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Get ready to fight once more against Wall Street. President Obama plans to introduce the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after the elections. The TPP is a massive income and political power redistribution scam falsely marketed by its Wall Street supporters as a trade agreement. Elizabeth Swager of Citizen’s Trade Campaign is organizing an effort to defeat Obama’s scheme. Below is her letter and how you can help defeat this Wall Street plot.

Dear Fair Trade Supporters:

The White House has given every indication that they still plan to introduce the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Congress next month during the Lame Duck session. The corporations behind the TPP power grab understand that 2016 is their best shot of ever getting the pact approved, so, unfortunately, they’re going all-in on this and a mighty struggle will be upon us very soon.

The good news is that, if we each do our part, we can defeat this thing. Here are some easy ways you can help…

Please Join the National Call-In Days Against the TPP. A broad coalition of online, labor, environmental, consumer and other groups will be participating in the National Call-In Days Against the TPP from November 15 – 17. Last month, nearly 100 groups joined together to generate tens of thousands of calls into Congress against the TPP. With your help, we’re going to top that effort the first week of the Lame Duck session. We need you to please…

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Sign up to participate in the Call-In Days by clicking here, and we’ll make sure you receive template email blasts, tollfree numbers, click-to-call tools and unbranded memes that will make you’re participation easy. Each group is asked to send at least one email out to their supporters about the TPP on whatever day of their choosing on November 15, 16 or 17. Sign up to participate in the Thunderclap about the Call-In Days by clicking here.

Thunderclap is an online tool through which you can authorize your Facebook and Twitter account to automatically post one message about the Call-In Days on November 15th. If enough people sign up, we’ll reach millions of Americans through social media that day. You can do this on behalf of your group and as an individual. You just need to be on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.

Other Ways to Make a Difference:

A number of groups are flying and bussing in members from throughout the country to participate in a National Lobby Day Against the TPP in Washington, DC on Wednesday, November 30th. If you can personally make it — or your organization can send even just one or two supporters — let’s coordinate!

While we can’t fund people’s travel, we may be able to identify home stays and carpooling options, and we’ll definitely keep you in the loop about a planned morning breakfast briefing, an afternoon press event and rally, and a free Rock Against the TPP concert in DC with 1,500 of your new closest friends that evening. Please let us know you’re interested by clicking here.

Can’t make it to DC? No problem. Have you checked in with your U.S. Representative about his or her TPP position recently? This is perhaps the most important thing each of us can do right now. Members of Congress are back home, in-district now through the election, and we need each and every one of them to commit to oppose the TPP. Please either meet with them, call them or attend one of their public events and ask them: “Will you commit to oppose the TPP before the election?”

Please share any updates on your outreach and conversations you have with me, so that we can track each members’ position closely. This whole thing could come down to just a handful of votes, so every conversation matters.

The TPP’s chances of passage this year are too close for comfort, but, by working together, I’m confident we can win. The Call-In Days are one incredibly easy way to make a real contribution.

In solidarity,
Elizabeth Swager
Citizens Trade Campaign

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The near miss of Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary this year against the Wall Street Establishment candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton, should’ve sent a clear message to the Democratic Party Establishment, but it didn’t.

It’s business as usual in the white house, and business as usual within the US House and Senate. President Obama and Wall Street’s favorite senator, Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden (sometimes known as US Nike Senator Ron Wyden), are plotting to fool the grassroots of the Democratic Party by waiting until the election is over before throwing all of their energies into passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through congress. Obama has already signed it.

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The TPP is a massive income and political power redistribution scam promoted by Obama, Wyden, a few other Democrats, and most of the Republican Party, and, of course, Wall Street investment firms, hedge funds and major corporations. The TPP will redistribute trillions of dollars and large chunks of political power from the 99 to the 1 percent. The TPP will also steal many of your voting rights.

In a recent Harvard/Politico poll 54 percent of Democrats, compared to 85 of Republicans, believe trade scams such as the TPP have cost the USA more jobs than they create. A quick look at the US trade deficit bears this out. Millions of jobs are being exported from the USA every year, which is why Obama, Wyden, Wall Street and the Republican Party want to pass this scam.

When US jobs are exported to low wage nations, the difference between the old higher US wages and the new lower third world nations goes straight into the already fat wallets of the superwealthy via higher corporate profits, rising share prices, and surging dividends. Wyden and Obama know this. They’re not the dummies they’re pretending to be on this issue. That’s why we have record share prices along with an historically weak economic expansion.

Had 85 percent of Democrats believed trade scams like the TPP cost more jobs than they create, Bernie Sanders would likely be the Democratic Party nominee rather than the Wall Street jobs-exporter Hillary Clinton. Likewise, if 54 percent of Republicans believed trade scams exported more US jobs than they created here, Donald Trump would likely not be the Republican Party nominee.

The day of reckoning within the ranks of the Democratic Party is coming sooner than later. The next recession is already on its way in, and the tepid economic expansion of 2009-17 is nearly over. If I am correct, and this recession will be the worst since the Great Depression, the result of the destructive economic policy of redistributing income and wealth from the 99 to the 1 percent by the Wall Street supported Democratic Establishment and the Republican Party is almost at an end. The coming of this recession may bring about the end of Wall Street’s control of the Democratic Party. For more on this coming recession, click  The New Recession is Knocking at the Door–JohnHively.Wordpress.com

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Public Citizen is an organization at the forefront of the war against the Tran-Pacific Partnership, the biggest income and political power redistribution scam that Wall Street and its corporate cronies and billionaire investors could think of. This scam will redistribute trillions of dollars from working Americans to the super rich. For more on this, click The Op-ed the Corporate Media Doesn’t Want You To See–JohnHively.Wordpress.com.

Now please read this important message below from Arthur Stamoulis of Citizen’s Trade Campaign:

Dear John

After years of work, we have a real opportunity this fall to stop the job-killing, environment-degrading Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) corporate power grab. But a massive corporate coalition is throwing millions into beating “We the People” and enacting the TPP during the “lame duck” session of Congress immediately after the election.

We need to counter that.

Will you please help one of Citizen Trade Campaign’s founding members — Public Citizen — win additional funding to help us stop the TPP? Public Citizen has been selected as one of the groups eligible to receive funding this month from CREDO. The more votes they get from people like you — the more funds they’ll receive for the anti-TPP campaign.

You don’t need to be a CREDO customer — you just need to vote for Public Citizen online here. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s free:

Please click here and vote for Public Citizen. Just select “Public Citizen – Stop the TPP” from among the groups listed, enter your email address and hit “Vote Now,” and you’ll be helping fund the next stages in the ongoing campaign.

Public Citizen is a key CTC partner, providing much of the research and economic data on which we all rely as we urge our Members of Congress to oppose the TPP, and helping in countless other ways.

Will you please help fund the trade justice movement by voting for Public Citizen today?

Many thanks,

Arthur Stamoulis, Executive Director
CITIZENS TRADE CAMPAIGN
Online: citizenstrade.org
Twitter: @citizenstrade

By the way, Democratic Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden will lead the charge for the TPP in the US senate. Thank you CREEDO

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If President Obama was a serious Democratic Party president, and he wanted to wipe out Republican Party majorities in the US house and senate, it would be a simple thing to do.

Republican Party leaders, such as Wall Street Senator’s Mitch McConnell and Orrin Hatch, are desperate to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passed through congress. The TPP is a massive scam to redistribute income and political power from the 99 to the 1 percent. It involves 11 nations around the Pacific Rim. The TPP will export hundreds of thousands, and perhaps millions upon millions (which is more likely), of US jobs to China and Vietnam (Click https://johnhively.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/the-trans-pacific-partnership-the-op-ed-the-liberal-and-conservative-corporate-media-doesnt-want-you-to-see/. The difference between the old US higher wages and the new lower wages over there will go straight into the pockets of the rich via higher corporate earnings, share prices and dividends. The stock markets will then shoot up, like what occurred under the same income redistribution scam called NAFTA.

Obama should have Democratic Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden introduce the TPP out of committee and into the senate for debate. Wyden is a long time supporter of redistributing income, wealth and political power from the 99 to the 1 percent. That’s why I call him Wall Street Ronnie. Republicans will try to block the TPP in committee for a simple reason.

This is an election year and there are more Republican seats up for grabs in the senate than there are Democrats. Voting yes for the TPP before the elections in November will be a deathblow to any candidate who votes yes, except for Wyden, who has a carefully and fraudulently cultivated reputation for caring about the aged, the poor, and the middle class, while carefully voting to redistribute their income to the 1 percent time and time again.

Obama, however, wants the TPP badly, and so most likely will wait with his Republican Wall Street allies until after the November elections to bring the TPP out of committee.

On the other hand, the economic winds already began shifting toward recession late last summer. Those winds will become more readily apparent by November to the great mass of US citizens. The president, Wyden and the Republican leadership will try to ram the TPP through congress then, but this international income and political power redistribution scam will come under intense opposition the like of which has not been seen for decades.

The result should be the death of the TPP, but only if pressure is continued until the bitter end, because most Republicans and Democrats in the US house and senate work for the 1 percent, and against the interests of the 99 percent. Anything to keep those corporate share prices rising, and those campaign contributions, lobbying jobs, vacations and other perks coming.

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On Feb 4, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman  joined other trade ministers from throughout the Pacific Rim in signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in New Zealand. Signing is not the same as ratifying. What the signing means is that the negotiations are concluded; the text is done; and that the TPP can now be submitted for a Fast Tracked vote in Congress at almost any time. Because of Fast Track legislation pushed President Obama, Wall Street Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, Wall Street Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, and almost all the Republican Party except a few, such as US Senator Jeff Sessions.

The TPP is the largest international income redistribution treaty ever concocted. It will ship millions of US jobs to China and Vietnam, circumvent US law and the US Constitution, and raise prices for US citizens and citizens throughout the area of the Pacific on such things as medicines. The difference between the old higher US wages and the new lower wages, and the difference between the old lower prices and the new higher prices, will go straight into the pockets of the rich via higher corporate profits, rising share prices, and soaring dividends. The TPP will also drive millions of immigrants from Latin America to the USA illegally because their jobs will be shipped to Vietnam and China too, and they won’t have anyplace else to go.

Currently, the 1 percent steal about 37 percent of all the income produced yearly in the USA, up from 8 percent in 1980. Wyden, Obama, Clinton and almost the entire Republican Party intend to redistribute even more to the 1 percent with the TPP. And here we are facing the unfolding storm of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. I’ve been watching it unfold since last summer. It’s picking up steam, and officially should hit somewhere between September 2016 and June 2017. The entire US manufacturing sector has been in recession, for example, since November 2015.

It’s critical that Congress is hearing strong constituent opposition to the TPP right now. Please write your Members of Congress and urge them to come out publicly against the TPP.

For the better part of a decade, we have told our representatives we want a “Fair Deal or No Deal” on Trans-Pacific trade. Now that the text is finalized and changes are all-but-impossible, it’s clear that — while a handful of well-connected corporations got a more-than-fair deal for themselves — for everyone else, the TPP would be a disaster for the economy, the environment and public health.

The TPP Is Bad for Jobs & Wages
As you would expect from a deal negotiated with hundreds of corporate advisors, while the public and the press were shut out, if enacted, the TPP would offshore good-paying American jobs, lower wages and increase inequality by forcing Americans into competition with highly-exploited workers abroad paid less than 65 cents an hour.

The TPP’s much-touted new labor standards are so abysmally weak that countries could literally set their minimum wage at $1/day and their maximum hours of work at 24/day and still be in compliance. The pact simply does not do enough to protect jobs at home or human rights abroad. Instead, it would only accelerate the global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions.

On top of that, the TPP is so poorly negotiated that it contains a massive backdoor for products that are assembled mostly from parts made in third-party countries such as China, with no TPP obligations whatsoever, to enter the US duty free.

The TPP will also force China to manipulate its currency by at least 15 percent. This increases the profits of US corporations manufacturing products in China, and exporting them to the USA. This will compel many US companies to export jobs to China since the currency manipulation will increase the profits of these companies from 36 to 140 percent.

Tell Congress we can’t afford a massive new job-killing, wage-suppressing trade deal.

The TPP Is Bad for Food Safety
The TPP would flood the United States with unsafe foods. Going beyond previous trade deals, the TPP includes first-of-its-kind language allowing corporations to challenge both U.S. food inspection protocols and individual food inspection decisions.

Consumer advocates have warned the TPP could have a major chilling effect on efforts to keep out unsafe foods that don’t meet the same standards that U.S. farmers, ranchers and other producers are required to meet.

Tell Congress we can’t afford a trade deal that jeopardizes the safety of the food we feed our families.

The TPP Is Bad for the Environment
The TPP would actually roll back environmental enforcement provisions found in all U.S. trade agreements since the George W. Bush administration, requiring enforcement of only one out of the seven environmental treaties covered by Bush-era trade agreements.

Beyond just failing to mention the term “climate change” in its thousands of pages, the TPP would also provide corporations with new tools for attacking environmental and consumer protections, while simultaneously increasing the export of climate-disrupting fossil fuels.

Tell Congress we can’t afford a trade deal that threatens the air we breathe, the water we drink and the future we leave for our children and grandchildren.

The TPP Is Bad for Access to Medicine
Many of the TPP’s intellectual property provisions would effectively delay the introduction of low-cost generic medications, increasing health care prices and reducing access to medicine both at home and abroad.

The TPP contains requirements that TPP nations allow additional 20-year patents for new uses of drugs already under patent, among other rules that would promote the “evergreening” of patent monopolies. Other TPP provisions may enable pharmaceutical companies to challenge Medicare drug listing decisions, Medicaid reimbursements and constrain future U.S. policy reforms to reduce healthcare costs.

Tell Congress we can’t afford a trade deal that limits access to life-saving generic medications.

The TPP Is Bad for Human Rights
The TPP includes several notorious violators of international human rights, such as Brunei, where LGBT individuals and single mothers can be stoned to death under Sharia law and Malaysia where huge numbers of ethnic minorities are trafficked through the jungle in modern slavery.

Tell Congress we can’t afford to ignore the actions of notorious human rights abusers.

Too many Congress members have hemmed and hawed about the TPP, refusing to state their position. Now that the text has been public for months, and that the agreement has actually been signed, the time for fence-sitting is over. Please contact your Members of Congress now and urge them to oppose the TPP.

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From Arthur Stamolis of Citizen’s Trade Campaign

Hi everyone:

Congratulations on yesterday’s impressive victory! In case you missed it, the House voted to block Fast Track from moving forward — a huge win for Main Street over Wall Street, and a testament to your years of strategic organizing. Thank you!

Unfortunately, the offshorers, the polluters, the lobbyists and the profiteers haven’t given up quite yet, so we’ve got more work to do — and we need to get to back to work fast.

Here’s how Friday’s win went down: the House separated the Fast Track bill passed by the Senate into two parts. First was a vote on an inadequately-funded and exclusionary Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program for displaced workers. Then was a vote on the Fast Track process itself. Both parts needed to pass for the bill to pass. You can see how Reps voted on TAA  here and how they voted on the Fast Track process here. Bottom line: when TAA was voted down, the entire Fast Track bill was sunk.

After the vote, Speaker Boehner called for a re-vote on TAA. That vote is supposed to happen within two legislative days, so it’ll either be on Monday or Tuesday (although the Speaker may be able to find ways to extend that if he wants). Voting on Monday starts at noon Eastern, so that’s the earliest the re-vote could occur.

It’s critical that we are profusely THANKING those who voted against TAA and Fast Track and urging them to do so again. We also need to keep respectfully trying with those who voted for TAA, but against Fast Track — urging them to vote against TAA next week. (No-holds-barred with those politicians who voted for both.)

Unfortunately, there is still some confusion about the proposed TAA program even among our allies, and you’d better believe the White House, Republican leadership and others are working overtime this weekend to increase that confusion.

Here’s what you need to know about TAA. Normally, we’re all for it. It’s an important lifeline that provides job retraining benefits to people whose careers are shipped abroad as a result of bad U.S. trade policy. But nobody in their right mind would ever argue that a job retraining program is a smart trade-off for rubber-stamping massive trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that will offshore jobs, drive down wages and more. That’s what a vote for TAA next week is. It’s a vote for Fast Tracking the TPP. The current TAA proposal is a cynical ploy that needs to be stopped.

As if that weren’t bad enough, the TAA program being offered isn’t even a strong one. It excludes public sector workers whose jobs are offshored and it is significantly under-funded. The $700 million in Medicare cuts made to pay for it may be partially addressed, assuming the Senate goes along, but even if that is fixed, another $250 million in cuts to a Medicare kidney dialysis program and a whole lot of political liability are still in there.

The good news is that Republican leadership and the White House face a heavy lift to win on TAA next week, as we destroyed the measure in a 126 – 302 vote on Friday. That said, the President wants this BAD. Speaker Boehner wants this BAD. We need to keep pushing so that we win that vote, and that we win whatever sorry plan Team TPP comes up with next to try to squeeze Fast Track through this month.

They know the clock is ticking on the TPP, and they’re going to keep trying — at least for a while. We are winning. Here’s what we need to keep it going:

* If you represent an organization, please make sure to call any Reps who voted against Fast Track and the TAA this weekend and early on Monday to thank them and urge them to do so again.

* If you haven’t yet, please send a personal email now thanking or spanking your representative for their votes on Friday.

* Take a moment to look up your your Reps Twitter and Facebook accounts, and spend a couple moments on social media today urging them to vote against Fast Track and the cynical TAA ploy next week.

Be ready for any rapid-response action requests that come early next week. Again, we could see new voting as soon as Monday.

Together, we’re going to keeping riding this wave of success. Thank you again for everything you’ve done to get us this far.

In solidarity,

Arthur Stamoulis, Executive Director
CITIZENS TRADE CAMPAIGN

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President Obama has said many times that the Trans Pacific Partnership contains the strongest provisions yet for protecting labor and US jobs. However, US Middle Class Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon says that isn’t true in the speech above, which was made on the floor on the US senate on Friday May 24th.

Merkley, who has seen the text of the Trans Pacific Pacific Partnership (TPP), points out that the fundamental differences between the TPP and NAFTA are zero, which means President Obama is lying about the TPP when he says there are big differences between the two.

“Here we are repeating the same basic structure,” Merkley says. “…Secret tribunals of NAFTA already have wiped out some of our consumer laws, and the same thing will occur with the TPP.”

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