Category Archives: Trade

President Trump should follow example of the original “Swamp Fox” and never hire alligators!

General Francis Marion, known as “The Swamp Fox,” was a Revolutionary officer in the South Carolina Second Regiment, who also led a band of irregular fighters in the back and low-country swamps of South Carolina, fighting the British troops under Lord Cornwallis. He is generally known as the Father of Guerilla Warfare, and is recognized as such at various U.S. War Colleges.

alligatorWhen politicians talk about “draining the swamp”, it immediately brings Marion’s exploits to mind, recalling his determination to struggle in the swamps for our new country, and never compromising – despite immense odds against his small units fighting a disciplined British establishment army.

If you were planning to fight all out – in the Swamp Fox tradition – for free trade, to end internationalism that puts America last, and to bring back jobs to America lost by globalist treaties, would you hire a member of the Trilateral Commission to “coordinate the Administration’s international economic policy and integrate it with national security and foreign policy?” Continue reading →

There’s little love in Paris this Springtime, as French President uses executive power to crush labor rights

Best of times for very rich; worst for the working class!

France’s President Francois Hollande has learned many lessons on how to offer false promises from America’s President Barack Obama, who campaigned in 2008 with the following plans:

  • convince the working class you stand for better wages and stronger unions
  • say you will reduce  job competition by ending reckless import of foreign labor
  • suggest you will renegotiate current income-lowering trade deals that send factories overseas
  • pledge to cut outsourcing jobs to new trade “partners”
  • offer to increase social benefits for the middle class
  • bring taxes for the very rich back up to fair, historic levels

The day he took office, Obama began breaking promises:

  • The “goal” of passing card check for unions was forgotten.
  • The number of Visas was increased and illegal aliens were not stopped at the border.
  • He began negotiating for even more trade deals, didn’t touch NAFTA, and instead praised it.
  • A loss every month in total manufacturing jobs in America was ignored by the White House
  • Instead of increasing aid for workers, he formed a commission to cut Social Security benefits
  • When Bush tax cuts expired, Obama agreed to lowest tax rates for very rich since FDR.

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USDA wants to import Namibia beef into USA as that African nation fights foot and mouth disease epidemic in cattle herds

Namibia Beef

The Oshakati open market hardly has anyone selling meat. Ndamononghenda Shidinge (right) is one of the few sellers. Foot and mouth disease has meant a drastic shortage of beef.

Namibia has a big problem – foot and mouth disease infecting its cattle herds. Officials are confident they will push back the attack on their beef industry, and have enacted strict controls of movement of animals from one location to another within the country.

On September 1, a local newspaper reported that “the foot and mouth disease broke out in Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions in May and spread to other regions, such as Omusati, Oshana, Kunene and Kavango West.”

Animals can only be moved under strict regulations and permission from the department of veterinary services. This has resulted in farmers failing to sell meat to kapana (grilled beef) sellers at Oshakati, Ondangwa, Ongwediva, Omuthiya, Eenhana, Oshikango, Outapi, Okahao, Onesi, Tsandi and Ruacana.

The suspension of cattle movement has also severely affected traditional gatherings in the North such as weddings, funerals as well as other commemorations and celebrations where cattle, goats or sheep are usually slaughtered.

Many people are now forced to use either fish or chicken, sometimes against tradition.

On the other side of the world we have the USDA, supposed protector of all things agricultural, including beef. These victims of foot in the moth syndrome have a plan for Namibia beef – begin importing it into the USA, and help to put our cattlemen out of Continue reading →

In the moood for U.S. Prime beef, go to Europe!

gauchos-webDo they make the grade coming from Nicaragua or Honduras? U.S. beef has eight grades: Prime, Choice, Select, Standard, Commercial, Utility, Cutter and Canner.

The total U.S. beef consumption last year was 24.1 billion pounds. The total beef production here was 24.3 billion pounds. That sounds about even to me. The amount we produce is the virtually the same as what we consume. End of story?

No! It’s just the sign of yet another example of how “free” trade and meaningless labels can hurt the American consumer.

Before 1950, you could buy Prime, Choice or Good grades of beef at your local grocer or butcher shop.. That year the government decided to combine Choice and Prime into one grade: Prime.  Then Good grade, the lowest usually available then, was elevated to Choice.

Since you can fool most of the people, shoppers eventually were satisfied with their Choice grade meat, not realizing it was low-grade, compared to the Choice from 1927 through 1949. Because of exports, there was suddenly a shortage of Prime beef at supermarkets, Continue reading →

Useless Trade Assistance to be funded by cuts to Medicare

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When Americans lose their job because it goes overseas due to trade deals, the victims can receive Trade Adjustment Assistance, a program that is supposed to help young and old find new jobs. Nice work if you can get it.

Some Democrat lawmakers and virtually all Repubs have praised this billion dollar effort since NAFTA began moving work to Mexico.

In 2008, Kara M. Reynolds of American University conducted a study that clearly showed workers who receive trade assistance did no better than regular laid off workers. Also, her study found that workers laid off  from trade deals like the TPP on average make 30% less at their new jobs.

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China has destroyed our factories and jobs because of its unfair import VAT policy, not just currency manipulation

BL-US-china-tradeAlmost 80% of the Senate (78-20) just voted for a measure that would cite foreign nations for manipulating the value of their currency, although the enforcement of any penalties was not and will not be addressed. But the real purpose of the vote was to give Democrats license to vote for Fast Track authority without seeming to be enemies of the middle class worker and the small businesses of the United States. The illusion will probably stick, as many hail this “bipartisan” action as the way to markedly reduce unfair trade practices – particularly by China.

Even the Washington Post, owned by Amazon’s CEO, explained: “… economists say such ma­nipu­la­tion is no longer prevalent and that the longtime poster child of currency ma­nipu­la­tion — China — has gradually stopped doing it.” So much for reality, when politicians have a chance to curry favor with big multinational benefactors for campaign cash and future lush (two martini lunch, anyone?) private sector jobs.

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Commies buy American Hummer name and may close its Shreveport, Lousiana, factory in 2012

Hummer, the off-road vehicle that once epitomized America’s love for hulking trucks, is now in the hands of a Communist Chinese heavy equipment maker.

General Motors Co. and Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp. finally signed the much-anticipated deal to sell the brand today.

Tengzhong will get an 80 percent stake in the company, while Hong Kong investor Suolang Duoji, who indirectly owns a large stake in Tengzhong through an investment company called Sichuan Huatong Investment Holding Co., will get 20 percent. The investors will also get Hummer’s nationwide dealer network.

Hummer’s Shreveport LA plant is set to produce the vehicles through 2011, so the likelihood is closure by the commies in 2012, according to reports. There is no truth to rumors that the brand name will be changed to “Hummel”, as that is already trademarked by a figurine outfit.

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