Clinton camp hammers nail in TPP coffin

By Leith van Onselen

Hillary Clinton’s new Presidential running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, has came out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, publicly declaring that he cannot support the pact in its current form. From Politico:

Kaine spokeswoman Amy Dudley said Saturday that the Virginia Democrat shared his negative views on the trade deal with Clinton this week, confirming a report by The Washington Post. “He agreed with her judgment that it fell short” when it came to protecting wages and national security…

His decision to oppose the agreement deals another blow to President Barack Obama’s hopes of winning approval of the deal from Congress this year.

It’s difficult to see how the TPP will be passed in the US with opposition continuing to build on both sides.

During the Presidential primaries, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders united much of the right and left against the TPP. Democratic Presidential nominee, Hilary Clinton, also voiced her opposition to the TPP, flagging that if she is elected president in November she would oppose a vote to ratify the TPP during a lame-duck session of Congress.

And late last month, Republican nominee, Donald Trump escalated the rhetoric, proclaiming the TPP is a “rape of our country” and challenging Hillary Clinton to void the agreement in its entirety.

It is believed that the best (perhaps only) chance of passing the TPP rests with the Obama Administration waiting until the lame duck session after November’s Presidential Election before giving Congress the chance to vote on the deal. However, Hilary Clinton’s and now Kaine’s opposition and influence could stop the vote from occurring.

Therefore, it still appears that political opposition in the US remains the biggest roadblock to the TPP being ratified.

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Comments

  1. That faux left corporate tool destroy TPP ? Yeah, nah. Expect son of TPP;and TTIP or TPP by incremental changes in existing treaties and laws.

    • As distinct from Trump’s VP (who Trump plans to let run domestic and foreign policy while he “makes America great again”) who is very strongly in favour of free trade agreements.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/07/14/so-mike-pence-has-been-a-huge-supporter-of-the-thing-donald-trump-says-is-terrible-for-america/

      Pence backed trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea, Panama, Peru, Oman, Chile and Singapore during his House tenure from 2001 through 2012. He voted for the Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA.

      He voted to keep the United States in the World Trade Organization and to maintain permanent normal trade relations with China, the country Trump repeatedly criticizes for unfair trade practices and threatens with tariffs to boost U.S. job creation.

      Pence also has publicly supported the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement of Pacific Rim nations, an agreement negotiated by the Obama administration which Trump opposes and has likened to rape.

      • Horns of a dilemma: the Americans get to choose between two lying corporate tools. Maybe the only way out is that a Trump victory is the needed punishment for rejecting Sanders.. A Clinton victory will only entrench neoliberalism in the Democrats. Big risk? Sure, but what other way is there left to break the neoliberal monopoly than by throwing a spanner into the works? We live in interesting times.

  2. I wouldnt be worrying too much about Ms Clinton
    This latest wiki leaks is being timed to perfection, to scuttle her.

  3. Stephen Morris

    It is believed that the best (perhaps only) chance of passing the TPP rests with the Obama Administration waiting until the lame duck session after November’s Presidential Election before giving Congress the chance to vote on the deal.

    This tells us all we need to know about so-called “representative” government. They intend to wait until after the election, then vote through something opposed by most of the voters!

    As Jean-Jacques Rousseau remarked about (English-style) “elective” government in 1762:

    The English people believes itself to be free; it is gravely mistaken; it is free only during election of members of parliament; as soon as the members are elected, the people is enslaved; it is nothing.

    • Spot on. This is THE issue. Would we have gone into the last Iraq war to topple Sadam, the one done on trumped up WMD claims and where polls were saying no by massive majorities if we were a genuine democracy? Of course not !

      • Anyone with half a brain, and that wasn’t many people mind you, knew Iraq was a sham. F*ck i was in high school at the time and even then i knew it was a sham. I’m actually heartened by Blair’s disgrace in the UK. Even more so that many are calling for him to stand trial.

        Hillary Clinton is a sociopath. A corrupt power hungry hyena. Nothing more.

  4. Clinton won’t do anything of the sort. She will only pretend to until elected, then the TPP will be revived, probably masquerading under another name, with minor changes.

    • Yep, she’ll say anything before the election. If she’s elected it will be right back on the agenda.

    • Yes, first thing I spotted was Kaine’s qualification of “In it’s current form”. It’ll get a minor re-jig before they attempt to roll it out again.

    • More like Clinton/Obama will start shaking the tree to see what kind of money falls out under threat of not passing it. They will then solemnly make a few token changes and sneak it through at midnight stapled to a bill proclaiming no puppies or kittens will be harmed by automatic weapons fire in the suburbs.

  5. My kids sometimes go next door to play, and sometimes the next door kids come here to play.
    Myself and my neighbour agree on the concept of free play in principle. We want the kids to have free play whereever they go and not be hampered by over regulation.

    All the parents are now willing to sign on to a free play agreement. Our only problem now is finding a corporate backer to write the thousands of pages of documentation needed to define it. Who should we ask?

    • “Our only problem now is finding a corporate backer to write the thousands of pages of documentation needed to define it. Who should we ask?”

      The same who would be willing to collect the 2% ongoing annual fee to supervise the agreement and to ensure it’s compliant.

  6. “Don’t support it in it’s current form” = Vote for me you dumb idiots, then once I’m elected, I’ll “make significant changes” to it – which don’t amount to anything meaningful, and pass it.

  7. David E.H. Smith

    TPP, TTIP & other Global Corporate Treaties/’Arrangements’

    The TRUMP Card; White Knight NOT ‘PROTECTIONIST’ & NOT Nationalism vs. Globalisation.
    Protecting the ‘harmless’ citizens of US from Corporate ‘America’ using ‘trade’ arrangements to Sue the ‘harmless’ Americans by way of US buying stocks in Corporations of TPP, TTIP Global Corporate Associates’ is NOT ‘protectionist’. Will Trump Triumph & get the appreciation of the voters?

    TPP, TTIP, et al; If the ‘Agreements’ are anything other than a schedule of reducing tariffs then it’s not about ‘Free’ Trade but ‘Enslaving’ Trade; Shifting Corporate Liabilities on to the ‘harmless’ citizens?

    Is Clinton betting on TPP kick-back by way of NON-RETURNING CONGRESSMEN.
    NON-RETURNING CONGRESSMEN using LOBBYISTS to SECURE POST- POLITICAL JOBS Have to PASS TPP, TTIP, et al with IMPUNITY for their Future ‘Considerations’? Constituents to Pay for LOBBYIST’s Treaties/’Arrangements’, or, What are Various Ways Voters can Prevail upon the Secret Arrangements between the Execs. of Political Parties & Lobbyists and ‘Your’ Congressmen?

    TPP, TTIP, et al; If the ‘Agreements’ are anything other than a schedule of reducing tariffs then it’s not about ‘Free’ Trade but ‘Enslaving’ Trade; Shifting Corporate Liabilities on to the ‘harmless’ citizens?

    Not all Trade Deals are Good, or, Bad; but what are the Elements of a ‘Very GOOD’ Trade Deal.

    Do the other signatories of the global corporate treaties/’arrangements’ understand how corporate Canada is superseding gains by Native Canadians by continuing to avoid its liabilities via its information deprivation (eg. The W.A.D. Accord & The MERKEL {Chancellor of Germany} Letter) & trying to pass its liabilities on to its global corporate associates, their citizens and the citizens of Canada?

    TPP, et al, Just in Time to protect Monsanto’s carcinogenic ‘Round Up’ Herbicide & other Toxic products & Foods; the Future of ‘Legal’ Poisoning of harmless Customers starts NOW. Taxes Increased as Gov’ts pass Lawsuit Costs to harmless citizens? Further Cuts to Gov’t. Services.

    TPP & the other Global Corporate treaties/’arrangements’: Global MEAT-CORPORATIONs/Lobbyists SWEAR that some ranchers may benefit.

    The ‘EMPIRE’* STRIKES BACK against Huge Indirect Taxes to pay for Secret Liabilities & Hidden Costs via Tribunal’s (‘Death-Star-Chamber) Punitive Penalties?
    *the ‘harmless’ citizens of the Anti-Global Corporate Economy
    Stockholders sue their neighbors & in-laws via their TPP, TTIP, CETA, et al, Global Corporate associates.

    TPP & Japan, et al; ‘The Submission’ to The Supreme Court of Canada paves the way for Expanding & Improving the basis of the Yamada led ‘Sword & Shield’ Counter-attack Suit against the Japanese gov’t., Corporates America & Canada, or, their ‘harmless’ citizens, et al. TPP & other Global Corporate Treaties/’Arrangements’ signatory Gov’ts. in Conflict of Interest.

    TPP & other Global Corporate Treaties/’Arrangements’ PREVENTING MULTI-BILLIONS of DOLLARS of LAWSUITS to be paid by the ‘harmless’ Voters/Taxpayers.
    OPPOSITION to TPP, TTIP, CETA, et al, REDUCES FEAR; “the (EU) Commission’s fear is a multi-million euro lawsuit from industry”*

    Why haven’t the Citizens of the Global Corporate economy been given enough info to balance the potential for Employment versus the amounts they will Certainty have to Pay for the Secret Liabilities & Hidden Costs of ‘Trade’ Tribunals’ Punitive Penalties (Indirect Tax), etc.?
    ***
    FULL article, ‘The ‘EMPIRE’* STRIKES BACK…’, see; davidehsmith.wordpress.com
    *** PLEASE CONSIDER SHARING the enclosed information & questions with 10 friends who will share it with 10 others…

  8. David E.H. Smith

    DIVISIVE? Why Bernie Sanders, President PUTIN & the ‘harmless Citizens of RUSSIA & BRICS, et al, should be very concerned about overcoming the DEPRIVATION of the DUE DILIGENCE info Re; the USA’s TPPartnership & the other Global Corporate treaties/’arrangements’.

    CLINTON; ‘RIDICULOUS’; LIKES IT BOTH WAYS; No TPP to Well, there are Going to be ‘SIGNIFICANT’ Changes that Make it OK(?) You Should Have Known…

    TPP, TTIP, CETA & the other Global Corporate treaties/’arrangements’ are about SHIFTING the LIABILITIES of the GLOBAL CORPORATE Assocs. to the ‘HARMLESS’ CITIZENS of TPP, et al. So, YES; TPP, et al, Will Greatly Exacerbate the DISPARITY between RICH & Accelerate the Growth of the POOR & non-‘Rich’.

    Corporate Canada’s Contribution to the Shift of their Corporate Liabilities to the the ‘HARMLESS’ CITIZENS of TPP, TTIP, CETA, et al. The secret SHIFT has been called ‘REPREHENSIBLE’, ‘DISINGENUOUS’, ‘IMMORAL’ & Borderline ‘ILLEGAL’. What are the Contributions that the other Global Corporate Associates are making to the hidden/secret Shift of Liabilities to the ‘HARMLESS’ CITIZENS of TPP, TTIP, CETA, C-CIT, et al?

    Do the other signatories of the global corporate treaties/’arrangements’ understand how corporate Canada is continuing to avoid its liabilities via its information deprivation (eg. The W.A.D. Accord & The MERKEL {Chancellor of Germany} Letter; To Sue, or, Be Sued?) & trying to pass its liabilities on to its global corporate associates, their citizens and the citizens of Canada?
    ‘The MERKEL (Chancellor of Germany) Letter; To Sue, or, Be Sued?’
    (see; davidehsmith.wordpress.com), can be accessed via
    The Excerpts to
    The Supreme Court of Canada makes Findings on ‘The Submission’;
    The SHAREHOLDERS & Corporations of AMERICA, China, Canada, the EU, the Trans Pacific nations, et al
    v.
    the (‘harmless’) Canadian NON shareholders, both; Native & non Native, et al’
    (see; davidehsmith.wordpress.com)

    But, what are the various different ways that the superseding Global Corporate treaties, such as; the CETA, TPP, et al, enable the leaders of Corporate Canada & shareholders to sue Native Canadians by way of their shares in the corporations of the other Global Corporate associates ?
    And, as these suits that are determined by way of the corporate courts (tribunals) of the CETA, TPP, et al, are designed to be paid for by the ‘harmless’ citizens of Canada,
    how much will these ‘arrangements’ of Corporate Canada & their politically lobbied representatives contribute to the continuing growing ‘designer racism’ by non-Native Canadians, Germans, et al?
    ***
    See; 1) The W.A.D. Accord, 2) The MERKEL {Chancellor of Germany} Letter & 3) The EXCERPTS at davidehsmith.wordpress.com
    ***
    Also, FULL article, ‘The ‘EMPIRE’* STRIKES BACK…’, see; davidehsmith.wordpress.com
    ***
    PLEASE CONSIDER SHARING the enclosed information & questions with 10 friends who will share it with 10 others…