This is, by definition, anti-democratic. No individual American has the resources to ensure his or her economic and political interests are safeguarded within this vast global regulatory structure. The predictable and surely desired result of the TPP is to put greater distance between the governed and those who govern. It puts those who make the rules out of reach of those who live under them, empowering unelected regulators who cannot be recalled or voted out of office. In turn, it diminishes the power of the people’s bulwark: their constitutionally-formed Congress.
“The text of the TPP confirms our fears, plainly asserting: ‘The Parties hereby establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission which shall meet at the level of Ministers or senior officials, as mutually determined by the Parties,’ and that ‘the Commission shall’:
· ‘consider any matter relating to the implementation or operation of this Agreement’;
· ‘consider any proposal to amend or modify this Agreement’;
· ‘supervise the work of all committees and working groups established under this Agreement’;
· ‘merge or dissolve any subsidiary bodies established under this Agreement in order to improve the functioning of this Agreement’;
· ‘seek the advice of non-governmental persons or groups on any matter falling within the Commission’s functions’; and
· ‘take such other action as the Parties may agree’.
Further, the text explains that ‘the Commission shall take into account’:
· ‘the work of all committees, working groups and any other subsidiary bodies established under this Agreement’;
· ‘relevant developments in international fora’; and
· ‘input from non-governmental persons or groups of the Parties’.
Sessions goes on to note that the new global governance structure is “open-ended” and has no bounds.
This global governance authority is open-ended: “The Commission and any subsidiary body established under this Agreement may establish rules of procedures for the conduct of its work.” It covers everything from the movement of foreign nationals: “No Party shall adopt or maintain…measures that impose limitations on the total number of natural persons that may be employed in a particular service sector. . . in the form of numerical quotas or the requirement of an economic needs test”; to climate regulation: “The Parties acknowledge that transition to a low emissions economy requires collective action.”
“At bottom, this is not a mere trade agreement,” Sessions said. “It bears the hallmarks of a nascent European Union. It is another step towards a world where people, goods, and services can travel freely across international boundaries – and a world where those boundaries mean less and less every day.”
AND THIS IS WHAT CONGRESS DID WITH THE VOCAL SUPPORT OF THE NEW SPEAKER PAUL RYAN. (My comment)
Yet, because Fast-Track – or so-called Trade Promotion Authority – was adopted (without a single vote to spare), we cannot amend this deal, we cannot filibuster this deal, and we cannot subject it to the two-thirds treaty vote,” Sessions said. “That is why I am calling today on our leaders to take the TPP off of the Fast-Track. The vote should be held under regular Senate and Constitutional order, and it should be held when voters can hold their lawmakers accountable – not during an unaccountable lame duck session.
OBAMA HAS AGREED TO SURRENDER OUR AUTONOMY AND CONGRESS SAID IT SHOULD BE FAST TRACKED WITH REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT SUPPORT. (My comment)