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Obama’s Phony Free Trade Treaty That He Won’t Let Congress See

Written by Robert Murphy on December 27, 2013

My cousin has been asking me if I’m up to speed on the dangers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). I explained to him that Paul Krugman had just declared that the TPP was no big deal, so I assumed it must be awful, but no–I didn’t really know much about it. After reading some of the information he sent my way, I am glad he alerted me to this important issue; I can see why Dean Baker chastised Krugman for his nonchalance, though Baker and I are worried about (slightly) different aspects of it. In this post, I just want to “introduce” Free Advice readers to the TPP, to make sure you know why more and more people are warning about it.

Here’s Wikipedia’s opening description:

Since 2010, negotiations have been taking place[9] for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposal for a significantly expanded version of TPSEP. The TPP is a proposed trade agreement under negotiation by (as of August 2013) Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam.[10]

The TPP is intended to be a “high-standard” agreement aimed at emerging trade issues in the 21st century.[11] On November 13, 2013, a complete draft of the treaty’s Intellectual Property Rights chapter was published by WikiLeaks.[12][13] This and other leaks have drawn criticism and protest of the negotiations from global health experts, internet freedom activists, environmentalists, organized labor, advocacy groups and elected officials, in large part due to the secrecy of the negotiations, the expansive scope of the agreement, and controversial clauses in the drafts leaked to the public.

The website The New American has a lot of good coverage of the TPP, but this essay from August 2013 is the single best one that gets one up to speed on some of the essential concerns. Here are some key excerpts (bold is mine):

(For the rest of the article, click the link.)

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20 thoughts on “Obama’s Phony Free Trade Treaty That He Won’t Let Congress See

  1. If TPP is "hidden from Congress", can Harry Reid force the Senate to ratify a treaty they have never seen and cannot see?

  2. SEKPrepper says:

    Prince Harry (and Princess Nancy for that matter) pretty much do whatever they want these days. If it involves King Barry, then even better!

  3. Actually, Congress *CAN* see it. They're just keeping it mostly hidden from the public.

  4. edinflorida says:

    If it is not public you KNOW it is a bad thing.

  5. May I remind you, according to Pelosi, you'll have to pass it (to see what is in it). Do I trust the Senate more than the house? No, of course not.

  6. Exactly what did Pres. Obama mean when he said: "My Government will be the most TRANSPARRENT government (ever)? Everything this government does is COVERT OPERATIONAL!

  7. Rick Butkowski says:

    TPP is the latest of several "Free Trade Agreements" sponsored and foisted on the world by the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers since 1946 and are not to be trusted. It is sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and pushed by the Chambers of Commerce acros the U.S.A. This (these) are the reason that jobs are going overseas as fast as they are. The CFR is an anti-American, gangster-style club of gold-plated ELITISTS.

  8. Your government is committing treason. But I repeat myself often.

  9. "which become treaties between the United States and other countries after the advice and consent of a supermajority of the United States Senate."
    with out which is treason.
    "Section 3 defines treason and its punishment.
    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
    The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted."

  10. Jim Wright says:

    Both Reid and Pelosi need to be removed from office and tried for treason and fraud.

  11. Gary Harper says:

    I find it confusing that a treaty is necessary to effect free trade. Free trade, by definition, is the removal of all government barriers to trade. The concept of a treaty is that the actions of one party are contingent on the actions of another party. Why not simply remove all barriers by one party and watch that party's economy grow? I have come to learn that the name of ANY government policy seems to indicate the opposite. A free trade treaty is not about FREE trade, it always imposes restrictions and conditions that result in something other than FREE trade!

  12. victorbarney says:

    President Obama is the ONLY leader over Anglo-Saxons ever predicted in scripture! That includes the Hitler's, Churchhill's and our own Marxist Democrats! Yes, Deuteronomy 17:15 calls Barak Obama the "forbidden foreigner"(i.e., non-Anglo-Saxon and/or Jew & only such occasion of occurrence since "the garden of Eden) and Revelation's chapter 11 identifies him as the correct self-professed "ANTI-CHRIST"(MARXIST) over(UNDER) US during the last days. Folks, please realize that this was EXACTLY same thing that got Adam & Eve(Hawah) thrown out of Eden! Now, it's the world that our "WOMEN ALONE" stated our MSM that want to be thrown off EARTH entirely! Wow! One just can't make this stuff up. Please do NOT tell me that these verbally superior verbally-based women did not know what a promised "fundamental transformation of government met from a person who actually made an open idol of Marxist leader "Mao" in China! p.s. Men, welcome to Adam's world 6,000 years ago because "we to" are being held equally responsible states Revelation, chapter 11. Again, I just can't make this stuff up…

  13. just the same deal as Obamacare…find out what a crappy it is after they vote for it… Congress should take Reid , Pelosi,& Obama out on the Capitals front lawn & draw & quarter them!

  14. It’s time to demand the resignation of Obama, and all leadership in both houses! It’s like get elected and the campaign promises get swept to the side as they reach out to grab all they can for themselves. Would love to see them all tried crimes and misdemeanors if they refuse to resign!

  15. ken1lutheran says:

    If he can change the rules of the Senate at will, as evidently he can, yes, he can force the Senate to vote on it without seeing it. The question is whether a third plus one of the Senate will refuse to approve such a treaty. Actually, it is more likely that Reid will keep it from going to the Senate floor, and the administration will simply treat it as an executive agreement which he will carry out to the extent that he can get away with. After all, once the Senate rejects the treaty, he cannot give it any force at all.

  16. margie cocco says:

    Obummer must be removed from office asap – who has the guts to start the process? He's very dangerous along with his cabinet!. He does not follow the constitution which is reason enough to get rid of him. LET'S GO

  17. old_salty_dawg says:

    Thankfully he cannot make it legal without Congresses approval. The same holds true for the other Treaties hewants as law in America.

  18. WhiteFalcon says:

    Before a treaty can be enacted, it must be ratified by 2/3 of the Senate, and Ovomit does not have the votes.

  19. WhiteFalcon says:

    He lied, of course.

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