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10/23/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Worried about trade pact

The pending free trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is something our community needs to take seriously. The proposed pact could lead to disaster if we don't speak up soon.

The TPP would set rules on non-trade matters such as food safety, Internet freedom, medicine costs, financial regulation, and the environment. The TPP is also slated to include extreme foreign investor privileges that help corporations offshore move U.S. jobs to low-wage countries.

Despite more than nearly two dozen rounds of negotiations, the Obama administration has refused to tell the public what is in the TPP. Instead, all the draft texts have been set as "classified."

Now our government is trying to "fast track" TPP with a sneaky procedure that would bypass Congress and short-change the legislative process so the TPP could be signed ASAP.

Under Fast Track, the president would sign the TPP before Congress could review it. Congress wouldn't even be allowed to make changes to the TPP that would protect working families.

It's Congress' job to make sure trade deals work for everyone.

I hope our elected officials will oppose Fast Track for the TPP, and instead retain their constitutional authority to ensure our community is protected in the TPP.

Bob Lilly

Kingman


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013
Article comment by: I care not who sits on the throne..... yeah, yeah

@Tomchin.....Rothchild was just lucky he didn't say that when Edward I was sitting on England's throne, or in Spain under Ferdinand & Isabella. But then, those monarchs didn't have nukes at Dimona targeting their cities, and the nation's telecoms routed through Tel Aviv.

Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

It would be foolish to think we are in the same world as 40 years ago. Another 6 billion people are joining the world in capitalist competition. Since the two largest countries in the world (China 1.3 bn, India 1.2 bn) will be so powerful - China is already the 2nd largest economy in the world and getting bigger as we speak -- did it ever come to mind that perhaps we are going to need such partnerships and trade agreements in order to maintain leverage against such giants. We may be the richest nation on earth now, but any nation that outnumbers us 4 to 1 can become richer very fast. Ever since Meyer Rothschild, it's been known that to rule a nation it's better to own the economy than sit on the throne.



Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: GV Bobcat

When is the American people going to wake up and realize what is really going on. The present administration headed by an incompetent leader whose real goal is to turn the USA into a Socialist controlled 3rd world country while appearing to "take care of the disadvantaged." The middle class is fast dissappearing folks and the dismantling of the industries and sending the jobs overseas is just the tip of the iceberg! Once the middle class is nearly gone the majority of citizens will be dependent on the Government for their needs. Who will be left to support this great social experiment? There will be no middle class to tax the remaining wealthy will simply transfer their wealth out of the country. So who will there be left to support the great government caretakers of the citizenry? Well folks just let things progress like they are doing right now and I promise you that the answer will be clear within a decade.

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: Ryan A

You're completely right. While the TPP isn't a 'job-killer' like many opposing the bill claim, many of the provisions under the partnership remain classified. A lot of the bigger companies out there like Walmart, AT&T, Cisco, RIAA, Verizon, GE, and others are acting as 'economic advisors' to this policy and sneaking in their own agendas that ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC SCRUTINY.

For example, take the RIAA and the MPAA. For years they have been trying to pass copyright laws that are extremely broken. They've used the terms 'cyber security' as a platform to prevent copyright infringement, but are effectively stripping all consumer rights when it comes to digital media and goods. That's why the CISPA bill failed, and it will most likely fail again. We all know about that bill, and so we can protest it.

However, under the TPP, these same companies can sneak in their provisions without our knowledge under 'international treaty secrecy'. After passing the TPP, they can come back to congress and effectively say "Well, we must abide by our partnership" and get their provisions passed.

That's the main problem with the TPP. It's a good idea, and we need a trade agreement that helps ...


Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“@AN.....you can, indeed, go online and learn aspects of the TPP treaty.”

So the letter writer attempted to mislead us with the original post. Got it and not in the least surprised. Thank you for the clarification.


Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: me again .....

@AN.....you can, indeed, go online and learn aspects of the TPP treaty. But obviously, that is not the same as the President going on camera and candidly fielding strong questions about it. There's nothing like hearing both sides to a story, is there (something like the 911 story - on the one hand, a bunch of Afghan cave-dwellers who couldn't fly Cessnas pulled off history's most astounding series of bloody miracles, on the other hand.....well, just where do we start? All over the place, that's where)?

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“The proposed pact could lead to disaster if we don't speak up soon.”

Nope, usual hyperbole with no basis in fact.

“… the Obama administration has refused to tell the public what is in the TPP.”

Curious considering you can go on line and find all of the details.

“Now our government is trying to "fast track" TPP with a sneaky procedure that would bypass Congress and short-change the legislative process so the TPP could be signed ASAP.”

Nope, totally incorrect. RESEARCH prevents one for looking foolish. Repeating FAUX News, WND or spam e-mails is just … well kinda silly.


Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: Oh Ya

It must not be of any significance nor does it threaten the pockets of any elected officials. Otherwise it would be front and center of attention just like the ACA.

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: pl .....

yeah, these Pacific Rim nations are fast becoming the only ones clinging to America's utterly discredited dollar. We ravaged other countries who wouldn't keep propping up the criminal Fed's curency (Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc.) until alternative consortiums like the BRIC nations began growing too big to stop. So here we are, backed into an historical corner - the corner being Pacific Rim nations incorporated into this vile last-ditch TPP treaty which Obama has been trying to sneak right by you. One day, as in the Weimar Republic, Ben Bernanke will be seen with a wheelbarrel full of dollars trying to buy a loaf of bread, and someone will rob him - stealing the wheelbarrel, which is worth something, and dumping the dollars, which are worthless, onto the sidewalk. Even Peru, New Zealand, Singapore & the rest of TPP's Bitter-Enders won't save Uncle Ben, or the rest of us.



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