Most media outlets have imposed a near-total blackout on coverage of the successive rounds of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that take place every few months in different parts of the world. (Background: TPP is “Pivot to Asia”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of January 7, 2014.)
“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain,” said the image of the Wizard of Oz to Dorothy and her friends. On the contrary, Pay a great deal of attention to that man behind the curtain. The big noise is the usual bickering between Democrats and Republicans, lately over the income inequalities in the United States. But which of the two alleged champions of ordinary people is vociferating about the ultra-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations?
George Wallace (whatever your opinion about him) used to say, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Republicans and Democrats.” Which of these two alleged champions of ordinary people is making a big noise about the TPP? Not President Barack Obama and the Democrats. The Obama administration is actually pushing for the agreement, part of its “pivot to Asia” crypto policy. Not the Republicans. TPP is a very sweet deal for Halliburton, Chevron, PHRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America) and other multinational corporations.
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. TPP provides incentives to offshore jobs to low-wage countries. 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. 
The Obama administration, supposed champion of the people, has even been ratcheting up pressure lately to hurry up and come to an agreement on TPP. Behind the scenes and of course not much reported by the “news” fakers is that Dear Leader Obama had had an end-of-2013 deadline for the squabbling to cease. Negotiations will resume this month (and not be reported), “but there is no guarantee of completion by April, when Obama is scheduled to tour the Asia-Pacific to reinforce his government’s ‘rebalancing’ to the region.” 
If and when the arguing wolves of TPP finally agree, then comes a “fast track” push for the U.S. Congress to rubber stamp the thing. “The Obama administration is preparing to fast-track the TPP treaty in a manner that will prevent the US Congress from discussing or amending any parts of the treaty.” 
In tandem with TPP, Barack Obama and his administration, supposed champion of ordinary working people, has another trade deal it is quietly advancing: the equally secret US-European Union pact TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). President Obama initiated US-European Union negotiations for TTIP in January 2013.
Instead of real news covering such as this, the usual noise (called “news”) is blabbing loudly this week about camouflage “issues”. It is like a “safe area” is cordoned off and the “opposing sides” proceed to the designated demonstration zone. In place are the “news” cameras and reporters, which blanket the nation with relative snow. Meanwhile, outside the cordoned off area, important events transpire but no cameras are there.
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 “Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Job Loss, Lower Wages and Higher Drug Prices”, http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=3129
 “Trans-Pacific trade talks fail to meet Obama’s deadline”, by Mike Head. World Socialist Web Site, December 14, 2013. http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/14/tran-d14.html
 “Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)”, http://wikileaks.org/tpp/pressrelease.html