The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secret trade agreement that is nearing the end of negotiations as of Fall 2012. It has been negotiated solely between participating-nation Presidents,their chief trade advisors, and some 600 corporate advisors, who have been working together tocraft this more than 25-chapter agreement: only five, it is said, of which have to do with actual trade.Despite international trade being a Constitutional right given to
, Congress has not onlybeen closed out of the negotiations process, but has been denied full access to the agreement’stext. The media and citizens at large are also denied access to the text, until several years after theagreement has passed.Some readers will want to dig into this document in its entirety, while others may want tochoose select categories of interest from the table of contents on the following page. However,I recommend taking the time to read it in full
, since it is written in a connect-the-dots fashion thatdocuments these proven patterns of free trade consequences in America. In addition, each section hasmorsels of eye-opening information and/or statistics, which you will want to be aware of.
This document will highlight:
General US consequences of trade agreements: rising trade deficits, lost American jobs
Impacts of NAFTA, the World Trade Organization and KORUS
State and national laws and policies which impede corporate “lost potential profits” already going toglobal tribunals of corporation vs. offending nation under trade agreement “barriers”
Exporting of blue and white collar American jobs: growing threats under the TPP
Food safety: likely to be less safe under the TPP
Environmental consequences of free trade and the TPP
The TPP and medications: extended drug patents, less generics, higher prices
Internet Freedom: tighter regulations than the Congressionally rejected SOPA, PIPAThrough this research, I have shown how our citizens are the consistent losers of modern Free Trade Agreements, to set the stage of presenting specific concerns regarding the TPP. I am making this availableonline free of charge. Read, share the link with your on- and offline groups, and use this information toeducate your friends, family and elected officials.
The TPP is projected to hit Congress on the “fast track” on a surprise unknown date in fall 2013(winter at the latest) – which means that Congress gets a very limited time to read, understand andresearch, little or no time for meaningful debate or constituent input, and no amendments or modifications will be allowed. They will only be allowed a straight yes/no vote.In addition, the currently expired presidential Fast Track Authority is slated for renewal vote byCongress in fall of 2013 – and is gaining in bipartisan congressional support.I urge all Americans to CALL YOUR CONGRESSMEN’S OFFICES – on the
– and urgethem to vote NO on both the renewal of presidential Fast Track Authority (slated for early fall of 2013), and NO on the Trans Pacific Partnership.