Important: Chairman Kevin Hassett Discusses Canadian Trade Intransigence – Mexico’s AMLO Bolsters U.S. Position…

Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Kevin Hassett, appears on Fox News to discuss the overall economy and key performance indicators related to ongoing economic policy. Within the interview (02:32) Chairman Hassett notes the unusual intransigence of Canada to join the U.S-Mexico trade deal.

There are numerous indicators that Canada has made the decision to exploit a “no deal” trade position for maximum domestic political benefit. However, despite Canada’s intransigence the U.S. and Mexico are positioned to finalize the agreement bilaterally.

“I’m a little surprised that the Canadians haven’t signed up yet. I worry that politics in Canada is trumping common sense because there’s a very good deal that was designed by Mexico and the U.S. to appeal to Canada. And they’re not signing up and it’s got everybody over here a little bit puzzled.”

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Supporting the U.S. and President Trump today; and underlining how strong the U.S-Mexico trade agreement is; Mexico even went so far as to tell Canada today to be ready for a CAN-MEX bilateral if they don’t join.

Obviously the Mexican trade team is firing a few shots across the Canadian bow; a stunning Trumpian-inspired shift in North American trade alliances.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s incoming government will pursue a bilateral deal with Canada if talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement falter, Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday.

After more than a year of talks to modernize the NAFTA trade pact between the United States, Mexico and Canada, the United States and Mexico reached a side deal in late August.

Days later, Canada began negotiating with the United States to close a deal on the 24-year-old trade pact. But the talks have hit an impasse over U.S. threats to impose tariffs to Canadian auto exports.

“We would like the government of the United States and the government of Canada to come to an agreement so the treaty can be trilateral, as it was originally signed,” said Lopez Obrador, a veteran leftist who takes office in December.

“But in the event that the governments of the United States and Canada do not come to an agreement … we would have to maintain the bilateral deal with the United States and seek a similar deal with Canada.” READ MORE

Canada is clueless – Watch:

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192 Responses to Important: Chairman Kevin Hassett Discusses Canadian Trade Intransigence – Mexico’s AMLO Bolsters U.S. Position…

  1. formerdem says:

    Does Canada have pueblos mágicos? I think not.

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    • kiskiminetas says:

      The only thing Canada has that is similar to pueblos magicos (Magic Towns) is Justin’s ruby shoes. That’s right Justin just click your shoes three times and Trump and Co. will give you all you want. But then again I don’t think so.

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      • Mark L. says:

        Canada is controlled by liberal elites. Without the electoral college system, they shall have a more difficult path to equal representation.

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        • I’m not sure this is true, their system is simply different. ‘Equal representation’ may not be the way forward for Canada. However, they do have sub-national entities that significantly impact the national agenda. For example, provincial Premiers ‘ have much more impact on national politics than governors in the US.

          Populist Ontario Premier Douglas Ford is making significant waves in Canadian national politics from his provincia office.

          Because of their parliamentary system, they have far more viable political parties than the US, which allows for all kinds of coalition politics the US simply does not have. For example, Maxwell Barnier has — in the last few weeks — spun up a new ‘Trumpian’ political party from the main Conservative Party of Canada that has a good shot of gaining seats in Canada’s parliament.

          Canada has a fully socialized media. All of the major TV channels in Canada are extensions of the central government. Right now, this means that Canadian media is entirely on the side of Trudeau and that is one of the reasons why Canada’s trade team introduced the ‘cultural enterprise’ question. The liberals in Canada do not want alternative media to ‘confuse’ Canadians with ‘right wing propaganda’ that might become available if Canada has an open media system.

          Socks’ and Sparkles’ ‘US Congress’ strategy for a post-NAFTA agreement has some serious problems: https://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/if-nafta-dies-old-canada-u-s-fta-would-live-on-right-not-so-fast-canada

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      • Stillwater says:

        Justin should listen to Trump’s maga rally entrance song.
        “You can’t always get what you want
        But if you try sometimes well you might find
        You get what you need”
        🙂

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      • chipin8511 says:

        Justin is a pussy and Canada has no balls.

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      • vfm#7634 says:

        Justine put all his effort into socks, he never bothered with shoes.

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      • drdeb says:

        How are Justin’s press on eyebrows holding up these days?

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      • cali says:

        @kiskiminetas: Justine in Canada is slowly twisting in the wind as his involvement of murder of APOTEX/Sherman(s) makes its way into the news.
        Add into that mix his ‘LIddle Kids’ fondness he is not seeping so well lately!

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        • cali says:

          Forgot to add about all the many deaths not only in Canada but even more deaths in Africa while testing these drugs. They all knew it would end in deaths.

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    • swampratterrier says:

      Maybe they’ll find it while they’re kissing O-bow-Mao so much.

      He can lead Canucks from behind, no?

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    • Vicki Marthaler says:

      like

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  2. Lottacats says:

    The ugly face of liberalism.

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  3. Duke of Cumberland says:

    I managed to get through 5 minutes. Guess what hosers, pontificate all you want about our VSG, we can wait around; we have all the leverage.

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    • fleporeblog says:

      The significance of AMLO’s statement tells me that he is working hand in hand with our President. He understands the incredible benefits of Canada 🇨🇦 not being part of the deal that was negotiated by our two countries.

      These are incredible times for both countries given the fact they have a MORON in Canada 🇨🇦 willing to destroy his entire economy hoping that it will help him get re-elected. When your dealing with that kind of stupidity, you absolutely take full advantage of it. That is exactly what PDJT and President Elect AMLO are doing. The rewards from it will be incredible for both countries.

      Ezra Levant is absolutely right that the POS that calls himself the PM is going to cause a recession in Canada 🇨🇦!

      That is exactly what will happen! What also will happen is that the Auto Sector will start returning to Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania etc. as well as Mexico 🇲🇽 in some cases. Their 165K auto workers will be begging for more cows 🐄 so that they can have a job and plenty of milk 🥛 to drink.

      The MORONS in our Congress that are promising Barney the Dinosaur 🦖 that they will stop it are selling her fools gold. Ambassador Lighthizer submitted the new deal in such a way that Canada 🇨🇦 can join at anytime.

      On October 1st, PDJT will have President Nieto and President Elect AMLO and the Mexican negotiation team at the White House to present the actual language that will be submitted that day to Congress. What else he does that day will destroy the POS from Canada 🇨🇦 and our Congress. He will sign the Executive Order beginning the six month clock on the DEATH 💀 of NAFTA.

      If Congress is stupid enough to challenge his authority, he will still control the hammer because NAFTA is still DEAD 💀 and life will return to what it was prior to NAFTA being ratified in 1994. We had big surpluses with Mexico 🇲🇽 and Canada 🇨🇦.

      PDJT never loses! This is the perfect WIN WIN SCENARIO.

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    • gman-reloaded says:

      I couldn’t make it thru the first 2 minutes. It took a long time to get where we find ourselves. And it will take a long time to reverse. But, there will be a nationalism tipping point, and when that occurs (except for Europe, they’re toast) folks like the (3) liberals in the video will need to hide somewhere.

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  4. fleporeblog says:

    This blonde BIMBO has no business being on air! The fact that she had no clue about the projection for the 3rd Quarter real GDP rate was absolutely embarrassing.

    Yet she was well aware with her talking points that wage growth has not moved up significantly. She actually tried to say what good is jobs growth and a low unemployment rate if wages aren’t growing significantly (with a smirk 😏).

    Sweetheart, Americans are grateful and pray daily for PDJT because he is providing real opportunities not only for themselves but for their kids and grandkids.

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    • “She actually tried to say what good is jobs growth and a low unemployment rate if wages aren’t growing significantly (with a smirk 😏).”

      To which I would respond: “That’s true, the wage growth comes when we take all of Canada’s jobs!” 😉

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      • boogywstew says:

        Well, for one thing, if there are many, many job opportunities, an ambitious person could take another job they’re qualified for at another company that would be a step up in responsibility and pay. I don’t know how that would affect the government stats on wage growth?

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    • Duke of Cumberland says:

      Agreed, terrible interview on her part.

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    • Janie M. says:

      fle, why do I have misgivings about a Mexico/Canada bilateral trade deal? Doesn’t it mean China can still have a back door access to the US (w/little to no tariffs) via Canada to Mexico. Am I off?

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      • Dennis Leonard says:

        You are kidding,you really think our wolverines have not thought all this out.Now have a piece of chocolate and let the big boys and girls do their job.

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      • Grandma Covfefe says:

        That’s my thinking, too.

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      • Q&A says:

        If Mexico is smart, and this new Mexican president seems to be, they won’t mess up their excellent new agreement with the US by letting Canada continue to exploit the loopholes that led to situations that Mexico just disentangled themselves from. Now that Mexico knows what a good deal is, Canada will either have to evolve or stand alone.

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      • stablesort says:

        I recall the emphasis place on the concept of a ‘trade bloc’ versus a trade agreement. The trade bloc requires all parties to conform to the bloc’s rules in all other trade agreements so Canada would not be able to bypass the US rules via Mexico. Trade agreements allow separate agreements such as we now experience with NAFTA.

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      • oncefired says:

        Mexico & Canada were just acting like big assembly factories using all Chinese parts. As I understand, take auto for example, the content has been raised to I think 80% North American made, so they have to start making parts in North America instead of just getting the parts from China and putting it together. Justin the Globalist was being used by China as a way to dump massive steel & aluminum into the US, but the tariff took care of that. Canada is run by far left Liberals & Tree Huggers, they actually don’t want manufacturing, assembly is fine to them. That is one of big reasons they are not signing, not to mention the idiots signed the TPP Trade Deal, which was basically all western nations paying large sums of money to developing nations – Globalist Scam! I look around and we live in an upside down world, we are damn lucky that DT showed up when he did – The Hag would have finished the job Hussein started and done us in!

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        • budklatsch says:

          If the Canadians and US liberals are all tree hugging environmentalists, why would they not want to have manufacturing and industry close by so they can monitor and complain. In China, they have zero impact on environmental decisions for the world?

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          • powderdayrules says:

            budklatsch, I think it is because they are just too stupid to think it through as you did, or they are bought off by the Chinese money.

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        • mugzey302 says:

          Chinese steel has been proven to be defective ~ they admitted to lying about the quality rating. Parts made from it will not hold up. We can blame this for failures that caused plane crashes, etc. We need AMERICAN steel and parts made from it.

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          • John Good says:

            How true this is! From 99′ to 01′, I worked at Home Depot here in London ON Canada in the Plumbing & HVAC Depts. I used to thread steel pipes for the trades & we were getting complaints about “chipping” on the pipe threads. We were using a Ridgid Commercial Pipe Threading Machine & the dies were sharp. Turns out that the steel pipe Home Depot was getting from China, was such poor quality that it was loosing pieces of steel as the threads were cut.

            Another example of defective Chinese Products that affected me personally, were the Tires Valve Stems that my garage got from their Wholesaler were so bad that the rubber was separating from the metal valve parts within the valve stem itself & causing the tire to lose air pressure. I had to change a front tire on my Dually with a 5th wheel RV hooked up to it on the side of Quebec 20 with all the truckers whizzing by at 60 mph. Then a week later, the passenger side tire went flat overnite.

            Appartantly, some of these defective Chinese valve stems found their way into the Ford Assembly Plants in the States also, as I read that customers had the same problem with their new vehicles.

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            • mugzey302 says:

              And, many of their household products contain lead! Several people in Panama died using a cough syrup produced in China that contained GLYCOL instead of another, chemically similar product (untrained people substituting the wrong product). BTW ~That was a terrible experience for you having to change a tire with that setup! Glad you made it!

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      • fleporeblog says:

        No not at all! AMLO said that just to take pressure off our President and his team. They aren’t rushing for any deal with Canada.

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      • The ‘rules of origin’ section in all of these bilateral trade agreements is specifically about China. The US/Mexico Trade Agreement (USMTA) allows a certain amount of non-Mexico/US/Canada components. Based upon my understanding of the USMTA, the goal is not to cut China out entirely, but to significantly limit their access to the US market through our trading partners.

        I am convinced that just about everything POTUS and Team are doing on the domestic front is about ‘containing’ China economically (which will also constrain them militarily).

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        • GB Bari says:

          I am convinced that just about everything POTUS and Team are doing on the domestic front is about ‘containing’ China economically (which will also constrain them militarily).

          ABSOLUTELY TRUE!

          China is a not-so-hidden partner to the anti-Trump cabal (communists) in the Deep State. Whether the Deep State and the Mockingbird Media want to admit it or not.

          China’s vast sums of ill-gotten money (from their abuse of international trade) have greased their way into far more aspects of American society than most average citizens would believe.

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          • The major anti-MAGA institutions do not want even the hint that their agenda is driven by China because that would completely alter how Americans would perceive their behavior.

            The chief beneficiary of ‘global free trade’ has been China. No other nation even comes close. So, when anyone speaks approvingly of ‘free trade’ or ‘international rules-based order’ they are — functionally — agents of China.

            View everything piece of information, every talking head, through this lens and you will realize how pervasive China’s influence is.

            China’s dollars have been deployed in the US to great effect, buying non-controlling interests in all kinds of businesses.

            Why would universities care about immigration? Because foreign students pay foreign tuition fees that are significantly higher than the fees paid by citizens.

            Why are there so many superhero or mindless action films that are completely denuded of any reference to nations? Because Chinese money (often filtered through Hong Kong and Shanghai) are used to fund these movies and one of the major target audiences are the Chinese.

            I suppose I sound paranoid, but when you see how indifferent major institutions are to American sentiments, you have to wonder whose sentiments exactly they are catering to.

            CNN has lost massive market share. Joe Rogan’s podcast on YouTube regularly has more overall views than any CNN show. Why, would CNN persist in its all-anti-Trump all-the-time programming? It makes no sense until you realize that they are not, in the end, making programming decisions.

            The neocon’s constant harping about Russia, very rarely saying anything about China. Does that make sense? Russia is, quite literally, 2/3 the size it once was and has about 1/2 the economic capacity it did during the Cold War.

            China is the MS-13 gang that lives next door. Russia is your other neighbors pit bull that sometimes strays into your yard. They’re both ‘threats’ but one is very different than the other. The necon’s only care about the dog and ignore MS-13. Why is that?

            Bannon called it a while ago (along with others): China is the global threat to the West. Trump is the first major public figure to not only talk about it, but to do something about it. The Chinese study the Big Man every day. They, like Trump, follow Sun Tzu: Know your enemy that you may defeat them.

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      • Your not off, I’ve thought about that too. We see how corrupt almost every person in government is and how corrupt every government is. It doesn’t matter about agreements, they are all made to be broken. It’s sad to voice a concern and it’s made to look like your thought is unimportant.

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  5. dallasdan says:

    The news coverage of Canada’s recalcitrant attitude toward joining the USA/Mexico trade agreement appears to be exposing its unwillingness to deal in good faith due to purely internal, political reasons. Mexico and the USA are obligated to their citizens to move-on, regardless of Canada’s self-inflicted economic injury.

    I sense that a meaningful, successful inclusion of the Canadians will be possible only after Trudeau is voted out of office.

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  6. RedBallExpress says:

    Every farmer in Canada has bought a quota which runs between $24,000 – $40,000 per cow. I read in a dairy magazine today that if Canada dropped the quota system they would have to buy the quota back from every farmer for every cow. The analyst said there is no way the Canadian government can afford it.

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    • MB224 says:

      Ahhhhh, NOW it makes sens why Trump is always talking about the dairy. HAHAHAHAHA

      Liked by 1 person

    • There’s always money for things the State wants to do. Claiming that the Canadian central state cannot ‘afford’ to buy back these quotas is just political cover, an excuse to the voters for the Canadian government’s slavish commitment the dairy cartel.

      Trudeau’s parliament has already created a bail-out fund for Canadian auto workers.

      Claiming the Canadian government cannot ‘afford’ to bail-out the dairy cartel is simply manipulation of the issue. The reality is that all Canadians are already paid the cartel back for these quotas in higher prices (which is why the cartel accepts a quota system in the first place).

      The way the issue if framed is designed to elide the fact that the entire economy of Canada is going to be hurt by Socks’ and Sparkles’ failure to reach an agreement with the US and Mexico.

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    • GB Bari says:

      This seems to say that the quote is based on milk production, not per cow.

      https://albertamilk.com/ask-dairy-farmer/how-much-does-quota-cost-for-a-108-cow-dairy/

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  7. The Canadian Mounties are playing chicken with a train loaded with patriotic deplorables. The horse is trying to get off the tracks but Dudley dowrong is thinking that single light is not moving.
    Sad….

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  8. Stab, the unstoppable hero says:

    I wonder.. can Freeland habla Espanol?
    If she does, these chit-chats with the press that are already boring & nonsensical in two languages are going to be absolutely insufferable.

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  9. Curt says:

    Its up to Canada. If they won’t join in a reasonable trade agreement, then we go on without them. Its quite sad because the entire Canadian argument is couched in political terms. They refuse to address the issues. Oh Well!!!!

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  10. jmclever says:

    Learned a new Canadian phrase watching this video clip. Apparently “supply management” in the auto sector is short for appeasing our Chinese overlords.

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  11. Curt says:

    Look at the upside of this. Americans visiting Canada will have an even more favorable strong AM-dollar vs a weak CA-Dollar, and its pretty lopsided right now! If it gets worse, black markets will sprout up!!! in Canada.

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  12. John says:

    Canadian- Trade Strategy. Everyone go out for a pass. Hail Mary to Mueller (down 21) with 30 secs left.

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  13. The Devilbat says:

    The democommies don’t have a lot to run on in the midterms. Lets’ see, they could tell everyone that they are going to raise Americas taxes. They could tell everyone that they are going to kill off all the new jobs and the massive economic boom, or perhaps they could tell everyone that they are going to rebuild ISIS which today is down to only 2% of the size it was when Donald Trump took office.

    Remember, that scumbag communist usurper, Obama both heavily armed and trained forces in the middle east who immediately joined ISIS. I believe that it is far more likely that the democommies are going to rely on massive, and I mean an unprecedented levels of voter fraud. Its all they have left.

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  14. ck says:

    I think this is great with Mexico. I’ve been down the west coast and up the east coast in the 60’s and 70’s. I like the people and hope they can build a middle class. The wall is a must and I want them to be happy and comfortable in their own country. We can visit each other, then go home.

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    • Had it not been for China taking the exact labor-intensive work that Mexico was supposed to receive via NAFTA, Mexico’s economy would be very different today and we would not be seeing economic migration from Mexico such as we have had for the last 20 years.

      All of the ‘pro-Mexico’ immigrants in the US would, I suspect, really prefer to be in Mexico if Mexico’s economy were in better shape.

      AMLO’s goals for Mexico match up nicely with POTUS’ goals for the US and that is why it was so easy for an AMLO-directed US/Mexico Trade Agreement to be fashioned.

      I think POTUS is crafting a carrot-and-stick approach to Mexican immigration that will reverse Mexican immigration to the US.

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      • zorrorides says:

        Hallo Senor Wimpy, TY for your posts and avatar. I agree Nafta has been on balance very bad for Mexicans. The bilateral Trump deal will be good for Mexicans. The WALL must be built, and soon. Mexico and US can eradicate the drug cartels ONLY if The WALL is built and protected. I hope the US can give positive incentives for all illegals to choose to return to their homelands. Those who’ve proven their merit can have an early shot at legal merit-based immigration to re-enter the US. With Mexico’s new economy, I’m sure many will want to return to their homeland.

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        • powderdayrules says:

          I want ALL illegals and visa overstays deported. But let them know if they self deport before they are caught and deported, they can get in the legal immigration line, at the END of it like everyone else. But if caught here illegally they can never get in line at all.

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          • zorrorides says:

            TY Powder, I think what works is the line forms ONLY in other countries, not in the USA. If an alien has mucho merit and a MAGA spirit, let them make an application. All will be extensively vetted.

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        • Alo Zorro: Having spent some of my childhood in California, there are two TV characters that I remember vividly: Zorro and The Cisco Kid.

          Today, these great and clever characters would be considered ‘stereotyped’ but, really, all that criticism means is that they want the characters to act more ‘white’. clink-clink

          Mexico and the US are neighbors and they each have their own problems. There are some problems, however, which, together, we can ameliorate.

          Let me start by saying that I am something of an immigration hardliner. As far as I am concerned, we should cease all immigration to this country for at least 60 years. I wasn’t joking when I said ‘hardliner’.

          As far as I am concerned, we have enough ‘vibrancy’ and ‘diversity’ right now to last America for at least 60 years. What America needs now is to cultivate solidarity, to de-balkanize the various ethnic enclaves that were created under the madness that was ‘multiculturalism’.

          As far as I am concerned — and here I am following Ann Coulter — there is only one minority in the US to which the majority owes any special consideration: American Blacks. I’m willing to entertain arguments that this should not be the case, but until I hear a convincing argument otherwise, that’s where I stand.

          The US requires a ‘long pause’ on immigration to assimilate the very large numbers of persons who have entered the US since 1965.

          But this isn’t just about the US. About 20% of all immigrants account for 80% of all of the economic benefit derived from immigration. As much as these very talented persons who were born in another country have benefited the US economy, the other side of the coin is that they are not benefiting their countries of origin. Of all people, the Dalai Lama made this point as clearly as it has ever been made.

          Immigration is not what it appears to be. It is not a ‘sharing’ of persons or cultures. If that were the case, we would simply have communities set up like cultural theme parks similar to medieval Renaissance fairs around the country. ‘Cultural enrichment’ has never driven immigration. It’s driven by poverty, war, famine, drought and failed states looking to take the pressure off of their own failures by shipping their people off to live in richer nations.

          The effects of mass immigration are almost entirely adverse. Rich nations have their social, political and economic systems challenged in new and unexpected ways. If these rich nations go down, who will be there to help poor nations when something really goes wrong?

          Poor nations are impoverished of the talent they need to become rich nations.

          The adverse effects of immigration feedback into one another in a a vicious cycle that will, eventually, destroy everything it has taken 10,000 years to build.

          There has to be a better way. Sometimes I think I can almost see it, but its very hazy. What I know is that the US cannot impose its will to ‘democratize’ failed states and the US cannot be responsible for the adverse consequences of states that fail.

          For example, Mexico is, for all practical purposes, a failed state. Between a relatively poor economy (next to a rich one), corruption and the widespread influence of criminal cartels (driven by the demands of some of their rich neighbor’s people), it is no wonder that Mexicans go to their rich neighbor for ‘a better life’…but the US cannot give it to them and still function.

          The US needs Mexico to be prosperous for Mexicans and not just transnational corporations. This is, I imagine, the substance of the conversation between POTUS’s trade team and AMLO.

          Build the Wall. Stop the drugs. Make Mexico Great Again. Let Mexico welcome her people home.

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          • GB Bari says:

            Excellent analysis and summary. I am fascinated by by your depth of awareness and ability to articulate so precisely. Agree 100% with your entire POV and suggestions.

            The 60 year moratorium on immigration is exactly what occurred in the 20th Century in the U.S. And it worked magnificently, if one looks at the economic benefits, despite the two major economic blips – the Great Depression (nothing to do with immigration), and the WWII economy of sudden, high level manufacturing production.

            The creation of the world’s most affluent middle class was made possible in part by the immigrants’ contributions to all sectors and the prosperity that resulted from the strong manufacturing/production base that had been created.

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          • zorrorides says:

            Wonderful it is to have you on this Treehouse branch, HamburgerToday, and not just because you and I agree on all of these points, but because your writing explains the points better than I do. We should pause immigration for two generations, minimum, and clarify birthright citizenship including eligibility for high political office.

            The WALL is necessary. Without The WALL Mexico can not stop the drug trade nor evolve past its oligarchies into free economic prosperity. Mexico will be happy and blessed.

            TY for each paragraph, I’m touched by your thoughtfulness. Perhaps you could send as ‘letter to the editor’ for newspapers and magazines?

            It’s mealtime, gotta go now. “I’m strong to the finish, cause I eats me spinach!”
            Zorro

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  15. Maquis says:

    The Canadian segment was unbearable. They are actually putting out there the lie that the hang-up on a deal is a function of our insistence on auto tariffs. No, you dopes, the pain of tariffs comes after you have repeatedly slapped away and bitten the hand of good faith our Country has extended to you.

    So many falsehoods. Their pathetic poll saying 80% of Canadians hate Trump. Hello? They see only morons and haters and schills like yourselves telling them about the big bad Trump. Guess what? ONLY the pain of huge tariffs on your exploitative auto-sector and a general cessation of activity with the rest of your upsidedown Communist Enterprise will bitch-slap your populace into recognizing and rejecting their true enemy, YOU.

    Best thing we can do for all Canadians is to shove a Red Pill down their throats washed down with huge ass tariffs.

    GOT WOKE?
    😈

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    • MB224 says:

      And they’re about to GO BROKE. I feel sorry for them but they’re delusional about whose ass they’re willing to kiss….China, EU, UK, sure no problem. Big Brother next door- OH HELL NO, WE aren’t going to be pushed around.

      They’re about to learn a hard lesson.

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    • Peppurr says:

      I agree Maquis! In Ontario, recently, we just elected a Conservative Premier (comparable to a USA Governor). I just read that he’s supporting Trudeau!!! I just fired off an email to him telling him that jobs and the economy here are more important to people than their opinion of Trump!

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  16. graphiclucidity says:

    These Canadian libs are in for a huge shock when the Democrats don’t take Congress like they’re hoping for.

    Their entire plan is to stall until the Dems can impeach Trump.

    Madness.

    (I swear I thought Chantal from Montreal was a man until she opened her mouth and a pile of accented word salad poured out.)

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    • Maquis says:

      Ugly amplified by Tourettes.

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      • TheWanderingStar says:

        Maquis – that’s a perfect description! I was struggling to put my thought into words, but your words are right on target.

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    • So far as this issue is concerned, it really doesn’t matter if the Democrats get a House majority because, in the end, POTUS has to support any legislation that comes to him.

      The Canadians are counting on Congress to give them what they want. I think they have seriously misread the post-midterms political landscape.

      Based upon polling, the most likely outcome even if the Democrats gain a House majority is that the Senate is going to be more Republican, and, more specifically, pro-Trump Republican. The House can send whatever it wants to the Senate but nothing is going to get to POTUS unless it is also passed by the Senate.

      If both houses of Congress decide to pass legislation that doesn’t pass muster, I expect a post-midterms POTUS to wield his veto pen much more than he has done so far.

      I think we are about to see Trump Unleashed.

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      • graphiclucidity says:

        If you’re correct, it will be quite enlightening to see certain members of Congress argue for Canada’s position on NAFTA, and then have our media join them.

        Even if you’re a die-hard Globalist Socialist it’s going to be an extremely delicate maneuver to argue against your own country’s economic success just to score points against Trump.

        The president will have a field day going after them one by one, as they open their mouths and out pops Trudeau & Freeland’s talking points.

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        • The Media/Democrat/Globalist Party is going to resist POTUS DJT in everything that does not align with globalist transnational corporate interests.

          They will do or say whatever their corporate overlords tell them, whether it makes sense or not, whether it is popular or not and whether it is good for America or not. It’s an ‘interest’ thing.

          The real problem for the globalists is that their media is losing influence. Alternative media, such as YouTube and Twitter have undermined the globalist media’s ability to control ‘the narrative’. This is the primary reason for all of the attempts to censor anti-globalists using these platforms.

          However, in my view, the anti-globalist toothpaste is out of the tube and I don’t think anything they do is going to put it back in.

          If the Democrats get a majority in the House, it will be a slim one (however much they are going to hype their ‘blue wave victory’ narrative).

          In practical political terms, thing will be at a stalemate in Congress>

          However, with a Democrat House, POTUS will be much more comfortable vetoing bills he doesn’t like even if the Senate has a solid Republican majority because he will be appearing to thwart the Democrats, not the Republicans.

          On the other hand, if the House splits evenly, VP Pence will become the second most important person in Washington if the House Republicans can maintain party discipline.

          The ability to maintain party discipline when fall to whoever becomes the third most important person in DC: The Speaker of The House.

          The conventional wisdom holds that midterms after a Presidential election often result in significant gains by the opposition party. So, if the gains are not significant, it’s going to become much more difficult for the GOP establishment to thwart POTUS as many of them will be coming up for re-election in 2020 and candidates who have opposed Trump are going to be confronted with Trumplicans in the primary.

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          • zorrorides says:

            Oooh I’m liking yer posts, HamburgerToday.

            By 2018, us Americans See Trump as the best conservative-doer we’ve ever had. All our worries and obstacles about Trump’s unusual qualities have fallen away. In 2018, just as PDJT asks us to, we vote for the ones with the R by their name.

            Ah but 2020. We can see clearly now.

            There will be an organized national MAGA-KAG candidate in every primary !! Even some Democrats primaries will have MAGA candidates. Freedom Caucus will get a pass and Speaker Jordan will assist Potus with campaigns in every state.

            Talk about a landslide hurricane tsunami earthquake tornado wildfire and The Storm-
            I know, it’s been coming for some time

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            • I hadn’t thought about the lay of the political land for Democrats, but in doing so, I expect to see more Conor Lamb types running in open seats and more Ocasio-Cortez types running against Democrat incumbents but both types running in open seats.

              This would be a good strategy for the Democrat Party establishment. If more Conor Lamb-type ‘moderates’ win, they would be able to push the Crazies off to the side and gain some control over the Party.

              On the other hand, the more moderate Democrats who make it to the general election will make it harder for Republicans with some demographics, particularly white women.

              On the other hand, if things keep going the way they’re going, I would expect to see Trumplican and, of course, The Trump, make up the loss of white women with more Black males and Hispanics (both male and female).

              And, assuming nothing else goes really wrong internationally, Trump moves on welfare benefits. Until the government gets out of the business of paying unwed mothers to have children, certain things in the US will never get right. The problem on single-mother families affects Whites, Blacks and Hispanics but has been most destructive to the hardest of the hard core Democrat voting block: Black Americans.

              If I were the Big Man, after 2020 I would move on welfare and education reform bigly.

              If I were calling the shots, I would move to nationalize education vouchers using a system of taxation similar to what they use in virtually every other First World country to pay for education. There is no reason why a child’s educational opportunity in this country should be determined by the taxes in the zip code where they live.

              The truth is that education reform would be much harder than welfare reform because of the patch-work system that we have now, the funding mechanisms that we use and the entrenched interests that benefit from the system.

              Until we get K-12 under some kind of decentralized, parent-and-child-driven system of education, the neo-marxist/liberal cultural ideology keep perpetuating itself.

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    • Peppurr says:

      This is exactly what Obama told Trudeau to do.

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      • graphiclucidity says:

        I agree.

        Obama and his minions have poisoned the well from Canada to Europe to Iran to China, pretty much telling them all to just wait Trump out.

        It’s going to be glorious when the entire world realizes that not only is Obama an over-promising liar, but that he also no longer has any power left that George Soros doesn’t loan to him.

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  17. Dutchman says:

    “Canada can sign the agreement any time they want”, like after their next elections?
    Mexico showed the way; Painintheassnieto was very hostile to DJT, despite DJT being gracious. Got voted out, replaced with populist nationalist.
    All Canada needs to do, is follow there lead.
    I guess you COULD say DJT was wring, when he said Mexico will pay for the wall. Looks like Canada will be paying for it, instead!

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  18. jsteele9 says:

    The CBC Broadcasting Team above are the official group think leaders for most of the rest of Canada. They establish the correct opinions on all subjects for most Canadians and are named the “At Issue Team of super elite Canadian Sages.”

    Thinking on your own is no longer necessary in most of Canada. The CBC spoon feeds you the correct liberal/progressive opinions via their “expert” panels but the one above is their most influential and trusted panel. The two in the middle–Chantal Hebert and Andrew Coyne–have been enlightening the minds of Canadians for many years. (or should I say stultifying them).

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  19. ZurichMike says:

    Maybe we should be building a wall on the north border, too.

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  20. James Street says:

    “Wait, you mean American workers will no longer subsidize our comfy socialist health care?”
    – Canada

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    • Coldnorth says:

      James, Instead of that, our US friends will be supplying Canada with US taxpayer subsidized cheap dairy products if they get their way and end “supply management”. Currently, it would appear a great deal do not know, the US taxpayer is subsidizing to the tune of +/- 1.40 per gallon to the producer. Oh yeah, Canada has zero subsidies only “supply management”. But the US continue to over produce and need some place to “dump it”
      So, it is kind of like Chinese steel over production being dumped on the world market, don’t you think?
      signed
      Stupid Canadian
      ps
      Check out EWG, Environmental Working Group for USDA subsidy levels. If you know a Farmer in the US plug in his name and see how much he has been rewarded by you. Or just check out State subsidy levels for say, Wisconsin and Minnesota dairy producers.
      Also great info on how the system is being gamed….qualifier…I know many US farmers and they admit to having to Farm to subsidies not to the Market….I did millions in business with these honest producers who have to resort to this BS or get run over by those that use it if they choose not to.
      Remember “when you point a finger there are three pointing back at you”

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      • jeans2nd says:

        Does the U.S. impose 300% tariffs on any milk products imported into the U.S.? No. Not quite the same, is it?

        Pres Trump’s Trade Team offered no tariffs and no subsidies. Canada said no. Why?

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        • Coldnorth says:

          Not defending my (not my Prime Minister) but sending a note that all is not as it seems. I for one am very familiar with our Milk Marketing Boards and only agree with the notion to not over produce. WE do not have the luxury of subsidies YOU do…about 35 cents a quart….info from you own USDA. If you want to drop the price of my dairy products with your subsidy dollars…feel free…I won’t stop you.
          As for the Clowns in Ottawa, who have already decimated my retirement funds, changed the rules on SS, and are preparing to launch a recession…WE do not have an Electoral College and our Queen, who owns this country has no inclination to do anything but protect her wealth. The word future “Shithole” comes to mind and ny Grandchildren are going to feel the brunt of it…a crying shame!

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        • It’s hard to tell what US/Canada have been negotiating with regard to subsidies. The Canadian team hasn’t said exactly what they mean by ‘supply management’ in the context of these negotiations. I have thought that they were referring to the dairy cartel, but @Coldnorth’s comments have caused me to question this assumption.

          The US and Canada can not be negotiating subsidies, because, as @Coldnorth points out, the US significantly subsidizes US agriculture and that is not going to change.

          I now believe that the use of the phrase ‘supply management’ is meant to confuse Canadians as to what Socks and Sparkles are actually talking about, which is Canada’s supply-chain integration with China.

          The sticking point between the US and Canada has always been about rules of origin for products (and their components) entering the US and that is what Socks and Sparkles are trying to avoid talking about directly.

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          • I’m going to take back this comment. I think I understand what is going on.

            Without tariffs, the Canadian ‘quota’ system would have to be switched to a ‘subsidy’ system such as that in the US.

            While both systems provide price support for agricultural products, Canada’s system for doing so functions on a cartel/high-constraint model whereas the US system functions on a subsidy/low-constraint model.

            These two systems of price support are not compatible and the Canadian producers would definitely suffer.

            For once, I see Socks’ and Sparkles’ point.

            The problem could only be fixed by one nation significantly changing its method of agricultural price support.

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            • GB Bari says:

              This is probably enough for a separate discussion but it is contributing to the trade problem.
              It would seem beneficial if someone would look into why U.S. Ag still requires subsidies in the current economy. As well as why the Canadian Ag requires price support.

              Something is economically wrong if the consumer market cannot afford to buy a basic necessity – food- unless the price is below what it costs to produce and bring to market. That baffles me. Apparently there are problems in the Ag industry that were simply covered by subsidies instead of fixing the problems internally within the industry.

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              • Here is why it makes sense:

                Viable agricultural land is the second only to potable water as the most valuable resource on earth for human beings.

                Without water, you will die in 72 hours or less. Without potable water, you will become either chronically ill or die within a month.

                A human being can live without food for between 45-60 days. After a certain point (kwashiorkor), even if you do get food, you will still die.

                Americans are not used to thinking in these terms, so I felt it was necessary to put these facts before you as provides the basis of what follows.

                In a ‘free market’ system, farmers will be inclined to plant border-to-border to maximize yield.

                However, unlike other commodities, agricultural products come to market all at the same time. The bigger the crop, the lower the price (supply/demand).

                Since agricultural products are inherently unstable (they are, after all, ‘alive’ to some extent), they are very expensive to ‘warehouse’.

                So, the choices are either (a) farmers grow more but make less per acre or (b) they grow less or (c) they expend massive resources to store their products.

                If you leave it to the ‘free market’ there will be unexpected shortages of food or fully privatized management of the food supply.

                With regard to (b) — which is related to (c) — the reason for this is that access to financial capital rapidly becomes the only characteristic of any successful farming operation in order to deal with the vagaries of the market (grow too much/grow too little).

                As I am sure you are aware, there is no ‘free market’ in finance no matter how it may appear on the surface.

                If bankers decide which farms are worthy of capitalization or not, eventually, you end up with a few key players who own almost all of the stuff of life.

                Agricultural subsidies — coupled with the purchase and warehousing of agricultural products — allows the State to have a say in pricing.

                The US government has done an extraordinarily good job of preventing famine in the US and helping famine-struck parts of the world as a direct result of this management.

                Americans are under the impression that famine cannot happen in the US.

                That is simply not true. Since it is not possible to ‘step up production’ of agricultural products the way you would a manufactured product, if there is a food shortage, it could take as much as 6 months to resolve.

                Keep in mind that the US is one of the largest exporters of agricultural products on the planet. If we experience a food shortage the world will be in trouble.

                Technological innovation has improved yield-per-acre and the productivity of agriculture (output per worker) but, so far, it has not added much acreage for basic foodstuffs.

                The reality is that nature of agriculture and its relationship to human beings is not the same as manufactured products where ‘free market’ logic is more applicable.

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                • GB Bari says:

                  Thank you HT! You have succeeded in whetting my curiosity to explore this further (without pursuing a PhD 🙂 ).

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                • You’re welcome. It really all comes down to the distinct differences between manufactured goods and agricultural goods and answering the question: Do we really want agricultural producers to limit supply in order to increase their profits?

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      • Free Speech says:

        If you really wanted to be an ally and neighbor, you’d quit letting yourselves be used by Chinese communists to engage in anti-competitive dumping in order to gut US manufacturing. Canadians are too stupid to see they are a pawn in the Chinese game to supplant the US as the world’s top power. But maybe a centrally planned economy and authoritarianism is what you want. 9 fingers pointing back at your 3.

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        • Free Speech says:

          Wake up. Trump could really care less about your dairy subsidies. He’s going after the Chinese backdoor into NAFTA through the auto industry. You can probably thank all these recalls on vehicles now on the low quality crap being put into them by the Chinese saboteurs.

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          • angieunderground says:

            Exactly. And I’m sure Trump also knows that the whole reason for the supply management/cartel is that 90% of the dairy industry is in Quebec, which came close to seceding a few decades ago and now uses that threat as extortion to get special considerations from Canada.

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        • Coldnorth says:

          Opposing thumbs, maybe 6 pointing back, unless of course….never mind 🙂

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  21. Targysan says:

    The USA is leaving NAFTA. Sooner or later. Justin from Ottawa and princess Sausage bitch can whine all they want, but sooner or later, it’s happening

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  22. Stillwater says:

    If a deal isn’t struck with Canada and automakers start moving back to the US, I wonder how long it will take them to build factories here and get up in running? I suppose it depends on the size of factory/plant they have to build. Different industries (steel, automotive, etc.) probably take different time periods. Anyone have any insights into this?

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    • CharterOakie says:

      Last I knew there was a lot of available US Big 3 assembly plant capacity, gutted by the effects of NAFTA and WTO but still standing and probably easily retrofitted with soon-to-be surplus equipment from Canadian assembly plants or more modern equipment. In Michigan, Ohio and elsewhere.

      In short, won’t take long.

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  23. Free Speech says:

    I don’t know if it is ‘domestic politics’ as much as, IMO, it is the current government of Canada making an ideological choice between trade partners. I forget the percentage, but I read years ago that Chinese investors own an unbelievable stake in Canada. China is second only to the US in Canada’s import/export percentage. As a committed leftist, Trudeau is simply pre-emptively choosing sides in the US/China trade war. I fully believe Chinese influence is pulling his ‘Resistance’ strings to show President Trump they have as much power in our backyard as we’ve had in theirs (North Korea). Otherwise, it makes zero sense for Canada to be doing what its doing in terms of its own national interests.

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    • Coldnorth says:

      Hi Freespeech
      StatsCan figures from 2016 (most recent report)
      Canada total assets:12 trillion and change
      Foreign controlled: 2 trillion and change
      US portion: 52% around 1 trillion and change
      UK portion: 10.7% est 212 billion
      Germany: 4.4% est 88.1 billion
      France: 3.8% est 75.2 billion
      Holland: 3.1% est 61.6 billion
      Japan: 5% est 99.7 billion
      Others: 20.9% 416 billion.
      From this report, and a hodge podge of others, near as I can ascertain is China is in an around 100 billion, but growing. What they have done in 2017 and 2018 is not reflected.

      It appears to me that there is likely quite a few CoC members who might have a little more than a passing interest in the NAFTA drama, you think?

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      • Free Speech says:

        No doubt we’re fighting the same battle at home in the Republican Party with the CoC and the foreign (Chinese) influence over its lobbying. It’s disgusting to behold these ‘capitalist’ politicians taking the side of an authoritarian Chinese state in a trade war.

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        • Free Speech says:

          And for a President who REALLY wants to do something about US crumbling infrastructure, don’t think getting this low quality Chinese crap off the market isn’t important before engaging in such an undertaking.

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          • Coldnorth says:

            With the history of Chinese products, pet food killing our pets, drywall killing us, steel structures suddenly failing (big media cover up on that issue) and the low grade crap at Walmart etc…you would think we had learned our lesson.
            Totally agree, why rebuild with garbage ie steel etc.
            If you Guys could rent VSGPOTUS Trump to us for say a year or so, That would be Great!!
            Shoot, it may be cheaper for you to drop Puerto Rico(their folks are leaving in droves anyway) and buy Canada, I would go for that in a heartbeat. 🙂

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            • Your Tour Guide says:

              We have older, paid for, cars. When we take longer trips, we’ll
              rent a newer car. There’s been numerous times that I like the rental
              enough to consider it as a future replacement vehicle. Then, I’ll get
              on “Edmunds” and read the consumer reviews. A whole lot of cars
              built after 2005 that I research have transmission issues.

              Very costly transmission issues. Started around the time that they
              started using CVT or 6,8,9 speed transmissions. Might part of the issue
              behind the transmission failures be inferior Chinese built parts, or
              even purposely defective microchips or similar?

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    • Paco Loco says:

      China owns the Vancouver, British Columbia real estate market.

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  24. Guffman says:

    What an embarrassment these people are for Canadians like us treepers here. “Trump growing weaker by the day”?… what world do these people live in?!
    Sadly though, there are SO many lefties up here that live in that same fantasy bubble, completely ignoring reality.
    CBC, our state financed nationwide broadcaster, is the Canadian CNN, so that explains a lot of it.
    I know many friends and family members who watch CBC as their prime news source, who have become anti-Trump zombies. It’s very surreal.

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  25. Suzanne says:

    Being a total know-nothing with regard to trade can Canada circumvent the Chinese steel thingy by structuring a bilateral deal with Mexico as shipping those auto parts to Mexico?

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    • okapisage says:

      I think not, though the same suspicion keeps coming up in my mind as to whether Canada might think they could get away with that. I think it has been explained above in the comments that something like 80% of a product from Mexico has to be made in Mexico, so they couldn’t do assembly of parts from Canada any more than they could do assembly of parts directly from China. I hope that’s right!

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    • okapisage says:

      I think not, though the same suspicion keeps coming up in my mind as to whether Canada might think they could get away with that. I think it has been explained above in the comments that something like 80% of a product from Mexico has to be made in Mexico, so they couldn’t do assembly of parts from Canada any more than they could do assembly of parts directly from China. I hope that’s right!

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  26. pnj01 says:

    Canada and the US are approximately even in size. The US has almost 10 times as many people as Canada. Even Mexico has 3 times as many people as Canada (although it is only a third the size of Canada in area). People have voted with their feet. Canada is really a pretty irrelevant country. SO? Canada has a choice: it can remain a semi-colony of China or it could become part of a vibrant FREE ENTERPRISE zone. (and the whole idea that Mueller and Company are going to rescue Justine is mere wishful thinking, btw).

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  27. Trump Train says:

    These idiots think they can take on Trump and his killers lmao………………canadain libs are almost as bad as American Libs. Will sacrifice hundreds of thousands of jobs for their political views……….

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  28. Rgt says:

    How does the saying go…cut your nose off to spite your face.

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  29. Doug Amos says:

    Trudeau has no stake in the outcome; he is heir to 1 of the world’s largest fortunes. His smug accomplices are wildly enthusiastic about expressing opinions based on prejudice with no fear of negative feedback. The country itself is hammer locked by aboriginals, less than 5% of the population, and environmental propagandists who pitch some of the most wildly inaccurate information available on the planet. The future is frightening, to say the least, as denial and delusion grip the adult minds while their children cannot even reach grade 6 math standards in a school system that would rather teach kids how to enjoy perverted sex.

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    • Larry says:

      You should research his Grandpa. A fortune is there, but it is not in the same league with many world leaders. If Trudeau had business chops, people would talk to him. Trudeau is a substitute teacher who is boxed into a corner and does not know what to do. He is looking for a mulligan. He wants a “do-over”.

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    • swampratterrier says:

      Oui oui.

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  30. Larry says:

    Obamacare was implemented without Congress. The judiciary process stepped in and is currently assessing the matter. The clock keeps ticking. Time management matters.

    The NAFTA deadline is real. Both the United States and Mexico will follow agreed upon procedural processes to replace NAFTA with their bi-lateral agreement. Duties will be implemented and collected.

    Canada will request congress to support the Canadian position. Congress may look at the issue sometime next year. Then the process will proceed to the courts or the dispute resolution process. Time matters.

    In the meantime, duties will be collected and logistical business decisions will be taken.

    At best, Canada is positioned for a Pyrrhic victory. Realistically, the business community will make decisions on behalf of Canada. As they say, Time is Money.

    Canada is prepared to run out the clock with the expectation that the United States and Mexico will not follow time management principles when “time” matters to Canada.

    That is the definition of “stupidity”.

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    • todayistheday99 says:

      It’s their loss and our gain. Leftist don’t care about profits and losses. That’s why their called libtards, they have a genetic predisposition to becoming brainwashed suckers. I used to feel sorry for them, but not anymore. Those days are over. Now it’s hardball 24/7 365, no mercy until the day I drop.

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  31. todayistheday99 says:

    The booming economy is a big fat hole in the fake news reality distortion bubble that the Trump haters live their pathetic miserable lives in. Where as, we live wonderful lives out here basking in the sunshine!

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  32. CharterOakie says:

    Seems that the video of the Canadians (which I haven’t yet watched) left the biggest impression.

    How about Kevin Hassett? That guy is fantastic!
    Another amazingly great appointment by POTUS.

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  33. Paco Loco says:

    It’s already a done deal! The US/Mexico Bi lateral deal is what really matters and it’s ready to be submitted to Congress. Canada can play games forever and it won’t matter as NAFTA is a dead duck. Trudeau can play politics for only so long. An economic recession in 2019, will put the big hurt on the Liberals. It’s game over for Justin….dead man walking.

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    • todayistheday99 says:

      The big hurt and watching the USA having our happy days in the sunshine is going to cause them to eat their own hearts. Maybe a few will wake up and get it through their thick heads that leftist are losers, but I doubt it. Most of them will just double down on their stupidity and eventually self destruct. Darwinism sucks for them.

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  34. Rob says:

    There is a streak of common sense and reality in Trump World
    that seems lacking elsewhere.
    Reality is about to happen to Canada.
    Or ‘bad luck’

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  35. MLK says:

    I think I’m the only one to have noticed that Canada and The UK have ended up in highly similar circumstances vis-à-vis the US and EU, respectively.

    Yet establishment media reports the prospects of a ‘Hard Exit’ for either backwards. The UK is said to be at risk of “Crashing out of the EU.” But in the case of Canada, “No deal” is purportedly much ado about nothing.

    Meanwhile, by every substantive factor, it’s the Canadians who should be panicking, (if one of them should).

    Interestingly, the USM breakthrough opened up opportunities/leverage for the UK in Brexit negotiations:

    “Britain could join NAFTA if Brexit trade deal fails”
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-nafta/britain-could-join-nafta-if-brexit-trade-deal-fails-telegraph-newspaper-idUSKBN1CF18K

    The above is notable in the context in assessing Canada’s current bravado. In other words, their talking big in the hope that we won’t know how scared they are. The Liberals get Obama Administration media treatment, both in Canada and the US. I don’t think it’s fooling anyone, most especially our POTUS. For good reason, for Canada’s threat to be at all credible we would have to see that Canada has publicly fleshed out so momentous a shift. They have not. All Justin and Chrystia have done is repeat their mantra about “No deal is better than a bad one.”

    I continue to believe the outcome is assured — Justin will bend the knee. The only question is when. Justin has likely decided that the safest course is to not do anything until after the Quebec elections. That means that the day before the text of the USM will be submitted to Congress.

    That creates a one month period between then and the midterms. I think the Canadians are crazy to think that the Democrats are going to tie their midterm prospects to Canada’s desired agreement terms in any meaningful or helpful way.

    Mexico has already told them what time it is.

    And, most importantly, our POTUS will leverage it to monkey-hammer the Democrats for the midterms, after Justin and his CoC allies politicized it within the context of the midterms.

    Mark my words, with the whip hand, POTUS will exploit every emanation by Democrats siding with Canada (effectively over not just the US but Mexico as well). Turning up the pressure as the midterms grow ever closer, with the result being that the Democrats are increasingly liable for the Canadians.

    Let’s get down to brass tacks. Canada and Justin’s interests per se don’t even merit consideration for Democrats in the context of the midterms. But they are being pressured by their Wall Street/Multinational/CoC donors so it’s definitely worthwhile sussing out what their desired strategy is FOR THE PERIOD BETWEEN 10/1 and 11/6. It isn’t as obvious at it might seem at first blush. Indeed, while it doesn’t specifically answer the question, I think that these interests will stick to a strategy of winning the midterms from their perspective. They, too, will not risk it by tying it to Justin and Chrystia’s shenanigans.

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    • railer says:

      Correct in every detail. Stabenow is running for reelection here in Michigan, and hasn’t breathed a solitary word about Canada and NAFTA. She knows what side her bread is buttered on, and it’s buttered by the Reagan Democrats in Macomb County who elected Donald J. Trump. She’ll sail to reelection if she keeps her mouth shut, but if she opens it and advocates globalism, she can be easily whacked. The special interests can give her money, no doubt, but she can’t say a word about their interests. There is a real lesson here. Fortunately for her, she’s running against one of McConnell’s minions, a bought off hack, who won’t press her in any meaningful way. I’d run a straight trade war campaign against Stabenow, a withering assault, but this guy is being paid to be a neocon/neolib stooge like the Swamp wants.

      This is all very interesting though. I’m looking forward to watching this all play out over the next 6 weeks with Canada and the Quebec election.

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  36. Wallhouse Wart says:

    No doubt the government in exile of Obama, Clinton and Kerry have reassured Justin that he just needs to wait out Trump as he won’t be there for long. Maybe a year at most. Afterall it was Obama that sent Justin his election team and recommended Chrystia Freeland as a really good candidate for office. Obama just loved her book.

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  37. Kevin Hassett is my favorite economic smiley face.

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  38. ilovevictoriasbows says:

    It doesn’t appear to dawn on any of them, “Why, Mexico, why?” All of their arguments and theories should hold true for the socialist government down under, also, but not only do they appear satisfied, they’re on Canada’s case to sign. So what’s this about, “waiting for a new congress?” Can Democrats stick it to Mexico? Trump and his 3D chess.👍

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  39. mugzey302 says:

    Are the Democrats and Kerry also secretly negotiating with Trudeau?

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