Wikileaks Releases Chapter of TPP and It Ain’t Good

assange-reuters-comThe final text of the TPP has not been released yet.  Obama promises to make the deal public….but not until it has been passed.  Are the alarm bells ringing yet?  They should be.  Obama promised the most transparent government in history.  Instead, everything he does is behind closed doors — he hides everything he does because he knows it would anger most citizens and he also knows that RINOs in both houses of Congress will rubber stamp his policies.  He must be licking his chops over the prospect of Paul Ryan becoming Speaker of the House.  He could finally complete his open borders policy.

Proponents of the TPP make the claim that it will raise up workers in the poorer countries.  That is not true.  If anything, it could make them even poorer.  According to the text released by Wikileaks, the deal was written with huge multinational firms.  For example, the new agreement allows companies to keep exclusive use of Intellectual Property for a longer period of time.  It’s a huge boon to the big pharmaceutical companies but a disaster for consumers who will have to pay more for their necessary medications.

The agreement allows big corporations to shop for the cheapest labor they can find and not have to worry about suffering a backlash as they move jobs out of the US and into countries where labor is cheapest.  The US with the highest wages among the partnership would suffer the most.  What’s more, there would be nothing Congress could do to change it for the 40 years the contract been agreed to run.  And thanks to Marco Rubio for providing the 60th vote to approve the fast track legislation that cuts down the number of Senators needed to pass the TPP from 67 down to 51.

One provision gives members of the treaty the right to keep embarrassing information private.  It would also prevent individuals or companies from taking legal action if it could make said information public that would harm a member country’s economic interests, international relations, or national defense or national security.  According to Evan Greer, campaign director of the internet activist group Fight for the Future:

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“The text of the TPP’s intellectual property chapter confirms advocates warnings that this deal poses a grave threat to global freedom of expression and basic access to things like medicine and information.  But the sad part is that no one should be surprised by this. It should have been obvious to anyone observing the process, where appointed government bureaucrats and monopolistic companies were given more access to the text than elected officials and journalists, that this would be the result.”

Michael Wessel was asked by the government to review the agreement and he did not like what he saw:

“This is about increasing the ability of global corporations to source wherever they can at the lowest cost,” he said.

“It is not about enhancing or promoting production in the United States.  We aren’t enforcing today’s trade agreements adequately. Look at China and Korea. Now we’re not only expanding trade to a far larger set of countries under a new set of rules that have yet to be tested but we’re preparing to expand that to many more countries. It would be easier to accept if we were enforcing today’s rules.”

Thank you Obama and Marco Rubio.


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