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Received this e-mail today from our favorite congressman, Alan Grayson (D. FL-9):
If you have received my e-mails for a while, you know that I sometimes refer to you all, affectionately, as "Alan's Army." You are passionate, smart and dedicated. But last week you were something else: Amazing.

I told you about a proposed partnership between multinational corporations and their sellout tools in government (a/k/a the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). The TTIP features "investor-state" dispute resolution, which invites huge corporations to file lawsuits to prevent government actions that they just don't like, such as health and safety regulations. Similar trade agreements have allowed the World Trade Organization to strike down country-of-origin meat labels, dolphin-safe tuna labels and  limits on candy-flavored cigarettes marketed to kids.

I asked you to send your thoughts to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), who will help decide whether to enter into this corrupt abridgement of American sovereignty.

Alan's Army responded - and how! In all, 9,625 of us submitted comments. Let me tell you how our response stacks up. Before we got involved, the USTR received only 113 comments in 88 days - many from corporate lobbyists. We added almost 100 times that amount, in a little more than 24 hours. Again, amazing.

Now, let's make our voices heard again. Tomorrow the House Ways and Means Committee, the committee with jurisdiction over trade, will hold a hearing on the TTIP. I plan to deliver a letter to the Committee expressing my disdain for this betrayal, and more specifically, that 30-pieces-of-silver investor-state dispute resolution clause. You can join me.

Click here to sign my letter opposing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

I would love to have 10,000 citizen soldiers of the Alan's Army on board. You did it once. Can you do it again?

And please, share this with your friends. We want our Army to grow.


Rep. Alan Grayson

P.S. Some of you responded with eloquence. Others with anger. And a few of you were just plain nasty (and you know how much I enjoy that). Here are a few of my favorite comments:

    As Thomas Jefferson put it, "I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Paul from Sharon, MA

    Corporations are running this world already. They need to be severed at the knees. This is Fascism, plain and simple. - Ralph from Blackduck, Minnesota


    I am opposed to this misnamed trade agreement in its entirety. It should more properly be called a cowardly corporate surrender document. - Jim from Ballston Spa, NY

    American citizens can afford no further capitulation to greed-driven economics and legislation. It is time for those who have always bought their solutions to finally learn the word "No" lest we slip further into ownership by corporate powers and cease to be a nation of the people for the people. - Christina from Maplewood, MN

    I am dead set against this agreement and the Trans Pacific agreement as well. What the hell are you guys smoking, anyway? - Bryan from West Linn, OR


    This is unconscionable! Why are we even considering this? Oh, I forgot...corporations are now more important than people. NOT!!! - Dee from Madison, WI

    This is the worst of all the stupidest things I have ever heard of. - Stephen from
    Rochester, NY

    If this insanity continues I will start pledging allegiance to the United Corporation of America! - Cornelius from West Amherst, NY

    Unbelievable. Did Mitt Romney start this piece of crap? - Thomas from Phoenix, AZ

Please click here to speak out against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership:

Originally posted to pdc on Wed May 15, 2013 at 05:07 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Yeah, he posted it here as well. (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Didn't know that. Thanks for letting me know but (4+ / 0-)

      this issue bears repeating.

      Funny Stuff at

      by poopdogcomedy on Wed May 15, 2013 at 05:20:19 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Maybe you could include his diary link in your (2+ / 0-)
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      •  Done and thanks for this! By the way, I've been (1+ / 0-)
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        taking more and more of an interest in the New Jersey Governor's Race.  I know how far Buono is in the polls but I like the direction she's going in hitting Christie on guns.  Now maybe I'm crazy but I think Buono can pull an upset victory.  I wouldn't be surprised if Christie still won but I'm starting to think Buono's chances might be improving.  I think they might be better than T-Mac in Virginia against the Kooch because that's a race between Mr. Un-Likable vs. Bat Shit Crazy.

        Also, Merkley's long over due for a diary from me and I think May will go to Ed Markey and Rick Weiland in South Dakota.  I went through my diaries to see who I wrote about the most each month.  Merkley was the top written Senator by yours trull three months in a row (Jan, Feb & March).  Minnesota diaries about Franken, Dayton and Graves won April.

        Funny Stuff at

        by poopdogcomedy on Wed May 15, 2013 at 06:03:31 PM PDT

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        •  Sorry, but yes, you're "crazy." (0+ / 0-)

          Christie's, unfortunately, got the mojo.  One add running now says that Buono voted to raise taxes (like) 164 times and Christie is just so wonderful.

          The corrupt Democratic machine in two counties in Jersey ain't never gonna get behind Buono, never -- they'll do what they did to Corzine.  (Yeah, yeah, Corzine, I know, but I'd take him over Christie any day of the week.)

          That said, I hope you're right.  I truly do.

          But for some reason, Jersey votes for Dems in Congress but often votes for a republican governor, even though Jersey is a blue state.  Or once was.  We'll see.

  •  need to pay attention (2+ / 0-)
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    lostinamerica, Williston Barrett

    This is one piece of legislation that should not be allowed to pass because of the horrific implications to us all.

    'If you are curious, you are not bored. If you are bored, you grow old.' Lillian Gish

    by Jakkalbessie on Wed May 15, 2013 at 05:26:59 PM PDT

  •  Rep. Alan Grayson is a treasure, just (1+ / 0-)
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    like Sen. Sanders.

    I don't want to imagine what it would be like if we didn't have people in Congress like these two people, and now Sen. Warren.

  •  We need to call attention to this mess (2+ / 0-)
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    gooderservice, unfangus

    and get it stopped pronto.  The younger generation in this country deserve jobs and economic opportunity, they need a future to look forward to.

    "If you can't take their money, eat their food, drink their booze and then vote against them, you have no business being up there."

    by Betty Pinson on Wed May 15, 2013 at 05:36:45 PM PDT

  •  The original vision made geopolitical sense. (0+ / 0-)

    China and the emerging nations have formed a trading bloc that clearly strips the developed nations of jobs and certain economic powers we once relied upon.

    The idea, in its pure form, was to form a trading bloc of sorts with Europe. A Western bloc, if you will, that can move together for geopolitical economic balance of global trade -- as the rest of the world continues to develop and goes through the industrial phases that we once dominated.

    The idea was that together, Europe and the US could balance out the rest of the world's emerging economic powers:

    The United States and European Union (EU) have by far the largest economic relationship in the world.  The EU economy is just bigger than that of the U.S., with both generating over $15.6 trillion in GDP; together, we generate half the world’s output.  And because our ties are based on investment (over $3.6 trillion both ways) rather than trade, we have a total commercial relationship worth over $5 trillion – over $1 trillion in trade, some $300 billion in investment flows, and over $4 trillion in sales by our foreign investments.
    The idea is that a coordinated working arrangement between the two would powers would have immense economic benefits for both the people of the United States and the European Union
    As the American military presence in Europe declines and as other countries gain in wealth and power, a more integrated transatlantic economy will maintain the strength of this partnership for years to come.
    Perhaps the negotiations have gone terribly wrong. Perhaps they are in the process of working out differences and over-reaching for the benefit of both Europeans and Americans.

    I don't know enough to say, yet.

    But something tells me that the people writing the letters are outrage about some problematic (even egregious) details they hear about -- but probably have no depth of knowledge about the overall vision to provide context and direction.

    I think for activism to be effective, there must be a depth of understanding that is apparent in the complaints and reactions.

    I'm not seeing that.

    Denial is a drug.

    by Pluto on Wed May 15, 2013 at 06:00:22 PM PDT

  •  This is the most important treachery (0+ / 0-)

    on the horizon, and that's saying something.


    From here on out, no one can escape the havoc wrought by the unmitigated Class, Climate and Terror Wars.

    by Words In Action on Wed May 15, 2013 at 06:42:33 PM PDT

  •  Grayson's a little new to this (0+ / 0-)

    Investor-state dispute settlement isn't going to be new to the TTIP, we have it in most of our free trade agreements and a whole raft of bilateral investment treaties around the world.  Every once in a while there's a case against the U.S. by a company that thinks they've been wronged, but we've yet to lose a case.  I don't lose much sleep over this.

    Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.

    by Sky Net on Wed May 15, 2013 at 07:57:00 PM PDT

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