Class Warfare Blog

September 27, 2016

Wha . . . ?

According to Politico “TPP supporters also released a report today attempting to debunk or at least address some of the key criticisms of the trade deal. A new briefing from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation lays out a number of arguments ranging from why the pact’s provisions on investor-state disputes don’t undermine sovereignty to how technical protection measures for copyrighted material are not an attack on innovation.

“‘The lion’s share of the criticism raised by opponents represents an attempt to kill the deal by a thousand cuts, for these opponents fundamentally oppose what the TPP represents: the next step in deep global economic integration and trade liberalization,’ the report states. ‘In sifting through this, policymakers must not lose sight of the bigger picture and ultimate goal: a truly integrated global economy.’”

WTF? An “ultimate goal: a truly integrated global economy?” Have these idiots noticed what is happening in Europe in which but a small handful of contiguous and culturally linked countries are trying this and not doing well at all and they want to do this for the whole world? So, China and Tonga and everybody else on the same currency, all using the same trade rules?

This is insane!

This is why the TPP needs to fail as much as anything else. It is the camel’s nose under the tent, an attempt to disempower the governments of the countries involved so that businesses can operate free from all of that completely unnecessary oversight (companies like Wells Fargo Bank, Big Pharma, the company that was dumping radioactive waste in Colorado in massive quantities, the companies using rail cars to ship oil that are exploding and burning all across the U.S., yes, those companies).

The TPP is not a trade pact! It is a corporation empowerment act in sheep’s clothing! Oppose it now or we all will suffer.


  1. Yep! Well said.


    Comment by Zachary Marcus — September 27, 2016 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

  2. It does make me weary that big business loves it. Watched an interview with the CEO of Xerox last night and she said “It’s a no-brainer.” Thta, for me, is a red flag. Australia, though, would benefit greatly from it, so i have mixed-feelings.


    Comment by john zande — September 27, 2016 @ 3:25 pm | Reply

    • Should not all countries benefit? Is it just a matter of making cheap labor in other countries available to US manufacturers? (Viet Nam will also benefit greatly.)

      Actually I like one of Trump’s ideas: a 35% tariff on all goods US companies make overseas and import back into the US.

      On Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 3:25 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — September 27, 2016 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

      • Well, Australia no longer has any manufacturing due to global trade. Literally, Oz manufactures nothing.


        Comment by john zande — September 28, 2016 @ 5:32 am | Reply

        • Really! This is trap of “the law of comparative advantage” which encourages us all to stick to our knitting. But can you imagine what American cars would be like if Japan and Korea hadn’t developed their domestic and export car lines? Would we still have fins and chrome and 9 mpg? Letting “others” do essential things for us makes us interconnected yes, but also vulnerable and there is just something about working with your hands.

          On Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 5:32 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



          Comment by Steve Ruis — September 28, 2016 @ 9:17 am | Reply

  3. yes and let’s not lose sight heather that local controls are taken away by this treaty if anyone is harmed or damaged by foreign corporations who come and build facilities in your community. This is the same tact used by the tobacco and fossil fuel industries to create doubt about what their critics are saying


    Comment by lbwoodgate — September 28, 2016 @ 1:18 pm | Reply

    • There is almost nothing good to say about the TPP, maybe that the few positive things that are in it can be duplicated through current agreements?

      On Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 1:18 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — September 28, 2016 @ 2:46 pm | Reply

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