… Buffet proposed a simple plan to balance our trade. The government could issue “Import Certificates (ICs) to all U.S. exporters in an amount equal to the dollar value of their exports.” The number of import certificates determines the level of trade imbalance or balance that we allow.
Each exporter would, in turn, sell the ICs to parties–either exporters abroad or importers here–wanting to get goods into the U.S. To import $1 million of goods, for example, an importer would need ICs that were the byproduct of $1 million of exports. The inevitable result: trade balance.
The idea was sort of like cap-and-trade. Exporters would get a certificate for the value of their exports. The certificates allow anyone holding them to import that dollar amount of goods or services. So selling these certificates would mean extra cash to exporters, and would help them modernize factories, pay specialists and the other things needed to revive our in-country industries. Or the extra cash would let them sell for less, which would counter currency manipulation and other subsidies that other countries provide to their exporters.
There are a number of pluses and minuses, and Buffett goes on to list some of the negative effects of balancing trade. For one thing, prices would necessarily go up. But, of course, jobs and wage gains would return to our economy. …
The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority….
Thirteen Democrats backed fast-track in Tuesday’s vote, handing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major legislative victory. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) voted against the procedural motion.
The Democrats cast “yes” votes even though the trade package did not include a workers assistance program for people displaced by increased trade. The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program was a part of the last fast-track package approved by the Senate in May, but became a key part of opposition to the package among Democrats in the House….
The House has already passed fast-track but it must still vote on the package including TAA, which faces opposition from conservatives.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reiterated on Tuesday his pledge to vote again on TAA as soon as it clears the upper chamber.
“The House will consider TAA once it passes the Senate as part of a new trade preferences bill. And we are ready to go to conference on the customs bill. Our goal is to get TPA and TAA to the president’s desk this week and deliver this win for the American people,” he said in a statement. …
Democrats who voted for fast track:
Make your final Calls and EMAILS to these SENATE SELL-OUTS…Say that, unless they VOTE NO TPA, NO TPP, they will lose their jobs, just as many thousands more middle/working-class citizens will lose theirs–if they do not VOTE NO TPA…
Bennet, Michael F. – (D – CO)
261 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Cantwell, Maria – (D – WA)
511 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Carper, Thomas R. – (D – DE)
513 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Coons, Christopher A. – (D – DE)
127A Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Feinstein, Dianne – (D – CA)
331 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Heitkamp, Heidi – (D – ND)
110 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Kaine, Tim – (D – VA)
388 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
McCaskill, Claire – (D – MO)
730 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Murray, Patty – (D – WA)
154 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Nelson, Bill – (D – FL)
716 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Shaheen, Jeanne – (D – NH)
506 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Warner, Mark R. – (D – VA)
475 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Wyden, Ron – (D – OR)
221 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Vote grouped by home state (from thomas.loc.gov). “Yea” is a vote for fast track.
Grouped by Home State
|Alabama:||Sessions (R-AL), Nay||Shelby (R-AL), Nay|
|Alaska:||Murkowski (R-AK), Yea||Sullivan (R-AK), Yea|
|Arizona:||Flake (R-AZ), Yea||McCain (R-AZ), Yea|
|Arkansas:||Boozman (R-AR), Yea||Cotton (R-AR), Yea|
|California:||Boxer (D-CA), Nay||Feinstein (D-CA), Yea|
|Colorado:||Bennet (D-CO), Yea||Gardner (R-CO), Yea|
|Connecticut:||Blumenthal (D-CT), Nay||Murphy (D-CT), Nay|
|Delaware:||Carper (D-DE), Yea||Coons (D-DE), Yea|
|Florida:||Nelson (D-FL), Yea||Rubio (R-FL), Yea|
|Georgia:||Isakson (R-GA), Yea||Perdue (R-GA), Yea|
|Hawaii:||Hirono (D-HI), Nay||Schatz (D-HI), Nay|
|Idaho:||Crapo (R-ID), Yea||Risch (R-ID), Yea|
|Illinois:||Durbin (D-IL), Nay||Kirk (R-IL), Yea|
|Indiana:||Coats (R-IN), Yea||Donnelly (D-IN), Nay|
|Iowa:||Ernst (R-IA), Yea||Grassley (R-IA), Yea|
|Kansas:||Moran (R-KS), Yea||Roberts (R-KS), Yea|
|Kentucky:||McConnell (R-KY), Yea||Paul (R-KY), Nay|
|Louisiana:||Cassidy (R-LA), Yea||Vitter (R-LA), Yea|
|Maine:||Collins (R-ME), Nay||King (I-ME), Nay|
|Maryland:||Cardin (D-MD), Nay||Mikulski (D-MD), Nay|
|Massachusetts:||Markey (D-MA), Nay||Warren (D-MA), Nay|
|Michigan:||Peters (D-MI), Nay||Stabenow (D-MI), Nay|
|Minnesota:||Franken (D-MN), Nay||Klobuchar (D-MN), Nay|
|Mississippi:||Cochran (R-MS), Yea||Wicker (R-MS), Yea|
|Missouri:||Blunt (R-MO), Yea||McCaskill (D-MO), Yea|
|Montana:||Daines (R-MT), Yea||Tester (D-MT), Nay|
|Nebraska:||Fischer (R-NE), Yea||Sasse (R-NE), Yea|
|Nevada:||Heller (R-NV), Yea||Reid (D-NV), Nay|
|New Hampshire:||Ayotte (R-NH), Yea||Shaheen (D-NH), Yea|
|New Jersey:||Booker (D-NJ), Nay||Menendez (D-NJ), Not Voting|
|New Mexico:||Heinrich (D-NM), Nay||Udall (D-NM), Nay|
|New York:||Gillibrand (D-NY), Nay||Schumer (D-NY), Nay|
|North Carolina:||Burr (R-NC), Yea||Tillis (R-NC), Yea|
|North Dakota:||Heitkamp (D-ND), Yea||Hoeven (R-ND), Yea|
|Ohio:||Brown (D-OH), Nay||Portman (R-OH), Yea|
|Oklahoma:||Inhofe (R-OK), Yea||Lankford (R-OK), Yea|
|Oregon:||Merkley (D-OR), Nay||Wyden (D-OR), Yea|
|Pennsylvania:||Casey (D-PA), Nay||Toomey (R-PA), Yea|
|Rhode Island:||Reed (D-RI), Nay||Whitehouse (D-RI), Nay|
|South Carolina:||Graham (R-SC), Yea||Scott (R-SC), Yea|
|South Dakota:||Rounds (R-SD), Yea||Thune (R-SD), Yea|
|Tennessee:||Alexander (R-TN), Yea||Corker (R-TN), Not Voting|
|Texas:||Cornyn (R-TX), Yea||Cruz (R-TX), Nay|
|Utah:||Hatch (R-UT), Yea||Lee (R-UT), Not Voting|
|Vermont:||Leahy (D-VT), Nay||Sanders (I-VT), Nay|
|Virginia:||Kaine (D-VA), Yea||Warner (D-VA), Yea|
|Washington:||Cantwell (D-WA), Yea||Murray (D-WA), Yea|
|West Virginia:||Capito (R-WV), Yea||Manchin (D-WV), Nay|
|Wisconsin:||Baldwin (D-WI), Nay||Johnson (R-WI), Yea|
|Wyoming:||Barrasso (R-WY), Yea||Enzi (R-WY), Yea|
Americans are creating tens of millions of jobs in other countries with our purchasing power, and we are losing tens of millions of jobs in our country, because foreigners are not buying as much of our goods and services.
What are they doing? They’re buying our assets. So we lose twice. We lose the jobs, and we are moving further toward national bankruptcy. That is the end game.
We’re calling upon our leaders: We need a trade deficit policy, not another free trade policy. Vote NO on Fast Track. Vote NO on “free trade” sell-outs.
U.S. Trade Deficit: Before and After “Free Trade”
This is not free trade; it’s fake trade. We have fake trade.
Senate contact list: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
Journal of the American Medical Association study confirms whistleblower’s testimony that hospitals are covering up infant vaccine injury
It was not long ago that headlines were made by Michelle Rowton of Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines during a live interview with David Knight of infowars.com. The nurse turned whistleblower spoke of the callous, daily operating procedure she witnessed happening in the hospital she worked at. Her admissions were yet another log on a fire lit long ago burning for people’s right to have medical freedom and choice. In that viral interview, Rowton went on record to state:
“I think what a lot of people don’t realize in a closed space like NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) is that they’ve decided that we need to vaccinate these babies on-time. Two months after they’re born…bam, there it goes. This baby could be four months early and still supposed to be inside their mother, weighting three or four pounds and getting the same amount of vaccines as a 200 pound man.”
Rowton then went further to break bombshell news at the time by saying:
“I’ve sat in a room with our on-call staff of physicians and practitioners (when they say) “Oh wow, this is so embarrassing this 25 weeker never actually required a breathing tube and going on the vent after he was born, he was so strong. But we gave him his two month vaccinations and he got intubated last night ha ha, oops how embarrassing. The step-down units are calling the NICU’s and saying “hey we’re going to go ahead and give these four babies their two month shots today, make sure you have beds ready because we all know they’re going to have increased breathing difficulties, feeding and digestion difficulties, apnea, and bradycardia. This is what goes on.”
It appears the dominos are continuing to fall in favor of common sense, informed consent and medical ethics. New research from the JAMA Pediatrics journal titled Adverse Events After Routine Immunization of Extremely Low-Birth-Weight Infants now confirms essential 100 percent of Rowton’s whistleblowing statements which, just a month ago, seemed almost surreal. Drug companies, politicians and a misguided medical community are now faced with the uncomfortable position of withdrawing their PR campaigns and daily operating procedures in favor of hard data and daily evidence. Humanity has reached the point where denying reality in the face of such evidence borders on insanity and high ignorance. It appears to be clear that when a medical community, its regulations and the health of a people are driven by profits, what is revealed equates to nothing more than a slippery slope towards systemic damage and destruction. …
When highly profitable agendas are in play, listening to public demand typically isn’t the strong suit of politicians. As people take back their medical freedom in state houses across the United States, an integrity-strained governmental body is testing the extreme realms of political misrepresentation. It makes no difference now if the original roots attempting to remove medical freedom and choice were laid by ignorance, corruption, financial reward or a combination of all three. Authors of forced vaccination bills and doctors quoting outdated information are laughably seen for what they are. The only control left for them are social media censorship and paid astroturfing firms. Opposition is now trying desperately to keep up with the daily mass awakening towards free medical and health choice in opposition to pharmaceutical influenced control. Senate and Congress members are now being made personally liable for their bills and votes after being served the Official Complaint of Research Fraud papers/report prepared by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Dr. Brian Hooker Ph. D. and James Moody. Lawsuits are lined up ready to commence at the first sign of vaccine-induced damage from their bills. Doctors and nurses are also still on the chopping block as their perceived insulation and useful ignorance is being removed by whistleblowers admissions and mounting scientific evidence. The Nuremberg codes wait patiently to be weirded once again on a medical community that has strayed from their ideals, code of ethics and common sense.
“There is a media metaphysics. Its basic principle states that nothing exists until it becomes information. Now we have a new twist: information only becomes real when it reaches a mind already attuned to it. In other words, the tree falling in the forest makes a sound only if a user/consumer who wants a tree to fall receives video and audio of the event…” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Two years ago, I wrote: “Tech blather has already begun, since Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, bought the Washington Post at a fire sale. Jeff Genius will invent new ways to transmit the news to ‘people on the go’ and make the Post a smashing success. Mobile devices. Multiple platforms. Digital, taking over from print. Ads customized to fit readers’ interests (profiling). News stories customized to fit readers’ interests (more profiling).”
In other words, non-news. If you thought media were irrelevant and deceptive before, you haven’t seen anything. The “new news” will create millions of virtual bubbles in which profiled users can float contentedly, under the cozy cottage roofs of their favorite little separate paradigms.
Now, the tech giant Apple is wading into this territory with an app that will deliver news to users. Yahoo (6/20), in “With revamped app, news to be at core of Apple,” reports:
“Apple News, part of the upcoming iOS 9 operating system, aims to be the primary news source for users of the iPhone and iPad… Apple says its news app ‘follows over a million topics and pulls relevant stories based on your specific interests’… Joshua Benton of the Nieman Journalism Lab said the app will be important because ‘through the awesome power of default, Apple distribution puts it in an entirely other league. This [news] app will be on hundreds of millions of devices within 24 hours of its debut’.”
Translation: Profiling their users down to their toenails, Apple will present them with virtual bubbles of news they want to see and read.
Not just one overall presentation for all; no, millions of different “news outlets” for Apple’s audiences.
This introduces a whole new layer of mind control.
“You’re an Obama fan? Here are stories confirming your belief in the Prophet.”
“You want neo-con on the rocks with a conservative Republican twist? Here’s some war footage that’ll warm your heart.”
“Do you believe ‘government gridlock’ is our biggest concern? Congress can’t get anything done? We’ve got headlines for that from here to the moon.”
“Tuned into celeb gossip? Here’s your world in three minutes.”
The idea: convince users, one day at a time, that what they already believe is important IS the news of the day. …
A very sophisticated form of censorship. Only show you what you already know. Google already does it. If you want a “clean” search on google you need to trash your cookies.
June 21, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – “The Independent” – The planet is entering a new period of extinction with top scientists warning that species all over the world are “essentially the walking dead” – including our own.
The report, authored by scientists at Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley universities, found that vertebrates were vanishing at a rate 114 times faster than normal.
In the damning report, published in the Science Advances journal, researchers note that the last similar event was 65 million years ago, when dinosaurs disappeared, most probably as a result of an asteroid.
“We are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event,” one of the authors of the paper told the BBC.
Gerardo Ceballos, lead author of the research, added: “If it is allowed to continue, life would take many millions of years to recover and our species itself would likely disappear early on”
The research examined historic rates of extinction for vertebrates, finding that since 1900 more than 400 vertebrates have disappeared – an extinction rate 100 times higher than in other – non-extinction – periods. …
In a move that may be considered a major escalation in the Ukraine war, the United States and NATO could decide to send tanks and other heavy weapons to Eastern Europe, in order to demonstrate their resolve to Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
Though the proposal is said to be pending approval from the Pentagon, photographs in circulation reveal that these weapons are already en route to the region. This would be the first time since the last cold war that a military build-up such as this had taken place in Eastern Europe.
James Stavridis, a retired NATO commander, said that this “is a very meaningful shift in policy” and that it “provides a reasonable level of reassurance to jittery allies.”
Latvia Minister of Defense, Raimonds Vejonis, said that if “something happens, we can’t wait days or weeks for more equipment, we need to act immediately.”
Though these weapons wouldn’t be much, compared to what Russia can unleash on short notice given its geographic location, it would be strong indicator to the Kremlin that the West is ready to take things to the next level. This would also likely be interpreted by Russia as a violation of an agreement between the Kremlin and NATO, which stated that substantial ground combat forces would not be stationed permanently near Russian borders.
Fast-track authority is being sought in the Senate this week for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), along with the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and any other such trade agreements coming down the pike in the next six years. The terms of the TPP and the TiSA are so secret that drafts of the negotiations are to remain classified for four yearsor five years, respectively, after the deals have been passed into law. How can laws be enforced against people and governments who are not allowed to know what was negotiated?
The TPP, TiSA and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or TTIP, which covers Europe) will collectively encompass three-fourths of the world’s GDP; and they ultimately seek to encompass nearly 90 percent of GDP. Despite this enormous global impact, fast-track authority would allow the President to sign the deals before their terms have been made public, and send implementing legislation to Congress that cannot be amended or filibustered and is not subject to the constitutional requirement of a two-thirds treaty vote.
While the deals are being negotiated, lawmakers can see their terms only under the strictest secrecy, and they can be subjected to criminal prosecution for revealing those terms. What we know of them comes only through WikiLeaks. The agreements are being treated as if they were a matter of grave national security, yet they are not about troop movements or military strategy. Something else is obviously going on.
The bizarre, unconstitutional, blatantly illegal nature of this enforced secrecy was highlighted in a May 15th article by Jon Rappoport, titled “What Law Says the Text of the TPP Must Remain Secret?” He wrote:
It seems like a case of mass hypnosis. . . .
Members of Congress are scuttling around like weasels, claiming they can’t disclose what’s in this far-reaching, 12-nation trade treaty.
They can go into a sealed room and read a draft, but they can’t copy pages, and they can’t tell the public what they just read.
If there is a US law forbidding disclosure, name the law.
Can you recall anything in the Constitution that establishes secret treaties?
Is there a prior treaty that states the text of all treaties can be hidden from the people?
To Congressmen who say they cannot reveal what is in a treaty that will adversely affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people, Rappoport says:
Wrong. You’re lying. You can reveal secret text. In fact, it’s your duty. Otherwise, you’re guilty of cooperating in a RICO criminal conspiracy.
A Corporate Coup d’Ãtat
What is going on was predicted by David Korten in his 1995 blockbuster, When Corporations Rule The World. Catherine Austin Fitts calls it a “corporate coup d’etat.”
This corporate coup includes the privatization and offshoring of the judicial function delegated to the US court system in the Constitution, through Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions that strengthen existing ISDS procedures. …
Unable to pass the Fast Track bill that just barely squeaked through the Senate in May, the House resorted to sending back a different version of the legislation on Thursday, June 19.
The overall trade package sent back by the House is considerably worse than the already-bad package previously approved by the Senate. We obviously want the Senate to reject this new package.
As short-sighted and inappropriate as the original Ryan-Hatch Fast Track bill was, the House package would also weaken human trafficking measures; eliminate simple currency measures and other enforcement provisions; and even prohibit the consideration of climate solutions in future trade negotiations.
For those Senators concerned about job retraining programs for displaced workers or the future of the Export-Import Bank, this package also relies on Democrats to simply trust the goodwill of House Republicans to pass those later, even though they are openly hostile to both.
The fact that the House could not find the votes to pass the Senate-approved Fast Track bill is a testament to the strong public opposition to the legislation. The current merry-go-round of bills signals just how unpopular job-killing trade policy is across the country, with Congress members desperate to cover themselves from the constituent fury they’ll face back home if Fast Track ever passes for real.
The Senate is expected to hold a “cloture” vote on Fast Track as soon as Tuesday, June 23 — which would require the support of 60 Senators for the bill to proceed. Please urge your Senators to vote NO on cloture for Fast Track.
Here’s an initial list of actions taking place prior to the vote…
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Job Loss, Lower Wages and Higher Drug Prices
Have you heard? The TPP is a massive, controversial “free trade” agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by officials from the United States and 11 other countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.
The TPP would expand the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) “trade” pact model that has spurred massive U.S. trade deficits and job loss, downward pressure on wages, unprecedented levels of inequality and new floods of agricultural imports. The TPP not only replicates, but expands NAFTA’s special protections for firms that offshore U.S. jobs. And U.S. TPP negotiators literally used the 2011 Korea FTA – under which exports have fallen and trade deficits have surged – as the template for the TPP.
In one fell swoop, this secretive deal could:
Although it is called a “free trade” agreement, the TPP is not mainly about trade. Of TPP’s 29 draft chapters, only five deal with traditional trade issues. One chapter would provide incentives to offshore jobs to low-wage countries. Many would impose limits on government policies that we rely on in our daily lives for safe food, a clean environment, and more. Our domestic federal, state and local policies would be required to comply with TPP rules.
The TPP would even elevate individual foreign firms to equal status with sovereign nations, empowering them to privately enforce new rights and privileges, provided by the pact, by dragging governments to foreign tribunals to challenge public interest policies that they claim frustrate their expectations. The tribunals would be authorized to order taxpayer compensation to the foreign corporations for the “expected future profits” they surmise would be inhibited by the challenged policies.We only know about the TPP’s threats thanks to leaks – the public is not allowed to see the draft TPP text. Even members of Congress, after being denied the text for years, are now only provided limited access. Meanwhile, more than 500 official corporate “trade advisors” have special access. The TPP has been under negotiation for six years, and the Obama administration wants to sign the deal this year. Opposition to the TPP is growing at home and in many of the other countries involved.
Flush the TPP!
Cross border network against the Trans Pacific Partnership