TRANSPACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP) UPDATE
The Plutocrats and their stooges negotiating the TPP, the biggest sell-out of the American people and their national sovereignty in history, have missed their own deadline of completing the agreement before the Congressional holiday break. Thank God for lazy Congress-critters! If they actually worked for a living, we may have seen the passage of this job-destroying corporate giveaway.
The following is from COMMON DREAMS:
“Wikileaks released an internal memo and speadsheet from an unidentified government official on Monday that reveal resistance to U.S. demands for inclusion of corporate giveaways, including conditions that would allow corporations to bypass national law and sue governments in secret courts—boosting their power to steamroll environmental, labor, and public health protections. This also includes a push for intellectual property conditions that would reduce access to more affordable generic medicines and reduce the power of governments to negotiate lower medicine prices. The U.S., in addition, is demanding a limit to the ability of governments to regulate banks in times of crisis, according to Zach Carter at the Huffington Post.
The leaked memo reads, “Inadequate progress. The positions are still paralyzed. United States shows zero flexibility,” regarding financial services negotiations.
In a statement emailed to Common Dreams, Public Citizen warned, “However, many countries have caved to relentless U.S. demands that they alter their domestic patent and medicine pricing laws to meet the desires of large pharmaceutical firms.”
This latest leak follows the November 13 Wikileaks exposure of the Obama administration’s TPP push to erode internet freedoms and cut access to medicines in what analysts say are the most damaging and dangerous proposals in the history of U.S. “free trade” deals.”