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All the hype about the Confederate Flag made me wonder what was really going on from which we were so obviously being distracted.
Upon research, the biggest issue that caught my attention was the Trans Pacific Partnership… A revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement, shrouded in secrecy, and voted on by US Congress recently to become law very soon.
Warnings across the internet claim that "although it is called a "free trade" agreement, the TPP is not mainly about trade. Of TPP’s 29 draft chapters, only five deal with traditional trade issues.
One chapter would provide incentives to offshore jobs to low-wage countries. Many would impose limits on government policies that we rely on in our daily lives for safe food, a clean environment, and more. Our domestic federal, state and local policies would be required to comply with TPP rules.
The TPP would even elevate individual foreign firms to equal status with sovereign nations, empowering them to privately enforce new rights and privileges, provided by the pact, by dragging governments to foreign tribunals to challenge public interest policies that they claim frustrate their expectations. The tribunals would be authorized to order taxpayer compensation to the foreign corporations for the "expected future profits" they surmise would be inhibited by the challenged policies."
There is also outcry that the TPP will allow pharmaceutical companies stricter patents against competitors, providing unlimited control of the prices of the drugs they supply to all 12 countries.
WikiLeaks had published sections of TPP over the last few years, and warns that this is an attack on our personal freedom. They are so interested in the TPP, they’ve even offered a large reward for anyone willing to leak the rest.
These recent articles about the 12 Nation Partnership are definitely interesting to read… or just Google the Trans Pacific Partnership for more information.