Candidate Trump’s “America First” Economic Solutions…

jeb bush whatFor the sake of brevity, I’m going to accept that most readers here are familiar with who is funding and directing Jeb Bush, and in larger, more consequential measures, the DC apparatchik in charge of U.S. Policy, ie. Wall street.

During the recent South Carolina debate, and in response to Trump pointing out a necessary shift in trade position (a shift to put American interests first – a shift to stop the dependency on cheap import goods – a shift to use China’s dependency on access to our market to OUR advantage), Jeb Bush came back with an example of Boeing manufacturing.

Donald Trump, responding to Jeb’s Boeing example, pointed out China is forcing Boeing to open a manufacturing plant in China. As typical from a candidate who is unfamiliar and unbriefed on the issue Jeb looked back incredulously and said:

“C’mon man”…

There you have it.

There’s the disconnect.

Almost everyone missed it.

There, in that exact moment, is the spotlight upon all that is wrong with a professional political class; globalists dependent on Wall Street for their talking points.

Trump was 100% correct.

But the issue is bigger.

Not only is China demanding Boeing open a plant in China, the intent of such a plant provides an opportunity to explain why Trump is vitally important – and time is wasting.

China is refusing to trade with Boeing if the company does not move. Why? It’s not about putting Chinese people to work, it’s about China importing their research and development, Boeing’s production secrets, into their country so they can learn, steal and begin to manufacture their own airliners.

This is just how China works. In time, Comac, a state-owned, Shanghai-based aerospace company will then use the production secrets they have stolen, produce their own airliners, kick out Boeing, undercut the market, and sell cheaper manufactured airplanes to the global economy.

Boeing, the great American company that Jeb Bush thinks they are, becomes yet another notch on the Asian market belt.

All of those Boeing workers, those high-wage industrial skill jobs that support the American middle class, yeah – those jobs lost. And the cycle continues.

Of course Wall Street will be invested in the cheaper Chinese aerospace manufacturing company Comac, as it emerges as a manufacturing power.

This reality within this story is a peek into the future of the fundamental disconnect between Wall Street (grows again) and Main Street (lost jobs/wages). The reality within this example is exactly what has taken place over the past three decades.

Wall Street entities Goldman Sachs will be fine; Ted and Heidi Cruz will be fine; Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, John Kasich will be fine – it’s middle America who suffers. The economic consequence, yet again, creates disparity between those insulated by Wall Street and the rest of the U.S.

…. And so they will propose solutions, their solutions.

Meanwhile the non-import market, your visit to the grocery store, food, energy etc. sees prices increasing. This is what happens when a production economy becomes a service economy.

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In 1984 a name brand polo shirt would cost around $45, a really good TV around $600 to $1,000, a decent couch $1500, and a pair of name brand sneakers around $100. However, eggs (.49), milk ($1.79 gal), and store bread (2 loaves for $1).

Electric bill $100, water bill $20, phone bill $50.

In 2016 an imported name brand polo costs around $20, a really good TV $300 to $600, a couch for $500 and a pair of sneakers $50 – All imported, all Asian, all about half of of what they cost in 1984.

However, eggs ($1.99), Milk ($4.50+), and store bread ($2+ each). All domestic products and all double or triple 1984. Electric bill $250, Water bill $100, phone bill $100. Again domestic consumables, again double or triple.

egg prices

We consume and spend more on domestic goods such as food, energy, fuel, than we do purchasing imported durable goods. As a consequence the net out-of-pocket is essentially the same to a little more. However, the income opportunity, the jobs, the good paying jobs, well, those are gone because the durables are no longer part of the domestic production.

To keep the unemployed pitchforks at bay, government policy (now directed by Wall Street globalists and corporations) subsidize the income gap; EBT, WIC and food stamp assistance necessarily increasing.

Pitchforks dropped, but economic independence turns to dependence. Government policy adjusted accordingly – deficits necessarily explode.

Yes, under Donald Trump’s proposal the cost of “durable” goods -at least those we import- will increase, your iPhone might cost $800 instead of $600. However, the North Carolina apparel, clothing and furniture manufacturing market will have an opportunity to revitalize – and with it, jobs.

There’s going to be a period of pain as U.S. manufacturing finds it’s footing and begins to restart. However, in the longer term it’s a shift from “dependency” to “independence”.

Those who were fully matriculated independent adults prior to 1984 know exactly what needs to be done.

Freedom is dependent upon it.

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Meanwhile, Ben Shapiro was born in 1984 and necessarily views the world through the cost of his next iPhone. A Wall Street supporter. Ted Cruz was thirteen.

 

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100 Responses to Candidate Trump’s “America First” Economic Solutions…

  1. joshua says:

    jeb actually said, “Common Man”…thinking about redistribution of American wealth to the Chinese peasants…..he meant that actually about Mexican Common Men….

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    • Akela says:

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      BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period.
      HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road?
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  2. 2x4x8 says:

    George Orwell here, thanks for using 1984 as a basis 😇

    Liked by 5 people

  3. TheFenian says:

    “There’s going to be a period of pain”

    Americans will accept this if they understand why it’s so important to transform the economy. But this is a grand scale task. How long will it take ?

    Also …
    Little noticed and mentioned, GM opened a new plant yesterday in China. A $1.2 plant that’s expected to produce 160,000 Cadillacs per year. Why aren’t these cars being built here ? Detroit is a wasteland.

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    • tz says:

      But why is it never the wall street banksters, or the lobbyists, or the elites that experience ANY pain?
      Americans will accept shared pain. But not when some exempt themselves from it.

      To the GOPe – I feel your pain. And will continue to dial it up until it is excruciating.

      Normally I would be against torture…

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    • annieoakley says:

      Obama is why, with help from the DC uniparty of course. He gave GM or Government Motors to the Chinese as payment for buying our Treasury Bonds. They also get our technology just like they will when the Boeing Plant opens up there.

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    • faridrushdi says:

      Trump has to say, “It’s going to hurt at first, but will you be the generation willing to give so that future generations will thrive?”

      I was 28 in 1984. I remember. What people forget was that the first two years of the Reagan Administration was painful. It was like two giant sprockets spinning against each other. Then one day their teeth caught, the rush of the thriving economy pushed you back in your chair, and suddenly, it was 1984 and “morning in America.”

      I remember walking through our local mall in Manassas Virginia and seeing “help wanted” signs on 80% of the stores. You went into the first store and they offered you $4.50/hr. You went into the next one and they offered $4.75 and $20 if you took the job right then.

      Heck yes I’d pay 30% higher prices to buy furniture made North Carolina or a TV made in Ohio. I’d do anything to put the Chinese back in their green army uniforms and I’ll personally pay for the first “little red book” written by Chairman Mao.

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      • Skifflegirl says:

        I was a little bit younger than you, Faridrushdi, but I remember that, too. 1981 and 1982 were rough and Reagan was losing popularity. But the company I stayed with for the entire 80’s BOOMED after that. We did more business and expanded bigger than ever before. That was such a great time to come up in the business world. Trump and Tom Peters trained us in business to be exceptional and win. Nowadays, I have to explain to my kids what the country was like at that time. I have to explain to them that America kicked axx in the eighties. It breaks my heart that they have never seen this country get anything right in their young lives.

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      • greg789blog says:

        Reagan was a globalist. Reagan was not America’s friend.

        Reagan’s campaign announcement on 11/13/1979 called for a “North American Accord” that would allow commerce and people to move freely across borders. He also called for Statehood for Puerto Rico.
        Reagan gave us the first “free trade agreement” with Israel in ’85.
        This was followed by “free trade” with Canada in ’86
        Reagan then launched the Uruguay Round which led to GATT and the WTO.
        5.Reagan’s amnesty of illegals in ’86 was a bargaining chip thrown in the pre NAFTA negotiations.
        Reagan’s VP, Bush Senior, finished the NAFTA negotiations in ’92 and signed NAFTA in principle with the PM of Canada and the President of Mexico in Dec. ’92.
        Bush Senior, Reagan’s VP, started the family move into China in ’74 and they have been wheeling and dealing and selling America ever since,

        Contrast with Trump the nationalist:

        Trump’s message and nothing else got him to the top of the heap: Build a wall. Renegotiate bad free trade agreements. Bring home manufacturing jobs for American workers. Deport illegal workers and visa workers. A moratorium on Muslim immigrants is more of his common sense. Trump 2016

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    • emet says:

      Well, one part of it is the Chinese duty rate on such vehicles is 25%(compare with US 2.5%), so building in China makes Cadillac a better buy. Anyway, Trump can fix all this, with the threat if putting China back into column II in the HTSUSA, and going back to strict quota/visa on textiles.

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      • Sentient says:

        You mean to say that the free trade we “enjoy” currently isn’t actually free? Heaven forfend. The NWO globalist corporatists are ok with Chinese tariffs, but if Trump proposes a tariff in return he’s a supposed ignoramus.

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    • chasingfacts says:

      That period of pain to re-establish our manufacturing base should be measured against the coming pain when, as Davos participants like to explain- cheap human capital.becomes less and less available. Vietnam is replacing China as a source of mfg now; hence all the financial market attention on “emerging markets”.
      Prices will rise here anyway even if we do nothing, as companies run out of “other people’s labor” .

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      • Sentient says:

        Worldwide, there isn’t a shortage of cheap labor – and there won’t be. Mechanization, robot factories and the like will suppress the need for human labor. With the push for a $15 minimum wage here, we’ll see millions lose their “starter jobs” at fast food restaurants as touch-screen ordering and paying will replace half of the workers. There will be less of a need for jobs in order to produce the goods needed to survive and thrive, but there will still be a need for jobs to give people purpose and to improve our physical environment. We can’t turn the clock back to the ’50’s – when we were the lone industrial power left standing after WWII – but that doesn’t mean we can’t protect American jobs over foreign jobs, especially because a large chunk of the population isn’t capable of working in the creative fields.

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    • joshua says:

      why the hell do I need a car that drives itself? i have been driving since I was 12 and today, I would even trust my wife’s driving more than the car’s driving. heck, tons of GOOD salvageable autos were DESTROYED by Obama with the STUPID ineffective waste program called “cash for Clunkers” which had the US borrow money to pay to destroy OUR cars so the Chinese and Japanese could build NEW ones for us to buy with money we no longer have.

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      • Sentient says:

        I don’t even like antilock brakes.

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        • Big Jake says:

          I beg to differ on that. Anti-lock brakes are an amazing thing. They were on airplanes long before cars. I can stand my jet (or car) on its nose and stop on a dime. Just push and the system does the work for you. Easy.

          Not all technology is bad. But I prefer my Buicks from the early-to-mid 90s over anything built today.

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    • As I remember, in 2009 GM was given to the government and the union in a bankruptcy settlement. The CEO was forced to resign and stockholders lost a lot of money. Interesting that these leftist partners would sell out American workers.

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  4. tz says:

    And wages.
    If you could make $30 and had benefits like health care before, you could easily afford the TV and shirts.
    If now you make $10 and have to pay half your income for a $10k deductible bronze obamacare policy, you can’t afford anything.

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    • WeeWeed says:

      And sure can’t afford it when you’re not working. Not to worry, though! You’ll get a hell of a fine next January when you file your 2016 income tax.

      Liked by 4 people

    • lastConservinIllinois? says:

      Love “The SJW Attack Survival Guide”

      As a kid who grew up white in a predominantly (75% – 85%) minority elementary and high school system, and did my share of “surviving”, I can tell you that every word of his text is dead-on.

      Back in the 60’s / 70’s i wasn’t dealing with SJWs, I was dealing with their parents / grandparents who had just been gifted some ‘civil rights’.

      It wasn’t pretty then,
      It isn’t pretty now.
      And it’s going to get worse.

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  5. flawesttexas says:

    Excellent, Sundance, excellent

    I am tired of subsidizing the Communist Chinese. Let us not forget that China is still the Peoples Republic of China, and run by the Communist Party of China. That is where our half-trillion in trade deficits go every year

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  7. swissik says:

    Items may be more expensive at least for a while, but more Americans (we hope) will be working thereby getting off the welfare rolls, paying all kinds of taxes etc. More people work, more taxes paid in, more disposable income spent as the cycle continues.

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  8. KBR says:

    As a fully matriculated adult prior to 1984, the thing I have been concerned about the most as US manufacturing has been decimated is this one criteria:
    NEEDS. The needs for survival begin with food, clothing, shelter. Add heat in cold weather, and the ability to make light at night.
    Of the three first and basic needs:
    1)Clothing: We don’t make clothing here anymore, certainly not enough of it to clothe our population.
    2)Food: The USA imports too much food, and recently has stopped labeling where food originates. For an example: A year or two ago, I went to a super Walmart (never shop there anymore) and looked at their seafood. Every item in the “fresh seafood” section came from other countries, yet NC is a coastal state, with a fishing industry. (I don’t consider fish from Taiwan “fresh.”)
    3) Shelter: it might surprise you to know how many items that go into building a home are imported: some aren’t just imported for lower prices, they are not made here anymore.
    4) Heat and light: Obviously much of our oil is imported, our coal is nearly outlawed, and a lot of materiel used in nuclear energy production is now imported.

    These are things that a people must have to survive. Truly these are needs. A nation needs to manufacture the needs of its own people, not relying on any other country for survival basics.
    And we as a nation no longer even meet our own basic needs.

    That is the worst.

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    • KBR says:

      My comment should make everyone recognize that any short-term struggle will be worth it.
      Imagine what would happen if our current suppliers of basics were suddenly unable (bombed?) or unwilling to supply us anymore.

      We the citizens would soon be:
      Naked/ragged, hungry, freezing cold, no lights, unable to repair our shelters.
      Who would be worried about the cost of the latest tech-gadget then?

      We must keep our minds on the big picture. We must get back to manufacturing our needs.

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      • chasingfacts says:

        SD, KBR observations exactly right. Just watched a great documentary on Japanese channel of a mayor in China, called The Mayor. Very touching documentary as the locals struggle to live their lives with an intimidating central planning government- stupid. But as China transforms to an internal consumer economy- citizens will learn they have political power.
        Tip O’Neil said all politics are local- well, so is money. Our economy must be local. Buy local. Buy American made as much as possible.

        I am thinking we will see some evidence of resignation to the election of Trump when I see abandoned factory space being quietly bought up at bargain basement prices.

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    • bverwey says:

      You have hit on some major truthful points. Trump lays out what needs to happen, a path to take back and restore. I would like your opinion as to how long people are willing to wait, those that want to work and see it happen. It will not happen overnight and currently there are a lot of people willing to work and start that cycle but there are also nearly half who will just demand that they be provided for. That is going to be a issue.

      It is so true what you outline and as an old guy I have seen the decline as well, starting in the late 70’s to mid 80’s but a turn around takes time.

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      • KBR says:

        People in the USA have become accustomed to instant gratification.
        Even with a landslide, Trump will still have naysayers ready to pounce on small things and exaggerate them. Imagine what they will do with the large tangible thing, this “period of pain,” this transition.

        A lot of people who “wait” through the transition will be howling, whining, threatening to impeach. Those that are “willing to wait” won’t “wait” very long at all before joining the howling.

        Those who are willing to WORK, struggle, and make the USA great will continue to counter the nay-sayers just as they have during this election period. The workers will continue to educate the short-sighted, flood the negative press with opposition, all while working hard to help the new US markets thrive. The workers will be willing to buy less and pay more, if necessary, per quality-made USA items, once those items are made available. During the interim, they will be all for the struggle, knowing the end goal:

        An independent USA.

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        • KBR says:

          My dad used to say “You’re old enough your wants won’t hurt you.” It was a saying passed down for generations. I understood it as “you don’t need that, and I won’t buy it.”

          But thinking about it, it means “You, as you are becoming more mature, should be able to recognize the difference between a need and a want. I work hard to supply your needs: at birthdays and Christmas you get some of your wants, but my job is seeing to your needs. So wise up and know the difference!”

          Donald Trump is right: the politically correct explanation is much longer than the old wise saying. The old saying is common sense and begs you to figure it out for yourself.

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    • Excellent post on Needs for Survival, KBR.

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    • wrd9 says:

      Remember the toxic Chinese drywall scandal a few years ago? And the toxic dog treats? The biggest problem is what I call the gutting of strategic industries like steel plants which are critical to an economy if another large scale war breaks out. And it will. It’s unbelievably stupid for the US to rely on China or other foreign suppliers for the majority. of our needs. One thing I’ve been noticing is the crap quality of Chinese items that stop working after a relatively short period of time.

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  9. Polar Vortex says:

    Having worked in the oil industry, which is global by nature, it’s amazing that any of the US majors have any secrets and propriety information with all the foreign delegations that come for visits to production and refining sites.

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    • faridrushdi says:

      Oil industry. Reminds me of the late 1970’s. The found natural gas on my family property in Texas and for a few years I got a check for $800/month in royalties. But at the bottom of the check there was a line that said “Windfall profits tax: $188.” Jimmy Carter decided that Americans shouldn’t enjoy extra profits because of the gas wars with the Middle East and just took it. That money from thousands of people would have gone into the economy. Instead we stagnated.

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    • helenerbrown says:

      Worked at a large utility provider when they sold half of their nuclear division to Electricite de France. Still can’t fathom the French owning 3 of our largest nuclear reactors on the east coast.

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Plus, if you live up to yer name, knock it off. We’re freezin’ out here.
      😉

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  10. tisclear says:

    Obama said, we would have to sacrifice and it would hurt a little to get where we should be and there’s been nothing but pain and sacrifice to get us where we never wanted to be.

    Trump, on the other hand will have to take some strong measures just to get us back to pre-Obama times but in the long run I have no doubt the American people will come out winners.

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  11. LearnEdOne says:

    Thank you Sundance. We raise our own chickens because the cost of eggs are too high. But it is impossible to escape all the high food prices. We replace our furniture way too often because it is made like crap. I would love to pay more for a high quality American made product, knowing that and American made it.

    The initial pain that you talk about may not be that bad because so many people will be back to work with a much less tax burden. Americans going back to would also put an end to the BLM movement. About the only downside would be that the Trump rallies might be a little smaller.

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    • KBR says:

      LearnEdOne,
      there are a lot of older folks downsizing and wanting to sell their USA-made furniture. It used to be found at second-hand stores. Nowadays it’s probably in barns garages basements attics and storage rentals because no one knows where to sell it.

      Prudent shopping at estate sales will land a bargain or two. Pay attention to the older folks when they say they are moving from your own neighborhoods. Ask if they have things they will be selling.

      Support your small town re-upholsterer shop and buy used USA-made furniture frames and reupholster those before settling for cheap knock-down Asian made plywood products you have to replace the first time your kids flop-down instead of gently-sitting.

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      • TheFenian says:

        It’s darn hard to find American made.

        When I went off to school in 1982 I took a spare coffee maker that wasn’t used in years. A Farberware from 1968. It broke down in 2013 (45 years!!). So I bought a good old American Mr. Coffee. Heck, I grew up on those Joe DiMaggio Mr Coffee commercials. The Yankee Clipper. Joltin’ Joe and Mr Coffee. How much more American can you get ?

        It’s made in China.

        The heating element stopped working between Thanksgiving & Christmas this past year (2 years !). I looked and looked for an American made coffee maker. Couldn’t find one. Bought another Mr Coffee from China.

        My hope ? It lasts long enough for me to be able to buy an American made coffee maker courtesy of Donald Trump’s America First, Last & Always trade & economic philosophy. And I will HAPPILY pay more if need be.

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      • wrd9 says:

        I was reading an article in a UK newspaper and it was sad to see that the younger Brits don’t want the solid mahogany furniture that their parents or grandparents owned. They prefer the IKEA flatpack crap. Prices have tumbled. My father was once a master cabinetmaker as well as his father and I have numerous pieces that I will never give up.

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  12. Bull Durham says:

    Found this link on Twitter.
    59 Reasons to vote for Trump. http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1so7cm6

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  13. NJF says:

    Sigh. Not only do dweebs like Shapiro focus on the “but I want an iPhone 12,” they want it immediately, believe they deserve it & if they don’t actually have the $$ they just get it on credit.

    Like many of the problems we face as a country what is learned (or not) at home & to some extent school, matters

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  14. nyetneetot says:

    The college educated youths have to be reprogramed to understand the need to manufacture here in the US or this will all be a delaying action.

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  15. Buck Weaver says:

    I remember hearing that exchange between Trump and Jeb! during the debate, but the moment passed and it was forgotten. Thanks for the education and tying it to the bigger picture.

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  16. k9puppy says:

    Not to mention rent, rent is incredibly high across America. w/all the foreclosures, rent skyrocketed.

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  17. Nessie509 says:

    America still makes one thing that each of us help make. We make a government with our vote. A whole bunch of votes can make a businessman named Donald Trump president.

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  18. daveinsocal says:

    Trump’s point about Boeing needs to be driven home every day. Any time a manufacturer builds a plant in another country, it is just a matter of time before that country takes it over and uses it for itself. Not to mention all the research, technology, and intellectual property that invariably migrates with production. Trump is spot on – our current leaders are stupid and tragically short sighted. They like to profess they have “vision”, but their vision is like that of a sled dog in a pack staring at the sphincter on the dog in front of them and that sled dog mentality is what got us in this mess.

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    • KBR says:

      Exactly. Love the “sled dog in a pack staring at the sphincter in front” analogy.
      Finish it off by recognizing the globalist in the sled.

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    • pawatcher says:

      Trump was right when he said Apple needs to be a totally American company.
      Can you imagine Apple technology with ” made in USA” on every item?
      Now that would be innovative and a winning combination– they should heed Trump’s suggestion.

      Trump 2016

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  19. Actually, it is worse than just a demand to build a plant in China. The demand is that if you want to sell in China you need to build the plant there and then partner with a Chinese company based there. It is a horrible theft of investment and intellectual property.

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  20. ZurichMike says:

    Ben is now a co-opted penny-loafered standard bearer for the GOPe.

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  21. soretailcat says:

    As we shift from a manufacturing economy to a trade-centered economy – those good at trade will become better off. Cakes and circuses for the masses until the transformation is complete!

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  22. chasingfacts says:

    SD- “This reality within this story is a peek into the future of the fundamental disconnect between Wall Street (grows again) and Main Street (lost jobs/wages). The reality within this example is exactly what has taken place over the past three decades”
    Thank you SD for the topic- it is the linchpin to what ails America. We citizens have lost control over our own lives to such an extent that their own government THREATENS them.
    Scary that Wall Street is now so connected to our American Government that they play Fantasy Football with world economies to their benefit. Main Street .seems like it doesn’t exist anymore-
    hollowed out wreck of no income, no savings, no prospects even for younger generation.

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    • judyw says:

      One of the first observations I’d never considered but found interesting about Trump was his “Mainstreet” credentials and researching him through the years proves that constant thread even to the interview where he said, “Rich people don’t like me very much. I get along better with the middle class and poor people”.

      Sundance is spot on….Trump’s economic solutions are about way more than money. His view of money differentiates him from most of the rich people and he shows that in another interview where he said, “Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.”

      Thanks Sundance for another acute observation!

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  23. KBR says:

    As an aside, although Donald Trump has mentioned not buying Oreos, I have stopped buying any Nabisco products whatsoever.
    Let them sell their wares to the citizens of the country they are supporting.

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    • TheFenian says:

      Oreos were the only Nabisco product I bought. And I bought a lot of them. The withdrawal period was difficult but I stand with my man Trump.

      Like I did with Macy’s, I called Nabisco corporate office and told them I stand with Trump and they lost my business.

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  24. Smoking Lizard says:

    The only way to bring back manufacturing jobs to America is to do away with the minimum wage so that American workers can compete. Whenever it’s cheaper to manufacture a TV in China and then ship it to Wichita across the Pacific than to simply make the TV somewhere close to Wichita, you have a fundamental wage problem.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      That is true.
      People gasp if you say “We have to eliminate the minimum wage.”
      But the minimum wage has killed more jobs that it has helped the increasingly fewer number of people who have jobs.

      It would have to be done in tandem with eliminating the Corporate Income Tax.
      This would cause a flood of new jobs, more jobs than there are people to fill them…then supply & demand would kick in, and employers would have to compete for workers, so wages would rise automatically to get the best workers.

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  25. Just watching Chris Christie on TV. He was forced to return to New Jersey because of the storm. The other day, the NYTimes reported he was away from the state for 191 entire days plus other days when he was away for part of the day.

    Regarding Wall St., Sundance do you have any information on what Christie’s wife does on Wall Street that she was paid over $720,000 last year? Does she make more than Heidi Cruz?

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  26. Gary says:

    I like how this article explains the destruction of decent paying American jobs and the rise of the welfare state. How tragic.

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  27. My father had an interesting saying re a services based economy. “You can’t build an economy on taking in each other’s wash”. Simple!
    He manufactured small leather goods and had a contract for certain belts used by the military. It got to be impossible to meet the terms of the contract. The belts were supposed to be American made but the leather specified could no longer be tanned in the USA due to EPA imposed restrictions. I’m sure there are many situations where government regulations have become so onerous that they make manufacturing here almost impossible. President Trump has his work cut out for him.

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