Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Bernie Sanders: Not Down With T.P.P.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Naughty By Nature have teamed up to revamp the classic "Down With O.P.P." to a slightly different tune:  "Not Down with T.P.P."  Sanders will be emceeing his way to the White House with a brand of in your face, told you so outrage.  Ok, not for real, but the specter of Bernie Sanders manning the mic is something the world could benefit from right about now.  The corporations, with cheerleading from Obama, want to shove the Trans Pacific Partnership down the world's collective throat and maybe the old hairy eyeball from Sanders is what its going to take to nail some shirts to the wall.

Sanders is considering a run for the White House.  He needs to be part of the debates somewhere.  The pols are trying to dish a Clinton/Bush election on the country, and somehow there are still people who think either of these people would be good choices.  Imagine a set of debates with only the inside political class.  What mindwashing madness.  Or how about imagining a Rand Paul/Bernie Sanders election.  Or a Paul/Sanders Republican ticket.  Something to think about.

Sanders recently released a statement on the Trans Pacific Partnership, which he condemns as the worst trade agreement imaginable, unless you are a major MNC carving out your niche in the cadaver of the global economy:  "The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and the foundations of American democracy. It will also negatively impact some of the poorest people in the world."

The TPP is being pushed as de facto, going to happen, don't stick your foot in the mud by it's proponents.  A debate is needed, however, about the wisdom of entering into this agreement at all - regardless of the talking points over boosting GDP's and incomes.  These agreements do nothing but subjugate huge numbers of people, transfer jobs abroad, lower protections, and generally disempower people as a whole in the face of corporate dominance and control.  What is at stake is no less than another fundamental change, in a worse direction, to the world economy, one that will like a wrecking ball swing through the current system and be followed with a mafia development in its place.  The truth needs to be addressed, and Bernie Sanders is outspoken enough to get that message across.  Eyes on the Senator from Vermont.

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