The Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP) is an international trade agreement between exclusive countries and until recent documents have emerged, has been drown in secrecy.
Behind closed doors, the TPP makes decisions that could affect the cost of medication in America, copyright infringement laws, cause job loss and even implement net neutrality.
Wisconsin candidate for Governor Mary Burke(D) is asked if she supports this controversial issue which has the backing of some of the most powerful lobbyists around . Burke is asked if she supports the back room Trans-Pacific Partnership deal by Journalist Kristan Miles, the candidate for governor replied she has “no position on the subject”.
So what is the TPP and how could it affect me?
Democrat Senator Ron Wyden, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee’s subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness, requested copies of the TPP draft documents but was stonewalled by the USTR.
When Senator Wyden threatened to propose a measure in the Senate that would force transparency on the process, the USTR agreed to grant the senator a peek at the documents, though his staff was not permitted to see them.
This type of secretive process has no legitimate place in our system of government, and it obviously puts Congress at a distinct disadvantage in the TPP process, since the real work of examining the detailed legal texts normally falls to congressional staff members who are often experts in particular areas of domestic and foreign policy.
With no surprise, leaked documents from TPP meetings have shown controversial infringements on our liberties.
According to the New American:
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, as it is called, is an all-out assault on our national sovereignty. It would unconstitutionally transfer legislative powers from the U.S. Congress, our state legislatures, and our city and county governments to multi-national corporations and unaccountable international bureaucrats at the World Trade Organization, or WTO. Incredibly, it also would transfer judicial powers from our federal and state courts – which are bad enough – to globalist TPP judges at regional tribunals and the WTO. It would also confer huge advantages on foreign businesses and large multinationals, while at the same time putting companies that operate here in America – especially small and medium-sized enterprises – at a competitive disadvantage. American businesses would remain shackled by the regulations of EPA, FDA, OSHA, etc. while their foreign competitors could operate here unimpeded by those same strictures.
Like the infamous NAFTA trade agreement passed in the ’90s, the TPP would usher in another wave of outsourcing, as the remaining manufacturing and technology bases would be given incentives to move to Pacific Rim countries, resulting in millions more American job losses.
Maira Sutton, intellectual property coordinator for EFF, explains how the TPP will regulate the last real “free market”, one of the few booming and profitable industries.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation pointed out the TPP threat to Internet freedom and the booming market:
“Private ISP enforcement of copyright poses a serious threat to free speech on the Internet, because it makes offering open platforms for user-generated content economically untenable. For example, on an ad-supported site, the costs of reviewing each post will generally exceed the pennies of revenue one might get from ads. Even obvious fair uses could become too risky to host, leading to an Internet with only cautious and conservative content.”