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The Fate of the Union - Oppose Fast Track Trade Authority
This will be remembered as the most degenerate excuse for a report on the "State of the Union" ever made: "He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient." Please do it in writing next year, as was the tradition prior to Woodrow Wilson. Meanwhile, those of us who are not delusional will fight tooth and nail to prevent "fast track" approval of behemoth trade agreements, which must be stopped.
On the White House Website, we are invited to "Watch and Participate". How can we participate when the world's largest trade agreements have been negotiated secretly by your administration since you were inaugurated in 2009? Two rounds of negotiation for the little known TTIP were held in December alone. If you were to fulfil your mandate to present an annual report, you could report the progress that has been made on these agreements, which will dwarf all other efforts of your administration. The 800 pound elephant is in the room, visible to us all, yet this is what we are told:
"To boost American exports, support American jobs and level the playing field in the growing markets of Asia, we intend to complete negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership. And tonight, I’m announcing that we will launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union -- because trade that is fair and free across the Atlantic supports millions of good-paying American jobs. (Applause.)(?!!!)
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