While I’m in some re-training to try and get a job, I’ll take a quick peek at some news and see if anything catches my eye.

Yep, here’s some …

HUFFINGTON POST:  Trade document leaked, revealing new corporate powers

President Barack Obama addresses the House Dem...
President Barack Obama addresses the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 2008 campaign document released by the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party reads, “We will not negotiate bilateral trade agreements that stop the government from protecting the environment, food safety, or the health of its citizens; give greater rights to foreign investors than to U.S. investors; require the privatization of our vital public services; or prevent developing country governments from adopting humanitarian licensing policies to improve access to life-saving medications.”

Yet, if you look at what’s in the agreement being negotiated, it goes against those campaign promises.  For more analysis on the agreement being negotiated, click on a link to Firedoglake here.

The Obama administration is catching a lot of heat lately for leaks, and it hasn’t helped that the administration has been fighting the national press to try and control them.  This leak in particular is one worth keeping an eye on, because it affects many of us.  It will be interesting to see how much attention this receives and how much investigation it will get from the national media.

It would be good if President Obama were to address this issue himself and not leave it up to his spokesman.  There’s too much riding on this.

Years ago, a co-worker of mine complained that there was really no difference between the Republican and Democratic parties, saying that both of them have bought in too much to corporate ideology and not focusing nearly enough on the needs of the American people.  He was leaning toward voting for Ralph Nader.  And now, it’s Ralph Nader’s group that’s helping to shine a light on this trade agreement.

At the time that co-worker was making that statement, I was still holding out hope that he was wrong.  It’s getting harder to argue against it now.

This trade agreement seems more to echo that co-worker’s sentiment about campaign promises being trashed in favor of catering mainly to corporations.  The line between being a Democrat and a Republican seems to be getting more blurred all the time, although if you look at presumptive Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s trade position in the link here, he takes the stance that the agreement needs to be pushed through with the utmost of speed and that Obama hasn’t been pushing hard enough or fast enough.

The big problem is that not enough light has been shed on the negotiations.  The agreement will be opened up for debate once it gets to Congress, but how much trust can we and should we feel that the people’s interests will be served there any more than they have been up to this point?


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