The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a 'trade agreement' of sorts (5
chapters on trade, 29 not) that
has been negotiated in secret. The American people have never seen what
is in it. Even members of Congress are legally not allowed to discuss it
Now President Obama wants Congress to
"fast track" it and pass it quickly. That means without you knowing what
is in it except what Wikileaks has leaked, there will
simply be a yes or no vote. No amendments will be allowed. All it will take is a few sell-out Democrats
who are beholden to corporate donors to side with the Republicans for
this disastrous pact to pass.
The fight so many of us took on for net neutrality and against SOPA will
have been in vain - and that is the least of the problems in the treaty.
Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown wrote an open letter to
President Obama asking that the treaty be allowed to be viewed by the
public before it is voted on. It is reproduced below.
After you have
read it, please at least sign the petition to end Fast Track. Then after
reading the leaked provisions, if you are as incensed as you should be,
sign the petition asking your Senator and Congressperson to vote against
the TPP, or better yet, call them.
Here is just a sampling of its provisions:
1) Allows foreign companies to sue the US government - this is not even
allowed by US companies - if our standards - like environmental
regulations - would decrease their "future expected profits". The US
could be sued for instituting clean energy policies that would harm the
fossil fuel industry.
2) Internet service providers would be required to watch your internet
activity and report use of copyrighted material. SOPA failed to pass in
Congress so this is a back door way to get it passed. Simply on
suspicion, without a court order, a site could be shut down.
3) Big Pharma's patents on drugs would be extended making it take much
longer before generics could be made.
4) Obama admits it will mean a dramatic loss of jobs in some industries
and will ask Congress for an appropriation to try to help those