U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue Rages: President Trump is Existential Threat to NAFTA…

Here we go… buckle up, and grab the popcorn.  This is the part where the “trillions at stake” comes into play…

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue is now engaged in a direct fight with U.S. President Donald Trump. As would be expected, and as we specifically predicted, Tom Donohue is now specifically aligning himself with Canada and Mexico against the interests of the United States economy.

Tom Donohue gives hundreds of millions to Mitch McConnell and the crony UniParty capitalist ilk that infect Washington DC. Donohue owns the vast majority of U.S. politicians. This battle is the epicenter of lobbying usurpation, and how multinational corporations own U.S. politicians. This battle will be epic.

MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The most powerful U.S. business lobby accused the Trump administration on Tuesday of making “poison pill proposals” to sabotage talks aimed at modernizing NAFTA, as negotiators began gathering in Washington for fresh trade talks.

[…] Speaking in Mexico City, Thomas Donohue, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s president and chief executive, listed several U.S. proposals that he said would undermine $1 trillion in annual trilateral trade, including a “sunset clause” to force regular negotiations.

His comments marked the second broadside the chamber has launched against the Trump administration’s stance on renegotiating NAFTA in less than a week. It has argued repeatedly that the trade pact is critical to U.S. industries such as agriculture and manufacturing.

“There are several poison pill proposals still on the table that could doom the entire deal,” Donohue said at an event hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico, where he said the “existential threat” to NAFTA threatened regional security.

U.S. officials have suggested incorporating a sunset clause in NAFTA that would kill it unless it was renegotiated every five years. The officials have also suggested eliminating a key dispute resolution mechanism, much to the dismay of Canada.

Donohue singled out plans to make automakers source more parts in North America, as well as proposed changes to the dispute resolution mechanism as obstacles to NAFTA’s renewal. He also cited plans to limit Canadian and Mexican access to U.S. government procurement rules.

Automakers in Mexico say excessive content requirements could do serious damage to the industry’s competitiveness.

”The impact would be the opposite of what’s intended: U.S. industry would source more inputs from Asia and less from the U.S. That’s right — this proposal would actually send business overseas,” Donohue said.

He also slammed the emphasis placed by the White House on reducing the U.S. trade deficit.

“It’s the wrong focus and is impossible to achieve without crippling the economy,” he said.

The chamber sent a letter to the White House on Tuesday signed by more than 300 local U.S. business groups in support of NAFTA. (read more)

CTH has called out the anti-American economic positions of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for many years.  The U.S. CoC is the largest DC lobbying group for multinational corporations and multinational financial interests.

The CoC is at the very epicenter of the financial constructs that support the Washington DC UniParty.

When President Trump won the election in 2016 it was a thundershock to decades of work by the U.S. CoC to undermine economic nationalism in favor of global corporate interests. Within all of the economic, trade and policy discussion which subsequently flowed from the White House the CoC did not have a seat at the table.  Trump’s economic policy is adverse to the interests of The Big Club.

It began last week when the CoC attacked the administration.  The Chamber is now taking it one step further than being adversarial toward the White House, now Tom Donohue is making it personal against President Trump [and the intended framework (Ross, Lighthizer etc.) for a renegotiated NAFTA deal.]

The U.S. CoC is aligning with Canada and Mexico against the interests of the United States.  While predicted, it is a little surreal to see the U.S. CoC drop their mask so openly.

There are massive international corporate and financial interests who are inherently at risk from President Trump’s “America-First” economic and trade platform. Believe it or not, President Trump is up against an entire world economic establishment.

I will outline how it works below; and when you understand how it works in the modern era you will understand why the agents within the system are so adamantly opposed to U.S. President Trump.

The biggest lie in modern economics, willingly spread and maintained by corporate media, is that a system of global markets still exists.

It doesn’t.

Every element of global economic trade is controlled and exploited by massive institutions, multinational banks and multinational corporations. Institutions like the World Trade Organization (WTO) and World Bank control trillions of dollars in economic activity. Underneath that economic activity there are people who hold the reigns of power over the outcomes. These individuals and groups are the stakeholders in direct opposition to principles of national economics.

The modern financial constructs of these entities have been established over the course of the past three decades. When you understand how they manipulate the economic system of individual nations you begin to understand understand why they are so fundamentally opposed to President Trump.

In the Western World, separate from communist control perspectives (ie. China), “Global markets” are a modern myth; nothing more than a talking point meant to keep people satiated with sound bites they might find familiar. However, global markets have been destroyed over the past three decades by multinational corporations who control the products formerly contained within free and fair markets.

The same is true for “Commodities Markets”. The multinational trade and economic system, run by corporations and multinational banks, now controls the product outputs of independent nations. The free market economic system has been usurped by entities who create what is best described as ‘controlled markets’.

U.S. President Trump smartly understands what has taken place. Additionally he uses economic leverage as part of a broader national security policy; and to understand who opposes President Trump specifically because of the economic leverage he creates, it becomes important to understand the objectives of the global and financial elite who run and operate the institutions. The Big Club, and President Tom Donohue.

Understanding how trillions of trade dollars influence geopolitical policy we begin to understand the three-decade global financial construct they seek to protect.

That is, global financial exploitation of national markets. FOUR BASIC ELEMENTS:

♦Multinational corporations purchase controlling interests in various national outputs and industries of developed industrial western nations.

♦The Multinational Corporations making the purchases are underwritten by massive global financial institutions, multinational banks.

♦The Multinational Banks and the Multinational Corporations then utilize lobbying interests to manipulate the internal political policy of the targeted nation state(s).

♦With control over the targeted national industry or interest, the multinationals then leverage export of the national asset (exfiltration) through trade agreements structured to the benefit of lesser developed nation states – where they have previously established a proactive financial footprint.

Against the backdrop of President Trump confronting China, and against the backdrop of NAFTA being renegotiated, revisiting the economic influences within the import/export dynamic will help conceptualize the issues at the heart of the matter. There are a myriad of interests within each trade sector that make specific explanation very challenging; however, here’s the basic outline.

For three decades economic “globalism” has advanced, quickly. Everyone accepts this statement, yet few actually stop to ask who and what are behind this – and why?

Influential people with vested financial interests in the process have sold a narrative that global manufacturing, global sourcing, and global production was the inherent way of the future. The same voices claimed the American economy was consigned to become a “service-driven economy.”

What was always missed in these discussions is that advocates selling this global-economy message have a vested financial and ideological interest in convincing the information consumer it is all just a natural outcome of economic progress.

It’s not.

It’s not natural at all. It is a process that is entirely controlled, promoted and utilized by large conglomerates and massive financial corporations.

Again, I’ll try to retain the larger altitude perspective without falling into the traps of the esoteric weeds. I freely admit this is tough to explain and I may not be successful.

Bulletpoint #1: ♦ Multinational corporations purchase controlling interests in various national elements of developed industrial western nations.

This is perhaps the most challenging to understand. In essence, thanks specifically to the way the World Trade Organization (WTO) was established in 1995, national companies expanded their influence into multiple nations, across a myriad of industries and economic sectors (energy, agriculture, raw earth minerals, etc.). This is the basic underpinning of national companies becoming multinational corporations.

Think of these multinational corporations as global entities now powerful enough to reach into multiple nations -simultaneously- and purchase controlling interests in a single economic commodity.

A historic reference point might be the original multinational enterprise, energy via oil production. (Exxon, Mobil, BP, etc.)

However, in the modern global world, it’s not just oil; the resource and product procurement extends to virtually every possible commodity and industry. From the very visible (wheat/corn) to the obscure (small minerals, and even flowers).

Bulletpoint #2 ♦ The Multinational Corporations making the purchases are underwritten by massive global financial institutions, multinational banks.

During the past several decades national companies merged. The largest lemon producer company in Brazil, merges with the largest lemon company in Mexico, merges with the largest lemon company in Argentina, merges with the largest lemon company in the U.S., etc. etc. National companies, formerly of one nation, become “continental” companies with control over an entire continent of nations.

…. or it could be over several continents or even the entire world market of Lemon/Widget production. These are now multinational corporations. They hold interests in specific segments (this example lemons) across a broad variety of individual nations.

National laws on Monopoly building are not the same in all nations. But most are not as structured as the U.S.A or other more developed nations (with more laws). During the acquisition phase, when encountering a highly developed nation with monopoly laws, the process of an umbrella corporation might be needed to purchase the interests within a specific nation. The example of Monsanto applies here.

Bulletpoint #3 ♦The Multinational Banks and the Multinational Corporations then utilize lobbying interests to manipulate the internal political policy of the targeted nation state(s).

With control of the majority of actual lemons the multinational corporation now holds a different set of financial values than a local farmer or national market. This is why commodities exchanges are essentially dead. In the aggregate the mercantile exchange is no longer a free or supply-based market; it is now a controlled market exploited by mega-sized multinational corporations.

Instead of the traditional ‘supply/demand’ equation determining prices, the corporations look to see what nations can afford what prices. The supply of the controlled product is then distributed to the country according to their ability to afford the price. This is how the corporation maximizes it’s profits.

Back to the lemons. A corporation might hold the rights to the majority of the lemon production in Brazil, Argentina and California/Florida. The price the U.S. consumer pays for the lemons is directed by the amount of inventory (distribution) the controlling corporation allows in the U.S.

If the U.S. harvest is abundant, they will export the product to keep the U.S. consumer spending at peak or optimal price. A U.S. customer might pay $2 for a lemon, a Mexican customer might pay .50¢, and a Canadian $1.25.

The bottom line issue is the national supply (in this example ‘harvest/yield’) is not driving the national price because the supply is now controlled by massive multinational corporations.

The mistake people often make is calling this a “global commodity” process. In the modern era this “global commodity” phrase is particularly BS.

A true global commodity is a process of individual nations harvesting/creating a similar product and bringing that product to a global market. Individual nations each independently engaged in creating a similar product.

Under modern globalism this process no longer takes place. It’s a complete fraud. Currently, massive multinational corporations control the majority of product inside each nation and therefore control the entire global product market and price.

EXAMPLE: Part of the lobbying in the food industry is to advocate for the expansion of U.S. taxpayer benefits to underwrite the costs of the domestic food products they control. By lobbying DC these multinational corporations get congress and policy-makers to expand the basis of who can use EBT and SNAP benefits (state reimbursement rates).

Expanding the federal subsidy for food purchases is part of the corporate profit dynamic. With increased taxpayer subsidies, the food price controllers can charge more domestically and export more of the product internationally. Taxes, via subsidies, go into their profit margins. The corporations then use a portion of those profits in contributions to the politicians. It’s a circle of money.

In highly developed nations this multinational corporate process requires the corporation to purchase the domestic political process (as above) with individual nations allowing the exploitation in varying degrees. As such, the corporate lobbyists pay hundreds of millions to politicians for changes in policies and regulations; one sector, one product, or one industry at a time. These are specialized lobbyists.

EXAMPLE: The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)

CFIUS is an inter-agency committee authorized to review transactions that could result in control of a U.S. business by a foreign person (“covered transactions”), in order to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States.

CFIUS operates pursuant to section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended by the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 (FINSA) (section 721) and as implemented by Executive Order 11858, as amended, and regulations at 31 C.F.R. Part 800.

The CFIUS process has been the subject of significant reforms over the past several years. These include numerous improvements in internal CFIUS procedures, enactment of FINSA in July 2007, amendment of Executive Order 11858 in January 2008, revision of the CFIUS regulations in November 2008, and publication of guidance on CFIUS’s national security considerations in December 2008 (more)

Bulletpoint #4With control over the targeted national industry or interest, the multinationals then leverage export of the national asset (exfiltration) through trade agreements structured to the benefit of lesser developed nation states – where they have previously established a proactive financial footprint.

The process of charging the U.S. consumer more for a product, that under normal national market conditions would cost less, is a process called exfiltration of wealth.

It is never discussed.

To control the market price some contracted product may even be secured and shipped with the intent to allow it to sit idle (or rot). It’s all about controlling the price and maximizing the profit equation. To gain the same $1 profit a widget multinational might have to sell 20 widgets in El-Salvador (.25¢ each), or two widgets in the U.S. ($2.50/each).

Think of the process like the historic reference of OPEC (Oil Producing Economic Countries). Only in the modern era massive corporations are playing the role of OPEC and it’s not oil being controlled, it’s almost everything.

Again, this is highlighted in the example of taxpayers subsidizing the food sector (EBT, SNAP etc.), the corporations can charge U.S. consumers more. Ex. more beef is exported, red meat prices remain high at the grocery store, but subsidized U.S. consumers can afford the high prices. Of course if you are not receiving food payment assistance (middle-class) you can’t eat the steaks because you can’t afford them. (Not accidentally, it’s the same scheme in the ObamaCare healthcare system)

Individual flower growers in Florida go out of business because they didn’t join the global market of flower growers (controlled market) by multinational corporate flower growers in Columbia and South America, who have an umbrella company registered in Mexico allowing virtually unrestricted access to the U.S. market under NAFTA.

Agriculturally, multinational corporate Monsanto says: ‘all your harvests are belong to us‘. Contract with us, or you lose because we can control the market price of your end product. Downside is that once you sign that contract, you agree to terms that are entirely created by the financial interests of the larger corporation; not your farm.

The multinational agriculture lobby is massive. We willingly feed the world as part of the system; but you as a grocery customer pay more per unit at the grocery store because domestic supply no longer determines domestic price.

Within the agriculture community the (feed-the-world) production export factor also drives the need for labor. Labor is a cost. The multinational corps have a vested interest in low labor costs. Ergo, open border policies. (ie. willingly purchased republicans not supporting border wall etc.).

This corrupt economic manipulation/exploitation applies over multiple sectors, and even in the sub-sector of an industry like steel. China/India purchases the raw material, ore, then sells the finished good back to the global market at a discount. Or it could be rubber, or concrete, or plastic, or frozen chicken parts etc.

The ‘America First’ Trump-Trade Doctrine upsets the entire construct of this multinational export/control dynamic. Team Trump focus exclusively on bilateral trade deals, with specific trade agreements targeted toward individual nations (not national corporations). ‘America-First’ is also specific policy at a granular product level looking out for the national interests of the United States, U.S. workers, U.S. companies and U.S. consumers.

Under President Trump’s Trade positions, balanced and fair trade with strong regulatory control over national assets, exfiltration of U.S. national wealth is essentially stopped.

This puts many current multinational corporations, globalists who previously took a stake-hold in the U.S. economy with intention to export the wealth, in a position of holding contracted interest of an asset they can no longer exploit.

Perhaps now we understand better how massive multi-billion multinational corporations and institutions are aligned against President Trump.

RELATED:

♦The Modern Third Dimension in American Economics – HERE

♦The “Fed” Can’t Figure out the New Economics – HERE

♦Proof “America-First” has disconnected Main Street from Wall Street – HERE

♦Treasury Secretary Mnuchin begins creating a Parallel Banking System – HERE

♦How Trump Economic Policy is Interacting With The Stock Market – HERE

♦How Multinationals have Exported U.S. Wealth – HERE

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349 Responses to U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue Rages: President Trump is Existential Threat to NAFTA…

  1. n1ghtcr4wler says:

    ”The impact would be the opposite of what’s intended: U.S. industry would source more inputs from Asia and less from the U.S. That’s right — this proposal would actually send business overseas,” Donohue said.

    wtf is this guy drinking? what a liar

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  2. mariner says:

    I hope Donohue is right and PDJT is an existential threat to NAFTA.

    I was still in my twenties and I understood Perot was right about its “giant sucking sound”.

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  3. James Varney says:

    NAFTA is an “existential threat” to The United States.

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  4. lawrencepaul1 says:

    Well Duh, that’s why blue collar America voted for him.

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  5. woohoowee says:

    Donohue snaps his fingers and gets instant Politutes On Parade. Blech!

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  6. Blacksmith8 says:

    Why is there a CoC? Doesn’t the jobs of the USTR and Sec of Commerce cover all of it? Where exactly do they get their funding?

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  7. Kaco says:

    I mentioned in another post how my monthly gas budget bill, which resets in Sept., went up for this year, from $74 to $80. I haven’t called the company yet to inquire, it’s not a big hike, but I wondered why we are going in the wrong direction, with all this natural gas explosion? Is it because we are going to be exporting this fuel and we’re paying for it?

    I’m not so confident our wages will go up and our prices will go down. They’ve had us used to this for quite a while. I also remember a few months ago that any new plan from congress would not include in legislation “social” obligations or some such, I can’t recall the term. Basically it meant that a company be fair to its employees and that it wouldn’t be included. I was not a Bernie supporter or of his policies but one thing he did mention, is how the rich have gotten richer while the middle class sinks. The money has been there, it’s just concentrated and kept at the top. Salaries stagnant, pensions are a thing of the past. They claim they can’t afford these things anymore, and yet, executive and CEO salaries or company profits have skyrocketed. I’m not so sure this new wealth will trickle down.

    I am really concerned about the “tax reform”. Without seeing the tax brackets, I think our taxes will be going up. No deductions except for a couple items. I don’t even know if my father can deduct his out of pocket health care and home care costs, in which his tax return is used for his property taxes and insurance. It is not listed on Pres Trump’s tax plan from a few months ago and I have yet to see the new proposal. I don’t care about a simplified process if it means less money.

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    • skidly says:

      Yea it is bad, the are taking away almost all of the deductions, worse than 1986 and that was bad. Suppose you are old and have to pay for nursing care, very expensive and soon not deductible.

      They could just double the standard deduction and or exemptions if they really wanted a middle class tax cut.

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      • skidly, that’s exactly what the current tax reform bill does! “… double the standard deduction and or exemptions if they really wanted a middle class tax cut.” POTUS has said over and over and over that he wants a substantial middle class tax cut.”

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        • skidly says:

          I don’t think so, they are eliminating exemptions, so anyone with more than four will be losing even with a standard deduction doubled. NO more deductions for taxes, medical, gambling losses to the extent of winnings, misc business expenses ad nauseam.

          They should leave itemized deductions alone and just double the standard amount and or the exemption amount.

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        • anthohmy says:

          The standard deduction now stands at 6k and change for a single person, 12.7k for a married couple. The personal exemption at 4k per person.

          A family of 5 in this scenario does not accrue taxable income ( presuming children are dependents ) until 32k in income. (12.7k standard deduction 20k in exemptions )

          My understanding so far is that the personal exemption will be completely eliminated and the standard deduction will go to 24k for married couples. So now the family will start accruing taxable income at 24k instead of 32k, but it will be at a lower tax rate. This family pays $800 more a year.

          So a family of 5 (likely not homeowners) will start paying taxes 8k sooner than they would if personal exemptions are left intact.

          The same family, homeowners this time, who already had 24k in deductions a la mortgage interest and property taxes, loses the 20k in exemptions and will pay about 2k more a year in taxes.

          But there is an interesting twist in this in that by raising the standard deduction to 24k a mortgage does not become a tax benefit until a combined 24k in interest and property tax deduction.

          I would imagine this will drive the cost of housing down which is a far larger savings over time and also opens the market up to more people who would have otherwise remained renters and never built any equity or retirement security found in an owned home.

          I would not exactly call it a substantial middle-class tax cut, however.

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  8. Dana Doran says:

    Now I understand why grocery stores charge 79 cents for a lemon….one lemon. Thanks for that….but I can no longer afford to make lemonade, thanks to NAFTA.

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  9. Kaden Cheng says:

    Let’s see, “about 30 years ago” puts us with the “new world order” promulgated by Bush-the-elder who called Reaganomics “voodoo economics” and will forever be remembered for his “read my lips…” quote.

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  10. anthohmy says:

    Fully cognizant of the enormity of the task, I hope you figure out ways to turn this curriculum into several bite-sized tweet storms for the masses.

    One has to fully commit to these lengthy, packed articles. I can think of 10 people I want to read this, but getting them to is the hard part.

    I’ll just have to plan on ruining Thanksgiving again.

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  11. brh82 says:

    anthohmy, I made a stab at explaining to a very bright person who is a bonds trader , but ended up sending a copy of the whole piece because every word and photo is a piece of the very complex puzzle. And I think without the context we’ve all grown into it with, as Sundance Followers, others couldn’t experience the horror we feel about it. For my simple life, it explains why I can’t find any O’Henry peaches this year….all the labels are for “Pink peach” or “White peach” or “Donut peach”. Maybe the globalists think we’re blind? New cookies say “Brought to you by…”, with the address in the USA , which of course doesn’t tell me where the cookies are actually made.

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