The TPP Is Not Free Trade-------Its Just More Statist Machinery Which Will Thwart Global Enterprise

By Gary North

I don't talk a lot about Obama, since he is mostly a cipher. I did not talk much about Clinton, either, for the same reason.

They are both talkers. But when it came to making their agendas clear, and then passing them into law, they accomplished little. What did Clinton ever do that we remember? Monica.

Clinton appointed Robert "Goldman Sachs CEO" Rubin as Secretary of the Treasury. Rubin was followed by Hank "Goldman Sachs CEO" Paulson, appointed by George W. "Skulls & Bones" Bush, the son of George H. W. "Skull & Bones/Harriman & Co." Bush.

THE TPP

You may know of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. No one in Congress has read it. No one is allowed to read it.

The Leftist Guardian reports that WikiLeaks has released a stolen version of it.

Obama wants Congress to pass it. But, as with ObamaCare, no one will be allowed to read it.

TPP is now facing a rough ride through Congress where President Obama's opponents on the right argue the agreement does not do enough for business while opponents on the left argue it does too much.Twelve Pacific rim countries have signed a sweeping trade deal but will it cut red tape and boost commerce or is it a sellout to big business that will cost jobs?

Obama has pledged to make the TPP public but only after the legislation has passed.

Democracy really is at the end of the road as a philosophy. I am not saying that we are headed back into totalitarianism. It, too, is at the end of the road -- not just philosophically but institutionally. It is holed up in North Korea. Democracy still lets groups resist. I don't think Obama will get the TPP through Congress. But I am saying that a cogent case for democracy as a system promoting discussion of proposed laws is over. It is a farce. We accepted Pelosi's original challenge: Congress would get to read the ObamaCare bill after it was passed.

This really is Orwell's dystopia gone fruitcake nutty. There is no longer even the pretense of democracy in Congress. They no longer offer a fig leaf to conceal reality.

If it passes, the TPP will not change much. We are deep into the globalists' managed trade universe of big corporations: the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, and all the rest of the agreements. Bureaucratically-managed trade is not free trade. A good article on the difference is here.

I hope the TPP gets defeated by Congress. If we want more trade, Congress can lower tariffs and eliminate quotas. We do not need the WTO to do this. We have transferred far too much national sovereignty to these faceless, unelected globalist bureaucracies.

If it does pass, it will not change much. We are so far into the lobster trap of managed trade that this will not make much difference. It is more of the same.

Two things are worth mentioning. One, democracy is a shell game now. Congress no longer conforms to the original theory, which promoted the idea of full disclosure: "open covenants openly arrived at," as Woodrow Wilson put it ungrammatically a century ago. Second, Obama is a shill for the NWO.

No, he is not a Communist. No, he is not a socialist. He is the latest in a long line of Presidents who are under the thumb of Wall Street. He appointed Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury. Geithner was president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, second in power (maybe) to the Chairman of the Board of Governors. (A case could be made that the NYFED president is the real power.) Wikipedia makes it clear that he was part of the bipartisan New World Order system.

During the early 1980s, Geithner's father oversaw the Ford Foundation's microfinance programs in Indonesia being developed by Ann Dunham Soetoro, President Barack Obama's mother, and they met at least once.Geithner worked for Kissinger Associates in Washington for three years and then joined the International Affairs division of the U.S. Treasury Department in 1988. He went on to serve as an attaché at the Embassy of the United States in Tokyo. He was deputy assistant secretary for international monetary and financial policy (1995--1996), senior deputy assistant secretary for international affairs (1996--1997), and assistant secretary for international affairs (1997--1998).

He was Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs (1998--2001) under Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers. Summers was his mentor, but other sources call him a Rubin protégé.

In 2001 he left the Treasury to join the Council on Foreign Relations as a Senior Fellow in the International Economics department. He was director of the Policy Development and Review Department (2001--2003) at the International Monetary Fund.

In October 2003, at age 42, he was named president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Democrats vs. Republicans. Free market vs. socialism. Free trade vs. protectionism. It's all kabuki theater. It goes back to 1912: Roosevelt/Rockefeller vs. Wilson/Morgan, with Taft/Skull & Bones as the third option. Americans had a choice of which New York bank they wanted to have setting policy.

[Note: if I were writing a Ph.D. dissertation, I would choose to study George Cortelyou, who served under Cleveland (Democrat) and McKinley/Roosevelt (Republicans). He was Teddy's press secretary, and Teddy appointed him Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of the Treasury. He was a Rockefeller agent. He was the inside man in the government in 1907 in creating the Federal Reserve System. He is virtually forgotten.]

Democracy sounds good. It's good political cover. It lets the Old Boy Network do its thing at the expense of the taxpayers.

That's why this year is unique: Trump/Carson/Fiorina. There is not an elected official among them.

I think of the Republicans' slogan in the 1946 Congressional election: "Had enough?" I know I have.

Source: Obama and the TPP

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