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Excerpt: "President Obama, the Republican Party, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, K Street lobbyists and giant multinational companies are all singing 'Kumbaya' and working together to shove through Congress the fast-track legislation that will grease the wheels for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement."

Demonstrators protest against the legislation to give US president Barack Obama fast-track authority to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership during a protest march in Washington on 21 May. (photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)
Demonstrators protest against the legislation to give US president Barack Obama fast-track authority to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership during a protest march in Washington on 21 May. (photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)


Slam the Door on Fast-Track!

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

11 June 15

 

inally! At last! Bipartisan collaboration in Washington – and what a beaut! President Obama, the Republican Party, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, K Street lobbyists and giant multinational companies are all singing “Kumbaya” and working together to shove through Congress the fast-track legislation that will grease the wheels for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

That’s the deal that favors CEOs over workers, profits over the environment and corporate power over the rule of law. Small wonder that it was drafted in secret or that Obama, McConnell and Boehner are determined there will be no amendments permitted once it is made public.

And just look at the strong-arm tactics this bizarre coalition is employing to pass fast-track: As the clock ticked past midnight into Wednesday, the House Republican leadership posted the legislation on line, hoping for a vote this Friday – “to spare supportive legislators,” POLITICO reports, “the possibility of another weekend of attacks by trade foes back in their districts.” Heaven forbid they should have to go home and hear a discouraging word from their constituents – the actual voters, as opposed to their big donors.

Some cowed Democrats have fallen in line. According to The New York Times, New York’s Rep. Gregory Meeks has even been spreading word in the Congressional Black Caucus that denying the first African-American president this trade authority “smacks of bias.” As if low-wage workers in communities of color won’t be among the real losers once TPP goes into effect and more jobs disappear overseas where labor is cheap and workers too often are treated like dirt.

It’s said Obama desperately wants this agreement as part of his “legacy.” So much so, as POLITICO notes, that he is willing to hand “a significant political victory” to the very partisans who have fought tooth and tail the last six years to destroy his administration. Legacy? No, it’s payback time to the big contributors to both parties. Legacy? Think Bill Clinton and NAFTA.

On Digby’s Hullaballo blog, the pseudonymous Gaius Publius reports that the fast-track bill may also lead to another deal called the Trade in Services Agreement – TISA – that could remove regulation of everything from financial services to telecommunications to official checks and balances, leaving citizens and consumers at the mercy of unfettered greed.

WikiLeaks has released some of the proposed agreement’s chapters and what’s revealed, Gaius Publius writes, “should have Congress shutting the door on Fast Track faster and tighter than you’d shut the door on an invading army of rats headed for your apartment.”

There’s still time. Call your representative and give them a piece of your mind – now.

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+26 # harleysch 2015-06-11 10:15
For all those RSN readers who have been blaming the Republicans for Obama's treachery, please take note of this article. To defeat the immoral and insane Wall Street Republicans, it is time to drive the Wall Street Democrats out of the party, beginning with the President.
 
 
+14 # Buddha 2015-06-11 10:37
"Call your representative and give them a piece of your mind – now."

Like it matters. Unless you have a last name of Koch or some other major donor, they don't care one bit what you say, they will just take your number and email and add you to a "contact for donations" mailing/call list. We had our last chance to take our country back with Occupy, we flubbed it by too many sitting on their couch and not standing up to Oligarchy.
 
 
+10 # wrknight 2015-06-11 14:21
I called my representative, a Democrat named Don Beyer (8th Congressional District, Virginia) and he promised to vote FOR TPP. He gave me all kinds of bullshit about how an economy can't grow without trade. He even tried to convince me that reducing Australia's restrictions against turkey imports would help solve the balance of trade deficit (never mind what it will do to our environment).

What he is clueless about is how the fair trade laws have helped the economy grow for the 1%, but has screwed everyone else.

I worried when I voted for him as he was a local car dealer. I should have known better, NEVER TRUST A USED CAR DEALER.

Let's just stop voting for Democrats or Republicans and get going on a third party. I'm switching to GREEN.
 
 
+21 # AMLLLLL 2015-06-11 10:44
just as important as keeping what few jobs are left in the US is the loss of our sovereignty in dealing with multi-national corporations. If this disastrous Fast Track passes, and thereafter the TPP, environment offenders such as BP and Halliburton will not only dictate terms, but eliminate accountability in US courts. International Tribunals is what they're aiming at and the result will be similar to the abuse/corruptio n of FIFA.
 
 
+12 # dsepeczi 2015-06-11 11:05
Quoting AMLLLLL:
just as important as keeping what few jobs are left in the US is the loss of our sovereignty in dealing with multi-national corporations. If this disastrous Fast Track passes, and thereafter the TPP, environment offenders such as BP and Halliburton will not only dictate terms, but eliminate accountability in US courts. International Tribunals is what they're aiming at and the result will be similar to the abuse/corruption of FIFA.


Can you imagine how much BIG OIL will love these agreements ? Clean up our latest oil spill ??!! That would eat into our profits and the cost will give a leg up to our competition since you're not forcing EVERY oil company to pony up for the cleanup effort. We'll sue you, US government, if you make us clean it up. Fracking ? Other states have signed fracking agreements so if you don't allow us to frack your state/town, we'll sue you ! If you want clean water, clean it yourselves !
 
 
+13 # jimmyjames 2015-06-11 10:49
What a miserable piece of democracy we have become. But it's not the people (at least most of us) but our so-called "representative s" who could care less what we think or believe. Sure, it is the Republican Party that is most to blame, but the Democrat Party, including our President, is more than willing to sell us out. "Call your representative" ? Why waste your time. I might as well tell my dog. At least he seems to care what I say....
 
 
+12 # reiverpacific 2015-06-11 11:05
This reinforces my deep suspicions that ALL Presidents are dictated to by a true ruling power-clique made up of Corporate-milit ary big shots. Otherwise, why has and does every one unfailingly and seemingly enthusiasticall y pursue EVERY anti-populist and at bottom, UNPATRIOTIC Trade rip-off "agreement" since NAFTA, for which Billy-Bob Clinton trotted out each living President since and including Carter, to speak in support of it.
I really don't expect all the petitions I and no doubt most RSN'ers have signed, to make a damn bit of difference to the outcome as a foregone fait accompli.
 
 
+10 # dsepeczi 2015-06-11 11:11
Quoting reiverpacific:
This reinforces my deep suspicions that ALL Presidents are dictated to by a true ruling power-clique made up of Corporate-military big shots. Otherwise, why has and does every one unfailingly and seemingly enthusiastically pursue EVERY anti-populist and at bottom, UNPATRIOTIC Trade rip-off "agreement" since NAFTA, for which Billy-Bob Clinton trotted out each living President since and including Carter, to speak in support of it.
I really don't expect all the petitions I and no doubt most RSN'ers have signed, to make a damn bit of difference to the outcome as a foregone fait accompli.


I hope you're wrong ... but fear you're right. If Bernie Sanders were to win the election (which I'm doing all I can to make happen) and he suddenly changes while in office ... then we'll all know for sure that the POTUS isn't nearly as powerful as we all thought.
 
 
+9 # Vardoz 2015-06-11 12:07
The TPP is a nation destroyer and is a serious threat our sovereignty. The GOP is a weapon of mass destruction for the majority and their only allegiance is to the 1%, the millionaires and billionaires. Corporations, as they stash their trillions off shore, also enjoy unfettered outsourcing and have given themselves the privilege to sue nations for the loss of their profits even if it's harmful to people, environment and our economy. We should sue them for loss of revenues! This is an outrage beyond words. We have the
most poor of any developed nation, a fragile economy, low wages, lack of health care for tens of millions, our eco system is collapsing and all these jerk offs care about are their profits at the expense of everything and everyone. I call all those GOP reps all the time and leave messages and talk to people letting them know where we stand and I think there needs to be a Tsunami of calls to all those who are for the TPP and for a corporate dictatorship. Ask them if they support the TPP and tell them they will have a very short term if they facilitate this treasonous corporate agreement. I can't see how we will avoid a big depression if these abusive corporations are calling the shots. Corporations are waging an economic war against us and the question is will we roll over an play dead or wallow in hopelessness?
 
 
+12 # walt 2015-06-11 14:06
The entire Fast Track and TPP show how totally corrupt our elected officials are. The corporate powers own them and we will again pay the price as those powers rob us of even more freedoms and advantages.
 
 
+2 # Robbee 2015-06-11 15:28
there is nothing global corporations, zomblicsns, paid-off dems or obama can do to wreck our nation that cannot be undone by a con-am that gets money out of politics and restores democracy

although bernie and i would be thrilled to accomplish item one, our most important reform, here's my proposal to fully slam shut the revolving door, also prohibiting anyone from paying former public officeholders for their speech, i propose :

a con-am that 1) publicly funds federal, state and local elections - no private money allowed! 2) obliges public officeholders and appointees, their spouses, children and staff to spend only public money for travel, accommodations, dining and drinking, for one year before, during and after holding office - within a one-year envelope of holding office, no private gifts, pay, golden parachutes or revolving doors allowed! for one year before and after holding office, officeholders can teach at public universities outside washington d.c. or work at another job paid for by the public, whatever public employments they can find; 3) obliges media and all others to pay former public officeholders nothing for their speech, in other words, "free" speech

above i read alot of the sky is falling - obama says trust me, our labor laws and our environmental laws will remain enforceable, tpp will fix nafta - i don't buy it, but, in the long run, with a con-am, we can fix everything the powers that be can wreck - go bernie!
 

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