The Herald Sun 7/10/15
The language around the TPP is littered with “gains… access… enjoys… wins… and benefits…”. With the headline, “Government hails (the TPP) ‘giant foundation stone’ for Australia,” it looks like a rosy future ahead for us all, and the mining companies will “enjoy” selling iron ore, copper and nickel to Peru.
There was an excellent article by Michael West in the SMH. I quote:
“If this is such a great deal, why are they hiding it? There is, among other things, a four-letter answer to this question: ISDS (Investor-State Dispute Settlement). ISDS is a mechanism for corporations to sue governments. Pharmaceutical giant Ely Lilly is suing the government of Egypt for lifting the minimum wage. Canada is being sued for a ban on fracking and Germany for its phasing out of nuclear power; all actions taken under ISDS clauses in free trade pacts… Even worse, the authority of sovereign courts is ignored in favour of an international dispute tribunal.“
An article on ABC online (by three political reporters) reported on Mr Turnbull’s comments (on a Melbourne radio station). “These deals are win-win,” and “The deal is seen as a legacy-defining achievement for US president Barack Obama but it still has to be ratified by a sceptical and often hostile Congress.”
But wait, Obama got the US Senators to restrict their own powers and grant him fast-track authority. But now that the text has been agreed upon, the discussion is over. This means they can’t discuss it. No filibustering is permitted, and no changes can be made to the text.
The following is what Jon Rappaport has to say about Obama and the TPP:
““For every President, there comes a moment when he does what he has been put into office to do… ” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Obama was put in the White House to make TPP and similar treaties come to fruition. Failure is not an option. Obama’s mentor on foreign policy, Zbigniew Brzezinski, is David Rockefeller’s right-hand man. And David is Globalism personified… The TPP elevates mega-corporations beyond even their present status: In a nutshell, any threats against international corporate piracy would be adjudicated in private corporate tribunals—so the outcome is completely predictable.
Obama was never about creating more jobs in America. He was and is about Globalism. Otherwise, there was no way he could have advanced beyond the Illinois State Senate, in his artificial career.”
Meanwhile back in Australia, it was all praise to Minister Andrew Robb for saving the Medical Benefits Scheme. Three cheers. “Hip hip Hooray, hip hooray… hip hooray”. Beers all round, and let’s keep watching the “telly”.