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Hillary Clinton’s new book, What Happened shows she is completely out of touch with reality and voter’s anxieties over the economic policies that have redistributed trillions of dollars from the 99 to the 1 percent. These policies were championed by her, former President Bill Clinton, former President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, and a host of other Republicans and Democrats, such as Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and Wall Street’s favorite brown-noser, Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden.

In her book, Clinton blames Bernie Sanders for her defeat in the presidential election. She claims Sanders candidacy split the progressive vote. Hogwash! Hillary lost the presidential election because she is a gold plated pawn of Wall Street. Voters were tired of their jobs and tax dollars being exported to Mexico, China, and Vietnam. Clinton supported the policies that did this. Wall Street loved her support for these policies.

The CEOs of Wall Street, other major corporations, and billionaire investors rewarded her and her husband with $150 million in speaking fees from 2001 to 2016, at $225,000 a pop. Progressive voters knew that yes big money had gotten her to change her mind on legislation cutting back on the abilities of working folks to declare bankruptcy on behalf of the big banks who had purchased her lock, stock and barrel (See video above). Progressives knew the mind boggling millions of jobs that would have been exported from the United States to China with the Trans Pacific Partnership, which she called the “gold plated standard” for trade agreements. Then, of course, there was her support as Secretary of State for the coup that overthrew the lawful government of Honduras and resulted in the death of hundreds. You could go on and on about why progressives could not and would not support Candidate Clinton, but you cannot blame Bernie Sanders.

Hillary is completely out of touch with reality, but the book suggests she might want to run for president again.

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By Arthur Stamolis

No, Trump Didn’t Kill the TPP — Progressives Did

If you read the headlines, Donald Trump’s election has killed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The headlines have it wrong.

Donald Trump didn’t kill the TPP. Assuming we see the fight through to the bitter end, it’s the cross-border, cross-sector, progressive “movement of movements” that will have defeated the TPP.
While overshadowed by Trump’s election, this victory will be one of the biggest wins against concentrated corporate power in our lifetimes, and it holds lessons we should internalize as we steel ourselves for the many challenges we face heading into the Trump years.

Under the banner reading “A New Deal or No Deal,” the first cross-sector demonstration against the TPP in the United States was in June 2010 — a full six years before Trump became the official Republican nominee. Held outside the TPP’s first U.S.-based negotiating round, it featured advocates from the labor, environmental, family farm, consumer, indigenous rights and other social justice movements.

While we didn’t outright oppose the TPP at that time, we warned we would organize against it if it didn’t represent a radical departure from trade deals (of the) past that put corporate interests ahead of working families, public health and the environment.

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It took years of protests at subsequent rounds in Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Maui and elsewhere — coupled with hundreds of other protests in cities and towns across the U.S. and around the world — to slowly, but surely, put the TPP on progressive groups’ radar.

Over that time, first thousands, then tens of thousands, then hundreds of thousands and then literally millions of Americans signed letters and petitions urging the Obama administration and Congress to abandon TPP negotiations that gave corporate lobbyists a seat at the table, while keeping the public in the dark.

We were up against Wall Street, Big Ag, Big Oil, Big Pharma, the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, the President of the United States, the leadership of Congress — in short, we were up against some of the most powerful economic and political interests in human history.
Countless people told us we had no chance of winning. But we persevered. Our allies abroad did yeoman’s work convincing their governments to reject the most draconian proposals from U.S. negotiators — something that dragged out the negotiations for years, giving us all more time to organize.

Together, globally-coordinated progressive coalitions from a host of different countries developed and publicized analyses of the TPP, pushing out leaked texts when our governments refused to tell us what they were proposing in our names, and hacking away week after week against media blackouts, relying heavily on independent media, social media and word-of-mouth to inform the most active elements of the public about the power grab underway.

In the U.S., after reaching out to groups one at a time to pull them into this fight, more than 2,000 organizations had signed statements opposing “fast track” for the TPP by April 2015. This, again, was before Trump had even announced his candidacy.

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An incredibly diverse array of organizations and individual activists were constantly sharing information and strategically coordinating their efforts to pressure key elected officials, such that we built a majority of opposition to the TPP in Congress — despite all the big-money interests fighting hard on the other side.

Check the timeline here. The TPP negotiations concluded in October 2015. The pact could have — and absolutely would have—been approved by Congress as early as February 2016 if the votes were there to pass it. Progressives’ work ensured the votes weren’t there. Keep in mind that there were still twelve major Republican nominees competing for President at that time, with Jeb Bush one of the favorites. Donald Trump had nothing to do with it.

Progressives stopped the thing then, and we pushed a threatened vote back week by week, month by month, until Congress broke for the summer recess. We knew a last-gasp attempt to pass the TPP might come post-election during the “Lame Duck” session of Congress, but we already had the votes lined up and were poised to defeat it should the administration dare bring it forward, regardless of whether Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or anyone else was elected to the White House.

We must remain vigilant to ensure there are no last-second surprises before the end of the year, but for now, it appears the White House has seen the writing on the wall, and has given up trying to finalize the TPP. Let’s make sure we’re not letting Trump steal credit for something he didn’t earn. And let’s especially make sure that the movement of movements is getting the credit it deserves. We’re heading into some very rough years ahead, and people need to be reminded of their power.

As formidable as our opposition is, when we come together across issue areas and geographic borders, we have more power. When we have each others’ backs, we can still win. As for the future of trade policy, even if we’re able to ensure that President Trump keeps his campaign promises and doesn’t dust off the TPP in years to come, and even if we’re able to convince him to abandon the TPP-like Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty, his views on what should come next are clearly in no way aligned with our own.

Trump’s vision of internationalism is not one of human rights, worker rights, sustainability and improving standards of living. The President-elect is a man who, among other things, thinks that workers are overpaid, is hostile to unions, denies climate science and embraces authoritarian regimes.

We’ve all got a lot of work to do.

Arthur Stamolis

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 03: Activists hold a rally to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in front of the White house on February 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. The TPP trade pact is expected to be signed in New Zealand on February 4. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)

White House officials conceded on Friday that the president’s hard-fought-for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would not pass Congress.

Earlier this week, congressional leaders in both parties said they would not bring the trade deal forward during a lame-duck session of Congress, before the formal transition of power on 20 January.

The Democratic senator Chuck Schumer, who will be minority leader in the next Congress, told union leaders the trade deal would not pass. Senator Mitch McConnell, the chamber’s Republican majority leader, told reporters “no” when asked if Congress would consider the TPP.

The deal has supporters in both parties but became a campaign symbol for lost manufacturing jobs, especially in the rust belt states. The TPP would’ve cost the US millions of jobs, and redistributed trillions of dollars from working folks to the rich billionaires who control both major political parties.

The TPP was negotiated to redistribute income and political power from the 99 to the 1 percent.

Over the last three years, a variety of labor, progressive, environmental, human rights groups have organized and pushed back hard against the TPP, and quite successfully.

The TPP would have included the US and 11 countries in Asia, South America and the south Pacific, and was designed in large part to curb the growing economic influence of China.

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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 rise of Donald Trump is a clear sign that the Republican Establishment is out of touch with the Republican base. The base can no longer be fooled. The Republican Establishment represents Wall Street, Big Oil, and corporate leaders who benefit from international income redistribution scams, falsely marketed as trade agreements, as well as open borders, are completely at odds with the base. The last people to figure that out was the establishment.

A recent Harvard/Politico poll showed 85 percent of Republicans believe international trade scams cost the US more jobs than it creates. Yet the establishment, along with President Obama and Democratic henchmen, such as Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden, continue to push the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest income and political power redistribution scam in US history.

During the presidential primaries, poll after poll showed Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders with much wider leads over Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton. This suggests that many Republicans are ready for change, and many of them were not happy with Trump. But Trump was their only choice.

The Republican Establishment was often battling it out with the Koch Brothers and their Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. The Koch’s also want trade scams and open borders in opposition to the base.

All of this suggests the Republican Party may be on the verge of a long-term splintering, especially since a large chunk of the base preferred Sanders, a New Deal Democrat disguised as a Democratic Socialist.

This also suggests why in 2015 Republican Wall Street US Senate Leader Mitch McConnell insisted to President Obama that a Democrat had to introduce Fast Track legislation into the senate. Wall Street’s choice to do this was Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden, a man whose votes in congress on behalf of Wall Street had cost his state a minimum of a hundred thousand jobs in the last ten years. No Republican senator dared to introduce the legislation in the senate. So the establishment clearly knew it was out of touch with its base.

 

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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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As Wall Street President Obama readies a last minute desperate push to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through the lame duck congress after the November elections in his most cowardly action yet as president, large crowds descended on Portland Oregon for the Rock Against the TPP Oregon weekend of action.

Oregonians took action, educated themselves, had fun and enjoyed a great concert! This was part of a nationwide protest tour featuring celebrities such as Golden Globe nominated actress Evangeline Lilly, comedian Hari Kondabolu, and punk rock legends Anti-Flag. The tour next stops in San Francisco on September 9th at Regency Ballroom with an event featuring Jello Biafra, Grammy winning latin alternative band La Santa Cecilia, and riot-grrrl cello legend Bonfire Madigan. Additional tour dates to be announced, for more information visit http://www.RockAgainsttheTPP.org.

The TPP is a massive income and political power redistribution scam from the 99 to the 1 percent, and like NAFTA, it is a clear violation of the US Constitution, which requires the approval of 2/3rds of the US senate. NAFTA only received 61 votes.

Approval of the TPP creates a secret investor court in clear violation of the US Constitution. That court will allow foreign corporations, many of which are owned by US corporations and or have a high number of US investors, to challenge US laws that corporate hacks decide might inhibit future corporate profits.

So if you want to vote to ban a gasoline additive that’s being sold in your areas that has leaked into and poisoned your water system and caused babies to be born without brains, then the foreign corporation loaded with US investors can challenge that law in a secret tribunal in which you won’t be invited. In other words, the politicians who support the TPP, which is nearly the entire Republican Party, and Wall Street Democrats like Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Ron Wyden and Earl Blumenauer are all voting to redistribute your income and your voting rights (in violation of the US Constitution) on behalf of the bottom lines of foreign corporations, but also their US investors.

For information on how the TPP will create greater inequality by paving the legal way for US corporations to export millions of US jobs, click what-the-corporate-propaganda-network-doesnt-want-you-to-know-one-of-the-many-ways-the-trans-pacific-partnership-will-destroy-us-jobs-and-redistribute-massive-income-and-wealth-from-the-99-to-the-1 Percent-JohnHively.Wordpress.com

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