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The newest free trade deal on the horizon is called the Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP for short. This deal is being negotiated in secret talks with the U.S. Trade Representative and approximately 600 corporate representatives. The negotiations are being held in secret without any input from our elected officials or the public.
Lori Wallach, Director of Global Trade Watch in Washington D.C., calls the TPP “NAFTA on Steroids”. If you think losing 700,000 jobs in the wake of NAFTA was bad, hold on to your seat because the TPP will make it easier for corporations to chase low wages in any country signed on to this deal.
So far, the countries signed on to the TPP are Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico, Canada, and Japan. According to details that have leaked out, this might be the last trade deal ever negotiated because countries could just “dock on” to the deal without negotiating a separate trade deal.
The scariest part of this fiasco is the rights and privileges which will be bestowed upon corporations and the constraints that will be put on government regulations. Jobs will be easier to offshore. Our government’s ability to control natural resources, regulate financial services, control land use, food safety, energy, tobacco, healthcare, internet freedom and more will be compromised. Buy American laws and anti-sweat shop regulations would be null and void under this deal. This is corporate power gone wild. Other countries could sue the United States if their ability to make profits were hampered by our domestic laws. These lawsuits would not be tried in our court systems, but through a tribunal made up of corporate representatives.

What can you do to stop this assault on democracy? Call or write your representatives in Congress and ask for information on this trade deal. Tell them you are opposed to what you have heard about it. Tell them you are against Fast Track Authority for this deal which would push it through Congress without the ability to amend or debate its contents. Our representatives in Congress rarely hear from their constituents.
If ever there was a time to communicate with your elected officials. This is it!

 

Submitted by Sister Karen Blanchard (Legislative Co-Chair)

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