Our leaders are surrendering our sovereignty and undercutting our economy through misguided policies and so-called “free trade” agreements. Transparency has been a key issue regarding these “free trade” agreements since we are kept completely in the dark. For instance, the South Korea- U.S. “Free Trade” Agreement, KORUS, limits our ability to regulate our own banks. Despite this, an even more damaging set of agreements are waiting on the sidelines: TPP, TTIP and TISA – the unholy trinity of “free trade”.
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After almost two decades of a corporate-led model of globalization, it is evident this globalization has failed workers, farmers, and the environment while helping the One Percent get richer. The World Trade Organization (WTO) was established in 1995 and has demolished our sovereignty. The U.S. can no longer plot its own course because it is controlled by the WTO. We can no longer make our own decisions that benefit our people, unless it is approved by the WTO. We get sued left and right by other countries and lose just give in 9 out of 10 times a case is brought against us.
Last month, the US Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 to approve an amendment that would undo much of the damage done to our democracy by the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United and McCutcheon. It would work to restore reasonable limits on financial contributions intended to influence elections. However, the California Supreme Court on Monday blocked the non-binding ballot seeking voter opinion regarding the disastrous ruling known as Citizens United.
Congress is not helping the United States. We desperately need a procedure of “no confidence” to get rid of an ineffective government, like they have in other countries around the world. We need to be able to get these ineffective leaders out of office as quickly as possible. We should also have national referendums on important issues that affect us, such as the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings.