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Marketplace Fairness Act Bill s. 698

114th Congress 1st Session

S. 698

March 10, 2015 – In The Senate Of The United States

Mr. ENZI (for himself, Mr. ALEXANDER, Ms. BALDWIN, Mr. 1,985 more words


TPP - Trojan Horse in a global race to the bottom

Robert Reich talks about the Trans Pacific Partnership and its implications especially if it is signed. It would be the largest trade deal in history representing 792 million people and accounting for 40% of the world economy. Well worth a look.


Jim Rose reblogged this on Utopia - you are standing in it! and commented:

I can't think of a single fact that this crank got right in this clip on the Trans-Pacific partnership agreement (TPPA). Robert Reich, a Democratic party hack, referred to the TPPA as the biggest trade deal ever. He ignored a large number of multinational trade deals under the World Trade Organisation and the GATT such as the Uruguay round and the current Doha round. http://www.cuts-international.org/brf-97-1.gif Reich claims the deal is negotiated in secret and later talks about its submission to the Congress for fast track. Robert Reich claims that investor state dispute settlement allows challenges to any regulation and compensation for unfair reductions in profits. It is a far narrow criteria than that involving discrimination against foreigners. http://images.slideplayer.com/5/1585527/slides/slide_6.jpg Currently, about 3000 international treaties give the ability to sue governments. Some 2700 of these are Bilateral Investment Treaties. The rest are trade treaties, including NAFTA. These treaties have spread rapidly around the world since the 1990s. The TPP draft chapter says that the point of investment protection has long been “to encourage and promote the flow of investment…as a means to promote economic growth.” At the same time, the TPP draft chapter specifically highlights “the inherent right to regulate…to protect legitimate public welfare objectives, such as public health, safety, the environment, the conservation of living or non-living exhaustible natural resources, and public morals.” HT: People are freaking out about the Trans Pacific Partnership’s investor dispute settlement system. Why should you care? - The Washington Post.

Condominium Associations Remain Vulnerable to Hostile Takeover

By Deborah Goonan

In recent years, news media have reported an increasing number of instances of investors buying up multiple condo units within a project, with the intent of taking control of the Condo Association. 560 more words

Property Rights

City of Bakersfield to Rio Bravo HOA: You're on your own

By Deborah Goonan

If flood waters started to take over your neighborhood, who would you call for help? What if you dialed 911, but nobody showed up? 845 more words

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Would the reckless maritime protests of @Greenpeace be tolerated on land?

Were the Greenpeace runabouts observing maritime safety rules such as avoiding collisions and giving way? Any protester that behaved like that in a car would be immediately arrested and charged. 230 more words

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