Government Shutdown Doesn’t Slow Negotiations On The Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Democracy Now! reports the latest on the previously discussed sinister and corporate power-grab:

As the federal government shutdown continues, Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Asia for secret talks on a sweeping new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The TPP is often referred to by critics as “NAFTA on steroids,” and would establish a free trade zone that would stretch from Vietnam to Chile, encompassing 800 million people and nearly 40 percent of the global economy. While the text of the treaty has been largely negotiated behind closed doors and, until June, kept secret from Congress, more than 600 corporate advisers reportedly have access to the measure, including employees of Halliburton and Monsanto.

“This is not mainly about trade,” says Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. “It is a corporate Trojan horse. The agreement has 29 chapters, and only five of them have to do with trade. The other 24 chapters either handcuff our domestic governments, limiting food safety, environmental standards, financial regulation, energy and climate policy, or establishing new powers for corporations.”

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  • InfvoCuernos

    As far as I know, the shutdown didn’t include the shadow government.

  • BuzzCoastin

    gruberment shut-down my ass
    the only things shut down are services to citizens
    something considered nonessential by elites
    and this TPP is pure PP on the sheeple
    who will compliantly roll over for Uncle Homeland
    ’cause their free to do so in the land of the free

    • Simon Valentine

      they’ve far too many addictions to come down
      far too many children of Athena to crown
      healing nightmares isn’t their way nor kin
      to them
      it’s as if certainty were the sea they road in on

  • godozo

    Sad thing is, I can see the folks behind it using this shutdown and coming default to argue that the TPP And Trans-Atlantic Trade Treaty (same thing, other ocean) are necessary. Business goes on even when Government can’t (and they’re making sure Government can’t).

    Like I keep saying (misquoting Bob Black),
    Imagine a strike that never gets satisfied
    because it IS the satisfaction of all demands…

    I think the Kochs and their corporate fellows are dreaming this….

  • lilbear68

    the shut down is and has been just a smokescreen

  • rtb61

    It did mean that a China led trade agreement the RCEP ( http://www.dfat.gov.au/fta/rcep/, note this is an Australian government web site ) gained impetus and whilst the Trans Pacific Agreement, the toilet paper protocol (named so for what it does countries constitutions) negotiations continue they likely do so pointlessly, merely a matter of public protocol.
    So the Tea Baggers have basically pulled a Darth Cheney and turned around and shot their corporate masters in the face, basically drunk on power and out of control.

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