TPP - The Ultimate Corporate Power Grab

We have been lulled into a stupor by the entertainment media and the busyness of our lives. Meanwhile the multinational corporations are about to takeover the planet.

How? Ever heard of the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), or the TTIP, (the European version) and TiSA, which calls for the privatization of all public services, (the post office, public education, Medicare, Medicaid etc which make up 80% of the US economy). 

They build on the WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA, permanent trade relations with China, etc. 'Free' Trade deals which have closed down 60,000 factories in the US and shipped millions of good paying jobs with them. A new report that finds so many white men between the ages of 45 and 54 are committing suicide through alcohol and pharmaceutical drugs that it's unprecedented in America. (New York Times) 

After years of secret negotiations the 5,544 page TPP has just been released. It involves 12 countries and nearly 40% of global trade. It allows corporations to bypass our three branches of government to impose enforceable sanctions by secret tribunals. Out of 28 chapters only 5 are to do with trade, the rest are corporate regulations. 

It will gut our sovereignty over manufacturing; wages will decline, unemployment will rise; banks will work with no oversight; we will find everything copyrighted by tight rules while there are no rules to stop their assault on our environment, our food; meat & fish safety, or food labeling. 

Congress has 90 days to read it and vote 'up or down' on it. If you care about your life, your children and grandchildren's lives on this planet, call your representative Denny Heck 360-459-8514 or Jaime Herrera Beutler 360-695-6292 and tell them to vote NO on the TPP. 

Florence Vincent
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