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Stunningly, on Friday, President Obama falsely accused Democratic opponents of the Trans Pacific Partnership of being “dishonest” and spreading “misinformation” about the largest international income and political power redistribution scam in the history of humankind, which is called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). In their opposition, Obama’s opponents are relying on leaked documents from the negotiations, which can be accessed at Wikileaks. That means it’s the president who is lying about the TPP.

On Saturday, Warren and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) responded with a letter essentially telling Obama to put up or shut up. If the deal is so great, Warren and Brown wrote, the administration should make the full negotiation texts public before Congress votes on a “fast track” bill that would strip the legislative branch of its authority to amend it.

“Members of Congress should be able to discuss the agreement with our constituents and to participate in a robust public debate, instead of being muzzled by classification rules,” Warren and Brown wrote in the letter obtained by The Huffington Post.

“Your Administration has deemed the draft text of the agreement classified and kept it hidden from public view, thereby making it a secret deal,” the letter reads. “It is currently illegal for the press, experts, advocates, or the general public to review the text of this agreement. And while you noted that Members of Congress may ‘walk over … and read the text of the agreement’ — as we have done — you neglected to mention that we are prohibited by law from discussing the specifics of that text in public.”

Warren and Brown appeared particularly miffed at being accused of lying.

“We respectfully suggest that characterizing the assessments of labor unions, journalists, Members of Congress, and others who disagree with your approach to transparency on trade issues as ‘dishonest’ is both untrue and unlikely to serve the best interests of the American people,” the letter reads.

Then they proceeded with a withering attack on the president’s motives for supporting Fast Track Authority. The letter also asked the president to release the text of the TPP so the public can be informed about its contents, and public debate about the merits of the treaty can take place.

See the full letter at http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/WarrenBrownTPPLetter.pdf.

We know from leaked documents that,

* TPP will give incentives for US corporations to export millions of US jobs. The Federal Reserve estimates that 28 million US jobs were exported between 1990 and 2010. Wyden wants to increase this number. Jobs are the biggest US export product. Wyden likes this.

* TPP will increase US income and wealth inequality. The 1 percent have already taken 95 percent of all income growth in the United States since 2009. Currently, the 1 percent are stealing 36+ percent of all income produced in the USA, compared to only 8 percent in 1980. International trade scams and other federal legislation have brought inequality about. For example, when the above jobs were exported, the difference between the old higher US wages and the new lower wages will go straight into the pockets of the 1 percent via higher corporate profits, rising dividends and surging share prices. Wyden is a principle architect of this inequality.

* Those lost jobs will no longer be paying the taxes for our infrastructure, K-12 education, higher education (tuition and fees will go up), social safety nets, schools, fire, police, public transportation, social security taxes, but those lost jobs will push the stock markets higher.

* TPP will effectively eliminate your voting rights on local and state issues since it will unconstitutionally grant investors of the 0.01 percent special privileges to challenge labeling and health and safety local laws and regulations of the 99 percent, which most people call voter suppression, but in this case it should be called voter elimination.

* TPP will eliminate millions of jobs in Latin America, which will drive millions of more people illegally into the United States and depress wages here. See https://johnhively.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/how-the-trans-pacific-partnership-will-destroy-american-jobs-by-destroying-us-exports/

* TPP will raise pharmaceutical prices by extending patents forcing the 99 percent to pay more for big pharma’s products.

* TPP will override Wall Street regulations, as if the mostly ineffective US regulations inhibit Wall Street profits and illegal activities.

Stunningly, Democrats such as Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden support doing all of the above to the American people.

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Referring to the Democratic Party meltdown in allowing a provision sneakily put in the latest budget bill (by corrupt Wall Street Republican Congressman Kevin Yoder of Kansas) that allows Wall Street investment banks to gamble with taxpayer money and expect to be bailed out if their gamble fails, Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone magazine wrote on December 13;

“If the Democrats actually stood for anything other than sounding as progressive as possible without offending their financial backers, then they would do what Republicans always do in these situations: force a shutdown to save their legislation. How many times did Republicans hold the budget hostage to rescue the Bush tax cuts? But the Democrats won’t do that here, because they’re not a real (political) party. They’re a marketing phenomenon, a big chunk of oligarchical”…”single furiously-money-collecting/favor-churning oligarchical Beltway party…cleverly sold to voters as the more reasonable and less nakedly corrupt wing of a two-headed political establishment.”

The budget battle of December 2014 proved a particularly gruesome point; both political parties have been totally corrupted by big money unleashed by the Reagan tax cuts, as well as other tax cuts, and the politicians of the US government are absolutely corrupt, with few exceptions, such as Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley, Alan Grayson, and perhaps David Vitter. That’s why the political and economic game is totally rigged against the 99 percent.

For the rest of Matt Taibbi’s story, click the link below.

Dodd-Frank Budget Fight Proves Democrats Are a Bunch of Stuffed Suits Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/dodd-frank-budget-fight-proves-democrats-are-a-bunch-of-stuffed-suits–Rolling Stone Magazine

True story. The US government has caught major US banks laundering drug money time and time again and not a soul has gone to jail.

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(Originally published in 2014)

Friday, on the floor of the US senate, US Senator Elizabeth Warren sounded like the one and only person who should be the next United States president. She sounded like the person who is truly giving us “hope and change” in fact rather than as a political slogan, and she sounded like the person Barack Obama should have been.

Everyday she’s sounding like the new Franklin Delano Roosevelt, sounding like the next great president, and the first great president since Harry Truman, or perhaps Roosevelt himself.

In the speech above, Warren excoriated President Obama, Republicans and Democrats for a House bill that will keep funding the government, but a provision within it will force the taxpayers to increase their bailouts of bad derivative investments by wealthy investors, including all of the big investment banks, and especially Citigroup. This provision allows Citigroup and other big banks to gamble with taxpayer money without any repercussions for their investment decisions.

President Obama, some Democrats, and most of the Republican Party are completely corrupt, which is why they support this giveaway for the rich and powerful. This provision is nothing more than a massive redistribution of income from the 99 to the 1 percent. That’s precisely why the president got on the telephone on Thursday and strong-armed some House Democrats into voting for this bill. The bill passed through the house and must now go through the senate.

The provision was written by Citigroup lobbyists, which nowadays is a bank that has the power to direct the majority of the Republican Party to demand maintaining the provision in the spending bill or shutting the government down by refusing to pass it.

During the final debate over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010, before Warren was a senator, she was asked about an attempt to weaken the unborn agency. “My first choice is a strong consumer agency. My second choice is no agency at all and plenty of blood and teeth left on the floor,” she said at the time. These comments were unsuccessfully used against her in her subsequent senate campaign.

This week, she fought to keep a major Wall Street giveaway out of a must-pass spending bill and by Friday night it was clear the fight in the House of Representatives was lost. So Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, took the Senate floor and unleashed a powerful punch on Wall Street giant Citigroup that will leave a mark for an awfully long time, especially on the grass roots, perhaps both grassroots Democrats and Republicans. Hopefully, we are all cheering her on, while Democrats such as Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden meekly stand by (and he will side with Wall Street since he always does) and do nothing since he is a Wall Street stooge pretending to be a senator that represents the people of Oregon.

Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana has voiced opposition to the provision. We’ll see if he puts his vote where his mouth is, or whether he’s simply pretending to oppose Wall Street.

In the speech above, after listing the top Citigroup executives who have gone on to work in the Obama administration, Warren addressed Citibank executives directly, noting that she agreed that Wall Street reform wasn’t perfect. “I agree with you. Dodd-Frank isn’t perfect. It should have broken you into pieces,” she said.

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A flutter of fear ran through Congress yesterday, desperately searching for a Democratic spine to run up. The flutter of fear found its target as President Obama sided with Wall Street and the Republican Party against his own Democratic Party, the Democratic base, and the American public.

When this Congress works together to get something done, it’s almost always on behalf of the 0.01 percent, and it’s almost always a profoundly bad one for the 99 percent. The omnibus spending bill that the House passed last night is just about the most corrupt and dangerous piece of legislation to come out of Washington in a long time. A few spineless Wall Street Democrats caved in to Republican hostage demands to avoid a government shutdown. So did Obama, the ultimate Wall Street Democrat. He could have sent a strong message with his veto pen to the 114th Congress since any deal this bad shouldn’t have gotten his signature, regardless of a shutdown threat from Republicans.

So what’s so bad about this deal that a government shutdown is preferable besides the fact that it was written in large measure by Citicorp lobbyists? A lot of things, but one stands out more than the rest.

The Republicans have stuck a little piece of legislation in the funding bill that will force taxpayers to bail out much of Wall Street derivative losses.

Financial derivatives are bonds backed by a real assets, such as home mortgages and student loans. Currently, there are $700 trillion in outstanding derivatives in the world, while the yearly world economy produces only about $70 trillion a year. The US derivative markets has about $230 trillion outstanding, compared to an economy that produces about $16 trillion in goods and services a year.

JP Morgan and Chase Bank hold about $150 trillion of this toxic financial wasteland called the derivatives market.

Should the derivative markets take a nose dive, under the Republican proposal, US taxpayers could owe the big banks a large portion of that $230 trillion. It’s going to be bailout time when the next recession hits. Massively rich, but remarkably stupid, investors know they don’t have make smart investment decisions since the taxpayers are going to be forced to bail them out. In other words, Republicans have decided to redistribute massive amounts of cash from the American middle class for years to come to the 1 percent should their gamble on these derivatives fail. President Obama also said yes to bailing out Wall Street in the future.

President Obama has always been a servant of Wall Street. Quite naturally, he was never likely to veto this budget bill, but one can always hope the president developed a spine and became an FDR or Elizabeth Warren type of Democrat for the American people.

This is bad policy for the nation, for the world, for the middle class, and basically for just about everybody except a few rich Wall Street fat cats. No doubt, some Democrats such as Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden will fight for this bill. Others, however, such as Sherrod Brown, Elizabeth Warren and Jeff Merkley will not do as Wall Street commands.

What else did Obama and his Republican Party agree to do in this budget?

The Republican Party and President Obama and a massive portion of the Democratic Party are all about redistributing income and wealth from the 99 to the 1 percent. Now the battle will go to the senate. There is some hope there to stop this madness.

Click below for the rest of the story.

Why President Obama Should Veto This Budget and Shut Down the Government–Readersupportednews.com

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