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Remember those 13 American colonies of Britain? Get ready for 50 American “colonies” under China

50 more stars?

The American Revolutionary War was really all about trade and the exploitation of colonies across the world by the British Empire. Nobody wanted to live under foreign subjugation, and you can’t blame them.

Today, we face a trade war with China that could set us back 214 years to colony status.

The British were the worst in trade with colonies. They even allowed a government-chartered corporation to build an army of 28,000 to rule India, so that nation’s conquered poor would supply cheap raw goods to Britain.

The London mills then turned cotton, for example, into expensive cloth, sold for top dollar. The people in India never shared in the wealth their country generated until freedom in 1947.

Another example of Britain’s avarice was the slave trade. While some 300,000 Africans were shipped to the American South, some 2.6 million were sent by the British to the Caribbean to harvest sugar. By the Civil War the 300,000 in America had grown in population to 3 million, but 2.3 million Caribbean slaves had died off, leaving just 300,000 survivors. Hell Britannia! Continue reading →

How does a 100% tariff only increase the real price of a pair of prescription $600 eyeglass by only $15?

What does President Donald Trump’s tariffs on $50 billion worth of imports from China actually mean, and how will this affect you?

The ministers of mainstream media have received their talking points from the same lobbyists who control Congress, and they are using scare tactics on the public.

“A 25% tariff on a product will raise the cost of needed goods by a third, hurting the American consumer,” one son of a billionairess announced.

“We will have shortages of needed goods,” a genius two years out of college lamented.

“There will be a trade war, like the one that caused the Great Depression,’ a fellow with a bad wig grumbled.

The last point first. The Great Depression and crash of the stock market was in 1929. The Hawley–Smoot Tariff act was passed in 1930. The Depression was the result of the greatest economic inequality in our history – until today. The Crash was not caused by tariffs enacted after the fact by the unfettered administration of GOP president (Herbert Hoover). Continue reading →

China winning the real World War against America

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A gold-plated Infiniti luxury sports car on a test drive in Nanjing, east China’s Jiangsu province

During the Vietnam War, my part-time job was correspondent for the United States Information Agency (USIA), and one assignment portended today’s global power alignment.

The assignment was to interview ten ministers from various African nations to gain their impressions of a trip they were concluding in the United States. The article would be translated for their nation’s newspapers after review by Washington officials.

My recollection was a 500-word report to be sent Western Union to USIA headquarters (@ $1 a word). I was paid $30.

The ministers had gathered at  International House, Chestnut St., Philadelphia, and some were dressed American-style and others were in native garb.

I introduced myself as a writer from USIA and then the room filled with shouts.

“You are not USIA! You are CIA…” Continue reading →

Trump card is the minimum wage. My bet: he just lost any chance of winning the Republican Presidential nomination

serfIn the Middle Ages an average duke or earl’s property was about 38,000 acres, and the “little people” grew the food and paid taxes to these aristocrats of yore, and the humble were called serfs and lived like dogs to support the castles for the very few.

The present crony capitalism is different. Our aristocrats elect public officials, set prices by corporations, and there are no serfs, just the “working class.”

Today’s lords and masters also make the dukes of old look like the pikers that defended them. Donald Trump, for example, boasts about $9 billion in wealth. That wouldn’t just buy him 39,000 acres, but at $10,000 an acre, he could acquire 900,000 acres or 1,400 square miles – enough to fit all New York City’s boroughs inside – four times – and still have 200 square miles remaining for golf courses and towers. At that size, Trump’s land could hold 40 million inhabitants at NYC density.

Asked if he is in favor of raising the minimum wage this week:

trumpDONALD TRUMP: I can’t be, Neil (Cavuto). And the reason I can’t be is [that] we are a country that is being beaten on every front economically, militarily. There is nothing that we do now to win. We don’t win anymore. Our taxes are too high. I’ve come up with a tax plan that many, many people like very much. It’s going to be a tremendous plan. I think it will make our country and our economy very dynamic. But, taxes too high, wages too high, we’re not going to be able to compete against the world. I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is. People have to go out, they have to work really hard and have to get into that upper stratosphere. We can not do this if we are going to compete with the rest of the world. We just can’t do it. – most recent Republican debate

Donald Trump has a mixed bag of economic solutions, many bereft of the international Continue reading →

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