By Mark Anderson —
It’s time to call Congress—big time.
Don’t for a moment fret and say “they never listen,” because members of Congress simply need to hear from enough everyday citizens right now—to finally overcome the illicit influence of the deep-pocketed denizens of debt and corporate captains who want trade deals that will short-circuit national laws and remove roadblocks to introducing genetically modified organisms into any nation desired by the plutocrats, among various other objectives.
The super rich want total guarantees and perpetual protection of profits. No free marketers, they, unless by “free market” you mean free from competition and from sufficient commonsense protection for the public good. And remember, those sturdy souls who want to tar and feather the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade treaty are the ones wrongly portrayed as riff-raff “protectionists,” when it’s the cuff-linked silver-spooners who can’t sleep at night without barricading their wealth with the law. Thus, they transfer the control of commerce to the global level under their rules.
A huge barrier to real liberty and genuine prosperity are the big media. The Washington Post, like virtually every newspaper that one picks up, is on par with nearly every Congress critter in implying that, if only the TPP could be “tweaked” here and “adjusted” there—perhaps addressing environmental and labor concerns, among others—then, by all means, let’s pass the most far reaching free trade and investment pact in human history!
And so it goes: no one with any visibility is opposing giving President Barack Hussein Obama fast track negotiating authority, also called trade promotion authority (TPA) since 2002, to wrap up the 12-nation TPP on basic principle. The media-driven narrative is to get everyone to accept the general premise that, no matter what, the TPP must be passed. So, TPP backers will allow some discussion of the pact’s details, but what’s forbidden is the broad, immovable view that the best TPP is simply no TPP.
Well, AMERICAN FREE PRESS readers and eNewsletter subscribers, draw your swords. It’s time like never before to hammer Capitol Hill with phone calls, faxes and emails, and personal visits if you can. The Senate wrapped up its business, including lots of legislative maneuvering on TPP and TPA, on Thursday, May 14.
And the TPA measure won’t be taken up again until Monday, May 18. Use this time window in the most effective way possible by calling (and getting others to contact) the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or 225-3121. If you’ve never called the switchboard before, just ask for your Senator or House member by name when the operator answers. Take note that the lines may be more busy than usual.
Furthermore, look up your Senators’ (and, for good measure, House members’) home offices in your state and place calls and send faxes to them as well. If you can possibly visit their local offices, to drop letters off personally, all the better.
The bill, which would involve 40% of world economic output, is aimed at allowing Obama to submit trade agreements to Congress for straight up-or-down votes without amendments. If trade-promotion/fast-track power for Obama is successfully delayed, stay in contact with your legislators and fire off letters to the editors of your local papers and call talk-radio shows.
Remember, too, that fast-track for Obama would also give him a freer hand to pursue the wrap up of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which would be the first-ever trade treaty between the U.S. and the 28-member European Union. That, if ever consummated, would add at least another 20% of global economic output into the mix—minimum.
RECENT BACKGROUND ON THE HILL
President Obama’s trade initiative seemed to win new life in the Senate on Wednesday as lawmakers announced a compromise plan that could grant the administration fast-track authority by next week, a feat that would set up an even fiercer battle for passage in the House.
On Wednesday, May 13—one day after Democrats defied their own president with a filibuster that temporarily blocked a key trade measure—Senate leaders said they had reached an agreement to move forward with a series of votes that would break the stalemate.
The Bilderberg-Group-connected Post, which waxes romantic on every trade scheme that comes down the plutocratic pike, noted, “The breakthrough, announced by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), came after an intense day of talks between the parties, along with input from the White House, which scrambled to save the trade deal after the embarrassing filibuster Tuesday [May 12].”
“The fact is, there continues to be bipartisan support around the idea that the president should have the authority to complete this negotiation,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest was quoted by the Post as saying, referring to the TPA-provided “fast-track” powers that Obama needs before he can wrap up the TPP talks.
The Post, carefully phrasing its TPP-at-all-costs narrative, added: “The debate over the president’s trade initiative has fractured Democrats, with progressives fiercely opposing provisions in the accord. They have demanded that the administration add tough new measures targeting China’s alleged manipulation of its currency to make its exports cheaper.”
That’s a classic example of how the media frames the issue to imply that mere “provisions in the accord” are the problem when the real problem is the whole accord and the very idea of modern free trade.
AFP Roving Editor Mark Anderson is a veteran reporter who covers the annual Bilderberg meetings and is chairman of AFP’s new America First Action Committee, designed to involve AFP readers in focusing intensely on Congress to enact key changes, including monetary reform and a pullback of the warfare state. He and his wife Angie often work together on news projects.