Saturday, August 01, 2015

Revoking Passports without Due Process Under the Pretense of Terrorism

In 15 minutes, with virtually no media attention, the House of Representatives passed HR 237, the Foreign Terrorist organization (FTO) Passport Revocation Act, which allows the federal government  the power to arbitrarily strip you of your passport and right to travel without any due process.   Why? Like every "law" that's passed to strip us of our rights: to stop alleged "terrorists". In this case, to keep them from from traveling.

Now, define terrorist. Well,

Are you a conservative, a libertarian, a Christian or a gun owner? Are you opposed to abortion, globalism, Communism, illegal immigration, the United Nations or the New World Order? Do you believe in conspiracy theories, do you believe that we are living in the “end times” or do you ever visit alternative news websites (such as this one)? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are a “potential terrorist” according to official U.S. government documents. At one time, the term “terrorist” was used very narrowly. The government applied that label to people like Osama bin Laden and other Islamic jihadists. But now the Obama administration is removing all references to Islam from terror training materials, and instead the term “terrorist” is being applied to large groups of American citizens. And if you are a “terrorist”, that means that you have no rights and the government can treat you just like it treats the terrorists that are being held at Guantanamo Bay. So if you belong to a group of people that is now being referred to as “potential terrorists”, please don’t take it as a joke. The first step to persecuting any group of people is to demonize them. And right now large groups of peaceful, law-abiding citizens are being ruthlessly demonized."
In other words, anyone and everyone, no matter how law abiding you think you are,  is a potential terrorist in the U.S. 

The core of the Rule of Law in the United States is that governmental power be bound strictly by law in order to protect individual freedom or liberty.  It is realized through the judicial process. In other words, the Rule of Law holds that powers and rights vest naturally in individuals and that government is limited in its power to infringe upon those rights.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Solving the Brutal Murder of a Prominent Orthopedic Surgeon and World Renowned Expert in Cancer Research

Dr. Mary Stults Sherman and the apartment building she was found murdered
Prominent orthopedic surgeon and world renowned expert in cancer research,  Dr. Mary Sherman (left) was brutally murdered on July 21, 1964 (the same day the Warren Commission started taking testimony on Lee Harvey Oswald’s activities in New Orleans) in her apartment building on St. Charles Avenue, in New Orleans. This 'assassination' remains officially unsolved--maybe because of the memo from J Edgar Hoover telling SAC-NO (Special Agent-in-charge of the New Orleans FBI office) that no active FBI investigation was to be conducted into the Mary Sherman murder--but there are some investigators and authors, in particular, Edward T. Haslam, author of Dr. Mary’s Monkey: How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans and Cancer-Causing Monkey Viruses are Linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK Assassination and Emerging Global Epidemics, and Mary, Ferrie and the Monkey Virus: Story of an Underground Medical Laboratory, who discovered the truth regarding this very strange murder and, believe it or not, the assassination of John F. Kennedy is closely intertwined. 

Dr. Sherman was stabbed in the heart, liver, arm, leg, and stomach, and her right arm and rib cage were completely incinerated, totally disintegrated, yet the hair on her head remained untouched. The incinerated body parts supposedly occurred due to a small mattress fire, but the investigators determined that the massive burns inflicted upon her could not have occurred in her apartment.  Of course, the details of her missing arm and ribs were not released to the public.  Moreover, the wound to the heart hemorrhaged but the wound to the liver did not, indicating that she was alive at the time of the heart wound but already dead by the time the wound to the liver was inflicted.

Who? What? Why?



A little more history on the subject:

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Has The Patriot Act Metamorphosed into The Freedom Act?

US Spy Architecture Pared Back as Part of Patriot Act Expires, shouts the Wall Street Journal. The New York Times claims a decade-long shift from focus on national security to a shift on civil liberties in the post Snowden era. Yes, the corporate owned mainstream media is doing its very best to hype the expiration of the Patriot Act while extolling the virtues of its replacement, the USA Freedom Act, in the words of the NY Times:

the strongest demonstration yet of a decade-long shift from a singular focus on national security at the expense of civil liberties to a new balance in the post-Snowden era.
Not so fast!   The spotlight is on one agency, the NSA and one expiring unconstitutional body of legislation, the Patriot Act. when they have all sorts of other ways to collect the same kind of intelligence laid out in the original Patriot Act, when there are countless other, even more powerful agencies than the NSA.  It's what the profit-seeking "news" media, owned and run by a tiny elite, obscures that leads to truth.


The massive US intelligence apparatus (see above) has already figured out how to get what it needs through other means. Broadcasting the curbing of the NSA Surveillance Program just gives we, the people false hope that's something is being done. In fact, under the Freedom Act, the program of domestic mass surveillance will only intensify. The NSA is only one of the alphabet agencies under the umbrella of the colossal Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). 

It's all a game of smoke and mirrors to mask the ever-growing build-up of the surveillance and security industrial complex. This change they're trumpeting is purely cosmetic. It's basically the transference of responsibility for the retention of cell phone metadata from the NSA to telecommunication companies which now require the NSA to get a FISA stamp of approval before obtaining call records.

What about all of the spy planes equipped with technology capable of tracking and reviewing data from tens of thousands of phones in a single flight and provided to the Department of Justice, including agencies such as the FBI, DEA, ATF, etc.? 

From How you can track the FBI’s spy planes
The thing is, when you fly planes in the U.S., you have to fill out lots of official forms that become part of the public record. Because the FBI didn’t want to publicly acknowledge it was sending “spy planes” out to circle American cities (and potentially alert its targets), it created front companies for them. It seems the FBI is uncreative when it comes to spy craft; the fake companies tracked down by the AP and by Wiseman mainly had three-letter names, including FVX Research, KQM Aviation, NBR Aviation and PXW Services. Because flight records in the U.S. are public, and planes are trackable on radar, the AP was able to track down where these planes flew.
Even politicians who speak out against the ever growing surveillance state cannot be trusted. Take Rand Paul who claims victory of the expired Patriot Act "proposed hiring 1,000 new FBI agents to track potential terrorists."

Anyway, what do you need the NSA for when you've got Google and Apple and Amazon and Facebook?

Newsflash: Big corporations and government are in bed together and cozier than ever. They don't even try to hide it anymore, what with Citizens United, huge corporate bailouts,  not to mention corporations actually write the laws that government officials don't even read.   Of course, I could go on forever but that should be enough to make one, at the very least, suspicious.

Links:

Zombie Patriot Act Will Keep U.S. Spying—Even if the Original Dies

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
EPIC is an independent non-profit research center in Washington, DC. EPIC works to protect privacy, freedom of expression, democratic values, and to promote the Public Voice in decisions concerning the future of the Internet.

Also see: http://privacy.org/
Big Brother Inc

Bugged Planet

The body-worn “IMSI catcher” for all your covert phone snooping needs


National Security Analysis Center (NSAC),

NSA slides explain the PRISM data-collection program
The top-secret PRISM program allows the U.S. intelligence community to gain access from nine Internet companies to a wide range of digital information, including e-mails and stored data, on foreign targets operating outside the United States. The program is court-approved but does not require individual warrants. Instead, it operates under a broader authorization from federal judges who oversee the use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Some documents describing the program were first released by The Washington Post on June 6.

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Is Africa Facing a Bigger Threat Than Colonialism?

The impact of the G8 New Alliance For Food Security and Nutrition (New Alliance) does everything but accomplish what its title suggests. If anything, its false, repressive, spurious existence is a threat to food sovereignty and agro-ecology in Africa and elsewhere.  In other words, predatory capitalism under the pretense of  reducing poverty.

Oxfam found that "both the New Alliance and related policy reforms actually risk marginalizing small-scale agriculture, undermining land tenure security, and endangering the right to food of the most vulnerable people."

Simply put, New Alliance's agenda is the corporate takeover of Africa's food. African governments are reforming laws to benefit multinational corporations like Monsanto in return for western aid and investment. Farmers would be restricted from saving and swapping seeds, and many who buy them would end up in debt. Meanwhile, traditional seed varieties could be lost forever. The law actually says "farmers that use seed varieties claimed under new intellectual property rights by individuals and companies anywhere in the world risk hefty fines or even imprisonment."



According to Lauren McCauley,

Under the specious claim of delivering "aid to Africa," western governments are backing an initiative—described by some as another form of "colonialism"—that is effectively enabling the corporate takeover of African nations by some of the world’s biggest food and agriculture companies."
Why do we allow the parasitic wealthy and powerful--those who live off the blood, sweat and tears of others, who talk openly about the horrors of third world overpopulation--free reign to decide what's in the best interest of third world people? They have clearly stated that we must reduce that population.  It's insane! Or, perhaps, most of us agree with these predators...as long as it's not us. 
What small scale farmers need is investment in infrastructure that links them more locally and regionally...Where control and ownership over the means of farming, buying and selling food and the culture of food is held by farmers (and people)—not outside elites." -- Dan Iles, food sovereignty campaigner with Global Justice Now
Links:

Mycotoxins: The Cost of Achieving Food Security and Food Quality

Mycotoxin contamination of foods in Africa: Antinutritional factors

G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Not Supportive of Small-Scale Food Producers

Corporate influence through the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Meet the Should Be Exonerated: Crosley Green

Crosley Green
Something new and different, a Florida man convicted for murder and sentenced to death simply because he was black. As attorney, Keith Harrison said, "an example of race being a substitute for evidence,race substituted for evidence.

For more than 16 years, 48 Hours has investigated the case of the 1989 murder of 22-year old Charles "Chip" Flynn because they believed it involved prosecutorial misconduct, which resulted in the conviction of Crosley Green (left) who was later sentenced to death, an absolute travesty of justice not uncommon as I have documented repeatedly.

It all began on April 4, 1989 when Flynn's former girlfriend, Kimberly Hallock called 911 saying she thought her boyfriend had been shot by a a black man with a gun who had hijacked and drove them to a remote Florida citrus grove. Keep in mind, this black guy would've had to steer and shift gears all while he was holding the gun on them. Oh, and after her ex-boyfriend, with his hands tied behind his back, grabbed a gun and shot the assailant, she alone managed to get back into the truck and escape.

Despite a story that kept changing, littered with troubling inconsistencies:
  • Crosley didn't match the original description of the assailant;
  • ex-girlfriend waiting almost an hour to call for help;
  • a truck that was hard to handle because it had a custom gear shift;
  • shoe prints that did not match...that tracked in different direction than testimony indicated;
  • no gun powder residue on Flynn's hands; no shell casings from Flynn's testified to gunshots;
  • no bare footprints or knee prints of either Flynn and Hallock at scene
  • witnesses who later said they were coerced into testifying recanted their testimony
  • a police dog, despite not having an item of Green's to scent upon, somehow connected him to the crime scene
  • no fingerprints or any physical evidence that linked Green to the crime
  • ten alibi witnesses who place Green miles away from the murder,
Crosley Green was arrested and charged with kidnapping, robbery and murder. It took the all-white jury just three hours to convict Crosley Green; the judge sentenced him death.

Crosley Green, top row center, target with a bull's eye...the black spot you focus on.
That's a target with a bull's-eye for Crosley Green. ...His picture is smaller and darker than the other pictures," Harrison said of the photo lineup. "Anybody involved in police investigation and prosecution knows this. ...the position that your eyes are normally drawn to are right in the middle."

"It's a black spot," Green said of the photo. "That's what you focus on, that black spot." [...]
When I went to homicide school ... they told us that this spot is the most likely that someone will pick a picture from," Mark Rixey said of the photo lineup.

"And where exactly is Crosley Green in that--"

"That's Crosley Green right in that spot," Green said, pointing to the second of three images in the top row.

"Anything that strikes you about this lineup?" Moriarty asked Christopher White.

"You can't see the guy in the top middle very well at all," he replied. "Crosley Green's photo is the darkest."

"If you don't specifically know who you're looking for, then that's the spot you will pick nine times out of 10," said Rixey.
And why was Kim Hallock eliminated as a suspect when it's normal procedure to investigate the last people to see victim alive...everyone closest to the scene? No one knows.
That's homicide 101, anybody who is present at the scene of a shooting ... gets their hands tested for gunshot residue," Rixey explained. "That should have been the very first thing that was done. ...That was never done."
Moreover, the Brevard County State's Attorney's Office had a history of pressuring, coercing witnesses into lying. In the 1980s, Brevard County put away three men whose convictions have since been overturned.
They coerced witnesses ... to lie and it's really as though you see -- a deliberate pattern of the state creating evidence to achieve a result that they wanted to achieve and that's what they got," said Jeane Thomas.
In 2009, Green received a reduced sentence (life in prison)  due to an error in sentencing. In total, Crosley Green has spent almost 26 years incarcerated for a crime he did not commit.  Three witnesses recanted their testimony. 
Every witness recanted their story," Moura explained. "And every one of them had reason to be afraid of the police. ...They were squeezed. ...And they were squeezed hard."
As it stands now, undeterred by exculpatory evidence withheld by the prosecution, the recantations of four of the prosecution's star witnesses, not to mention, more inconsistencies than a government's official story, the Florida Attorney General's Office is fighting to uphold Crosley Green's conviction. It says Green failed to meet a filing deadline for his appeal.

Links:

Investigators say condemned man not guilty

Former Florida Death Row Inmate Crosley Green Asks Orlando Federal Court To Overturn His Conviction: Crowell & Moring Files Habeas Corpus


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Is ISIS a Tool in a Proxy War? Of Course It Is!

I can't tell you how many times I find myself screaming at the TV/radio, "can't anybody see what these bubbly, manicured, useful idiots are doing here?"  Hello!  The mainstream media is the primary tool of disinformation! It's infotainment, at best. Evil propaganda, at worst. Yet despite the overwhelming evidence of this, people, including most of my friends and family, still believe they're being genuinely informed as they're bombarded by images of brutality deliberately created to induce fear, anger, and aggression against a demonized group. So easily led astray by these pied pipers, when all it would take is a little easily accessible research to discover they're being played for fools. 

How many times has the United States been exposed for coup-making (regime change), and/or covertly funding, supporting and even training both sides in order to keep the wars going and the profits/power/resources rolling in?  Too numerous to mention, so I'll just cite a few:  Iran in 1953;   Iran Contra ; Iraq (funding Saddaam Hussein); Afghanistan (Taliban); Libya.

So, is it any surprise that ISIS, not to mention, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram (Nigeria) is nothing more than a US-NATO  full-scale proxy military force?  I mean, since we, the most powerful nation on earth, started supposedly bombing ISIS, it's been gaining territory and growing stronger!  How in the world do you explain this?  Well, they tell us that they're trying to bomb ISIS but accidentally, of course, they bomb those trying to destroy ISIS.    Really?  No. Bombing ISIS is a pretext to further weaken and destabilize Syria  Obviously, they're targeting civilian neighborhoods and infrastructure.

What is the geopolitical goal here? Well, see Zbigniew Brzezinski's theory of micro states and mini states, for one. He says to break up existing countries, creating war lords, secession, failed states, rump states- the kind that can't stand up to major corporations and banksters, let alone other large and powerful nations. 

For Africa, Brzezinski recommends the so-called ‘micro-nationalities’ concept, which means that national boundaries established in the 19th century should be swept aside in favor of a crazy quilt of petty tribal entities, each one so small that it could not hope to resist even a medium-sized oil multinational” -- Webster Tarpley
You see, by herding these death squads, funded and armed by western powers not to mention, the Saudis, who use the most primitive, gruesome and brutal methods of destruction possible, the United States is able to maintain a veneer of civility.

From recently declassified DIA documents
… there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist Principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).



Links:

Confirmed Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US “Created” ISIS As A “Tool” in a Proxy War Against Assad


Slaughter of Iraqi family in suspected US-led air strike hints at cost of war


US-NATO Proxy War in Iraq and Syria: US Financing and Training of “Moderate” ISIS Rebels in Syria

Truth Revealed: McCain's 'Moderate Rebels' in Syria is ISIS.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Technological Utopianism? Power and Mechanical Efficiency Without Moral Restraint

Certainly technological progress can lead to very positive changes, however, that is only if we understand that technology is supposed to serve humanity, not the other way around.  Yet, today, technology is advancing so rapidly--exponentially--without time for conscious moral intention or consideration. Previous rules, mores, and norms--for better or worse--are discarded without blinking an eye.  So, are we wise enough, moral enough, intelligent enough to control technology? Artificial intelligence?  Apparently not, as you will see,  we have become subservient to the neutral machine/technology, devoid of any moral or spiritual value and/or meaning. . 


For one, we've become more isolated than ever before, substituting electronics for real face-to-face human interaction and outdoor activity.

Two, life, it seems, has become more complex, time consuming, and frustrating, even though technology is supposed to simplify not to mention, increase quality and recreational time. 

Three, despite easy access to information, we're dumber and more dependent (on technology) than ever.  While we have access to lots of information--way too much, in fact--information isn't knowledge if you don't understand it.  I mean, how can one have knowledge or understanding when computers do everything? 

Four, as we grow increasingly ignorant and more reliant on these emerging technologies, those who pull the strings of government and society have been and continue to be very busy translating information superiority into combat power. In other words, post modern warfare or network centric warfare to master the human domain.

The network centric warfare platform takes the individual decision making out of the equation. In other words, the system is making the decisions for you. Left to robots--real terminators--death will be on a massive scale few can imagine because believe it or not, human beings do not naturally kill other human beings. They must be brainwashed, indoctrinated, etc., to kill. Hence, the proliferation of electronic warfare games for children.





Links:

Failed Thermostat: The illusion of Control in an Information Rich Age

How the CIA made Google.

"INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a new crowd-funded investigative journalism project, breaks the exclusive story of how the United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as part of a drive to dominate the world through control of information. Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA, Google was merely the first among a plethora of private sector start-ups co-opted by US intelligence to retain ‘information superiority.’

The origins of this ingenious strategy trace back to a secret Pentagon-sponsored group, that for the last two decades has functioned as a bridge between the US government and elites across the business, industry, finance, corporate, and media sectors. The group has allowed some of the most powerful special interests in corporate America to systematically circumvent democratic accountability and the rule of law to influence government policies, as well as public opinion in the US and around the world. The results have been catastrophic: NSA mass surveillance, a permanent state of global war, and a new initiative to transform the US military into Skynet.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Provocateur

 The Provocateur
This book is profoundly troublesome, dark, and provocative in the extreme because it raises disturbing questions about the manipulation of the public will, and even more importantly the manipulation of our private beliefs about, well, pretty much everything.  Although exaggerated--I give human beings more credit--and somewhat simplistic, it 's a horror story of hopelessness that could easily be remedied if we were not so easily and maybe even willfully blinded.

The Provocateur by Michael Stephenson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
"What if everything you were brought up to think about society, all layers of cultural meaning, freedom, etc., are wrong? What if someone, or a small group of wealthy and powerful social engineers, specifically, powerful institutions of our contemporary global economy, were subverting your beliefs, ideas and values with behavioral tricks to use them against you?

Social control has and always will be a problem for each and every form of government since government is simply a mechanism with which to control a culture or society, and in large measure, its geared to the needs of the ruling elites of our social institutions, yet we seldom question where our thoughts, ideas, beliefs, even cultural trends originate...in other words, what/whom inspires, or more succinctly, controls our minds.

"The maniacal lunatics in control of our society know exactly how human beings tick and they are masters at manipulation." - Bruce McDonald

Anyway, I gave it five stars, not so much for the plot, characterization or writing style (which are very good as well) but for the very thought provoking experience as I read this book.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Unwarranted Jurisdiction Over US? 16th Amendment and Constitutional Income.

Have We the People "elected" to leave the jurisdiction of the Constitution?  Into a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, such as a corporate reality?   If so, to be sure, we elected to do this without knowing what we were doing. 

The ratification of the 16th amendment was one of the biggest issues  in 1913 because the American people thought this federal income tax would tax the accumulated wealth of the country: basically what the Vanderbilt’s, Rockefellers, and the Morgan’s, etc--those few people who benefited from the Industrial Revolution and the monopolization of American industry-- owned,  the millions of dollars in bonds and investment on Wall Street that were generating enormous income. That and only that income  was supposed to be taxed and the American people were all for it.

In other words, the purpose of the 16th amendment was to bring tax relief to working class wage earners by taxing the top 2% (at the time, a single person making over $3,000 year or a married couple making $4,000 year.  Remember the average working family made $450 year).

So how did we go from the top 2% paying income tax to the bottom 95% paying the majority of income tax?   Well, the answer lies in who wrote the amendment, Senator Nelson W. Aldrich married to a Rockefeller, and how it was written, in vague language that could be manipulated later. And let's not forget the creation of the Federal Reserve system which, since that time has seen the value of the dollar fall by more than 98%.

Through  manipulation of the word income, and the tinkering of jurisdictional boundaries,  more and more of us were incorporated into the taxable bracket: bracket creep. However, the income tax is an indirect tax determined in the case of Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad, which means that it only taxes income that is discretionary, whereas a direct tax taxes our labor, wages and salaries, our very existence.

In briefs and argument before the Supreme Court in the case of Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad, both Brushaber and the Government claimed that the 16th Amendment provided for a direct tax exempted from the Constitutional apportionment rule. The High Court called this claim an "erroneous assumption...wholly without foundation." Constitutional Income: Do You Have Any? by Phil Hart pp. 204-210.
The courts are not going to unravel this web of deceit because the supreme court refuses to take cases that would clarify jurisdiction and meanings related to our convoluted tax system.

Source:

In the thoroughly researched book (19,000 pages of statutes and regulations)  Constitutional Income: Do You Have Any? by Phil Hart you will read about the intent and the constitutional underpinnings of the Sixteenth Amendment, the Income Tax Amendment and how the American people are being taking advantage of by our government through making the average person pay taxes on money that is not legally taxable.



Clubb, John Scott. "The new man on the job" 1913.
From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog Collection:
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/cph.3b30704/

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Big Republican Gains in Congress. Is President Obama Secretly Celebrating?

Is Obama, in his heart of hearts, delighted at the results of last week's election? After all, it didn't take President Obama long to sell out the progressives in his first term when his cabinet picks didn’t include a single liberal and he extended, not to mention, expanded, many of the Bush administration's policies: from increasing drone strikes in foreign countries to drafting legal justification for killing U.S. citizens abroad to signing the Bush tax cuts into law to spying on Americans to deportation of immigrants. Unfortunately, President Obama has no problem helping his financial friends on Wall Street.

Now, Obama is very good at spouting liberal rhetoric and Fox News is very good at spreading the delusion that he's some extreme left-wing socialist, if one looks at Obama's actions, they clearly prove otherwise. Obama, as author and activist Cornel West said, is a "Rockefeller Republican in blackface."  

AMY GOODMAN: It’s good to be with you. So we’re right here in the president’s city. In fact, he just flew out on Wednesday after his re-election. Cornel West, the figures—who is ahead? Who isn’t? As your book is titled The Rich and the Rest of Us.

CORNEL WEST: Well, one, I think that it’s morally obscene and spiritually profane to spend $6 billion on an election, $2 billion on a presidential election, and not have any serious discussion—poverty, trade unions being pushed against the wall dealing with stagnating and declining wages when profits are still up and the 1 percent are doing very well, no talk about drones dropping bombs on innocent people. So we end up with such a narrow, truncated political discourse, as the major problems—ecological catastrophe, climate change, global warming. So it’s very sad. I mean, I’m glad there was not a right-wing takeover, but we end up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama, so that our struggle with regard to poverty intensifies.
One thing is for sure: the Republican Congress and President Obama certainly agree on one very important issue: prioritizing and fast tracking the very secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which virtually exempts multinational corporations from national laws.  In other words, even more protection for corporate profits..."NAFTA on steroids".

Fast-track legislation was introduced in January but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would not allow a vote. Many Democrats fear that opening markets to countries with lower wages and standards will cost American jobs. Republicans tend to be supportive, because from the small leaks, since the TPP is negotiated mostly in secret, seem to indicate favoring US big business above overseas consumers (e.g entertainment, pharmaceuticals etc.)

After the election, when Mitch McConnell was asked what specific areas he could work on with President Obama:
Trade agreements. The president and I were just talking about that right before I came over here. Most of his party is unenthusiastic about international trade. We think it’s good for America. And so, I’ve got a lot of members who believe that international trade agreements are a winner for America. And the president and I discussed that right before I came over here, and I think he’s interested in moving forward. I said, "Send us trade agreements. We’re anxious to take a look at them." -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, November 5, 2014 

Links:

McConnell and Obama are Already Planning to Undercut Liberal Democrats in Congress
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that he and President Barack Obama are already discussing plans to cut corporate tax rates and pass free trade agreements, following the GOP's major gains in Tuesday's elections.
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Obama has struggled to sell Democrats on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a pact his administration is negotiating with 11 other Pacific nations. Leaked drafts of the text have sparked a host of liberal concerns. Consumer advocates are worried about potential restrictions on food safety and other regulations, environmentalists fear it will undermine environmental protections, and global health experts are concerned it will curb access to low-cost generic medicines.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has a testy relationship with many Democrats in Congress and with many liberal policy organizations, who accuse him of making promises on key Democratic priorities and then retracting them as trade negotiations continue.

Large swaths of the Democratic Party are simply wary of free trade deals in the mode of the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement. Some studies have concluded that such deals exacerbate income inequality and depress wages. While the NAFTA and World Trade Organization treaties have helped to expand overall U.S. economic growth, many economists argue they have had substantial negative consequences for American workers.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, however, is a strong supporter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which has not yet been finalized. The pre-eminent American corporate lobbying group almost exclusively supports Republican candidates.

Trade and Income Distribution: The Debate and New Evidence

Trade policy in particular has at times been hostage to the fears of some (including Ross Perot) that international trade and globalization are reducing living standards for American workers.
Stop TPP

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