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William Rivers Pitt | The Scorpions, the Frogs and the TPP: Prepare to Be Stung
An Aesop fable, “The Scorpion and the Frog,” has been much on my mind today. Short version: A scorpion asked a frog to carry him across a stream. “How do I know you won’t sting me?” asked the frog. “Because if I do,” replied the scorpion, “I will die, too.” Halfway across the stream, however, the scorpion stung the frog. As they sank to their mutual doom, the frog gasped, “Why?” The scorpion replied, “Because it is my nature.”
As I watched the House pass President Obama’s bill giving him fast-track trade authority (TPA) by a slim margin of 218 to 208, I thought to myself, “Here are the scorpions, and we are the frogs.”
Some 28 Democrats voted in favor of it, while nearly twice that number of Republicans, fifty, voted against it. The bill allows the president to submit trade agreements to Congress for a straight vote with no amendments attached. It is, in every respect, the first step toward the president’s ultimate goal: passage of the dangerous, foolish, destructive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
Refresher: The TPP is based on the NAFTA model, but with vastly broader powers and implications. NAFTA was an astonishing job-killer in the US, and the TPP will be worse. It is a massive corporate power grab by multi-national corporations whose control, upon passage, over every aspect of our lives will be multiplied a hundred-fold. Food, medicine, the internet, and especially jobs will be profoundly affected, and if the corporations are challenged, they can seek redress in a trade court whose power will supersede US laws.