Up here in Canuckleheadistan (what Canada has become....) the Jew spew media outlets are all talking about how "great" this latest trade agreement is without giving one iota of substance as to what the agreement actually contains... It boggles the mind that the Canadian government under that arch-criminal Stephen Harper, has signed off on this 'agreement' while under a campaign for re-selection as Canada's Prime Minister.. There are so many questions about this deal and what it will do to the Canadian public in general, and because of the deal's "secrecy", I indeed smell a huge rat.....
Yes, the Canadian Jew spew media is painting a rosy picture of the TPP overall which is so troubling... However, at least some other media outlets across the planet are not exactly sold on the TPP at all, and I want to present one interesting article right here from the Canberra Times online out of Australia, at www.camberratimes.com.au, that absolutely looks at the dark side of the TPP agreement! The article is entitled: "TPP: "She's A Beauty, Mate! Really?" and I have it right here in its entirety for everyone to see for themselves... I have further thoughts and comments to follow:
TPP: 'She's a beauty, mate!' Really?October 8, 2015 - 12:46PM
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"A gigantic foundation stone for our future prosperity," gushed the PM as business groups pumped out their press releases with zeal. On the TV news, the networks ran their panegyrics to the TPP even higher in the bulletin than the nightly Prince Harry segment.
If this is such a great deal, why are they hiding it? There is, among other things, a four-letter answer to this question: ISDS (Investor-State Dispute Settlement). ISDS is a mechanism for corporations to sue governments.
US corporations are the biggest litigants, having brought some 127 cases thus far against sovereign government decisions which they claim have damaged their financial interests. Taxpayers have the pleasure of footing the legal defence bills. Even worse, the authority of sovereign courts is ignored in favour of an international dispute tribunal.
It is no secret that, while the citizens of the 12 signatory nations remain in the dark about the detail of the regional free trade pact, multinationals and their lobbyists had a large hand in shaping it. The US has a system of trade consultative committees. There are some 600 "cleared advisers" who consult to government. Of those, about 550 hail from the corporate sector; the rest a smattering of union, community and environment groups.
The cleared adviser has to sign a confidentiality contract and cannot talk about the deal but is free to give detailed advice to government.
Leg-up for vested interestsBesides this leg-up for vested interests, there is the potent influence of money in politics. During the 2008 election campaign, there was $US5.8 billion ($7.7 billion) in political donations. Some $US3.6 billion was splashed on the 2010 mid-term elections. Wall Street, the health and pharmaceutical sectors, oil and gas, telecommunications, weapons manufacturers and real estate are among the biggest donors, and account for the bulk of the annual billion-dollar lobbying spend.
Washington has largely been bought off. Washington is driving the TPP process.Washington kow-tows to corporate interests, and Canberra, in turn, kow-tows to Washington's interests. Australians therefore can have little comfort that the detail in the TPP will turn in their favour.
So it is that we are subject to a PR blitz. "Free trade" is the branding. It is hard to argue with free trade. In principle, free trade is good. But what is the trade-off? By the time the detail is forthcoming in a month, people will be tired of the TPP - old news - and its architects of the hope that the barrage of flattery will render the deal a fait accompli.
Instead of a full TPP text, which can be credibly analysed and discussed by the people who elect governments, we have a press release which sums up all thirty chapters of the agreement with a few sentences for each chapter.
Chapter 10 on Cross Border Trade in Services for instance contains seven sentences and refers to two "country-specific annexes attached to the agreement". These presumably relate to exceptions for two countries but the "annexes" themselves are nowhere to be seen. Australia does a large trade in services – education, financial services and the likes. Are we one of these exceptions?
Trade Minister Andrew Robb has won plaudits from far and wide in the business lobby, notably for sticking to his guns on changes to the rules on patents and generic drugs. Yet, with the detail of the deal invisible, there appears to be a contradiction in the American interpretation of these very same arrangements.
As Patricia Ranald of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) puts it, Andrew Robb has given assurances that Australia "has not agreed to immediate extension of monopolies on life-saving biologic medicines beyond the current Australian standard of five years".
"The US government was seeking an extension from five to eight years which would cost the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme hundreds of millions of dollars for every year of delay for cheaper versions to become available," says Dr Ranald. "This would lead to pressure for higher prices at the chemist.
"However, we note these assurances are weakened by the fact that the US is claiming that five years is a minimum standard and there is a "voluntary" agreement using administrative means for an additional three years of monopoly on biologics, referred to as 'five years + three years'. Without the detail of the text it is difficult to know exactly what impact this will have."
Dismal failureYes, falling tariffs will help farmers and other exporters. Lower barriers to trade for these countries comprising 40 per cent of the world's economy are a good thing. There is a dismal failure however by the proponents of free trade pacts to do an independent cost-benefit analysis before they are signed (as the Productivity Commission would like to do). And there is an equally dismal failure to justify free trade deals by credible historic analysis.
What for instance has been the upshot of the US-Australia free trade agreement struck as the quid pro quo for Australia joining the invasion of Iraq in 2003? How has that favoured the US vis-à-vis Australia's national interest?
FTAs are largely an article of faith. To criticise them sounds pernickety given the prevailing public sentiment that they sound like a good thing, so they must be a good thing.
There is little doubt however that the TPP will do as much to promote free trade as it will to cement the power of large corporations who are inexorably usurping governments around the world.
If governments don't have the courage and the nous to stand up to multinational tax avoiders – many of who are the leading proponents of this deal - how can the public trust them to ensure the best outcome in a free trade deal struck in secret?
Under these circumstances, signing up to the TPP is a bit like buying a used car over the phone with no detail as to the state of the vehicle or the clicks on the odometer, but with glowing assurances from the dealer that "she's a beauty".
OK, now for a reality check over all about this so called "TPP agreement".... I find it highly "unusual" that this agreement has been passed without any public input... And of course I recently found out that the "agreement" has many provisions within its clauses that are to be kept "secret" from the general public for a period of up to 5 years! Now, everyone should be asking themselves the really hard question: "If this agreement is so good for the nations involved.. Then why the secrecy?"... The answer is obvious in that the TPP is absolutely NOT as we are being told, but contains sections that are against the general public's interests...
The major issue that everyone must take issue with when it comes to this fraud "TPP" agreement is of course the provisions that will basically strip away so many freedoms that people do presently enjoy.. Especially when it comes to the independent media and of course the Internet... This "agreement" will basically take away the rights of independent journalists to continue to use the freedom of the Internet to post truthful material due to "copyright infringements" put out by the original authors and of course any "corporation" that may find the material that exposes their crimes "offensive"... .... I have to ask the hard question again here.. If this is supposed to be a "trade agreement" then why allow it to have such a wealth of ridiculous provisions that take away the freedoms of individuals and our rights to expose the truths about corporate criminality?
One other issue that caught my eye with this "agreement" is how it will allow the US to continue to demand that the nations involved use the collapsing US dollar as their only reserve currency... The fact is that the entire world is now seeing the fraud of the US dollar and how it is basically not only a ponzi scheme but is based on absolutely nothing... It is therefore no wonder the US government is so quick in wanting this agreement signed off to allow them to continue their US dollar fraud for decades to come, and therefore when the US economy collapses, the TPP agreement will drag down and ruin all the other nations that are stupid enough to sign off on this 'deal' as well....
And of course we have that ghastly provision that allows corporations to have the "right" to basically put in laws that supercede government authority... Now WHY would any sane government allow this very ghastly and grotesque "provision" to be again placed in a "trade" agreement? And again, these criminals are going to not even let the general public see this clause for a period of 5 years due to "secrecy"?
I for one have always wanted the truths about the evil actions of our governments and our criminal corporations to be exposed for all to see.... There should never be any secrecy when it comes to ANY agreements that affect nations, period, and the nerve of the Canadian government to sign off on this fraud "TPP agreement" without the public knowing and then trying to use the Jew spew media to sell it as a "great thing" for Canada shows how badly the general public does need to wake up and see what is really happening in our sick world....
It is time for everyone to get the message out that this "TPP" agreement is not only a travesty for the nations involved, but will see the rights of people in the nations that are stupid enough to sign off on the agreement be removed in favor of criminal corporations...
More to come