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Reader Opinion: The trade T-Party

We know what kind of chaos devolved from the infusion of the tea party into the Republican Party and the resulting dysfunctional governance. There is another kind of T-Party that is being negotiated, quietly, and secretly and we are not invited o...

We know what kind of chaos devolved from the infusion of the tea party into the Republican Party and the resulting dysfunctional governance.

There is another kind of T-Party that is being negotiated, quietly, and secretly and we are not invited or even allowed to know who is part of the discussion. We have all heard of the TTP (Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement), most of us have little awareness of two other similar trade agreements: T-TIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and TiSA (the Trade in Services Agreement) which are being negotiated in secret by governments of the participating nations and multinational corporations and entities. We are only left to pay the cost.

While the corporate media has us totally distracted with its media darling, Donald Trump, who may not even really be interested in being president but likes the coverage he is getting now, they are quietly determining our futures in secret.

The new agreements will turn nearly the entire world over to a world dominated by investors and investments that must be protected at any cost. That cost is our right to make decisions and pass legislation that we consider important to keep ourselves healthy, democratic and sustainable.

Anything deemed a threat to profits or investments can be legally challenged, to be decided by a secret corporate tribunal-no not a court-with binding results. The translation of that is that we will have no voice in the direction of this nation, not that we have much anymore anyway. But the last vestiges of pretense will be gone and each country will act more like a division of a huge multinational corporation, existing to enhance corporate profit and investor returns.

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Who runs the country will matter little, except as soap opera to keep us distracted.

Bob Passi

Baxter

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