We must OPPOSE Fast Track – TPA and TPP in order to… OPPOSE offshoring of U.S. supply chains; OPPOSE forcing the U.S. to do business with human rights violators; OPPOSE forcing U.S. to import unsafe, unhealthy food; OPPOSE banning GMO labeling
Crista Huff’s April 17, 2015, email:
CLICK HERE for printable PDF version of this email.
CLICK HERE for printable PDF “Reasons to Oppose TPA & TPP.”
(Both PDF files include Congressional phone numbers to call.)
I am a political activist, currently fighting Fast Track in Colorado and in Washington D.C. We are racking up “no” votes by visiting Congressional offices, and telling them what’s in the trade agreement. It’s that simple. Rarely do we meet a Congressional staffer who tells us that we are wrong. Mostly, we meet staffers who are looking for a way to save face in voting against the Trans Pacific Partnership, without being labelled “anti-trade” by the media.
If you’d like to quickly get up-to-speed on this trade deal, which will further destroy the U.S. economy, listen to one of my radio presentations, which are linked below. Or click on this link to access, “Reasons to Oppose TPA & TPP”. http://tipofthespear.net/FastTrack/CPA_Reasons-to-Oppose-TPA-and-TPP_Crista-Huff.pdf
The GREAT NEWS is that we are extremely close to having enough Republican “no” votes to defeat the Fast Track bill! Woo-hoo! Frankly, if the President had any idea how close we are, I think we’d already be feeling the repercussions. I have included the April 11th Fast Track update at the bottom of this email, below my signature. The LINK http://tipofthespear.net/FastTrack/CPA_Reasons-to-Oppose-TPA-and-TPP_Crista-Huff.pdf
features a one-page summary of Fast Track and the Trans Pacific Partnership, followed by a (two-page) description of the pertinent details.
THIS ENTIRE EMAIL FROM CRISTA HUFF IS AVAILABLE IN PRINTABLE PDF FORMAT AT
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HOW MEDIA AND ACTIVISTS CAN HELP
- Write articles about TPA & TPP. Send me copies, so that I can publicize them!
- Invite me to be a guest on your radio show.
- Invite me to speak to your political group, issues group, municipal group, or business group.
- Call your Congressperson and your Senators. Ask them to vote “no” on Fast Track.
Here’s the link
to locate your representatives, with their phone numbers!
- It’s a BIG HELP when business owners & executives email their Congresspeople, asking them to vote “no”. Contact me first, so that I can help you get the email to the right staffer.
- Share this email with your political email list. (It helps me a lot if you let me know approx. how many people you forward this to!)
- Share TPA/TPP info on social media! On Twitter, use the #tpp
Print out and use the fact sheet on TPA/TPP at this link
Thank you for helping me defeat TPA, TPP, and the globalists!
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WHAT’S NEW WITH TPA/TPP:
The Fast Track trade promotion authority bill is slated to be introduced the week of April 20, 2015.
My colleagues and I at End Global Governance
continue to visit Congresspeople and Senators on the Hill, to educate them about what’s in the trade agreement, and to ask them not to give the Obama administration Fast Track trade promotion authority, which rushes the trade agreement through Congress.
The mood about TPA/TPP has changed since I first began visiting D.C. in January.
At first, the staffers knew very little about the trade agreement, and got bogged down in discussing Fast Track vs. the regular order of voting.
Later, the staffers primarily cited “executive overreach”, which let me know that they were increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of giving the Obama administration Fast Track trade promotion authority.
Last week, every office spoke of the Obama administration’s horrendous negotiating skills. You could tell that they don’t want to vote for Fast Track, that they’re being pressured to vote for Fast Track, and that they’re seemingly looking for a talking point on which they can unite, and stand firm. It’s very uncomfortable for Republicans to oppose trade agreements, yet they understand now how wrong this trade agreement is.
Sometimes a concept seems so obvious to me, that I am embarrassed to mention it during the meetings, thinking that I might insult the Congressional staffer. Occasionally, I will voice it anyway. After a staffer and I discussed some of the outrageous aspects of the TPP yesterday, I then pointed out that if we give U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman Fast Track authority over the TPP, none of the harmful details in the TPP will be removed, because he’s the one who put them in there!
I watched the staffer look surprised, and take notes. Hello??? How did you not realize that Fast Track empowers the Obama administration, which has already run roughshod over the American people?! We have a President who has probably lied about his nationality, his religion, and his education; has screwed up negotiations with North Korea, South Korea, and Iran; who traded an army deserter for five terrorists; and who acts like a greedy child at the prospect of accomplishing wealth redistribution from American taxpayers to Americans on the dole, or worse, from America to every other country in the world!
Sigh. Maybe I’m not the right person to be traipsing around the Hill, educating staffers. Because clearly, I’m overestimating their knowledge and understanding of our President and his motivations. If Obama signed my child’s field trip permission slip, I’d immediately wonder if the school bus had been sabotaged. Capiche?
Anyway, we continue to convince Congresspeople to vote “no” on Fast Track. While we are very close to having enough votes to defeat Fast Track right now, another ten definite “no” votes would get me to relax a bit. Another 20 would have me grinning.
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Copy, Paste: New TPA Bill Nearly Identical to Last Year’s Failed Effort
– Rep. Sander Levin, Ranking Member, Ways & Means Committee, 04-17-15
Senate Fast Track TPA Bill Continues Trade Deficits and Endorses Offshoring – Economy in Crisis, 04-16-15
“A new ‘principal negotiating objective’ in the Senate Fast Track bill also explicitly endorses offshoring of our supply chains. In text never seen in prior enacted legislation, the new bill states: ‘The principal negotiating objectives of the United States regarding trade in goods are… to expand… the utilization of global value chains.’ ”
Hatch Bill Would Revive Controversial 2002 Fast Track Mechanism That Faces Broad Congressional, Public Opposition – Public Citizen, 04-16-15
“The trade authority proposal would does not require negotiators to actually meet Congress’ negotiating objectives in order to obtain the Fast Track privileges, making the bill’s negotiating objectives entirely unenforceable.”
Rep. Van Hollen sends letter opposing Fast Track to Rep. Levin, on Ways & Means Committee.
South Korea asks to join Pacific trade deal. Washington says not so fast. – The Washington Post, 04-15-15
“The U.S. officials told the Korean visitors that they could join in a second wave once the deal is completed.” As a reminder, the TPP is a docking agreement, which means that other countries are welcome to join the trade agreement after it is finalized. China has been welcomed to dock onto the TPP by Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice.
“And with as many as 60 House Republicans ready to vote against giving Obama fast-track or trade promotion authority, it’s possible a vote would fail on the floor.” I don’t know where the author got that number, but I can vouch for its general accuracy.
Why Multi-National Corporations Are Behind The Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement by Crista Huff
“Simply put, the multi-nationals are desperate for a way to make their stock prices go up. They’ve gotten too big to do it through sales to their existing customers. So they do it through share buybacks and spin-offs — both of which are artificial and temporary ways to boost a stock price. The only way to consistently boost a stock price over the longer term is to increase annual profits.”
Find your Senators and Representatives here. https://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup
Phone them. Ask the staffer, who answers the phone, to tell the Congressperson to vote “no” on the Fast Track trade promotion authority bill.
TAKE ADDITIONAL ACTION!
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We defeated Cap & Trade … we can defeat Fast Track too!
We must OPPOSE Fast Track – TPA and TPP in order to…OPPOSE offshoring of U.S. supply chains; OPPOSE forcing the U.S. to do business with human rights violators; OPPOSE forcing U.S. to import unsafe, unhealthy food; OPPOSE banning GMO labeling
Go to Spear of Liberty blog to learn how!
GO A STEP FURTHER!
Invite me to speak to your political group, your issues group, your business group, your municipal group, or your radio show.
My radio interview on The Stacy Petty Show on 1310 KFKA. Refer to the April 13 segment, second hour (the first half hour).
http://www.1310kfka.com/audio/stacy041315hr2.mp3 My radio interview on Rush to Reason on 560 KLZ. Refer to the March 19 segment, third hour (the full hour).
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We met with a staffer who recently travelled with several Senators. He said that the Democratic Senators were “extremely bewildered by the lack of communication from the White House.” In addition, the President did not have his first meeting with freshmen Democrats until late March!
We met with a staffer who said “it’s galling what’s going on with this President” and referred to POTUS repeatedly “bungling” negotiations.
We met with a staffer who had close working experience with USTR Michael Froman. I won’t give you the direct quote, but the concepts of sneakiness and “being above the law” were mentioned; and I watched the staffer smack his head in horror that Michael Froman is the front man in TPP negotiations.
In virtually all of the meetings, the staffers discussed the secrecy of the TPP — “we’ve been left out in the cold” — and the complete lack of negotiation skills on the part of the Obama administration. A staffer told me, “When TPP comes out, it will be one of the hottest documents in town.”
One of my colleagues was speaking with a DoD employee. Their department had been told that TPP is a way to keep China at bay. They had been lied to. TPP is a docking agreement. China is fully expected to dock on when the ink is dry on the trade agreement. Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice have publicly welcomed China to dock onto the TPP.
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Elected officials and conservative activists are beginning to speak out against Fast Track.
- Slow Down Fast Track – Burlington County Times, by Freshman Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ-3)
- Former congressional candidate opposes trade agreement – Tri-City Herald (Josh Ramirez from Twitter)
The TPP forces the U.S. to do business with 8 of the world’s top 12 human rights violators.
- More than 300 slave fishermen rescued from Indonesian island — Associated Press, 04-05-15
Under TPP, California’s new water restrictions would be grounds for ISDS lawsuits, by foreign countries or companies, against the State of California. Read about similar ISDS lawsuits under NAFTA, pertaining to environmental complaints.
- >From Public Citizen: Top 10 Most Pernicious Investor-State Dispute Settlement Lawsuits – naked capitalism
- “Vattenfall, a Swedish energy firm that operates nuclear plants in Germany, has levied an investor-state claim for a least $1 billion against Germany for its decision to phase out nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. This comes after Vattenfall successfully used another investor-state case to push Germany to roll back environmental requirements for a coal-fired power plant owned by the corporation.”
MEDIA INTERVIEWS AND PRESENTATIONS
Contact Crista Huff at 303-250-9151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
My presentations are not boring, I promise.
Thank you, and God bless America!