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America: A Fire Sale to Foreign Corporations

Brian Moench @ Common Dreams - This maybe one of the most important stories ever ignored by the "lame stream, liberal" media. It’s unlikely you’re losing sleep over US trade negotiations, but the unfolding business agreement between the US and eight Pacific nations --the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- should cause every US citizen, from the Sierra Club to the Tea Party to get their pitch forks and torches out of the closet and prepare to “storm the Bastille.”  Read more.

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