“What will the 2014 agenda of President Barack Obama be?” wonder various mainstream news outlets. It will be a “full agenda” predicts the Washington Post. There will be a “theme of economic fairness.” A PR campaign will try to enhance the image of the Affordable Care Act, also called “Obamacare.” The National Security Agency (NSA) will be another focus, predicts the Post: “Obama intends to announce changes to the controversial spying programs in mid-January…” 
The Associated Press adds the prediction that “In recent weeks, both Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, have sent signals that raised expectations among overhaul supporters that 2014 could still yield the first comprehensive change in immigration laws in nearly three decades.” 
Not being mentioned in the mainstream predictions is the “pivot to Asia.” In November 2011 President Obama had stated that the Asia-Pacific region is now a “top priority” of US security policy. Obama announced a plan to station a full US Marine task force in Australia by 2016. “Speaking in Canberra, Mr[.] Obama said Asia-Pacific countries would play a vital role in shaping the world in the 21st Century.” 
Not being mentioned in the mainstream news also is something called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is an upcoming US trade deal with several Pacific Rim countries, reported RT.com last June. You haven’t heard much about it because it is “secretive.” Not the U.S. Congress, but “a few hundred representatives of major multinational corporations have designed the substance of the draft text, and most media outlets have imposed a near-total blackout on coverage of the successive rounds of negotiations that take place every few months in different parts of the world.” 
A media blackout on TPP! That would explain why you haven’t heard about it! It is like the blackout the media annually does on the Bilderberg meetings, a gathering of the world’s elite which really defines the “agenda” for the coming year.
Representatives of major multinational corporations have designed the substance of the TPP trade deal. Furthermore, members of the U.S. Congress have been denied access to it! Even the U.S. Congress does not have a high enough security clearance to peruse the emerging TPP agreement! 
So no wonder you have heard nothing about TPP. There is a media blackout and even Congress is being kept in the dark.
Unhappy about the top-secret nature of the TPP deal, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon introduced a bill calling for the US Trade Representative’s office to disclose its TPP text to Congress. Wyden was quoted in a statement saying “The majority of Congress is being kept in the dark as to the substance of the TPP negotiations, while representatives of U.S. Corporations – like Halliburton, Chevron, PHRMA, Comcast, and the Motion Picture Association of America – are being consulted and made privy to details of the agreement… More than two months after receiving the proper security credentials, my staff is still barred from viewing the details of the proposals that USTR is advancing.” 
Writes Nile Bowie in Russia Today (RT.com), “What makes the TPP so alarming is that it aims to create judicial authorities higher than national governments, in the form of extra-judicial tribunals overseen by the World Bank and UN.” 
In recent Ersjdamoo’s Blog entries we have seen, for example, how another of these infamous trade deals, NAFTA, was fraught with broken promises and economic hardship for ordinary Americans. (Background: NAFTA’s Broken Promises, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of January 6, 2014.) Get ready for more pain, America, because the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) creates incentives for corporations to offshore millions of jobs and encourage bottom-of-the-barrel low wage conditions in participating countries. 
Prosperity is just around the corner? That is what the “news” has been singing to us for years now. The fortunes of Halliburton, Chevron, PHRMA and the like may be heading for Prosperity Land. Unfortunately the rest of us are going in the other direction. Barack Obama wants to focus on income inequality in 2014 say the “news” outlets. But when will our Dear Leader go public about the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
——- Sources ——-
 “For Obama, a full 2014 agenda: Income inequality, NSA reforms, health care”, by Philip Rucker and Scott Wilson. Washington Post, January 4, 2014
 “For Obama, Congress, a last grasp at immigration”, by Jim Kuhnhenn. AP, January 7, 2014
 “Barack Obama says Asia-Pacific is ‘top US priority'”, BBC, November 17, 2011
 “Trans-Pacific partnership: Neoliberal arm of Obama’s Asia-pivot”, by Nile Bowie. RT.com, June 14, 2013. http://rt.com/op-edge/trans-pacific-partnership-obama-704/