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Grayson: "Tell Congress TPP is BullSh*t"

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 CSB    1,660
Published on Apr 20, 2015

Congressman Alan Grayson explains how so-called "Free-Trade" agreements have devastated the U.S. economy for all but multinational-corporations, wealthy foreign interests and the wealthiest Americans.
Here are highlights of a discussion Grayson led on the topic of trade, the American economy and the proposed Congressional "Fast-Track" for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) "Free Trade Agreement".
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Recorded on Friday April 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California

 

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 CGK    2,147

They have been having meetings in Hawaii all week. Don't see much of that in the MSM do we?

 

TPP Talks Stalled in Hawaii: U.S. Holds Out on Dairy

The Trans Pacific Partnership was to be finished and wrapped by by today. Negotiations have been occurring in Hawaii, where all twelve countries involved are hashing out terms. However, the progress on the TPP seems to be at a stop because the U.S. is holding out on opening up our protected dairy sector.

The U.S. doesn’t want to eliminate tariffs on dairy products which has New Zealand, Australia, and Canada particularly upset. They want free and uncontrolled dairy access to America in order to sell more of their milk, cheese and butter. Although its good that our negotiators are protecting some industries, it’s horrible that the TPP is even occurring and that these subjects even need to be brought up.

The U.S. isn’t the only country holding back. Another trade agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has the EU protecting certain industries as well. In fact, its becoming as silly as the fact that the European Union wants to ban the use of European names on American cheeses like parmesan, feta, and gouda on cheese made in the U.S.

In addition, Japan, Peru, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand all have hesitations with these trade agreements.

  • Canada doesn’t want to open it’s agriculture market. More specifically their dairy and poultry product. It is so fierce that participants say they may even drop out of the talks completely.
  • Australia and New Zealand are concerned over the Intellectual Property chapter in the TPP. More specifically the pharmaceutical patent rules
  • Peru is afraid of the rain forest management issue
  • Every country is concerned about Chinese components in Vietnam’s textile exports. Also Vietnam’s state-owned enterprises, labor rights, and Vietnam’s desire to lower or eliminate import tariffs on Vietnamese textiles made with yarn from China. China is not part of the TPP.
  • Japan wants to continue protecting it’s rice.
  • Everyone is concerned about labor rights in Mexico

Read the rest here: http://economyincrisis.org/content/tpp-talks-stalled-in-hawaii-u-s-holds-out-on-dairy

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His plan? Is there any evidence to support that?

If you know how nations and political actors play the game of intrigue then you know that Obama is likely supporting it just so the Republican base will scream at their representatives in congress to kill this legislation.

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 Cinnamon    14,284

If you know how nations and political actors play the game of intrigue then you know that Obama is likely supporting it just so the Republican base will scream at their representatives in congress to kill this legislation.

Why would he want to kill it when his major objective is "leveling the playing field" which means less of everything for everyone, not more? I think he's slobbering over this deal and wants it badly.

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Why would he want to kill it when his major objective is "leveling the playing field" which means less of everything for everyone, not more? I think he's slobbering over this deal and wants it badly.

The TPP doesn't level the playing field, it's a giant vacuum hose which will suck even more of the worlds wealth into the hands of the few.

Because this legislation is backed by big moneyed interests, I believe Obama isn't outright threatening to veto it because he wants to ensure that the entire TPP idea is completely killed in the American mind so that no member of congress could ever hope to get it passed again.  In other words, he's making sure that the next president won't be able to get it passed either.

I also think it means that Obama doesn't completely trust what will happen if Clinton becomes president.

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 Cinnamon    14,284

The TPP doesn't level the playing field, it's a giant vacuum hose which will suck even more of the worlds wealth into the hands of the few.

Because this legislation is backed by big moneyed interests, I believe Obama isn't outright threatening to veto it because he wants to ensure that the entire TPP idea is completely killed in the American mind so that no member of congress could ever hope to get it passed again.  In other words, he's making sure that the next president won't be able to get it passed either.

I also think it means that Obama doesn't completely trust what will happen if Clinton becomes president.

Oh, I know what it is. When they talk about leveling the playing field they don't mean for them they mean for us.

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