President Trump Makes Major Trade Move – Requests Secretary Ross Consideration for 232 Investigation into Automobile Industry…

Big picture move by President Trump today that has massive, and generally misinterpreted, ramifications for any trade deal with China, EU and most importantly NAFTA.

China is using U.S. nuclear negotiations with North Korea as leverage for more beneficial trade outcomes; the communist regime is in full manipulative dragon-mode. President Trump can see through the economic play and is dropping the Panda outreach.  Eagle-one now hits back at Chairman Xi for deploying such dangerous tactics.

If you have been following trade nuance, the Automobile Sector is one of the biggest points of contention within varying trade negotiations. In the NAFTA discussion the auto-sector, via rules of origin, runs at the heart of NAFTA’s fatal flaw.

The fatal flaw is the use of Asian, mostly Chinese, auto components within auto manufacturing. Mexico and Canada arguing to allow more Chinese auto parts in North American manufacturing; and President Trump demanding more North American parts for North American auto manufacturing.

Many U.S. Auto manufacturers have moved to Mexico to exploit the NAFTA loophole (fatal flaw). Vehicles assembled in Mexico use cheaper Chinese parts and are shipped into the U.S. without any tariff under NAFTA rules.

It didn’t take long before EU auto-manufacturers, mostly German, to begin taking the same approach. Albeit to a lesser extent, German auto companies also invested in building vehicles in Mexico/Canada for tariff-free transfer into the U.S. This works out great for Canada and Mexico auto-workers, but not for the U.S.

In essence, the auto-sector is representative of much of the manufacturing exploitation by multinational corporations beyond vehicle production. China has supported this approach because they produce the components for multiple sectors (furniture, appliances etc).

Additionally, during President Obama’s administration General Motors also spent a great deal of money in China, and many of the GM brands are built exclusively -and entirely- in China.

The auto-sector is much more than just complete assembled vehicles. In many ways the core trade issues of part origination, manufacturing and assembly of multiple durable goods sectors are represented within the auto industry process.

Current trade negotiations with the EU, China and NAFTA have reached a loggerhead status around these core issues. Multinational ‘Wall Street’ corporations are unwilling to lose their prior multi-billion investments and take a new ‘America-First’ approach.  POTUS Trump is rightly angered by many of them because he specifically offset any investment losses with a new U.S. corporate tax structure.

All of that said, the issues with the auto-sector have now rippled out into other trade sectors with discussions coming to a standstill until the auto issues are resolved.

Enter President Trump with the plan.

Knowing all of the outlier, generally lesser, trade sectors are being impacted over the Chinese auto component issue, President Trump cuts the Gordian Knot and tells Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to consider a Section 232 review of the auto industry as it pertains to imports.

Statement from the President on Potential National Security Investigation into Automobile Imports

Today, I met with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to discuss the current state of our automobile industry. I instructed Secretary Ross to consider initiating a Section 232 investigation into imports of automobiles, including trucks, and automotive parts to determine their effects on Americas national security. Core industries such as automobiles and automotive parts are critical to our strength as a Nation.  (link)

Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 U.S.C. §1862) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to conduct comprehensive investigations to determine the effects of imports of any article on the national security of the United States. As often stated by President Trump, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: “economic security is national security.”

 

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254 Responses to President Trump Makes Major Trade Move – Requests Secretary Ross Consideration for 232 Investigation into Automobile Industry…

  1. Publius2017 says:

    In other words, Mnuchin holds one hand while Wilburine holds the other! Team of Patriots!

    Liked by 13 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      And everything they touch is turning to Pure GOLD!

      From the article linked above:

      The U.S. dethroned Hong Kong to retake first place among the world’s most competitive economies, thanks to faster economic growth and a supportive atmosphere for scientific and technological innovation, according to annual rankings by the Switzerland-based IMD World Competitiveness Center.

      The U.S., which reclaimed the No. 1 spot for the first time since 2015, scored especially well in international investment, domestic economy and scientific infrastructure sub-categories while earning below-average marks in public finance and prices.

      The renewed top ranking aligns with the positive U.S. growth narrative over the past year. Growth averaged 2.9 percent in the four quarters through March, versus 2 percent in the prior period.

      Liked by 23 people

      • Alison says:

        I love it when the Wolverines come out to play.

        Thanks, Sundance. Send that panda off to pout over his bamboo shoots.

        Liked by 6 people

      • Wait for our VSG President Trump to massively boost Agriculture exports, cut agricultural price supports and end payments not-to-plant.

        Bonus when all federal payments for Pharmaceuticals are contracted at lowest worldwide prices, patent extensions are denied for “dual-drug combinations” and unrelated “formula-tweaking”, and generics are approved at Trump speed.

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      • Minnie says:

        Excellent, Fle, thank you for being a constant source of encouragement!

        Each and every one of your posts is enlightening and appreciated.

        🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸

        Liked by 9 people

      • Sayit2016 says:

        Everyday I thank God Trump won. His command of the economy and how products and services dovetail into the overall economy, coupled with his attention to details (death is in the details ) therein ( and why they matter ) is beyond mind boggling.

        President Trump is a builder and he is re-building our economy. He is checking all of the boxes to insure the success for our country in record time.

        I am grateful beyond words our country is is such capable hands.

        PS: Obama has to be crying in the shower these days. in less that 2 years Headlines are blaring ” U.S. Leapfrogs Singapore, Hong Kong to Win World’s Most Competitive Economy”

        #OperationMAGA
        #destroyobama’sshadylegacy

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      • noswamp says:

        Winning! Let’s kill NAFTA and rename it NORTH AMERICAN TRUMP TRADE ACT. NATTA.

        Liked by 4 people

      • mdaush says:

        Here is Trumps insurance policy. When he outs to the working American people the exact scam that has been perpetrated on all of us…..the taking of our jobs to other countries in a most calculated way…..the American people are going to back him to the hilt!
        It is already happening with the beginning of the movement of black male voter support for Trump. The tsunami of support will be overwhelming.
        Right now, many political leaders are at risk of being hanged by the lamp posts. When all of this really comes out, corporate leaders will be right behind them. Better to follow Trumps lead now than to follow the hangman later.

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    • Kez says:

      That’s funny! Love the visuals! It’s the best! Love the koala for Kudlow!

      Liked by 6 people

    • rmramerica says:

      Mnuchin is the weakness of the team. He’s clumsy when he testifies, god-awful in front of a microphone and worse when he’s on TV. He was brought in to reassure Wall Street and to add financial heft to facilitate the quarterly auctions. I see very little value other than that. Let Wilbur handle the negotiations with Lighthizer, and Kudlow can go on TV. Just keep Mnuchin in a closet until we’re ready to produce the film coming in 2025 on the glory years of America with Trump. (Not sure why sundance gives him such a high platform on the team.)

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  2. Lis says:

    The auto industry is not something I follow, but I can say that I’ve witnessed an awful lot of recalls on car parts since NAFTA. I wonder if anyone’s done a study on a) the number per year and b) where the parts originated?

    Liked by 25 people

    • The Boss says:

      Right you are about recalls. Between the 5 cars we have, all but one (so far) has been recalled. Three of them three times. And all recalls were within the last 6 years.

      Liked by 14 people

      • Toenail says:

        And remember that it is likely there were many more issues that should have been recalled but were not. The car companies fight tooth and nail to avoid recalls.

        Liked by 9 people

        • G. Combs says:

          My neighbor has a brand new pick-up the Dealer refused to fix. His new car sits in the driveway undriveable. (The accelerator gets stuck on full speed ahead and won’t slow down.)

          So I have one of our four old pick-ups in the shop to have the front end rebuilt and I have ZERO plans for buying new vehicles.

          The newest of the four (1997 ford w computer) is a basket case we just use around the farm. The others are 1987, 1992, and 1993 (no computers).

          Liked by 1 person

          • Alligator Gar says:

            Does your state have a ‘lemon law?’ If so, your neighbor can get help from your state’s consumer protection agency. No one should be stuck with an undrivable new vehicle.

            Liked by 1 person

          • woodstuff says:

            My ’87 pickup works great without all the electronic crap. Sadly, I have to buy parts online because the large parts retailers want to sell only Chinese parts (Autozone, Oreilly’s, etc.). I don’t race my 5,000 # beast; it’s a work truck. However, it’s companies that sell racing parts that have more made in USA parts (Summit, Jeg’s, and such).

            The public wants what is the cheapest and retailers only give buyers a choice between northern China and southern China.

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          • NIck says:

            My 1979 F150 4×4 is still kicking, I have 253K miles on the original drivetrain

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    • Turranos says:

      Great point. Lis. I think that topic is quite obvious to everyone but I sure had not thought of that.

      Liked by 3 people

    • thedoc00 says:

      Not just recall on automobiles, I have very bad feelings about aircraft parts (including aircraft jet engines) as well as other end items using inferior metal parts.

      Liked by 14 people

      • Aircraft, Drones, Defense-Related Technology for Stealth, Electronics, Bionics are no doubt under Pentagon investigation as we speak!

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      • Lindenlee says:

        Yep. I used to work for Pan AM, and we were religious about maintenance. But many companies now send their aircraft to China for annual checkups, and etc., and I keep wondering if that Southwest plane had done its most recent check in China. I seems odd, but I do wonder.

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        • noswamp says:

          ” and I keep wondering if that Southwest plane had done its most recent check in China. I seems odd, but I do wonder.”

          I know the airline industry well. I too, used to work for an airline in the USA. As far as I can tell, Southwest is not doing anything in China. That would be crazy and their pilots would protest loudly if that happened. I would imagine.

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      • Farmkid says:

        High wire poweline installers have told me that US power line has been replaced with cheap Chinese product,, it requires double and triple the time to install and frays upon install. Realize that if we have an EMP, we must go to China to obtain our repair parts ( transformers?). Talk about poor National defense….corrupt Nimrods!

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        • Cliff Indiana says:

          Yes, transformers. Their manufacture was moved supposedly due to their PCB content .
          That product (transformers) needs reclaimed back to the USA for sure.

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      • neal s says:

        There are numerous reasons to prefer having parts made in the USA. It is crazy to have any of your military gear being dependent on people who might be your enemies. Our electric grid is barely holding on while crazies in Colorado want to shut down clean burning coal power plants and have us move to unreliable and inefficient solar and wind power.

        The US has lots of good coal and the technology to allow it to burn clean. CO2 is necessary for plants and increasing it only helps. I sure hope that under VSGPDJT we will have our electric grid boosted with many new coal fired plants close to where the demand is so that the grid is made much less vulnerable.

        I eagerly look forward to all sorts of subsidies being eliminated or reduced. I also look forward to removing ethanol from gasoline. I realize these things take time and that until we elect representatives to support PDJT to MAGA, that progress will not be as quick as it might be otherwise.

        Our President needs our support and our prayers for him and all those who will help him MAGA.

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    • highdezertgator says:

      I have two Honda’s and Ford Pickup with air bag recall!
      “Japanese air bag maker Takata is recalling an additional 3.3 million faulty air bag inflators as it expands the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.
      The latest recalls are part of the largest series of automotive recalls in U.S. history, with 19 automakers having to recall up to 69 million inflators in 42 million vehicles. The problem brought a criminal conviction and fine against Takata and forced the Japanese company into bankruptcy protection.”
      https://www.cbsnews.com/news/takata-air-bags-recall-expands-to-3-3-million-vehicles/

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    • littlequilterkitty says:

      My DH and I operate our own auto repair business. For many years nearly 50% of the parts he installed were defective right out of the box, or showed defective shortly after install. The Chinese are doing better at producing auto parts, and he says defects are down to about 30%. Cheap Chinese parts have been the bane of independent repair shops for years in creating unnecessary problems and financial hardships. For shops like ours, having higher quality goods to purchase would increase our quality life immensely, not to mention our customers lives!

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    • Hoosier says:

      Wife is a lead engineer at an oem us auto parts manufacturer. The fault is not the parts people, it boils down to this. Morons at the big three here in the US. When Asram Vadjapuuti or Lee Hing Wo calls, they cringe and can hardly understand his engrish. (Pun intended) What kind of stupid sh!t does they want this time? Split the difference. A win win for all. H1B’s go back. Cost of production goes down. Car prices drop. Automakers profits go up. Wages go up. It is neither rocket surgery nor brain science.

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  3. mr.piddles says:

    “China is using U.S. nuclear negotiations with North Korea as leverage for more beneficial trade outcomes; the communist regime is in full manipulative dragon-mode.”

    Trump: “Game on. Been waiting for this day for a lllooonnng time.”

    Liked by 30 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      He also tweeted about it!

      Liked by 20 people

  4. Publius2017 says:

    Kudlow is a classic…

    Liked by 10 people

  5. truthseeker39525 says:

    Am I the only one that feels this way, or does anyone else get the impression that President Trump is about 400 light-years ahead of the previous three or four administrations?
    I believe we are in so much better hands with a practical hard-nosed America-First businessman at the helm, rather than a bunch of ivory-tower no-experience ‘academic’ types (or the multinational corporate types) in charge.
    THANK YOU Sundance, for giving us the Straight Scoop!

    Liked by 66 people

    • CNN_sucks says:

      PDJT works for us. Unlike previous administrations who were selling out america. Too many special interest group in DC. Need to drain the swamp.

      Liked by 17 people

    • Lemmy says:

      A young Donald Trump in economics class:

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      • GB Bari says:

        Classic! A movie made back when Hollywood actually knew how to laugh at the hubris-filled academics versus the realists who actually make America work.

        The Lefties who infest Hollywood today would never understand the truth behind the humor in that clip.

        Thanks Lemmy!

        Liked by 2 people

      • SteveInSC says:

        I have for years, said that Rodney used Trump as a model for this character and the one he played in Caddyshack.

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    • Curry Worsham says:

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    • Turranos says:

      POTUS is a force of one that can upend anything or anyone he sets his sights on. Gotta love it. MAGA!

      Liked by 3 people

    • daizeez says:

      President Trump mentioned the other day how we are losing 2 billion per day in trade deficits and that is why he wants the China trade deal done quickly. He looks at things like that and breaks it down to what money we are losing per day. That is something most people on any household budget can understand.

      Liked by 9 people

      • GB Bari says:

        Demonstrates just how well PDJT understands the details of this subject. He’s only been studying it for 35+ years.

        Some might say – this subject is “in his wheelhouse”.

        Liked by 2 people

        • usayes says:

          And living with it when it comes to China!! Think of all the “stuff” involved in building a building – from wiring to paint, to drywall (remember Chinese drywall), screws, nuts and bolts, fixtures, machinery parts — much from China. So our builder President who uses lawyers and knows his laws IS light years ahead of his predecessors and just what we need at this time in history. He KNOWS that the section 232 investigation will make his very good friend President Xi very nervous. We could very well see the happy, jolly Kim re-appear just in time for June 12.

          Liked by 3 people

        • graciegram says:

          GB Bari, some might also say this subject is “in his Whitehouse” 🙂

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      • Sayit2016 says:

        WOW– that is 60 B a month ( approx) !

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      • G. Combs says:

        That comes out to 5600 for every man, woman and child in the USA or 22,400 per family of four.

        That does NOT include the $$$ lost from our economy because of the ‘Local Multiplier Effect’

        EXAMPLE:
        If I earn an extra $100 with my small business,
        I spend it buying Veggies up the street from a local farmer
        who uses the $100 to buy beef from another local
        who has his tractor repaired by another local
        who has his roof repaired by a bunch of Mexicans who then send the $100 to Mexico.
        That ends the circulation of the $$$ within the community/nation.

        “….It has been estimated that about a century ago, thriving industrial communities had a LME in the high 20s or low 30s. Today it’s estimated to be in the single digits. This reduction in the number of rounds that monies make has had an extremely negative effect on our local economies. All areas of community life are affected by this deficit. This lost treasure of local economies was never measured, monitored, managed or even acknowledged…..”

        This is why the Bank of England wanted Colonial Script outlawed in colonial America.

        https://21stcenturycicero.wordpress.com/fraud/colonial-scrip/

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    • PS says:

      Everyone got so used to making money by outsourcing and paying for massive logistics that they forgot that you could just onshore the manufacturing with little logistics. The result is a massive shift in priorities, where companies that used to be important (boats, dockworker unions) aren’t , while domestic industries re-ignite. All you had to do was be willing to give up the lobbyist money and level the playing field.

      What they ignored was that they were so busy being NeverTrumpers that it went both ways. they didn’t realize that Trump has no loyalty to them, the same as they had no loyalty to him. Trump shifts the power back to domestic corporations, not multinationals. They need to realize this quick and get on the Trump Train before it leaves the station.

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    • Promises made promises kept!

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    • Paco Loco says:

      Obama the empty high priced suit, isn’t even in the same league as VSGDJT. Obama couldn’t manage a fast food restaurant let alone the worlds largest economy.

      Liked by 4 people

    • kiskiminetas says:

      VSGPDJT is ahead of most administrations because he truly loves America and puts us first instead of other countries. He is a once in a lifetime gift, cherish it.

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  6. Curry Worsham says:

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    • fleporeblog says:

      This will be the ultimate DEATH 💀 to every country that sends their cars 🚘 into the USA 🇺🇸. Remember as of today, we can only charge a 2.5% tariff on cars coming into our country from any country outside of Mexico 🇲🇽 and Canada 🇨🇦 where no tariff is applied because of NAFTA.

      China 🇨🇳 has a 25% tariff, Japan 🇯🇵 and South Korea 🇰🇷 have a 15% tariff while the European Union 🇪🇺 has a 10% tariff on our cars exported into their countries.

      What our President is going to do is destroy imports into our country by putting a tariff of 20% to 30% on all vehicles not made in the USA 🇺🇸. This has nothing to do with our exports. This will cause car companies to have to expand and build new plants in the USA 🇺🇸 in order not to have to pay the tariffs. That is exactly what will happen. You will see states like Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania booming again.

      Our President is going to use the same model he used with steel (25% tariff) and aluminum (10% tariff). The difference here is that there won’t be ANY EXEMPTIONS.

      The other great thing is that Congress cannot stop him. Every country that imports cars into the US will go nuts but our President will point out what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

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      • Nice work … at Trump speed, Flep!

        President Trump is creating massive LEVERAGE with Congress! 😂

        Imagine the USCOC and Globalist Donors POUNDING them to reduce the auto tariffs!
        … In return for Immigration Reform and Border Security, including the Wall.
        … He drops the tariff from 25% to 20% as a “National Security Tradeoff”

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      • Minnie says:

        OUR President is truly a genius!

        A VSS Genius!

        (Wharton)

        God bless President Donald J. Trump
        🙏🦁🙏

        Liked by 4 people

        • fleporeblog says:

          Absolutely right Minnie! This is becoming to easy for him because he is dealing with amateurs.

          Liked by 4 people

          • huskerheart says:

            Amateurs that don’t realize that they are just that…. amateurs.

            Liked by 4 people

            • graciegram says:

              Huskerheart, Yes! The fools in the MSM, Hollywood and Uni-party think of our VSGPDJT as nothing more than a game show host. Their stupidity is being exposed BIGLY 🙂

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            • David A says:

              Caution on that perspective is warranted IMV.
              Yes, many of the politicians were and are amateurs, ready to take money-graft, and enrich themselves under the persuasion of the multinational globalists.

              Also, while the politicians fail in economics, fail in most everything noble in my view, they exceed in every dirty connotation of the word
              “politics” as President Trump says, ” Its a dirty business”

              Yet the business globalist understand very well, as POTUS Trump said; ” You know it, I know it, and THEY know it”…

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      • Beenthere says:

        Are these auto companies cash heavy enough to wait out Trump?

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        • fleporeblog says:

          NO! These companies hate uncertainty and must plan 3 to 5 years in advance when it comes to production. They also realize that he will be there for 6 more years and that the likelihood is that another Republican will take his place and run on his agenda,

          You aren’t going to be able to sellout our country again. That ship has sailed.

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          • usayes says:

            So very true Fle. And after we pull out of NAFTA and all the auto component companies pull out of the maquilas, I’m betting we’ll see a wholesale push (with gentle nudges from our VSG no doubt) by Republican governors to lure companies to their states creating guess what?? JOBS!! Also after the higher auto tariffs are in place, I can see President Trump encouraging gubernatorial candidate ______ (fill in the blank) “you know, Audi might be interested in building a plant in ________ (name depressed area of a state) given the current duty rate on German autos” MAGA”FA” (MAGA for Autos 🙂 )

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      • EJ says:

        Good news and it comes at a time when the Auto Industry is reeling over the Ubers and Zipcars of the world. They are so worried that people will avoid buying cars in favor of car sharing.

        GIVE ME A BREAK.

        We are Americans, not Europeans. We love our damn cars. The Auto knuckleheads know it too. If any market is going to last the test of time, it is the American auto market. It is a total kick in nads.

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        • Your Tour Guide says:

          Need to address the other part of the equation, also.
          The cost of auto insurance. 9k+ a year for 4 drivers,
          no car newer then 2009. Get insurance under control,
          and watch the auto industry really take off. YTG would
          eventually like a newer car. Can’t afford the insurance
          costs in Georgia. At least I’m not in Michigan.

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          • GB Bari says:

            Yes auto insurance is astronomical. BUT…the insurance companies are also having to pay astronomical costs to repair increasing collusion damages due to inattentive and poorly trained drivers (eyes in their mobile phones instead of on the road).

            Until THAT epidemic is gotten under control, we all are paying our actuarially-based shares of the rising cost of poor driving skills.

            My technical solution would be that any cell phone that is turned on in the car, if the transmission is not in Park (vehicle stopped), automatically kills the engine after a loud 60 second warning repeated every 15 seconds via the car speakers. You wanna talk or text? Pull over, stop, and put the transmission in Park. If the cellphone is turned off during that minute the “kill” countdown sequence cancels itself and announces as such.

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            • GB Bari says:

              that should have been collision damages, not collusion damages. Too much Framegate on my mind….

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            • Pat Frederick says:

              what about passenger’s cell phones though?

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            • G. Combs says:

              GB Bari
              You forgot all the ILLEGALS driving WITHOUT insurance. In reality you are paying for THEM TOO!

              The Insurance companies will charge extra for ‘Uninsured motorist coverage’ but they still have costs involved no matter what and WE pay for it.

              Why Uninsured Drivers Cost Us Over $2.6 Billion a Year

              The article blames poverty of course and says immigration/illegals has NOTHING to do with the increase in uninsured drivers (16% in DC) 🙄

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              • GB Bari says:

                Seems like a possible contributor – but I personally have not seen any statistics. Have you found some that cite illegal alien-caused accidents? That would certainly be interesting.

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            • Christian Kat says:

              Don’t forget illegals driving. No fault insurance killed our rates.

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            • Alligator Gar says:

              I call bs.. My car has Bluetooth. I talk with both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road–bluetooth control is with the right thumb on the steering wheel. I am a safer driver even with an active Bluetooth connection in my car than those ditzy women who drive along looking at their passenger while yapping non-stop, I guarantee that.

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              • GB Bari says:

                It’s not bs. You may have a better than average ability to focus on the driving while holding a discussion on your phone. I have seen reports in the not-too-distant past from the research institutes who run a lot of tests for the insurance industry. They have found that, on average, most people’s ability to multitask (talk on a cell phone) while driving – isn’t as good as the people believed. Stopping distances were greatly increased – overall reaction times increased for all emergency maneuvers. Some drivers ran right into/over obstacles placed in the road in front of them – they looked right at it but it didn’t “register” because they were mentally focused on the cell conversation.

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        • Serena says:

          That was Obama’s and the globalists plan to get us all hooked on ubers, electric cars etc. Americans love their big Trucks and SUVS.

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          • G. Combs says:

            I remember station wagons. Mom loved hers since she was a real estate agent. She could take the whole family house hunting without a problem or having them try to follow in their car.

            Our ‘Betters’ got rid of the station wagon so the SUV, built on a truck frame and called a ‘truck’ took its place. That shows just how important that niche market is.

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            • Cuppa Covfefe says:

              Guess I’m really old-fashioned. It’s not a truck or a proper station wagon in my book unless it can take a 4×8 sheet of plywood or drywall flat in the bed (or the back with the seats folded down). These “King Cabs” with four doors and almost no bed make me ill.
              Only thing you could haul is a safe, and that only if you had any money left over from what they cost now…

              And the electronics are nobody’s friend, even those of us who can diagnose and repair them…

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            • Serena says:

              We always had station wagons too. I remember our Ford Country Squire and our Buick Vista Cruiser. Loved those rear facing back seats at the drive in and on family trips.

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        • kiskiminetas says:

          True EJ taking my car away is just the same as taking my gun away. That dog doesn’t hunt with me.

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      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        And it’s not just the tariffs. There’s VAT tacked onto each vehicle purchased in Europe, depending on which country. Here in Germany, that’s 19 percent(!), and there are additional costs for converting the cars to european standards, if they’re not already built according to them.

        The standards for Germany are quite strict, for instance (have to be for cars to be able to go 125 MPH or so), so generally tires, brakes, suspensions, etc. (and lights) need upgrading.

        So you can probably add 30-40 percent for customs and VAT. Granted, sales tax in the US can be high (I*m looking at YOU, Kalifornistan), but nothing like 19%.

        Funny, the only thing you can almost always get “gubmint” officials to agree on is raising prices or raising taxes….

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      • Addison Gooding says:

        Don’t forget that on top of their 10% tariff, the Germans also have a 19% import VAT! Not considered a tariff by the WTC.

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    • Octavia says:

      Living in the Wolverine State, also called once, the auto capital of world. I am so happy to hear this. I worked on the design and development. When the trade agreements came I wondered how could the government replace the taxes on high paying jobs. They found a way – taxing healthcare. Hard to find an Electrical Engineer job in Michigan these days. You used to job hop every 3 years for a raise. Coming soon – and no need to travel to China suppliers to OK their parts validation methods. Not tired of winning yet!

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  7. Justice Warrior says:

    Keep these men and their plans in prayer so we can keep Making America Great Again!

    Liked by 16 people

  8. wendy forward says:

    All so very precious, Koalas are so soft and cute.

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  9. Kate says:

    I like it, but the best thing is the left doesn’t know up from down or left from right as they spin and boomerang from one item to another regarding the work our President is presenting and accomplishing, dear God we are so lucky to have this wonderful man.

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    • My bride said exactly the same thing today!

      Congress can’t even keep up with his location, let alone his accomplishments and the ever-accumulating congressional backlog of unaddressed priorities.

      Ryan FAILED AGAIN to produce the Budget that was due last weekend!

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    • fabrabbit says:

      Kate: nor do they understand economics, finance trade or negotiating. MAGA

      Liked by 1 person

      • Paco Loco says:

        Most congresscriters are lawyers. They never ran a business or made payrol, or had to hire/fire workers. The country needs business people in Congress instead of the blood suckers that are there now. POTUS is the finest example of a CEO with top notch business accumen plus he’s a natural born leader.

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        • mdaush says:

          They are being paid and worse to vote the way they vote,nothing to do with business acumen.

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        • Alligator Gar says:

          Oh, so we lawyers don’t hire our secretaries and paralegals, they work for free? Who knew?

          Guess I never got the memo that lawyers aren’t running small businesses, paying rent, making payroll, and hiring and firing like any other small business.

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  10. GB Bari says:

    Thanks you for the timely article and additional insight, Sundance. I’m not sure I could ever comprehend these negotiations on my own. It would be far worse having to rely on interpretations from the boob tube ‘news’.

    Pretty easy to see that VSGPDJT has the entire strategy well planned in advance and knows the moves that our trading “partners” will attempt.

    Notice this is only a request to “consider”…..(no actual action). I will definitely NOT be watching the Globalist defenders on FBN or CBNC tonight or tomorrow. You already know their heads are exploding.

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  11. Bill Dunn says:

    ANYONE who wants to tangle with those guys?
    Then go for it and see how you come out!
    All i can see are FANGS.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. Pam says:

    We’ve never had a POTUS this brilliant. The UNIparty is so clueless!

    Liked by 18 people

  13. Gil says:

    The correlation between nafta talks, china trade and a sudden rattling by noko is obvious to anyone who actually follows economics, even a novice. POTUS isnt going to back down to China because, America First. Fascinating and incredible to witness.

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  14. Kudlow is soooooo cuddly! Makes you want to take him home as a pet for your 10 year old daughter. 🐨

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  15. It’s coming…..

    Liked by 28 people

  16. getfitnow says:

    I posted this on the POTUS thread, but it seems this one is most appropriate.

    FTA – “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”—Alexander the Great Some men walk into a room and the room just belongs to them. The head guy in the room. The man in charge. It doesn’t matter if it’s a room of five or a room of 500, everyone looks. It’s not a height thing. It’s not a wealth thing. It’s not about brains or brawn or what kind of car he drives. It is simply a matter of having “it,” and “it” is a quality that few men possess. Luckily for America, Trump has this in spades.

    Part of the journalistic angst that Trump is that guy comes from the fact their savior, Barack Obama, just could never be. There are two big reasons Obama’s foreign policy had all the staying power of raw shrimp in a hot car. His natural inclination to agree with foreign dictators that America is an evil place in need of “fundamental change,” as he put it, hurt him when dealing with them.

    But what hurt him the most was his rank amateur status at anything involving the real world. He never stood in a room of powerful men used to getting what they want and trying to assert their dominance. He moved seamlessly through a world of academia, liberal activism, then politics. It’s not even reasonable to expect a man to stroll off the cushy world of liberal academia into a room of wolves and expect him to perform. He got eaten alive.

    http://thefederalist.com/2018/05/23/foreign-policy-donald-trump-powerful-man-barack-obama-never/

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    • Turranos says:

      That is one fine essay!

      Liked by 1 person

    • boogywstew says:

      In academia, the lunch ladies and Groundskeeper Willy stood head and shoulders above Obama.

      Liked by 6 people

    • Doppler says:

      Nailed it gfn. Obama had zero executive capacity.

      Liked by 4 people

    • wheatietoo says:

      That article presumes that BHO actually wanted to do things that would help the US.
      I don’t think he did.

      I think he was on a mission to destroy this country.
      But he was good at making it look like his harmful policies were ‘unintentional’.

      Nicely written piece, though…and spot on about Pres Trump.

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      • Your Tour Guide says:

        The first big clue to me that Obama was out to destroy the U.S.
        was by how the GM bail out was handled.

        I think that it was done in a manner to settle as many grudges,
        cause as much damage as possible. I think that it was also done
        in a manner to make GM much less competitive against foreign
        competition.

        After the bail out, GM closed down these brands.
        Saturn, Pontiac, Hummer, and SAAB.

        Hummer had to go, because it was the environmentalist’s
        favorite target. Saturn had to go because they had worked
        out specific concessions with the unions when it was formed.
        Pontiac had to go because of racial grudges. Pontiac is where
        Detroit moved to after Coleman Young destroyed it. SAAB
        had to go because it was from Sweden, and all the targeting
        over the last few years seems to be against Scandinavians.

        If you doubt the last sentence, see where the hot spots for
        Somalian settlement initially were in the U.S. Minnesota,
        and Maine. Look at the amount of Scandinavian ancestry
        in these states compared to the rest of the U.S.

        When they closed down Saturn and Pontiac, they did so
        because there were more new, competitive models in these
        divisions. Remember the Saturn Sky? The Pontiac Solstice?
        The Saturn Astre? The Pontiac G 8? All were new, competitive,
        and didn’t last long enough to begin to pay their tooling off.
        Chevy at the time had no new product. Same with Buick.

        The divisions with no innovative product were kept. The ones
        with fresh product were axed. To my mind, it was deliberate,
        and malicious. It was my first true glimpse into how Obama
        settled scores, created damage.

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        • wheatietoo says:

          Yes, and thank you, Guide, for remembering that.

          BHO also made GM cancel all the dealerships that were owned by Republicans!
          That was one of the most outrageously vindictive, politically-motivated attacks I have ever seen.

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        • Paco Loco says:

          It was a national disgrace what Obama did to the car companies and their investors. That ugliness exposed Obama as the Communist that he is.

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  17. Curry Worsham says:

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  18. Trog Luddite says:

    Sundance should get a Pullitzer for making economic theory simple – and for adding the picture of a … a what, koala bear? … for Larry Kudlow.

    Liked by 6 people

    • Oldschool says:

      Agree Trog. I knew NAFTA was horrible and wall street had the upper hand while our community banks were falling, one by one.
      I knew produce prices made no sense, but I never understood any of it until Sundance has painstakingly and patiently laid it out. Thank you SD.

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  19. Mr BiG Time says:

    “Enter Trump with a plan”…. boom, power move. Way to go DJT! Feeling proud and well represented! MAGA!

    Liked by 8 people

  20. Fishelsea says:

    How did the US end up with such lopsided tariffs. Cant remember one that was in our favor.

    Liked by 2 people

    • PS says:

      It has been a slow creep over 40 years. The US auto sector got complacent, and a chunk was bitten out by Japanese cars in the 80s. It was a race to the bottom to cut costs, relocate, outsource. By the 90s it was NAFTA would save us, leveling the markets, create opportunities for US to sell to Mexico and Canada. Except that Mexico and Canada were just as happy buying cheap from China as we were, then it was a shell game to move products and funds and relabel as made in Mexico. Made in the USA became Assembled in the USA.

      The 2000s didn’t help, because we had to destroy capitalism to save it, and all QE did was hand out cheap money so companies could buy back stock and pad their bottom line on paper. Borrow money cheap, build an overseas factory. Politicians stopped representing their constituents, rather their constituents became the multinationals. Money keeps them getting re-elected, and low import costs keeps the CoC happy. Just keep kicking the can, borrow more money, monetize more debt, and before you know it, you’re the worlds largest consumer without an industrial base, with a dying middle class, aging population, and handouts galore. The car is heading towards the cliff at a Trillion/year.

      And Trump’s the new driver. Grab that steering wheel, yank it hard. Inertia throws the passengers around, they yell “what kind of driver are you?” All dumb and happy cruising along. But they don’t realize they don’t want that destination, we’ve seen that movie, Venezuela. Instead of you’ve saved our lives, it’s you’ve spilled my latte.

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  21. thesavvyinvester says:

    “The auto-sector is much more than just complete assembled vehicles. In many ways the core trade issues of part origination, manufacturing and assembly of multiple durable goods sectors are represented within the auto industry process.”

    I am here in MI, yes the “Tier Suppliers” are so important. Your SUV might have a frame made by a Tier, as well as the Entire Rear and Front Suspension Modules that will bolt to said frame. These are sometimes foreign manufacturers, but many have a presence in South East Michigan, either or assembly and design. Why is design important, we are talking about sometimes intrinsic knowledge of that rear suspension that maybe a handful of guys or gals at the supplier really get and know how to make it work. From a accounting standpoint that could be considered “Good Will” IMHO. Does this have a national security component? You bet, if you loose it, it’s gone, keep these beach-heads, I don’t care if it is a switch or an entire major component. And this intrinsic knowledge goes to the blue collar guys and gals in the plant. Note, both these engineering and blue collar jobs are ALL good jobs. They both know the ways to do it right, it does have value as do these people that NAFTA tried to wash away. G-d forbid we be in a war footing aka WWII and we need massive numbers of a given item on an assembly line aka the B-24 @ Willow Run in Yipsi. We need that in reserve IMHO. And yes Sundance is correct, when he says: “assembly of multiple durable goods sectors” Yes, especially with the coming Electric Car paradigm shift IMHO, and infotainment in the cockpit of the car, the core technologies underneath these I mentioned are transferable, especially into our homes and soon to Aerospace, with a number of Electric Commuter type aircraft being designed and scheduled for testing and production in the the next 10 years aka Zumin for example below. We don’t want to loose any of these beach-heads, China has a long term game plan to be the world leader in a series of key technologies. Surrender nothing, especially in automotive. The lines between the technologies utilized in automotive and aerospace are being blurred with the focus on low weight, low drag etc etc. let’s not loose a thing.

    https://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/JetSuite-Signs-Up-For-Zunum-Hybrids-230852-1.html

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  22. Normally Quiet Observer says:

    JMHO … but I think the sector of auto / truck production that needs to be looked at REAL hard is the electronics packages that are manufactured elsewhere. IMHO – that needs to be stopped, immediately. Who knows what secrets / tricks etc. are already imbedded in them, enabling who knows whom, to do who knows what with them via satellite / Wi Fi which most vehicles manufactured today are already enabled to seamlessly handle. History has shown us that fact quite often follows fiction, and for the last ten or so years fiction is showing us numerous examples of “hostile takeovers” of civilian vehicles for reasons starting with Law Enforcement ‘turning off your car’ so you cannot run away from them; all the way to foreign actors ‘remote controlling vehicles’, while watching by satellite, to cause ‘local harm’. Anyone foolishly thinking “it can’t happen here” needs to wake up. My point is why freely give electronic access to overseas companies / actors / governments who; 1) may be controlled by their governments, and just doing what they are told, 2) may have their own reasons for desiring the ability to control American / worldwide vehicle operations … Imagine what would happen if all of your vehicles suddenly just ‘stopped working’ on a battlefield? OR, if all of the diesel trucks in the nation suddenly quit working – no more deliveries of ANYTHING – starting with food, and gasoline? Almost every motorized vehicle today has some form of ‘computer controller’ in it already, and each year more and more of the basic operation is already being taken over by those computers – crash avoidance, auto-braking, auto-parking, etc.. Think about it.

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  23. wheatietoo says:

    Mexico’s Presidential Candidates dropped the mask and basically ‘declared war’ on the US:
    The all said, all four of them, that they would “assist South American immigrants in getting into the United States”.

    Tucker Carlson covered this tonight on his show.
    Sorry, I don’t have a clip of it yet, or I would post it.

    Tucker asked the question…”How is this not the act of a Hostile Nation?”

    So I hope that our President and his team of Wolverines brings this up in the next NAFTA negotiations.
    Mexico is not our friend!

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    • Oldschool says:

      Trump is about to collect the down payment on the wall, one way or another.

      Liked by 6 people

    • President Trump sent Central American countries a “message” today when he said he’d start charging them for every MS-13 Illegal [soon to be the rest, too] … taking it out of their Foreign Aid, if not cancelling it altogether.

      [Response to “Gee, what can we do if their countries won’t take these criminals back?”]

      Hallelujah!

      Charge them every DIME of what these Illegals have cost us!

      Liked by 9 people

      • Gil says:

        I have been saying it for YEARS. Even just yesterday. If they want aid they have to take their homeboys and homegirls….home. After they pay up.

        Liked by 2 people

    • lokiscout says:

      Give the wolverines a break! Send in the Marines have General Mathis sing a couple verses of the Marine Hymn to them.

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  24. DanO64 says:

    Just more winning is all. More please.

    Liked by 2 people

  25. Oldschool says:

    Most of us have seen China flexing in the last couple of weeks and the media and Chuckie screaming China was getting the best of Trump. Hysterical!!! Why do they continually, publically set themselves up to be such fools? I guess because they are.

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  26. StuckInBlue says:

    Quick! Someone ask 0bama if he can explain this “Magic Wand” that Trump is using.

    Liked by 7 people

  27. Wanna bet whether Wilburine has already completed the study Analysis and Conclusions?
    • He already had the authority: President Trump’s “request” was window-dressing.
    • He certainly had the expertise: He’s operated in the auto industry.
    • He also fingered the need and urgency: He’s nailed Mexico’s complicity under NAFTA!

    All he needs to finish is the Recommendations.

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    • soozword says:

      Count the days until his report is out and there is your answer (bet you are right)!

      Liked by 4 people

    • Massive implications for trade deals with Mexico, Canada, Japan and South Korea.
      … First to make their Bilateral Deal gets the best outcome.
      … Delay and get ROLLED!

      YUGE signal to EU countries of Britain, France and Germany.
      … Hey Merkel, we’ll get around to dropping the 25% tariff in 2030 when you stop stiffing us on the 2% of GDP funding for NATO.
      … Hey Macron and May, good luck opposing the Iran Sanctions to trade with them and fund terrorism.

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    • Publius Covfefe says:

      Well said, BKR. This 232 drop has likely always been an alternative, should Panda drop its mask and try to get ugly regarding NoKo nukes. Brinksmanship is not for mom jeans wearing toady scum like Obama, but for business man deal makers like POTUS who understands leverage. That is how you get what you want and need. MAGA

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  28. jmclever says:

    Aluminum and Steel protected under 232 and now automobiles!

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  29. Donzo says:

    So fantastic to have a president who will not allow Americans to be played for suckers so the elite can profit in an egregious manner off the suffering of the working class.

    Liked by 16 people

  30. daughnworks247 says:

    Had an auto accident with a fairly new vehicle. Car should have been totaled but was repaired and returned to me. Car pulled to the right, badly, and made me crazy.
    26 times I took the vehicle back to be fixed.
    I would not relent.
    Eventually, a quiet little mechanic noticed a recall on rotors for tires, with a notice to only use factory original parts and no after-market parts.
    Sure enough, I had after-market parts used in replacement instead of original FORD parts. One time, in and out and the problem was fixed.
    Instead of the 6 months of haranguing, I wish they would just do the right thing in the first place.
    My original rotors came in a box with AMERICAN packaging labels, etc.
    The after-market parts, you guessed it, Chinese labeling.

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  31. Elizabeth Carter says:

    Section 232 must be the focus now. Other countries have been using and abusing us in the name of free trade. They send us inferior concrete, aluminum, steel, computer chips and many other items that have been well documented to fail and/or to actually be used as weapons against us.
    The leaders of all of the other nations consider themselves united in a war to destroy America.
    The thing that I find most interesting about this whole scenario is that they have entirely missed the whole point about what made America great.
    The car industry is a good example. Henry Ford started mass manufacturing automobiles he changed the world. Literally. This is a short article and sums it up very well.
    http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/ford.htm
    What makes America great is the fact that our country was set up for “We the People”.
    The wealthy of the world have always, and still do, consider the people of the world their slaves.
    They want all of the “good stuff’ and even resent giving the rest of the people “crumbs from their table.”
    When the whole world takes on the real American model then everyone in the world will benefit.
    The wealthy of the world have done everything in their power to stop us and it is not working for them.
    America has a GDP of $19 Trillion plus and has 1/4 of the population of China who has a GDP of $11 Trillion plus. China made their money from trading with America. If it was a simple matter of how many slaves they owned, China should easily have a GDP of $75- 80 Trillion.

    Our Constitution and Bill of Rights were set up on Christian principles that valued “We the People”, recognized our God given rights and limited Government control of the citizens. To the best of my knowledge, we are the only country in the world that is set up on this model. If I am wrong, then please correct me.

    When other countries begin to take on these simple principles, they also will thrive.
    We let our Government get out of hand and we are taking it back. It is a complicated process. God has brought us President Trump and he is managing to do this monumental task with very little disturbance. He has kept us out of a world war and a Civil war. I did not see how he could do that. It has been fascinating to live in this time and watch how he manages to expose our enemies and get them to give up without bloodshed. We each do our part. We always watch and pray.
    God Bless President Trump
    God Bless America
    MAGA

    Liked by 11 people

    • talker2u says:

      IMHO, there are numerous national security reasons to invade SoBoHoNa (southern border hostile nation).

      Liked by 2 people

      • Lindenlee says:

        The situation in Mexico is deteriorating rapidly. Trucks are being hijacked everywhere, but the cartels control everything. I am wondering if I should sell my house. I think that only a contingent of SEALs will be able to take them on, and MX will never humble itself to ask for help.

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    • Elizabeth, your summation is truly brilliant in its penetrating perspective and insight!

      “We let our Government get out of hand and we are taking it back. It is a complicated process. God has brought us President Trump and he is managing to do this monumental task with very little disturbance. He has kept us out of a world war and a Civil war. I did not see how he could do that. It has been fascinating to live in this time and watch how he manages to expose our enemies and get them to give up without bloodshed.”

      Liked by 5 people

    • daughnworks247 says:

      Nominating Elizabeth for our “Manager of the Message”. Well done,

      Liked by 3 people

    • Dennis Leonard says:

      Gil,hope you do not mind,this is going in my desktop background collection,changes every 30 minutes.All pictures have come the CTH comments section.Fantastic graphic.

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    • Dennis Leonard says:

      Elizabeth,my daughters name,we call her Bitty.Now look up Paraguay and see the form of government they have,there gun laws,there economy.They just moved their embassy to Jerusalem,second behind the US

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  32. thedoc00 says:

    I have gut feeling that the current NAFTA Treaty will be used by China as part of their defense, with a level of justification. This may be the death knell for NAFTA if Mexico and Canada persist in their positions.

    Don’t be surprised if Mexico and Canada are not cheering on China’s side at the WTO.

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  33. 4sure says:

    The USA auto industry should just be the first of many National Security concerns re. American mfg. industries that need to become American based once again. The effing globalists have sold us out. Then SOB’s need to be punished. Also time to break up the monopolies. Start w/google and the media.

    Liked by 7 people

    • Wit's End says:

      No need to legislate.
      Marsh v. Alabama, 326 U.S.501 (1946)

      Short version. Company town in Alabama. Company owned everything: streets, sidewalks, structures, … To get to the businesses citizens had to enter and traverse company property. Jehovah’s Witness lady handing out Watchtower in front of the Post Office. Arrested. Goes to supreme court. SC rules that to the extent a person or entity allows public access the person or entity gives up its property rights to enforce behavior on said property.
      Just map this to Facebook, Google, Twitter et alia. First amendment, losers!

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    • rashomon says:

      Start with all the social Internet data collectors and the Big Six propaganda pushers who own the rest of the media/Hollywood empire, but don’t stop there. The banks need their comeuppance and must be required to return all that money they glommed from our Treasury while they ruined the community banks and S&Ls. The global corporations must be limited in their reach. NO company with foreign ownership should have control of our basic industries. I have a particular dislike for Monsanto and several Big Pharmas who undermine our health and welfare.

      Let them eat their own cake.

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  34. Eagle-one deployed! LOVE IT!!!!!

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  35. Jeff says:

    I unreservedly and implicitly trust our VSGPDJT to handle this. It is, after all, his area of expertise, and given the history since 1/20/17, that’s saying a lot.

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  36. emet says:

    The US used to make the finest cars in the world. In 1934 a Pierce Arrow was driven 24 hours at an average of 127mph. The Packard,Peerless, and Dusenburg were just as great. We could build them like that again.

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  37. A2 says:

    Mr Wilbur: “economic security is national security.”

    “Pentagon pulls China’s invite to Pacific naval exercises”
    The Pentagon has pulled its invitation for China to join maritime exercises in the Pacific because of Beijing’s “continued militarization” of the South China Sea, an official said Wednesday, in the latest sign of US-China strains.

    China hit back at the decision, calling it “very non-constructive” and saying it was taken without due reflection.

    Personnel from more than two dozen countries train together and work on seamanship across the vast region for the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise organized by the US Navy.

    But the United States now says China’s behavior in the South China Sea runs counter to the spirit of the drills.”
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-disinvites-china-pacific-military-exercises-pentagon-163744941.html

    Wang Yi has a memory lapse as the Chinese promised Zero no militarization of the disputed SCS islands.

    More than one way to snatch the pearl from the dragon’s mouth.

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  38. Texian says:

    My, how far U.S. corporate automobile manufacturers have fallen.. Back when America was still Great.. A time when one of them gave the time to listen to a Texas blue collar oilfield roughneck / chicken farmer who convinced them he could make them a National and World Champion.. and did..

    A blue collar wrench turning Texas chicken farmer.. A World Champion..

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    • scott467 says:

      Don’t forget the 1967 – 1969 Chevrolet Corvettes with the aluminum big-block L88 engine option and 560+ hp that was tearing up the track during the same era.

      Or the Corvette Grand Sport that was representing Chevrolet / GM on the race track from 1963 to 1966, until the ’67 L88 big block was released 🙂

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    • Alligator Gar says:

      Shelby is one of my car-crazy son’s heroes. Kid has a DVD about Shelby that he watches a lot ‘getting ideas.’

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  39. DamnRednek says:

    Our “typical” professional politicians simply are not qualified to compete in the new world of technology, greed, finance and worldwide competition… They don’t have a clue and their lack of knowledge and quest for personal power and personal wealth is killing our country.

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  40. Mia C says:

    DID YOU ALL WATCH THE TUCKER INTERVIEW!!!!!!!!! THE LAWYER IS DESCRIBING AN OBAMA FBI EFFORT AT ENTRAPMENT!!!!!!!!! ENTRAPMENT IS TOTALLY ILLEGAL. What the holy hell. This is beyond scandalous.

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  41. scott467 says:

    “China is using U.S. nuclear negotiations with North Korea as leverage for more beneficial trade outcomes;”

    _______________

    Except Panda was caught with his Dragon pants down.

    Kimmy was all smiles and hugs, giving up nuclear ambitions before the talks even began. THEN his presence was requested in downtown Panda Park. After spending a fine afternoon gazing at the Pandas in Panda Park, Kimmy returned to the Land of the Dark Satellite Photo and all of a sudden plays the hardliner.

    Nobody is fooled, everybody knows that Panda/Sybil gave Lil’ Kim marching orders.

    NK was only a credible threat so long as the world perceived NK as independent and crazy.

    But China is not crazy, and China cannot afford to be seen as crazy (crazy is still stigmatized in China, unlike here, where they either make you a celebrity, a politician or a school shooter).

    Now that everybody knows China controls NK, the nuclear threat from NK is no more (or less) likely than a nuclear threat from China itself. And China can’t go around making nuclear threats against other nations, its unseemly, BIG loss of face for Sybil/Dragon/Panda.

    So the NK nuclear ‘threat’ is no longer credible.

    Ergo, China’s leverage regarding NK is gone.

    The longer China tries to pretend otherwise, the more they look like somebody trying to bring bell-bottoms or knee-high tube socks back into style.

    It’s not happenin’.

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  42. scott467 says:

    Current trade negotiations with the EU, China and NAFTA have reached a loggerhead status around these core issues.”

    ___________________

    And that loggerhead has been there all along. All this time that has been wasted talking about other things was just an exercise in diplomatic conflict avoidance, but it’s a dead end street so the discussion was only ever going one place anyway.

    It should have been the FIRST dispute to be resolved, because if you can’t resolve that one, the rest don’t matter.

    And they can’t resolve that one.

    Everybody knew it from the get-go.

    Just wastin’ time, bureaucrat-style.

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  43. scott467 says:

    “Multinational ‘Wall Street’ corporations are unwilling to lose their prior multi-billion investments and take a new ‘America-First’ approach. ”

    _______________

    Hmmm….. they better get their own military so they can take on the United States Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

    This is silly. It has always been silly. Their ‘will’ is not relevant, until or unless they have the military might to force their will on others — like the tyrannical dictators they dream to be.

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  44. Echo says:

    Elephant in the room is that the US auto industry did not produce cars that people wanted in past decades compared to say, Toyota.
    Look at the build quality even today of a Landcruiser GXL compared to US 4wds, there is no comparison. In serious 4wd countries the Cruiser/ Hi Lux are most expensive yet most popular. Funny about that.

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  45. Pyrthroes says:

    Notice that Trump never argues, never smiles. He states factual reality, which everybody knows but none dare call be name; and like Eisenhower, he simply grins.

    Not for nothing is Trump a “reality show” impressario. To those on his level, competitive economic confrontations are part-and-parcel of a Darwinian worldview, whereby adaptive growth-and-change wins out as a survival skill.

    Among much else, academics fail to realize that although “no-one is expert on the future”, exponential quality beats plodding linear-extrapolation every time. And what is “quality” but a dedication to playful innovation (“do it better”), honest effort (“now I know 1,000 ways not to do it”), above all a deeply ethical sense that “doing Good” rightly compensates one’s “doing Well”?

    For those who need reminding, this is Max Weber’s good ole Protestant Ethic. Absent its humane Greco-Roman and canonical Judaeo-Christian context, mandating individual risk/reward under impartial Rule of Law, countries from China and Japan to Southern Europe, Africa and Latin America, produce no Edisons, Fords, Wright Brothers, Bill Gates or Steven Jobs. No reigning clerisy, despotic mandarinate, or self-perpetuating nomenklatura will ever, under any circumstances, foster innovations threatening their caste- and class-based rentier perogatives.

    Enter Pres. Donald Trump: Like George Washington Plunkett (qv) on a transcendent global scale, he “seen his opportunities, and he took ’em.”

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  46. 4harrisonblog says:

    MOAB (mother of all bombs) doesn’t need to be dropped from a plane or go boom. It can be quietly deployed with no noise. As in a trade deal by people, with the keep the United States secure and great as their only agenda’s goal.

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  47. Ospreyzone says:

    It is so awesome to watch PDJT work. He is a true master.

    China thought they could use the upcoming Singapore Summit with the DPRK to gain additional leverage on the trade front. To that end, Kim (at the behest of Panda) started talking tough again.
    The Donald responded by immediately taking their cards off the table – He cancelled the meeting.

    The Asians are truly exasperated in trying to figure out PDJT. They are amateurs and not evenly equipped to play with the man who wrote “The Art of the Deal.” MAGA.

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  48. RH says:

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/24/trump-says-singapore-summit-with-north-korea-leader-kim-is-cancelled-.html

    For the good of America the stupid China Province summit is cancelled. What a dumb idea that was!!

    Now Mr President do what you said you were going to do!! Its now or never.

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  49. Stephen says:

    While he’s at it, he should also cut the Gordian knot of the CAFE standards

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