The TPP, once finalized, represents another giant step towards the form of globalization that will be an inevitable part of the coming Tribulation:
Trans Pacific Partnership Would Make U.S. Vulnerable to Terrorism and Blackmail
The TPP Investment Chapter … is classified and supposed to be kept secret for four years after the entry into force of the TPP agreement or, if no agreement is reached, for four years from the close of the negotiations.
Why’s the deal being kept secret? Because it would be impossible to pass if the public knew what was really in it:
Ron Kirk, until recently Mr. Obama’s top trade official, was remarkably candid about why he opposed making the text public: doing so, he suggested to Reuters, would raise such opposition that it could make the deal impossible to sign.
But it’s not only being hidden from the American people … it’s being hidden even from most U.S. members.
A Congressman who has seen the text of the treaty says:
There is no national security purpose in keeping this text secret … this agreement hands the sovereignty of our country over to corporate interests.
It would also allow corporations to challenge U.S. laws. It will literally override American law. As the New York Times headlines in :
Companies and investors would be empowered to challenge regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings — federal, state or local — before tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations.
Ron Paul says that the TPP would erode national sovereignty:
While it’s falsely called a “trade agreement”, only 5 out of 29 of TPP’s chapters have to do with trade. And conservatives point out that even the 5 chapters on trade do not promote trade. Bloomberg calls TPP a “corporatist power grab”, “as democratic and transparent as a one-party state,” and shrouded in “Big Brother-like secrecy”.
Huffington Post quotes the New York Times and Wikileaks to explain how the dispute provisions would gut the American legal system:
To give an idea of what would happen to American law if TPP passes, just look at Equador … Its courts awarded billions against Chevron for trashing huge swaths of rainforest. But then a private arbitration panel simply ignored the country’s court system. If TPP passes, we’ll be treated like a third world country, and laws and courts will be ignored as well.
(Those opposed to a “one world government” or a “new world order” should oppose TPP as the big fight. Conservatives might want to read read this. Remember that one of the best definitions of fascism – the one used by Mussolini – is the “merger of state and corporate power”. TPP a giant step in that direction.)
The backers of TPP – including Obama and many in Congress – are trying to approve a “fast track” procedure that would prevent Congress from having any real input into the agreement, or to even have the opportunity to what should be in the agreement.
As President Obama continues to push the TPP trade deal, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has accused the White House of lying about the proposal’s finer points, citing sources who said "if the American people saw what was in it, they would be opposed to it."
The Obama administration has presented the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership as a 12-nation pact which would “boost US economic growth, support American jobs, and grow Made-in-America exports to some of the most dynamic and fastest growing countries in the world.”
By and the large, the American press has played along, even though the deal worries environmentalists, unions, and human rights groups.
"Concessions are being made right now to win Democratic support," Kevin O’Marah writes for Forbes, "but the bottom line is that the TPP is vital to global trade."
But at least one dissenting voice has spoken up. Writing in response to the president’s appearance on MSNBC, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren pointed out her objections to the TPP.
"Before we sign on to rush through a deal like that – no amendments, no delays, no ability to block a bad bill – the American people should get to see what’s in it."
Any trade agreement can have a huge impact, especially one that involves Australia, Brunei, Canada, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, and Singapore – roughly 40% of the world’s economy.
As a senator, Warren can review aspects of the deal that the public doesn’t have access to, and as such she has also expressed concern that it could affect regulatory rules put in place to prevent a financial collapse like the 2008 crisis.
"We’ve all seen the tricks and traps that corporations hide in the fine print of contracts," she writes. "We’ve all seen the provisions they slip into legislation to rig the game in their favor. Now just imagine what they have done working behind closed door with TPP."
"If the American people would be opposed to a trade agreement if they saw it," she adds, "then that agreement should not become the law of the United States."
On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee approved fast-track legislation which brings the TPP one step closer to actualization. Despite opposition from many Democrats, the bill passed by a vote of 20-6.