TransCanada suit sheds light on free trade controversy

TransCanada has announced that, under the agreed NAFTA free trade process, the tar sands corporation will sue the United States for $15 billion in “damages” for its “arbitrary” failure to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. This should shine a bright light on the practical and legal implications of the so-called “investor-state dispute settlement” process common to NAFTA, CAFTA and the proposed TPP.

The GOP: yesterday and today

As a young admirer of FDR and the New Deal,”and born to a mainly Republican family in Sharon and Salisbury, I was nevertheless persuaded by the Presiding Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Republican organizer, and resident of Sharon, David W. Peck, to help do door-to-door campaign work in Manhattan for General Dwight D. Eisenhower in both 1952 and 1956. As you know, “I like Ike” won by a landslide in both years.

Minimum wage and the TPP

Due process rights may be weakened in U.S. courts of law

Although much progress has been made in affirming basic human rights and freedoms in the United States, there are too many recent cases of U.S. courts backsliding on procedural rights of due process, sometimes undermining longstanding constitutional interpretation, legal precedent, legislative intent and common sense. Here are some examples expressed, for simplicity, in the form of a few rhetorical questions:

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention

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Diagnosis, treatment and prevention

Tax evasion

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Tax evasion: diagnosis, treatment and prevention

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“We the People” are beginning, slowly but surely, to wake up to the risks to our economy and to our democracy of the continuing trend toward excessive concentration of wealth, power and influence in the hands of an over-compensated, under-performing and under-taxed few, at the expense of the many. (See “Income, wealth and tax disparity in america,” The Lakeville Journal, Aug. 20.)

The U.S. Chamber violates its mission

When the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1912, its Charter purpose was to help promote American democracy, free enterprise and business — especially small, new start-up business initiatives. Its original terms of reference forbade the Chamber to promote or oppose any individual candidate for political office.

Income, wealth and tax disparity in America

In the USA today, a young man who runs up and down a basketball court in shorts for a living can earn an amount in cash equal to the combined salaries of 10 or more highly qualified science, math, history or language teachers. Nothing against professional sports, but what does this say about cultural values in America? Does level of income reward and reflect utility, or something else?

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