To The Daily Sun,
I'm about to make a small donation (fourth time) to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Easy enough to do, going online to his official site.
Bernie has things to say about the Trans Pacific Pact, last free trade agreement of the 20th century bleeding into our second decade of the 21st century (because we didn't learn last century with H. Ross Perot's 1992-campaign prediction of "sucking sound of jobs leaving the country" coming true). How long have we heard praises for the better fair trade agreements, connected mostly at this time with our coffee buying and chocolate bar buying? Obama and his conservative party members and the Republicans who love these deals, well representing Wall Street and international corporations, really want this TPP deal to happen.
Bernie says: "The TPP would give multinational corporations the ability to challenge laws passed in the United States that could negatively impact their 'expected future profits'.'\ For example, a French waste management firm has sued Egypt for over $100 million for increasing the minimum wage and improving labor laws. Egypt's "crime" in this case is trying to improve life for their low-wage workers. Or Vattenfall, a Swedish energy company, has used this process to sue Germany for $5 billion over its decision to phase out nuclear power. Should the people of Germany have the right to make energy choices on their own or should these decisions be left in the hands of an un-elected international tribunal?"
We face the same threats here in the U.S. of A. if the TPP passes. Bernie stands up for our best, ordinary-people interests. Support Bernie. Feel the Bern.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
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