. Can't we learn from our mistakes? And why are our leaders treating us like sheep being led to the slaughter?
Stop this subversive betrayal right now. Click here, and click now, to put in your two cents.
The First Amendment gives us the right to "petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Anyone who has been paying attention to these Judas-kiss trade "deals" is feeling mighty, mighty "aggrieved." So do something about it: click here to try to put an end to this nonsense.
The window for comments closes on Friday. So give them a piece of your mind today.
Rep. Alan Grayson
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