by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
June 01, 2015
nothing to do with free trade.
trade" is used as a disguise to hide
these agreements give to corporations
to use law
suits to overturn sovereign laws of nations
regulate pollution, food safety, GMOs,
The first thing to understand is that these so-called "partnerships"
are not laws written by Congress.
The US Constitution gives Congress the
authority to legislate, but these laws are being written without the
participation of Congress. The laws are being written by
corporations solely in the interest of their power and profit. The
office of US Trade Representative was created in order to permit
corporations to write law that serves only their interests.
This fraud on the Constitution and the
people is covered up by calling trade laws "treaties."
Indeed, Congress is not even permitted to know what is in the laws
and is limited to the ability to accept or refuse what is handed to
Congress for a vote. Normally, Congress accepts, because "so much
work has been done" and "free trade will benefit us all."
The presstitutes have diverted
attention from the content of the laws to "fast track."
When Congress votes "fast track," it
means Congress accepts that corporations can write the trade laws
without the participation of Congress. Even criticisms of the
"partnerships" are a smoke screen.
Countries accused of slave labor could
be excluded but won't be. Super patriots complain that US
sovereignty is violated by "foreign interests," but US
sovereignty is violated by US corporations.
Others claim yet more US jobs will be
offshored. In actual fact, the "partnerships" are unnecessary to
advance the loss of American jobs as there is nothing that inhibits
jobs offshoring now.
What the "partnerships" do is to make private corporations immune to
the laws of sovereign countries on the grounds that laws of
countries adversely impact corporate profits and constitute
"restraint of trade."
For example, under the Transatlantic Partnership (TTIP),
against GMOs would be overturned as
"restraints on trade" by law suits filed by Monsanto.
Cigarette companies can sue for warning labels on cigarette packs,
because these labels discourage smoking and thereby constitute
"restraint of trade."
Efforts to control environmentally damaging emissions would also be
subject to damage suits brought by corporations. Under TTIP,
corporations would be compensated for "regulatory takings," the
corporate designation of environmental protection. Of course, this
means taxpayers would have to pay damages to the polluting
Countries that require testing of imported food, such as pork for
trichnosis, and fumigation would be subject to lawsuits from
corporations, because these regulations increase the cost of
Countries that do not provide monopoly protection for
brand name pharmaceuticals and
chemical products, and allow generics in their place, can be sued
for damages by corporations.
Under TTIP only corporations can sue. Unions cannot
sue when their members are harmed by jobs offshoring, and citizens
cannot sue when their health and water supplies are damaged by
Obama himself has no input into the process.
Here is what is going on:
The Trade Representative is a
corporate stooge. He serves the private corporations and will go
on to a million dollar annual salary.
The corporations have bribed the
political leaders in every country to sign away their
sovereignty and the general welfare of their people to private
Corporations have paid US senators
large sums for transferring Congress' law-making powers to
How Much Corporations Paid U.S. Senators to Fast-Track the TPP Bill".
When these "partnerships" pass, no
country that signed will have any legislative authority to legislate
or enforce any law that any corporation regards as inimical to its
Yes, the great promiser of change is bringing change. He is turning
Asia, Europe, and the US over to rule by the corporations.
America's First Black President is proving himself to be
the Uncle Tom of the corporations.
Any and everything for the
plantation owners and nothing for the slaves...
Only those who have sold their integrity for money sign these
agreements. Apparently Merkel, a Washington vassal, is one of
them. Read "Merkel
- Time Is Short to Sign TTIP Deal".
According to news reports, both of France's main political parties
have sold out to the corporations, but not Marine Le Pen's
National Front Party.
In the last EU elections, the dissident
parties, such as Le Pen and Farage's, prevailed over the traditional
parties, but the dissidents are yet to prevail in their own
In a bitter irony, the only European political leader to speak out
on the issue is France's Front National [extreme Right] leader
Marine Le Pen, who objects to the secrecy of the agreements that
establishes corporate rule:
"It is vital that the French people
know about TTIP's content and its motivations in order to be
able to fight it.
Because our fellow countrymen must
have the choice of their future, because they should impose a
model for society that suits them, and not one forced by
multinational companies eager for profits, Brussels technocrats
bought by the lobbies, and politicians from the UMP [party of
former president Nicolas Sarkozy] who are subservient to these
It is vital that the American public
also know, but not even Congress is permitted to know.
How does it work, this "freedom and democracy" that we Americans
allegedly have, when neither the people nor their elected
representatives are permitted to participate in the making of laws
that enable private corporations to negate the law-making functions
of governments and place corporate profit above the general welfare?