To Sherrod Brown: The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Can’t be Reformed

Message at end of article posted today on cleveland.com

Sen. Sherrod Brown blocks trade nominee to protest TPP secrecy
http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2015/08/sen_sherrod_brown_blocks_trade.html

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Kudos to Sherrod! However, the TPP can’t be “reformed” since it’s intentionally designed to bypass US laws, regulations and rules.

Multinational corporations who feel US laws, regulations and rules are “impediments to trade” can challenge them before a pro-corporate, unaccountable “Tribunal” with zero appeal. Criteria for decisions aren’t over worker or consumer rights, or environmental protections. It’s simply about potential lost corporate profits. Democracy/self-governance/self-determination (what little we actually have left that is) is history.

Why the heck does anyone think the negotiations have been kept totally secret from the public with the only knowledge about horrific provisions the result of insider leaks? Because they will be beneficial to workers, consumers and citizens? Losing nations either have to change their laws, regulations or rules… or use our tax dollars to pay off multinational corporations.

Holding up nominations is good Sherrod. But the TPP isn’t ultimately about trade (be it “free” or “fair), jobs or transparency. It’s ultimately about democracy  — which will be a complete thing of the past if the TPP goes through.

The TPP cannot be reformed or tweaked. Period. Campaigning for funds for workers who’ve lost their jobs from the deal completely misses the larger issue. The TPP isn’t a “bargaining chip”

Speak out Sherrod. Stand up to the administration and the corporate crowd. Organize your colleagues. The more the public has found out about this via leaks, the less they support it. Stand with the public. Say No to the TPP. Period.

The TPP cannot be reformed or tweaked. Period. who’ve lost their jobs from the deal completely misses the larger issue. The TPP isn’t a “bargaining chip”

Speak out Sherrod. Stand up to the administration and the corporate crowd. Organize your colleagues. The more the public has found out about this via leaks, the less they support it. Stand with the public. Say No to the TPP. Period.

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