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Potential US Consequences of the Trans Pacific Partnership

Potential US Consequences of the Trans Pacific Partnership

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BIO: I'm a multi-issue activist, with specific interests in protecting our working class. I hold a BS in mass communications, and have a penchant for research. I noticed that there was little or no information on the TPP that went back and tracked the history of US-involved trade agreements, and how American citizens are always the losers (and corporations, by contrast, the consistent winners). All of my sources are cited in the endnotes, with a heavy reliance on studies from academic journals, and backing statistics from US government agencies. MY APOLOGIES that the hotlinks in the document are not working, but if you question any information within, please refer to the appropriate footnote, where the link is available.
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The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a US-involved multinational trade agreement. It has been negotiated in secret by only the presidents of participating Pacific-rim nations and their chief trade advisors - led by some 600 corporate advisors assisting in crafting the rules and text of this more than 25-chapter agreement: only five of which appear to deal with actual trade.

US multinational corporations benefit immensely from modern trade agreements which allow their increasing power, global spread, increased profits and rights over law, policy and the people. American citizens are are the consistent losers in these agreements.

Find out how by connecting the dots of multiple consequences of prior US trade agreements - and why the Trans Pacific Partnership, if passed, poses increasing threats to America.
BIO: I'm a multi-issue activist, with specific interests in protecting our working class. I hold a BS in mass communications, and have a penchant for research. I noticed that there was little or no information on the TPP that went back and tracked the history of US-involved trade agreements, and how American citizens are always the losers (and corporations, by contrast, the consistent winners). All of my sources are cited in the endnotes, with a heavy reliance on studies from academic journals, and backing statistics from US government agencies. MY APOLOGIES that the hotlinks in the document are not working, but if you question any information within, please refer to the appropriate footnote, where the link is available.
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The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a US-involved multinational trade agreement. It has been negotiated in secret by only the presidents of participating Pacific-rim nations and their chief trade advisors - led by some 600 corporate advisors assisting in crafting the rules and text of this more than 25-chapter agreement: only five of which appear to deal with actual trade.

US multinational corporations benefit immensely from modern trade agreements which allow their increasing power, global spread, increased profits and rights over law, policy and the people. American citizens are are the consistent losers in these agreements.

Find out how by connecting the dots of multiple consequences of prior US trade agreements - and why the Trans Pacific Partnership, if passed, poses increasing threats to America.

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Potential US ConsequencesOf the Trans Pacific Partnership
Based on a critical analysis of prior trade agreementsInge BurbankBS, Mass CommunicationsColorado Educator on the Trans Pacific Partnershipingeburbank@gmail.comSeptember 2013©Inge Burbank, 2013
 
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Introduction:
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
, 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
 phone
– 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.
 
 
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Table of Contents:
 
Prior US Free Trade Agreements
Increased trade deficits and US Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)have lost millions of American blue- and white-collar jobs
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US consequences of NAFTA
Soaring deficits with partner nations, US FDI in Mexico, 1 million lost US jobs,bankrupted American farms, and increased numbers of undocumentedMexican immigrants
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World Trade Organization
US FDI in cheap labor markets, corporations’ ability to sue nationalgovernments under Investor State Rights, global tribunals bypassingnational court systems
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China joins WTO in 2001
Skyrocketing US trade deficits, US FDI in China, nearly 3 million lost US jobs(numbers and categories); China’s growing investment in university education,with emphases on sciences
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KORUS (US-Korea Trade Agreement) two years in:
Rising deficits, US FDI, the risk to US white-collar jobs
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Growing concerns about the TPP.
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 The TPP: Why heavy white-collar job loss is likely
Key TPP partner nation exceeding US higher education in the sciences;wages lower than China’s; emerging high-tech center of Asia
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The TPP: America’s food safety
Increasing foodborne illness from imported foods, the rise of (and growing global opposition to) GMO foods and health implications,diminished food safety and security
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The TPP: Environmental impact concerns
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 The TPP: Driving medication prices up with longer patents, fewer generics
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 The TPP:
Criminalizing everyday media/internet activities under copyright violation,and prohibiting digital media access for the deaf and blind
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Conclusion
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Endnotes
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pages 18-22

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