The rhetoric for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is hitting new levels of absurdity. Though all available evidence – including leaked portions – shows the TPP is a massive give away to corporate interests, the agreement is being framed by Democratic advocates as some sort of bizarre achievement for working people.

First the White House called the TPP the “most progressive trade agreement in history” and now Senator Dianne Feinstein has claimed that TPP is not for Corporate America.

Instead, Feinstein offered that small businesses will be the real beneficiaries and that critics of the measure should more closely examine the proposed agreement.

“I want to straighten one thing out, and that is that most people think this is a bill for corporate America,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on ABC’s “This Week.” “In California, 95 percent of the trade is carried out by companies and business of less than 500 people.”…

Feinstein also said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who’s been criticized for dodging the debate on the issue, should “take a good look” at the measure.

Aye, there’s the rub. Can we “take a good look” Senator Feinstein? The answer, of course, is no. That lack of transparency from the “most transparent administration in history” is exactly why people are skeptical about other claims. That and the history of so-called free trade agreements which, to put it lightly, is unimpressive.

But if the White House and corporate Democrats really do believe what they say about how progressive this deal is then they should be committed to showing it to the public shouldn’t they? Anytime now.

Dan Wright

Dan Wright

Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.


  1. Alice X
    May 18, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I can barely get past the headline, I might die from laughter, before I die from crying.

  2. bsbafflesbrains
    May 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    “If you don’t see TPP as a boon for jobs and a savior to the 99% you are just a stupid 99%er and that’s why we don’t let you run things. If it weren’t for us “smartest people in the room” you would all starve and our portfolios wouldn’t keep growing.” = “Take another look”

  3. bluevistas
    May 18, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Feinstein’s empty dissembling. Just like Obama’s.

    Can’t trust these rich folks who stand to gain from these policies and programs. Used to be that Democrats worked for regular people. Now many “Democratic” “public servants” have joined the Republicans in working for themselves and not us!

    I think they know they’ve been revealed and are in trouble with the majority of Americans.

  4. jcaunter
    May 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Just look up “rotating villain”. If Fast Track and TPP pass, every Democrat is as guilty as those who vote yes. It’s not enough to simply not support those who vote the wrong way. Every Democrat must be treated as equally culpable. And if the entire (corporatist) Democratic party is guilty of such a travesty then there is no need for any real progressive to ever support another Democrat again. Make sure that bit is included in the messages to your representatives.

  5. Fedupin10
    May 18, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    If TPP and TIPP pass, it should be the death blow to the Democratic Party. If “most Progressive trade deal evah” is matched against the ” Most Transparent administration, evah”, we are in for some serious trouble.

  6. May 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Um, if I can’t read the Agreement, how can I take another look?


    Maybe this a sign of meltdown finally happening. Nowhere else to turn….

  7. JF
    May 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Well, the White House sez that those in the Congress are welcome to go in and look at what has been negotiated SO FAR.

    But of course, the Japanese, in particular, know the best negotiating tactic is to wait until the very end and then slide something in, which will only be seen after there is an up or down vote in the Congress.

    Classic ‘Pig In A Poke’.

  8. jo6pac
    May 18, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks for xplaining to us simple folk;)

  9. bsbafflesbrains
    May 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    And what some can see is that there are NO provisions for 99% to gain from this deal except as collateral beneficiaries. It’s basically NAFTA with hopium and on a greater scale. Corporations are risk averse and not into innovation and fair competition (something Capitalism touts as a feature) and this just cements the status quo as the only avenue to commerce for future generations.

  10. Alice X
    May 18, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Um, if I can’t read the Agreement, how can I take another look?

    It is classified, but it is for our own good. Trust them!


  11. Bluedot
    May 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    HP reporting that Warren is out with a report detailing the failures of past trade deals. But we know this one is different. Right? I said right? Com’on just ask around.

  12. May 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    The point being, they are not even say trust them. She says take a good look……!!

    Congress: Have you stopped beating your dog or __(fill in the blank) yet? Answer yes or no!

  13. Bluedot
    May 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Why do you need to read it? Diane read it for us and O says it’s the best progressive trade deal evah.

  14. Alice X
    May 18, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Zero is saying repeatedly trust him.

  15. dubinsky
    May 18, 2015 at 1:34 pm


    let’s lay it out and look at what it says.

    Marcy Wheeler is a genius at reading the mass of verbiage and finding the essential points.

  16. Coach Bill
    May 18, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    there is no need for any real progressive to ever support another Democrat again.

    That time has come and gone.

  17. marym
    May 18, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Senate Democrats Work with Republicans to Throw Medicare Under the Bus as Part of TPP Fast Track Sausage-Making

  18. Shutter
    May 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    The Arrogant Rich have spoken. Kowtow (kneel and touch the ground with the forehead in worship or submission) before thy superiors.

  19. tjbs
    May 18, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    There are lies and damn lies and dianne is a damned good liar and thief .

  20. tjbs
    May 18, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    “If TPP and TIPP pass, it should be the death blow to the Democratic Party”

    Try If TPP and TIPP pass, it should be the death blow to the country.

  21. bsbafflesbrains
    May 18, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    If you work for a living apparently anything you get from working; like a paycheck, pension, 401k, social security, or medicare is a direct result of the largesse of the uber wealthy and now they want their money back to pay for some Wars and keep their portfolios growing.

  22. Alice X
    May 18, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    You beat me to it.

    They have to get the money to help out all those displaced workers somewhere (though it won’t help them much, how will you train to be a better burger flipper), best take it from sick old people. Let them die sooner rather than a little later.

    Never, ever talk about raising taxes on the Plutocrats who make a killing from these so called trade deals.

  23. JamesJoyce
    May 18, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Now that money is speech “servitude,” has resurfaced as the new normal. When folks begin to understand the breath and scope of this ” new normal,” they will then find out it is not new, or normal at all….

  24. JohnRedican
    May 18, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    It’s “Stockholm Syndrome”, wherein the captives become ingratiated to their captors.

  25. psalongo
    May 18, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Time to eat our peas again.

  26. Chris Maukonen
    May 18, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I detest Feinstein. Another republican in cheap clothing.

  27. Chris Maukonen
    May 18, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Worse than that. The captives have become the captors.

  28. Thurb
    May 18, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Just called Feinstein’s office. Was told she meant taking a closer look at the Fast Track Legislation. I went you mean the one that says if you have a problem with it, it can’t be changed – take it as is or not. I suddenly had to stop, but he said just remember that every trade deal in the last thirty years had been passed by fast tracking. I don’t think he appreciated my closing of considering the failure of those deals you know all the lost jobs and an increased trade deficit, it is past time to STOP fast tracking.

  29. mulp
    May 18, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Given progressives are no more willing to pay higher taxes than conservatives, it is clear that everyone wants less government spending, and as progressives are under age 65, throwing conservatives under their own bus of tax cuts is the right thing to do. If people over 65 were progressives, they would not vote for a single Republican, and given people over 65 vote at higher rates than any other group, there would be no tax cutting Republicans in any legislature.

    But those over 65 have the luxury of voting Republican to get tax cuts for themselves, while counting on progressives defending the benefits of those over 65 and thus slash benefits for those under age 30 who as progressives are pretty stupid in defending the government welfare of those who are stepping on the young progressives.

  30. mulp
    May 18, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    The old people vote Republican and for tax cuts, so why do you think they should benefit by impoverishing the young instead of having their welfare payments cut?

  31. mulp
    May 18, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    So, maintaining the status quo of trade deficits that kill jobs in the US is progressive??

    Why haven’t you hired 10 or 20 people at fair wages without incorporating because corporations are in your view evil. Put people to work as an individual if you are so smart to know how to create jobs without corporations.

  32. bsbafflesbrains
    May 18, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Corporate Amerika not calling Obama a socialist is the biggest tell on how TPP will play out once passed.

  33. mulp
    May 18, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    More exports forcing more Americans to work would lead to an uprising demanding the end to all jobs in America….

  34. mulp
    May 18, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Do you lay out your entire financial history and maximum willing price for the seller of a home you want, or for a car, or for remodeling on your house so the seller can set their price at your maximum price?

    Why not? Shouldn’t the seller get to see your final and absolute offer so he can set his terms based on that, along with some added terms that will advantage him that you will have a hard time refusing given he has tailored his offer to exactly what you revealed was your secret terms?

    You can see what if being voted on, but you can’t see the deals until you agree to giving the deals and up or down vote. Just like you can’t get a firm offer for a house or car on your terms until you are a qualified and committed buyer.

  35. marym
    May 18, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    So you’re saying we need a new trade deal that will cost jobs and increase trade deficits to counteract the status quo trade deals that cost jobs and increase trade deficits?

    Critics on the left and the right disagree

    Not to mention all the parts of the deal which are about corporate rule, not about trade.

  36. mulp
    May 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    It is classified until you agree to make a serious offer, but not while you want to keep changing the deal to screw the Japanese or Koreans or….

    You seem to think that the US is offering a lot, like unlimited exports with no tariffs to the US, except that was granted decades ago for almost everything they produce.

    And you seem to think that if you are paid from the revenue of trademarked or copyrighted goods, that you are paid more if in other nations those goods are counterfeited and sold without you getting paid.

  37. marym
    May 18, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    The people voting on it can see the deal. The people getting sold out are the ones that can’t see it.

  38. Alice X
    May 18, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    You have made a dead giveaway to a right wing statement.

    Medicare is not welfare in any sense of the word.

    Except to right wing operatives who want to make it that way by de-funding it and then privatizing it.

    Do some homework will you instead of talking such trash.

  39. marym
    May 18, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Trevor Timm@trevortimm · May 13
    Is it just me, or does it seem like TPP advocates only use vague and nebulous arguments,like “this will create jobs” or “trade is good”…

    Trevor Timm@trevortimm · May 13
    While TPP critics say things like “candy makers wanted to preserve a loophole letting them to import African cocoa harvested by child labor”

  40. Alice X
    May 18, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I am over 65. What are you talking about.

    Only some pay any taxes at all on social security.

  41. Alice X
    May 18, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    It is classified, period.

    It will not be public until months after the vote.

  42. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) actually read the TPP then wrote his fellow senators a five-page “Dear Colleagues” letter detailing why they should vote against the TPP – which was leaked this past Friday.

  43. marym
    May 18, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Progressives want to protect and expand social benefits for all ages, and to pay for it with a progressive tax structure, as you would know if you read proposals for Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, and for expanding Social Security, instead of making stuff up, and attempting divide and conquer tactics.

  44. Bluedot
    May 18, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Got it right. Twice there.

  45. Bluedot
    May 18, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Pay for it? Not necessary. But a more progressive tax structure for everything. Yes.

  46. Bluedot
    May 18, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I know this is really hard to understand but the government doesn’t need taxes to pay for anything. You may have noticed how we fight wars all the time and no one worries about taxes, especially the republicans. Where do you think that national debt came from if all the budgets were balanced?

  47. PCM
    May 18, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    That time has come and stayed.

  48. May 18, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Senate Democrats Work with Republicans to Throw Medicare Under the Bus as Part of TPP Fast Track Sausage-Making

    So there is but one way to extricate ourselves from the murderous embrace of the duopoly:
    If Voting Changed Anything…The Sham and the Shame of It

    That, attended by this:
    Have Faith: Don’t Vote, Delegitimize, Nullify, Organize!

    or, Third Party voting…

  49. May 18, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    That’s a band-aid on the cancer of capitalism. It all just helps capitalism endure.

    “Progressives” are excellent gatekeepers of this disease.

  50. PCM
    May 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    More empty ipse dixit from a shameless corporate shill. Hey, if it works for Obama, why not Feinstein, too?

  51. May 18, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Your trust in big government doing right unto you is utterly pathetic.

  52. May 18, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Rhetorical question mulp.

  53. Alice X
    May 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    I agree completely that capitalism is the cancer.

    As Upton Sinclair said, just paraphrasing, Americans will accept socialism, they just won’t accept the label.

    His remedy then was that we need to outflank the oppressors.

    That was before the second great Red Scare.

    The propaganda has been inexorable.


    But Sinclair may not have been all of the socialist that some have imagined.

    The word has so many meanings. Now it even includes neo-liberals just masquerading. Look at the likes of François Hollande.

    So Yanis Varoufakis who purports to be a Marxist says the war is over.

    I point to people who would not be pretending or be authoritarians as communists or socialists and I got blasted. People cannot get their minds around it.

    So when I am in a room with people who think Liberals are Leftists I use the word Progressive.

    I come down mainly with the anarchists but we are running out of time.

  54. Alice X
    May 18, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Fast track has only been in play six out the last twenty years, just off the top of my head.

  55. psalongo
    May 18, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    We need Stephanie Kelton here to explain monetary operations.

  56. psalongo
    May 18, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Bluedot is correct, The federal government doesn’t need our tax dollars to pay for anything. It’s the meme promulgated to maintain the social order.

  57. May 18, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    These Dumbocrats never learn. Feinstein is a Crypto Republican Almost as bad as her boss. Pres. Peace Prize

    Never again will I vote for D. They deserve whatever pasting they get in 2016

  58. May 18, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Hillary is for it. All you need to know about 2016 Pres. Vote.

  59. May 18, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    If this is such a great bill, why aren’t they proud of what it contains to gather public support for its passage by letting us see the bill’s text?

    Pres. peace Prize and his party have so much contempt for the voters that they have gotten lazy

  60. May 18, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    So here is what will happen.

    TPP passes with requisite Dem votes. Most of whom retire from Congress rather than face the voters.

    Consultancy “easy money” to collect their reward

    Obama will have his own “Foundation” to cash in just like Billary

    Maybe Malia can get a gig on Nickoleodeon that pays her 900k a year. Worked great for Chelsea

  61. bluevistas
    May 18, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    yep. The real Democratic base is finally catching on to Slick Barack and his crew.

  62. May 18, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Reposted from Brandon’s Roundup.

    All you need to know about the irrelevance of this President and the Democratic Party

  63. Bluedot
    May 18, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Sure, Kelton or Mosler or Wray or someone else. We got Joe Firestone who would be happy to do it.
    But we also need to get behind candidates that are carrying a message or none of it will help. People like Sanders and Warren. We need to call our reps to defeat TPP. O well I just heard Warren on LOD and I sure wish she would run. She puts her anger into words that others may listen to.

  64. Bluedot
    May 18, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I think they just want to show us how weak we are and how strong they are. The money for this is so far in the future and so small it amounts to a bully showing off. And progressives couldn’t stop it. A fucking pity.

  65. Bluedot
    May 18, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    People have to eat. If you think it is bad now, look back at the depression or the gilded age before then. Anarchy is not going to carry the day.

  66. Bluedot
    May 18, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    I don’t think he said that here. I think he is mislead and believing that this deal will somehow result in a trade surplus. (i.e. change the deficit to a surplus by exporting more.) Fat chance of that happening but then again who knows. I haven’t seen a good analysis of the deal.

  67. Alice X
    May 18, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    The propaganda against anarchism goes way back. They have always been portrayed as violent revolutionaries.

    In fact the principal anarchists cautioned against those very people.

    It is the principle that authority must be justified.

    Occupy was anarchism. They were completely peaceful. They were crushed.

    The Paris Commune was anarchist, they wouldn’t fight.

    The Catalonian anarchists wouldn’t fight.

    Anarchistm never can carry the day, its principled exponents will not / cannot fight.

    All it can do is inform.

    When one sees in the M$M that a thousand police are confronting a few thousand peaceful protestors on one block but three blocks away a few dozen hooligans are breaking things and thus described as “Anarchists” – maybe even with ski masks with an ‘A’ on it – but not one police van in view – one should know the propaganda mill is at work.

  68. Alice X
    May 19, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Lambert does say a whopping 700 million.

    Either it is 700 million which isn’t whopping to big medicine or it is 700 billion which is. Lambert needs a proofreader.

    A million here, a million there, pretty soon it is real money.

    The future of Medicare is death by a thousand cuts. Every one knocks some provider off it.

    The bi-partisan uni-party has just concluded another deal to gut Medicare.

    This on top of the Affordable Care Act which did define a 500 BILLION limiting to the growth of Medicare through 2020. That was whopping.

    Limiting the enormous growth of health care costs is desirable but they didn’t do it across the board, so in effect it was a cut to Medicare. Defund the program so it can’t work and then privatize it.

  69. FukTheArmy
    May 19, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Feinstein, like Obama is full of horseshit. Both, along with Shillary and Schumer are corporate whores.

  70. FukTheArmy
    May 19, 2015 at 7:07 am

    But, will they still think we are weak when we line them up for the guillotines?

  71. FukTheArmy
    May 19, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Under these so called “trade deals”, the ONLY U.S. exports are our jobs.

  72. FukTheArmy
    May 19, 2015 at 7:21 am

    French aristocrats once had that same attitude, funny how that turned out, they lost their heads.

  73. Thurb
    May 19, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I didn’t claim that, her staffer did. But I admit to a lack of knowledge regarding fast tracking of these treasonous pieces of crap.

  74. HappyElderGeek
    May 20, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Let’s get the White House to acknowledge their violation of democracy:

    Go to this website:

    and vote.

    The text reads, in full:

    Publish all proposed Trade Agreements (including TPP) for all citizens to read and understand.

    Make the full text of all current and future proposed trade
    agreements between the United States and any other nation or nations
    available for all citizens to see. Passing legislation that citizens are
    not allowed to read is a clear violation of the principles of a

    Published Date: May 20, 2015

    We only have until June 19th to get 100,000 votes.

  75. HappyElderGeek
    May 20, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Let’s get the White House to acknowledge their violation of democracy:

    Go to this website:
    and vote.

    The text reads, in full:

    Publish all proposed Trade Agreements (including TPP) for all citizens to read and understand.

    Make the full text of all current and future proposed trade
    agreements between the United States and any other nation or nations
    available for all citizens to see. Passing legislation that citizens are
    not allowed to read is a clear violation of the principles of a

    Published Date: May 20, 2015

    We only have until June 19th to get 100,000 votes.

  76. JosefLowry
    May 21, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Dianne Feinstein is truly evil.

  77. gamesjon
    May 21, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I don’t know, I guess it depends on how one defines U.S. If it is the territorial boundary of the U.S. then yes you are definitely right, but if one defines it as U.S. owned corporations then they are probably right.

    As for people implying the Democrats have somewhat recently turned their back on what they are supposed to stand for I think are not being very honest with themselves. I think they are thinking back and comparing it to what things are like now and they look pretty good in comparison… but there has never really been any real progressive movement/politicians large enough to do very much. I mean the virtually all the legislation came with or around the time of the all the new-deal legislation (and has been attacked ever since,) and even that was more of a compromise to save the capitalist structures instead of let’s make things more fair.