Rich or poor, religious or not, every leader of every Southern state in 1860 opposed tariffs and embraced slavery. In the North, where there was no slavery, everyone favored tariffs to protect both American industry and wage earners from unfair foreign competition.
Today, Paul Ryan, Cato Institute or Heritage Foundation invariably promote cutting Social Security, Medicare, Minimum Wage, in fact they despise anything that helps the middle class. On the other side, CNN, Paul Krugman, WAPO and the New York Times say they oppose cuts to these necessary programs.
So, what’s happening here. Why are the leaders of the far left and far right joined together to fight against America seeking fair trade through fair tariffs? Continue reading →
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 →
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.
When 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 →
USDA wants to import Namibia beef into USA as that African nation fights foot and mouth disease epidemic in cattle herds
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 →
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 →
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.
China has destroyed our factories and jobs because of its unfair import VAT policy, not just currency manipulation
Almost 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.
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.