The new Trans Pacific Partnership trade treaty (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) contain terms that OVERIDE NATIONAL AND STATE AND LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY LAWS, ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION AND RESOURCE AND ECONOMIC POLICIES AND PROGRAMS, AND ULTIMATELY, U.S. SOVEREIGNTY AND REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.
Their terms include the right to sue member countries whose laws appear to limit their right to maximum profit, in secret tribunals conducted by corporate lawyers, and with no right of appeal for member nations. (Similar terms under NAFTA have yielded $390 million in fines to member countries, by asserting that corporate “investor rights” to maximal potential profit trump all other rights and laws). TPP and TTIP trade treaties ramp up those “investor rights” even further.
Articles and websites below review what is at stake, namely: U.S. Constitutional representative government, U.S. rule of law and sovereignty, the preservation of public health and safety and clean air, water and land, and climate stability, and a functional society, our right to plan an economic system that includes a fair playing field for small businesses, allows for public project investment, good jobs, and upholds the rights of all Americans!
Congress may vote as to whether to grant Fast Tract Authority on the TPP as early as next week
If they grant Fast Track, it would mean that they renounce their proper Constitutional role in crafting trade treaties, giving it up to a Trade Representative and the 600 corporations who are crafting the terms in secret, and agreeing to only vote Up or Down on the final terms (not modifying the agreement reached). De Facto, they would also be agreeing to renounce the role of representative government and the laws of the United States of America, agreeing to the underlying premise that foreign corporations have “investor rights” to maximal potential profit , that are superior any U.S. laws or policies or programs (federal, state, or local).
We the People cannot let this occur! Beyond party interests, beyond issue interests, we all must unite in demanding that our Congressional Representatives and Senators vote NO to Fast Track.
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