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Rally and Press Conference During the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in SLC

Lead negotiators from twelve countries throughout the Pacific Rim will be meeting at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City from November 19 to 24 to push the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership towards completion.

This massive pact will affect jobs, the environment, internet freedom, consumer safety and more — but negotiators refuse to tell the public what they are proposing in our names. Meanwhile, they have granted hundreds of corporate and industry lobbyists access to the text, representing Walmart, Chevron, Cargill and more.

Join Citizens Trade Campaign, Public Citizen, the Sierra Club and the Backbone Campaign for a press event and rally aimed at dragging the TPP out of the shadows.

These meetings are officially referred to as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Talks.

 

The nations involved are the

United States,
Australia,
New Zealand,
Singapore,
Malaysia,
Vietnam,
Brunei,
Chile, and
Peru.

Japan, Mexico and Canada have indicated a desire to join.

The economic power of this group is more than 40% larger than the 27-nation European Union. The claimed purpose of TPP is to promote development and create jobs.

NAFTA SHAFTA was a bad joke on us.

TPP is even worse.

Alan Grayson "US Sovereignty Being Handed to Corporate Interests"

It is ironic in a way that the government thinks it's alright to have a record of every single call that an American makes, but not alright for an American citizen to know what sovereign powers the government is negotiating away.

Having seen what I’ve seen, I would characterize this as a gross abrogation of American sovereignty. And I would further characterize it as a punch in the face to the middle class of America. I think that’s fair to say from what I’ve seen so far. But I’m not allowed to tell you why!

NAFTA SHAFTA was a bad joke on us.

Let's look at NAFTA's broken promises.  We have a nearly 20 year history that proves NAFTA harmed US workers.

NAFTA’s Broken Promises 1994-2013: Outcomes of the North American Free Trade Agreement

After nineteen years of NAFTA, we can measure its actual outcomes. The grand promises made by proponents remain unfulfilled. Many outcomes are exactly the opposite of what was promised.

NAFTA was an experiment, establishing a radically new “trade” agreement model. It exploded the boundaries of past trade pacts, which had focused narrowly on cutting tariffs and quotas.

In contrast, NAFTA contained chapters that created new privileges and protections for foreign investors; required the three countries to waive domestic procurement preferences, such as Buy American; limited regulation of services, such as trucking and banking; extended medicine patent monopolies and limited food and product safety standards and border inspection.

U.S. Job Loss, Not Gain
Projections on trade balance, jobs prove wrong. In 1993, Gary Hufbauer and Jeffrey Schott of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) projected that NAFTA would lead to a rising U.S. trade surplus with Mexico, which would create 170,000 net new jobs in the United States.
One million American jobs lost to NAFTA.

Huge new NAFTA trade deficit emerges.

Services and manufacturing export growth slows under NAFTA.

Trade Adjustment Assistance data tracks the NAFTA jobs devastation.

The Department of Commerce established such a program, but after finding fewer than 1,500 specific jobs that could be attributed to NAFTA, the program was shut down because its findings were so bleak.23
Corporate promises of job creation are broken.

Special investor privileges promote offshoring of American jobs.

Decreased Wages, Increased Inequality

The average U.S. wage has grown less than one percent annually in real terms in the 19 years since NAFTA was enacted even as worker productivity has risen at more than three times that pace.33 Given rising inequality, the median U.S. wage has fared even worse and today remains at the same level seen in 1979.34
OK, TPP started under GW BUSH.  No surprise.  There have been at least 19 planning meetings so far.  All secret of course.  TPP now belongs to President Obama.

A LITTLE TPP HISTORY.  OK, TPP started under GW BUSH.  No surprise.  There have been at least 19 planning meetings so far.  All secret of course.  TPP now belongs to President Obama.

The Evolution of the TPP

HOW BADLY WILL THE TRANSPACIFIC PARTNERSHIP AFFECT US?

I highly recommend reading this article if you haven't.  There is more information here regarding TPP than I have found elsewhere under one cover.

But it's not really a trade agreement.

Second, note that many of those countries already have trade agreements with the US. Hence, THIS AMAZING FACT:

TPP is a "trade deal" that mostly does not deal with trade. In fact, of the 29 chapters in this document, only five cover traditional trade matters!

The other two dozen chapters amount to a devilish "partnership" for corporate protectionism. They create sweeping new "rights" and escape hatches to protect multinational corporations from accountability to our governments... and to us. Here are a few of TPP's provisos that would make our daily lives riskier, poorer, and less free:

Food safety. Any of our government's food safety regulations (on pesticide levels, bacterial contamination, fecal exposure, toxic additives, GMOs, non-edible fillers, etc.) that are stricter than "international standards," as most are, could be ruled as "illegal trade barriers."

Fracking. Our Department of Energy would lose its authority to regulate exports of natural gas to any TPP nation. This would create an explosion of the destructive fracking process

Jobs. US corporations would get special foreign-investor protections to limit the cost and risk of relocating their factories to low-wage nations that sign onto this agreement

Drug prices. Big Pharma would be given more years of monopoly pricing on each of their patents and be empowered to block distribution of cheaper generic drugs.

Banksters. Wall Street and the financial giants in other TPP countries would make out like bandits: The deal explicitly prohibits transaction taxes (such as the proposed Robin Hood Tax here) that would shut down super-rich speculators who have repeatedly triggered financial crises and economic crashes around the world;

However, they've slipped SOPA's most pernicious provisions into TPP. Corporate-created content, for example, would be given copyright protection for a stunning 120 years!

Public services.  Also, corporations from any TPP nation must be allowed to bid on contracts to provide public services in the US on the same terms as American corporations.

And that's just the TIP OF THE TPP ICEBERG!

I hope I feel well enough to PROTEST IN SALT LAKE CITY TOMORROW!!

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 11:11:21 AM PST

  •  I hope you do too! (2+ / 0-)
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    War on Error, John Crapper
    I hope I feel well enough to PROTEST IN SALT LAKE CITY TOMORROW!!

    For our fallen solders who come home from Afghanistan in a coffin to Dover, "God bless the cause for which they died."

    by allenjo on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 11:22:00 AM PST

  •  Wonder what the EU has to say on TPP? (2+ / 0-)
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    War on Error, John Crapper

    Seems as if the TPP direction is opposite to EU regulatory inclinations and that the EU is pretty much getting locked out...

  •  Next NAFTA Coming...... (4+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, War on Error, AoT, marina
    As the NAFTA experience demonstrates, the theory that “free trade agreements” (FTAs) result in U.S. export growth is demonstrably false. In fact, as Public Citizen recently pointed out, U.S. export growth to FTA partners was actually slower than to non-FTA partners over the past decade. In 1993, adjusting for inflation, the United States had a $2.5 billion trade surplus with Mexico and a $29.1 billion trade deficit with Canada. By 2012, the combined NAFTA trade deficit was $181 billion. Manufacturing and service exports to Mexico and Canada in the years since NAFTA was enacted have both grown at below half the rate prior to the agreement.
    The Economic Policy Institute estimates that, as of 2010, the trade deficit with Mexico alone displaced 682,900 U.S. jobs. Companies that publicly committed to hire more workers and increase exports during NAFTA negotiations broke their promises, outsourced labor and shuttered worksites. Many of the jobs lost were in industries like manufacturing that, on average, pay higher wages and have more comprehensive benefits than the average job. Those displaced often wound up in sectors like fast food and retail, with lower wages, less comprehensive benefits and minimal job security.

    NAFTA also hurt efforts to secure middle-class wages and benefits through organizing and collective bargaining, as companies are more likely to relocate production abroad, or threaten to do so during negotiations. NAFTA provisions also restrict the ability of state and local governments to use their purchasing power to create jobs locally by giving preference to state and U.S. suppliers. This all contributes to wage depression, which has decreased local tax bases and eroded social services.

    For our fallen solders who come home from Afghanistan in a coffin to Dover, "God bless the cause for which they died."

    by allenjo on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 11:36:51 AM PST

  •  Any way (1+ / 0-)
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    War on Error

    I could donate money to the cause?

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 11:40:14 AM PST

  •  food safety (1+ / 0-)
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    War on Error
    Food safety. Any of our government's food safety regulations (on pesticide levels, bacterial contamination, fecal exposure, toxic additives, GMOs, non-edible fillers, etc.) that are stricter than "international standards," as most are, could be ruled as "illegal trade barriers."
    So can you explain where in the TPP this is and what it actually says?  I'd be curious to see the actual legal language.  We have lots of trade agreements already and I don't recollect any of our food safety regulations being ruled as illegal trade barriers (and I don't know who's going to rule on this), so this must be something brand new.
    •  Concerns raised by Congresswoman DELAURO (2+ / 0-)
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      AoT, John Crapper

      DELAURO: FOOD SAFETY CRITICAL ISSUE IN UPCOMING TRADE TALKS

      http://delauro.house.gov/...

      “The food safety issues raised by the TPP FTA negotiations are expansive and in many instances already controversial. Failure to deal with these issues during the negotiations will only create more opposition to a prospective agreement,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “I therefore urge you to act in the interest of public health and maintain the United States’ strong leadership on food safety by making the health of Americans our top priority in this week’s negotiations in Chicago and beyond.”

      You can read her letter to TPP negotiator at the link above

      I found this here

      http://www.citizen.org/...

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 12:19:58 PM PST

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  •  I have not had time to read this but (0+ / 0-)

    I saw this posted a couple of days ago.

    Wikileaks releases latest TPP Language.  

    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

    by John Crapper on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 01:55:44 PM PST

    •  A quote from the above link. (2+ / 0-)
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      Zack from the SFV, War on Error
      The Sydney Morning Herald received an early look at the leaked draft, and notes that it focuses on the United States' federal and corporate interests, while largely ignoring the rights and interests of consumers. "One could see the TPP as a Christmas wish-list for major corporations, and the copyright parts of the text support such a view," Matthew Rimmer, an expert in intellectual property law, tells the Herald. "Hollywood, the music industry, big IT companies such as Microsoft and the pharmaceutical sector would all be very happy with this."

      If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

      by John Crapper on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 01:58:49 PM PST

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  •  Happy to sign a petition against TPP (1+ / 0-)
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    smileycreek

    but what else can we do which will be effective?
    I'm personally experiencing a bit of petition fatigue at the moment.

    Would a phone call campaign be appropriate and effective? What about postcards? That's in addition to petitions.

    And, most important, to WHOM should they all be sent?

    I know: the secrecy makes it a challenge.

    But folks here should, I hope, have more info and knowledge even today which would help us break through and do something which will have meaning.

    •  One thing we do here is form communities & groups (0+ / 0-)

      around issues that matter to us. Check out any of the New Day diaries(they post at 7:30AM Pacific time daily) that lists regional meet-ups for people wanting to support each other and take action.

      Welcome from the DK Partners & Mentors Team. If you have any questions about how to participate here, you can learn more at the Knowledge Base or from the New Diarists Resources Diaries. Diaries labeled "Open Thread" are also great places to ask. We look forward to your contributions.

      Oh, I used to be disgusted
      Now I try to be amused
      ~~ Elvis Costello

      by smileycreek on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 05:55:18 PM PST

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