The United States Congress is about to vote (Friday, June 11) to give president Barack Obama unprecedented powers which will effectively give up the USA to new global governance.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership will shatter America’s sovereignty and is a treaty that everyone should oppose (in my opinion).
WHY? Because if it’s so good for the country, then why is it being kept top secret and not being released until AFTER it’s voted on? Is this not entirely and completely absurd? Who in their right minds would vote on something which is kept secret, not released for public debate, and no text of which has been released even to Congress? What is the matter with us?!
Congress is about to give president Obama the authority to bypass Congress itself!!
The United States is in the final stages of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free-trade agreement with Mexico, Canada, Japan, Singapore and seven other countries. Who will benefit from the TPP? American workers? Consumers? Small businesses? Taxpayers? Or the biggest multinational corporations in the world at the expense of our sovereignty as a nation?
UPDATE (FRIDAY, JUNE 12) : TODAY IT WAS VOTED DOWN!
HOWEVER, APPARENTLY THERE ARE PLANS FOR A RE-VOTE ON TUESDAY…
(If it had passed today, there certainly would be no plans for a re-vote – which goes to show the apparent corrupt nature of our current ‘government’)
Don’t stop calling your reps! Read on for more detail…
One provision of the TPP is apparently called “Investor-State Dispute Settlement,” or ISDS (according to The Washington Post). The name may sound mild, but don’t be fooled. Agreeing to ISDS in this enormous new treaty would tilt the playing field in the United States further in favor of big multinational corporations. Worse, it would undermine U.S. sovereignty. ISDS would allow foreign companies to challenge U.S. laws — and potentially to pick up huge payouts from taxpayers — without ever stepping foot in a U.S. court.
With ISDS, a (multinational or foreign) company could skip the U.S. courts and go before an international panel of arbitrators. If the company won, the ruling couldn’t be challenged in U.S. courts, and the arbitration panel could require American taxpayers to cough up millions — and even billions — of dollars in damages.
The United States Senate has already passed the TPP deal and on Friday Congress will be voting to pre-clear (fast-track-powers to Obama) a political and economic union before a word of that arrangement has been made available to a single private citizen.
PLEASE READ THE PREVIOUS PARAGRAPH AGAIN.
This is not a trade deal, it’s a treaty whereby the new transnational commission will have the authority to issue regulations impacting labor, immigration, environmental, and commercial policy (here in the U.S.).
In effect, to adopt fast-track is to agree to remove the constitutional protections against the creation of global governance structures before those structures are even made public.
On Friday, Congress will transfer its authority to the executive and will agree to give up several of its most basic powers – the power to write legislation, the power to amend legislation, the power to fully consider legislation on the floor, the power to keep debate open until Senate cloture is invoked, and the constitutional requirement that treaties receive a two-thirds vote.
Unless you act NOW…
CALL your representative’s office today and voice your objection to the secret agreement. We need a debate and it should most certainly NOT be secret from WE THE PEOPLE.