Gordon Campbell on trade, Trump and Steve Bannon

As APEC leaders get together this weekend in Peru, they could be forgiven for looking back nostalgically at Barack Obama’s time in office and wondering whether the world will ever be quite so safe and prosperous again. Because if anyone can further bankrupt America and send the global economy into a tailspin it would be serial bankruptee come President-elect Donald Trump – and the outlook really isn’t all that good. Promising huge increases in military and infrastructural spending at the same time as you’re also promising to cut income and corporate taxes looks like Reagan-era looniness is back in fashion.

You know the drill. Time and again – see Reagan in the 1980s, the state of Kansas today – the ideologues of the right cut regulations and deliver tax cuts in the simple minded faith that this will unleash a wave of entrepreneurialism that will lift everyone’s boat. It doesn’t work. Reagan failed, and that failure sunk his immediate successor, the hapless George H. W. “Read My Lips, No New Taxes” Bush who had to break his promise on taxes in order to protect the revenue. Bill Clinton raised taxes and the US prospered. Dubya cut them again, ruinously. Barack Obama restored some sobriety after the GFC, just in time for Trump to come along and promise another foolhardy spending spree and tax cutting raid on the revenue. There are very good reasons to be afraid of the consequences. In effect, US voters have just put the levers of the world economy into the hands of a failed businessman who has repeatedly shown a cavalier attitude towards the care of other peoples money.

So there are reasons to be nervous in Peru. With understandable trepidation, the APEC leaders will be waiting to see how much of President-elect Donald Trump’s inflammatory campaign rhetoric will be enacted once he’s in the White House. For New Zealand, trade policy will be a litmus test. Over recent weeks, the Key government has continued to pass legislation to enact the Trans Pacific Partnership deal that Trump has vowed to scuttle. Arguably, we would be better off shifting our focus to the rival regional trade deal being promoted by China and India.

Currently, trade policy is not a top priority for the Trump transition team. Cutting taxes, and scrapping Obamacare are their main concerns… and gee, its proving to be tougher than they thought. How do you keep the bits of Obamacare that the voters like, while scrapping the bits that are ideologically impure? Answer: you can’t. In this respect, the Trump people are exactly like Boris Johnson – who is still discovering the hard way that you can’t actually keep all the good bits of being in the EU, after you’ve dumped the immigration-related ‘free movement of people’ bits that you didn’t like. It’s a cruel world like that. People don’t give you everything you want.

Trade policy matters to us, though. We’re a trading nation. Ultimately, the Key government will have to make a call (and plan accordingly) on whether Trump seriously aims to scrap the TPP or alternatively, wants to change it in a way that serves US corporate interests more comprehensively.

If Trump does choose to “fix” the TPP, what extra concessions would New Zealand be prepared to make? All year, Republican Party chieftains have railed against the TPP’s claimed ‘failures.’ Supposedly, the current agreement (a) fails to crack down on alleged currency manipulation by China (b) allows member nations to regulate tobacco marketing for health reasons and (c) fails to provide US drug companies with a long enough term of market dominance for their new medicines. All grievous sins, in Republican eyes.

Should New Zealand agree to meekly comply with such changes, in order to retain our modest gains on dairy access? Hell no. Conceding on medicine patents could cost us millions. Targeting China over its currency would also be fraught with risk. Arguably, Trump’s criticisms are largely out of date. He’s railing against a historical problem that no longer exists. Yes, between 2004-2011, China certainly did keep its currency artificially low to boost its exports, but not so much recently. If anything, China’s leaders have been frantically pumping money into the country’s currency, to keep it from falling even faster.

There’s a wider issue. To indulge Trump, can we afford to endorse a trade war that he may want to pick with China, which is our biggest export destination? Australia and New Zealand both rely heavily on demand from China to keep their economies afloat. Enough concerns already exist about China’s debt problems and mortgage bubble without Trump throwing another spanner into the works. For that reason, New Zealand should be telling Trump point blank that any TPP “fix” that targets China’s currency is not something that we could support.

There is another option. The major trade deal currently on the table is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Unlike the TPP, this pact includes China and India. It has real flaws: the investor-state dispute resolution mechanisms are just as dangerous and obsolete. But at least the RCEP is not saddled with the copyright issues and drug patent problems that have plagued the TPP – and which always had more to do with enshrining market dominance for US corporates than with fostering genuine free trade. However, the RCEP doesn’t include the US, and New Zealand would be left without a trade pact with the Americans. Hey, maybe we could apply to join NAFTA. That’s up for grabs again, under Trump.

Trade, as the old saying goes, is war by other means. Both the TPP and RCEP are platforms for advancing strategic influence in the region as much as they are about fostering free trade. Question being: does our future lie with our traditional allies, or with Asia? For a few more months, we can still enjoy the luxury of keeping both of those trade balls in the air – but if Trump follows through on his rhetoric, choosing sides is likely to become a necessity. Which way will we jump?

America, Still Not So Great

While we’re mulling over our choices on trade…here’s a scary quote on Defence from someone tipped for one of the top national security adviser posts in the new Trump administration:

Widely considered to have made the short list of candidates for top national security jobs in Donald Trump’s administration, Rep. Duncan Hunter of Alpine pledged Friday to make the Pentagon great again after eight years of Democratic control.

“I’m excited about a warrior culture, a warrior mentality put back into the (military), as opposed to a corporate culture ruled over by the bureaucrats and lawyers,” Hunter, a Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a phone interview.

“The warrior culture is going to get infused into (the department) again. It’s probably going to take a while because a lot of guys who had that mentality are no longer there, but maybe people’s true colors can show now, a little bit,” he added.

Once were Pentagon warriors, will be so again. This next bit is both creepy and scary. Steve Bannon, the guy who turned Breibart News into a cesspit of US journalism has just been appointed as Trump’s chief strategist and senior counsellor. At the Foreign Policy site, David Rothkopf has compiled a useful list of some of the headlines that Breibart ran under Bannon’s tutelage. For example:

“Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew,” “There’s No Hiring Bias Against Women in Tech, They Just Suck at Interviews,” “Gabby Giffords: The Gun Control Movement’s Human Shield,” “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy,” “Roger Stone: Huma Abedin ‘Most Likely a Saudi Spy’ With ‘Deep, Inarguable Connections’ to ‘Global Terrorist Entity,’ “The Solution to Online ‘Harassment’ Is Simple: Women Should Just Log Off” “Data: Young Muslims in the West are a Ticking Time Bomb, Increasingly Sympathizing with Radicals, Terror” etc etc

And of course Bannon’s classic effort: “Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism or Cancer…?” The misogyny in those headlines – not to mention the xenophobia and the anti-Semitism – has been a constant theme with this guy. Newsweek has also reported on a raft of other incidents involving Bannon’s hostility to women:

During a 2011 radio interview, he said that progressives vilify prominent women in the conservative movement because they are not “a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools…..”Bannon also fired a disabled employee on maternity leave, according to a lawsuit obtained by The New York Post. “Julia Panely-Pacetti, a new mother who suffers from multiple sclerosis, was terminated by defendants from her position as head of public relations and corporate marketing because of her sex and her disability,” states the lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court in September 2005. Panely-Pacetti was… reporting directly to Bannon. The claim was settled in 2006.

There are also allegations of sexual harassment and threats of violence :

…During the 1990s, Bannon was accused of sexual harassment. The suit related to Bannon’s time as director of Biosphere 2, a research facility in Oracle, Arizona. The company’s former director, Margret Augustine, claimed that…. Bannon and a fellow banker, Martin Bowen, had made “sexually suggestive remarks and lewd remarks toward her, and had disparaged female employees of the research facility,” Buzzfeed News reported.

Augustine claimed Bannon once said that the problem with an employee was that she “was a woman in a man’s job” and he often openly discussed women’s “boobs,” calling them “titties.” At a company party, Augustine claims she danced with Bannon and he “held my wrist tightly and told me that once I’d done it with him, I’d never want to do it with anyone else.” In recordings obtained by BuzzFeed News, Bannon referred to a female colleague as a “bimbo” and vowed to take comments the woman made about the safety of the research facility they worked at and “ram it down her fucking throat.”

Clearly, once Steve Bannon enables Donald Trump to make America great again, women will be put back in their place.

Decisions, Decisions.

TPP or RCEP… it isn’t easy being John Key on the trade policy options. He’d like a threesome with China – heck, a full blown 12 member TPP pool party would be great – but Donald is just so jealous. It looks like its gonna have to be China or the US, sometime soon. Here’s a song about how hard it is for New Zealand to come to a decision – TPP or RCEP? – on where its trade interests and inclinations would be better served:

42 Comments on Gordon Campbell on trade, Trump and Steve Bannon

  1. @ andrew, no thanks .
    Bush/Clinton/Obama/Trump are interchangeable all self promoting bankster tools.
    There is no democracy and no choice in the toxic corrupt political system. With all its ” spectacular” media whores & corporate spin drs.

  2. Hey Gordon,
    We Americans had the choice of two candidates. The first was a crooked politician, with the blood of thousands on her hands, and who wanted to start nuclear WWIII. The second being the guy you spout all this over the top poison rhetoric about. Luckily for all New Zealanders, we voted in the Second. You my friend should be eternally grateful.

  3. @ Dennis, “We Americans” had no choice and we have no democracy.
    Psychopaths, greedy pigs and deviants are not leaders!
    Trump got a minority of the people to vote for him , Trump is a corporate stooge just like Bush and Clinton.
    PS that’s a link from the Establishment’s Huffington post (righter wing)… you work for either through ignorance or for money.

  4. I’m eternally gratefully Dennis, but not for your ignorance or for the minority of Americans allegedly voting in Trump.

    “What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher. What is a bad man but a good man’s job.”

  5. Lets not be calling posters ignorant when you Kiwi’s don’t understand the American electoral college method of choosing our President. Minority has nothing what so ever to do with it, as our founding fathers wrote into out Constitution.

  6. Reading not your strong suit eh Dennis?
    “the American people don’t actually decide who becomes President – that right belongs to the 538 members of the Electoral College.”
    On December 19, the College will vote for whom they want for President, and they could yet turn their backs on President-elect Trump.
    So will enough of them vote for Hillary Clinton next month?
    It’s possible, but highly unlikely unless President-elect Trump does something so offensive and outrageous between now and the College vote that enough electoral voters change their minds”.
    Trump (only got the minority of American’s to vote for him and) has not yet been selected by the electoral college yet ( Dec 19).
    If you research the Masonic “founding fathers” you would also learn what they said and what they set up for the powerful banking families were two different things.
    You can also set how the us constitution has been and is routinely ignored by the US govt. Much like the NZ bill of rights, sounds good makes us think we are free and have unenforced rights not just “privileges” to be granted or not by the corporation.
    The American people do not have a democracy (nor do Kiwis) people just believe they do as that is what they were told from childhood.

  7. “Making America great again” is something Trump repeated often but didn’t elucidate that I heard. But given what he has said about “use”-ing nuclear weapons and also about being OK with even more militaries with nuclear weapons (nuclear ‘powers’, e.g.Japan), I expect what he means is that the USA is to be seen as the dominant nuclear ‘superpower’ in a world with many subservient nuclear powers, all terrorizing the rest of the world. To hear views like “make the Pentagon great again” confirms that Trump would not be alone in this madness.

  8. Any election lies and promises Trump told the people to get them to vote are just that… lies.
    As Trump is a bankster tool, of course he is not alone, he just does what he is told to by people that profit off these perpetual wars.
    And his ignorance, stupidity and madness is visible in his support team.
    The pentagon has never been “great”, its always been pretty shit.

    @Denis the constitution yeah right!

  9. Lots of pontificating by you Kiwi’s today. With no good arguments that Trump will be a “bad” president. This American is still willing to go with the outsider that has never been responsible for any illegal wars, instead of a proven warmonger with blood on her hands. And guess what? Unless you are an American citizen, you don’t get to decide.

  10. @ Dennis, The badge of the ignorant warmonger is that they need to divide human beings into nations for their illegitimate perpetual wars.

    There was no choice for Americans and the same banking cabal rules America today as it did at the time of Bush, Clinton & Obama. The American people don’t get to decide and do not have a democracy or choice. “the American people don’t actually decide who becomes President – that right belongs to the 538 members of the Electoral College.”

    Kiwi’s probably don’t care about Mr Trump as much as you want them to, but don’t let that stop you from verbally polishing Trumps wiener while you play the spin role of ” American warmonger with an inferiority complex”

  11. Mikey, Dennis sounds like one of the ‘in house’ RT right wing bloggers villainizing Americans( while the other half villianizes Russians). Nationalizing and patriot games aka the Establishment’s Nazi program.

    Media is currently part of the problem, feeding people an all you can eat diet of lies and propaganda.

  12. “We Americans had the choice of two candidates. The first was a crooked businessman with the dollars of thousands in his hands, and who wanted to start nuclear WWIII. The second being the woman who has suffered the rantings and bigotry of males who believe “A woman’s place is in the wrong” There, fixed it for you.
    God help America.

  13. @Mikey and Anabel,
    I voted for Obama twice! More fool me. He just turned out to be BushII, bailing out the failed banks, and starting more wars. And Hillary was surely going to be BushIII on steroids. Americans are tired of being played fools by these pseudo left politicians. A vote for Trump was a vote for diplomatic relations with Russia, scaling back NATO’s aggression, and an end to these Regime chance fiasco’s. A vote for Trump was a vote to end these phony Trade deals and globalization that has decimated the American working class. For “fair” trade, not “free” trade. And a vote for cleaning the swamp in Washington DC.
    BTW, Russian TV is my TV channel of choice.

  14. @Dennis, Yes more fool you.
    As long as you do the same thing and expecting a different result you remain technically “insane”.
    Keep voting to be ruled by one of the psychopaths chosen by the corporation of the USA (the status quo) and expect a change.
    I know in your state you don’t understand politics , but politicians lie for a living. Politicians make these election promises to make “dribbling ignorant fools” or “swamp dwellers” vote for sociopaths to lead them. We call these people who believe politicians “believers”.

  15. So Mikey, hypothetically, who would you have voted for in the American Presidential election? Or would you have voter at all given that you are an “unbeliever’? Or would you have been “insane” to vote for the status quo, Hillary, expecting a different result? Lets hear some constructive suggestions. How do propose to change the minds of 150 million or so Americans from your key board in this litle Isle?

  16. @ Dennis, you were fooled again.
    Many people are clearly still fooled by these psychopaths/politicians. People even think they have a ‘choice’ when they vote for one psychopath just to try to keep another psycho out!
    The swamp in Washington( and in the City of London) remains full of the same warmongering (refugee making) sociopaths.
    Bush, Clinton, Obama, Trump are all interchangeable bankster puppets. The president of the corporation of the USA are just corporate emblems pushing the banking cabal’s globalization/NWO agenda.

  17. @Anabel, OK, so what’s your proposed way out of this? We know all this, and I agree that…that the president of the corporation of the USA are just corporate emblems pushing the banking cabal’s globalization/NWO agenda. So who would have voted for? Would you have voted at all? If not, what good would that have been?
    I voted for Trump as the less of two evils. It was a binary choice. I exercised my democratic right. What would you have done Anabel?

  18. Denis, Evil is still evil.
    You knowingly gave your consent/vote to support evil then you keep telling everyone the evil( in this case Trump) is not evil, so you are also contradicting yourself.
    Whats worse is you think that’s normal, you lie and tell others to believe in a democracy that you just don’t have.
    The democracy dogma just doesn’t wash anymore.

    The American/NZ people did not even select the candidates, and you believe they did that they got together and said ” Oh here’s a real evil piece of shit/criminal we want that to lead us”

    The dogmas will all break down. They are founded on lies, they are weak and will be destroyed by any reasoning mind sincerely seeking the truth.

  19. @ Dennis Bush/Clinton/Trump are the “status quo” . The status quo puppets of the banking cabal’s empire( the Establishment).
    Your refusal to change is your biggest obstacle to change.

  20. Mikey and Anabel, both of you are out to lunch if you think you are going to change the American or New Zealand systems of democracy, by ditching the systems in place! Either that, or you are very young and idealistic! Good luck with what ever you are suggesting. LOL

  21. Mikey and Anabel are right there is no democracy.
    The democracy lie is what the whole political system is based on.

    Ignorantly voting for the banker’s evil scum bags candidates over and over expecting a change ( Clinton/Trump/Bush/Obama) isn’t a choice… its called a dictatorship (and its insane).
    You have a dictatorship.

    The corporate system has failed us as human beings as it was set up as a full spectrum colonization system for the banking cabal’s control, profiteering and commerce.

  22. Ludicrous suggestion! In New Zealand, like in the USA, Mikey and Anabel, and even a drunken bum could run for elected office, and be voted into a position of power. In a dictatorship this is would not be permitted or contemplated. You guys are doing Gordon’s post a disservice by reducing this discussion to such an infantile level. His post addressed, albeit in a biased fashion, the relative competence of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to be elected to the highest political position in the United States. Not some pathetic pedantic redefinition of political terms.

  23. Trump/Clinton/Bush/Obama all the face of a dictatorship , all pathetic attempts to redefine the meaning of “leader”.
    Meat puppets for the banksters and their corporations, this celeb meat puppet wears a toupee. BFD he is the same bankster tool, media jerk-off material same as Clinton/Bush.

    You have a $dictatorship$.

  24. Anabel, I don’t know why am bothering, but it would help if you knew that the United States of America does not have a “leader”. In the sense that a dictatorship like North Korea has a Leader.
    The Constitution of the United States divides the federal government into three branches to ensure a central government in which no individual or group gains too much control:
    1.Legislative – Makes laws (Congress)
    2.Executive – Carries out laws (President, Vice President, Cabinet)
    3.Judicial – Evaluates laws (Supreme Court and Other Courts)
    Each branch of government can change acts of the other branches as follows:
    •The president can veto laws passed by Congress.
    •Congress confirms or rejects the president’s appointments and can remove the president from office in exceptional circumstances.
    •The justices of the Supreme Court, who can overturn unconstitutional laws, are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

    Anyway, it seems like you are not much interested in the truth. Only your own paranoia’s.

  25. That’s what I was indoctrinated with in school as a child its the school theory of govt, but off “planet Trump ” the fact remains that the corporation of the usa /govt does not operate like that in its practice.
    The US govt is corrupt it self regulates, is not transparent and is not held accountable to the people.
    Those that lend it money with interest control and own the nation.
    Tax day, very appropriate for people in the US to understand where hard earned money goes, I thought like most Americans that it went to fund our bloated Government, but in reality it doesn’t; it goes straight to the Federal Reserve, and who or what is exactly the Federal Reserve a Corporation not owned by the Government, so who are the owners/shareholders of the Federal Reserve, below is a list of the owners of the Federal Reserve and our money.Here’s a look into who was involved in setting up the Federal Reserve in 1913.

    * Rothschild Banks of London and Berlin
    * Lazard Brothers Bank of Paris
    * Israel Moses Sieff Banks of Italy
    * Warburg Bank of Hamburg, Germany and Amsterdam
    * Kuhn Loeb Bank of New York
    * Lehman Brothers Bank of New York
    * Goldman Sachs Bank of New York
    * Chase Manhattan Bank of New York (Controlled By the Rockefeller Family Tree)

    Abraham Lincoln said, “The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. The banking powers are more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. They denounce as public enemies all who question their methods or throw light upon their crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe. Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed.
    ”https://myvoice2012.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/how-roosevelt-sold-us-to-the-higher-bidder-the-federal-reserve/

    While the corruption of the govt institutions( such as congress) is quite remarkable thing, it is still more stunning that some people believe people they have a democracy while experiencing the banking cabal’s dictatorship.
    Learned ignorance about the system(the democracy dogma) keeps it in place.

    Imagine having our nations trade agreements dictated to us by the banker’s corporations through their unlawful TPPA.

  26. Time to take of the tin foil hat drunken bum. Try a few days out in the sun away from your internet keyboard my friend. This tired old Federal Reserve meme has been discredited so many times.
    And if all the things you say have any basis in fact, what do you think the United States should do about it? Got a better idea?

  27. I seem to remember Ron Paul running for President, with a major component of his platform abolishing the Federal Reserve. Didn’t he get 2-3% of the popular vote?

  28. And BTW it turns out your nations trade agreements have not been dictated to you by the banker’s corporations through their unlawful TPPA. The Congress of the United States has failed to pass it into law. The peoples representatives in Congress knew that the majority of US citizens didn’t want it. Democracy worked as the founding fathers wanted it.

  29. There is no democracy (or accountability) in govt.
    The US Govt is corrupt and congress is full of bought and paid for crooks. There is a bottomless trough for paid shills on social media shouting about” democracy and choice” when its obvious the people are disenfranchised and not voting, voting for scumbags( or as you put it voting for one of the corporation’s selection of “evil” candidates).
    The Federal Reserve has been discredited . http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/11-reasons-why-the-federal-reserve-should-be-abolished

  30. As Winston Churchill said, “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

  31. You don’t have a democracy the US is an oligarchy.The US is dominated by a rich and powerful elite.So concludes a recent study by Princeton University Prof Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Prof Benjamin

    Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial impacts on US government policy, average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.

    To give you an idea of how enormously powerful these influential bankster’s Fed reserve is, pull out a US dollar bill.

    As you look at that dollar bill, I want you to notice that it says ““Federal Reserve Note” right at the top.In the financial world, a “note” is an instrument of debt, and the truth is that our system was designed to create as much debt as possible.

    So why are we using debt-based “Federal Reserve Notes” in the first place? Shouldn’t Congress have control over our currency?

    According to Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, it is Congress that has the authority to “coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures”.

    So how are the Fed Reserve get involved?Well, it is a very long and convoluted story, and if you are interested in the history behind it I would commend to you an excellent book by C. Edward Griffin entitled “The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve“. Basically, big money interests on Wall Street got their hooks into the White House and Congress, and they rushed through legislation right before Christmas in 1913 that created this insidious central banking system that was designed to slowly but surely take wealth from the American people and put it into their hands.Sadly, most Americans don’t even realize that we have a debt-based currency, nor do they understand where our money comes from” Michael Snyder

  32. The Bankster oligarchy or “Banktatorship”.
    A nation where the banker’s corporations dictate govt policies and trade agreements in which effected parties(the people) are not fully informed or even consulted.Even when the people/tax payers protest en masse the oligarchy’s govt don’t listen to the people.
    The people are used as debt slaves and every once in a while at times of injustice and discontent a ” tax cut bone” is thrown to them.

  33. So drunken bum, do you have an example of a nation that has a democracy where economic elites and organised groups representing business interests don’t have substantial impacts on government policy, and average citizens and mass-based interest groups have influence? Not New Zealand surely, eh?

  34. But Anabel dear, The TPPA was as you say indeed a “banker’s corporations dictate govt policies and trade agreements in which effected parties(the people) are not fully informed or even consulted”
    The people/tax payers (that is, through their representatives in Congress)protest(ed) en masse…and the oligarchy’s did not get it passed into law.
    Isn’t that what you wanted? The system you appear to hate did exactly what you, and the American people wanted.

  35. The TPPA was and still is unlawful document.
    Delay, regroup and wait for the new congress in Feb 2017 to push its new “TPP1”.
    No nation( or federal reserve ) should dictate the terms of another nations trade agreements or commerce.
    The people of New Zealand( the effected party) have not even had full disclosure been told of the costs or contents and still Bankster Key signed it.
    So no, the corporations delay( more costs) and drafting up a new (unlawful) TPP for Feb nxt year to dictat to other nations was not what I wanted.
    Appearance is deceiving.The banker’s globalization agenda continues.
    Almost every nation has a central banking system, corporations own 90% of the media and the resources so the nations are not independent as they must borrow money with interest from these private bankers.
    The TPPA is unlawful should never have even been, it is a corporate manifesto of global governance.
    New Zealand is said to be the administrator of the TPPA and the people do not even know what the legalese means or how much that will cost us to administer the unlawful agreement (we have not agreed to).

  36. Or maybe the banker’s plan is to have Trump puppet voted out on Dec 19 by the electoral college( after Trump does something “outrageous and obscene”)and then the Clinton puppet will bring the “new TPPA ” back to Congress and pass it while the people are still in shock.
    The banker’s insurance policy “Obamacare” was not wanted by the people of America and yet congress passed it. Congress also past the Fed reserve act in 1913 which was in breach of the constitution.
    As D.B. states in his above comment According to Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, it is Congress that has the authority to “coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures”.
    The globalization agenda continues, the media just says it doesn’t with its web of propaganda.

  37. Yes the oligarchy, its surreal celebs and media outlets are still on the globalization agenda.
    Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein’s Rolling Stone article “The CIA and the Media” was just the tip of the media mind control ice-burg.
    http://www.carlbernstein.com/magazine_cia_and_media.php
    Now-days social media is thick with paid pro corporate/govt lobbyists singing the praises of banksters and their corporate govts.

  38. The corporate global governance agreement( TPP) is not “dead” the media is still flogging it (as anther thing the Trump can be seen “flipflopping” on).
    Why would John Key think its ok for NZ to straight out lose IP and the right to determine its own trade terms trade by trade?
    Why would bankster Key ( and the govt MPs) entertain an idea like foreign corpse-orations drafting up and dictating to 12 other nations their trade agreement terms?

    Key is obviously batting for the other team. Team bankster with its tyrannical mega corporations that only care about profiteering,global domination and control.

  39. The ‘corporation of the usa’ does not care much for the spirit of the constitution .
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it”
    And its funny that we are born with rights and so do not need the creator given rights to be “secured” by a govt. Most people don’t know that they even have the choice to not consent to be governed by the oligarchy’s dysfunctional corporate govt (or to abolish it as needed).
    We don’t even have a people written constitution in NZ.
    The Bank of England’s Crown (NZ govt) did not have a mandate to form a govt, no written constitution from the people of NZ and just some unlawful agreement for the Crown to own the land( a concept not even known to early settlers -the Maori).

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