Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is needed to be passed before a vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Pacific Rim trade deal can be taken up. It is disconcerting to me and to many of our citizens that we once again have politicians willing to vote for passage without reading the bill.
Reps. Steve Scalise and Pete Sessions have both said they would vote “yes” without reading the bill. They say that TPA is needed for overseeing trade deals and that Congress would have 90 days to fully view the agreement. It is transparent, and gives any Congressional member a chance to review and discuss the text at any time in the future.
The Republican majority needs to read the TPA to assure themselves that what it says is available to Congress is written into the bill and not subject to interpretation.
Then there is the TPP, which as of now is still secret, locked in a basement somewhere and to read it requires security more draconian than trying to get into a prison in Iran.
Not much is known about what is in it but an agreement of this type should be made available to all representatives, senators, and even the public. The potential changes that may be in it and the damage that could be done to American jobs simply must be discussed.
No longer can we take the word of this administration without verification. What is Obama hiding when he even throws one of his proponents Rep. Jim Hines, labor unions and environmentalists under the bus as he did when he said, “I’ve probably heard the word ‘disappointed’ a thousand times in the last 24 hours” from labor and environmental groups. “On the other hand, there’s been a lot of support from people I consider thoughtful, careful observers.”
And all this time I thought Obama considered those groups his highly intelligent compatriots.
What are the challenges to the passing of this legislation? How about climate change Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said this was impossible, and ridiculed those who questioned it. But in a interview at NPR, Obama stated that he would have climate change in the bill so that he could have the opportunity to “solve” what he considers another country’s inability to meet the goals that he has set.
What sort of “solving” will he use it for to fix what he considers climate change deficiencies here? He actually believes he will be able to use this agreement to force other countries to raise standards he thinks they should have. How? He will do it the same way he will force the U.S. to cut emissions while allowing China to continue expanding theirs – through the TPP Commission and enforced by the Investor-State Dispute Settlement Provisions which is written into the TPP.
The TPP is not free trade according to some reports. It possibly gives corporations the ability to overturn a nation’s law through lawsuits ingrained in the TPP. These are the same corporations that wrote this agreement with Congressional approval.
Written by the U.S. Trade Representative, an office working with corporations, it was labeled a “treaty” This agreement could also make corporations immune to any nation’s laws that may restrict what they can do by claiming “restraint of trade”.
It is vital that the American public know, but not even Congress is permitted to know.
This “freedom and democracy” that we Americans allegedly have can not and will not work when neither the people nor their elected representatives are permitted to participate in the making of laws that we must follow and which are written by corporations that can undermine the laws of any country, all in the pursuit of profits.
Dick Morris (photo above) notes in the Washington Times:
“The TPP is nothing but an effort by the globalists to circumvent American sovereignty, transferring a host of issues from the control of the U.S. Congress and the various state legislatures to international trade courts … . Start with the fact that nobody knows what is in the TPP. President Obama will not let anyone see it. Indeed, many of the provisions are said to be aspirational, setting policy goals and leaving it to the trade courts to sort out.”
And from a letter sent to Obama from Sen, Jeff Sessions on May 6th:
“Reviewing the secret text, plus the secret guidance document that accompanies it, reveals that this new transnational commission – chartered with a ‘Living Agreement’ clause – would have the authority to amend the agreement after its adoption, to add new members, and to issue regulations impacting labor, immigration, environmental, and commercial policy.
The implications of this new Pacific Union are extraordinary and ought to be discussed in full, in public, before Congress even contemplates fast-tracking its creation and pre-surrendering its power to apply the constitutional two-thirds treaty vote,” Sessions wrote to Obama. “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.
“I would therefore ask that you provide to me the legal and constitutional basis for keeping this information from the public and explain why I cannot share the details of what I have read with the American people. Congress should not even consider fast-tracking the transfer of sovereign power to a transnational structure before the details of that new structure are made fully available for public review.”
For six years the US Trade Representative has done his best to keep this secret, and the Republicans tried to push it through around Memorial day but couldn’t find the time.
No one can explain why only 5 of 29 chapters are about trade [Source: Wikileaks]. Others are about regulating the internet; handling information collected on the internet to corporations; regulation of labor conditions; regulating healthcare; privatization of hospitals and banking services; all controlled by a “treaty” that Congress can not change, and even now, they can only see a redacted draft. It will lead to a world run by corporate boards and elites, a truly international New World Order.
via Redstate [caveat: since the trade deal is secret, this information cannot be verified by the editor]
- Obamatrade would submit the U.S. to the jurisdiction of international tribunals established under the auspices of the United Nations or World Bank.
- Obamatrade would surrender control of 544 million acres of public land – a quarter of the entire U.S. land area – to international authorities.
- It would establish a system of foreign tribunals higher in authority than even the U.S. Supreme Court that could overrule federal court rulings.
- Obamatrade would shift decisions over the payment of U.S. tax dollars away from Congress and outside of the Constitutionally-established Article III federal court system (or even U.S. state system) to the authority of international tribunals.
- Obama’s agreement would obligate the federal government to force U.S. states to conform state laws to 1000 pages of rules, regulations and constraints unrelated to trade – from land use to whether foreign firms operating in a state can be required to meet the same laws as domestic firms.
- Obamatrade would empower foreign companies to use foreign tribunals to enforce special privileges only available to them.
- Obamatrade would exempt foreign companies from EPA and other onerous regulations that American firms would still be forced to comply with.
- Under Obamatrade, foreign companies could actually go to an international tribunal and sue American taxpayers for cash awards to compensate them for costs associated with government regulations – something American-owned companies would not be able to do.
- Obamatrade rewrites the global rules of the Internet to impose restrictive rules that Congress rejected when it rejected SOPA, PIPA and ACTA.
- The TPP includes some 26 separate chapters that affect our sovereignty, jobs, businesses, farms, food, consumer safety, immigration, the Internet and more.
John Velisek USN (Ret.)