President Trump Tweets Secretary Ross Reevaluating EU Trade Deals….

Just a short post to reflect upon.  We have consistently stated the #1 reason for opposition to President Trump is financial (ie. economic); “There are Trillions at stake“.

Everyone admits the past 40+ years of U.S. trade deals have resulted in the massive export of U.S. wealth via jobs and manufacturing gains within other nations.  The financial beneficiaries of those prior trade positions were: Wall Street, multinational corporations and multinational banks. The losers of prior trade priorities was the U.S. middle-class.

So ask yourself, friends and family this very important question:

If prior U.S. trade policies resulted in the export and redistribution of U.S. wealth… What happens when you reverse the process?

In the answer to that question we discover the opposition to U.S. President Trump.

Example Here

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164 Responses to President Trump Tweets Secretary Ross Reevaluating EU Trade Deals….

  1. milktrader says:

    I have that feeling you get when you’re about to witness a wall of dominoes fall.

    Liked by 27 people

  2. bulwarker says:

    I would love to see Trump deal with the European Union nations individually.

    Liked by 17 people

    • yy4u says:

      The EU has accomplished for Germany what WWI and WWII could not — control of Europe by Germany. Pretty smart of them. Unfortunately that little troll they keep electing is letting in the Muslims by the boatload (literally) and turning Europe into Eurabia. France needs to Frexit! Let the countries who have no nukes go Muslim. No skin off my back. My father’s left Denmark at the turn of the 20th century. Mama’s folks left England and Ireland long before that.

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    • Esperanza says:

      I hope, please Trump can take them. I’ve never seen them lose. Maybe Brexit, ain’t happened yet. They say the way the Greek prime minister was treated was “water boarding”. He caved. But I beg T, don’t underestimate them they are horrible and utterly ruthless.

      Liked by 2 people

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Don’t worry. You know our Very Stable Genius President knows how to evaluate the opposition.

        Liked by 5 people

      • emet says:

        They have already lost, they just don’t know it. In order to survive as nations and peoples, they need to follow President Trump’s example.

        Liked by 5 people

        • Coldeadhands says:

          IF they want to survive as nations. Merkel wants the total diminution of EU nations into one nation. She’s working her own Cloward / Piven strategy with the immigrants. Destroy the existing culture and supplant with the new and better order. 🤮
          (Just like here except we have the Lion 🦁 to put a stop to it.)

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      • eagle931 says:

        Esperanza, I think you are underestimating President Trump and the United States. From the NATO alliance to economics, we hold all the cards, not them. When one thinks about it, there really isn’t any such thing as the European Union as if it were one nation like the United States. With enough pressure, sooner or later each country’s nationalist interests will force them to make their own deals if the bureaucrats running the EU won’t budge.

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  3. Holly Cow! Never thought about that! No wonder the Dems are apoplectic! No more stealing from Americans to give to the “poor”, which invariably ends up in the wealthiest hands.

    Liked by 13 people

  4. Gil says:

    All the more reason for the UK to not keep dragging their feet on Brexit. If they hurry up and get out PITUS can make a good deal. If not, well they can sink with the EU. Mr President, if the UK is going to stomp on free speech and its citizens use that carrot and stick to get them in line!

    Liked by 7 people

    • Esperanza says:

      It’s unfortunate Lauren is Canadian. Sparkly socks won’t lift a finger.

      Liked by 3 people

    • care137 says:

      Unfortunately, Mrs May is an appeaser and a weak willed person who probably voted to remain. With her dithering, offering billions to stay for 2 yr. “withdrawal” period, and maybe giving away all of their fishing rights to keep the EU happy, she’s setting up the UK to miss out on a great trade deal with us. It would be worth billions for both countries and she’s blowing it.

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  5. Running Fast says:

    On the “Wall Street, multinational corporations and multinational banks” side of the equation you will see massive upheavals in administration, structure and pricing of their assets. This will result in wild swings in equity and debt prices for these behemoths. The advantage is that they are so big and so smart that the net impact won;t be overwhelming. The biggest change will be in their use of funds and support of candidates within the US and foreign governments.

    On the “Main Street Side” I expect to see massive inflows of capital and investment. Suddenly people, like myself, who have built solid main street focused businesses will see demand for our services soar and the valuations of our enterprises follow suit. US focused businesses will see rapid increases in stock values.

    Interest rates will start creeping up to about 7-8% in line with a steady and healthy economy. Higher returns will drive income for retirees and create a healthy market for debt offerings.

    The net impact will be a revitalization of the capitalistic system this country was founded upon.

    Separate note regarding the Pennsylvania rally; did anyone else notice that President Trump mentioned the “evil” in Washington? If you also follow Q, and frankly you should, had noted the “evil” that was being battled.

    Liked by 21 people

    • lastinillinois says:

      I get the impression that “Q” is someone(s) close to the West Wing.

      Liked by 8 people

      • Tegan says:

        q is someone close to West Wing…bingo!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Sharon says:

        Praying medic had a video march 7th decoding Q and someone send him a article like the NSA and with the different deptments and they have like dept E thru I think V not sure! But he clicked on the Q department and it described what they do and he found a Q group too! Couldn’t watch it to long didn’t have the time! Need to try again later!

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      Having lived through the Carter economy there were advantages to high interest rates IF you could avoid debt. My parents took advantage. Unfortunately for me I was just starting out in life and marriage and was on the debt side. We survived though. 🙂

      Liked by 8 people

      • Esperanza says:

        I bought my flat at 11 3/4% Today because the interest rates are so low, real estate just costs more. I’m not sure the net result is different.

        Liked by 5 people

        • Mark McQueen says:

          Agree. It costs what it costs and you borrow what you can afford to pay back. My point was in interest earnings. Borrowing rates were high but a simple Govt. insured certificate of deposit earned you 10% and more.

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        • Dekester says:

          Around 1980 or so, rates up here in Canada hit over 21% on fixed term mtg.

          A Canada savings bond returned around 19% at that time.

          Macro economics is above my pay grade, but this “ quantitative easing” has created massive real estate bubbles, and some incredible debt loads on new car purchases up here in Southern B.C.

          My guess is Americans are going to do really well if you can push forward with PDJTS agenda.

          I am familiar with several local Canadians that have increased their investments in U.S assets in anticipation of our “ twinkle toed P.M” continuing to kill our economy.

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          • PS says:

            The problem is that many individuals have ARM / adjustable rate mortgages, which are good for optimizing low monthly payments. This lets you buy more house, but… The banks are gambling on future rates being higher than current rates, but I’m not sure the consumer/homeowner has fully priced that in.


            • acenypd says:

              Really? In 1985 we bought our first CO-OP apartment with a 7 year ARM starting at 12%. In 1990 we bought our first home with a 12% fixed. In 2001 we bought our current home at 6.5% fixed and refied in 2012 at 4%. With rates still hovering around 4.5% why would anyone take a risk with an ARM? I am no economist, but I am Jewish, convert your ARM to a fixed rate before it’s too late.


      • sunnydaze says:

        The high interest rates helped me IMMENSELY.

        I’d gotten my first teaching job. VERY low pay, but rent was cheap and I saved every cent in a CD at 20% interest.

        Two and 1/2 years later, I bought my first house with the $$$ from the CD. House prices were VERY low BECAUSE interest rates were high.

        So I practically bought the place outright and paid off the little mortgage I needed w/in 3 years.

        I have been waiting DECADES for high interest rates to come back.

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    • It would be epic if we later found Q to be Barron Trump. LOL!

      Liked by 7 people

    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “President Trump mentioned the “evil” in Washington”
      I missed it, but I must confess I did not see the whole thing live because I was busy. I figured I would catch clips of the best parts that I may have missed.
      Yes, mentioning “the evil” is VERY significant when it refers to a specific evil, not evil in general. Like here:

      . Romans 13:1 ¶ Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
      2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
      3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
      4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
      5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
      6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

      Our nations leaders are a responsibility to protect us from “the evil”. Our previous President did not, nor are the leaders of some of the countries in Europe. They will give account before God someday, however.

      Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

      Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

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      • kaste668 says:

        Luke 10:19
        Behold I give you the authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the Power of the enemy and nothing by any means shall hurt you.
        I believe POTUS and his supporters are “treading”………

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        • formerdem says:

          He is trying to prevent the death of the innocents and I do believe there is an army of angels deputed to help him in any little thing that he wants to do. by contrast, after Obama was re-elected in 2012 Obama doubled down on abortion including overriding conscience protections, and he never succeeded at anything again. The bishops told us to give up meat on Fridays and we did. I suppose everybody else’s pastors were doing more or less the same. Nothing Obama touched came out well ever again. Down he went.


  6. The EU can better spend their time pounding sand.

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  8. Maquis says:

    Hell YES we can live behind walls and borders!

    Big, Beautiful Walls and Borders!!


    Liked by 9 people

  9. millwright says:

    Now the wailing starts ! Like schoolyard bullies with a ‘shakedown line’ taking half of smaller kids’ lunch money daily, when a new kid on the block puts a half to their gravy line, they’re running to the ‘principle’ ( aka the press ) to holler ‘we is being robbed ! ‘ ! Like our welfare drones, so many ofd the world’s nations have come to believe our generosity has become their entitlement !

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    • Maquis says:


      As if we were carrion to their vulture culture.
      Well, this Eagle is being resurrected by the Lion, in service to God and His people.

      No more free meals. Deal with your own rotting flesh, Euroweenies.


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  10. FofBW says:

    The EU, and the rest, are getting a big lesson in Leverage 101.

    Liked by 9 people

    • care137 says:

      When POTUS first announced the tariffs, 5 seconds later the EU announced that they would sue the UK in EU court if he gave the UK an exemption which is exactly what he should do. The suit would take a decade to actually hit the court, hell, there’s 27 countries that have to agree to bring it and they’ll all be looking after their own trade with the “big man on campus”. They will learn leverage first hand and the fact that they have none.

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  11. stephenreed says:

    Free trade is the notion of Levelers and properly belongs with the Democrats. Fair trade is a halfway measure that is only useful when changing popular opinion.

    Protectionism, outright high tariffs and non-tariff measures will boom the US economy as during Lincoln’s era and the decades that followed.

    Once the entire working class comes back over to the Republicans, its historical majority based on the working class will return.


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  12. tenndon says:

    Isn’t yahoo a chocolate milk drink? They surely aren’t a news site ‘cause real news sites don’t use such nasty snark in a”report” doncha know?

    Liked by 5 people

  13. Atticus says:

    I can see Europe now: ” You bullies better play fair (let Europe keep it’s unfair advantage), or we’ll have someone TALK to you!

    Liked by 2 people

  14. jdvalk says:

    “So ask yourself, friends and family this very important question: If prior U.S. trade policies resulted in the export and redistribution of U.S. wealth… What happens when you reverse the process?”

    Liked by 5 people

  15. For more than 20 years (1959 ~ 1979) I lived and worked in Japan I was the Japan manager for an American company that was a broker for several other American companies engaged in selling goods to the U.S. military PX’s and Commissaries in Japan.

    Japan practiced protectionist policies on a large scale (still does, though to a slightly lesser extent). Through tariffs and quotas they limited imports to those items that they could not produce themselves. For many years there were also very tight controls on how, when and how much money Japanese citizens could send/take out of the country. I’ll admit that I was very irritated by the Japanese policies as it meant that there were many items that were not available except at (in my opinion) high cost. I completely failed to understand the reasons for these policies and I did not appreciate their resulting success.

    By protecting their home industries and small farmers, Japan’s businesses thrived and there was full employment (unemployment rate in the range of 2%). If Japan had allowed imports to flood their market the resulting unemployment would have been horrific, to say the least. Full employment resulted in wages rising sufficiently to more than cover the prices of Japanese-made products. (My late wife was Japanese; her brother worked as a driver/operator of a street-sweeping machine, earning more than $40,000 per year IN THE 60’s!! And her sister’s husband owned a small trucking business that regularly netted over $150,000 per year during the same period).

    So I see President Trump’s trade policies as being a mini-version of those I witnessed first-hand for many years in Japan. Full employment and rising wages will more than make up for the minor price increases that may result. Industries and companies will be strengthened and America will be even more self-sufficient.

    In my opinion, the Senators and Congressmen who are bemoaning the tariffs are doing so only at the urging of their masters … the lobbyists, globalist organizations and big-time donors. They really don’t give a solitary damn about our country going down the tubes so long as they get theirs.

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    • Maquis says:

      The Big Ugly is coming for those Corruptocrats.

      Sympathies for the passing of your mate, sounds like she and her family are wonderful people.


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    • stephenreed says:

      You nailed it.

      Same situation for Korea starting in 1962 according to Wikipedia.

      Academics in the USA and elsewhere have brainwashed the Democrat / socialist / world wide leveling Free Trade dogma into generations of schoolchildren, coming now to the dreadful point where Free Trade is associated with Republicans.

      Free Trade is very much like Free Love. The idea sounds like a good one to a shallow thinker.

      Protection for our workers should be the priority of the Republicans. Expel free traders as Trump has expelled the neocons.

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      • jmclever says:

        Part of the problem is that the enemy always hijacks the language so that we have to spend so much time talking about real word meanings that our audience stops listening to us before we get a chance to get to the real meat of the issue. That’s why so many kids are into socialism. They don’t know that socialism does not have to do with what they think it does. They think it means helping people. The socialists know it means enslaving people. Same with Free Trade, Immigration Reform, you name it. Trump does the smart thing and just uses new words/phrases that he coins so that the enemy has to fight on our home court against our advantage.

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        • Deplorable_Infidel says:

          “the enemy always hijacks the language”

          They also come up with buzz phrases and monikers opposite the true intent
          “net neutrality” and NY state’s Secure Ammunition Firearms Enforcement Act (SAFE) come immediately to mind.

          As well as outright lies that we hear daily from the (especially Dem) TV pundits “overwhelming support”, etc.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      Your last paragraph “said it all” and summed it up nicely. I believe that it is more than your opinion – when the truth comes out it will be shown to be FACT and our President will be vindicated.
      Their ruse is up and they do not know what to do about it.

      Keep our President in prayer, because “the evil” will do anything to stop him..

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    • TreeClimber says:

      I unintentionally signed up for [read: didn’t sign up for, but got put on the list anyway] my Rep’s weekly newsletter (Mark Sanford) one time when writing to tell him he’s a disgraceful sellout. Usually I just ignore and delete it, but the other day I saw it mentioned the tariffs – decided to open it up and see what the enemy was saying.

      It boiled down to “ignore these measly short-term benefits, it will be catastrophic in the long term!” I linked him to the Treehouse and told him I’d enjoy voting for his replacement.

      Also, does anyone know anything about the Comprehensive Regulatory Reform Act? He touched on it saying it was the most recent vote, but less important than bemoaning China’s new policy. Sounds much more interesting and important to me.

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      • graphiclucidity says:

        I used to very much admire Sanford when he first started in politics (he’s my Rep., too, Hey Neighbor!). But Mark has turned into everything he fought against in the mid-90s.
        His governorship was hardly inspiring, and ended disastrously. That Argentine lady really did a number on him.

        This district gave him another chance despite all that, and thanks to his connections South of Broad, he’ll likely remain in office for as long as he pleases, unfortunately.

        Remember, Sanford started as GoldmanSachs man, and he’ll remain one until the day he dies. Loyalty to GS and it’s world-view has gotten him this far, and the last two years have shown me who Mark really belongs to, and it’s not the people of the Lowcountry.

        I guess we can be thankful that Jenny never ran for office, the local press was pushing hard on that one. She, apparently, was quite satisfied just getting her revenge on Mark (how did The State newspaper ever get those emails?) 😉

        At least Tim Scott seems to have come around to MAGA, there’s one silver lining.


        • TreeClimber says:

          True enough, about Tim Scott, but it sure took him long enough! SC politicians are an interesting bunch: Lindsey Graham speaking out of both sides of his mouth regarding PDJT/his policies, Gowdy posturing and posing and preening – but playing nicely with Nunes? Grassley? – whichever one – #NeverTrumper Nikki Haley, now VSGPDJT’s UN Ambassador and playing ball, Black Caucus member Scott working on tax cuts, Pro-Trump Gov. McMaster not really playing ball. Oh yeah, not to mention Mick Mulvaney, who was not the People’s rep before Pres. Trump got ahold of him and shook him up… am I forgetting any other big SC names?

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      • mopar2016 says:

        I thought that Mark Sanford was still out on the Appalachian Trail.
        That guy sure likes to hike.


    • Tegan says:

      Good post, Sarge…and right on the nail. Our problem, as self-invested retirees, is that our earning days are over and we must rely on our investments. It certainly didn’t help when Obama illegally paid the union workers at GM over the secured bond holders (still haven’t gotten our money.)

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      • Blacksmith8 says:

        Tegan, I am sorry, when I saw the UNPRECEDENTED “restructure” in the bankruptcy court, the one thing that jumped out at me was the bond holders were not paid first.

        In order to keep production capability together, the assets were not sold at auction to pay the bond holders. At the time, GM was worth more DEAD than alive.

        obysmal and friends put the plants and hard assets into the new LLC and literally stiffed every bond holder.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        I wonder if it made this list:

        Here are 1,366 well sourced examples of Barack Obama’s lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc.

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    • Remington..... says:

      Interesting post ‘re: Japan. They definitely control their imports. My son was home on leave with his new Japanese wife. We keep mangosin our home. . She went crazy when she saw them on the counter. In Japan they cost$ 20 ea.

      They also do a great job controlling mooselum immigrants from polluting their Country

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  16. Leapin says:

    What US products are consumed by the population of the “no go” zones in the EU?

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  17. stephenreed says:

    Suppose the USA had a stiff 50% tariff on all imported trade goods and services. At about $700 billion a quarter, total US imports are $2.8 trillion. Then for the sake of calculation suppose that there was only a 20% immediate import reduction due to the tariffs. How much additional revenue flows into federal coffers?

    80% * (2.8 trillion usd) * 50% = $1.2 trillion additional revenue, which is about twice the size of the 2017 fiscal deficit of $0.6 trillion.

    Just imagine what Trump would do with an extra trillion!

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  18. RedBallExpress says:

    Remember this from 2015? President Trump is in good form today!

    Fox News’ Megyn Kelly seems to see herself as an alpha female capable of taking on any and all opposition – male or female. Yet, when set against the unadulterated masculine intellectual powers and cunning of Donald Trump, it was not a fair fight. She was overpowered to the point of speechlessness and had to take a 10-day vacation to lick her wounds. When the ladies operate within a protective penumbra of political correctness in a highly feminized culture of girly men, it is pretty easy to win intellectual pillow fights. Read more:

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    • TreeClimber says:

      Hey, on behalf of ladies everywhere I resent those tarts and broads being labeled such! ;P

      Liked by 5 people

    • formerdem says:

      For what it’s worth, the absolute bravest pro-lifers I know are gay men, just a tiny handful of them. I have no idea why this is. but it is. There aren’t many. and some of them are so anxious not to be Masculine yet.. yet… the unmistakable steel spine, the real deal, the unflinching square jaw, the whole thing. Immovable. My dears.


  19. MIKE says:

    Boy howdy there is some tough talk from the EU in the example. Brexit? There goes, what, 25% of your pie?
    What else you gonna do? Not send us Beamers, Mercedes, Porche-Audis, VWs?
    Pishaw. You can keep your over-engineered and over-priced Eurotrash.
    You need us more than we need you.

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    • Esperanza says:

      Actually if a shot across Germany ‘s bows. Unfortunately in France we’ve already lost our manufacturing to Germany. Our giant sucking sound was to Germany. It won’t really affect us very much, possibly wheat? Brexit is also terrible for Germany.

      Couldn’t happen to I nicer bunch.

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      • Germany might end up with a glut of unsold cars, inviting them to cut prices to work off the inventory.

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      • dayallaxeded says:

        Interesting. France’s statement in the linked article is striking: “France’s Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, speaking in Brussels Monday said: “We don’t want a trade war, but we are going to defend our economic interests, our factories, our industry and our jobs.” So, on the one hand, hasn’t that horse already left the barn? On the other, what part of “We, the USA, don’t want a trade war, but we are going to defend our economic interests, our factories, our industry and our jobs.” do you not understand?

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  20. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “a list of US products — including peanuts and motorcycles — it could hit with countermeasures”.

    From the linked website.
    I don’t think we have to be worried about their “countermeasures”. They probably watched the movie “Red October” too many times.
    The LOUDER the squawking from the “elite establishment” means the MORE it is going to hurt THEM, NOT us!

    “Brussels” – for some reason that name irritates me. Similarity to “bristles”, perhaps?

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  21. magatrump says:

    America has had enough of this BS. America is back!!! MAGA

    Liked by 2 people

  22. Zippy says:

    There is No “Free Trade”–There Is Only the Darwinian Game of Trade
    March 12, 2018


    Rising income and wealth inequality is causally linked to globalization and the expansion of Darwinian trade and capital flows.

    Stripped of lofty-sounding abstractions such as comparative advantage, trade boils down to four Darwinian goals:

    1. Find foreign markets to absorb excess production, i.e. where excess production can be dumped.

    2. Extract foreign resources at low prices.

    3. Deny geopolitical rivals access to these resources.

    4. Open foreign markets to domestic capital and credit so domestic capital can buy up all the productive assets and resources, a dynamic I explained last week in Forget “Free Trade”–It’s All About Capital Flows.

    All the blather about “free trade” is window dressing and propaganda. Nobody believes in risking completely free trade; to do so would be to open the doors to foreign domination of key resources, assets and markets.

    Trade is all about securing advantages in a Darwinian struggle to achieve or maintain dominance. As I pointed out back in 2005, the savings accrued by consumers due to opening trade with China were estimated at $100 billion over 27 years (1978 to 2005), while corporate profits expanded by trillions of dollars.

    China Trade Surplus: Gusher Profits for U.S. Corporations (August 13, 2005)

    In other words, consumers got a nickel of savings while corporations banked a dollar of pure profit as sticker prices barely budged while input costs plummeted. Corporations pocketed the difference, not consumers.

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    • Esperanza says:

      When we had tariffs etc, we built our countries and our wealth. Since we’ve had open markets to third world countries (not the US in fact) we’ve become pauperized.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “consumers got a nickel of savings while corporations banked a dollar of pure profit as sticker prices barely budged while input costs plummeted. Corporations pocketed the difference, not consumers”.

      My father was stopped for inspection by US Customs bringing in Asian made golf shirts from Canada about 10-15 years ago.
      During “small talk” with inspactor, my father was told that the golf shirts cost the company $5 each. They sold retail for $50-$ sporting goods stores.

      Which is why big retailers do not stock tools, etc. still made in America. They make WAY more profit only offering the imported dung.

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      • dayallaxeded says:

        I just had to buy a new run capacitor for my A/C blower. Grainger has ’em, but they stock a brand called Dayton–sure sounds ‘Murican, but made in China, iirc. They have two other brands you can order and pick up in two days, one made in MX or such and the other, “Titan HD”, roughly 2x the cost of the Dayton (@ $6 v. $12), but made in USA. Given that I have to crawl across rafters and lie down in my hellish attic to change the thing, I’ll gladly pay the extra to get a better quality part. There’s a fair amount of chatter on the online HVAC boards about how they just don’t make these things like they used to; they used to last almost the life of the motors; etc. Well, made in USA really seems to make a difference!

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      • stephenreed says:

        This is an important aspect of competitive capitalism. Owners do not get to pocket unexpected profits in a competitive environment.

        Corporations such as Walmart efficiently passed on the deep savings from imported goods to their customers – and drove competitors out of business. Amazon does the same thing online – and drives competitor out of business. This behavior argues against corporations pocketing the difference, and argues for consumers gaining the entire benefit of cheaper imported goods and services – that nonetheless hurt our country.

        When Trump’s protective tariffs provide a high price ceiling for domestic goods and services, competition for workers will ensure that the additional costs paid by US consumers will be passed on to workers as increased wages.

        I hope working wages double during the Trump presidency. Its doable! China did it in the last 8 years with a China-first industrial and protectionism policy.


  23. Zippy says:

    And we’re actually helping them to do this in so many ways…

    The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower

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    • pyromancer76 says:

      Why would anyone think this secret? Why wouldn’t China wish to be a major, or the, world power? We all should be able to imagine this — every single day.

      The real question is: Why haven’t our leaders stepped up to the plate for Americans before President Trump. We need to shame them all and then vote them out for MAGA victories.

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    • rashomon says:

      This is a must-listen to interview as it points out, as I did not say with enough emphasis when discussing the steel imports, that Jimmy Carter started this undermining of the American economy when he ignored the need for tariffs and other measures to inssure fair trade during his administration. As Mr. Pillsbury points out, Carter also started sharing our patented information and overlooking leaks of economic intelligence without proper review by Congress. Perhaps he was listening to the wrong people? Duh? Who was his evil twin (and I’m not talking about his brother)?

      Egad. The EU should be worried.

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  24. fleporeblog says:

    What would happen is the complete opposite of what has been happening!

    Here is our damn reality that our President & his Killers understand! The gap between exports & imports is widening each & every month. That is a reality. You want 3% GDP sustained year in & year out, we have to shrink this damn gap. There is absolutely no other way to do it.

    From the article linked above:

    The U.S. trade deficit widened to $56.6 billion in January, up $2.7 billion from $53.9 billion in December and more than even the deepest estimate. The median economic forecast called for the trade gap to widen to $55.1 billion.

    Exports were $200.9 billion in January, $2.7 billion less than December. Imports were $257.5 billion, down less than $0.1 billion from December imports.


    The trade deficit is a net negative for first-quarter (1Q) economic growth as measured by gross domestic product (GDP).

    The politically-sensitive U.S. trade deficit with China rose $1.5 billion as exports decreased $1.3 billion to $10.5 billion & imports increased $0.2 billion to $46.0 billion. The deficit with members of OPEC increased $2.0 billion as exports fell $1.2 billion to $4.1 billion & imports rose $0.7 billion to $6.6 billion.

    Here is Mexico 🇲🇽 joining in on the fun at our expense!

    This use to surprise me and get me really angry 😡! Not anymore because it is our current reality that our President and his Killers are fixing for our country.

    We have been getting our asses handed to us for the past 28 years! This tweet from PDJT says it all!

    We are at war! There is no and ifs or buts about it!


    You are talking about 6% higher GDP a year and the national debt paid off in 10 years!

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  25. arete55 says:

    Love ..”Wilberine”

    Does he not cast a resemblance to the actor Wallace Shawn ?


  26. dustahl says:

    On China, China is subsidizing everything in their economy to break the U.S. most know the big things, Tech start ups, Hollywood, Steel , Aluminum
    But how many now the millions of little things.
    Example selling from China for 35 cents a widget with free shipping , It would cost you 20.00 dollars just to send the widget to China, They , China, are flooding the U.S market in every way with government, Chinese subsidizing.

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    • USTerminator says:

      For China, it is actually simple. US should pass the reciprocal tariff that US will tax and regulatory requirement exactly what China has for the US. This apply to all China and China original products. Any country tries to evade this requirement will be banned to sell in the US for 3 years and 100% tariff for 10 years. That will deter some people.

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    • missilemom says:

      With our past ridiculous policies aren’t we subsidizing their subsidizing?

      Liked by 1 person

    • dayallaxeded says:

      I’m 100% convinced they also make their stuff like carp to sap our productivity. Stuff doesn’t fit together right–more time to assemble, more trouble to work with, less productivity for us. Torque wrenches that won’t stay calibrated–nuts and bolts aren’t tight enough or get sheered–more time and trouble, less productivity for us. Could go on and on–you get the picture. Buy USA whenever you can!


  27. KBR says:

    What is Eu threatening US about?
    They got peanuts! Peanuts I tell ya!

    Well, but they put special import conditions on US peanuts so that all the FDA safe-food precautions have to be done again after shipping to EU…(bet they do NOT do anything there to US products, but claim they do) and who pays that? Hmmm? It looks like it might be a tarriff that is not called a tarriff.

    Let them hit us on USA grown peanuts and USA oranges/orange juice, we citizens here can all buy more to make up the loss. Reverse of a boycott! So what shall we call that, a girlcott? 😂

    Meanwhile, the EU can get sick off of produce grown in fields that use human crap as fertilizer, and where food safety and sanitary practices are lacking or lackadaisical. So maybe the US just might make up some tradewar differences in EU’s USA made toiletpaper imports? Lol

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    • USTerminator says:

      EPA should be require any single car imported from EU needs to do EPA certification in US for every individual car (not the model certification) to sell in the US due to some EU car manufacturer willfully cheated the emission test. We will re-exam this requirement in about 30 years or so. Any country tries to evade this requirement will be permanently banned to sell cars in the US and immediate penalize 100% tariff on any product ship to US.

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  28. molonlabe28 says:

    President Trump is the leader I have been waiting for since President Reagan left office.

    There are trillions at stake.

    And we have come to reclaim them.

    So pay up.

    Or else.

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  29. Scout says:

    A comprehensive list of EU tariffs / duties / subsidies / taxation concessions / loan concessions / access rules / red tape that all act as barriers to US goods would be valuable.


  30. bofh says:

    Lord, I would not want to find out that Wilburine had been sicc’d on me. Looks like such a sweet old gent, and yet is iron-fisted unshakable.

    Liked by 1 person

  31. sunnydaze says:

    Lordy, I cannot *wait* for Trump to take it to the EU. And then for all the others over there who jump on the train to help out.

    Such jerks who have caused so much destruction all over the world.


  32. iwasthere says:

    Sundance, I should probably email you this question. But what is up with Old’ Yeller on trade? The guy is totality blind to the protectionism of our trade ‘partners.’ Meh, I guess I know the answer, follow the money. I thought he was a Mercer captive? Guess Old Yeller gets the grease wherever he can.


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