The Senate narrowly passed the Fast Track bill today Jun, 24, 2015. Sixty votes were needed in order to pass the detrimental, globalist bill, and that’s how many votes it received – just enough to squeak through.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is a very secretive trade negotiation between the United States and 11 other nations: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance bill, or TAA, is a bill designed to offer monetary assistance to anyone that suffers from the effects of the TPP. This was a necessary piece of legislation because if the TPP passes, millions more Americans will lose their jobs to workers in Asian nations. Americans won’t be able to compete with wages of less than a dollar an hour.
The Trade Promotion Authority, TPA (also known as Fast Track) is the bill that passed today. The TPA grants the President Fast Track authority over the TPP and other trade agreements in the near future. This means the President can have a trade bill brought to a yes or no vote, without debate, without filibuster, and without amendment. This essentially removes Congressional authority over manipulating key aspects of trade negotiations.
According to the very few people that have seen the bill, it is more of an enslavement package than anything else. If you read Obama’s description of the TPP and how it will help the global community, he claims it will protect the environment and hold other nations accountable for their horrible environmental policies. However, if you actually read the bill, it says something quite different. The TPP does nothing to promote environmental protection because there are no repercussions for any of the nations involved that completely ignore the TPP’s guidelines.
The following quote comes straight from the document itself:
“The Parties recognize that each Party retains the right to exercise discretion and to make decisions regarding: (a) investigatory, prosecutorial, regulatory, and compliance matters; and (b) the allocation of environmental enforcement resources with respect to other environmental laws determined to have higher priorities. Accordingly, the Parties understand that with respect to the enforcement of environmental laws a Party is in compliance with paragraph 4 where a course of action or inaction reflects a reasonable exercise of such discretion, or results from a bona fide decision regarding the allocation of such resources in accordance with priorities for enforcement of its environmental laws.”
What I just read simply says “hey, we’ve put some things in here, but any one of you can ignore it and none of the other countries can do/say anything about it.”
But the TPP doesn’t end there. It also would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States (or any of the countries within the agreement) for passing any law that hurts their profits. For a hypothetical example, I’ll use pipelines. Let’s say our representatives passed a bill preventing the creation of more oil pipelines across the US – Any company that has oil that might come from, or flow through, those pipelines can sue the American taxpayer for “potential” losses in revenue. It doesn’t stop there.
A bank that has invested in that oil company can also sue the US taxpayer because the bank’s investments would be worth less since the passage of the anti-pipeline ‘bill’. You might shrug your shoulders and say “oh whatever, that will never happen.” But it will, and it already has based off other trade deals that have similar wording. In fact, in 2001, Azurix (an Enron Subsidiary corporation) sued the country of Argentina and won over 165m dollars. Why? Because the country of Argentina passed a law that capped price increases of water and since Azurix had taken over the water supply in some areas, it sued the country in a tribunal and won.
That’s a key point here – the lawsuits filed aren’t “law” suits at all. They are corporate-backed arbitration courts led by only a few corporate attorneys.These tribunals will cost the American taxpayers billions of dollars, and would essentially end our government’s power as we know it.
When the American people call for regulations, whether it be environmental, financial, or other, the government will first have to determine whether it will cause corporations abroad to lose money. If the corporations stand to lose money, those regulations will never see the light of day, and if those regulations are passed, the American taxpayer will be forced to pay out millions, if not billions, to the corporation that claims to have lost money. If Americans call for minimum wage laws, there’s a chance the country will be sued for loss of revenue/profits. The TPP will allow corporations to have a financial noose around our neck.
NAFTA has many of these same problems, but the difference between NAFTA and the TPP is that the TPP is on a much larger scale. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would give more than 9,000 foreign corporations the ability to sue the US via corporate tribunal. And these 9,000 corporations are filled with hundreds, if not thousands, of multi-million and multi-billion dollar corporations. This means they will have the ability and willingness to bring our country into arbitration when they need some more money.
TPP, will quite literally, end the United States government as we know it. When corporations can sue countries, and even states, in a corporate-backed arbitration court every time a law is passed that hurts their profit – there can be no more progression. The gap between the wealthy and the poor will increase exponentially, and we will all become, for lack of a better term, slaves. And like slaves of old, we will be allowed shelter, food, and water, but will never have much else. We will live in a perpetual state of fear and if we try to run from the ‘master’ (government), we will be hunted down like dogs and we will be gunned down in the street, just like we’re seeing every day in the news.
If the American people do not act now and act quickly, we will lose everything. It will be game over. We must contact each and every representative, even if they are not our district representatives. We need to call them, show up at their doorstep, sit in front of their banks and favorite eateries. We must annoy them until they can ignore us no more. The TPP will likely pass by the end of this week or by the end of next week. Our time is running short and we cannot afford to be complacent. It’s time to come together as a nation and fight this horrible trade policy.