Read the small print

When "selling" so called "free trade agreements" to the populace, politicians and corporate boosters trot out misleading platitudes and assurances about how such trade agreements are good for consumers, workers and small businesses. However, as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) demonstrates (from 20 years experience) such agreements destroy jobs and small businesses while health and environmental protection for consumers are undermined.

Secrecy surrounds the negotiations and few politicians take the trouble to study the small print of these agreements but those that do, baulk at them with indignation.

Senator Reads the TPP and Exposes Its Contents; Other Elected Officials Should Do the Same by Kevin ZeeseSenator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is one of the few members of Congress who has taken the time to jump through the hoops and read the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But, he has gone a step farther than other members - he told members of Congress what he read. He told the truth about what the TPP says and why Congress should oppose it in a five page letter to his colleagues.

The TransPacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will destroy jobs and small businesses (as NAFTA eliminated US jobs and the livelihoods of Mexican farmers) while threatening the health of all species (including humans) and the environment. In spite of these dangers, Which (the consumer watchdog) is commending TTIP to its members.

TTIP: Which side is ‘WHICH?’ on? by Linda Kaucher
Is TTIP really going to help consumers?

It pays to read the small print.

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