Jerry Mander’s Political Corner – STOP the TPP!

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A Devil’s Pact: Instead of Doing Obama’s Bidding, GOP Lawmakers Should Be Opposing ObamaTrade — #StopFastTrack

By “LaborUnionReport” at

It is a rarity that I agree with today’s union bosses. However, in this instance, as unions are currently doing to Democrats supportive of fast-tracking ObamaTrade, Republican lawmakers who have bending over (backward) to appease transnational corporate lobbyists by backing the secret trade pact called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) need to hear from voters—and fast.
According to the Detroit News, fast-track will be voted on in the House of Representatives this week.

In the House, nearly all Democrats oppose the measure, which may have the support of fewer than 20 Democrats. The White House will rely on Republicans to get the 218 votes needed to approve the bill.

Although unions have dubbed ObamaTrade “NAFTA on steroids,” it is more than that.

Here are some of the things that ObamaTrade does, according to one source:

Only two of its 26 chapters actually cover trade issues such as tariffs and quotas.
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.

Moreover, according to Forbes, under the draft provisions of the TPP to be leaked by Wikileaks, “countries could be barred from trying to control where their citizens’ personal data is held or whether it’s accessible from outside the country.”

…and, by and large, this monstrosity has been negotiated in secret.

Inside-the-beltway Republicans like Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. John Boehner are used to saying one thing and doing another when it comes to fighting for America, so it is no real surprise they have signed onto ObamaTrade.

Related: Only Two Republicans Admit They Actually Read Secret Obama Trade Deal—Both Unsupportive
However, it seems as though some of the Class of 2010 and other so-called “conservatives” have begun to get too acccustomed to beltway brown-nosing as well.

Republicans in the House who are supporting ObamaTrade appear to be either so awash with corporate lobbyists’ wine, or haven’t bothered to read the bill—and, quite possibly, both.

Notwithstanding the fact that Republicans trusting Barack Obama with anything more than reading parking meters is a fool’s folly, it is the Republicans who have seemed to have formed a Devil’s Pact with the President on the secret trade deal.

In addition to unions opposing granting fast-track to Obama on TPP, a wide array of conservatives are also against it. This list includes the Americans for Limited Government, the American Family Association, Center for Security Policy, and the Eagle Forum.

Even Donald Trump is opposed to the idea.

Like ObamaCare, the Obama Administration is relying on the “stupidity of voters“—except, this time, it is the stupidity of Republican voters in Congress—to get their deal done.

As stated at the top of this post, it is a rarity that I find myself in agreement with today’s union bosses.

However, like ObamaCare (which unions wholeheartedly supported), ObamaTrade is a bad deal for America and it must be stopped now.

Americans, conservative and liberal alike, have much to be concerned about with fast-tracking TPP. It is up to voters to let their representatives know now that selling out America to a bunch of crony capitalists around the world is a declaration of war on the American people.

Light up your GOP congressperson’s switchboards this week.

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Dealing Away American Sovereignty

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would allow globalists to trump American interests

By Tammy Bruce, The Washington Times

The legacy media and the federal bureaucracy are really, really, hoping you’ll be distracted by the arrests of soccer executives. And if that’s not your speed, they have the drama of federal charges against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, sparking questions about blackmail, “bad acts” and Mr. Hastert’s time as a teacher and wrestling coach in his hometown.

But there is something much more ominous facing the United States, which is not just being pushed by President Obama. Rather, it is facilitated by Senate Republicans — the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Recently passed in the GOP-controlled Senate, the Trans-Pacific Partnership has less to do with trade than it does with ushering in a globalist agenda that usurps American sovereignty. Dick Morris notes: “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.”

I know — it sounds dramatic. While I’m not a conspiracy theorist and certainly never thought I’d reference Mr. Morris, in this case he is absolutely on target.

Read the entire article

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Kevin McCarthy Pressurd By Republican Conference: What’s The Rush On Obamatrade Plans With Its ‘Global Governance’ Hidden Inside?

By: Matthew Boyle at

Rep. Duncan Hunter is pressuring House GOP leadership, particularly Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, to delay plans to muscle Obamatrade through the House of Representatives quickly. In in a letter to McCarthy obtained exclusively by Breitbart News, he’s asking leadership to slow down and consider the ramifications of what it is doing.

“I write to you today to request that you delay any vote on fast-track authority for the Executive until the President has made public all text and information pertaining to the new economic union known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission, as well the ‘Living Agreement’ authority,” Hunter wrote to McCarthy, his fellow California Republican. “My concern is that this allows the President and the members of the union to change the agreement and its membership following adoption.”

Hunter’s concern is well founded.

Despite claims from some Obamatrade proponents to the contrary, if Congress approves Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) which would fast-track and all but ensure the approval of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Pacific Rim trade deal, the “Living Agreement” inside the TPP would allow President Obama and the other TPP nations to add China or any other country for that matter to the deal without seeking approval from Congress.

China, President Obama confirmed last week, has been in talks with top Obama administration officials already and is interested in becoming part of TPP. If the House approves TPA as the Senate did—thereby ensuring that TPP will approved—then that technically means, despite anything proponents of this deal say, it would be empowering China and undermining the United States.

Hunter’s letter continues by noting that the TPP Commission would create a new global governance, ceding U.S. sovereignty to foreign and global interests, something Sen. Jeff Sessions first revealed in a letter to President Barack Obama last week.

“The new Commission would be a self-governing, continuing body authorized to issue policies and regulations affecting our economy, our manufacturers, our workers, our immigration procedures, as well currency, labor and environmental practices,” Hunter wrote. “It is one thing to enhance executive authority with respect to a narrow set of trade policies, it is another to fast-track the creation of a new international structure before a single detail about that structure has been made available to the public.”

Hunter noted, too, that Republicans in Congress—since they do have a majority—should be skeptical of President Obama’s intentions.

“What we do know is that obtaining a grant of fast-track authority from Congress is among the President’s highest second-term priorities. That should be a strong signal that the President intends to make full use of that power in his remaining time in office,” Hunter wrote to McCarthy. “After all, fast-track would give the President a guarantee than any international agreement he reaches can be ratified without subsequent Congressional input. TPP is just the first of several.” He adds:

In the case of TPP, to approve fast-track would be to authorize the President to finalize this new Commission before we even know its authority and reach. Fast-track would also guarantee the President – and his foreign negotiating partners – ratification of this international Commission without the Constitutional treaty vote or even a Senate cloture vote. Shouldn’t we know the details of this new economic union before – not after – we have surrendered our ability to revise it, rewrite it, or regard it as a treaty?

McCarthy’s office has thus far refused to respond to Hunter’s letter. McCarthy spokesman Mike Long has also, for several days, refused to answer if the Majority Leader—who supports Obamatrade—has been to the secret room inside the Capitol to read the text of the TPP deal that he’s angling to fast-track.

That means that, like House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, Rules Committee chairman Rep. Pete Sessions and Speaker Rep. John Boehner, McCarthy’s is choosing to give the public impression he supports legislation even though he wouldn’t know what’s in it. That’s similar to former Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi pushing Obamacare through because Congress supposedly had to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.

“The American people are understandably concerned about the loss of sovereignty under this Administration,” Hunter ended his letter to McCarthy.

We have seen, with immigration actions, how the Administration has sacrificed the interests of U.S. workers to benefit special interests. It would be irresponsible to give the Administration a green light to form a new, binding international governing authority before we are fully briefed on exactly how he plans to use it. We should not give up our leverage before we have answers.

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Boehner plans to bring this to a vote on Friday.

Tell them “NO!”

Bonehead Boehner: E-Mail; Phone: 202 225 0600

Meathead McCarthy: Phone 202 225 4000

Scumbag Scalise: 202 225 3015

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