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Fast Track Trade Authority Is a Poison We Must Avoid

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Despite the United States operating for years under Constitutional guidelines which prevented any one leader from dictatorial control over our trade policies, the president is now asking for Fast Track Trade Authority to push new agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress. Sources say the president wants to push for unconstitutional Fast Track Trade Authority some time after the November elections! In late October, 2013, Senate Finance committee leaders Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Max Baucus (D-MT) called once again for handing over their Constitutional duties to regulate trade to the president.

Fast Track Is Unconstitutional and Should Be Rejected

Fast Track

President Obama is attempting to push through the largest trade deal in human history. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, will set new rules, which we know very little about, regulating the economies of 12 countries including the United States, Japan, Canada and Australia. The United States has negotiated the TPP almost entirely in secret with the assistance of 600 paid lobbyists, of which 500 are corporate advisers.

Americans Are Fed up with Their Government

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The approval ratings for Congress keep on sinking lower. The approval ratings for the president keep on sinking lower. The approval ratings for the Supreme Court keep on sinking lower. There seems to be a pattern here.

From Democracy to Plutocracy

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In Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are equivalent to people, and thus have the same first amendment rights. Any attempt to abridge those rights (for example, the McCain-Feingold bill, which limited campaign donations) is a violation of the Constitution. This disastrous decision has paved the way for companies that care more about overseas profits than America.

The Battle over Fast Track Trade Authority Is Not Over

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Twenty years ago, we were sold a bill of goods called NAFTA. It would, we were promised, create jobs and prosperity for all nations involved. Ross Perot warned us at the time that this would not be the case, but not enough people listened to him, and we are paying for it now. Instead of creating the tens of thousands of jobs as promised, it destroyed hundreds of thousands that we know about. Many believe the real total is higher than can be measured.

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