THAT OUTSPOKEN U.S. REPRESENTATIVE ALAN GRAYSON COINED THAT PHRASE, "NAFTA ON STEROIDS", I BELIEVE. WHETHER APPLIED TO TAFTA OR TPP, THE SHOE FITS!
WHO REMEMBERS NAFTA?
NAFTA (NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT) WAS WHAT TOOK A MILLION JOBS AND HUNDREDS OF CORPORATIONS OUT OF AMERICA BY 2004, SENT THEM ABROAD FOR CHEAPER LABOR, AND EVEN GARNERED MEGA-CORPORATIONS WELFARE SUBSIDIES PAID WITH TAXPAYER MONEY TO GO SET UP SHOP ABROAD!
NOT ONLY DID CONGRESS' YAY VOTES FOR NAFTA LOSE AMERICA A MILLION JOBS, HUNDREDS OF COMPANIES, IT LOST ITS FEDERAL MIND FOR EVEN CONSIDERING SUCH A DEAL, NEVER READ ALL 5000+ PAGES OF THAT SCREW-OVER, AND YET IT'S ABOUT TO DO THE SAME THING AGAIN, AND AGAIN!
YES, AMERICA, CONGRESS AGREED TO SEND AMERICAN JOBS ABROAD!
YES, AMERICA, CONGRESS WILL DO ANYTHING FOR CAMPAIGN MONEY!
YES, AMERICA, OF COURSE YOU WILL VOTE THOSE SAME TRAITOROUS BASTARDS IN AGAIN NEXT TIME, BECAUSE,AFTER ALL, THEY BELONG TO "YOUR PARTY", AND PARTY TRUMPS SANITY, DOESN'T IT?
WELL, NOW WORSE THINGS THAN NAFTA LOOM ON THE HORIZON...
TAFTA...THE TRANSATLANTIC FREE TRADE AGREEMENT!
TAFTA IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE "TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP" (TTIP) , BUT A "CON" BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL A CON!
AND THEN THERE'S "TPP", THE TRANSPACIFIC TRADE PARTNERSHIP.
MAYBE YOU'RE NOT FAMILIAR WITH EITHER, SINCE NEGOTIATIONS HAVE BEEN QUITE SECRETIVE AND BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, SO LET'S HAVE A LOOK.
NOT UNLIKE "TPP", THE TRANSPACIFIC PARTNERSHIP, ALSO AN ULTRA-SECRETIVE PIECE OF WORK , BETWEEN THE USA, JAPAN, AND OTHER 'PACIFIC RIM' NATIONS, TAFTA WILL BE A SELL-OUT OF WORKING AMERICANS SO WE CAN GET IN THERE AND TRADE WITH EUROPE, THOSE GUYS ACROSS THE SMALLER POND.
WAIT A SEC! WE ALREADY TRADE WITH EUROPE...ON OUR OWN TERMS!
WE DON'T NEED TO HELP MEGA-CORPORATIONS SCREW US OVER!
John Hilary, Executive Director of campaign group 'War on Want' has called TAFTA/TPIP “An assault on European and US societies by transnational corporations.”
OTHERS HAVE CALLED IT BY NAMES WE CAN'T OR DON'T USE HERE IN THE TEA ROOM. BUT IT'S WORSE THAN ANYONE KNOWS, MAINLY BECAUSE WE ARE BEING KEPT IN THE DARK AND HAVE BEEN AFFORDED NO VOTE, NO SAY-SO ON THIS NEW ATROCITY TO MAKE INTERNATIONAL TRADERS HAPPY.
"A group of the LARGEST U.S. and European banks, agribusinesses and other powerful industrial groups want to rewrite the safeguards, the safety standards on which we rely daily for our food, medicines and cars, the energy and climate policies needed to save our planet's RESOURCES. "
IT WILL EVEN LOWER STANDARDS OF CARE FOR THE ELDERLY AND WITHIN OUR HOSPITALS.
TO SEE THE TOP 10 THINGS THAT SHOULD CONCERN ALL "AVERAGE CITIZENS" THE MOST ABOUT TAFTA/TPIP, SEE THIS PDF DOCUMENT BY CLICKING HERE.
"These constraints on U.S. domestic policy would be binding.
Once TAFTA took effect, even if public opinion came out strongly against the weakening of safeguards or if the federal government
changed, TAFTA’s terms could only be altered if ALL signatory nations agreed.
Failure to comply with the new rules could result in trade sanctions against the United States or orders to compensate firms that claimed their newly established rights were violated. "
AS WIKILEAKS FOUND OUT,
BIG OIL COMPANIES ARE DEMANDING THAT TAX CREDITS BE BANNED FOR "ALTERNATIVE ENERGY" COMPANIES, BECAUSE, YOU SEE, THEY WANT US ALL TO REMAIN SLAVES TO HIGHER-PRICED FOSSIL FUELS.
THE OIL GANG ALSO WANTS BANS LIFTED SO THEY CAN BASICALLY DRILL, FRACK, DO WHATEVER THEY PLEASE, WHEREVER, WHENEVER AND FOR AS LONG AS IT SUITS THEM.
PROPERTY OWNER'S RIGHTS WILL BE OUT THE WINDOW UNDER TAFTA/TPP.
GOOD FOR THEIR BUSINESSES, BAD FOR CONSUMERS, PROPERTY OWNERS AND AMERICAN WORKERS!
PHARMACEUTICAL MEGA-CORPORATIONS ARE PUSHING TO STOP CHEAPER GENERIC DRUGS FROM COMING TO MARKET, AND ALSO DEMANDING THAT EFFORTS TO LOWER THE PRICE OF DRUGS AND MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE ALL STOP IMMEDIATELY!
BIG PHARMA WANTS BIG BUCKS, AND TO HELL WITH WHAT AVERAGE CITIZEN WANTS OR NEEDS!
BIG PHARMA WANTS BIG BUCKS, AND TO HELL WITH WHAT AVERAGE CITIZEN WANTS OR NEEDS!
TO APPEASE BIG BUSINESS AND GLOBAL BANKERS, THAT'S WHY.
TO SUBMIT TO THAT GLOBALIST AGENDA THAT SEEKS TO ELIMINATE THE SOVEREIGNTY AND SELF-GOVERNANCE OF ALL NATIONS AND THEIR PEOPLE!
AND , LET'S JUST FACE IT, AMERICA'S TOP 10% WHO TRADE HEAVILY ON WALL STREET, WHOSE STOCKS WOULD LIKELY SKYROCKET FROM THESE "TREATIES" HAVE MORE RESOURCES TO PUSH FOR THESE DEALS THAN ALL OF US "AVERAGE JOES AND JANES" HAVE TO PUSH AGAINST THEM.
After the big "recession" of Bush's administration (let's call it what it was, a DEPRESSION), the new financial regulations designed to prevent banks from gambling with our money and creating another crisis will be ERASED by this new trade agreement.
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
FOR OVER A DECADE, SOME GLOBAL ELITES have pushed for a new U.S. "trade" deal with Europe (i.e. TAFTA), which greedy, wealthy corporate proponents have tried to rebrand as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), A RAW DEAL FOR AMERICAN WORKERS AND CONSUMERS, AGAIN, a deal that would NEGATE protections on both sides of the Atlantic.
NEGOTIATIONS HAVE BEEN SO SECRETIVE THAT ONE ORGANIZATION INITIALLY OFFERED UP TO $1 BILLION, THEN MORE RECENTLY, AFTER THE WIKILEAKS RELEASE, $74,000 FOR ANY REAL INFO ON THE CLOSED-DOOR NEGOTIATIONS!
AN ARTICLE IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES SHOWS HOW HIGHLY SECRETIVE THESE "NEGOTIATIONS" HAVE BEEN!
IT'S BEEN SAID THAT TAFTA NEGOTIATIONS OUTSTRIPS TPP IN SECRECY!
HOW CAN ANYTHING EXCEED TPP SECRECY?
BUT, "WHO CARES?" SAYS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, WHICH WANTS IT ALL "FAST-TRACKED" THROUGH CONGRESS.
"The idea behind fast track is to change the constitutional requirements for a treaty. Instead of needing two-thirds of the Senate to ratify a treaty, fast track mandates that only a majority is required. Further, it mandates that after a treaty is negotiated, when it goes to Congress, there is only a limited time for debating the treaty and the treaty cannot be amended by Congress. "
Congress has to ratify the treaty BEFORE we ACTUALLY KNOW what is in the treaty.
THIS REDEFINES INSANITY, DOESN'T IT?
IT UNDERSCORES JUST WHAT TREASON MEANS!
BUT WE, THE PEOPLE WON'T KNOW UNTIL AFTER CONGRESS AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SELLS US OUT TO THE GLOBAL MARKET MASTERS JUST HOW BAD IT'S GOING TO BE FOR OUR ALREADY STRUGGLING ECONOMY!
IF IT MEANS MONEY IN CONGRESSIONAL POCKETS, FROM STOCKS OR FROM LOBBYISTS FOR THE WALL STREET BOYS, CONGRESS WILL SELL US OUT AS ALWAYS!
FOR ONCE, OBAMA MAY SEE THE GOP SIDE OF THE AISLE GRANT HIM A WISH.
Launched in July 2013, TAFTA negotiations are currently underway,
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, STILL, JUST LIKE TPP.
OVER 600, YES, 600 U.S. "CORPORATE ADVISERS" AND ROUGHLY 24,000 U.S. SUBSIDIARIES OF FOREIGN CORPORATIONS ARE PUSHING HARD TO SEE TAFTA AND TPP ACCEPTED BY OUR CONGRESS.
ADD TO THAT THE 75,000 OTHER MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES WHO HAVE CONNECTIONS HERE IN AMERICA.
THEY ARE LIKELY PADDING POCKETS ALL OVER CAPITOL HILL SO CONGRESS ALLOWS THESE TRADE DEALS JUST AS IT ALLOWED THE ABOMINATION WE CALL NAFTA!
THIS IS JUST COMMON PRACTICE, THIS LYING, WHEN "FREE TRADE DEALS" ARE BEING 'NEGOTIATED'.
IN CASE YOU'VE FORGOTTEN HOW OUR FREE TRADE WITH KOREA LOOKED 3 YEARS AFTER THAT FIASCO, A WEE REMINDER:
"The U.S. goods trade deficit with Korea has ballooned an estimated 84 percent, or $12.7 billion, in the first three years of the Korea FTA (comparing the year before the FTA took effect to the projected third full year of implementation)…The surge in the U.S. trade deficit with Korea under the FTA EQUATES TO the loss of nearly 85,000 American jobs, according to the trade-jobs ratio that the administration used to promise job GAINS from the deal.
U.S. goods exports to Korea fell by more than $2 billion in the first three years of the FTA. "
NO, AMERICA, FREE TRADE DEALS NEVER GO WELL FOR AMERICAN CONSUMERS, WORKERS, OR OUR ECONOMY!
THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S MINIONS IN ATTENDANCE TO THIS INTERNATIONAL "TREATY" TELL US JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH ABOUT THESE "NEGOTIATIONS", SO LET'S SEE WHAT WIKILEAKS UNCOVERED THAT REALLY PISSED-OFF THE "NEGOTIATORS".
FOREIGN CORPORATIONS DEMAND CONCESSIONS, RELAXATION OR REMOVAL OF AMERICAN RULES AND LAWS FOR TRADE.
~ European agribusiness corporations have listed U.S. safety standards for Grade A milk as an “obstacle” that they hope can be removed via TAFTA.
They acknowledge that the standards “were devised as a means of addressing the risk of food borne illnesses,” but express hope the standards can be weakened because complying with them “is both highly cumbersome and expensive.”
IN SHORT AND IN PLAIN WORDS, THE GUYS WHO WANT TO SELL MILK TO AMERICAN CONSUMERS DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO CLEAN UP THE AMOUNTS OF CONTAMINANTS, LIKE, OH, SAY PUS OR CHEMICALS OR MANURE PARTICLES IN THEIR MILK PRODUCTS.
AND IF THEY'RE PULLING MILK OUT OF DISEASED, HALF-DEAD COWS TO SELL TO US, THAT'S NONE OF OUR BUSINESS!
~ European banks have openly targeted U.S. financial regulations enacted after the 2008 financial crisis to rein in Wall Street, calling the new financial stability policies "barriers to trade" that should be watered down via TAFTA.
IN SHORT, IN PLAIN WORDS, THOSE INTERNATIONAL BANKERS DON'T WANT ANY RESTRICTIONS ON HOW THEY INVEST ON BEHALF OF THEIR "CLIENTS".
IF THEY WANT TO MAKE BAD DEALS, SHADY DEALS, THEY OUGHT TO HAVE THAT "RIGHT", AND SCREW PEOPLE LOSING EVERY DIME THEY HAVE ON BAD DEALS!
BANKS MUST WIN, NOT HUMANS!
THEY OBVIOUSLY PAID OFF, OR "CONVINCED" , CONGRESS TO GET IN THERE AND REPEAL OR PREVENT ANYTHING REMOTELY RESEMBLING THE GLASS-STEGALL ACT THAT WOULD REGULATE WALL STREET INVESTORS.
~ The "deregulatory" wishes of European AND U.S. corporations reveal that the deal could also threaten climate policies, food safety labels, chemical safeguards, "Buy Local" preferences and even data privacy.
SHORT, PLAIN VERSION: " SCREW THE CLIMATE AND HUMAN SAFETY! WE NEED MEGA-PROFITS ANY WAY WE CAN MAKE THEM! CURRENT AMERICAN RULES KEEP US FROM DOUBLING OR TRIPLING OUR PROFITS! GET THOSE OUT OF OUR WAY! AND WE DEMAND ACCESS TO PRIVATE DATA AS WELL!"
USING THIS LEVERAGE, INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS, TRADING WITH AMERICA UNDER INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT, CAN ONCE AGAIN OFFER AMERICANS TOXIC TOYS, UNSAFE BABY ITEMS, LEAD-BASED PAINTS, PLASTIC-LADEN HUMAN AND ANIMAL FOODS, AND EVEN, IF THEY SO WISH, GOODS CONTAMINATED BY ANY NUMBER OF THINGS, FROM RAT FECES TO RADIATION!
JUST AS IN NAFTA, WHATEVER TAFTA WANTS, TAFTA MUST HAVE!
AMERICANS, TAKE NOTE!
"In Europe a company has to prove a substance is safe before it can be used; in the US the opposite is true: any substance can be used until it is proven unsafe.
As an example, the EU currently bans 1,200 substances from use in cosmetics; the US just 12."
JOBS GOING, GOING...
"The EU has admitted that TTIP will probably cause unemployment as jobs switch to the US, where labour standards and trade union rights are lower. It has even advised EU members to draw on European support funds to compensate for the expected unemployment."
SORRY, EU, WE DON'T WANT IT EITHER, BUT, LIKE YOU, WE DON'T GET TO VOTE ON IT!
"Incredibly, U.S. administration officials, and their European counterparts, have also proposed that TAFTA include the extreme investor privileges of past "trade" deals."
YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT "EXTREME INVESTOR PRIVILEGES"?
WHAT SWEET LITTLE DEALS THEY ARE FOR THE BIG BOYS, THE REAL "MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE", THE ELITE SWEETHEARTS WHO OWN NATIONS' GOVERNMENTS!
"These terms empower individual foreign corporations to skirt domestic courts and directly challenge any policy or action of a sovereign government before World Bank and U.N. tribunals.":
THEY CAN BASICALLY TELL OUR COURTS TO KISS THEIR ENTIRE BEHINDS!
BUT THE PRIVILEGED INVESTOR RULES ALSO MEANS, WHEN THE INTERNATIONAL OR DOMESTIC CORPORATIONS WIN LAWSUITS BROUGHT AGAINST THEM BEFORE ANY U.N. OR WORLD BANK TRIBUNAL,
THE U.S. PAYS UNLIMITED "DAMAGES" TO THE WINNING CORPORATIONS...WITH TAXPAYER MONEY!
UNLIMITED TAXPAYER MONEY IS GOING INTO RULE-HATING CORPORATE POCKETS!
HOW MUCH MONEY?
HERE ARE A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES:
* $14 BILLION IN JUST 15 CLAIMS AGAINST CORPORATIONS IS PENDING IN THOSE "COURTS/TRIBUNALS" RIGHT NOW.
IF THE U.S. LOSES, YOU LOSE, WE ALL LOSE $14 BILLION, PLUS, SAY, "OTHER DAMAGES".
* OVER $400 MILLION IN MULTI-NATIONAL "COMPENSATIONS" HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID OUT IN A SERIES OF INVESTOR-STATE CASES THE U.S. LOST UNDER JUST NAFTA-STYLE DEALS!
[FOR MORE INFO ON HOW WE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS WILL PAY FOR TAFTA AND HAVE PAID FOR NAFTA, CLICK HERE.]
AS BAD AS AMERICA HAS IT, SO FAR, IT'S NOT AS BAD AS ARGENTINA, WHO HAS LOST 80% OF ALL ITS "TRIBUNAL CASES" AND PAID OUT OVER HALF A BILLION IN U.S. DOLLARS.
IS THERE ANY HOPE WE CAN BEAT THIS SYSTEM?
A LITTLE, SCANT, SOME.
"The investor-state system is so extreme that it is losing whatever small political support it ever had.
Australia has said it will not include investor-state in its trade deals. South Africa and India are among other countries now conducting critical reviews of the system.
Brazil has always refused it.
MOST Latin American countries are pulling out (or are trying to) of various arbitration agreements that provide venues for these private corporate attacks.
Interestingly, given Obama's current push FOR TAFTA/ TPP, President
Obama even campaigned against this system...BEFORE HIS TWO ELECTIONS!
But career bureaucrats and big business want to PASS TAFTA AND TPP AND ALL TRADE AGREEMENTS by EXPANDING the extreme investor-state system, no matter the cost.
KA-CHING, KA-CHING, RIGHT, SOLD-OUT CAPITOL HILL WHORES?
"These extraordinary privileges have empowered foreign corporations to circumvent domestic courts and drag sovereign governments before extrajudicial tribunals authorized to order taxpayer compensation for public interest policies.
THE MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATIONS KNOW THAT U.S. and European domestic courts and property laws are among the strongest in the world. "
THEY HAVE TO GET RID OF THOSE ANNOYING LAWS, STAY OUT OF DOMESTIC COURTS, NO MATTER WHERE.
THEY LOVE THE "INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNALS" BECAUSE THEY WIN MOST OF THE TIME THERE!
THOSE WHO ARE FORCING ALL NATIONS TO SUBMIT TO GLOBAL GOVERNANCE BY THE BANKING/INDUSTRIALISTS HOODLUMS WILL FIND WAYS TO DO SO UNLESS ONE OF THE SUPER-POWERS STANDS UP AND SAYS,
"NO! NO DAMNED WAY!"
"Including such provisions in TAFTA would only empower corporations with a new way to attack our laws and grab the tax dollars from every nation, rich and poor."
Analyses of leaked investment texts from the EU-Canada trade negotiations indicate that the EU’s approach to investment protection does very little to protect the right to regulate (in fact it sometimes does the exact opposite) and it will establish an arbitration system that is far inferior to domestic legal systems in the EU and North America."
WHAT A SWEET DEAL FOR THE GLOBALISTS!
DESTROY NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, REPLACE IT WITH ALLEGIANCE TO THE INTERNATIONAL BANKING/INDUSTRIALIST CARTELS.
TO HELL WITH AMERICA, OR ANY OTHER INDEPENDENT NATION, JUST FOCUS ON GLOBAL TRADE AND GOVERNANCE!
AS JULIAN ASSANGE SAID IN HIS PRESENTATION OF LEAKED TPP DOCUMENTS TO THE PUBLIC,
“If instituted, the TPP’s IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.”
"The longest section of the Chapter – ’Enforcement’ – is devoted to detailing new policing measures, with far-reaching implications for individual rights, civil liberties, publishers, internet service providers and internet privacy, as well as for the creative, intellectual, biological and environmental commons.
Particular measures proposed include supranational litigation tribunals to which sovereign national courts are expected to defer, but which have no human rights safeguards.
The TPP IP Chapter states that these courts can conduct hearings with secret evidence.
The IP Chapter also replicates many of the surveillance and enforcement provisions from the shelved SOPA and ACTA treaties."
"In sum, under the TPP and TAFTA, "free trade" provides but an Orwellian label to mask an effort to ensure that corporate profits will supplant the accountability that, theoretically, accompanies democratic governance."
READ THE FULL WIKILEAKS DISCLOSED TPP DOCUMENT HERE:
(AS ALWAYS, THE TEA ROOM SALUTES THE BRAVERY AND TENACITY OF WHISTLEBLOWERS LIKE WIKILEAKS. WITHOUT THEM, WE'D BE COMPLETELY IN THE DARK AS TO THE TREASON OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS, ELITE BANKERS AND CORPORATIONS, AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ARE UP TO.
I AM OF THE OPINION THAT WHISTLEBLOWERS DESERVE OUR RESPECT. WE CAN LEARN FROM THEM, OR WE CAN IGNORE THEM AND PERISH IN IGNORANCE!)
NAFTA CREATED A NIGHTMARE FOR THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, THE FTA WITH KOREA HAS COST US BILLIONS, SO WHY WOULD ANYONE ASSUME OTHER FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS WOULD BE ANY DIFFERENT?
BY ANY MEANS POSSIBLE, AMERICAN CITIZENS SHOULD MAKE IT CLEAR TO THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION AND OUR CURRENT CONGRESS THAT WE DO NOT WANT ANY MORE TRADE AGREEMENTS.
DO WHAT YOU CAN, AMERICANS!
OTHERWISE, DON'T COMPLAIN WHEN YOU COME UNDER THE IRON FIST OF THE GLOBALIST TRADERS AND BANKERS, THE WORLD BANK AND THE U.N.
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