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2016 Postmortem

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Thu Apr 9, 2015, 08:40 PM Apr 2015

Using hokey numbers and neon lies to sell TPP.....by Jim Hightower [View all]

Jim Hightower
April 9, 2015


Come one, come all! Step right up and buy your ticket for a ride on the splendiferous, phantasmagoric, miraculous, "Trans-Pacific Partnership"

TPP is not some sort of futuristic, flying machine, but yet another trade scam coming at us like a volcanic eruption straight out of hell.
This thing is a "partnership" of, by, and for global corporations -- similar to NAFTA, only much, much, much bigger and far more destructive both to the middle class and to our people's sovereignty

Negotiating in strict secrecy during the past seven years, a cabal of the Obama White House and corporate lobbyists are now ready to spring it on us, and Republican leaders intend to ram it into law before We the People can get a whiff of it's anti-democratic stench.

Indeed, to perfume it, they've already began a PR campaign tauting TPP as the long-sought wonder cure for America's downtrodden working class.
For example, such odd-bedfellow boosters as Secretary of State John Kerry and the US Chamber of Commerce both exclaim that the 12-nation scheme will "support 650,000 new jobs"
Wow...Really?

No. Glenn Kessler, who writes the Washington Post's "Fact-Checker" column, dug into that number in January, and found that it was incorrectly calculated, misleading...and silly.
In fact, he wrote, instead of TPP yielding 650,000 new jobs, "The correct number is zero."
He also pointed out that even if 650,000 new jobs were created, that's not even a drop in the bucket, for it would increase US employment by less than one-half of one percent.

Be alert, friends, for the TPP Gang will try to dazzle us with hokey numbers and neon lies -- while they steal our democratic rights and turn our future well-being over to global corporations.
To get information and get involved, go to:
http://www.citizen.org/trade


http://www.jimhightower.com/


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