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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 20, 2014

Corporate power must be curtailed

By Kenneth Walton | Jan 24, 2014

To the editor:

What are members of our national government trying to pull over on us now?

Did you know that Senators Max Baucus, Orrin Hatch, and Representative David Camp have just conspired among themselves to make a back room deal, just the three of them, to put a fast track bill for the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership up for the direct vote of Congress?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, usually designated “TPP,” is the latest so-called “trade agreement” involving multiple nations.

In this back room deal, these senators and the congressman have disgracefully bypassed their own committees, committees with the primary responsibility for considering and voting on any such proposal. And yet, the letter announcing this appears on the official Senate Finance Committee webpage. As such, on its face, this constitutes gross abuse of their authority and duties as chairmen of their committees.

What makes this all the more outrageous is their three-man unilateral press release touts how their fast track bill will promote “access to information.” Do they mean that as some kind of cruel joke? No trade agreement before has ever been negotiated in such extreme secrecy, with members of congress forbidden to disclose what they already know about the TPP, and journalists systematically excluded from access since talks on this began.

And it is hardly any surprise why. From leaked documents we know, among many other outrageous things, that the proposed TPP purports to establish new special rights for corporations to take precedence over the laws of all the nations involved, even to be able to collect damages in lost profits if, for example, they are not allowed to pollute any way they like.

This is truly the sickest proposal ever to come out of a craven corporate attorney’s mind. And shame on any member of Congress too corrupt not to immediately stand up in vociferous protest.

Shame on any member of Congress who does not demand fully transparent consideration and their full constitutional voting authority over the TPP itself in the full light of day and with ample time for digesting the extensive document in detail.

Anyone who cares about the future of our country needs to demand full committee hearings on the TPP. One place you can make your convictions known is here: http://www.peaceteam.net/action/pnum1150.php.

Most of the world’s problems today are due to multinational corporations. These behemoths have already done irreparable harm to humankind and are now close to destroying the earth with their lack of concern for the effects of their selfish actions. The powers of corporations must be curtailed, not enhanced, or we will soon see the end of life on this planet. This is not an exaggeration.

 

– Kenneth Walton, Fairfield

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