Under The Radar: Mnuchin, Lighthizer and Kudlow Head To China – Korea, NAFTA and China Trade Deal all Merge…

There is a geopolitical strategy happening this week that is essentially under the radar.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, USTR Robert Lighthizer, Economic Council Chairman Larry Kudlow, and the U.S. trade team are heading to China.

The outcome of their discussions connects the initiatives behind North Korea, China and NAFTA.  The steel and aluminum tariffs are part of the toolbox.  Only one media personality, our favorite suspicious cat, appears to understand the larger economic play and how it is being deployed.

From the U.S. perspective, NAFTA has a fatal flaw. Mexico and Canada admitted the flaw for the first time a few weeks ago. The flaw is Mexico and Canada’s exploitation of NAFTA as a backdoor into the U.S. market for Asian, mostly Chinese, manufactured products. Multinational corporations who have invested in Canada and Mexico are determined to retain the flaw.

President Trump understands that as long as Canada and Mexico can unilaterally make trade agreements with the EU and ASEAN nations, any NAFTA agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico is moot. The NAFTA talks are paused.

The U.S. Team now heads to China. There’s no doubt part of the objective is to begin a structural discussion that must happen for the U.S. trade team to approach closing the fatal NAFTA flaw from the source of origin. [*note* on the EU side of this issue, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is leading a similar discussion. Mnuchin and Lighthizer are focused on Asia, Ross has responsibility for Europe]

The North Korean nuclear denuclearization agreement, and substantive peace treaty between North and South Korea, is part of the geopolitical trade negotiation with the U.S. (President Trump) and Beijing (Chairman Xi).

All three issues: •NAFTA, •China Trade Deal, and •North Korea all become part of the larger dynamic. These economic initiatives and Korean strategic peace initiatives are connected by President Trump’s unique use of economic leverage.

I have no idea how Team U.S.A. plans to frame a deal with China that simultaneously solves NAFTA (fatal flaw) and North Korea; however, there’s no doubt -due to the sequencing and timing- that this objective is well underway.

Here’s Treasury Secretary Mnuchin. Listen carefully:

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Part II:

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215 Responses to Under The Radar: Mnuchin, Lighthizer and Kudlow Head To China – Korea, NAFTA and China Trade Deal all Merge…

  1. TwoLaine says:

    I knew it would be Maria. I remembered she was out of town to interview him and it was to air this AM. Great reminder!

    Liked by 10 people

  2. auscitizenmom says:

    Goodness gracious, I think I am going to have to try to get more sleep. There is so much going on it is exhausting. 🙄

    Liked by 20 people

    • It’s almost too much to comprehend simultaneously but that doesn’t stop us from trying!

      Liked by 9 people

    • NC PATRIOT says:

      Me Too—I stay up late to read all this——don’t want to miss anything. BEST President ever ! At least I am retired!

      Liked by 16 people

      • Paul says:

        We are watching history in the making…I, too am retired…I follow every day especially this site

        Liked by 8 people

        • Liberty Forge says:

          I’m not retired — and so — I am exhausted!

          But all of this is too exciting (and important!) to miss.

          Our President is doing so many amazing things — and on so many fronts! — it is hard to keep up!

          Peddling — just keep peddling.

          Can you love this — and be terrified — at the same time???

          Trump is older than I am. I do NOT know how this man does what he is doing.

          Liked by 4 people

        • Payday says:

          I’m retired too. Two plus years. Everyone wondered if I would get bored. LOL!

          Liked by 4 people

      • piper567 says:

        i think sales of robo vacuum cleaners are up.

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    • drdeb says:

      Yes, especially for me this 66 year old retiree! I went to sleep at 8 watching The Judge-will have to watch it again. Woke up at 2 AM with vim and vigor! SO much excitement and anticipation. God Bless Donald J. Trump and all he holds dear. Protect them with the light of our Lord Jesus. Amen!

      Liked by 10 people

    • ADDgolfer says:

      That’s what so great about this site. Sundance does all the candle at both ends burning. then publishes the CliffNotes version.
      I’m as old as when my dad was old. Running Win3.1 for a brain (without upgrades). I have to delete tons of memory just to make room for the new stuff.

      Without Sundance’s hard work I’d be hard pressed feigning I know what’s going on, when my friends and I solve the world’s problems over a few beers.
      Thanks Sundance and knowledgeable commentators.

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      • Jan says:

        Recalling my days with DOS and Windows 3.1 AND even though I’m retired AND somedays I hate Windows 10, especially the no choice updates, I’m probably happier reading Sundance & CHT now on newer technology than I would be on earlier software. The fast-food store we used to own is still running on computers & touch screens with Windows 98…old school Aloha 3.65. (And Windows 98 was an upgrade over Windows 95…”Windows ’95 is an unstable operating platform”)

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        • ADDgolfer says:

          I never did DOS, we had an Apple II GS, the original windows format.
          We then went with 3.1 around ’93. Well, because PCs were everywhere and all had windows.
          After Win95 roll out, the PC became the required expense, and every household’s computer seemed to be PC.
          Only the artists, media and academia used McIntosh.

          Everyone knew Apple was a ‘dead man walking’ Only a matter of time before they lost total market share and filed for bankruptcy.
          They had nothing else and IBM style PCs were affordable and had more software with more added weekly than Apple.

          I only mention this because of how ironic my thoughts were when I dabbled in stocks.
          A new interest in stocks after discovering how useful and awesome the new way the internet was being developed.
          The Motley Fool was my daily read and limited internet use. Limited because we all paid by the minute.
          I did buy 100 shares of Apple late 90s because it was cheap as well as Dell. I sold the Apple shares before the IPod invention 😦

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    • olderwiser21 says:

      I say that to myself every night as the clock rolls past midnight! Good Luck!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. wendy forward says:

    Where are the precious WOLVERINES!??! So cute!

    Liked by 5 people

  4. Sharon says:

    It’s such a pleasure to watch in action men who know what they’re talking about, know what they’re doing, and have our nation’s best interests at heart.

    Liked by 39 people

  5. motreehouse says:

    Geopolitics in the Trump Era

    Liked by 5 people

    • motreehouse says:

      Fox just announced that Wilburine is travelling to Chinoise also.

      Liked by 5 people

    • kenji says:

      How silly of you! Don’t you know that it’s ridiculous to think that a (ewwwww) “businessman” can be an effective POTUS? What about the nuance? What about diplomatic decorum?

      … cry the Deep State subversives

      Liked by 18 people

      • Dekester says:

        Interesting you would mention diplomatic decorum.
        We just had our Canadian business channel on for a few minutes, it was disgusting. Heyman, apparently the U.S. ambassador to Canada under P44, alluded to the fact ( his facts.) that the W.H. is run by a dictator, and how P44 was so very informed and listened to sound advisors.

        He went on to state that PDJT likely regrets leaving TPP..

        He trashed PDJ. Calling him a bully, and all other nonsense.

        Many Americans may not be aware that it is quite a regular occurrence, to have on ex P44 types trashing all that is good.

        I will be contacting the channel and call them out.

        God bless PDJT

        Liked by 23 people

        • Coldeadhands says:

          MCGA

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        • Maquis says:

          Pretty sure Zero is directing most of that from his DC lair, along with the Iranian SpiderThingy. Resistance my hiney, it’s sedition and treason.

          Thanks for the update. Fingers crossed for Canada’s own Freedom Revival, someday.

          Liked by 3 people

        • piper567 says:

          yeah Dekester, but we here have some good Canadians, not to mention yourself.
          If Americans can begin to see the lies that msm spews, then have faith Canadians brothers and sisters will also.
          We love you and wish you all well…Canadians will begin to see the difference between your msm and the reality that Trump is defining.
          Are there any conservative websites up in your area? Maybe we can support them, and interact.
          We feel your pain in knowing Trudeau is your albatross…we had one ourselves for 8 yrs.
          But miracles DO happen.

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      • PS says:

        At some point, the people should ask why government is stocked with Lawyers and not Finance, Scientists and Engineers. I guess it’s because we might actually have a government that runs efficiently, instead of one that spends its time covering it’s a**.

        Liked by 13 people

  6. Bitcoin & Stock Market Timing says:

    Another great day to be a Christ follower in America!

    Liked by 17 people

  7. progpoker says:

    The weird thing is, even though we can’t explain it, there is no doubt in my mind that the strategy will make perfect sense once it’s revealed. And by revealed I mean explained so I can wrap my head around it! LOL!

    Liked by 7 people

  8. TwoLaine says:

    So what if they get hit with tariffs Maria. Get over it. They’ve had plenty of notice.

    How many waivers and extensions did the U.S. get while they robbed us blind for decades? Deal with it.

    Liked by 16 people

    • 4sure says:

      Maria is on our side but she works on Wall Street. Wall street wants no part of a fair trade plan because it harms the globalists who have raped us. The countries who get to flood our country w/cheap goods which are resold at high profits helps Wall Street. MSNBC cannot survive as a anti-wall street entity. So, Maria does what she is told re. Wall Street’s best interests. But, overall, she is fair and I like her and I think POTUS Trump also likes her.

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      • TwoLaine says:

        Maria is not on our side, in this matter, and never will be. Maria is Wall Street, and she works for Wall Street. She’s whined about it for months.

        Liked by 7 people

        • NvMtnOldMan says:

          Two—I have noticed this for a long time with Maria. I think it is because she and her many DC/NY corridor friends are heavily invested in the corps. that have bleed us for a long time. It is all about their money, period.

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        • Maria simply raised the naysayers’ assertions … as “openers”.
          She gave Mnuchin plenty of latitude to lay out what to expect … and WHY.
          She never did the nasty-counterpunch.

          I’ll TAKE it.

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      • PS says:

        Good point. All businesses are resistant to change, until the costs to remain the same are too great. We’re not quite there yet, but the momentum is building.

        https://www.cleverism.com/understanding-kubler-ross-change-curve/

        We’re at the Frustration stage, when businesses have to face that they are going to have to give up their old models of sourcing products. At some point, there will be Depression, tariffs are terrible, why did we let Trump do it? I expect this is when the stock market will bottom out, as all the globalist companies (who are over-represented in today’s indexes) have to face change, and by all metrics reported on by CNBC things will be gloomy, by late summer to October.

        After that, businesses will see the light. The USA *can* be a producer, we’ll have better quality control, better labor, cheaper logistics (forget all those boats and fighting the dockworker unions). We’ll have cheaper energy (thanks, natural gas!) and better agreements, and we’ll be the ones selling to everyone else in the world. It’ll be a new dawn for domestic business for decades.

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        • Rhoda R says:

          “Late summer to October” Timing is terrible. I don’t disagree with your analysis nor that this adjustment is needed but count on the Dems and the MSM and the RINOs to beat the drums about it leading up to the election.

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      • grlangworth says:

        Stop and think a moment: It is far easier for this highly diversified growth market of ours to operate self-sufficiently than it is for many smaller economically-imbalanced countries to survive, let alone flourish on their own. I can’t believe I saw a headline on Drudge today that $300 oil was ‘not impossible’. Just watch what happens to U.S. oil exports if the prices even get to $80. …Talk about ‘fake news’…heh.

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        • GB Bari says:

          Drudge posts as much clickbait as any new site. its a shame but you gotta learn to hover over the link to see where its taking you. If it’s an MSM site or some weird site I don’t know about, I usually don’t take the bait. At least Whatfinger gives you the source underneath every headline they post.

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      • Maquis says:

        You know what? The filthy rich getting richer at a reduced pace is not “harm.” This is what infuriates me about Globalists and the MultiNationals. They still have a huge cut of the pie, but they want our slivers of it as well, and if they are denied any portion of our wee bit they are “harmed.” No, they aren’t, just their rapine is slightly less ravishing.

        Good Grief. Trump is giving the big fat cats every chance in the world to revise their business models and create a wealth expanding manufacturing renaissance here in America that could make them heroes to the American People.

        Instead they whine about the consequences of the poor bets they made on Bloody Foreigners and American Corruptocrats and insist we feel their pain.

        Bezos et al could become manufacturing giants, Titans of building and creating, but most seem content to remain disgruntled Robber Barons.

        Incroyable.

        GBPDJT
        🇺🇸

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    • fleporeblog says:

      Thank you! it is interviews like this that show a side of Maria B. that is not flattering. She pushes the Globalist agenda like a school girl. Just because Marcron and Angela were here last week to beg our President to not impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from Europe doesn’t mean anything to him.

      The European Union out of all countries exempt has been the least favorable to negotiations with our Wilburine. They think because they are the EU, they don’t have to do anything. They are in for a rude awakening! Our President IS going to have them start paying the tariffs on steel and aluminum starting May 1st.

      Mexico and Canada will be exempt because progress is being made in negotiations. As for Brazil and Argentina, I can’t really predict. I think Australia will continue with the exemption because we have a trade surplus with them.

      Welcome to the America First Presidency Europe!

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      • Thank you! The breath of reason stirs the room. Maria was a disappointment today and she looked stressed and uncomfortable. I believe marching orders had been given. The positive is that Steven M was able to deal quite deftly with the talking points she aggressively advanced. His precision & confidence epitomize wolverine.

        President Trump wines & dines the EU but business is business and POTUS is in the business of advancing American interests and redressing unfair trade practices. The EU players were very anxious to put a good face on things but Macron was aware that no change in President Trump’s position had been made. Angela looked positively hopeless, going through the motions.

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      • TwoLaine says:

        Trish Regan is the one who understands this is a nothingburger. Americans understand what has happened here. We know how they stole our jobs and our factories and our intellectual properties, and we don’t care how it gets fixed, just FIX IT ALREADY.

        And we are almost there. Thank You to President TRUMP & The Wolverines.

        We also all know they just got BIG Raises and mega cash infusions through PERMANENT LOWER TAX RATESand a lot more favorable tax treatments overall. They have plenty of room to absorb the cost themselves and they know it. This was done in a certain order, to lessen the blow when it came, and they all knew it was coming.

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        • Johnny says:

          Excellent observation skills. Thank you for the point you made. I can use that when speaking to other people if you do not mind me plagarizing your intelligence.

          Liked by 2 people

          • Maquis says:

            That’s what CTH is all about!

            Every single contributor would be honored to have their best thoughts passed on by others and continue to advance this Great Awakening.

            Attribution is kind, but permission is not required. That’s the very purpose of our efforts here, sharing the learning and teaching that CTH provides.

            Sundance is not only amazing in his intellect and mad skillz. I often marvel at the caliber and character of those that participate here. It is an uncommon and amazing thing to discover and be part of. I couldn’t write the recipe for such a secret sauce for the life of me; yet Sundance and friends pull it off with grace and charm.

            GBPDJT
            🇺🇸

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            • olderwiser21 says:

              Maquis – Yes! I feel quite inadequate as a contributor on CTH because everyone here is so danged brilliant! Thank you, thank you to everyone for educating me on many, many topics over the last several years. I feel as if I am earning my PhD. in CTHonomics!

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      • grlangworth says:

        Maria B. is a good reporter, a veteran. She was the first live on-the-floor reporter at the NYSE — she caused quite a sensation on CNBC, too. It is her job to put forth the ‘common attitudes’ that are bubbling out of the financial community.

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  9. TwoLaine says:

    If it was easy why didn’t you do it already?

    Uh Maria, did you see our budget last year? Dork.

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  10. 4sure says:

    China will benefit from a NK peace agreement re. trade. That is the leverage for getting China to engage in fair trade. With NK and SK , Japan, and Taiwan all at peace and engaging in free and fair trade that opens a whole new trade and economic concept for China. Especially if the US starts pumping money into NK and investments by American companies take place in NK. China will benefit.

    Yes, it will take time, but the future is going to be trillions of dollars for all involved. It will start w/the basic goods and neccessities for the NK pop.

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    • China benefits by Cheating.
      China controls through Communism.

      Suddenly free, fair and reciprocal trade will benefit the “creative destruction of capitalists”.
      • Cheaters aren’t creative.
      • Chinese aren’t capitalists.

      Xi knows they’re screwed.

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  11. fleporeblog says:

    Americans want our country and JOBS back! Blacks say that Free Trade has been a disaster! Sorry Maria B. and Globalist, our President wants what is best for AMERICANS not Multinationals!

    From the article linked above:

    The majority of black Americans say multinational free trade deals have led to American job loss rather than job creation or lower prices for consumers as promised by the last few decades of the political and economic establishment.

    About 60 percent of black Americans said in a recent Harvard-Harris poll that free trade has spurred massive job loss in America, holding the most unfavorable views of free trade of any demographic group in the United States.

    An even larger majority of black Americans say that they are personally losing as a result of free trade deals, with about 62 percent saying free trade has hurt their opportunities in the U.S.

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    • Tejas Rob says:

      Free trade AND Illegal immigration.

      Liked by 9 people

    • Kalena says:

      Yet they stay on the plantation. It is going to be an interesting year with Kanye speaking up about this.

      Liked by 5 people

    • piper567 says:

      flepore,
      what makes me happy ab this polling is it reflects the fact responders to the poll have not been swallowing msm crap, but have somehow figured out the truth on their own.
      Anything that indicates the continued demise or our deceiving, lying msm is cause for celebration all by itself.
      But of course, to the extent the black communities see the trade issue as it actually is, makes this Poll a two-fer, imo.

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    • So America is now looking to Blacks as our ECONOMIC GURUs?

      Our Overall 12th Graders’ PROFICIENCY:
      • 25% Proficient in Math
      • 37% Proficient in Reading (18% of Blacks)

      And Blacks scored LOWEST of every race/ethnicity.
      https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/naepdata_legacy/report.aspx?p=3-MAT-3-20153,20133,20093,20053-MWPCM-SDRACE-NT-MN_MN-Y_J-0-0-5

      Blacks in Baltimore:
      • Of the nation’s 100 largest school systems, Baltimore schools rank third in spending per pupil.
      • In raw numbers, 3,804 Baltimore students took the state’s math test, and 14 tested proficient. Citywide, only 15 percent of Baltimore students passed the state’s English test.
      •Baltimore’s black students receive diplomas that attest that they can function at a 12th-grade level when in fact they may not be able to do so at a seventh- or eighth-grade level.
      • At one Baltimore high school, 90 percent of whose students received the lowest possible math score. Just one student came even close to being proficient.
      http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20171129/walter-e-williams-black-community-is-sabotaging-its-children

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      • fleporeblog says:

        BKR they are a voting block that if the turn on Democrats means the end of the Democrat party as we know it. We also need Americans that are willing to learn a trade and work with their hands.

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        • Flep, they’re going to LOVE our President for unchaining them from Plantation Dependency and multiplying paths to get the training and experience for great jobs!

          My rant was against the Black Democrat “Massas” and Education cabal that has imprisoned an entire race.

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          • Maquis says:

            The Left has sold education and cold hard facts as “CONTROL” ie, Repression, Opression, Slavery of the Black People.

            Like, just where do they think they could possibly go to find their own “Truths” at complete contradiction to what they could learn here? Wakonda?

            Reality is not subjective. One’s response to reality defines one’s ownself, not the true nature of reality. Rejection of reality creates most of the harm that Blacks suffer in America.

            Substitution of endlessly morphing pseudo-realities is the Left’s forté. The ceaseless shifting of the imposed interpretation of all the Left’s subjects see keeps them unbalanced and unrooted.

            May that vile ideology be utterly extinguished from the hearts of men.

            GBPDJT
            🇺🇸

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          • fleporeblog says:

            Ok 👌 that makes sense BKR! Thanks for clarifying that.

            Liked by 1 person

      • kroesus61 says:

        a basic assumption is made that the publicly funded school system’s mission statement and purpose is to actually educate the children they have as wards (hint: it isn’t). The massive scam of public education is that free thinkers are NOT welcome but conformity is encouraged and structured as the final product.

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  12. missilemom says:

    MB does a great job asking questions. Mnuchin is quite able to handle them. His response to how to reign in spending was a little curious. Seems confident China will not retaliate.

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    • H.R. says:

      We’re $500 billion in the hole! Does China want to retaliate and wind up with nothing or do they want to work on their own issues of self-sufficiency and take something less?

      Liked by 3 people

      • CharterOakie says:

        $500 B in the hole just last year.

        Cumulative trade deficit with China is in the $Trillions.

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      • Maquis says:

        China needs us far more than we need them. They’ve been so successful at cheating and restricting our access to their fledgling market that losing access would be little noticed to most of America.

        Their threats are laughable.

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        • olderwiser21 says:

          Maquis – agreed. I don’t think this is that hard to understand but apparently it is. Either that or the outrage and fear are phony.

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  13. citizen817 says:

    I love the “Economic Dream Team” that our VSG President Trump put together. Smart, efficient, and extremely effective!

    Liked by 4 people

    • piper567 says:

      citizen, yes, yes!
      Another thing I enjoy ab listening to the Wolverines of all stripe, is they ALL say, right out of the gate, “The President has been very clear about…” whatever the topic.
      They are very clear ab the fact they are implementing exactly what the President has in mind, regardless the policy.
      And they never presume to step out of character by saying something which should be left for the President’s comment or clarification.
      Just a fantastic team of “killers” Trump has assembled for us!

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  14. Ray Van Dune says:

    I would have to be careful being interviewed by MB. She could ask me any question she wanted to, and my answer would always be “hell yes”! I don’t think she will be calling for an interview though.

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  15. H&HC, 2nd-16th says:

    Professional business people do what they know is best for the country while professional politicians do what they know is best for themselves. The President knows who to hire. That’s why we elected him.

    AMERICA 1st – Forever

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  16. Psycho Monkee says:

    Sundance’s terrific journalism aligns the global puzzle pieces in amazing order. #Sundance4Pulitzer

    Liked by 5 people

  17. maiingankwe says:

    We are soon going to see a picture of President Trump and dictator Kim Jung Un shaking hands too!

    I look forward to seeing how they cover that loophole for good in preventing other countries sneaking their goods in through Canada and Mexico. Looks to me that they want to keep NAFTA, but with a complete change and overhaul from before. We will see, which ever way it goes, America will come first!
    Be well good Treepers,
    Ma’iingankwe

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    • Maquis says:

      If anyone can fix NAFTA, it’s PDJT.
      If anyone can prove NAFTA is unfixable, it’s Trump.
      If anyone has the guts to make the hard call and kill the beast, even after all this labor, it is our Lion, who will do as he sees fit, unapologetically.
      America wins with PDJT.

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      • President Trump will require China to stop the End-Run Exports through our NAFTA “partners” BEFORE we start to negotiate a China Trade Deal.

        ALL Chinese Exports must flow DIRECTLY to America.

        Companies will IMMEDIATELY relocate to America:
        No pay-for-play Politics possible.

        The moment the NAFTA End Runs stop, Mexico and Canada will be BEGGING for Trump Terms on NAFTA … or Bilateral Deals, since 3-way deals will have become irrelevant.

        Liked by 4 people

      • grlangworth says:

        Mexico and Canada need NAFTA a lot more than the U.S. does. This is why they are in a hurry and we are perfectly content to negotiate indefinitely.

        Liked by 2 people

  18. CNN_sucks says:

    President’s men and women working hard to make 45th president the best evah!

    Liked by 2 people

  19. dom elp says:

    Instead of a socialist Marxist New World Order run from the UN and EU it will now be a capitalist elected system run by “We The People Of The World”

    Liked by 4 people

  20. CorwinAmber says:

    Geez, what a cabinet! Talk about your Dream Team! Those yahoos at the NFL can’t even imagine what sort of draft our POTUS put together when he assembled this group of overachievers…OTOH, I heard today on NBC that CoS Kelly thinks Trump is an idiot, sigh…of course, no one had the guts to name names, but I’m sure the reporter is an honest fellow…NOT!

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  21. Ospreyzone says:

    Interesting… Knowing the Trump Dream Team is going to China to “make medicine,” could very well explain the sudden and unexpected shrieking by Benjamin Netanyahu today over Iran.

    I found it noteworthy that the Prime Minister would hurriedly parade recent intelligence “findings” out on national TV today; … almost as though he wants to be certain Israeli interests are not forgotten as the broader economic play transpires between the US, and China, vis-à-vis North Korea and global trade.

    Benjamin is steadfastly counting on PDJT tearing-up the Iran Nuke deal in 12-days, and may be more than a little worried that deals being made in Beijing could in some way hamper Israeli objectives in that regard.

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    • Maquis says:

      Really? Shrieking? Good Grief. If Bibi shares this proof of Iranian Apocalyptic Intent at this time it’s damn certain that he has planned this with President Trump. The two spoke yesterday and our Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is there at this moment. In true Trump style, the stage is being set for saving the World from Iran as suredly as he is with North Korea.

      Portraying this as an attention seeking temper-tantrum seems a little, childish.

      GBPDJT
      🇺🇸

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      • Ospreyzone says:

        Be careful whom you trust. I’ve not forgotten the USS Liberty and I’ve learned to be cautious around needful “friends.” What is truly childish is one that is not.

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    • Troll Team ZERO.
      Pure hyperbole.

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    • kroesus61 says:

      how about a 70 year celebration of Israel as a modern nation on 14 May and Embassies from the US and Honduras opening in JERUSALEM occurring OR Iran’s constant threats to wipe Israel off the map while supplying weapons to its neighbors who call the Jewish people “pigs” and teach their young hatred of Jews with maps showing only a mythic state of “Palestine” but NO Israel OR as PDJT has said talk about the WORST treaty in history based on and with a continuation of lies as its foundation…..gee whiz so much truth and honesty to base a healthy ongoing relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran on I can hardly contain myself…./s

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  22. Maquis says:

    I love these guys!

    GBPDJT
    🇺🇸

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  23. Bert Darrell says:

    Maria never misses an opportunity to ask what about those here (in the USA) who may be affected by foreign tariff increases imposed in retaliation by such and such trading counterpart (e.g., farmers)?

    However, it is a fact that changes always hurt somebody. Even the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) may be “hurting” some upper middle class families and the most affluent (through steep reductions in itemized deductions), but those affected will adjust, in time, and transition to a better outcome. We all do when the circumstances affect us. Given time, most everybody will benefit from the change.

    Clearly, the short-term objective of PDJT has been to benefit as large a proportion of the population as possible. Thus, the TCJA immediate beneficiaries have been the working class and up to middle class families. The rapid growth of the economy will ultimately benefit everybody, and there is no question that the economy will grow faster than naysayers (democrats) think.

    Sundance has often pointed out that global corporate interests are bent on continuing to exploit bad trade deals such as NAFTA because it’s good for them. They will have to adjust too, as their only alternatives will be to succumb or start playing fairly. The USA remains the largest buying market on Earth, and we all know that the buyer decides who to buy from.

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    • The Tax Changes … just like the Trade Changes … will hurt ONLY those who were screwing Americans or who don’t choose to embrace Trumponomics and Trump Trade.

      So simple.

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      • grlangworth says:

        The tax reduction is a ticking time bomb that will destroy the Blue States. Pure and simple.

        Liked by 1 person

      • piper567 says:

        BKR, I think Bert is correct. Not everyone got a noticeable reduction of withheld taxes.
        But I also agree that Trump’s plan has the least negative effect on the majority.
        The emphasis I think at this point should be on making the cuts to American taxpayers permanent, as thy are for businesses…and I think this should be a mid-term emphasis when choosing who to vote for, a Q to bring up in Town Hall meetings,.

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        • One way or another EVERYONE will ultimately benefit.
          • Higher Net Takehome Pay with lower Taxes
          • Pay Raises
          • Annual Bonuses
          • Promotions with Growth
          • Job-Change Salary Gains with Tight Labor
          • Same-Year Capital Spending Writeoffs for Small Businesses
          • Stock Market Gains for Investors
          • Dividend Growth for Investors
          • Repatriated-Cash Share Buy-Backs for Investors
          • Death Tax Termination for Inheritances

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  24. President Trump’s Asia Negotiating Team is likely “Setting Trade-Deal Preconditions”:
    • COMPLETE the Korean-Peninsula Denuclearization
    … maintaining Maximum Sanctions
    • TERMINATE End-Run Exports (Steel, Auto, Industrial, etc.)
    … starting with NAFTA
    • ELIMINATE Import Obstacles
    … demonstrated by hassle-free Imports from America
    • REVERSE thefts of Intellectual Property
    … ending Chinese forced-transfers and business use of stolen IP
    • DISCONTINUE Currency Manipulation
    … leveling the playing field
    • CONTINUE to expect PUNITIVE TARIFFS
    … until the Preconditions above have been met

    Then we can entertain China’s Trade Proposals on how they will “Settle Up”:
    • RECIPROCATE on Tariffs
    … by ending Import Barriers
    • EXPAND Imports
    … of American Food and Energy
    • CUT America’s Trade Deficit with China
    … by $100 Billion in 2019 and matching that reduction annually until we’re EVEN.

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  25. TheWanderingStar says:

    This fellow, Mnuchin, has a mind so organized and disciplined that he is like a finely tuned machine. Each question is broken down and he is able to articulate all manner of strategic economic and political concepts with accuracy and coherency. Not to mention that what his brain processes is then communicated in parallel fashion directly to his mouth with zero latency. I put him on par with a Dr. Richard Feynman in this regard.

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  26. Alison says:

    Wow Sundance. Just wow – is there anything ‘under the radar’ that you aren’t already contemplating and analyzing? Not in my lifetime has there been a Presidential team to rival the scope, finesse, and #AmericaFirst results pursued by Team Wolverine. Simply astounding.

    Who needs Q when we have suspicious cat? 🐱

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  27. AH_C says:

    Release the wolverines!

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  28. noswamp says:

    On the Mueller matter I love Maria, on this one, not so much. But her masters are not our masters. Huge difference. Another thing, I don’t like NAFTA and for the life of me don’t understand what they are trying to do here. “Fix” NAFTA so that a post-Trump President can just slowly put things back into their original world order? Why is beef so expensive? NAFTA. Why are the big distributors of beef located in Mexico and not America? That is just one example. Get rid of NAFTA completely and start all over with bi lateral treaties. Let Mexico and Canada figure it out they are big boys. Why are we including China in the mix? UNLESS we wanted to use all relationships as leverage. Ok. I get it.

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  29. joshua says:

    but but but….

    global warming!
    school lunches!
    gender neutral bathrooms!
    transgenders and gays in the military!
    muh Russia!
    prostitutes and bad language and old affairs!
    special counsels, FBI fraud, Email servers!
    DACA “children” and sanctuary cities….
    WHAT ABOUT THE REALLY BIG DEALS IN AMERICA

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  30. treehouseron says:

    They were BEGRUDGINGLY admitting today on Fox news, that if President Trump really does get N. Korea to denuclearize…. this will have massive implications for Iran, because Iran and N. Korea had been working together on their nukes.

    It seems everything President Trump and his wonderful cabinet does, is well thought out, multilayered, and has tentacles that stretch in every direction.

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    • Jake says:

      Saudia Arabia was first. That begat North Korea. That will beget Iran this fall. The dominoes are falling. Hopefully we will then finally end our involvement in Afghanistan after 17 years. Is Cuba next??

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  31. Johnny says:

    Dear Lord thank you for our President and the men and women he has chosen to advance America first mentality. It is amazing what can happen in this country when we actually have Patriots starting to turn this mess around.
    Divine Intervention.

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  32. dufrst says:

    I will try to explain this brilliance of Trump like this. NAFTA and the trade tariffs on steel and aluminum (major components of cars) are about credibility against China, Japan and the EU. The bulk of the US trade deficit comes from China, Japan, and the EU. China, Japan and the EU all exploit NAFTA to get around US trade barriers that should have balanced trade among these countries.

    Trump has signaled that he wants trade renegotiated but the major trade entities- China, Japan and the EU- didn’t take him seriously until he slapped tariffs globally on steel and aluminum. That was a direct strike at their automobile industries that make up the bulk of the US trade deficit between the EU and Japan. The intellectual property tariffs got the attention of China because not only did Trump place them on China but he mobilized support in the EU and Japan for action on intellectual property theft.

    So where does the North Korean (NK) negotiations come into play in all of this? Aside from the possibility that the US sabotaged the last Korean nuclear tests, I believe this Korean peace initiative is more about Japan and South Korea than China. I believe Japan and South Korea will agree to more favorable terms with the US on trade pending the denuclearization and potential reunification of Korea. I believe Japan and Korea will be very grateful to the US when the prisoners are released and will find ways to buy more product (agricultural, energy, military and aerospace) from the US.

    China is simply trying to stay on the good side of the US because the intellectual property tariffs are a significant threat to its future. Xi has imagined China dominating industries that primarily rely on intellectual property. In addition, Xi is trying to build a major trade corridor to the EU to diversity his exports away from the US so that he’s not so dependent on the US but Trump is threatening to bite into the funds he will have to complete OBOR. So China is cooperating on Korea but Korea is not a chip it can bargain with anymore because Trump has already taken that away with the sabotage of the last Korean nuclear test.

    Trump is a genius. He knows his leverage very well. He knows that any reduction in the trade deficit is a major win for the US. He is not looking for the immediate balance of the trade deficits with the EU, China and Japan (and Korea). He’s looking for key concessions that will enhance his legacy such as increasing NATO contributions by EU countries in exchange for smaller reduction of the trade deficit. Chinese ending their assault on US technology industries in exchange for a smaller reduction of trade deficit. Japan buying more US autos or opening more car plants in US for a smaller reduction of trade deficit and so on.

    NAFTA is all about credibility. Canada and Mexico will agree to terms. Mexico will pay for the Wall and Trump will win his noble prize!

    BTW, don’t think Russia escapes this equation or Iran. Trump has all of them wrapped up in this. For Russia, Trump will make EU buy even more American energy and will get EU to fully fund NATO. As we speak, Pompeo is in the Middle East to rally up an Arab force to replace US troops in Syria and Iraq (and pay!). This is not good for Russia. It guarantees Syria will be split unless Russia agrees to a political settlement that has Assad gone from Syria. A stronger NATO and a EU now buying even more US gas and oil means less money for Putin’s military in Ukraine and Syria. And there’s no outlet to China because Trump is putting the squeeze on Xi. Multidimensional chess?

    Iran is now in trouble too. That Arab force plus Israel is ready to strike. Trump has put the squeeze on EU (steel/aluminum), China (intellectual prop), and Russia (energy). The Iran deal will be redone and tougher sanctions will be enacted by US and EU for any violations of new terms. And military actions looms over their heads just as it did over North Korea. And BTW, the end of the NK nuclear program is a major blow for Iran since it essentially was continuing work on nukes through NK (Pakistan needs to be watched but it seems Trump is on top of them too).

    That Trump has been able to wield this much power in so short of a time is mind blowing. If he’s able to pull all of this off in two years, he’ll already be a top 5 POTUS! MAGA!!

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    • Johnny says:

      That wins the post of the day in my humble opinion. I wish I could upvote a hundred times

      Liked by 9 people

    • Exceptionally well laid out, Dufrst!

      President Trump has PROVEN that he doesn’t LIE:
      High CREDIBILITY.

      President Trump has DEMONSTRATED that he honors COMMITMENTS:
      High TRUST.

      President Trump has globally ENGAGED with other nations’ LEADERS:
      High UNDERSTANDING.

      What they’re about to appreciate:
      President Trump OFFERS counterparts a PATH to SUCCESS.
      … Then drops the hammer on those who fail to seize it!

      He offered TEMPORARY Trade Tariff Exemptions with time to cut deals.
      They saw Exemptions as “free passes forever”.
      RUH ROH!

      Liked by 8 people

    • CharterOakie says:

      Awesome tour d’horizon!

      Liked by 3 people

    • Jake says:

      I also believe that the President has Russia by the gonads and will coerce them to abandon Syria and Iran. Putin doesn’t have the money to stay in the game over there and especially so if it starts to cost them even more money. Wars are expensive.

      I’d like the think the President is the master planner in all this but I’m pretty sure he has a pretty good bevy of people laying all of this out for his decision. Mattis is no slouch and neither are his other generals..

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      • dufrst says:

        On the military side I agree but Trump sets the tone. His major military decision with a few exceptions (such as Chad) have been brilliant. Limited but effective engagement has been successful thus far in destroying ISIS and keeping Assad in check.

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    • ImHopeful says:

      Dufrst,
      Excellent post! You’ve done a great job of pulling together the various commodities/products each country + the EU block want to export and how as you start with one thing it leads to the next and so on. This also shows the difference of having a successful businessman leading us rather than politicians and “organizers” who have little or no real-world experience in negotiating deals and piggy-backing agreements and restrictions so they work together to actually benefit our country and people. Not to mention a president who is not out to line his own pockets at the expense of the rest of us.

      The rest of the world is not used to the US negotiating this way and I’m sure many world leaders are scrambling at this point to keep up or stay relevant. I just hope enough of our citizens understand all of the good work being done, since the garbage media will never give our President and his team the praise they deserve for the amazing work they are doing. I’m liking all the winning so far! 🙂

      Liked by 4 people

      • dufrst says:

        A lot of winning and much more to come!

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      • piper567 says:

        Hopeful, the appearance of Macron and Merkel in the last week is, imo, Trump’s courtesy in letting them in on “…staying relevant.”
        I do not know why Macron was received as he was, I think the President just likes the little guy. But the way Merkel was sandwiched between Olympians and scholarship winners was brutal. No love lost there.
        I am amazed at the scope of Trump’s understanding and ability to send messages as he does.
        The msm who think he is a rube are such dummies…The simple fact he knows how to deal with people is beyond their comprehension…I love it that they have their noses stuck in ideology to the point they cannot even see what is transpiring in this Country.
        Fortunately, their audience continues to shrink.

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      • olderwiser21 says:

        ImHopeful – good luck on the lamestream media appreciating our President’s good work when I am quite sure they don’t actually have a clue. I have come to the conclusion that our lofty media types are actually all talk and no brains – no brains whatsoever.

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    • noswamp says:

      Brilliant!

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    • GB Bari says:

      Excellent post.
      One small nit: May I offer my slightly different take on PDJT’s motivation?
      When you stated “He’s looking for key concessions that will enhance his legacy..” I winced. I seriously do not believe Trump is doing any of this to “enhance his legacy”.

      I believe this man is genuinely trying to put American interests above any other competing interests, and his view of American interest are those of Middle Class America – Main Street, not Wall Street.

      Yes he will negotiate the very best deals he can get, but IMHO “legacy” is not his driving force.

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  33. Dutchman says:

    Ditto! NICELY summarised. You know, I bet our VSG is having a LOT of fun, with all this! He’s really enjoying himself.
    “Your gonna be so tired of winning! Your gonna say ‘Please, Mr. President stop! Its too much winning” maybe not an exact quote, but boy did he call it! Like a pool player, calling his shots.

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  34. daughnworks247 says:

    I’m heard this earlier and I was thinking…….. could someone just smuggle me onto that plane.
    Can you imagine?
    Lighthizer, Wilburine, Mnuchin, and Larry Kudlow, all on a trip to roll the Chinese.
    The possibilities leave me drooling.

    Liked by 5 people

    • dufrst says:

      They are going in for the kill! A real deal on intellectual property in exchange for a significant but not as drastic cut in the trade deficit. Remember, the intellectual property piece is the most valuable part to US and our dominance going forward, not the year over year trade deficit. China absolutely needs that cash from the year over year deficit to fund one belt, one road (OBOR). But they will never catch the US so long as we retain our intellectual property strength.

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  35. lokiscout says:

    Off topic but justified!
    CTH just got a thunderous shout out from Lew Dobbs ~ 7:15 EDT. Paraphrasing: CTH has done an outstanding job in cataloging and chronicling [the DOJ/FBI corruption]. Anyone interested in understanding should check it [CTH] out!

    Sorry for the interruption please continue with the normal discussion!

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  36. sundance says:

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    • TheWanderingStar says:

      It’s like Guardians of the Economic Galaxy.

      Liked by 3 people

    • dufrst says:

      Going in for the kill. The deal is about intellectual property. The return of which will be allowing trade deficits, but not as large in exchange for a complete reversal of China’s intellectual property theft policies. This deal will be good for US farmers and technology firms. It will allow China to get their cash for OBOR but once that’s complete, there should be balance trade.

      That’s the deal I can see happening. A win-win.

      The Korean situation is not a bargaining chip because Trump took it away with his credible military option (see last nuke test or if you think it’s a conspiracy, look at Syria strikes). The Korea situation helps Trump with Japan and South Korean trade issues. The release of their respective prisoners alone will give Trump maximum leverage to get favorable trade terms to reduce the US trade deficits. You are looking at major GDP growth numbers going forward.

      On EU front, Trump is using the steel and aluminum tariffs to renegotiate that deal. Also the Iran deal plays a role since the US can sanction any company doing business with Iran if the US pulls out of the deal. This is all economic leverage that will get NATO fully funded and more US energy to Europe (and farm products or autos?).

      Trump is in his element right now. He’s negotiating deals like he did in the private sector. Anyone who has read the Art of the Deal understands Trump does multiple deals at once as a routine. In the space of less than two years, the US could walk away with more favorable trade deals with the EU, China, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Korea and maybe Great Britain. Shoot today he was pushing more favorable trade with Nigeria! The noble prize is nice but these trade deals are terrific!

      At this pace MAGA is starting to look like an understatement. It’s now about making it “Greater than ever before!”

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  37. ablefox says:

    The cyber counter punch!

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  38. citizen54 says:

    Let’s not forget that China plays the long game. They basically conned the short range visionaries on Wall Street who were only looking to next year when China was looking towards the next decade. Technology transfer was a price for entry into China’s markets and CEOs with golden parachutes were all too happy to oblige as long as it meant more profits in the short term.

    With their newly acquired technology both military and industrial, China has began to threaten its neighbors, most noticeably Taiwan. China’s ultimate plan has often been described by Xi as his “Chinese Dream” which is code word for a world singularly controlled by China. I just hope Trump does not take his foot off China’s neck until the CCP and Xi is hanging by a lamppost somewhere in Mongolia, otherwise the CCP is just going to wait out Trump’s presidency and pick up where they left off.

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  39. JL says:

    Hmm. That’s interesting. Last time I heard about this, Peter Navarro was on the team going to China. Did that change? I was looking forward to seeing him face to face with the Chinese negotiating team.

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  40. Pam says:

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  41. Normally Quiet Observer says:

    WHEN OH WHEN are these talking heads (ALL of them, right and left leaning) going to get off the topic of Social Security / Medicare being “entitlements”! They are NOT friggin’ entitlements! They are EARNED BENEFITS that I and many more like me have paid INTO these funds all our working lives! I have been ‘paying in’ now for almost 55 years! I would purely LOVE Trump’s next budget to contain language that forces the General Fund of the USA to PAY BACK the loans they have been stealing from these funds since Clinton (I believe it was Clinton) authorized the “loans”. If they won’t do that, then give me back all of the cash I have put in since I was 14 years old – tax free! If they stopped this crap of taking (loaning to themselves) this money, and got the abusers OFF the system – that was never designed for them to be on, there would NEVER be a chance of them running out of money! These damn swamp sucking cretins in D.C. just couldn’t abide have trillions of dollars in the government coffers they couldn’t SPEND!

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    • GB Bari says:

      It’s a bit off topic here but I cannot blame you from coming out of your normally quiet observation post. That topic gets my blood a bit hotter as well. The lying media never honestly addresses those facts, so too many American citizens remained falsely informed unless they do the historical research. To quote Sundance, albeit he used it on a different topic, “there are trillions at stake”.

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    • And keeping multiple files on same SSN instead of prosecuting identity theft.

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