SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS: THE TRANS-PACIFIC TRADE (TPP) AGREEMENT MUST BE DEFEATED

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by Bernie Sanders

1. TPP will allow corporations to outsource even more jobs overseas.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, if the TPP is agreed to, the U.S. will lose more than130,000 jobs to Vietnam and Japan alone. But that is just the tip of the iceberg.

·∙ Service Sector Jobs will be lost. At a time when corporations have already outsourced over 3 million service sector jobs in the U.S., TPP includes rules that will make it even easier for corporate America to outsource call centers; computer programming; engineering; accounting; and medical diagnostic jobs.

·∙ Manufacturing jobs will be lost. As a result of NAFTA, the U.S. lost nearly 700,000 jobs. As a result of Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China, the U.S. lost over 2.7 million jobs. As a result of the Korea Free Trade Agreement, the U.S. has lost 70,000 jobs. The TPP would make matters worse by providing special benefits to firms that offshore jobs and by reducing the risks associated with operating in low-wage   countries.

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2. U.S. sovereignty will be undermined by giving corporations the right to challenge our laws before international tribunals.

The TPP creates a special dispute resolution process that allows corporations to challenge any domestic laws that could adversely impact their “expected future profits.”

These challenges would be heard before UN and World Bank tribunals which could require taxpayer compensation to corporations.

This process undermines our sovereignty and subverts democratically passed laws including those dealing with labor, health, and the environment.

3. Wages, benefits, and collective bargaining will be threatened.

NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR with China, and other free trade agreements have helped drive down the wages and benefits of American workers and have eroded collective bargaining rights.

The TPP will make the race to the bottom worse because it forces American workers to compete with desperate workers in Vietnam where the minimum wage is just 56 cents an hour.

4. Our ability to protect the environment will be undermined. The TPP will allow corporations to challenge any law that would adversely impact their future profits. Pending claims worth over $14 billion have been filed based on similar language in other trade agreements. Most of these claims deal with challenges to environmental laws in a number of countries. The TPP will make matters even worse by giving corporations the right to sue any of the nations that sign onto the TPP. These lawsuits would be heard in international tribunals bypassing domestic courts.

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5. Food Safety Standards will be threatened.

The TPP would make it easier for countries like Vietnam to export contaminated fish and seafood into the U.S. The FDA has already prevented hundreds of seafood imports from TPP countries because of salmonella, e-coli, methyl-mercury and drug residues. But the FDA only inspects 1-2 percent of food

imports and will be overwhelmed by the vast expansion of these imports if the TPP is agreed to.

6. Buy America laws could come to an end.

The U.S. has several laws on the books that require the federal government to buy goods and services that are made in America or mostly made in this country. Under TPP, foreign corporations must be given equal access to compete for these government contracts with companies that make products in America. Under TPP, the U.S. could not even prevent companies that have horrible human rights records from receiving government contracts paid by U.S. taxpayers.

7. Prescription drug prices will increase, access to life saving drugs will decrease, and the profits of drug companies will go up.

Big pharmaceutical companies are working hard to ensure that the TPP extends the monopolies they have for prescription drugs by extending their patents (which currently can last 20 years or more). This would expand the profits of big drug companies, keep drug prices artificially high, and leave millions of people around the world without access to life saving drugs. Doctors without Borders stated that “the TPP agreement is on track to become the most harmful trade pact ever for access to medicines in developing countries.”

8. Wall Street would benefit at the expense of everyone else.Under TPP, governments would be barred from imposing “capital controls” that have been successfully used to avoid financial crises. These controls range from establishing a financial speculation tax to limiting the massive flows of speculative capital flowing into and out of countries responsible for the Asian financial crisis in the 1990s. In other words, the TPP would expand the rights and power of the same Wall Street firms that nearly destroyed the world economy just five years ago and would create the conditions for more financial instability in the future.

Last year, I co-sponsored a bill with Sen. Harkin to create a Wall Street speculation tax of just 0.03 percent on trades of derivatives, credit default swaps, and large amounts of stock. If TPP were enacted, such a financial speculation tax may be in violation of this trade agreement.

9. The TPP would reward authoritarian regimes like Vietnam that systematically violate human rights.

The State Department, the U.S. Department of Labor, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International have all documented Vietnam’s widespread violations of basic international standards for human rights. Yet, the TPP would reward Vietnam’s bad behavior by giving it duty free access to the U.S. market.

10. The TPP has no expiration date, making it virtually impossible to repeal.

Once TPP is agreed to, it has no sunset date and could only be altered by a consensus of all of the countries that agreed to it. Other countries, like China, could be allowed to join in the future. For example, Canada and Mexico joined TPP negotiations in 2012 and Japan joined last year.

Serfs They Want Us To Be And Serfs We Will Become

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Serfs They Want Us To Be And Serfs We Will Become! That’s right. It’s over. Their guns are bigger. They control all the money. They control the energy. They control the land. They control the food and they control the water. Soon they will control our health care, down to the last detail on our electronic health care records being stored in a giant computer in Washington DC, from which they can determine if we are worthy of receiving health care. The older we get, the less worthy we become.

Is Obama Steering the Ship of State Toward the Rocks? This is Obama’s Audacity of Desperation. Obama’s Medi-Grab

Our senior citizens are most at risk under Obamacare — especially those over 70. Rationing of services and death panels (only they’re called “ethics panels” under Obamacare instead of death panels for obvious reasons) are now the rule, not the exception. I have a friend who is a loyal Democrat and a strong Obama supporter. In 2008 when she voted for Obama, she couldn’t imagine that in 2012 she would have a massive heart attack and need a pacemaker. Prior to 2010 and the passage of Obamacare, that would have been a routine procedure, but not anymore. She’s over 70, and under Obamacare people who are over 70 routinely receive “comfort care.” That’s a euphemism. It means that a panel of experts has determined that your life isn’t worth saving beyond 70, so they will try to make you feel good while you die.

male-crying-100100961 This is the kind of health care that Barack Obama has worked to move heaven and earth to give America. One of the paragraphs states the professionals assume older patients are too old/frail for treatment, and as a result are discriminating against that particular age group. Discrimination has got nothing to do with it in my opinion. The reason they’re being denied treatment boils down to one thing MONEY

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Jon Christian Ryter

Dr. Janda was the keynote speaker at a congressional dinner at the Capitol Building in Washington on Friday, July 17, 2010. As he began his prepared speech, he said, “It should be clear that the same warning notice must be placed on the Obamacare Plan as on a pack of cigarettes: Consuming this product will be hazardous to your health.”

“The underlying method of cutting costs throughout the plan is based on rationing and denying care. There is no focus on preventative health care needs whatever. The plan’s method is the most inhumane and unethical approach to cutting costs I can imagine as a physician.”

The rationing of care is implemented through the National Health Care Board according to this plan. This illustrious board ‘will approve or reject treatment based on the cost per treatment divided by the number of years the patient will benefit from the treatment.’ Translation—if you are over 65 or have been recently diagnosed as having an advanced for of cardiac disease or aggressive cancer, dream on if you think you will get treated. Pick out your coffin. Dr. Janda’s words, not mine.

Oh—you think this could never happen? Sorry…this is the same model they use in Britain.

[Obamacare] mandates that there will be little or no advanced treatments to be available in the future. [The plan] creates the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effective Research, the purpose of which is to “slow the development of new medications and technologies in order to reduce costs.” The plan also that doctors will be forced to tolerate “oversight” from the federal medical bureaucracy. Their work ethics (both doctors and hospitals) will be reviewed by the National Coordinator for Health Information and Technology.

The “Coordinator” will “…monitor treatments being delivered to make sure doctors and hospitals are strictly following government guidelines that are deemed appropriate.” The guidelines continue, “…Doctors and hospitals not adhering to guidelines will face penalties.” According to those he has spoken to in Congress, Dr. Janda noted, the penalties could include large, six figure fines and possible imprisonment.”

According to the Obamacare Plan, Dr. Janda noted, “…if your doctor saves your life, you might have to go to prison to see your doctor for follow-up appointments.”

Oh…remember the Obama rhetoric about keeping your current coverage and opting out of Obamacare? Wrong. Section 102 of Obamacare: “Protecting the Choice to Keep Current Coverage” mandates that it will be illegal to keep your private coverage if your work status changes—if you lose or change your job; retire from your job and become a senior…or, graduate from college and get your first job. Because the moment you come off mom and dad’s private insurance, you go on Obamacare.

But don’t worry…as long as you are not a “double dipper,” you’re okay. So, even though your healthcare will have deteriorated into something worse than third world healthcare, at least Big Brother won’t be trying to euthanize you. Euthanasia will be reserved for the elderly—those taking advantage of Big Brother’s largess by enjoying the “world’s best healthcare” and living on the taxpayer dole (i.e., Social Security—which the recipient paid into from 35 to 50 years). The elderly are being singled out for extermination because the Social Security system is bankrupt. While the bureaucrats blame the bankruptcy of Social Security on the fact that people now live too long, the reality is that Social Security is bankrupt specifically because, for the last 77 years, elected politicians stole the Social Security Trust Fund (which was supposed to have been invested, by law, in high yield government bonds) and used your money to create the welfare society. That money is now long gone. In its place are IOUs the government cannot redeem. Today’s elderly are now expected to pay for that theft with their lives because there are too many people seeking repayment of the funds they deposited, in good faith, with the federal government.

By the way…Barack Hussein Obama was elected by millions of elderly voters who will be delivered to the euthanasia centers of America the Federal Coordinating Council reports that, for the first time,health costs under Obamacare are actually projected to decline. Why 2013 instead of this year or next year? Obama needed to make sure that the first euthanasia victims to face death by morphine injection in America’s hospitals and hospices don’t happen until after the Election of 2012. And, as grandma is being trucked off to the hospice, Obama expects to be making his second inaugural address.