I really enjoy speaking with Harry Shearer, both for his engaging manner and his thorough preparation. He worked this interview in from London after a show he’d performed in just wrapped up before heading to Botswana to go to an elephant reserve.
If you have trouble with the embedded link below, you can also listen to our chat at the Le Show website. I hope you’ll see fit to circulate this interview, since the more attention we can bring to this plan to legalize corporate pillage, the better.
Update: Bob Swern just sent me a link to this nausea-inducing editorial (yes, editorial) in the New York Times. I hope those of you who have subscriptions to the Times cancel them immediately and write the editors savaging this piece. They’ve clearly decided to take dictation from the Administration, since even a cursory amount of research would show the claims to be utterly false. Get a load of the Big Lies:
The Obama administration said it wants a “next-generation” agreement that, in addition to lowering tariffs, lowers investment restrictions, improves labor rights, encourages environmental protection and reduces government favoritism of state-owned businesses. That is an ambitious agenda considering that more than 150 countries are struggling to complete a much simpler deal at the World Trade Organization….
A good agreement would lower duties and trade barriers on most products and services, strengthen labor and environmental protections, limit the ability of governments to tilt the playing field in favor of state-owned firms and balance the interests of consumers and creators of intellectual property. Such a deal will not only help individual countries but set an example for global trade talks.
It’s also time, as Confucius recommended, to describe things with their proper names. People who favor this deal are traitors. We need to start calling them that openly and often.