Well, friends, new legislation coming up should be called “I’ve Got A Secret.” And it’s all very secret. But some people are trying to inform us about it, and we have here Paul Craig Roberts, former assistant secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He’s trying to explain this upcoming disaster. Let’s hear a few of his observations.
“The Transatlantic and Transpacific Trade and Investment Partnerships have nothing to do with free trade. “Free trade” is used as a disguise to hide the power these agreements give to corporations to use law suits to overturn sovereign laws of nations that regulate pollution, food safety, GMOs, and minimum wages.
The first thing to understand is that these so-called “partnerships” are not laws written by Congress. The US Constitution gives Congress the authority to legislate, but these laws are being written without the participation of Congress. The laws are being written by corporations solely in the interest of their power and profit. The office of US Trade Representative was created in order to permit corporations to write law that serves only their interests. This fraud on the Constitution and the people is covered up by calling trade laws “treaties.”
Indeed, Congress is not even permitted to know what is in the laws and is limited to the ability to accept or refuse what is handed to Congress for a vote. Read More