On January 7, 2016, the Northwest Georgia 912 Project; along with The Madison Forum, The John Birch Society, The Freedom & Liberty Coalition, The Constitution Party, Restore and Preserve the Constitution (The Key Is WE!), and the Canton TEA Party, hosted Mr. Tom Barksdale of IndieDems.org for his presentation on “The TPP: A Threat to United States Sovereignty.” The venue was packed with citizens who were extremely concerned about was written into this massive trade agreement that was negotiated behind closed doors and excluded the public, press, and legislators. This trade agreement will not only affect our work force and wages, food safety and labeling, pharmaceutical pricing, environmental safeguards, internet freedom, and more; but also the very sovereignty of our nation.
According to Mr. Barksdale:
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell recently told the media that he has informed the White House that it should postpone Congressional review until after the 2016 elections and even delay until Obama leaves office. Congress would almost certainly reject the pact, McConnell reportedly said, if asked to act early next year.
Meanwhile, the all three Democratic presidential candidates have come out against TPP, along with Republicans Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. A main concern of many opponents is doubt that TPP will achieve its stated goal of fostering the creation of American jobs and aiding the growth of the U.S. economy. American labor unions, for example, fear it may result in a net loss of American jobs.
Many opponents also see a threat to U.S. interests posed by the Investor-State Dispute Resolution (ISDS) provisions of TPP. IndieDems opposition stems mainly from concern about the ISDS procedures. The provisions deal a body blow to United States sovereignty, to the democratic process, and to the U.S legal justice system by establishing supra-national tribunals to resolve disputes between international corporations and the countries that are a party to the agreement.
Corporate lawyers will make up these three-member tribunals. They will act totally apart from domestic judicial systems. U.S. laws, rules, regulations and precedents will be irrelevant in these hearings.
This 2-hour session was broken into a 45 minute presentation, above video, with a 30-minute Q&A session afterward, below. We encourage you to share this information and prepare to contact your congressmen.
TPP: Full Q&A Session
Q&A (Individual Questions)
Q: Why did Rep. Tom Price support the TPP?
Q: Does Sen. Isakson really understand the TPP?
Q: Based on the fact that our two (GA) senators received money from groups supporting the TPP, that corporations stand to make a lot of money while the American people stand to lose, and that it seems to be unconstitutional; what do you recommend we do to stop this?
More information on the TPP (thanks to Jan Barton):
- Sessions On TPP: ‘My Fears Confirmed’; Shut Off Fast-Track Now
- Contributions by Legislator
- Congress Should Not Give Obama Fast Track Authority on TPP
- Trans-Pacific Partnership: Secret Surrender of Sovereignty
- Trade Deals Like the TPP Only Benefit the One Percent
Q: Who are the lobbyists giving money to our U.S. representatives?
Q: Who created this monstrosity?
Q: Is the TPP a step toward a North American Union, which is similar to the European Union, and a step toward a one-world government?
Q: Will the TPP require more open borders so that countries and corporations in the trade agreement have more access to a cheap labor force?
Q: Are there still hidden parts to this agreement or has everything come to light?
Q: Can we expect any cost reductions from the TPP agreement?
Q: Where in the U.S Constitution is ‘agreements’ addressed?
Q: Does an up or down vote apply to all nations in the trade agreement for the TPP to be approved?
Q: Who provides the force of the gun to compel governments to pay fines awarded by the tribunal?
Q: Are there ways to bypass the TPP?
Q: How can we get the moderators of presidential debates address this?
Q: Should congressmen be required to take a test on their knowledge of the Trans Pacific Partnership?
Read more about the TPP and how, if passed by congress, it could affect our United States sovereignty, democratic process, U.S legal justice system, economic prosperity, food labeling, internet usage, and much more!
- The Madison Forum
- The Constitution Party of Georgia
- The John Birch Society
- The Canton Tea Party
- The Freedom and Liberty Coalition
INITIAL ANALYSIS BY CITIZEN.ORG
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