The TPP is not just one of the biggest “trade” deals in U.S. history, but also one of the most secretive. After more than five years of negotiations under the Obama administration and despite a plan for the deal to be signed by early 2014, the press and public are still being denied access to the draft TPP text that, if enacted, would impact our daily lives.
Of the TPP's 29 draft chapters, only 5 deal with traditional trade issues. Most would set rules on non-trade matters that affect our daily lives: food safety, internet freedom, medicine costs, job off-shoring, financial regulation, and more.
Our domestic policies
would be required to
comply with the TPP rules.
-The same corporations behind SOPA have pushed to insert its most pernicious provisions into TPP.
-Violations could be as simple as the creation of a YouTube video with clips from other videos, even if for personal or educational purposes.
-Mandatory fines would be imposed for individuals' non-commercial copies of copyrighted material. So, downloading some music could be treated the same as large-scale, for-profit copyright violations.
-Under this TPP proposal, Internet Service Providers could be required to "police" user activity (i.e. police YOU), take down internet content, and cut people off from internet access for common user-generated content.
-The Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Empower Corporations to Attack U.S. Policies in Foreign Tribunals and Demand Taxpayer Compensation for Our Environmental, Health and Other Laws
-The Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Promote
Off-Shoring of American Jobs
-The Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Threaten Workers' Rights - Affecting Good American Jobs
-The Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Undermine Food Safety
-The TPP would require us to import meat and poultry that do not meet U.S. food safety standards.
-The Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Ban "Buy American" and
"Buy Local" Procurement Preferences
-The TPP would provide large pharmaceutical firms with new rights and powers to increase medicine prices and limit consumers' access to cheaper generic drugs. This would include extensions of monopoly drug patents that would allow drug companies to raise prices for more medicines and even allow monopoly rights over surgical procedures.
-The TPP would also empower foreign corporations to directly challenge domestic toxics, zoning, cigarette and alcohol and other public health and environmental policies to demand taxpayer compensation for any such policies that undermine their expected future profits.
-TPP would empower foreign pharmaceutical corporations to directly attack our domestic patent and drug-pricing laws in foreign tribunals.
-The TPP would provide big banks with a backdoor means of rolling back efforts to re-regulate Wall Street in the wake of the global economic crisis.
-The TPP would prohibit taxes on Wall Street speculation.
-The TPP would empower financial firms to directly attack these government policies in foreign tribunals, and demand taxpayer compensation for policies they claim undermine their expected future profits.
-The TPP could sharply increase U.S. exports of natural gas - creating incentives for more fracking.
-The Trans-Pacific Partnership
Would Undermine Public Services - Affecting Utilities, Transportation, Education and More