‘Worse Than We Thought’: TPP A Total Corporate Power Grab Nightmare
“Worse than anything we could’ve imagined.”
“An act of climate denial.”
“Giveaway to big agribusiness.”
“A death warrant for the open Internet.”
As expert analysis of the long-shrouded, newly publicized TransPacific Partnership (TPP) final text continued to roll out on Thursday, consensus formed around one fundamental assessment of the 12-nation pact: It’s worse than we thought.
“From leaks, we knew quite a bit about the agreement, but in chapter after chapter the final text is worse than we expected with the demands of the 500 official U.S. trade advisers representing corporate interests satisfied to the detriment of the public interest,” saidLori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.
In fact, Public Citizen charged, the TPP rolls back past public interest reforms to the U.S. trade model while expanding problematic provisions demanded by the hundreds of official U.S. corporate trade advisers who had a hand in the negotiations while citizens were left in the dark.
On issues ranging from climate change to food safety, from open Internet to access to medicines, the TPP “is a disaster,” declared Nick Dearden of Global Justice Now.
“Now that we’ve seen the full text, it turns out the job-killing TPP is worse than anything we could’ve imagined,” added Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America. “This agreement would push down wages, flood our nation with unsafe imported food, raise the price of life-saving medicine, all the while trading with countries where gays and single mothers can be stoned to death.”
It scary that this isn’t in the news. The TPP is the largest trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization. The US has been talking to twelve Pacific nations over the finalization of a free trade agreement. Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, Vietnam and the US have been working on this deal since 2005.
IT isn’t a secret per se but it has avoided the main stream media the world round. Which is why this is so scary. The TPP’s mission statement can elaborate on how good this is going to be great for everyone involved, but I won’t believe it until I’ve seen it. The negotiations were complete on November 2015.
Yet I haven’t heard anything on what this means for the America’s economy and international position in the free market. Slowly, bit by bit the American people are being forced out of the decisions, information and rewards we work hard for.
See the video below for an overview of the TPP.