Reading time – 61 take-action seconds . . .
It’s almost midnight on the Doomsday Clock to sell out our children . . .
There are lots of reasons that people who have seen the ugly fine print of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TTP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) don’t like them. Here is a short list:
- Millions more American jobs will be sent overseas, just as happened with NAFTA.
- American wages and benefits will be cut, our standard of living will continue to fall and tens of thousands more Americans will be dumped into poverty.
- The environment will be irreparably harmed by inadequate or nonexistent regulation in third world countries.
- These deals will help big business and will harm American small businesses where 80% of Americans work.
- The Fast Track provision gives this president and every president too much power.
That’s why Americans overwhelmingly oppose these deals. Truly, though, as important as all of those are, they pale in comparison to this:
Adopting these trade deals will relinquish American sovereignty to a panel of three corporate lawyer/lobbyists.
Yes, really. Don’t take my word for it. Have a look at the examination of this issue by James Surowiecki in The New Yorker magazine. Perhaps you think this is just a lefty issue, so have a look a what a slew of righties have to say about this. And I can’t believe that I’m offering a link to what Phyllis Schlaffly has to say, but here it is. They all dislike these deals and for the same reason.
Okay, the righties also hate them just because President Obama is in favor of them. But they don’t like the idea of relinquishing American sovereignty any more than you do. So, even the extremes agree. Still, there’s all that big corporate money twisting the arms of legislators to approve these deals.
So the issue is getting our legislators to wake up and do what they were sent to Washington to do – represent you and me. And they will be voting again on Fast Track. That’s why you must
CONTACT YOUR SENATORS TODAY
Do it here: //www.senate.gov/
Just enter your state in the top right corner of the web page, then click GO. Then click the Contact line for each of your senators.
In Illinois, call:
Sen. Dick Durbin (202) 224-2152
Sen. Mark Kirk (202) 224-2854
Tell them or copy/past into your email:
I am a constituent and I want you to vote NO on all votes related to the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, including Fast Track. Defeat these bad deals for Americans.
Email or call now. And forward this blog to your righty and lefty buddies so that they take action, too.
Ed. note: There is much in America that needs fixing and we are on a path to continually fail to make things better. It is my goal to make a difference – perhaps to be a catalyst for things to get better. That is the reason for these posts. To accomplish the goal requires reaching many thousands of people and a robust dialogue.
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