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  • I realize
    we all
    want to know
    the news
    the news of the day
    what is going on in our neighborhood
    our town...
    maybe even our state...
    and really all that violent stuff holds some sort of morbid fascination
    we watch
    I watch too when it's in front of me
    I get sucked in
    They are experts at sucking us in...
    mayhem, murder, pillage and plunder...
    and who's doing it to who in Hollywood
    more at 11...

    What makes me crazy is that that's all there is...
    even the national news...
    fluff and drama...
    the spin...
    lies of omission
    this thing that they try to pass for news...

    But the really big things
    the things that will change our lives
    go unreported...
    barely a peep
    if even a peep

    I know
    you know
    what I mean....
    like the TPP
    I know YOU know
    but for those who don't
    the TPP would be the Trans Pacific Partnership....
    the trade deal
    that our president kind of sort of spoke of in his state of the union address...
    I know he did...

    I heard him mumble something...
    of course he didn't mention
    that 605 corporations have written it all up
    talked to the 12 countries involved...
    said this is what we want...
    sign on the dotted line and lets get the show rollin...
    let's fast track it
    let's get er done!
    and the part...
    the part that bothers me the most
    is that embedded in the crazy big and wordy agreement
    the agreement that none of our lawmakers have been allowed to read the full text of...
    in this agreement..
    this partnership
    are rules limiting the power of our government is permitted to do...
    like no labeling things Made in America..

    But the big thing is...
    to me
    the really BIG thing is...
    it gives new rights and privileges to corporations..
    and there will be a team of international corporate lawyers
    a secret tribunal...
    meeting behind closed doors
    to enforce them

    They..
    the lawyers who make up the tribunal
    will decide rather or not
    a corporation can demand tax payer dollars if some local, state, or national law we have causes them to lose profits...
    profits not actually lost even...
    projected in the future profits...

    They can demand cash compensation from us
    us the taxpayers for any action by our government that they think harms their profit picture...
    even if the law that a foreign corporation wants struck down serves us
    even if it serves a clear and legitimate public interest
    our public interest..
    and has been properly enacted..
    clauses in the ''trade'' agreement decree that the corporation wins its case simply
    simply by showing
    simply by saying
    that our government's law might restrict the
    "expected future profits" of corporate investors

    These faceless, bureaucratic tribunals are not accountable to any electorate
    not accountable to any other entity but the corporation who pays them...
    their decisions are the final word..
    there will be no appeal of their ruling to a real court

    I don't think I'm crazy
    to think this is crazy
    to believe this just isn't good for America...
    and maybe, maybe, if we care..
    we can at the very least stop the fast tracking of it through Congress...
    Maybe, maybe,
    says the ever optimistic me...
    we can have a voice...
    will use our voices
    maybe We the People can have OUR up or down vote.
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