Trans Pacific Partnership (Awesome or Crooked Crooks?)

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Trans Pacific Partnership (Awesome or Crooked Crooks?)

Post by DrDonkeyLove » Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:44 am

The Trans Pacific Partnership sounds like a NAFTA type thing amongst Pacific rim countries. Big business types seem to think it's awesome. Civil liberties types seem to think it's simply big gov't and their corporate masters secretly fucking the average person.
Info here
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Congress has once again abrogated it's duties to the executive branch and agreed to "fast track" this, meaning they don't get any input for 7 years beyond an up or down vote.

Sounds like the kleptocracy in fine form to me but I'm not expert in such things.
Aside from select members of the Administration, the only people with full access to the working documents on the TPP negotiations are the members of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) trade advisory system, including the 18-member Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (ITAC-15). Members of ITAC-15 include representatives from businesses and industry groups like the Recording Industry Association of America, Verizon, and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America; no public-interest groups, academics, or other non-industry experts serve on the committee.

The industry trade advisory system was created by Congress, and membership is partly based on recommendations made from senators and representatives. The organizations represented on ITAC-15 include several top political spenders, who combined have given millions of dollars to members of Congress in recent years.
Organizations Represented by the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (ITAC-15) Contributions to Congress Since 1/1/2003
AT&T $8,056,939
General Electric * $5,262,753
Verizon $5,021,681
Johnson & Johnson $1,812,170
Cisco $1,413,198
Biotechnology Industry Organization $551,792
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America $546,155
Recording Industry Association of America $493,986
Mylan Inc. $473,050
Gilead Sciences $196,150
Entertainment Software Association $114,650
Zippo $25,250
Accessory Network Group $4,100
Copyright Clearance Center $860
Infectious Disease Research Institute $500
U.S.-China Business Council $0
MDB Capital Group $0
Coalition for Intellectual Property Rights $0
Grand Total $23,973,234
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Re: Trans Pacific Partnership (Awesome or Crooked Crooks?)

Post by Andy83 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:02 pm

You're just too cynical. Get back to work. You have taxes to pay.
Obama's narcissism and arrogance is only superseded by his naivete and stupidity.

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Re: Trans Pacific Partnership (Awesome or Crooked Crooks?)

Post by Shafpocalypse Now » Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:25 pm

I agree, DrD...fast track the thing, play fast and loose with environmental regulations. Maybe we too in the US can watch the sunrise televised on TV since the smog will be too thick to see it.

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