Quick NAFTA Update…

Yesterday U.S. Trade Represenative Robert Lighthizer and Mexico’s Minister Ildefonso Guajardo met in Washington DC for a bilateral discussion. Likely one of the key avenues for Lighthizer to explore surrounded the upcoming election of a hardline Marxist in Mexico and how Guajardo views the impact to Mexican policy therein.

At this point it’s virtually guaranteed that Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will win the election – I would VERY strongly bet on that outcome (likelihood 85%).  That puts a Hugo Chavez type ideologue, and the attached economic policies, at our southern border. [Pro-Tip: prepare your business affairs accordingly now, and avoid the chaos later]

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland arrived in Washington DC today to join Lighthizer and Guajardo and expand the informal discussion toward a trilateral trade discussion.

Thankfully Lighthizer is on his home turf because he’s now surrounded by left-wing globalist advocates from Mexico, Canada and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce via Tom Donohue.

There was some media talk, and a hint from Trump’s NEC Chairman Larry Kudlow yesterday, about the U.S. strongly wanting to have an agreement on principle utilizing the cornerstone of the Auto-Sector as a building block.

However, I cannot caution strongly enough that NEC Chairman Larry Kudlow is in love with NAFTA and POTUS Trump is not.  So filter Kudlow’s optimistic glee against his trade worship with NAFTA.

Larry Kudlow and U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue are BFF’s on NAFTA, and will extort maximum pressure on President Trump from congressional allies in that regard.

Do not be surprised to see Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and the entire Decepticon wing of the GOPe go nuclear against Trump in the near future; while Kudlow works quietly to assist the objective.  Tom Donohue has hundreds of “billions” to pass out in golden annuity parachutes for any congressperson who will destroy themselves during a suicidal charge against the Trump administration.

If they stick to their historic approach (and there’s no reason to see them changing it) U.S. CoC President Donohue will coordinate the attacks, but stay behind the curtain.  This is an issue where the Republican apparatus will willingly give up massive seats in House and Senate mid-term races to retain their access to the U.S. CoC checkbook.

Within Washington DC nothing is more important than money and several hundred million for a congressional reps family makes it easy to walk away.

The only voices on the other side of this confrontation are President Trump, Wilbur Ross, Steven Mnuchin and Peter Navarro.  Everyone else inside and outside the administration, along with Wall Street, the swamp (writ large), CONservative media, Fox News and K-Street, is essentially against them and supporting open-ended global trade with China and fully exploitative NAFTA.

From the timing of the meeting yesterday it was likely U.S.T.R. Lighthizer was testing to see if he could leverage the predictable Mexican election outcome into a renewed sense of urgency amid more reasonable business voices in Mexico…. no-one knows the outcome, but I doubt his success.

Globalists and multinational interests would rather have a Marxist in office in Mexico than run the risk of trade markets outside their control.  There are trillions at stake.

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282 Responses to Quick NAFTA Update…

  1. I remember having a conversation with someone from Venezuela shortly after Hugo Chavez took power. He and his family were trying to decide whether to move to the US or Spain, since the family had property and didn’t want to see it confiscated. I thought he was overreacting.

    Here we are no more than 11 years later, and Venezuelans have gone from prosperity to eating out of dumpsters to stay alive. I never would have dreamed that it was possible to destroy a country so fast.

    How fast will Mexico go down the drain?

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    • Matt G Henard says:

      After NAFTA gets flushed in its current form and the socialists take over it’ll happen at a more rapid pace then we can imagine!

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      • It’s been going downhill for the last 60 years anyway. With this new election possibly putting in a Marxist, well….I give it two years or less.

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        • litenmaus says:

          Hey Mark, I never heard how your first “festival of the streets” went…Hope it was a great experience for you.

          Very sad to say, I have to agree with you…two years or less.

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        • fleporeblog says:

          You are absolutely right! I was so happy to hear our President share that the military will be constructing the WALL in areas that they control the land on the Southern Border. Not sure what that equates to in miles but it is a victory nonetheless.

          Mexico 🇲🇽 truly is a SH…THOLE for a country. Look at this data just from last year. Imagine what it will look like as soon as the Marxist and his government take over!

          Look what the Marxist wants to do to reduce the number of murders! You and I but more importantly our Lion 🦁 knows this plan of appeasement will end badly for Mexicans! He will do everything in his power to protect our country! The National Guard aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!

          https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/23/new-figures-reveal-2017-to-be-the-deadliest-year-in-mexicos-history

          From the article linked above:

          Murder statistics reveal 2017 to be the deadliest year in Mexico’s history

          With 23,101 murder investigations opened in the year up to December, 2017 is the deadliest year since records began in 1997.

          The current frontrunner in the race, leftist Andres Manuel López Obrador, has mentioned exploring an amnesty with criminal gangs to reduce the violence, without fleshing out the idea.

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        • anthony earl says:

          so much for the cruise ship action for mexico then.

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      • nbkilgore says:

        All the more reasons to line our US/Mex Border with our Military NG/Res units. As soons as Mexico’s people are hit with the reality, they are going to charge for the US border!

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        • filia.aurea says:

          Mexicans need to reform their own country, we have our hands full. #BuildTheWall

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          • Turranos says:

            Amen to that. Build the Wall, like yesterday! We need it fast.

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          • The Defiant One says:

            Filia.aurea… the interesting irony to immigration reform and building the wall is that it FORCES the Mexican people to get their act together. There is no “I’ll fix it tomorrow” when you see a HUGH BEAUTIFUL WALL in front of you!

            If the CoC and the Nafta worshipers continue to get their way… they hurt US and the Mexican people in in reality… as Sundance pointed out about Republicans willing to give up their seats to keep the money spigots open… they only care about lining their own pockets.

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            • filia.aurea says:

              Agreed, no exceptions. Slightly off topic, but I feel the same way about Chinese, Indian and Arab students who come here to learn, live on exorbitant scholarships, grants to pay U.S. universities outrageous sums of money for tuition – yet with no intention of ever returning to their home countries and contributing towards higher standards of living. This is the immigration “back door” and tens of thousands use it every year.

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        • Sunshine says:

          There’s something about warm climates that make the people unwilling to fight. Nice people but always Give Me, Give Me, Give me.

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      • Kenji says:

        I stayed at my wife’s Cabo Timeshare a couple years ago and was appalled at what I saw. Mexico is a 3rd world sh*thole. Poverty and despair everywhere. Timeshares needed to be fenced-in with razor wire atop chain link fences. The WARNINGS issued by the timeshare staff were truly frightening.

        If Mexicans are so desperate as to elect a Marxist-Socialist president, then they are doomed. I predict the decline will be even more rapid than Venezuela. If that disgusting head of the chamber insists on doing business with the Socialist slave owners, then there are going to be some serious boycotts started.

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        • redridge45 says:

          That is so sad. Cabo used to be SO much fun…used to go fishing…

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          • Kenji says:

            Yeah, I expected much better. I won’t EVER be traveling to Mexico … ever again. Not “my people” or my culture, or my economy. Buying things made in Mexico supports SLAVE labor and environmental degradation.

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            • kiswa15 says:

              My family has lived less than 200 miles from the border for 190 years. It is not safe.
              8 years ago, my husband’s uncle, a disabled Vietnam vet crossed the border with his wife and daughter in law for an afternoon of shopping.
              He had been to the range the day before and left a box of ammunition under the seat. It was a mistake an oversight.
              He along with his wife and daughter in law were arrested. They took his glasses and his medication.
              They eventually released his wife and daughter in law but he had to pay 30,000 or he would be transported to a prison in the interior of Mexico. He paid an additional 10,000 to get his vehicle out.
              Mexico is a Narco state run by criminals….you can’t build the wall fast enough.

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          • olderwiser21 says:

            Red – went to Cabo every year from ’97 until 2001 with family. It WAS so much fun – we never felt unsafe or worried. However, you couldn’t pay me to go there or anywhere in Mexico again now. Not now, not ever.

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            • Tired Mom says:

              We also used to vacation in Cabo. So sad that cartel violence has infected the baja. I read recently that the road from the airport to San Jose del Cabo was littered with six dead bodies, hanging from overpasses. How’d you like to get a glimpse of that on your way to your beach vacation?

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        • anthony earl says:

          they are all looking for that handout.

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        • mztore says:

          Too bad we can’t send the head of the CofC to live in maxico, and not in one of the “protected” communities either.

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      • kevin miele says:

        thats why the Wall and the Military has been prioritized and all that money 700b , getting the logistics and 90 days prep before the commie takeover …..

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        • adombom says:

          I think you’re right Kevin. Trump sees clearly the threat we face from the South. he also hinted at getting troops out of Syria. I think he’s considering militarizing the entire border until there’s a political change in Mexico, which is unlikely in the near term.

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    • treehouseron says:

      All those central american countries below Mexico are doing horribly. Horrible living conditions, ghettos tens of miles wide, people so poor they fight for food. I watched a documentary about Pedro Lopez, a serial killer in Columbia. He killed likely 300 children before he was caught, because the governments were so corrupt. After he was caught, they sentenced him to 16 years and let him out after 14 for good behavior.

      I mean it’s THAT BAD down there. Mexico is amazingly moving in THAT direction instead of trying to work with the USA.

      The more you learn about the whole central american experience the more you get disgusted. Billions of peoples lives on the line and their governments are running the places like a public sewer.

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      • G. Combs says:

        “… Billions of peoples lives on the line and their governments are running the places like a public sewer.”

        And just think that is the EXACT SAME FATE the DemonRats want for the USA. 😡

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      • fleporeblog says:

        Your absolutely right! All the countries in Central and South America are complete HELL HOLES including Mexico 🇲🇽!

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/23/new-figures-reveal-2017-to-be-the-deadliest-year-in-mexicos-history

        From the article linked above:

        At 18.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, the 2017 Mexican murder rate is still lower than it was in 2011, when it reached almost 19.4 per 100,000. The rate has also held below levels reported in several other Latin American countries.

        According to UN figures used in the World Bank’s online database, Brazil and Colombia both had a murder rate of 27 per 100,000, Venezuela 57, Honduras 64 and El Salvador 109 in 2015, the last year for which data is available. The US rate was five per 100,000.

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      • Serena says:

        When we docked at Cozumel and then Cancun on my cruise we were warned before leaving the ship about staying together,don’t walk in alleys and don’t wear expensive jewelry.There were no warnings in Belize,Grand Cayman or Jamaica.The nicest island was Grand Cayman and it is owned by Great Britain.

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        • Iamcat says:

          In Cozumel and Cancun the cartels were planting explosives in the ferry boats for tourist this year. I would never ever go there again.

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          • Serena says:

            Me either. I used to love it down there but now after hearing about all the explosives there is no way I will be back. Riviera Maya was so gorgeous about 7 years ago but I have heard even it too dangerous now.

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        • Sunshine says:

          The instant you leave your safe country for a country where wages are low, you never bring along your wealth, even less display it.

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      • Iamcat says:

        Anyone who does not want a wall and military at our border is insane. These people coming out of Central America are as bad as ISIS. It’s amazing at how ignorant the MSM have made Americans.

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      • Electra says:

        Wasn’t it Thomas Jefferson who said that a people gets the kind of government it deserves? The cultures of latin america are drastically different from those of anglo america. It doesn’t matter what kind of constitution or laws there are on the books; it’s the culture that will win out.

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    • Ono says:

      Mexico goes through these political swings every election cycle.

      They have a three party system

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_Mexico

      They go right, they go left, they go center…

      It’s distribution of wealth for those (Castillion) who are right, left, or central.

      Elections are rigged, politicians are bought and paid for and the working man has little to say and no influence….

      There is no middle class in Mexico, and if we don’t stick to our guns there will not be one in the USA!

      God Bless America!

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      • GB Bari says:

        “Elections are rigged, politicians are bought and paid for and the working man has little to say and no influence….”

        I dunno, it kinda sounds familiar….. Only PDJT has changed the equation slightly towards the working peoples favor.

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        • Ono says:

          In Mexico…Bribe comes first…well known fact! Coming to the USA soon unless we stop this pay on the street politics.

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          • Paco Loco says:

            In Mexico, a bribe is called the “mordida” , translated as “the bite”.

            Even if commie AMLO becomes President, the oligarchy, like Carlos Slim will never let Mexico go the way of Venezuela. They have too much to lose. Morena, AMLO’s new party is small compared to the PAN and PRI, who will keep AMLO in check. Piena Nieto has been basically ineffectual for his whole six year term with a split congress.

            The US aid to Mexico to fight the war on drugs is substantial and the Federalies depend on it. In Mexico like everywhere else money talks and bullshit walks. With NAFTA reupped, the manufacturing sector in Mexico will continue to boom and the Peso will become stronger against the Dollar. As the US economy booms so will Mexicos….a mutually beneficial relationship. Mexico’s rapidly growing youthful middle class is not going to embrace Communism as they already are gung-ho capitalists. A lot can happen between now and the Mexican election and if I were AMLO I’d have a lot of body guards.

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            • Ono says:

              Paco…you are very wise ..not loco.

              I have spent a lot of time in Mexico and Centro. I have never had such good food and amazing hospitably. I always bring down a lot of shoes and tee shirts as gifts and have countless invitations for return.

              Mexico is ruled by global Castillion elitists…who call the majorty of the population peons to their face.

              At least the Mexican government is honest about how they feel and treat the “lower class” of their country.

              grrrrr

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            • louche9 says:

              IMO, that’s not really the point. I’m sure you are right about Mexico’s “rapidly growing youthful middle class,” but the main reason they exist is because Mexico is able to regularly jettison millions of its marginal and no-hoper citizens onto the US welfare rolls. With a Marxist in power, the push will be even greater.

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          • WSB says:

            It’s here.

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    • If the marxist is elected then MX heading down the drain will accelerate. First they will nationalize all the industries so that they can collect the profits. As with most businesses that are acquired this way, the businesses will promptly fail since the people that will be running them have no idea what they’re doing. When that money runs out the next most obvious pot of gold will be the funds repatriated from the US. Wait till they start grabbing that. It’ll be slowly implemented by starting with a “transaction fee” and soon thereafter they’ll be confiscating most if not all of it. Then, tourism will drop to nothing because it’ll be too expensive and extremely unsafe to visit (think kidnapping for dollars). With no industry, no repatriation and no tourist money MX will rapidly become unstable. We need a wall (a very good wall) to protect ourselves from the disaster that is coming soon on the other side of the border.

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      • hoghead says:

        “…the businesses will promptly fail since the people that will be running them have no idea what they’re doing…”

        Alexander Solzhenitsyn, in recounting the history of the Gulag wrote that after the Bolsheviks took over, they rounded up all the managers of the public utilities and sent them to the camps. They were replaced by Bolshevik street thugs who could bust heads, but had no idea what to do with a power plant. The Imperial managers were quickly brought back to get things running smoothly. After the thugs or other, slightly more intelligent thugs figured out what how things worked, the original managers were sent back to the gulag.

        I suspect that virtually everyone who can, will be heading for a border to escape a similar fiasco to our south. If we don’t want most of the rest of Mexico’s population coming here, we’d better build that wall.

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      • Paco Loco says:

        …never going to happen!

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    • john70 says:

      Can you image how many millions will come to the US if Mexico goes the way of Venezuela? The US will be invaded and destroyed.

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    • Hoosier says:

      My family left SA in 78. We saw the smoke plumes rising out of Soweto and my dad saw them rising out of Alexandria on his way to work in 74. He said time to GTFO. The people of SA are like frogs in a pot where you just notch up the temp a cpl degrees every so often. Depends on if this new Cadillo for life wants it slow or fast. In SA it was slow. Venezuela it was fast. Lots of highly skilled Mexicans at the Maquiladoras. Send them the illegal DACA losers and invite those people in. Most speak pretty damned good English and know trash cans arn’t for used toilet paper.

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    • Lindenlee says:

      My dentist in the Lake Chapala area said yesterday that AMLO would turn México into Venezuela. Sensible Mexicans, professionals, fear him. If all else faila, he xan be snuffed out.it is always a possibiltiy in Mexico.

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      • Deutsche Welle is pure propaganda, my friend. Read it to practice German, if you want, but they push a politically correct view and downplay anything not convenient. German governement messaging.

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    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      Faster than Venezuela…

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  2. FofBW says:

    Just walk away! Build the wall. Keep the Guard at the border and Pick up the pieces later.

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  3. It’s well known that China owns a YUGE portion of the pork industry in the U.S.

    And with that, China also owns the largest pig in the U.S. CoC – Tom Donohue.

    As the saying goes:”Sheep get sheered but pigs get slaughtered”. I sure we Treepers are smart enough to vote for strong pro-Trump candidates come mid-terms. These GOPes need to be removed.

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    • G. Combs says:

      Mark, It is important that we also drag 10 people (voting Reboolican of course) kicking and screaming to the poll even if we have to drive them.

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      • I know! That’s why I keep harping on those I know around here who voted for Trump, that I’m going to be standing outside the ballot station with a clipboard and pen and take names. If some haven’t shown up by 11 a.m., I’m going to go get em’ myself!

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      • filia.aurea says:

        I’m going to vote for whoever supports President Trump, with the exclusion of democrats. Anyone running as a democrat doesn’t deserve a second look – it’s that obvious by now. It’s sickening to watch the kabuki theater on Capitol Hill.

        I’m also going to directly support any Republican running against known RINOs. After what happened to Roy Moore, anyone who sends money to MitchMcchink’s GOP is colluding with the enemy.

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        • Jedi9 says:

          We to put up a list of all incumbents who are running, then another list for viable candidates to oppose the RINOS and another list of candidates challenging Democratic held seats! Visually seeing it in order to help zero in the focus will be helpful.

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        • lokiscout says:

          filia, I am voting for anyone President Trump supports. You see what happened in Pa recently. The Dem sounded more like Trump than Trump but he will never vote that way once sworn in!

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          • filia.aurea says:

            The dems are masters of deception and the RINOS are masters of dirty deeds. I trust neither, and the President is sometimes blinded by the never-trumpers in the GOP. After the President finally acquiesced on Roy Moore, McChina had himself another RINO he could manipulate for his own benefit, not the President’s agenda. The US Constitution must be restored and enforced, that’s the only thing I’m going to fight for. POTUS needs to surround himself with patriots, IMHO – slim pickings in the GOP, we need real citizens, not professional geriatric politicians.

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      • H.R. says:

        Gail: “Mark, It is important that we also drag 10 people (voting Reboolican of course) kicking and screaming to the poll even if we have to drive them.”

        YES! We need a cat-tle drive to the polls. MAGA!

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    • Ono says:

      Correction…

      Sheep get sheared then slaughtered.

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    • nbkilgore says:

      @Mark- It is becoming obvious that they really don’t give a damn about being re-elected just by watching them going into scorched earth mode! They will even clean out out the RNC election funds on their way out too, they have given us the middle finger three times now and they know we’ve had enough! Do we see new faces running campaign ads since February, I’ve traveled 5 states recently and have not seen any new republican faces running ads. We do a lot talk here and about, but no action on our part! I pray that I am wrong, but even with the constant calls we make to their offices with verbal threats just encourages them even more. I wish everyone one of us would march down there in the millions and man handle them out of office with a good kick in their rear for good measure!

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  4. treehouseron says:

    They may all be against President Trump, Ross, Lighthizer, Mnuchin and Navarro…. but the American People largely, overwhelmingly side with the President on this 1 issue as well. Even Bernie’s campaign was about that.

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    • Kenji says:

      And with every passing day of Trump’s success … more American citizens are being employed …having their personal dignity restored. More anti GOPe, anti-DemonRat voters are joining the rolls … just look at Trumps rising poll numbers despite the forces aligned against him. The great Blue wave is as ephemeral as the great Blue Firewall that ensured HER presidency.

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    • filia.aurea says:

      True, but remember the old commie is a career politician, who played the game alongside Hillary Rotten Klinton and folded like a cheap suit, as directed. Did you really believe all his b.s.?

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  5. MAGADJT says:

    So I guess my question after reading is this: What’s the point of fighting, then? Without Congress there is nothing much to get done, and it sounds like that train left the station before it even arrived. So are we to sit and wait for impending doom?

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    • treehouseron says:

      What’s the point of fighting?

      President Trump is turning it all around. Slowly. He’s doing things that the democrats haven’t even figured out yet. Notice how they’re freaking out about Pruitt at the EPA right now… that’s because Pruitt has almost completely restored the EPA to it’s PROPER mission. Protecting the environment… within reason. Almost everything else is gone.

      He’s putting people on the Supreme Court that are young and healthy and originalists. The Democrats cannot fix that.

      He’s completely defeated ISIS and changed global foriegn policy. He’s completely changed the dynamic between the U.S. and China, the U.S. and Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. and the EU.

      What’s the point of fighting? … because we got to HELP HIM A LITTLE BIT! With us behind him and the Lord above him he can turn this around. He’s already turned much of it around.

      These same people, for instance, who oppose his destruction of NAFTA all opposed him being elected. He telegraphed this two years before he won. Hell 20 years before he ran. they all knew he was against NAFTA and as such they were all against him.

      Guess what? He still won. BECAUSE HE FOUGHT. And WE FOUGHT WITH HIM.

      We need you to fight with us. Keep up the good fight and keep your head up high, he’s just got ’em surrounded!

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    • amwick says:

      I ask myself why our President is fighting. Then I understand.
      We have a choice to make. Electing him was a start. How about impending greatness?

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    • G. Combs says:

      “Without Congress there is nothing much to get done…”

      NAFTA is written such that President Trump just has to give 6 months notice to torpedo it.

      The big problem as I see it is the Chamber of Commerce controls the RNC purse strings.

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      • flowerbelle says:

        The gop are idiots. They have learned nothing. It is about the issues, period! If they want to go after trump, he should return the favor and start exposing how much money each has gotten from Tom Donahoe. Explain what he does and expose it.
        A GOPe candidate will never win another presidential election again. They have no electoral majority coalition.

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        • Jedi9 says:

          Can we somehow access that information and then make it available? That in of itself would be huge needs to be shown the sunlight in order to bolster the argument why NAFTA needs to go!

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        • Elizabeth Carter says:

          Our choice then becomes voting for a Communist? No thanks.

          I would rather get out the heavy duty laundry detergent, a scrub brush and the bleach, spot clean them, soak them and then put the dirty Republicans through the Heavy Duty wash cycle twice and hang them out to dry in the fresh air and bright sunlight.

          Make everything the Republicans do transparent. Make them have to explain everything: the good, the bad and the ugly in public. Reveal their contributors and what the contributors are trying to buy from them. Make them wear patches like the race car drivers so we know who they really support. If we can’t clean one up, then throw them into the trash bin of history and find one that is clean to start with or at least cleanable and primary the dirty ones.

          Do not contribute to the RNC because they are too dirty to clean up. Contribute directly to the candidate, support them and work to get them elected.

          If you think the Democrats are an option, they are not. A Communist (aka Progressive, Liberal) has never and will never be a good option unless you are in favor of completely destroying our country. The Democrats and the Rino Democrat lights are why we are in this mess now.

          Out of the 20 people who ran for President, no one was fit to hold office except President Trump. We stood up and managed to get him elected. We have this chance to save our country. We need to stand up and fight for it.

          A third party is not a good plan either. Let the establishment start their own 3rd party. Let’s clean up the one we thought we were electing all these years.

          MAGA

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        • Truthfilter says:

          They’re not idiots. They are evil. They serve their globalist donor-masters.

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        • Remington..... says:

          Actually not true…The GOPe has learned a lot. They’ve learned how to be bought, and at what cost. I would DEARLY love to see PT expose the off shore accounts, and have them explain to America where the bazillion came from…..Just before he purp walks them to Gitmo.

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      • GB Bari says:

        From SD’s article:
        “This is an issue where the Republican apparatus will willingly give up massive seats in House and Senate mid-term races to retain their access to the U.S. CoC checkbook.

        Within Washington DC nothing is more important than money and several hundred million for a congressional reps family makes it easy to walk away.”

        I have a BIG problem with just saying that as a fact (it is) and yet no one has brought up – why isn’t that pursued as illegal bribery? What happened to charging and prosecuting politicians who accept any kind of remuneration from outside parties affected by pending legislation in order to influence their vote?

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        • G. Combs says:

          The problem is Congress WRITES the laws so they make it LEGAL even if it is sleazy and unethical. Just like insider trading is illegal for us but legal for Congress. 😡

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          • WSB says:

            Congress does not write the laws. They are used law salesmen. The CoC and lobbyists write the laws. That is why the money works.

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          • GB Bari says:

            Yes, that may be why no one in Congress is complaining but what about taxpayers? I’m hearing a deafening silence about this from the public even though this was highly illegal not that long ago. Why are voters just accepting the practice and not marching in the streets? Do they not understand how this interferes with and denies each of us the effectiveness of our vote? This seems to violate our constitutional right to vote. I’ve been hearing conservative pundits cite it as a problem but no one is suggesting putting pressure on Congress to stop the practice. I guess I’m flummoxed by the apathy.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “What’s the point of fighting, then? ”

      Because I do not want my children and grandchildren living in a 3rd world dung hole because I was too lazy to do what ever I could to possibly STOP it, that is why.

      1Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
      7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
      8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
      9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
      10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
      11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
      12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

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    • highdezertgator says:

      Here is why we fight……Watch the testimonials from our dear West Virginians today!
      Their lives have been changed and yes…saved by MAGA Trump!
      https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/04/05/president-trump-remarks-during-tax-reform-roundtable-west-virginia-225pm-est-livestream/

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    • filia.aurea says:

      The point of fighting is to support President Trump as he battles to repair our economy, our lawful (v legal) system of government, our liberty & sovereignty, i.e. the restoration of the greatest Republic ever conceived.

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    • GB Bari says:

      No you don’t give up. You simply go to the primaries in your state and Vote against the any incumbent Congressional Rep or Senator who has proven to vote or make public comments consistently against Trump’s MAGA anti-illegal immigration policies or who has voted or commented against Trump’s economic proposals along with the rest of the USCOC-supporting elitists. And even before that, talk up the positive benefits of doing so to friends and family – anyone who will listen. You are already armed with excellent information from this Blog.

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    • This is taken from World of Warcraft.

      To ask why we fight . . . is to ask why the leaves fall. It is in their nature.
      Perhaps, there is a better question.
      Why do we fight?
      To protect Home, and Family . . . To preserve Balance, and bring Harmony.
      For my kind, the true question is: What is worth fighting for?

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      • treehouseron says:

        John Kennedy once had a great line too.

        “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.”

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  6. G. Combs says:

    GROWTH of CHINA (WTO & NAFTA 1995)

    Gross domestic product, current prices (US$, billions)
    1980 — ..202.46
    1990 — ..390.28 <—
    2000 — 1,198.48 <—
    2011 — 6,988.47
    2016 — 11,779.98

    Gross domestic product per capita, current prices (US$)
    1980 — ..205.12
    1990 — .. 341.35 <—
    2000 — 9,45.6 <—
    2011 — 5,183.86
    2016 — 8,522.86
    SOURCE: IMF, WORLD BANK for CHINA:

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  7. Vince says:

    One good thing about Mexico vs. Venezuela is that Mexico, for now, only allows their president one six year term. That might save Mexico.

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  8. FL_GUY says:

    Dealing with Mexico on trade is like dealing with a criminal organization. Dealing with Canada on trade is like dealing with a patient in the psych ward. How can anything productive come out of it?

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  9. While I believe every word SD says about the Rinos willing to lose house and senate seats, it makes me sick to read it. I pray we Treepers fight this to the bitter end. We can not let these scumbags screw us again! Fight fight fight!

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    • bofh says:

      Except for a little pay bump and a nicer office for some of the older members who get to chair committees, there’s no real incentive to want to be in the majority. Too much work, too much responsibility. The media dumps on you, your wife gets cold-shouldered by the other wives, and you don’t get invited to the “A” level social events. Plus, your base expects you to actually do stuff. As the minority party you can just shrug your shoulders and say “hey, we don’t have the votes”. And the CoC gratuities don’t hurt, either.

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    • 4sure says:

      The uniparty WILL, I repeat, WILL, see that the pubs. lose the house and Sen. They will never let anyone have power that is not a member of the club. NEVER!

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    • Remington..... says:

      Maybe we need to find a creative way to take the C of C money out of the equation. All.others as well. Cut off the head of the snake. We need to get real serious about this and quickly.

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  10. sundance says:

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  11. Publius2016 says:

    Based upon Fake News Media jumping on off the cuff made up lies about our President, the proof is in the pudding: GLOBALISTS ARE AT THEIR WHITS END!!! They will lie cheat steal to continue to perpetuate their fraud on the American People…Sorry, AMERICA FIRST! Senor O is a disaster of biblical proportions and with O Canada to the North, NAFTA IS DEAD!

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  12. sundance says:

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    • FofBW says:

      The swamp is a bit late to the table. So they are going full psy-ops.

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      • Mickey Wasp says:

        Kevin Brady has been full psy-ops from the get go. Yes, he wanted the tax cuts because of the district he is located in. Had to – or the primary opponent from last year would have bashed his bald head in. The Texas primary is over (March 6th) so Brady is in a solid red district… He knows he can show his CoC colors now.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      Does this mean Brady is siding with the Swamp?
      I was hoping he was a good guy.

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      • rf121 says:

        Swamp.

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      • Mickey Wasp says:

        Did you know that Kevin Brady before being elected to Congress was the president of the Chamber of Commerce in various locations. He ain’t even a native Texan.
        He damn near got his azz beat in the last couple of elections in the Texas primary. That’s why he went for President Trump’s tax reform / cuts… way before the Texas primary’s of March 6th. Now that he only has a democrat opponent for the general – he can go full RINO GOPe Chamber of Commerce.
        There is a reason he was selected to chair the House Ways and Means, he bought into Speaker Paul Ryans “Better Way”…

        The Swamp is as deep as it is wide and deceptive…

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  13. Jeffrey says:

    Last fall I ordered a new Ford Superduty with a Diesel engine. Ford had designed their 6.7 engine and fully engineered the facility to build it. Of course they built the plant in Mexico. I remembered thinking that I would be lucky to get the truck built before the trade maneuvering began. I think there is a good chance that Ford just may have this factory snatched out of their control the way things are looking.

    Time to buckle up between this and China. Not that I’m not used to it, I am in manufacturing and we have been through hell already. Time to fight back is long overdue.

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      I’m so eager for manufacturing to return. I have an old vacuum cleaner Made in the USA. It was having problems, and I’m old enough to think I should get it fixed rather than throw it out and get a new one.

      But then I wondered if there were even such things as vacuum cleaner repair shops any more? I discovered there was one in town. I thought about taking it in and asking for an estimate, but I had a pretty good notion of what it would cost me to fix it if it was repairable, so then I wondered if it was even cost effective.

      I began looking online and discovered, naturally, that they are all made in China or some are assembled here of Chinese components. Heavy sigh.

      Finally, I wondered how hard it could possibly be to fix the thing myself? So, on a rainy afternoon, I tore it apart. Discovered vacuum cleaners aren’t very complex inside. Figured out the problem, fixed it, and reassembled it. Should be good for another 20 years.

      By then, I hope I can just go buy a new one Made in USA…

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        Find a good used one on ebay or Craig’s List and hang onto it for parts

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      • George Hicks says:

        I don’t care if I sound sexist, I just gonna say it…
        I’m very impressed by women who take on a project, maybe knowing very little about the task, but are willing to take on the challenge.
        Maybe because I’m surrounded by women who say they can’t do so many things and would rather pay someone to do it for them (or get me to do it).
        My mother started out as a housewife but when my father passed away she put her nose to the grindstone and entered the business world to support her two young children. She became a very successful general contractor in the home building industry. Her vendors, customers and people who knew her in the community, loved and respected her. Mom passed in 2001 but I still get comments about how respected she was.
        She was, and still is, my hero.

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        • Sylvia Avery says:

          Your mom sounds like a grand lady! And what an accomplishment to transform herself from housewife into a contractor!

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        • MAJA says:

          What a truly lovely tribute to your mother.

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        • Mickey Wasp says:

          Why would you be concerned about that sounding sexist.? Don’t buy into that crap that there are not some very innovative and beautiful women out there that we all know and love and cherish – and are sexy… ; )

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        • WSB says:

          Fabulous, George! My favorite tool is my drill, and I took my dishwasher apart enough to fix a clog two weeks ago. And I always replace fill valves in my toilets.

          I admit I work In the hotel design industry, but am proud of my father, the retired Chief Engineer of GTE, encouraging tinkering!

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        • WSB says:

          Your mother sounds like Awesomenessism!

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        • LULU says:

          I have always been a fixer. Love the challenge. Autodidactic, I used to have home repair manuals to help with somethings. Then came the internet! My first example was my late Mother, who was a mechanical genius around our home. She taught me to take things apart and lay the parts out in the order in which they’d been assembled. I have done the wire tape markers. I once lead a water heater repairman through the installation of new element. He was mystified about the cabinet WH we had.

          I’ve always hated having to wait for a repairperson, their cost, and the unsurety as to whether they really knew what they were doing.

          In long years past a person driving a SoCal highway might see a well-dressed lady by the side of the road, hood of her Caddie Sedan DeVille up, air cleaner removed and set aside, getting the “butterfly” thingy to spin again. Worked like a charm. 🙂

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      • filia.aurea says:

        Good for you. I’m doing the same with my washing machine – although it’s doubtful I can fix it myself – lots of washing machine repairmen around.

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      • Turranos says:

        You can buy vacuum after vacuum these days and none of them are worth spit. Hang on to your good one forever. It is a proven fact that hardly anyone can or does bother to make the good stuff any more.

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      • Sylvia, I know what you mean about finding a repair shop. My sewing machine is a 45 year old Kenmore (I got it the year my son was born), fortunately there is a repair shop in the next town so I can sew again.

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        • Sylvia Avery says:

          You know what is funny, in my town we have a “sewing machine and vacuum cleaner repair shop.” I wouldn’t have put those things together, but hey whatever works!

          Now, try finding someone who can repair clocks…we had an old guy in his 90s that I had repair my antique mantel clock, but I think he may have passed on, sadly.

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          • G. Combs says:

            How about trying to find a Wheel Wright to fix your carriage wheels??? — Actually did find one. He had an original shop in Topsfield MA that was run by water power from the local river. He put new rubber tires on my 5 year old wagonette.

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          • LULU says:

            Our sewing machine and vacuum cleaner shop has been in business for years. Run by a fantastic African American pair. (I believe they are business associates, not married.) She is elegant and smart and he is a real gentleman. So helpful, so accommodating.

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        • WSB says:

          My grandmother’s Kenmore vacuum works like a tank.

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      • litenmaus says:

        Love your style Sylvia….(I’m tellin’ ya, electrical tape is a girls best friend – next to a good sturdy shovel)

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      • piper567 says:

        Sylvia, your actions were part of a long American tradition.
        Good for you.
        I once helped another woman fix the carburetor on her old farm truck. We bought a parts kit, read the directions, and, just like you, were successful.
        Neither one of us had ever done this before.
        Mt Mother inspired me to just fix what’s broken.
        ‘Course I grew up when things were made right here in the USA, and folks expected to be able to maintain what are now called “durable goods”.
        Everything made here was once pretty darn durable.
        I too am eager for American Quality and materials.

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  14. When millions-of-dollars-spent in elections became the new normal, representation by the people became a fantasy. There IS the freedom caucas, but it is small at present.

    Scenario #1… IG investigation yields convictions, Trump is vindicated, RepubliCON’s are elected, slow walk Trumps agenda.

    Scenario 2# ….. No such luck. Dim’s sweep (Soros organizing), Trump under pressure (impeachment), pressure cooker America descends into Civil War 2.

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  15. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “Tom Donohue has hundreds of “billions” to pass out in golden annuity parachutes for any congressperson who will destroy themselves during a suicidal charge against the Trump administration.”

    Well then it is high time to go nuclear with this book and DEMAND legislation to prevent this scenario from occurring.

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  16. filia.aurea says:

    I’m with POTUS, not the criminals in Congress, Mexico, multinational corporate money, or Canada. Reciprocal trade policies on a bilateral basis is the optimum solution.

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  17. sundance says:

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  18. interkludge says:

    If things go the way they are expected to go, it will be only a short matter of time before the new Mexican government nationalizes and destroys all the globalist factories that are currently pumping Chinese-manufactured/Mexican assembled cars and durable goods into the U.S. Rebuilding our national manufacturing infrastructure then becomes ever more urgent and critical. One must assume that in a few years Mexico, like Venezuela, is going to be manufacturing absolutely nothing and the people starving to death. I suspect that the Mexican socialists were counting on having the United States available to absorb the millions of starving refugees created in the Socialist takeover. It’s the wall that is going to throw a monkey wrench into their plans. They are going to create the starving mobs, but what if we refuse to take them?

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    • Paco Loco says:

      Mexico is not Venezuela. Mexico is not expected to go away from capitalism and has a boom manufacturing sector. You don’t become the country with the 15 largest GDP by embracing socialism. Spend some time in Guadaljara or Mexico City and you’ll think your in Houston or LA.

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      • rjcylon says:

        Interesting points, Paco. I wonder if a marxist Mexican president might play out like their version of Obama, an extreme ideologue in power but not having enough power to completely destroy the country. Too many factions from within Mexico and the US would be keeping it in check, in spite of the outcome that usually comes from leftist governments.

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      • Lindenlee says:

        Paco, I know ypu have a house here at Lakeside in CV. What ia your take on AMLO, and what he means for Mexico? I am concerned.

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        • Paco Loco says:

          AMLO has been trying to get elected president for 15 years. He’s lost two elections. I imagine if he wins he will be a like Obama or Merkel in the Socialist programs he pushes. Recently, the Chinese have developed a big hook into Mexican commerce and that will influence AMLO. if he thinks he can one up the Gringos by playing cards with Xi he will deal with the ChiComs. Xi will take AMLO to the cleaners and ruin trade with the US just because he can. I think Trumps wolverines have gamed all of this out and will factor it into the NAFTA negotiations. I’m getting the impression that the US wants a deal to keep Mexico in the fold and somewhat in check.

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  19. MAGAnomics says:

    Me thinks that perhaps the reason that Larry Kudlow is there is to coo in the ears of the Decepticons.
    While his Wolverines attack their flank!
    #ArtofWar #MAGA 🇺🇸

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  20. KingBroly says:

    Sundance, while I have long thought about the GOPe going Nuclear against the President because of NAFTA, they are foolish to think that this President can be contained.

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    • Mickey Wasp says:

      If we are going to fight a war, we better understand that we either win it or lose the country. It doesn’t matter if it is a military war or a trade war. We are now playing for all the marbles and those that side with other countries are siding against the US citizens.

      President Trump understands this …

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  21. Barbara L Kuhn says:

    [Pro-Tip: prepare your business affairs accordingly now, and avoid the chaos later]
    From a personal standpoint, this is the operative line for me. I assume it to mean markets will be volatile and we need to adjust our investments accordingly. I’m not asking for stock picks, but for an interpretation of how we “adjust.” i.e., invest in these companies, not those.

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    • Barbara L Kuhn says:

      In other words…what does that “tip” actually mean?

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      • G. Combs says:

        Find a listing of American not globalist companies to invest in.
        If you want to do a lot of work, check out the small companies locally. My father turned down investing in Wendys and in Zerox when they were start ups but you have to do your homework first.

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  22. duchess01 says:

    NO DEALS – TRASH NAFTA!

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  23. highdezertgator says:

    Excerpt from Sultan Knish on defending our sovereign nation
    “The United States has 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, 39,000 in Japan, 34,805 in Germany, 23,000 in South Korea, and around 5,200 in Iraq. Our military protects the borders of countless nations.
    Except our own.
    In 1919, we had 18,500 soldiers on the border. “Twice a day every foot of the border line is patrolled by cavalrymen and infantrymen,” the New York Times noted.”
    http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2018/04/the-military-can-secure-border-and.html

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  24. Eris says:

    I assume President Trump & his team are well aware of the GOP-CONgress-critters-political-suicide-for-cushy-financial-retirement scheme of Tom Donohue & The US CoC (Cheerleaders of China). How would they counter it though ?

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  25. Donna in Oregon says:

    NAFTA problems ahead for the USA if a Marxist government takes over in Mexico.

    As the second largest Catholic country, Pope Francis has likely had a political effect on Mexico.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-15/pope-wades-into-crime-ridden-mexico-city-for-mass/7167190

    Decrying “a society of the few and for the few”, he denounced deep inequality and the vanity and pride of those who consider themselves a cut above the rest.

    “That wealth which tastes of pain, bitterness and suffering. This is the bread that a corrupt family or society gives its own children,” the pope said at the mass in the city of Ecatepec.

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  26. lawrencepaul1 says:

    Kudlow is a globalist free trader. He is there to settle the markets when they over react to the Trump agenda. I have noticed that the president picks people like him, Bolton, Haley etc who are not on the same page as he is so as to unsettle his opponents and the media. He allows people to assume that he must agree with them as he chose them. Then he carries on with his agenda totaly flat footing all those that assumed that he was softening his pre election opinions.
    Trump is a political genius. I don’t know where he learned to do what he does but it is pretty darn impressive.

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  27. Mexicans do not have the same regard for human life that we do. It has always been a corrupt, degenerate, hell hole. Nothing ever changes there. i don’t understand since they have our jobs, why are they still coming here? I guess because the whole country, and that includes them, are degenerates.

    On another note, a couple of times in the past week I have been looking at purchasing some small house hold articles. Today it was bamboo cutting boards at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. When I looked to see where they were made, I saw made in China, distributed from Mexico! I did not buy them. For one thing, I would not buy anything that was made in China that touches my food. For another, I thought NAFTA…I learned what this was all about from POTUS and this site!!

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  28. Texian says:

    “..Globalists and multinational interests would rather have a Marxist in office in Mexico than run the risk of trade markets outside their control..”

    This would play into their “invasion” of the U.S. as well. Creating a Marxist state that many Mexicans will really want to flee..

    BUILD THE WALL.. NOW..

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  29. jmclever says:

    Wouldn’t it be hilariously ironic if the Rs tried to lose at CoC bidding but Dems screwed things up so badly and/or President Trump has been winning so highly that we end up with a Tea Party flavored supermajority with the RINOs ousted along with legacy Democrats

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  30. binid says:

    If Mexico is going to go full-on communist, why doesn’t the US just invade for national security reasons and annex Mexico?

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  31. northwoodswatcher says:

    Mexico has got me worried. The problem Obrador presents to the USA is not only (1) converting Mexico into Venezuela in record time, but (2) Mexico becoming analogous to Cuba without the ocean in between.

    When Cuba went marxist the problem wasn’t just the instant expansion of poverty there and the problems that caused, it was that marxists always ally themselves with other criminal regimes, including suicidal regimes like North Korea or Iran.

    Now, while there is no USSR to move into Mexico and install nuclear missiles right at our border, we ought to anticipate that Obrador immediately will invite in the Islamic Republic of Iran, North Korea, and so on.

    It’s what marxists do.

    The peril these players would introduce would extend far beyond the border zone. Think of Israel and their struggles against the pan-Arab terrorists (whom the criminal leftist media term “Palestinians”).

    Someone please explain to me what’s going to stop Obrador from asking for assistance from, say, China? Think maybe Mexico would give China naval facilities, airfields, and so on, in turn for China’s “military defense” help? Think having Chinese armed to the teeth in Mexico might change a few doomsday equations?

    We’re currently worried about illegal aliens and illegal drugs. Yes, we need the wall. A big wall. But add in players like China in Mexico, and now imagine the “enhanced” threat landscape. How do you defend against those type of threats? Clearly, we would we need something way beyond a wall.

    The USA will be in Iron Dome territory if we allow such a threat to camp right in our backyard.

    Do we let Obrador bring in these bad actors?

    Do we let Mexico become the North Korea to our South Korea?

    Do we let our southern border become a demilitarized zone?

    Or do we do a decapitation strike against Obrador right after he is elected — or maybe before?

    If we take out Obrador, do we find ourselves with no alternative but to install and support a military regime that will keep the communists — and China — out of Mexico?

    I’m sure President Trump and his advisors are way out in front in calculating permutations of the Obrador threat and well into the development of plans to deal with those scenarios.

    Methinks this is one case where regime change, however much we dislike the idea, is necessary, even if Obrador isn’t thinking of turning Mexico into North Korea, but just into Venezuela.

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    • Remington..... says:

      Good post, Northwoods. These are all valid concerns. We need to this out there so people understand what’s at play.

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    • 4sure says:

      That is scary and something I had not thought about. It does raise some very serious concerns. Mexico being a sovereign nation, can ally itself w/anyone it chooses and can make whatever deals w/anyone it chooses. However, Mexicans and Chinese have no common threads culturally. So, i’m not sure how that would work, but on the other hand, Cubans had no common threads w/Russians.

      The threat of allowing China into Mexico would surely be one yuge bargaining chip the Marxist leader could use. If I were him, I’d use it in a heart beat.

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    • Mickey Wasp says:

      Methinks, you need one of Dr Gunny’s melatonin tablets and some sleep.

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    • WSB says:

      Obviously a big problem. It was bound to happen with the election of Donald Trump. The rest of the world is engaging in WWIII. It is their last stand.

      I expect this is why Pompeo is nominated for SoS. More going on under the surface.

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    • Paco Loco says:

      I have a hunch that there are powers moving behind the scene to stop AMLO.

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  32. Jedi9 says:

    Hey everybody! This week in Hong Kong (it is Friday morning April 6) Everyday on the news Trump is being reported on in relation to trade and the announced tariffs! It’s really weird too because it’s all being reported in Chinese and then when Trump speaks its in English! Anyway, the news media here is calling it a trade war with the US and I am watching this while having breakfast with my boss who now looks at me with a hint of suspicion, and quite frankly it is a new experience for me. (In a funny humorous way because I am the only white in the restaurant) The impression now that I have are ports of HK and Shanghai are in sharp focus and Trump definitely has China’s attention and using the media to rally national sentiment for anything pro Chinese for economic gains.

    Meanwhile China is sitting on a dirty secret, such as a very looming problem of the housing market bubble ripe for a crash! Real estate prices is skyrocketing to levels never seen before and HK just became the most expensive city in the world! Killing them softly where the money flow into foreign debts is being gobbled up is also a hushed threat that China is trying to deal with!

    Another issue I have read is that the nuclear option for China is the US treasury notes that they hold to be considered to be used as leverage against the US should they be forced to play that hand while trade is being contested between the two Super powers! China even discussing that option and while doing so has a lot of people extremely nervous in the financial markets here as that no doubt will rock the markets! US treasury yields have already slipped this week as a result of such talk. China has a lot in reserves and is positioning themselves to be the reserve currency so their next move will be interesting. I suspect should they go that route it will be short term pain for Long term gains for the US financial markets Realistically speaking I doubt China plays that hand as they know it would be pretty bad for them as well but if you look at what they have been buying in the last 30+ years or so, such as Gold mines, companies, corporate assets and other rich resources to bolster their currency, one has to wonder if at some time this card gets played in order to achieve total control of financial markets, their overall goal.

    Tom Donohue is killing us from within and needs to be fragged! He is the diseased cancer to our democracy and represents our most impending threat to it! This guy needs to be in sharp focus everyday with intense scrutiny until he is neutered! I am amazed he has gotten this far without so much a word mentioned from Trump to focus on his buying influences in Washington! NAFTA is a national security risk and it needs to be abolished ASAP! Any compromises on this one issue will be more of the same status quo and an inevitable demise for American economic interests!

    Globalism is the new communism, but hey if Obrador gets elected he could be doing us favour as he is on record for wanting to end Mexico’s involvement in NAFTA! So while battles are being fought at home with Donahue and the RINOS, this could be a blessing in disguise that makes any of the arguments from these turncoats in Congress a moot point, and more impetus for Trump’s to announce ending NAFTA! Win win, should it play out that way of course!

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    • piper567 says:

      Jed19, really appreciate you taking the time to write out this post.
      The Markets here are in uncharted grounds, but imo, the upcoming Mexican election has the potential for changing the entire Region, which includes USA.
      It is not too early to begin considering our future economic and defensive positions of our Country vis-à-vis Mexico and Central America.
      Your thoughts are a valuable beginning to those considerations.
      The good news is that none of this is unanticipated by Trump….he is on this.
      sundance mentioned Lightifighter’s ability to kinda scope this out via NAFTA discussions.
      I do so hope Trump defies Everyone and just sh!tcans this NAFTA caca.
      I personally could give a rip ab the Market. If gonzos cannot figure out that investing in American mfgs is the new way to make $$$, they deserve no sympathy.
      Once they figure this out, the Market will correct itself.
      Sunsance did a great job of describing this grey area while economic transition is occurring, and he predicted the Market would go down before it goes up.
      Well, here we are.

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      • Jedi9 says:

        Yes Mexico and Canada IMO, is a pawn in this game of the larger picture of dealing with China and American 1st policy. I just happen to be working in Asia at a very interesting time in our history, so I will try to provide as much as possible an outside perspective while this stuff is going on. I wish there is an easier way to post pictures here as that would add more to the story. I don’t use “twitter” or “facebook,” so not sure how to do it without having to go to a third party such as using Imur.

        Yes I am with you as well as million other people who view NAFTA for what it is; nothing more than a conduit for the quid pro quo of our own elected officials and the multi-national companies enriching themselves while sacrificing American sovereignty and jobs. IMO it is the trojan horse that has allowed a communist country to have a foothold over large influences of our economy. Trump has seen this for many years, and is probably one of the major reasons why he ran for president in order to correct this problem.

        As for Markets, there is a very good argument to heed SD’s warning that has been repeated in most of his postings relating to China about “planning our affairs accordingly”, while yes average working Americans are not focused on this one aspect, if we approach anything like 2008 financial disaster with China using their cards to seize the mantle of being the worlds reserve currency to replace the dollar, then things will get messy for the US and it’s interests. It will be painful at first, but I share your belief that the market does and will have a mechanism of self correcting itself in the long term outlook for US interests.

        But I caution most in putting the cart ahead of the horse by addressing this problem prematurely as we need to win the war at home for hearts and minds first. We need to take of the people who are undermining and wanting to derail Trump’s long term plan, and that means no more walking on egg shells in order to achieve that objective. Indictments and arrests needs to be put to good use to help facilitate a changing attitude for those who might want to question Trump’s intentions and it has to be a more of aggressive pursuit. One good place to start is targeting everyone who has been scrutinized as of late whether it is Brennen, Clinton, Rice, Soros, or many others who no doubt have committed crimes and threatened America’s national security! A strong message has to be sent for future Marxists who think they can continue subverting our democracy, and China’s dirty money I have no doubt has filtered in some of these Super-pacs an other covert shell orgs to help influence or fund political operatives to benefit their economic interests.

        https://nationalsecurityaction.org/our-focus/

        This is one good example in which most of these people need our attention and intense scrutiny in order to be stopped. This is as good of start as any other!

        Anyway, like I said, Mexico could be a blessing in disguise for reasons I outlined previously, we just have to wait and see how this unfolds, but like SD said, trillions are at stake and those who are in opposition to any changes will no doubt but unwilling to go quietly into the night. The best way to weaken a country is from within, and for the most part we were on the brink of that happening until Trump was elected. Anyway I am going to continue to do my part by playing the role advocacy and being informed of the issues and I hope everyone does the same! Bless the TreeHouse for getting that party started!

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    • WSB says:

      Thank you for posting, jedi9. As soon as you said morning in HK, I could smell it! Spent some time there.

      Stay well.

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  33. Bob Thoms says:

    Love these trade uodates, thank you Sundamce.

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  34. dufrst says:

    Trump is attacking this on both fronts. The big loophole of NAFTA is being exploited by the EU and China (the two principle rival superpowers to the US btw). He confronts both of them with the steel and aluminum tariffs. He exempts the EU on steel on the basis of renegotiation on trade and defense. He engages in a tariff battle with China, first on steel and then on intellectual property. In the midst of this he gets South Korea to agree to more favorable trade terms by leverage his geopolitical engagement with North Korea. Trump however holds that deal over South Korea pending a good outcome with North Korea. Ostensibly, he’s doing the same with China showing Kim Jong-Un who has the cards.

    Trump is a player who has all the cards, who knows how to play his hand. What he’s trying to pull of this year will go down in history as among the most brilliant geopolitical and strategic economic achievements in a lifetime. He’s pulling together an alliance to counter China on intellectual property and he is using steel and aluminum tariffs to bring our allies, like Japan, France and Germany (EU) to the table. To top it all off he is renegotiating NAFTA as the standard mark to define his trade goals. In the meanwhile, the US economy is chugging on all cylinders because of Trump’s economic policies! To say this is breathtaking brilliance is an understatement.

    In the end, you will see the EU fully fund NATO to avoid massive trade tariffs on their key industries. You will see China be brought to heel on intellectual property and you will see the US-China trade deficit halved in exchange for Chinese cooperation on denuclearization of North Korea. You will see NAFTA renegotiated to bring back auto parts manufacturing to North America and many final assembly plants being brought back to the US. You will see increased energy trade with the EU and Japan, along with the increase in spending on military expenditures. You will see reform of the WTO to more reflect Trump’s reciprocal trade concept to level out trade. You will see a Britain-US trading partnership that will essentially place Britain in NAFTA (FTW!). And you will finally see the US growing at plus 3% GDP per year for the duration of Trump’s term, leading to budget surpluses in his 2nd term as the revenues come pouring into the US treasury (Dow 40K)! It’s a great time to be alive! MAGA!!

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  35. Dazza says:

    Thank you for the update, Sundance.

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  36. Jeff2w says:

    Call your local swamp creature demand the wall!! When Mexico goes Venezuela we will witness illegal immigration like never seen. The wall must get built!!

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  37. Paco Loco says:

    Mexico GDP #15, Venezuela GDP #35.

    It will take more than Obrador ‘s six years (if he even gets elected) to kill the robust Mexican economy. I’m starting to think that the Trump wolverines see the benefits to keeping NAFTA albeit renegotiated to improve the US position. Mexico is not the enemy of the US despite the political and economic issues that are contentious. Stopping illegal migrants from Mexico and settling the festering immigration issues will go along way to restoring a mutually beneficial relationship between the US and Mexico. Trump can do it and will.

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    • Bob Thoms says:

      Trump isn’t the obstacle to getting a trade agreement on NAFTA; it won’t be P Trump who scuttles the agreement, but will be Mexico and Canada. They don’t want an equal deal in which the trade balance is as close to $9 as possible.

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  38. scott467 says:

    ” Tom Donohue has hundreds of “billions” to pass out in golden annuity parachutes for any congressperson who will destroy themselves during a suicidal charge against the Trump administration.”

    _________________

    That is BRIBERY.

    It is PAY to PLAY.

    It is UNLAWFUL, no matter HOW they set up slush funds and charitable ‘foundations’ to GET AROUND the LAW.

    Arrest Lil’ Tommy Donohue for corruption and subversion of the United States’ government and Sedition against the Constitution for the united States of America, and arrest EVERYBODY he paid off.

    We get the lawlessness pointed out to us every day.

    What we NEVER get is any &^%$ ACTION taken to put a STOP to it.

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  39. Yakmaster2 says:

    I haven’t heard anyone but Sundance talk about the corrupt relationship between CoC and our CONgress. Apparently, everyone is bought off. It SHOULD be a national scandal, but crickets!!

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  40. jeff says:

    Mexico is owned and controlled by the NARCO TRAFFICKERS ! The move to elect a Marxist indicates a flow of GLOBALIST monies to back a strong man and a military . Current and past leaders of Mexico are puppets of the Drug Cartels . The monies from China to back door via NAFTA in to 1/4 of the worlds market place in the USA paid their protection money to the Drug Cartels .

    The operative root of Marxism being VIOLENCE or FORCE !! Socialism being via voting with both the ultimate goal is communism or the STATE controls EVERYTHING !!

    >>893904
    Troops to Border.
    Clown Black Ops.
    Private funds.
    Raised how?
    Troops @ Border does what?
    Impact?
    To who?
    D’s involved.
    MS_13/Illegals road block.
    Sex traffic road block.
    Children road block.
    Drugs road block.
    Guns road block.
    China/Russia pass-through-intel-pull road block.
    Name we don’t say AZ road block.
    Jeff Flake AZ road block.
    Big money TERMINATE.
    The WALL means more than you know.
    The FIGHT for the WALL is for so much more.
    Q
    1008
    Apr 04 2018 15:52:00
    Q !xowAT4Z3VQ
    893904
    It was not supposed to be revealed POTUS is not under criminal investigation _ NOT YET.
    Traitor.
    Massive intel sweep.
    Manafort was a plant.
    Trace background.
    Open source.
    Who was arrested?
    Non US.
    Trace background.
    Open source.
    Carter Page was a plant.
    Trace background.
    Open source.
    Why is Mueller going after ‘inside plants’?
    Flynn is safe.
    Define ‘witness’.
    Can a ‘witness’ hold a position of power/influence while ongoing?
    Russia Russia Russia?
    Real or fake?
    Fake?
    JA?
    Seth Rich?
    MS_13 187 [2] -24 -Distance?
    MS[13][13=M]MSM – The ‘Wheel’
    No investigation into WL receipt of information?
    No pull down of NSA metadata trace/C to WL?
    No pull down of NSA metadata period?
    Nothing transferred across web?
    Direct-to-Direct bypass dump?
    No ‘direct’ investigation into DNC computer/software?
    No ‘direct’ investigation into CS?
    FBI/SC/DOJ/FED G simply TRUST CS’s report on data breach?
    HUSSEIN block?
    HUSSEIN control?
    HUSSEIN “STATE SECRETS” WH NAT SEC ARTICLES 1-9 – BURIED?
    Awan attached?
    AMERICA FOR SALE.
    Cheatin’ Obama.
    Trust the plan.
    APRIL SHOWERS.
    Q
    Apr 03 2018

    “The WALL means more than you know.
    The FIGHT for the WALL is for so much more.
    Q”

    The fight for the wall is to stop RED DAWN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The globalists are attempting to regroup their forces much the same as King George tried to come up the Mississippi !!

    With POTUS shutting down the CIA drug trafficking routes and initiating impetus for the DEATH PENALTY for Drug dealers / traffickers he has done the same with drugs as he did with N Korea .

    A REAL EMBARGO not one for the TV cameras . The old ” war on drugs ” well , the DRUGS won that shi$ a LOOOOOONG time ago !! Too much DRUG money flowing at too many corrupt people in the DEEP STATE

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  41. Kid Jupiter says:

    It’s time for Trump to start calling out Donohue and the CoC by name. He should clearly explain the dynamic of what’s going on $-wise behind the scenes to stymie the best interests of US workers and the US middle class.

    No more pussy footing around, Mr. Prez.

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  42. Ospreyzone says:

    Well north of 30 House and Senate Republicans are walking away after 2018. I doubt we have ever seen this happen before. Many of these career politicians are “taking the package,” and SD is right on the money to implicate the CoC as primary sponsor. It would be very interesting to see how many of the early retirement beneficiaries have their portfolios suddenly bloom upon their exit. It’s not just cash payouts either, when you consider the comfortable job offers some will take.

    The Dems need 24-seats to regain control of the House, and the Senate margin is even more razor thin. So what’s the going price for a Congressman? I’m sure it varies according to tenure, but if the average is, let’s say 10-million per, then we’re only talking about 250-million (cash and professional offers) to guarantee control of Congress and an effective end to PDJT’s agenda. With Trillions at stake, that’s less than a rounding error and only about a quarter of the cost to campaign for president these days.

    There’s only one thing that can thwart the best efforts of the permanent state to retake control. That would be for every conservative voter to show up in 2018 the way they did in 2010. Even the CoC’s bankroll might not stop a populist wave like that.

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  43. oldanddecrepit says:

    If you have stock in the San Sebastian Lines, you should sell now.

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  44. Northcoaster says:

    I wonder what Obrador would do about the cartels.

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