Democrats’ Cave-In on TPP and TTIP. Good-Bye Democracy.

by Eric Zuesse
May 14, 2015
Washington’s Blog

 

On Wednesday afternoon, May 13th, a catastrophic failure became clear to the few honest Democrats who were determined to stop Obama’s disastrous ’trade deals’ which are actually going to transfer regulatory sovereignty away from elected government officials as at present (who are answerable to voters), and instead move these powers into the hands of international corporate cartels, which will have the final say over the safety of our air, water, automobiles, and other products, and of the environment, and of workers’ rights (and which regulations will become answerable instead to the controlling stockholders in those mega-corporations). Mega-corporations will set international standards, which none of the signatory nations within the TPP and TTIP will be legally able to exceed without paying heavy penalties to those corporations for violating those corporations’ ‘rights’ under these trade-deals. The current ability of individual nations to establish their own standards will disappear, except to the extent that international corporations allow.

Senators Sherrod Brown, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Harry Reid, and others that wanted to block Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority for these deals — Senators who were against this loss of democratic sovereignty and introduction of international fascism — counted the votes of their Democratic colleagues, and found that, whereas just a day earlier on May 12th the President was 8 votes short of what he needed in order to win this battle for the mega-corporations, that seeming progressive victory was fleeting; it was mostly just for show to the voters, to convince voters that their Senator had tried his or her best and won whatever concessions from the President and the conservatives, that remained possible, so that displaced American workers might receive some compensation for their lost jobs that will result from these international-trade treaties. In other words: a crumb might yet be won for what still remains of America’s labor unions. But product-safety, and the environment, will now be virtual free-fire zones for the large international corporations. 

On May 5th, The Hill had published the list of Senators who were for and against and swayable on this. It was headlined, “The Hill’s Whip List.” From what they reported, it seems that the only Senators who were definitely opposed to these bills, as of that time, were probably the following:

Republicans:

Richard Burr, NC

Rand Paul, KY

Democrats:

Tammy Baldwin, WI

Richard Blumenthal, CT

Sherrod Brown, OH

Bob Casey, PA

Al Franken, MN

Kirsten Gillibrand, NY

Martin Heinrich, NM

Patrick Leahy, VT

Joe Manchin, WV

Ed Markey, MA

Robert Menendez, NJ

Jeff Merkey, OR

Harry Reid, NV

Bernie Sanders, VT (Independent)

Brian Schatz, HI

Charles Schumer, NY

Debbie Stabenow, MI

Tom Udall, NM

Elizabeth Warren, MA

Sheldon Whitehouse, RI

That’s 22 of the 100 Senators. All the others are already either publicly committed to the large international corporations, or else are still bargaining with them, in one way or another, regarding how much financial support their re-election campaigns will be receiving. (And maybe even a few of these 22 will yet turn out to be for sale.) 

This is probably the reason why Senator Sherrod Brown was quoted in Huffington Post on May 13th as saying, “I can read votes. I also think that nobody saw us being successful yesterday three days out.” In other words: The token concession to labor unions that Harry Reid was able to swing from Mitch McConnell was the best deal that can be arranged, under the circumstances. 

This outcome was predicted by me on several occasions during the latter half of last year. I summed up on November 4th by noting that: 

For several months now, I have predicted that if no House Democrat would introduce a bill of impeachment against President Barack Obama (for whom I voted, incidentally), then Republicans on November 4th would elect not just one but both houses of Congress, and the closeted conservative Obama would be having a field day during his final two years signing into law lots of pro-big-business, anti-worker, anti-consumer, anti-environmental, legislation, which Democrats in both the House but especially the Senate have thus far been blocking. And, now, on Election Eve, this nightmare seems finally to be coming true. …

It didn’t happen; and so we’ll get an all-conservative Government: Obama’s final two years in office will be spent signing conservative bills into laws that the majority of Democrats in both the House and Senate have, heretofore, blocked: laws reducing the cost-of-living adjustment in the Social Security formula, and approving the TTIP and TPP international trade deals that grant international corporations the power to control the regulations regarding the environment, consumer protection, drug safety, food safety, and virtually all regulatory matters. Republicans and Obama have wanted to transfer those national regulatory powers over to international corporations, but House and Senate Democrats did not; and, now, because there wasn’t a single House Democrat who had the courage to introduce a bill of impeachment against Obama, we will have a Government that is Republican in the House, Republican in the Senate, and Republican in the White House except on women’s issues, where Obama actually has been a Democrat. He hasn’t been lying about that one.

That statement was accompanied by a detailed analysis of the public polling on the question of impeaching Obama.

The only thing that stood even a chance of retaining the Senate for the Democrats was for a Democrat in the House to introduce a bill of impeachment against Obama. Not a single House Democrat stepped forward. That failure, of all House Democrats, was effectively the end of the chances to retain a vestige of democracy in America — and even throughout the other TPP and TTIP countries. It could possibly have prevented TPP and TTIP.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity, and of  Feudalism, Fascism, Libertarianism and Economics.

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6 thoughts on “Democrats’ Cave-In on TPP and TTIP. Good-Bye Democracy.

  1. sojourner

    I just wrote on another blog, yesterday, son’t be surprised if this TPP somehow still gets approved. I wish I had been completely wrong, believe me!

    This tells me that the powers that be still have control, at least in this country. And if they think anything is going to change in 2017, then they are naive at best!

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    1. newsfortherevolution Post author

      The only hope for us now is that the people of Europe demand their governments reject it. When the details of these trade agreements finally come out, I think there will be mass demonstrations in the streets. I think our governments should be tried for treason, hopefully one day they will be

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      1. sojourner

        Let’s hope. But according to the article I read the other day, the Nato nations would not submit to it only if the congress didn’t approve. And the congress has approved.

        But maybe Europeans protesting will help defeat it. God knows Mericans won’t, since most Mericans have never even heard of it.

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  2. sojourner

    Something else I’ve noted over the past few days. CNN, MSNBC and Fox have stayed away from this TPP story. They are still, all three, keeping people distracted with this convenient AMTRAK derailment. In fact, it’s all they seem to be concentrating on. Even the news lines, at the bottom of the screen, never mention the TPP. Why?

    If this TPP is bad as it seems, and it seems awfully bad, I wouldn’t doubt that more people’s lives have, once again, been sacrificed as a false-flag to keep all Merica’s attention away from this issue and on a train wreck, as if a train derailment is news in this country?

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    1. newsfortherevolution Post author

      It wouldn’t surprise me if it was a set up to distract the masses. The only reason I thought the wreck might be legitimate was that they didn’t immediately start blaming ISIS 😉

      But it says a lot that the media is not covering, what is without question, a huge story about trade agreements that will have a massive impact on the lives of Americans.

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  3. sojourner

    Love the ISIS slam!

    Yes, I think so as well. There was loss of life in this whatever it is, and I am not downplaying that. But just a few people have died, so why two full days on this, when the TPP is being foisted on the world.

    There’s an elite-swine rat in this somewhere!

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