Category Archives: economic freedom

Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP: A Threat to United States Sovereignty Presentation

(unedited version here)

The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact continues on its way toward Congressional consideration. President Obama and the 11 other heads of state will formally sign the agreement in New Zealand on February 4, paving the way for Obama to send the agreement to Congress. Once he does, Congress has 90 days to make its “yes or no” choice.

Whatever the agreement’s impact on the American economy, the odious Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions, alone, argue for a decisive “no” vote. ISDS allows the establishment of three-member panels of international lawyers to rule on disputes between foreign … Read more...

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Trans-Pacific Partnership

by Ted Metz

At the first of many more to follow, the NWGA 912 Project in conjunction with The Madison Forum, The John Birch Society, The Freedom & Liberty Coalition, The Constitution Party, Restore and Preserve the Constitution, and the Canton TEA Party invited Mr. Tom Barksdale to present the many issues surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership.

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PENDING TRADE ACTIONS TPA/TAA/TPP CLARIFICATIONS, BACKGROUND, DISCUSSION AND MY THOUGHTS

By
Larry Laibson

The general public is significantly confused on the complex “alphabet soup” trade proposals being talked about in Congress and the Media. Something as important as this 11 Nation deal that encompasses a broad spectrum of areas, including but not limited to “Trade, should be transparent at least on its overall scope and general objectives.  The absence of this transparency, especially with the many time spoken goals of this President to “fundamentally change America” appears by design by both he and Congress to facilitate mutual objectives.
There are three items on the table: Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), Trade … Read more...

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CLARIFICATIONS AND ACTIONS ON TRADE PRIORITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (TPA) VS TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP)

By
Larry Laibson

There are many major issues and questions on both Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). There is confusion of what these entail and what is actually being voted on in Congress.  Are there Constitutional issues regarding “Powers” and responsibilities?  Is TPP really a Treaty? What does it cover and why is there such extensive secrecy?  Will America’ Sovereignty be affected?

Congress is voting on TPA which outlines guidelines for TPP’s negotiation by the Executive Branch and provides provisions to give President Obama “fast track” approval of TPP if and when it is brought … Read more...

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Collectivism, the Environment’s Real Danger

By
Bradley Opitz

Each year, Earth Day is celebrated by many people all around the world. It is a day that is set aside for a time of reflection on the physical state of the earth, and to celebrate the planet that humanity has always called home.  Coincidentally, the day that has been set aside to celebrate earth coincides with the date of birth of a man named Vladimir Lenin.  Being that April, 22 is the date of two important events, it is rather fitting that close attention is paid to how economics has real effects on the physical well … Read more...

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Dine and Dash in the US Economy, Reconsidering Ian Ruined’s “I at Least Shagged” – A Siren’s Song to the American Odyssey

(Please note that Michael Anderson is a respected MD practicing as a pediatrician and constitutional attorney who clerked for a Federal Appeals Court Judge.  He, as all our writers, is a Madison Forum Member.)

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Michael Anderson

Reconsidering the Sirens’ song from Ayn Rand’s (aka “Ian Ruined”), that oddly influential book that may have been originally titled as “I at Least SHAGGED”.  Perhaps publishers believed US readers would miss the nuance of British slang, and re-named “I at Least Shagged” to “Atlas Shrugged.” The “Shagged” version of the title reads with more candor.  Here I express my disappointment and anger … Read more...

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I am SO OVER “austerity”!

By: Les Dunaway

The term austerity has been misused hundreds of times daily for months now! It annoyed me the first time, as calling a leg a tail always does.

If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five?
No, calling a tail a leg don't make it a leg.
Abraham Lincoln

It’s reached the point where I’ve got to talk about this latest foray into politically correct.

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