A Great Awakening: Public Support For Fake "Free Trade" Deals Plunges

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Public opposition to the sovereignty killing corporate giveaway marketed as a free trade deal known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has become so widespread that all the leading candidates for the U.S. Presidency are publicly against it. Specifically, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are virulently opposed, while Hillary Clinton is pretending to be against it in order to harvest votes.

 

Essentially, the more time the American public has to learn about this scam, the more they are against it. Which is precisely why the Obama administration wants to push it through as quickly as possible.

 

– From the post: Obama to Push Passage of TPP Trade Deal Despite Rising Public Opposition

One of the key themes here at Liberty Blitzkrieg over the past year or so, has been to highlight the fact that the plethora of “free trade” deals (TPP, TTIP and TISA) being promoted by the global robber barons in power are nothing more than fascist corporate handouts (links at the end). Calling them “free trade” deals is purely for PR, and primarily serves as a means for marketing these scams to the ignorant masses.

Fortunately, I have some good news to share. The public is not as ignorant as it used to be. There’s a massive awakening happening, and it’s sweeping these United States as well as Europe.

As Reuters reports in the article, Survey Shows Plunging Public Support for TTIP in U.S. and Germany:

Support for the transatlantic trade deal known as TTIP has fallen sharply in Germany and the United States, a survey showed on Thursday, days before Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama meet to try to breathe new life into the pact.

 

The survey, conducted by YouGov for the Bertelsmann Foundation, showed that only 17 percent of Germans believe the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a good thing, down from 55 percent two years ago.

 

In the United States, only 18 percent support the deal compared to 53 percent in 2014. Nearly half of U.S. respondents said they did not know enough about the agreement to voice an opinion.

Those are absolutely incredible numbers, and can only really be explained by low information voters becoming educated. It reminds me of something I pointed out in last year’s post, As the Senate Prepares to Vote on “Fast Track,” Here’s a Quick Primer on the Dangers of the TPP:

Mr. McConnell could repeat the exercise with a different package, but the delay would add to the risk that the legislation stalls until after Memorial Day recess. That could weigh on the bill’s overall chances, since opponents are generating grassroots opposition across the country.

 

That just says it all doesn’t it? They need to pass it before the public has a chance to learn about it and oppose it. Typical Washington D.C. bullshit.

The writing was already on the wall a year ago, which is why politicians were scrambling to pass TPP fast track as quickly as possible, which, of course, they did.

So the good news is the public is clearly waking up. What’s a bit depressing is that it’s taken so many decades. Yes, decades.

As I was just entering my teenage years back in 1992, a quirky, billionaire named Ross Perot launched what remains the most successful third-party presidential bid of my lifetime. His core issue was opposition to the one-sided “trade” deal known as NAFTA, which he said would ruin the country.

Watch the video below. He predicted everything that was to come in the decades ahead.

 

Are we done being fooled? I sure hope so.

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cognitive dissident's picture

TPP mirrors PPT

both are illegitimate

junction's picture

Taliking about fraud, how did Pharmasett, a company with twelve employees at its peak, invent the drug sofosbuvir, its effective treatment for hepatitis C?  The answer is, it didn't.  Sofusbuvir is a drug that is made using 20 year old unpatented Protide technology.  Merck has sued Gilead Sciences (which bought Pharmasett for $11 billion in 2013), claiming it had developed sofusbuvir.  Round one has gone to Merck. 

http://www.biopharmadive.com/news/gilead-and-merck-lock-horns-in-court-o...

The record shows that Pharmasett, founded in 1998 by Raymond Schinazi and Dennis Liotta, scientists at Emory University, did the clinical research on sofusbuvir at the Veteran's Administration hospital in Atlanta to show that sofusbuvir was a very effective treatment for hepatitis C.  The drug itself had not been patented by its original developers at the University of Cardiff.  How the FDA granted Pharmasett a patent should be a matter for a criminal trial, to determine how much Pharmasett paid top FDA officials to classify Pharmasett's version of sofusbuvir, Sovaldi, as a new drug. 

In addition, Pharmasett, a company with at most 12 employees in 2012, claims to have spent some $300 million on testing of Sovaldi, a total fabrication.  Pharmasett's owners wanted to show that the millions in federal government research grants given to Pharmasett and to Emory University were not Pharmasett's major research funding source.  When the Federal government uses taxpayer money to fund research, that research is the property of the Federal government.  Schinazi and crew belong in prison for a conspiracy that defrauded the federal government to the tune of billions of dollars in drug overcharges for Sovaldi.       

From wikipedia: In February 2015 it was reported that Doctors of the World had submitted an objection to Gilead's patent at the European Patent Office claiming that the structure of sofosbuvir is based on already known molecules. In particular, Doctors of the World argue that the Protide technology powering sofosbuvir has been previously invented by the McGuigan team at Cardiff University in the UK, and that the Gilead drug is not therefore inventive. The group filed challenges in other developing world countries as well.

 

Supernova Born's picture

I hope Trump talks about the domestic US firearms industry success story relative to his positions on trade.

Originally a gun control inspired move to keep inexpensive firearms out of the US, it has resulted in significant manufacturing growth in the domestic US firearms industry.

It has also resulted in foreign manufacturers setting up operations and production in the US to allow firearms to be sold which would otherwise not be importable.

These developments have also strengthened the pro gun rights positions of the politicians in the states where the manufacturing has located.

LieEnforcementOfficer's picture

in opposite world, free trade is anything but. Affordable care act. National Defense Authorization Act.

cognitive dissident's picture

bought GILD @ $66 and unloaded at $112. Haven't owned any pharma/biocpecs since. Shorted the fuck out of the IBB though, 285 is resistance for that former "leader"

Perimetr's picture

Since when does "public support" mean anything

here in the USSA?

WhackoWarner's picture

FRAUD simple condoned and lobbied and bribed and criminal FRAUD

 

Quite simple really.  Buy the FDA. Buy, bribe and lobby and steal.  All condoned.

 

And then charge 100K per treatment.  Theiving criminals with no molecule of morality.  Why should they care?  NO reason.  After they get done theiving, lying and cheating they have enough money stolen to protect their own.  And donate to the Clinton Foundation.

delacroix's picture

gilead science. isn't that an israeli company. there's a reason they've been kicked out of close to a hundred countries.

eforce's picture

In Bills mind...."Yeah...there's going to be a sucking sound alright.."

Ivanka2032's picture
Ivanka2032 (not verified) eforce Apr 21, 2016 7:13 PM

Monica Lewinsky: "I'm your Huckleberry"

bamawatson's picture

even monica now renounces the democrats; she says they left a bad taste in her mouth

Rainman's picture

' The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.'

                 ~ favorite Perot quote

Uncle Sugar's picture

They don't care what you think

nmewn's picture

They have to pass it so we can see whats in it! ;-)

Paul John Smith's picture

I voted for him in 1992 ...

I remember going to the election night campaign party in Seattle.

(I was proud of that vote, for Perot)

(pretty much ashamed of America ever since)

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Ivanka2032 (not verified) Paul John Smith Apr 21, 2016 7:28 PM

Chewbacca is ashamed of you!

 

But who the fuck cares?

 

It's now quite obvious that PEROT was the DONALD TRUMP of the 1992 election...

 

IOW ~ Bush & Clinton were the same candidate... It didn't matter who won... Clinton won (but he only got a ticket because he played ball with POPPY to run drugs thru Mena, AK during the previous decade)... The rest is sad history...

 

It's no different now... The only difference is that the PEROT/TRUMP vote is useful in getting the next CLINTON elected...

 

~~~

 

Oh, & while we're fucking at it... WHO WAS PEROT'S RUNNING MATE???... tick...tick...tick... I bet you don't even fucking remember... Here, I'll alleviate your suffering...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1w3FgB0Ohc

 

NO FUCKING CHANCE!

quadratic_equation's picture

Go ahead and vote for Hillary then.  You've already given up.

Freddie's picture

Seattle was probably a much nicer place back in 1992

 

junction's picture

Most places in this country were much nicer places in 1992, before organized criminals in high government positions sold this country and its citizens down the river.  Take a bow, Clinton and Bush druglords. 

GoldenGoosed's picture

My x and I voted Perot

williambanzai7's picture

These deals a re prinipally about the same thing: lining up corporate financing for the first shitbags library and adjustng penny Pritskers truss.

nmewn's picture

Yeppers...

Technology giant Intel announced April 19 it will fire 12,000 skilled U.S.-based professionals — after already swelling its workforce with 14,523 requests in Washington D.C. since 2010 for visas to import foreign professionals through the controversial H-1B and Green Card programs.

...same as it ever was.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1wg1DNHbNU

 

WTFUD's picture

You're not supposed to have that kind of memory retention nmewn. You'll need another visit to Lab 101 for remedial work if you stand any chance of further participation in the programme.

Philo Beddoe's picture

Being agains free trade now is like being against ashes after the volcano has exploded. 

Paul John Smith's picture

It's not really "free trade" is the point.

In fact, a cogent logical argument would say: gee, if you regulate it and create secret deals to enable it? - it probably IS NOT free trade.

hxc's picture

Exactly. Don't need a deal to make deals.

WTFUD's picture

True but callous Philo!

quadratic_equation's picture

So you are saying it's a waste of time to dig yourself out of the ashes so just lay over and die?

Arthur Schopenhauer's picture

In 1992. according to the exit polls the majority of people said they wanted to vote for Ross Perot, but they voted for Bush or Clinton because they thought Ross Perot couldn't win and they didn't want to waste their vote on him.

samsara's picture

Perot was a spoiler. Never planned to go all the way. VP was picked for that reason.

His job, from a social engineering perspective, was to round up all the angst of NAFTA and drive into a box canyon so either Clinton or Bush could put their brand on them.

Get along little doggie

Kefeer's picture

If that is true, then you just exposed Trump to push Hitlery in the White House - Bill is going to have a good time.

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) Apr 21, 2016 7:15 PM

Not to worry about the PTTPPT thing,  Hillary will make the necessary tweaks and - once again - it will be good for the children.  

You can ALWAYS trust Smothering-mommy, and her Blue Team, to keep you safe from the evil corporations, and the Red Team (and the Coke Brothers).

Paul John Smith's picture

Who are you fooling? Hillary sucks corporate cock.

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) Paul John Smith Apr 21, 2016 7:18 PM

No, I'm serious.  (obviously). 

new game's picture

lol-like a joint, the harder ya suck the higher ya get...

Kefeer's picture

Hillary wants the government village to take children from the incompetents, the parents.  She also stated that gun owners kill 33K per year; neglecting to mention the majority includes suicides and people who own guns by theft or other illegal activities - think Urbana.

Beyond comprehension how she gets more than one vote, which is her own.

Amish Hacker's picture

Some shockingly high percentage of Americans can always be fooled some more, I'm afraid. Recent surveys have not been encouraging---high school grads who can't find Viet Nam on a map of Asia, who think Judge Judy sits on the Supreme Court, etc. etc.

The dumbing down of America has gotten us to the point that Beavis & Butthead is now a documentary, not a cartoon.

WTFUD's picture

I'm reading this article Amish . . . and it must be true as it says in the bottom left corner that everything in this article is true, that 9/10 US citizens can't find their front door key at the first attempt.

Frankie Carbone's picture

Are we done being fooled? I sure hope so.

Not so sure about that. You have all these mindless idiots lining up to vote for Trump....

 

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) Frankie Carbone Apr 21, 2016 7:30 PM

Well,  apposed to who else?    A spontaneously common write-in candidate that sweeps the elections?

Arthur Schopenhauer's picture

You never know. A lot can happen between now and November.

Kefeer's picture

Anyone who votes is proven to be mindless; voting by people does not determine the selection.

Pop3y3too's picture

"Are we done being fooled?"
Does it really matter? I think they're way beyond trying to fool us anymore. The TPP will become law regardless of how much it's "opposed" and you will eat your cake and like it. (or not)

lester1's picture

Liberals should be ashamed to support Obama. TPP is bad for us all !!

dismalist's picture

when has it ever mattered what the public things of trade deals? how often do they get to vote on them?