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The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the largest freely redistributing your income into the pockets of the rich treaty ever signed. It will jack up prices most people pay for pharmaceutical medications, for example. Wall Street Senator’s Ron Wyden, Orrin Hatch, Mitch McConnell and Wall Street President Barack Obama want you to believe that they are redistributing your income and wealth to the rich on your behalf.  The TPP is sitting in congress as we speak, while President Obama is sitting in the White House, anxiously awaiting senate and house approval of the treaty so he can sign the treaty, before more and more Americans realize what a massive “corporate giveaway,” the TPP is, according to US Congressman Keith Ellison. The president wants to fast track this monstrous assault on the American people. Fast track means no debate in congress, just and up and down vote. If there was a debate, word would get out and the American people would be informed as to what the TPP is, even though the so-called corporate press, otherwise and more appropriately known as the corporate propaganda machine, has done its best to keep Americans ignorant of the TPP, which the Guardian newspaper of England calls “NAFTA on Steroids.”

Big Pharma became involved in the negotiations in a big way. 600 corporate lobbyists have been involved in the intensely secret negotiations of the TPP. What has Big Pharma gotten from Obama, Wyden, Hatch, McConnell, not to mention dozens of other Republicans and Democrats, via the TPP?

“It (lobbying) is an investment that appears to have paid off. The TPP is quite friendly to drug manufacturers, strengthening patent exclusivity and providing protections against bulk government purchasing (should it hurt profits). At the behest of the pharmaceutical industry, the U.S. is also pushing to limit the ability of national regulatory agencies to support generic drug development. All of this suggests that the active lobbying has paid off. The result is going to be higher drug prices for the 99 percent, which will be demonstrated with higher Big Pharma profits, which goes to the 1 percent via higher dividends and share prices. Ergo, the TPP is a big income redistribution scam, and not just for Big Pharma. BTW, Big Pharma is already the number one most profitable industry in the United States. Now Wyden and the others want to make it even more profitable, but at your expense.

The more important question is, Why do Hatch, McConnell, Obama, Wyden and many other politicians want you and others around the world to pay for higher drug prices? Oh, that’s right. On the surface it appears that the TPP is all about profits, and Wall Street gains. And that’s true. But it’s even more true that the TPP is about political corruption on the highest levels of government. The current US government has been one of the most corrupt in history, and we’re talking about thirty years of immense political corruption. That’s why the game is rigged against the 99 percent. Wyden is a classic and most obvious example of this corruption.

Now check out the graph below.

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How Big Pharma (and others) began lobbying on the Trans-Pacific Partnership before you ever heard of it–The Sunlight Foundation

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Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden and Wall Street President Barack Obama have also negotiated higher prices on such things as medicine for people throughout the world. In other words, this treaty is an income redistribution scam. The 99 percent will pay the higher prices and the 1 percent shall receive it.

The treaty is also being used to undermine financial regulations, making it virtually impossible for an incoming president, such as US Senator Elizabeth Warren–if she decides to run–to pass legislation that would actually regulate the financial markets for the good of the nation, rather than allow a tiny number of rich people to redistribute income from the 99 percent to themselves, as is currently the case.

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In the USA, money reigns over democracy more and more. Politicians ignore the will of the majority whenever it pleases them and the parasites of the 1 percent. That includes their politicians, such as Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden, a notorious liar and servant of Wall Street. He is supposed to represent the interests of the people of Oregon, but he never does when it is at cross purposes with his masters of Wall Street. The corporate propaganda machine defends Wyden by creating illusions about what he is and what he does, rather than the truth. In that way, they keep our eyes off the prize of the American dream that Wyden is constantly redistributing to the parasites of the 1 percent via federal legislation. This makes Wyden, as well as such Wall Street politicians as John Boehner, Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell, and about 90 percent of the US senate and House of Representatives nothing but parasites of the 1 percent. That’s why it’s a rigged game against the 99 percent, and there are plenty of examples of how democracy is nothing more than an illusion any more.

According to economist Richard Wolff, “2013 drove home a basic lesson: US capitalism’s economic leaders and their politicians now regularly ignore majority opinions and preferences. For example, polls showed overwhelming popular support for higher taxes on the rich with lower taxes on the rest of us and for reversing the nation’s deepening economic inequalities. Yet Republicans and Democrats, including President Obama, raised payroll taxes sharply on January 1, 2013. Those taxes are regressive; they take a smaller percentage of your income the higher your income is above $113,700 per year. Raising the payroll tax increased economic inequality across 2013.”

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Capitalism and Democracy: Year-End Lessons–Z Communications

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After Two Years of Closed-Door Negotiations, Trans-Pacific Partnership Text Replicates Alarming Bush Trade Pact Terms That Obama Opposed as Candidate, and Worse

President Obama is preparing a speech on income disparities in the USA that he plans to give on television, while at the same time planning on doing something about it: his administration is negotiating to make income maldistribution worse than it already is. The TPP will redistribute income from the 99 to the 1 percent, which seems to have been the job of every president and nearly every major player in the Democratic and Republican Parties since Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980. Obama, of course, is doing precisely what he’s been doing in regard to this matter for the last five years. Obama’s hypocrisy is truly Orwellian.

Although the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been branded a “trade” agreement, the leaked text of the pact’s Investment Chapter shows that the TPP would:

1.  limit how U.S. federal and state officials could regulate foreign firms operating within U.S. boundaries, with requirements to provide them greater rights than domestic firms;
2.  extend the incentives for U.S. firms to offshore investment and jobs to lower-wage countries; the difference between the old higher US wages and the new lower wages overseas will go directly into the pockets of the 1 percent via higher corporate profits, dividends and share prices while robbing people of their jobs and weakening funding for public programs
3. establish a two-track legal system that gives foreign firms new rights to skirt U.S. courts and laws, directly sue the U.S. government before foreign tribunals and demand compensation for financial, health, environmental, land use and other laws they claim undermine their TPP privileges; and
4. allow foreign firms to demand compensation for the costs of complying with U.S. financial or environmental regulations that apply equally to domestic and foreign firms.”

The primary purpose of the TPP seems to be to raise prices, which redistributes income from the 99 to the 1 percent. It’s a corrupt, rigged game, folks.

Check out the link below.

Public Citizen

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Congressional members are striking back against Obama’s pet treaty, the Trans Pacific Partnership, a massive “corporate giveaway and redistributing income from the 99 to the 1 percent treaty.” President Obama is trying to pretend it is a free trade treaty. The parasites of the 1 percent are using these negotiations to rig the economic game against the 99 percent even more than it already has been. President Obama and his buddies, such as Wall Street Senators Ron Wyden and Mitch McConnell, are the epidemy of corruption and class warriors for the 1 percent  in Washington D.C. The Trans Pacific treaty aims to push up prices of goods, such as medicine. That will, naturally, lead to greater inflation. It also aims limit Internet freedom, export jobs from the United States, and redistribute income and political power from the 99 to the 1 percent, among many other bad things.

151 members of congress signed the letter below. Another letter expressing misgivings about the corporate giveaway treaty was also signed by several members of congress.

Even some Republicans, most of whom are staunch believers in redistributing income and wealth from the 99 to the 1 percent, have signed a letter voicing opposition to fast tracking the scam. Fast track is a situation where congress cannot debate an issue. It must simply give an up or down vote. Any debate on the Trans Pacific Partnership would quickly fill the ears of the 99 percent, who would then bring pressure to bear on their elected representatives to vote against the treaty. That’s why Obama wants fast track authority.

Check out the letter below. Noticeably absent from these letters is the signature of Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. She has yet to publicly decide whether she is going to represent the 99 percent of the people of her district, District 1 of Oregon, or whether she’ll join Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden and represent Phil Knight of Nike and Wall Street in their war against the middle class. C’mon Suzanne! Make a decision! Show some guts!

Dear President Obama:

We write to express our serious concern with the ongoing negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement (FTA), a potential agreement of tremendous consequence for our country. Specifically, we remain deeply troubled by the continued lack of adequate congressional consultation in many areas of the proposed pact that deeply implicate Congress’ constitutional and domestic policy authorities.

For some time, members of Congress have urged your administration to engage in broader and deeper consultations with members of the full range of committees of Congress whose jurisdiction touches on the numerous issues being negotiated. Many have raised concerns relating to reports about the agreement’s proposed content. While your Administration’s goal was to sign a TPP FTA at the October 2013 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, we believe that to date the process has failed to provide adequate consultation with Congress.

Such opportunity for input from Congress is critical as the TPP FTA will include binding obligations that touch upon a wide swath of policy matters under the authority of Congress. Beyond traditional tariff issues, these include policies related to labor, patent and copyright, land use, food, agriculture and product standards, natural resources, the environment, professional licensing, competition, state-owned enterprises and government procurement policies, as well as financial, healthcare, energy, e-commerce, telecommunications and other service sector regulations.

In light of the broad scope of today’s trade agreements, it is even more vital that Congress have a fulsome role in shaping these pacts’ terms. Given our concerns, we will oppose “Fast Track” Trade

Promotion Authority or any other mechanism delegating Congress’ constitutional authority over trade policy that continues to exclude us from having a meaningful role in the formative stages of trade agreements and throughout negotiating and approval processes.

Congress, not the Executive Branch, must determine when an agreement meets the objectives Congress sets in the exercise of its Article I-8 exclusive constitutional authority to set the terms of trade.

For instance, an agreement that does not specifically meet congressional negotiating objectives must not receive preferential consideration in Congress. A new trade agreement negotiation and approval process that restores a robust role for Congress is essential to achieving U.S. trade agreements that can secure prosperity for the greatest number of Americans, while preserving the vital tenets of American democracy in the era of globalization.

Twentieth Century “Fast Track” is simply not appropriate for 21st Century agreements and must be replaced. The United States cannot afford another trade agreement that replicates the mistakes of the past. We can and must do better.

We are deeply committed to transforming U.S. trade policy into a tool for creating and retaining family-wage jobs in America, safeguarding the environment, maintaining consumer protection and improving the quality of life throughout the country. We look forward to working with you to ensure that Congress and the Executive Branch are working together to meet that critical goal.

Sincerely,

ROSA DeLAURO  GEORGE MILLER

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The members and the congress people of the Tea Party were quite happy to destroy the Bill Clinton surpluses by creating the George W. Bush federal deficits, but nowadays they’re mad at President Obama for presiding over the federal deficit they created. Perhaps the Koch Brothers, creators of the Tea Party, are angry because the money the government borrows to cover the deficit isn’t going to the corporate welfare that goes into their pockets. Who knows?

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Stop the Corporate Destruction of the People’s Democracy!

“We are likely to have a “constitutional emergency” in the US Congress this month, and Americans need to speak up!

Many know corporations – statutory, “artificial” entities – have been granted constitutional rights, only intended for people, by the US Supreme Court, gradually, over nearly 200 years. It is a massive wrong that can only be ended with an amendment to the Constitution.”

Now the corporate Obama administration is negotiating the end of American democracy for people, and giving it to the 1 percent via their artificial, legislatively created creatures, publicly traded limited liability corporations. In other words, organized money is going to destroy democracy for organized people of the 99 percent. This is going to be achieved via the Trans Pacific Partnership, (TPP) a secret trade treaty involving twelve nations. The trade President Obama is talking about is the trading of democracy for everybody, and making it the exclusive privilege of the 1 percent. It’s true that most senators, congress people, and the entire US Supreme Court are already bought and owned by the rich, but the TPP represents the final death blow of any democracy for the 99 percent. In effect, the TPP is the knockout punch for the 1 percent to win its war against the middle class.

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http://www.willamettelive.com/authors/kirk-leonard/

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