Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Jul 2015 21:44 UTC

A recent draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal would give U.S. pharmaceutical firms unprecedented protections against competition from cheaper generic drugs, possibly transcending the patent protections in U.S. law.

This article focuses on pharmaceuticals, but just imagine what similar restrictions would mean for technology. This is disastrous.

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RE[2]: The funny thing is
by cfgr on Thu 2nd Jul 2015 08:14 UTC in reply to "RE: The funny thing is"
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I think pretty much everyone wanted someone who wasn't Bush (and Cheney). I had hoped he'd bring some fresh air, given that he taught about constitutional law and had a different background with a different perspective.

The USA was in full crisis with some serious budgetary issues (war spending not being part of the budget and stuff), so I didn't mind that he couldn't fix things right away but the longer it went on, the more clear it became that either he's not in control at all or he's just another liar. It's probably both.

But yeah, the fact that there are only two options means you're pretty much screwed when both choices are terrible. For that matter, I'm really glad we have a multiple-winner system here. It may cause a bit more chaos now and then (like 1.5 year without fully authorized government during crisis), but at least it gives you other options. The competition is also more fierce as parties can lose voters more easily to a 'neighbouring party' so false promises on core issues often gets punished hard.

In my opinion Obama is worse than Bush. Not really for his policies, but because he crushed all hope people had in more transparency and honest politics. Perhaps we were simply too naive.

Edited 2015-07-02 08:20 UTC

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