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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Trump tells it like it is on the trade war

Oh, we canot protect outselves from steel dumping. It will trigger a trade war. That is what all these globalists lecture to Americans.
President Trump is having none of that nonsense.

Today he tweeted, "From Bush 1 to present, our Country has lost more than 55,000 factories, 6,000,000 manufacturing jobs and accumulated Trade Deficits of more than 12 Trillion Dollars. Last year we had a Trade Deficit of almost 800 Billion Dollars. Bad Policies and Leadership. Must WIN again!"

The first President Bush was the first of two Republican presidents who abandoned the principle of protecting American industry with tariffs and the like. After the Gulf War, Bush told Congress in September 1991 that he and Mikhail Gorbachev had a New World Order.

The Soviet Union collapsed three months later, and Gorbachev became thankfully the last emperor of that evil empire.

The damage to the nation by NAFTA shows the cavalier attitude of our politicians toward the people they are supposed to serve. They told us NAFTA would mean more jobs and fewer illegal aliens. They lied on both counts.

But they serve us as appetizers to leaders elsewhere.

The real problem is Red China. It is still a communist country. We call Xi "president" but he really is Chairman Xi who will be "president"for life. He is another communist dictator like Mao.

Losing $800 billion a year like this is unsustainable. So are the federal deficits. America cannot be a great nation under those circumstances. We are becoming the Ottoman Empire without the tulips or belly dancers.

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27 comments:

  1. 1. 2016 campaign promises.
    2. As a corollary to #1; OH, MI, PA, WV
    3. Two months prior to Whack-A-Mole midterm rallies.

    Just get your scorecards out and write down the names of the apologists for the America Last platform.

    It's getting interesting and moderately surprising to some.

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  2. How dare Trump propose that the USA fight back! The very idea makes no sense at all!

    -Mikey NTH

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  3. Does anyone remember H. Ross Perot? He as the last serious non-politician and businessman to mount a serious run for the White House. He tried to warn us that NAFTA would result in a "giant sucking sound" as American jobs were sent to Mexico. He was dismissed as a quack. Today we know he was ahead of his time.

    Bucky

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    1. Ahead of his time, prescient, but still a bit of a quack.

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  4. Every kid's been taught tariffs caused the Depression. That's how lies become truth.

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    1. And they are also taught that FDR saved us instead of the truth about how he extended the depression with his tinkering and manipulating policies.

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  5. Contrary to what the globalists would have you believe, the U.S. is quite capable of living entirely without any trade. We have all the resources, talent, and capacity to produce whatever we want and feed ourselves. Personally, I believe that closing the borders completely and sealing ourselves off from the rest of the world would be to the benefit of every citizen.

    That being said, it can be profitable to maintain trade with other countries. But remember, the business of America is business. If we don't profit from trade with another country we should not allow that trade. Simeple. America first. That is the policy of China and why they have eaten our lunch for so long. President Trump is about to turn the tables on the globalists who have been ransacking our wealth and revitalize our industries by rebalancing our international trade mechanisms. Along with his tax cuts I believe we will see a resurgent U.S that will amaze everyone. - Elric

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  6. I love ya Surber but I'm keeping this useful typo: "President Trump is having nine of that nonsense."

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    1. Since this is in part a rebuke to Merkel and Germany, you are correct that Trump is having NEIN of this nonsense.

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    2. Actually, it should be "kein." - Elric

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    3. Nice play Nony !

      SC

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  7. What the clueless elite does not understand is that we have almost nothing to fear from fighting a trade war against a country with whom we are running huge trade deficits. How are they going to fight back? By refusing to dump their subsidized goods into our market, which would be giving us more of what we are asking for? We fight a trade war with the PRC, or the EU, or Mexico, or South Korea, and the results are the same: heads we win; tails they lose.

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  8. Chairman Xi has upgraded himself to Emperor Xi.

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  9. And China uses NAFTA to bring products into the US so there is much to PDJT’s ongoing strategy. I trust Wilbur Ross on these issues.

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    1. NAFTA trade transactions require a certificate of origin and NAFTA officials deny that the agreement provides an open channel for Chinese goods.

      But even if it was, lower-priced Chinese goods are far-better for the economy and its 300 million American consumers than full employment for 140,000 US steel workers. If you don't like low-cost goods, why is that Walmart remains popular?

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    2. So, gadfly, you actually believe (like the Bush Republicans and the Clinton wing of the Democrat party) that an economy is sustainable with all of us pouring over-priced cups of coffee for each other.

      An economy based on providing luxury services to each other is wholly, obviously unsustainable and only the most clueless academic economist or Bush administration apparatchik fails to see it. You've got to make something to maintain wealth.

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    3. If we hadn't lost those 140,000 steel workers, that'd be 140,000 purchasers who could look more for quality than price. WallyMart might "satisfice" but it'd be nice to make enough to afford better quality rather than look just at price. (Or even make enough at one's job so one's spouse could stay home be a homemaker and raise the offspring.)

      Even Sam Walton had a policy of made-in-the-USA for as much stuff as possible in his stores before he kicked off.

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  10. First some honesty. Steel and aluminum did not make for a $12 trillion trade deficit and automation took the jobs. For example, steel manufacturing in 1960 required 10.1 man hours per ton - and now uses only 1.5.m/h. Some high-tech mini-mills with electric furnaces use only 0.5 man hours - and automation continues. A shiny new plant in Austria uses only 14 employees to make 500,000 tons of steel wire per year which required a thousand employees to make in 1960.

    And we cannot ignore the 200,000 drop in jobs at industries using American steel in 2002 when bush tried the same-damn thing. Finally, one hyphenated name: Smoot-Hawley.

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    1. Smoot-Hawley was almost 90 years ago. What other government policies from 1930 do you think we should be implementing today by rote? Jim Crow?

      Were we running massive unsustainable trade deficits back then? No? Different times call from different solutions. And if you don't think so, then go take a long zeppelin ride to Lakehurst, New Jersey.

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    2. Again I bring up one of my favorite policy considerations: Reciprocity.
      They tax our stuff, we tax their stuff. We can't buy land in their country, they can't buy land here.
      Maybe a Silver Rule: Do unto others as they do unto you.

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  11. At worst, Smoot-Hawley (two Republicans), just made Depression worse. At best, it had negligible effect.

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  12. Y'all must be really upset over Don the Con's closed door statements about Xi. "He's now president for life. President for life. No, he's great....And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day."--Dear Orange Leader at Republican fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago. Perhaps the leaked audio is fake news too?

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    1. Perhaps you can't recognize joking around?

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    2. Your humorlessness and liberal tears are very sweet to us.
      ---Fred

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  13. I am all for bringing jobs back. However, regarding steel, this country doesn't have the capability to produce the steel that it needs to fulfill its current needs. The fact that other countries can produce and ship it here cheaper is not only because they have cheaper labor, it's because they are newer plants and use newer production technology. The vast majority of steel plants in this country use antiquated technology. Therefore supply will be low and prices will skyrocket. The costs of vehicles, appliances and other things that are manufactured using steel in this country will grow exponentially. The question is, in the long run, will it provide enough jobs to compensate and yet be financially viable for consumers?

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  14. Good comments on this thread, people. Well, excepting Anonymous Orangeman. Yes, I did used to be a free trade supporter. Mr. T changed my mind. As Joan Jett once sang, You're livin in the past, It's a new generation. But if we REALLY want to get ahead of the curve, start focusing on carbon fiber technology. That shit is amazing. I'm all for steel, for now, but it ain't gonna get the job done for my Jetsons flying car.

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