A Subversion of American Democracy? White House & Democratic Leadership Agree on Secret Trade Deal

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This news is just horrendous …Obama has been negotiating and now supports this new trade agreement called the Transpacific Trade Partnership which is so bad for this country and so good for the corporations that own Obama that it boggles the mind. This treaty signs over american sovereignty to the corporations in such a profound way that they will even be allowed to privately police any violations of their rules. This is the part where we lose our freedoms and liberties and become corporate slaves.

– Internet restrictions up the wazoo

– Natural resources can be pillaged and we will no longer have any say over them

– Financial protection laws will be non existent

– Food safety laws …gone

The list goes on and on …the treay is 29 chapters and only 5 deal with free trade and the other 24 sign away our country to the corporations …get involved …Get vocal and get loud! This is the klind of garbage that tools like Wyden and Merkely and Charlie Rangel will vote for because they are told too … Here is the article

Rick MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s Magazine, and author of the book “The Selling of “Free Trade: NAFTA, Washington, and the Subversion of American Democracy,” discusses what’s been happening behind closed doors on Capitol Hill and why many environmentalists, AIDS activists, American labor unions, and social movements in Latin America oppose the deal. [includes rush transcript]

It was an unexpected announcement from Washington — and one many are still trying to figure out. Earlier this month, the White House and Democratic leaders announced they had reached a historic agreement on trade.

It’s the first bipartisan economic agreement since Democrats took control of Congress this year. Democrats say they’ve won guarantees to protect labor rights and environmental standards in all future trade deals, starting with Peru, Panama, Columbia and South Korea. Labor rights would include union organizing, collective bargaining and bans on child labor and workplace discrimination. On the environment, countries trading with the U.S. would be forced to comply with existing laws and international accords.

But critics say Democratic leaders have fallen far short of what they claim. The negotiations were conducted in near secrecy, and the details haven’t been fully disclosed. Criticism has come from many circles — environmentalists, AIDS activists, American labor unions, and social movements in countries including Colombia and Peru. Meanwhile, groups representing major U.S. corporations have supported the plan. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation. Chamber president Tom Donohue said: “We are encouraged by assurances that the labor provisions cannot be read to require compliance with [International Labor Organization] Conventions.”

Democrats are anything but united on the issue. Democratic caucus members are reportedly meeting today about the deal to avoid an internal split. That may be hard to overcome. As the agreement was announced, the New York Times reported at least half of Democratic Congressmembers were prepared to oppose it. In such a case, Democratic leaders would be forced to count on Republican support to pass final legislation.

As scrutiny grows, Rep. Charles Rangel, the Democratic chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, defended the deal in an interview Monday with CNN”s Lou Dobbs.

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http://www.democracynow.org/2007/5/22/a_subversion_of_american_democracy_white

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