Hypocritical G7 Ministers Rail Against Audacity of The U.S. Trade Position Requiring “Reciprocal and Fair” Trade Deals…

“No more stupid trade deals” ~ U.S. President Donald Trump

From the G7 Mission Statement outlining the objectives of their meeting: “From May 31 – June 2, 2018, G7 Ministers responsible for development cooperation met in Whistler, Canada, to discuss their shared priorities on some of the most pressing global development and humanitarian challenges, including advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.”

However, as the G7 finance ministerial sessions wrapped up today, all the talk centered around their collective, and stunningly hypocritical, angst at new United States trade policy; specifically the imposition of Steel and Aluminum tariffs on imported goods.

France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy all have trade tariffs and trade barriers far higher than the U.S.  Each of the G7 nations has exploited the overwhelmingly one-sided access to the U.S. market for decades.  As President Trump demands “reciprocal and fair” trade agreements – those same nations now balk at the same rules and duties they impose on the U.S. now being imposed against them.

The European Union is a non-enumerated member of the G7, and does not chair nor hosts Summits; however, the EU head joins with the G7 in collective angst against a U.S. trade reset.   It’s hilarious to watch them going bananas.

WHISTLER, British Columbia (Reuters) – Finance leaders of the closest U.S. allies vented anger over the Trump administration’s metal import tariffs but ended a three-day meeting in Canada on Saturday with no solutions, setting the stage for a heated fight at a G7 summit next week in Quebec.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin failed to soothe the frustrations of his Group of Seven counterparts over the 25 percent steel and 10 percent aluminum tariffs that Washington imposed on Mexico, Canada and the European Union this week.

The other six G7 member countries asked Mnuchin to bring to President Donald Trump “a message of regret and disappointment” over the tariffs, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau said at a press conference after the end of a three-day meeting in the Canadian mountain resort town of Whistler, British Columbia.

“We’re concerned that these actions are actually not conducive to helping our economy, they actually are destructive, and that is consistently held across the six countries that expressed their point of view to Secretary Mnuchin,” he added.  (read more)

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244 Responses to Hypocritical G7 Ministers Rail Against Audacity of The U.S. Trade Position Requiring “Reciprocal and Fair” Trade Deals…

  1. MAGADJT says:

    Do they really think a 25% tariff on peanut butter is going to change anyone’s buying habits? If a large jar of PB costs $4, and now it’s $5…but it lasts a month…no way that stops anyone from buying it. Or if it does, it is only at the margins and won’t even register in the overall demand.

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  2. scott467 says:

    Why not go to the G7 meeting and announce that we have resolved the trade and tariff disagreements in a way that no one can dispute?

    Announce the new American policy, where our trade partners tell US what they want their tariff amount to be, based on their own tariffs for us.

    We’ll call it ‘The Golden Rule Tariff’.

    If you have a 25% tariff on U.S. goods coming into our country — and understanding that you want to be treated the same as you treat others — it would be positively rude to not provide you with the same (reciprocal) 25% tariff you gave to us.

    If you have a 0% tariff for us, we will have a 0% tariff for you.

    If you have a 100% tariff for us, we will have a 100% tariff for you.

    Whatever tariff you want to pay, it’s completely up to you.

    You set the tariff amount you pay by setting the tariff amount you expect us to pay.

    What could be more fair?

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    • jrapdx says:

      Didn’t PT talk about doing something like that? I can’t recall specifically when, it may have been during the election campaign or subsequently, but the idea of reciprocal tariffs sounds familiar. The concept might be expanded to account for different export “specialties” of countries, in any case, a system of tariffs based on the idea could have merit.

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      • scott467 says:

        DJT has used the term ‘reciprocal’ many times.

        And since it appears that we have lower tariffs than anybody on apparently every good and service on earth, a ‘Golden Rule’ reciprocal tariff policy is a win-win for us and a lose-lose for everybody else.

        But there is no way they can spin it to make us look like the bad guys, because ‘The Golden Rule’ is to treat others as you would have them treat you, and there’s no way to BS around that.

        However you treat us, that is exactly how we will treat you. If you want to be friends, you have a 0% tariff for us and we do likewise for you.

        If you want to be adversaries, you have a 100% tariff for us, and we will have the same for you.

        If you just want to be fake friends, you have a 50% tariff for us, and we will have a 50% tariff for you.

        The ball is in their court. They decide what tariff they want to pay when they decide what tariff they expect us to pay.

        Couldn’t be any more simple or fair.

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        • Minnie says:

          Do unto others with civility, order and respect.

          That concept is not too difficult to grasp.

          For crying out loud, my children were introduced to it in Nursery School.

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        • jrapdx says:

          Obviously so, we see the value of the Golden Rule, a gloriously enduring element of ethics for a few thousand years. OTOH, the G7 FMs aren’t impressed by such ancient wisdom, their concept of “fair” is what we have now. IOW they’ll screech and holler about any change toward balance or reciprocity. The ball certainly is in their court and at this point that’s how their playing it. As if throwing tantrums and making phony threats is going to change PT’s views. Refusing to negotiate is only going to make it harder on them, they’ll pay a price for such foolishness.

          I think eventually they’ll get the hint and begin to deal with implementing bilateral reciprocity, but I’ve no idea how long that will take.

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          • scott467 says:

            “IOW they’ll screech and holler about any change toward balance or reciprocity.”

            ____________

            Then let them screech and holler, while their economies self destruct.

            Then their own people can finally hold them accountable and make necessary changes.

            It would have happened a long time ago, if we hadn’t been involuntarily subsidizing the entire planet.

            It’s as if the whole planet is on welfare — the American People pay it, and everybody else takes it.

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          • scott467 says:

            “I think eventually they’ll get the hint and begin to deal with implementing bilateral reciprocity, but I’ve no idea how long that will take.”

            _________________

            The first thing they need to do is change their piss-poor attitude. Stop acting like we owe them anything, when they’ve been feasting on us like parasites for DECADES.

            Try being grateful and appreciative and thankful.

            They’ll be amazed how much easier it is to get along, if they stop acting like a bunch of rude, obnoxious, selfish, hateful ingrates.

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            • jrapdx says:

              As many people are saying, the FMs act like spoiled 30 year olds being told they can’t live rent-free in their parents’ basements anymore. Indeed once they get over their tantrums they’ll have to face the music of economic realities. If reciprocal tariffs are imposed by the US it may not take very long before that reality starts to sink in. We can only hope that doesn’t take a real long time because it’s better if we could all agree on fair and equal treatment. If they don’t get it, well, we’ll stop being suckers and the chips fall where they do.

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              • scott467 says:

                “As many people are saying, the FMs act like spoiled 30 year olds being told they can’t live rent-free in their parents’ basements anymore. Indeed once they get over their tantrums they’ll have to face the music of economic realities.”

                _____________________

                I understand and agree, but that problem wouldn’t exist in the first place if anybody actually TAUGHT our young people how to make a living.

                Nobody does.

                They just push them off onto the government skule system for 13 years, then load them up with debt for four more years, and then say GOOD LUCK!

                But they didn’t teach them any &^%$ SKILLS to earn MONEY.

                They left that part out.

                Either because they don’t have a clue how to make money themselves, or because that’s somehow ‘beneath them’.

                In my life experience, there is nothing more important in this world then money. I hate to say it, but that’s my experience.

                If you have money, if you have the skill to obtain money, then you have choices and opportunities.

                If you don’t HAVE the skills or knowledge or understanding of how to MAKE MONEY, then you’re &^^$ed.

                You have no life, no chance, nothing.

                So I’m all for telling the kids to get out of the basement and find work. But you have to teach them how to DO something that earns enough money to make it worthwhile.

                There are few things more discouraging and destructive in this world than to work your ass off for someone else, only to end up with not enough money basic necessities.

                The cost of living has SKYROCKETED.

                That’s the primary reason most households require both spouses to work, just to maintain something approximating the standard of living they grew up with.

                Wage growth has not even ATTEMPTED to keep up with the cost of living. Wage growth just sat back and LAUGHED. And most of it traces back to the entire corrupt system implemented by the political class, that has destroyed the middle class in our country, by DESIGN.

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                • jrapdx says:

                  I’ve known more than a few young adults who should have been standing on their own two feet but weren’t.

                  There are numerous factors that contribute to the problem but the bottom line is having been insulated from the demands of taking care of oneself. Parents tear their hair out about what to do with the adult child who won’t leave the nest.

                  I can tell you these parents abhor the advice to kick the youngster out, or at least cut off their free benefits and privileges, charge rent for the space they occupy. Some parents get the hint, others won’t take any action to assist their child to gain independence and that’s a shame.

                  So PT is in the role of a parent in the above scenarios. He’s appropriately reducing the subsidies that promote unnecessary dependency on US support.

                  Whether the reduction is gradual or rapid is a judgement call I’ll leave up to the President. Despite the cries of protest it is the right thing to do, in the end it’s really what’s best for them as well as us.

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                • Treeclimber says:

                  “There are few things more discouraging and destructive in this world than to work your ass off for someone else, only to end up with not enough money basic necessities.”

                  My husband works full time for a sh*tty company and I work full time taking care of our son, plus beading bracelets to sell. We’re not going to be able to make our car payment this month.
                  If you’re a white male living in the South, especially one who came of age under Obama’s economy (and therefore “has had enough time to get a career” but hasn’t,) you’re screwed, and if you happen to have a family, them with you. Affirmative Action has seen to that – I wish PTrump would target that next!!

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              • scott467 says:

                “There are numerous factors that contribute to the problem but the bottom line is having been insulated from the demands of taking care of oneself. Parents tear their hair out about what to do with the adult child who won’t leave the nest.”

                [I couldn’t reply below you next post, so I’m posting it here]

                ___________________

                I can’t imagine any child not WANTING to ‘leave the nest’ if it was possible to do so.

                You need INCOME.

                There is no other solution to the problem than INCOME.

                If you have reliable income, you can make it. If you don’t have reliable income, you’re dead. You might as well crawl into a dumpster and put a gun in your mouth.

                Income is the critical ingredient.

                A parting gift won’t do anything, that’s just giving a man a fish to eat for a day.

                You have to teach a young person how to fish, so he can eat for the rest of his life.

                We’re not teaching anybody how to fish.

                Maybe it’s because technology is changing too rapidly for the previous generation to have any clue how to prepare the younger generation for what’s coming next. It certainly doesn’t help that the entire education system is DESIGNED to make people STUPID.

                That’s not an accident, that’s something that was worked on and honed over DECADES.

                Working hard is important. But if you’re not working on something that will bear fruit, you can work yourself to death and it won’t make any difference.

                I had no shortage of people telling me what to do when I was younger.

                The one thing I never had was anybody who would SHOW me. You shouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel. If you found something that works, teach me what you’re doing — don’t ‘tell me’, SHOW ME — and I’ll do it better than you do.

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                • we have been showing Europe and the world for decades, besides holding their hands, we have sent teachers, preachers, doctors, engineers to teach and show

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              • I am so glad you are saying that> YES, indeed spoiled rotten they are. They think they can demand and when they say jump-we are supposed to say “How high sir”, I have been screaming from the rooftops for years about such things, how dare another nation to dictate to us, threaten us, make demands. We have saved their hindquarters, we have rebuilt THEIR cities, we have lifted other nations out of poverty, when should we (or why should we) apply to them for PERMISSION to do the same for ourselves. I mean, the darn audacity of it all. Who the heck do these ungrateful nations think they are.???

                What would be good for this nation IS as little isolation, at least from Europe, we actually do not need friends, we need to rebuild and if not our industries, our cities, our military complex, we have been at war for close to 2 decades, we have supported the world for over 1/2 century, it is high time for us and if they do not like it…well, too bad ! (I have a feeling they would come crawling back anyway).

                Look at what Saudi did, they know they are running out of oil, their coffers are getting slimmer, they are not living so much anymore in the life”they have become accustomed to” which is why President Trump’s visit to them was so great, they are looking for other means or ways to generate income other than oil-well That IS what Europe needs to do, but most of all what Europe needs to do is learn respect for US, Period!

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                • jrapdx says:

                  No so sure Saudi Arabia is running out of oil vs. they can’t make as much money from oil as before so they want to diversify their economy. In any case you’re right, they’re not whining about like the Europeans, Canadians, and Mexicans. It certainly looks like PT is going to proceed with tariffs and other measures to reduce imbalances, I expect the other countries won’t like it but they’ll get over their tantrums eventually.

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          • I all agree with all that is said above, the thing though is… Th
            1) They think since we have been doing it all along, then we should continue
            2)Since we are so successful as a nation then – we owe it to them not to have tariffs
            3)They think they can dictate to us
            4)They think they are superior to us.
            I know I said it yesterday in comments, but those in Europe think of us as those “Dirty Americans”, they think since their history is older than ours, then they are better than us.
            Problem A)is they are spoiled rotten!
            B)They have been rescued so many times
            C)Besides their sense of entitlement, they cannot think of another way out of their predicament that they put themselves into.

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            • jrapdx says:

              That’s the essence of it: people, and nations, don’t like beneficial change that seems costs them something and will fight tooth and nail to keep things as they are no matter how dysfunctional. Once constructive changes are made, after a while they’ll adapt to it and the shrieking will quiet down. We know they didn’t really like us before and they won’t like us later, that will remain status quo, so why worry about it? Obviously PT isn’t worried.

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        • WSB says:

          That is a very long word, Scott. 4 syllables are hard.

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        • WSB says:

          Oh, PS…

          What we really should be doing is to add the percentage we have been screwed with by each country x the number of years from which point the stealing started, and add Past NATO fees, war reparations and intellectual wealth theft compensation.

          There. Fixed it.

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        • filia.aurea says:

          These whiners ought to be glad we’re not imposing any retroactive penalties.

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    • scott467 says:

      edit / correction: “If you have a 25% tariff on U.S. goods coming into our your country… “

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    • wheatietoo says:

      Unfortunately, it is not that simple, Scott.

      One big complication…is the govt-subsidized products from other countries.
      Our companies here in the US are on their own.
      How is it ‘fair’ for our domestic companies to have to compete with those products?

      Another complication…are all of the employer regulations and laws that our own companies have to comply with.
      Minimum Wage.
      SocSec & Medicare — our companies have to match every dollar they withhold.
      OSHA regs & State Unemployment taxes.
      Companies in other countries do not have these expenses.

      This is all the more reason why foreign tariffs on our products are outrageous.

      Our own government causes the baseline Cost-of-Goods-Sold in our country to be so high…and then, has been allowing foreign products into the country to compete with our domestic companies.
      This is why our middle class has been hollowed out.

      You ask…”What could be more fair?”

      It would be more fair if we levied high tariffs on foreign products…that equaled the Burden that our domestic companies have to operate under.

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      • scott467 says:

        “Unfortunately, it is not that simple, Scott.

        One big complication…is the govt-subsidized products from other countries.
        Our companies here in the US are on their own.
        How is it ‘fair’ for our domestic companies to have to compete with those products?”

        _______________

        I understand, and that would clearly be an unfair violation, a demonstration of bad faith, invalidating the entire concept of ‘reciprocity’ of the Golden Rule.

        If we were Lichtenstein, we’d be SOL.

        But we’re not.

        We are the biggest economy on the planet, so we can make the rules, and anybody who doesn’t want to play by them can piss off tell it to someone who cares.

        If China had the biggest economy in the world, and the most powerful military in the world, they would be imposing taxes on the entire planet, assimilating everything unto themselves.

        We are not asking for any advantage, any special treatment, any undue favor. All we ask is that you do business in good faith.

        If you do, all will be well.

        If you don’t, the punishment will be so severe, you will wish that you had.

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        • wheatietoo says:

          It’s not just China, though…France, Canada and several other countries subsidize a lot of their industries.

          For example, we used to lead the world in Aircraft Manufacturing.
          But now, because of other countries subsidizing their aircraft industries…our US manufacturers are suffering.

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          • scott467 says:

            Yep, I know it. Just using China as one example.

            So long (or for as long) as we control the world financial system, we set the rules.

            We say “here is what’s fair”, and make it fair, a level playing field for everyone. No special advantage for us, not the lopsided DISADVANTAGE for us that we’ve had for decades, either.

            Nobody can cheat that system on any large scale without being caught. When they are caught, make punishment swift and certain. If the violation is severe enough, cut them off from the world financial system for a month or six.

            The Secretary of the Treasury has the ability to do that. Freeze them out of the entire banking system. It will cripple any economy to which that penalty is delivered.

            And they won’t do it again.

            And nobody else will either, once they see an example made.

            Be upfront, above board in every way, transparent and open, make it clear what is expected, and make the penalties clear if violations occur.

            And when violations occur, deal with them promptly and strongly enough to be a deterrent to the violator and anyone who might think to imitate that activity.

            It only gets complicated when every entity with money and a lobbyist wants a carve-out or an exemption, to make themselves above the law that everyone else has to abide by.

            THAT type of special favor should be eliminated from our system with EXTREME prejudice.

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          • Suzebeez says:

            Maybe, when we stop subsidising their national defense, they won’t have extra money to be subsidising their various industries.

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      • scott467 says:

        “Another complication…are all of the employer regulations and laws that our own companies have to comply with.
        Minimum Wage.
        SocSec & Medicare — our companies have to match every dollar they withhold.
        OSHA regs & State Unemployment taxes.
        Companies in other countries do not have these expenses.”

        ___________________

        The answer is not to impose those same wasteful and relentlessly controlling burdens on others, but to remove them from ourselves.

        Once we start tinkering and making carve-outs for this and that, we’re right back where we started from.

        We can’t have it both ways, and nobody else can either.

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      • Wheatietoo, you say…”It would be more fair if we levied high tariffs on foreign products…that equaled the Burden that our domestic companies have to operate under.”

        I agree with all you said until that last sentence.
        Here in Australia we have the exact same burden problem. High minimum wage ($23 now) with high OH&S and enviro laws not to mention ISO and local standards etc etc which impose huge costs on businesses.
        But these are costs WE IMPOSED ON OURSELVES. Why is it fair or right to impose the same on other nations? We’d be effectively saying “play by our rules or we’ll force you by way of tariffs and excises”. Which is EXACTLY how the UN and the EU operate.

        The right thing to do, IMHO, would be for us to reduce these compliance costs to the minimum the public will accept. (I say that because our public want clean environments and safe work practices etc).
        Those minimums we can tolerate and our businesses can handle the extra costs.

        The most important thing is reciprocity. They sell us $100 worth of stuff, but must buy $100 worth of stuff from us.
        In fact the WTO rules stress reciprocity because they know it’s the only way international trade can prosper.
        The US (the US alone actually) has allowed itself to be bled dry via trade because every congress and every president after the great Reagen have personally profited from this bleeding.

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        • wheatietoo says:

          “Here in Australia we have the exact same burden problem.”
          _____

          Then there would be no need to impose tariffs to equalize things between us…if the burdens placed on your domestic companies is the same.

          But I agree that we should work on Reducing the burden our respective govts place on our companies.

          If we don’t…then we do our domestic companies a disservice, when we let in foreign products that are cheaper because of their low wages and lack of environmental regulations.

          Clean air is no longer “free”, when we live in an age where polluters are allowed to pollute the air that we all breathe.

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      • scott467 says:

        ” Our own government causes the baseline Cost-of-Goods-Sold in our country to be so high…and then, has been allowing foreign products into the country to compete with our domestic companies.
        This is why our middle class has been hollowed out.

        You ask…”What could be more fair?”

        It would be more fair if we levied high tariffs on foreign products…that equaled the Burden that our domestic companies have to operate under.”

        ______________________

        Would it not be even more fair to simply eliminate the ludicrous burdens we have to operate under?

        Which is easier, to change someone else’s behavior, or to change your own?

        Which do you have more control over?

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        • wheatietoo says:

          I totally agree, Scott.

          But do you think that we will really go back to the days of sweat shops, child labor and no safety regulations?
          I doubt it.

          Just eliminating our ‘minimum wage’ laws alone…would make our economy explode.
          That is one simple thing that would make a huge difference.

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          • scott467 says:

            “But do you think that we will really go back to the days of sweat shops, child labor and no safety regulations?
            I doubt it.”

            ________________

            No, and I don’t think we should go back to those conditions, but there is a world of difference between sweat shops, child labor and no safety regulations on the one hand, and the indescribably leviathan of regulatory burden we currently have on the other.

            Things were bad, people were being abused, so people with do-gooder intentions passed laws, and like they always do, overlook the Law of Unintended Consequences in the process.

            Wipe out the bureaucracy, the ‘administrative state’, that is the first step to regaining control of any society.

            Then eliminate the lawyer-class by eliminating the tort system. Common Law worked just fine for generations. It’s what our Constitution is based on.

            It will work fine today, if we would only use it.

            They tried to fix something that wasn’t broke, by replacing our Common Law system with statutes and codes and fines and rules for everything under the sun, and it has grown into a behemoth that totally eclipses the activity it was intended to regulate.

            And they didn’t do it with the intention of helping anyone but themselves. Like every other evil under the sun, each step along the way financially benefited some special interest or individual.

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          • Jenny R. says:

            No, not really — we could definitely reduce the minimum wage, but not without a corresponding reduction in basic goods and services. The CoC would LOVE to see the minimum wage reduced, but what could be a decent minimum wage when gas was at 50 cents a gallon and milk corresponding would hardly cut it at the prices we have now. This is one of the reasons why we have so many on welfare roles — they work; they just don’t make enough.
            I’m pretty sure there are some who would LOVE to see us go back to the days of sweat shops, child labor, and no safety regs either. Why do you think they want amnesty forever and are screaming bloody murder over loss of “free trade”?
            The American people were supposed to become serfs. So desperate to gain their bread that they’d submit to not only living like serfs, but also acquiescing to a socialist planned society, where you work like a dog, make little money (so you cannot own any property — barely the clothes on your back, certainly not enough to buy and sell, make your own), and accept just enough handout to keep you and yours alive.

            There was always more than one way to the utopian visions of our “betters”.

            So, if you want to truly do right by the majority of the people; you have to hit some sort of happy balance — and one of the ways to do this is to tighten up the labor market by creating jobs (tighter labor market, wages go up — people can get off the dole more easily and in greater numbers…it’s either that or command economy drop the prices on basic goods and services, and that’s a risky ploy). But that means we have to create a situation where we have a tight labor market in this country…ergo, protectionism of some sort (sorry libertarians; free trade sounds great, but it hinges on everybody being fair — people don’t work that way; they aren’t that nice)
            America has a great advantage: it can, with some reworking, be a fairly self-reliant country — and like the President said: we’ve already lost the trade war, so that is another reason why I’m not too worried about these tariffs.

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            • wheatietoo says:

              Price controls never work, though.

              Venezuela did that…they put price controls on all food.
              Now their grocery store shelves are bare, because the food producers could not afford to put their products on the market at the price-controlled-price.

              The best way to Protect Our Wages…is to cut off all new immigration.

              When everyone is off of welfare and unemployment is at zero — then we can start letting a few people in again.

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              • It would be a good start to just get legal immigration down to say 100,000 a year, from the over 1.5 MILLION now! 1.5 Million legal and who knows how many illegal, we are being invaded and over run by those intent on stealing our wealth and country from us, and assisted by the global elite intent on restoring the defeated feudal system on us…

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      • OR, if we demanded that THEIR products go under the SAME regulations that our products have to go under all that you listed”wheatietoo”,
        many persons forget about that point as to what makes our products so expensive, it is not just the labor costs, but so much more!

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    • Sorry, this is what this story brings to mind…

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      • scott467 says:

        Except those piglets all belong to that sow, and she cares for them because they are her own.

        What we have is a world full of people who are not ours, and who use every means of subterfuge and force available to push our own people aside, while pulling a hood over the eyes of the mother so she’s none the wiser.

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    • Rhoda R says:

      Scott467: NAFTA basically allowed trade between Canada, the US and Mexico with zero to very low tariffs. But Mex and Can got greedy and let other nations transship through them. So anything like your suggestion would have to include some sort of guarantee against that kind of activity.

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      • scott467 says:

        Certainly agreed.

        There has to be ‘good faith’, any violation of ‘good faith’ results in penalties immediate and severe, so severe that nobody will do it twice.

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    • Rachel Guess says:

      I agree with the sentiment, however there are sill problems with that.

      The problem is that many countries have been using a loophole in the free trade agreements, so that other countries use the free trade nations to ship their products through and then onto the US, in order to avoid paying tariffs.

      So for instance, China could ship their steel and aluminum to Canada or Mexico, and then export it to the US, with Canada or Mexico taking a cut, but no tariffs would be imposed because the materials were coming from Canada or Mexico.

      By doing away with the free trade agreements, there wouldn’t be anyway around it for other nations because they would still end up paying tariffs. The free trade nations are upset about it because it does away with their cut on the materials as the middle man that pass through their country and then on to the US.

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  3. sjruss says:

    Love this site. You state: “France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy all have trade tariffs and trade barriers far higher than the U.S. Each of the G7 nations has exploited the overwhelmingly one-sided access to the U.S. market for decades.” Is there an “official” site where I can get the actual numbers? Thank you and keep up the good work!

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  4. Curtis Gomes says:

    Well, if you are a person who has been on welfare for 20 years, without restrictions, and all of a sudden you are asked to do community service for your welfare check; well, that comes as quite a shock. You now have to put in some work to get the same check you were getting previously for absolutely free! Blasphemy! NOT FAIR!

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  5. Joe says:

    “No more stupid trade deals.”

    EVERYBODY gets that.

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    • noswamp says:

      “”No more stupid trade deals.”
      EVERYBODY gets that.”

      And we also realize just how far our politicians have betrayed the American people and their wealth through the years. The latest being Trey Gowdy.

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  6. billrla says:

    “…empower women and girls…” You, mean, like, take them to the range?

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  7. No_BlahBlah says:

    I’m not worthy to imagine I could advise our VSGPDJTPOTUS,
    So I’ll just say I’m imagining the future,

    CALL MNUCHIN AND TELL HIM TO WALK OUT!!!!
    G7 will become G6 and collapse from its own IRRELEVANCE,

    Gosh! But I Love this President!!!
    His concern FOR AMERICA exudes from everything that he does

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  8. gunsmithkat says:

    And that’s reason number 5,382 why we elected President Trump. I still get a kick every time I write that: President Trump.

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  9. missilemom says:

    Its like the DNC gave these countries talking points…. We are outraged that you think we are a national security threat. Distraction.

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  10. Úlfhéðnar says:

    I am liking the idea that VSGPOTUS45 slap yuge EXPORT taxes on some of these items, and feed that income back to the US producers.

    Bwaaahaaahaa! No more sleeping bags for Canuks, (make them freeze in the Chinese bags that don’t keep you warm.) And no more peanutbutter for EU! Make peanutbutter a true American Luxury!!!

    From their playbook, pick the items that cause the most pain for their constituents. Especially things that are hard to get from anywhere but the US.

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  11. J Gottfred says:

    The bank is closed. What do these opportunistic trading partners not get about that?

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  12. Jeff P. says:

    The blank check written by the Traitors that set up these imbalanced rip off deals HAS BEEN RETUNED NSF. The Bank of The American Peoples Wallet is CLOSED to Foreign CHEATS!
    Now PDJT needs to start asking for Restitution from EVERY nation that has taken advantage of America for Decades. We Want Our Money Back!!! By Hook or by Crook, we want Reparations for the past 50 years of Stealing from America or face your DOOM!!!
    THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ HAS SPOKEN!!!!!
    (pay MUCH attention to that man behind the curtain)

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  13. Kaco says:

    ” …to discuss their shared priorities on some of the most pressing global development and humanitarian challenges, including advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.”

    Here we go:

    “THE WHISTLER DECLARATION ON UNLOCKING THE POWER OF ADOLESCENT GIRLS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is an objective in and of itself. It is also essential for contributing to effectively and sustainably eradicating poverty worldwide and must begin before negative gender and cultural norms and attitudes are learned. We must approach the rights and needs of girls and women in an integrated way, across their life-cycles, from infancy to adulthood to old age. While adolescence represents a critical and promising period that can propel girls forward as agents of change, the specific needs of adolescent girls remain largely unmet.

    Developing countries are experiencing a youth surge with the number of adolescents and young people at an all-time high. If adolescent girls’ human rights are upheld, and if given the tools and opportunities to fulfill their potential, they will contribute to poverty eradication and foster social transformation and inclusive economic growth. When countries invest in adolescent girls, they invest in a demographic dividend that will benefit them for decades to come. However, discrimination and ingrained social biases- which can be exacerbated in humanitarian, fragile and conflict settings- continue to limit their decision-making and their participation in their polities, economies and societies.

    Unlocking the potential of a generation of adolescent girls will be essential to achieve the ambitious 2030 Agenda, contributing to peace, prosperity and equality.”

    https://g7.gc.ca/en/g7-presidency/themes/investing-growth-works-everyone/g7-ministerial-meeting/g7-development-ministers-meeting-chairs-summary/whistler-declaration-unlocking-power-adolescent-girls-sustainable-development/

    Bye, bye, boys.

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    • scott467 says:

      Amazing how they claim to seek ‘gender equality’ without ever mentioning boys a single solitary time.

      That entire screed couldn’t be more sexist if they tried.

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    • Michael says:

      Remember “Bring back our girls”?
      Now what happened to the girls was horrible but have you heard anything about the boys?

      Why do they never mention the BOYS?

      Who knew Boko Haram were Feminists????

      On February 25, between 40 and 59 children were killed by the fundamentalist militant group. Early that morning, Boko Haram terrorists attacked a boarding school and shot many of children, aged 11 to 18, while they slept. Some of the students were gunned down as they attempted to flee. Others had their throats slit. In some buildings, Boko Haram militants locked the doors and set the building alight. The occupants were burned alive.

      All of the victims were boys. Reports indicated that the young girls the militants encountered were spared. According to the BBC, the militants told the girls to flee, get married, and shun the western education to which they were privy.
      https://www.mediaite.com/online/why-did-kidnapping-girls-but-not-burning-boys-alive-wake-media-up-to-boko-haram/

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      • KBR says:

        This is a horrible reminder that the PRESS is trying to cover up the destruction of boys, and the weakening of men.

        Just as the leftists keep claiming they work for equality for women, while at the same time bringing in Moslems and Sharia, their dual lies of commission and omission should be obvious.

        I think the newworlders want to keep women in slave-herds much like cowherds, and just as a cattle farmer wants strong female breeders to keep the herd viable, so do leftists. Many bulls are not required for their goals. Their “strong women” talk is just to keep the cows content while they slaughter the bulls.

        Boko Haram does not want village boys surviving to become warriors against them. Boys become warriors at a very young age in those war-torn places.

        I doubt that Boko Haram just sent the girls away with a lecture, either. They have no mercy for anyone. They took the girls that they did not rape to death, probably to sell. “Do not harm the merchandise” was likely the only reason the girls remained alive.

        I have not seen a single interview with the claimed “freed but lectured” girls.

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    • Jenny R. says:

      What does the “empowerment of women and girls” have to do with trade deals?
      That’s what I’d like to know.
      Want to know what I consider the “empowerment of women and girls”? When there are jobs for them and/or the working members of their family…then they get chances at a better life or at least their own life to find what joy they can from it however small (and some joys are very small compared to what other people think, but still very joyful — like being able to pop for a party for friends and family with grilled hot dogs and grape/orange drink in front of your single wide, or not having to worry constantly that your car tires will go flat and you will not have the money to pay to get even secondhand ones put on, these are themselves joys for some), and that’s dang empowering.
      I don’t consider socialist schemes where they get abortions or sterilization foisted off on them, or they have to stand in breadlines with their ration cards, or well get “lucky” enough to be noticed by apparatchiks like Harvey Weinstein and given a good life while they have some looks and youth very empowering

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      • KBR says:

        Likely they were planning to be able to trade women and girls like cattle…openly and in the not distant future. “Empowering” might be slang for “strong stock, ready for breeding.”

        It is very obvious that they have no intention of empowering women and girls for anything other than breeding stock, or else they would NOT be pushing Moslem immigration, and calling Sharia laws fair.

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  14. New Nonna Again!!! says:

    Hmmmm, lemme get this straight. Those other countries have participated in VERY UNfair trade with the USA for yyyyyyears, and now they’re crying in their beer. 😢😢

    All I can muster to say to them, in the words of kids long ago when THEY had the upper hand, finally, is TOUGH NOOGIES!!! 😏

    And to our beautiful, brilliant, strategic and America First President I say: Gosh how I love you!! How I admire you!!! How I respect you. God bless you, President Trump. Xoxo

    ❤️❤️❤️🦁🇺🇸👍🚂❤️❤️❤️

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  15. Bill Dunn says:

    We have been the worlds trade PATSIE ,not partner for so long they think they are entitled to screw us.
    The parties over boys,get used to it.

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  16. Troublemaker10 says:

    Kudlow actually did a good job talking about reciprical and fair trade on several news shows over the past few days. When you talk about it is simple basics like he did it makes it really easy for people to understand. He gave just a couple examples….like how Canada closes it’s market to us on so many agricultural products….or how Germany charges 10% tariff on American cars, but they sell their cars here at 2.5% tariff so why isn’t it fair for them to just bring their tariff down to 2.5%? He used terms like equal and fair playing field, etc.

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  17. The funny thing is, the “powers that be” have been stirring up outrage at the small things so long, that the big things that are finally happening can’t really go past 11 on the angst dial.

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  18. Regardless of tariffs on American peanut butter, I will still continue to buy it because it simply tastes so much better than German peanut butter. Bring it on! 😎

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  19. As far as tariffs on Harleys go, I believe the effect will be minuscule on sales over the long run. Buyers may hold off to see what happens…or jump on the opportunity now to buy at a pre-tariff price.

    There are motorcyclists…then there are bikers. There are motorcycles…then there are Harleys. What is the European substitute for the European biker looking for a Harley?

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  20. This is the essence of the Trump Doctrine:

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  21. Pull out of North American Free Trade Agreement … (NAFTA)…let the pay their own way! It won’t take long for them to see the error of their ways

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