Mexico’s Foreign Minister Responds to NAFTA Proposal and John Kelly Comment Leak…

Everything is about the economics.  DACA, NAFTA, N-Korea, UniParty, all of it.  It’s the underlying financial and multinational economic constructs, being deconstructed by a U.S. ‘America-First’ President, that are driving the anti-Trump policy narrative.

When reading this article from Reuters interviewing Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, remember to review through the prism of prior known activity.  On the NAFTA front, a continual 5 year review is against Mexico’s interests because it has the potential to address back-doors and work-arounds that multinationals will find in concert with a willingness on Mexico to exploit.  Wilburine ain’t no dummy.

Secondly, on the John Kelly comments, remember General Kelly participated in South American and U.S. Mexico summits as head of DHS.  Kelly knows the tenuous nature of Mexico’s economy; while it’s doubtful that Kelly used the exact terminology used by the New York Times to create an anti-administration narrative, there’s no doubt of the reality that Mexico’s economy is tenuous at best.

The head of Mexico’s central banking system, Agustin Carstens resigned last December, and continues his role within the World Bank.  President Trump’s policies are against the financial interests of Mexico.  The outflow of U.S. dollars by Mexican nationals props up the Mexican economy.  Clamp down on illegal immigration, and, well, you can see the possibility.  Remember, there are trillions of dollars at stake – and those interests extend well beyond the U.S. borders.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s foreign minister on Friday said a U.S. plan to add a five-year sunset provision to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was redundant, since the pact’s members can already trigger a renegotiation or leave it at any time.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday that the United States was seeking to add a five-year sunset provision to NAFTA to provide a regular, “systematic re-examination” of the trade pact.

Such a clause means NAFTA would automatically end after five years unless renewed.

Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said neither his country nor Canada had formally received such a proposal, ahead of a third round of talks to renegotiate NAFTA in Ottawa on Sept. 23-27.

“There is no strict need to have this exit mechanism since the treaty already has a much more flexible exit mechanism,” Videgaray said in an interview with Reuters.

[…]  Videgaray earlier said on Friday that the White House had denied that U.S. President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly had said Mexico was on the “verge of collapse”, referring to a U.S. media report earlier this week.

“We have spoken to the White House, and they have confirmed General Kelly did not make at any moment comments of that nature,” Videgaray said in response to a question about a report that appeared in the New York Times on Thursday.

“It would be clearly contrary to everything that we have heard and know of General Kelly in these past months,” he added. (read more)

 

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157 Responses to Mexico’s Foreign Minister Responds to NAFTA Proposal and John Kelly Comment Leak…

    • carrierh says:

      Either NAFTA becomes legitimized, then no need for it to continue. Let Mexico and Canada deal with each other and continue to lose. MAGA means we deal the cards to be sure no shifty handling is done by Mexico or Canada. They have made money too long off of us and weak leaders and Congress traitors. So, yes, they are confused, conflicted and seeing a very dim future because their “cheating” has caught up with them, so a choice of being legal in every way or not. In Mexico’s case, having lived there for you, cheating is their forte against themselves as well as against others. We are not their captive, their bank, their anything. They need to revolt and get their government traitors removed the same as we have to do with Congress and those living here with the intent of overthrowing our country. Enough is enough and they are desperate in Mexico and Canada to see their honeypots destroyed. YES!

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    • James O'Malley says:

      Patience, patience. It can be hard trying to keep track of what Trump is doing at my given moment given how quickly he moves, but trust that he will do whatever is best for the country. Give it time, he and his team are still fleshing things out.

      Worry not. Keep praying.

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  1. LBB says:

    Ross usually does something with a purpose. The sunset clause ? Also the “read more” link directs to a NK article.

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  2. emet says:

    Mexico is a resource-rich country. Pleny of petroleum. Metals. Rich farmland. Mexicans are hard working for the most part. But all the wealth is in a few hands. Corrupt from the beat cop to the president. Wealthy people are essentially immune from prosecution. A few hundred Mexican Marines are the last reliable law enforcement body. The caste system keeps everyone in their place. Light skin on top, dark on bottom. Indigenous people treated as subhuman. They need a Trump to fix it, and I don’t see one on the horizon yet, but MAGA will drive positive change in Mexico, of that I’m sure.

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    • scott467 says:

      “Everything is about the economics. DACA, NAFTA, N-Korea, UniParty, all of it. It’s the underlying financial and multinational economic constructs, being deconstructed by a U.S. ‘America-First’ President, that are driving the anti-Trump policy narrative.”

      _______________

      Why doesn’t DJT blow the lid of this basic reality?

      It can only be effective if it operates in the shadows.

      If the general public really understood this, if a SPOTLIGHT was shown on it every time financial interests were actively manipulating events — that it’s ALL about the money, in every case — it would destroy their cover, and make it impossible for these financial interests to engage in these deceptions.

      And once the public became accustomed to it, once the public realized that they were being constantly manipulated, they would become desensitized to it, i.e., the manipulation would lose its effectiveness.

      But the deception by financial interests needs to be specifically pointed out every time, you can’t expect ‘the crowd’ to connect the dots, you have to connect the dots for them and provide the evidence for verification.

      .

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      • wheatietoo says:

        Leverage, perhaps?

        Exposing the globalists and how they are manipulating the media & the public to protect their own selfish interests…would be ‘The Big Ugly’.

        So perhaps PDJT and his team, are holding off doing that and using the ‘threat’ of doing it, as leverage.
        For now.

        I’ve been wondering the same thing — ‘Why don’t they expose them?’
        And ‘leverage’ is the only answer I can come up with.

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        • President Trump may be waiting to spring the Biggest Ugly:

          Announce that the American Public have a “need to know” everything in Congressional Emails that the Awan brothers uploaded to Dropbox to Bribe and Extort the U.S. Congress to undertake treasonous actions.

          Then again, maybe President Trump is giving them an opportunity to pass his agenda before resigning to escape prosecution.

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        • Dixie says:

          I think the government is so riddled with corruption, if they were to begin exposure of everything, the whole government would collapse. That would really be a big ugly.

          Liked by 5 people

        • LafnH2O says:

          I agree, wheatietoo.
          Call it Leverage, squeezing, B slappin, Chez movin, Twiiterer in Chief…
          (insert Ur Fav… Here)..

          “A Rose, by any other name…”

          To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven
          Eccl 3/1

          You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.
          Tom Hiddleston

          Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum (MAGA😁) on which to place it,
          and I shall move the World.

          Archimedes

          Leverage…
          Interesting Game….

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      • Paco Loco says:

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Latin_American_and_Caribbean_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)

        Mexico’s economy is not failing. It is growing as is middle class income. 80% of the economy is tied to trade with the US. As long as the US economy is strong so will Mexico’s be strong. GDP is about 2% in 2017. The Mexican will play ball on NAFTA or on bi lateral trade deals because it’s in their best interests.

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        • Interesting figures, Paco.. Just remember, the 2.1% number is the GROWTH RATE of Mexico’s Gross Domestic Product year over year.

          IOW, GDP is everything in the economy, a percentage is the growth rate from one year to the next. .

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      • Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

        “Why doesn’t DJT blow the lid of this basic reality?”
        Well, he sorta is, by taking all those things on and doing his best to dismantle or completely rework them to serve America’s interests.

        Mention any moderately complex (or worse) economic constructs or concepts, and you’ll find eyes beginning to glaze over in a large portion of the populace. Even here, I see fewer comments on the posts focused on those issues. (I’m one who’s guilty of this)

        It’s not as if the corrupt media would report about it accurately, no matter how loudly or often he shouted about it. After all, they’re a part of it.

        What people DO notice is when things get better for them. Better jobs, higher wages, less crime, simpler taxes, etc.

        That’s precisely what our President is doing; maneuvering the GOP side of the UniParty into a position that to oppose Trump completely exposes them for the deceitful liars they are, while demolishing such constructs as he can with executive power.

        Not so much blowing the lid off as blowing their guts out by shoving a grenade down their throat, then poking through the entrails with a stick and explaining what all the pieces were to the curious onlookers attracted by the noise.

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        • Lindenlee says:

          Bingo… Trying to get enough ill-informed and under-educated Americans who can 1) UNDERSTAND this level of complexity, and 2) EVEN CARE about the ramifications, is a real challenge e. We have become such a narcissistic, navel-gazing, subjective society, divorced from realistic assessments of matters, that we can hardly understand what has happened or what the effects will be.

          Yes, people will understand when their pock books are better, but if they never understand thr underlying principles and mechanisms causing the problems, how can they possibly sustain the prosperity. Entropy, deceit, treachery, and incrementalism will get them every time.

          Yuri Bezmenov, demoralization complete.

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      • Paul says:

        Too complicated

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      • LafnH2O says:

        Chirp 😊

        “Human activity… is Economic Activity! The particulars may vary, but competition, for limited resources…
        Remains a constant!”

        CEO Morgan
        Datalinks

        From the game..
        “Alpha Centaury” 1999
        Sid Meier’s/Firaxis Games

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    • @emet, I just finished reading a Judicial Watch post about HRC and Abedin blithely using unsecured servers for classified emails. Yet no word about prosecution yet of HRC and Abedin.

      Also Fitton expresses his disappointment that the DOJ will not prosecute Lois Lerner for her role in targeting by the IRS.

      So, when you say in Mexico, weathly people are essentially immune from prosecution…can we not say the same for the USA for the specific examples provided by Judicial Watch?

      I am 100% behind PDJT and defend him to my colleagues who are liberals ( I am Canadian). However this lack of a level playing field where some people apparently being above the law leaves me scratching my head. I know that prosecution will create deep divisions in the USA but does not truth and the law matter here in the case of the IRS? and of HRC and Abedin?

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      • mariner says:

        Many offenses require jury trials, and major cities (where trials would be held) are solidly Democrat.

        Translation: no matter how good or how much the evidence is against Hillary, Democrats would never convict her.

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        • scott467 says:

          “Many offenses require jury trials, and major cities (where trials would be held) are solidly Democrat.”

          _________________

          The DOJ is entirely capable of calling for a change of venue and should absolutely do so. There is no reason to hold the trial in some Democrat Machine controlled city.

          The #$%@ Left cannot hold our justice system hostage. Either we are a nation of law, or we aren’t.

          If we aren’t, then FINE — that’s fine — but then we are a nation of law for NOBODY.

          NOT a nation of law for one ‘class’ of people but not another.

          ALL or NONE.

          If it’s NONE, fine.

          But if that’s the case, then we all have a right to know and act upon it.

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        • scott467 says:

          “Translation: no matter how good or how much the evidence is against Hillary, Democrats would never convict her.”

          _________________

          Can you not make that argument for any Democrat?

          Do we just not bother charging Democrats anymore?

          Just quit?

          Give up?

          They’ll be glad to hear it.

          They’ll ALL conduct themselves just like the Hussein did.

          WTH?

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        • dilonsfo says:

          Hillary resides in NY…this would be a federal trial and it would either be held in NY or DC. Feds can hold a trial in any part of the USA it wants. Generally, the trial is held in the jurisdiction where the defendant resides or the jurisdiction where the business is headquartered… in this case DC. There would be no need for numerous criminal trials in multiple cities. She could file for a change of venue because she believes she could not receive a fair trial because of publicity but that would be a mute point in her case because of her position at the time and the fact that the coverage was universal in the USA. Generally, the judge does not outright deny the change of venue request with prejudice but all jury selection to begin to determine if 12 people plus alternates can be seated that are not prejudice towards the defendant. In this, the jury would be full of people who do not read, not vote or liars who just want to be on the jury.

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          • scott467 says:

            I am confident that a Trump DOJ will field a better team of prosecutors than Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, and find a better judge than Lance Ito.

            Many of the CRIMES that Hillary committed are not even disputed, she has CONCEDED things (and other things are self-evident, necessary inferences) things that are blatantly against the law.

            The evidence is so overwhelming on other activities that even an incompetent prosecutor will destroy her so badly that any juror would be EMBARRASSED to do anything but convict.

            We’re not talking about circumstantial cases with no witness or direct evidence!

            We’re talking about people who arrogantly FLOUTED the law because they believed it didn’t apply to them.

            This isn’t a game of “Clue”.

            She is holding the smoking gun and the dead bodies are stacked like cord-wood all around her.

            It’s a SLAM DUNK, if someone — anyone — would just pick up the ball and put it through the hoop.

            .

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      • emet says:

        First, I have had the opportunity to see wealthy, well-connected Mexicans interact with police. It is humorous. They might bully the officers (I know the Chief) or they just toss them some pesos while giving a look of annoyance. As for Clintons and the big fish, Sessions has to use a compromised DOJ and FBI to put them in jail, but I believe he will do so. Remember, it took Treasury 2.5 years to put Capone away, and he was operating in one small area, his operations out in the open, and his mind deteriorating from syphillis. We will see indictments, but it cannot happen until airtight cases are assembled.

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      • scott467 says:

        ” I know that prosecution will create deep divisions in the USA but does not truth and the law matter here in the case of the IRS? and of HRC and Abedin?”

        ________________

        Truth and Law mean everything, and if the lawless and the liars don’t like that, then let’s have at it, and finish it. The liars and the lawless don’t get to hold the threat of ‘deep division’ over truth and law.

        They stick it where the sun don’t shine.

        “No justice, no peace”. That’s the expression the Left always uses, isn’t it?

        Is that just another double-standard?

        Equal Justice Under Law, that’s what it says on the Supreme Court building, that is what our entire justice system is founded on, NOT “All animals are Equal, but some animals are MORE equal than others”.

        If we do NOT have equal justice under law, then we have no ‘law’ to speak of.

        We are no different than a banana republic.

        Worse, we’re a banana republic in denial.

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      • Bendix says:

        My take on some of these failures to prosecute:
        When Chris Christie’s people were convicted in that bridge scandal, that was the time he left the Trump campaign, wasn’t it?
        The scuttlebutt was that Donald did not want a nice soccer mom taking the fall for Christie.
        When you look at the Lois Lerner scandal, and even the Hillary/Huma scandal, even if those prosecutions were to go forward and result in convictions, they would never get the big fish, the man behind it all, Barack Obama.
        President Trump is loathe to go after the women Barack has hidden behind.

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    • keebler AC ovfefe says:

      Holds true for Haiti and most of the third-world countries where Pay for Play is standard operating procedure, which keeps their people poor. The Clinton Foundation is one of the biggest known Pay for Play where they solicit mega-donations through their foundation only to pay themselves richly for

      1) collecting donations through well rehearsed social concern constructs and networks
      2) siphoning off 90% to pay themselves a salary, plush office space, attorneys, and then kickbacks to the cooperating foreign government and assorted nepotistic US entities to implement a flimsy assistance program for the impoverished or landstruck devastations.

      It keeps the foreign countrymen poor the same way people are terrorized from leaving the domestic political plantation.

      Poverty is a consequence of tyranny. Make no mistake about it.

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      • wheatietoo says:

        And tyranny survives on poverty, too.

        This is why Obama was on a mission to make our middle class poor.
        He wanted us broke and on our knees.

        This was the main objective of ObamaCare.
        And it has been working just as it was designed to…to take thousands of dollars out of the average middle class person’s hands, every year.

        Obama and the Dems wanted to make us poor and control us.
        It was diabolical.

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        • Grandma Covfefe says:

          I agree, Wheatie. That was the way we saw it, too.

          Liked by 4 people

        • Coldeadhands says:

          Yes, must add GOPe & CoC. You’ve described the manner by which the New World Order will subdue us. First destroy the middle class. Isn’t it noteworthy that Communism also sees the middle class as an opposing force to their ultimate goal.
          Europe is virtually gone.

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        • Bendix says:

          And don’t forget the scared part. 9/11 was used as an excuse to scare the pants off Americans. Local news programs use “keeping you safe” as their motto.
          College kids are now afraid of statues.
          Broke and afraid, and ready to turn on each other at the drop of a hat.

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          • LafnH2O says:

            I agree, Bendix.
            9/11 sure got our attention!
            Seemed to me, Most were “Surprised” … Both Towers came down. 😢
            I often wonder… what may have been revealed (but left, Unacknowledged)
            🎩 Maiingawkwe..1038
            by a certain…”Scientific Community”, wrt “Things” that fly…

            had 9/11 not occurred.
            Just… wonderin…

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      • trialbytruth says:

        The reason they set up the Non profits was for the scam and because it is very difficult to get convictions in the non profit world. The law regarding 501 c3s are full of loop holes.Intent actually is meaningful in the rules governing non profits so i didn’t mean to do it actually can carry weight in these trials. Big non profits are weel connected and get letters of support for their wonderful caring ways.

        Typical setup.

        1.Non profit with several family or in laws on board. Most on salary to the foundation (foundation 1).

        2. other foundations existing or newly createdf(foundations 1,2,3,4….X ) supported with donations from first foundation Ergo most of the money is spent in pursuit of Foundation 1’s original intent.

        3. Supported foundation hire Foundation 1’s board members on there board or as paid consultants a few hundred thousand here, a few hundred thousand there after while it begins to add up.

        Need a little political protection somewhere put them on the board.

        Typically they break up and fall apart when investigated the boldest ones just rename and do it again. Or an actual case i am intimately familiar with. The director steps down to avoid prosecution. The friends and family board hires him as a paid consultant and after a few years goes back to director position.

        easier to get hillary on the documents issues.

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        • Bendix says:

          A lot of family members of the Oligarchs routinely start their own charity, as a way of disguising the fact that they have no skills that anyone would pay them for in the marketplace.
          Notice you never see any Kennedys getting degrees in useful things like engineering or architecture.
          Chelsea Clinton was going for a major in chemistry, but she switched to something political and it paid off, as she lives a 1% lifestyle without her or her husband having actual employment.

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    • NickD says:

      The corrupt in Mexico want continued easy emigration. Why? It keeps potential uprisings down, according to Raz0rfist: (WARNING for language)

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    • Plenty of cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, marijuana. Yes, resource-rich!

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    • Lindenlee says:

      Yes… I live much of the year there, have a house. The corruption ruins everything, and the ordinary people are both victims and perps. Mexican gas has an above-market price, because they need a refinery, and nobody can figure out how to spread around the corruption money, so it doesn’t get built. MX sends it’s oil to the US to refine, and then re-imports it at a high price. Same with copper, all the refining and fabrication is done outside MX, and the finished product is very expensive. The mining concessions are given to US and Spanish companies for payoffs. US imported goods (which are many) are subject to duty, and then a 16% sales tax on that, even on the transportation costs of the goods. Makes them largely unaffordable for the average Mexican.

      Even if the economy were improved by NAFTA, the corruption that is endemic in the soul of every Mexican would undo the improvements. Although the average Mexican sees and understands the the corruption at the top, their attitude is not to rid themselves of it, but to learn how to get a little racket of their own going. Corruption causes terrible poverty, and in Latin American countries, poverty is an excuse to steal from anyone who has more than you do. It will NEVER change.

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      • Bendix says:

        Think of all the good the highly educated and skilled Dreamers could do, then.
        Unless of course, they aren’t all they are cracked up to be.

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        • Lindenlee says:

          Ha, ha… pretty good. I belive that all the corruption in Latin America is fused with a fatalism (often from a combination of the brutality of the Spanish colonization and Catholic teaching) that causes people to believe that nothing will ever come of their own efforts to improve their lot, no matter how hard they try. It will be taken from them by force, or stealth, or corruption.

          So they steal. It is quicker, easier, and if what they stole gets stolen from them by someone else, it is just God’s will. As perverse a system as I have ever seen.

          Even when my church had missions trips there, built homes, etc., we would often find afterwards that the church leadership had embezzled the money. It is in the blood, and we CANNOT have that in the US.

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          • LafnH2O says:

            So..
            A “Do unto others, before they do it unto You!!”
            Kinda Thang

            Hopeless … Fatalism
            Hadn’t looked at it that way, before!

            If true…
            Integration??
            At what cost to US!!

            The P/L on this one, imo, looks puuuurdy BAD!!
            Lotsa lipstick!! Just sayin.

            What say you….

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    • tonyE says:

      I’ve been to Mexico twice… Tijuana actually.

      Never again. The level of racism that I saw was intolerable. All of those “chicanos” in East LA should think twice about their “beloved Mexico” because down there they’d be treated like “mierda”.

      Those chicanos should kiss the American Flag and thank it for the freedom and respect they get in the USA.

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  3. scott467 says:

    Welcome back, Sundance!

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    • Texian says:

      Sundance is still at a decompression stop.. with a few more to go.. and then some surface decompression chamber time.. plus a little R&R time.. Sundance has earned it. It was a successful mission. A warm shower and a dry, air conditioned bunk room afterwards.. the simple pleasures all of a sudden become.. luxurious..

      Take your time Sundance..

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  4. M. Mueller says:

    “there’s no doubt of the reality that Mexico’s economy is tenuous at best.”

    When I read that, I tried to dredge up some sympathy for them but it just couldn’t be found. Those rotten parasitic criminals have been doing their best for eons, with drugs, gangs and illegals sapping our schools, hospitals, and welfare programs dry – and then they send the rest of our money home to Mexico. And they are all so arrogant about it!

    I don’t care. I just don’t care if they totally collapse; if any country deserves it, they do. Sorry, not a very loving attitude I know, but it’s all I’ve got.

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  5. Grandma Covfefe says:

    We agree, Jim Marine. Bilateral agreements is best. We’d have more control and balance trading between two countries, and kick China to the curb.

    Get us out of NAFTA. Get the NAFTA trucks off USA highways-Canada And Mexico will have to trade by boat-too bad. This will help to cut down the coming and goings of our southern borders, too. Less pollution and wear and tear of our highways, less hidden human trafficking, etc.

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    • wondering999 says:

      The human trafficking thing really bugs me. With all the brouhaha about slavery at the time of the Founding Fathers, why don’t more people give a darn about slavery happening RIGHT HERE AND NOW?

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    • Paco Loco says:

      FYI, Mexico moves a lot of goods into the US by rail. This article is a couple years old but the trend is up for rail transport. Note that Norfolk Southern is an owner in Mexican rail.
      http://www.inboundlogistics.com/cms/article/in-mexico-rail-is-on-a-roll/

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      • LafnH2O says:

        A-LOT!!!!!

        Nice and quiet…like

        Happened to notice…

        Cargo Container “Trains” are doing a brisk bidness, indeed!
        Trains (Not every single 1!! ) from the left coast, (and South one! ) travelling to any/all points in the US … are double stacked w/ containers.

        Trains from points East, headed to the left/bottom coasts
        (MANY times “Empty”) def no bueno..
        are single stack and often waiting on a side rail….for Dbl. Stackers to pass. These Westbound single stackers… are L O N G!!

        ——-
        Many of the trains for container.
        There are train “Cars” for otherstuff..
        Choo Choo 🚂🚃🚃🚃🚃🚃🚃🚃
        Like… COAL. Bunch of them out there!
        Lotsa stuff!!! Copper, mining supplies for “Da Mud Boss” 😁, refined chemicals, etc. ‘Merica is makin stuff… AGAIN!!
        And its Flyin off the shelves!!
        ——-
        A few took up 4-5 miles of track.
        The Eastbound trains were shorter in length…but dbl. Stacked.

        🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

        Stockin up before an, ummm,
        Unexpected Interuption of Da Supply China…
        Meant chain…

        Danged w/p

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  6. fleporeblog says:

    I love ❤️ the idea of the five year sunset! That would kill their plans of trying to find ways to cheat a new agreement. Our Killers are destroying these fools. In the article I almost laughed at their threat.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-mexico-videgaray/mexico-u-s-trade-would-survive-any-nafta-rupture-mexico-foreign-minister-idUSKCN1BQ2ZO

    From the article linked above:

    “Mexico is much bigger than NAFTA,” Videgaray said in an interview with Reuters.

    “If the negotiation does not go well, it would not be the end of trade between Mexico and the United States…There would be no leap into the abyss,” he said, arguing that World Trade Organization tariffs would govern trade post-NAFTA.

    He also mentioned that Mexico could put higher tariffs on U.S. products, noting that apples from Arizona could face a 50 percent tariff to enter Mexico without NAFTA.

    Apples 🍎 Do these fools realize that the tariffs we impose on them will put their country on the Venezuela 🇻🇪 path towards anarchy! Our beautiful WALL will assure that all the bloodshed would remain in their country.

    I love that General Kelly had that information leaked to the press. It reinforces for the Mexicans that they are screwed and we absolutely know it!

    I love this kind of winning! It is like scoring a TD up 70 with 20 seconds remaining!

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  7. mimbler says:

    I’ll just say that I am floored that SD is falling asleep in the bathtub after working around the clock to help his neighbors clear trees from the powerlines, and still is posting political analysis.

    That is a level of devotion to this blog, that I would never achieve. Spending a few years in the army, I know the kind of physical and mental exhaustion that his conditions create.

    Thanks SD, but we understand if you aren’t going to be engaged in the blog until you finish your job helping your neighbors; remember to take care of yourself.
    Mike

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  8. Stringy Theory says:

    It is so good to finally, finally, have sensible, America-first, adults in charge of this NAFTA mess. Which is a backhanded way of saying thank you God for giving us POTUS Trump for without his help, this great country would be headed for destruction. Trump is the thread keeping alive the hope I and many others have to see America made great again.

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  9. Kent says:

    I know that you never left, Sundance…and I’m glad you’re back.

    Liked by 7 people

  10. NoOneButTrump says:

    I wish many of our laws had a sunset clause on them, like Obamacare, for instance. No need for repeal and replace, just let it die. If only…

    Liked by 7 people

    • M. Mueller says:

      Good thought. I’m still waiting on McCain’s sunset clause.

      Liked by 7 people

    • wheatietoo says:

      I think the Patriot Act is set to expire at the end of this year.

      It will be interesting to see what happens with that.

      Liked by 16 people

      • Coldeadhands says:

        Every time I go through TSA or read of their abuses I’m reminded that the Patriot Act tramples the 4th amendment rights of every citizen who seeks to travel by air.

        Is it any wonder that driverless cars are being pushed hard by our illustrious Congress critters? Another way to monitor and eventually control our freedom of movement… and of course a new source of graft and corruption.

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        • wheatietoo says:

          I hate everything about the idea of ‘driverless cars’.

          Those cars should never be allowed on our public roads and highways.
          Not ever.

          The very idea of it is an outrage.
          Our system of roads is for ‘motorists’….not robots.

          We have to get a ‘drivers license’ to be legal to drive.
          How does a ‘driverless car’ get a drivers license?!

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          • Coldeadhands says:

            All controlled and mandated by the Frankenstate.

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          • Grandma Covfefe says:

            Exactly, Wheatie. What’s the point of driving if one is too busy to drive? Just fly, stupid, and rent a car at the other end.

            I think driverless cars is the stupidest idea ever, so far.

            If a car has a permit to go on the road, what’s to stop mindless parents from putting their toddlers in it and let the car take them to school?! I see somany red flags ideas people would do to driverless cars. Dare I say bombs in car, program it and target them to a location? That the one that scares me.

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          • Sylvia Avery says:

            Did you happen to catch Lou Dobbs a couple nights ago talking about the powerful NEW lobby funded by Ford, Lyft, and others to persuade Congress to pass driverless car legislation? Sigh.

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        • auntiefran413 says:

          That’s the reason I REFUSE to fly! If I can’t drive to my destination, I’ll stay home. I’m a great-grandma for Pete’s sake…and I got the full “treatment” the last three times I flew! Never sgain!

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          • Coldeadhands says:

            I’m sorry that we have a government that will NOT profile like the Israelies do, so successfully, but instead choose to abuse great grandmothers. I’m with you, I’ll drive six hours to see grandkids rather than fly.
            We have a stupid government.

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      • 4sure says:

        It will be renewed w/even more deep state buggery to spy on everything and everybody.

        Take it to the bank. The only Sen. to ever open his/her mouth about the subversive act is Rand Paul and he is quickly ignored or drowned out by Graham/McCain.

        Has anyone been held accountable for all the misuse of the patriot act?

        Didn’t think so.

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    • LafnH2O says:

      NoOneButTrump,

      This one would be the “Poster Child” for FUBAR!! imo

      I drive an 18 Wheeler (Big Truck) equipped with more electronics than the Space Shuttle!!

      “They” “Know” where the truck is and what its doing!! to wihin a few yards. 24/7
      Collisiin Avoidance System 👍
      Know speed/distance.(Yours). in real time 👍
      Lane Change Indicater radar. 👍
      Sat GPS data 👍
      Forward facing Window Cam 🤓🤓
      They see better than me! 👍
      AUTO BRAKING. Hard Braking… Sudden! 👍
      more…

      Sounds great on paper!!
      Has it place.
      Metro areas maybe. Or ….
      Imho…
      Too Many cooks in the Kitchen!
      Too Many Masters…
      Too Many Balls in the air!!

      Looooong way to go!!

      point A2B Mag Tubes? (Sedan sized cars)??
      “Automate the nuts and bolts.. stuff”
      Switch tubes (like Trains do) to re-route cars
      to Desired “In-Circuit” Designations.
      Leave Freedom of Choice to the Traveller.
      Oh…and the… “No WAIT!! Let’s go to
      Luigi’s!!😁 on 23rd😁 NOW!!! Option…
      Keep that lil feature enabled, too!

      Oh…
      Nevermind….
      Hey… Let’s go….

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  11. starfcker says:

    Mexico, to say their economy is tenuous is laughable. And it’s not just Mexico. It’s half the world. I can give you three great examples, besides Mexico. Greece, Puerto Rico, and Miami. When the Communist Party Syriza won election in Greece in 2015, they won on the promise that they would unhook Greece from IMF loans and the public looting that came with it. When Varoufakis and Tsipras say down with the IMF, they learned the truth. Greece didn’t have an economy. The scheme worked like this. The IMF loaned Greece money, Greece used that money to pay public sector workers salaries and pensions, and that money trickled out to everybody else. Not exactly an economy. They realized that without free ING money, Greece wouldn’t last two weeks. Puerto Rico, same thing. Total house of cards. They have to default on their debt. There is no way to pay it back. They don’t produce anything. Did any other major city besides Miami roll over and give up sanctuary status at the first threat of losing federal money? Take away the free money, and Miami is, as Tom Tancredo famously once called it, a third world country. Production is what’s missing. Not consumption. Most of the “developing countries” aren’t in fact anything more than glorified versions of Detroit or Miami. Keep pumping money in, the low IQ indigeoness population will keep spending it, cut off that free money flow, and they will go right back to stone age. Half of the corruption we see nowadays was tolerated on the Rubinomic principle that worrying about laws or corruption was secondary, in the short run, to getting these places up and running. We could clean them up after their economy’s magically reached escape velocity and could sustain themselves, and that was right around the corner. Ain’t happening. Mexico is toast without the narcotics trade and remittances. Toast. They know it. We know it. But we can’t tolerate that anymore. Sucks to be them.

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    • emet says:

      The narcotics trade props up a great deal of Puerto Rico also. It has the perfect location and lots of unwatched coastline, plus it lies inside the Customs territory of the US, which is a huge advantage to criminal organizations.

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    • G. Combs says:

      Small Farmers and Mexico….

      ” The Socialist Revolution in the US cannot take place because there are too many small independent farmers there. Those people are the stability factor. We here in Russia must hurry while our government is stupid enough to not encourage and support the independent farmership.” ~ V. Lenin, the founder of the Russian revolution
      FROM: Cry Out of Russia…escape from darkness By Anna Fisher

      From my reading, Mexicans were sold a bill of goods by the Globalist/Transnational Corporations. Just as was done in Scotland with the Highland Clearances and later in the USA by the Committee on Economic Development, link too many small farmers were seen as a problem and TPTB took steps to remove them.

      Mexico, or at least the Mexican people are even worse of than they were before NAFTA. Before NAFTA 1/3 of the workforce were involved in farming, mostly small subsistence type farms. NAFTA intentionally destroyed these small farms leading to mass migration, either into the cities to work or to the USA depending on how decent the Mexican economy is.

      This is a really good paper and well worth the read. It is well documented with lots of footnotes and details the effect of NAFTA on Mexico.

      23 June, 2008 Small Farmers And The Doha Round: Lessons From Mexico’s NAFTA Experience
      “….as hoped for by designers of NAFTA, has been ‘modernisation’ – a sharp decline in the share of agriculture and allied sectors in the workforce. From nearly 27% in 1991 it declined to slightly less than 15% in 2006, losing more than 2 million jobs[18]. Again small and marginal farmers and agricultural labour bore the brunt, as evidenced by very sharp decline in the number of rural households. According to a study by Jose Romero and Alicia Puyana carried out for the federal government of Mexico, between 1992 and 2002, the number of agricultural households fell an astounding 75% – from 2.3 million to 575, 000[19]….

      12% of Mexico’s arable land is devoted to agriculture and 54% to cattle ranching. Of the cultivated land, 71% is devoted to grains and oilseeds and only 9% to fruits and vegetables. Therefore the bulk of cultivated area is adversely affected by import competition. 85% of Mexico’s farmers are small and marginal and grow largely grains and oilseeds. About 16% of farmers grow fruits and vegetables and most of these are medium and large farmers, largely because the investment required for growing fruits and vegetables is beyond the reach of most small-farmers. Therefore it is small farmers that have borne the brunt of import competition.

      The vacuum created by retreat of the Mexican state from agriculture was filled by large US and Mexican agribusiness….”

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      • 21st Century Solution to thwart Communism:

        Become the greatest Engine for Entrepreneurs on the planet.

        Multiply startups and grow small businesses like CRAZY.

        Liked by 5 people

        • Lindenlee says:

          Yes, and I am looking carefully at these “tax cut” proposals for just that reason. 90% or more need to go to small business and individual middle-class people, while cutting the refundable EITC and tax giveaways. EVERYBODY HAS TO HAVE SKIN IN THE GAME.

          You just know that previously, the big boys scooped up all those tax preference items by creating the legislation, getting some smarmy politico to slip them into the tax code, impoverishing the rest of us, and loading the true burden on us.

          Small business development is the key, and us patronizing those businesses. I think our president understands this.

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        • LafnH2O says:

          Agreed!!
          Even accounting for Attrition…

          “GOOD Idea”
          MAGA Lemonaide stands…
          Poppin up EVERYWHERE!

          Leverage… 😎

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        • Funny you should mention that, BKR. I just talked to two men, both about 35-40, who had left their jobs recently. One was recruited by an Oregon High School to teach ag machinery and small engine repair. Higher salary. Supported by dairy industry, cheese factory, lumber mills.

          The other one just quit b/c he wants to go into business for himself. He’d been stuck in a dead-end job. He’s doing handyman work, gardening, and some computer repair. Surprised at how many calls he’s getting.

          Independence, filling a huge need for competent blue collar workers. MAGA!

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      • Lindenlee says:

        Yes, the small farmer in MX has been devastated. PRE-NAFTA, he could grow some corn and have some to sell, some to eat, some to plant, enough to sustain himself. Then, with NAFTA, he had to get $3.50/bushel to survive, and Cargill and ADMINISTRATIVE with their US government subsidies, could sell corn in MX for $2.80/bushel. Who do you think went out of business and couldn’t feed his family anymore, and had to sell his land? Devastating. And their kids get on the Beast and come here.

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    • 4sure says:

      The only mfg. Mexico has is what left our country and went to Mexico. Bring the American mfg. home from Mexico and that shithole will collapse tomorrow. Drugs and remittances can both be stopped if the USA wanted to stop them.Just as illegal immigration could be stopped tomorrow if we really wanted to stop it.

      If one looks at all of our societal/economic/crime problems and scratches their head and wonders why they exist and we can’t fix them, it is really quite simple.

      WE DON’T WANT TO. Too many people who want total control over us, benefit from the problems. There’s not a single problem in the world that does not have a solution.

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  12. Paco Loco says:

    Mexico is becoming a high tech manufacturing giant to rival China and India.
    http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2016/02/jalisco-is-now-known-as-mexicos-silicon-valley/

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    • Lindenlee says:

      Yes, Jalisco has this reputation, BUT the dirty little secret is that the governor of Jalisco is not creating this Silicon Valley from the bottom up, creating a Mexican business, he is courting numerous firms in CA to bring their business to Mexico. It was in the papers in the area where I live, in Jalisco .

      Again, getting business by stealing it from somewhere else, not making it yourself. A culture of theft.

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  13. Paco Loco says:

    One last tid bit on trade with Mexico before beddy bye. US Tequila consumption.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/486797/tequila-consumption-united-states-by-state/

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  14. A2 says:

    Anyone familiar with ‘game theory’ knows the US cannot lose in these negotiations. Mr Wilbur’s point about a five-year renegotiation period is just common sense for all parties to the agreement. It allows for readjustments in the fast changing economic/tech revolution we are in. Past flaws in NAFTA, as expressed by the US side is that times, and economies have changed. Needless to say the way the WTO and other agreements affect these deals as well.

    I saw an interesting British documentary hosted by a science popularizer, traveling the world along the Tropic of Cancer. As he moved inland from the Pacific coast of Mexico to the interior, he showed a number of towns and villages that were depopulated, boarded up, essentially ghost towns. All due to the inhabitants crossing the border to the US and abandoning their homes.

    The Mexican government, the economy and the people would benefit if these people returned home and given the right incentives, could rebuild their economy. They could, in the wise words north of the border, make Mexico great again.

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    • TwoLaine says:

      I would tell them that is going to be in ANY Trade Deal with the USA, Bilateral or otherwise. Get used to it, or go home with nothing.

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      • 4sure says:

        Any trade deal w/any foreign country, especially Mexico is that they control illegal immigration from their country into the USA. When we build the wall, they police their side of the wall. How they chose to enforce their side is their business, but they must police it and there must be measurable results. Our tariff on Mexican goods coming into this country from Mexico will be tied to the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border. Mexico must work w/us in stopping the flow. If the flow is not stopped, the trade is stopped.

        That’s how Mexico pays for the wall.They will want the wall as much or more than us.

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        • TwoLaine says:

          I say President Trump looks into the tube and says if you are here illegally go to your local embassy who will begin your self-deportation process. You, and they have 60 days. No more. This ends now.

          You are only welcome here when and/or if you come here legally and continue to stay here legally.

          Then, we shut down all embassies who do not comply, and send them packing since none of them have been doing their jobs. Instead they shelter and hide these illegals are doing their jobs. The rest we shut down when the self deportation is complete.

          https://embassy-finder.com/mexico_in_usa

          We need to do this with all other foreign embassies in the U.S. who are intentionally subverting our laws and harboring these criminal illegals.

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  15. julegate says:

    I’m sorry. It’s about the US debt and other countries sick and tired of “our wars”. Why did the BRIC nations start another banking system? Why did 45 nations go to President Obama and tell him they were sick and tired of the US? Why was the US and Israel voted the two most dangerous countries in the world? Why is Washington DC universally disliked around the world? Why are more and mores countries turning away from the $ for trade settlements? As President Trump and his team gain more control. As we are no longer invading, bombing and droning countries more countries are going to turn away from the $. They won’t be scared any more to be their own country with their own currency.

    Do you remember President Obama at his last White House Press dinner saying “the end of the Republic never looked so good”?

    I admire and respect President Trump, his family, the military and other White Hats working with him to rebuild a country.

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  16. tonyE says:

    I’ve been to Mexico twice… Tijuana actually.

    Never again. The level of racism that I saw was intolerable. All of those “chicanos” in East LA should think twice about their “beloved Mexico” because down there they’d be treated like “mierda”.

    Those chicanos should kiss the American Flag and thank it for the freedom and respect they get in the USA.

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  17. Wayne Robinson says:

    Mexicos turn to receive back a bunch of cheap labor . They wont like the effects either . But at least they will be getting citicenz we bern paying for forty years tax dollars to suport illegal aliens . Mexico is evil always has been not the people but their government

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