Sunday Talks: IMF’s Christine Lagarde Discusses Global Economy in Era of Trump…

I hope y’all are hanging in there with me today because each of these Sunday posts is essentially an audio-video chapter in one singular book.  A stunningly deep book that explains the entire purpose of Trump from his/our perspective.

Here is an absolutely perfect, and in many ways jaw-dropping, interview with the head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Legarde.   It would be easy to write 10,000 background words on this singular interview alone. Decades of advanced globalist monetary/trade policy -vs- the recent uprising in economic nationalism.  THAT is the significant backstory at work here.

As her homeland France erupts in turmoil, elitist Legarde represents the personification of why those flames are present.  Freedom -v- Serfdom, with messaging from a control agent of the cloistered class.  However, here’s the stunner… pay real close attention at 04:34 of this interview where Legarde outlines the analysis (IMF economic model) where the IMF is forecasting U.S. GDP growth….  what number does she share?  WATCH:

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Did you hear that?

3.7% GDP growth for the U.S. is projected by the international financial community [global bankers].   This is the head financial liberal for the global elitist class admitting Trump has more than doubled the growth rate of the U.S. economy in two years.   Remember, simultaneous to this, when adjusted for inflation, the rest of the world is stagnant to shrinking in the same measure.

How is it possible that Trump is doubling the U.S. economic growth rate, and the rest of the planet is stagnant or shrinking?

3.7% GDP growth on an economy of $22 trillion is more than $700 billion.

President Trump is growing the U.S. economy at a rate greater than $700 billion per year.

Think about that.

Think about the scale of that.

Think about the scale of that in relation to the scale of all nation’s GDP.

President Trump is expanding the U.S. economy, each year, by an amount larger than the entire economy of Saudi Arabia.

Put another way – U.S. President Trump’s MAGAnomic policies are enlarging the U.S. economy, every year, at a rate that compares to approximately half of Canada’s entire economy and two-thirds of Mexico.

How is this possible in an era when all other developed countries show signs of stagnation and lack of growth?

The simple answer cuts to the core of why those nations, and the multinational benefactors within them, are aligned against Donald Trump….

…He is stopping the export of American wealth.

President Trump is the first U.S. president in history, to start dismantling the process that exports U.S. wealth to the benefit of all other nations.

After World War II, the U.S. allowed our economic trade models to be used to help rebuild Europe and Japan.  The tariffs put on U.S. goods helped both rebuild their economies; however, once rebuilt – the tariffs never came off.

Our politicians allowed the one-way economic benefit to remain in place even after our “allies” got back on their feet.   Those nations then started bribing (lobbying) our politicians to retain that process indefinitely.

President Donald Trump, through the execution of his policies and the global trade reset, is saying: “No More“!!

He is confronting them head-on, and they are going bananas.

Cue the visual…

The biggest flaw that people make is thinking POTUS Trump cares about the DC swamp enough to confront it, or expend energy on it….. in my humble opinion, he doesn’t.

He’s working on generational issues that are much bigger and consequential than the administrative state. The DC deep state is downstream from where POTUS is working.

Donald Trump is, well, essentially, John Galt.

Dutchman: […] “ALL this attack on DJT, the man, candidate and President, is NOT because of his demeanor, etc. It is BECAUSE he is taking on China, Globalists and D.C. swamp.

POTUS is largely focusing on China and trade, because if successful, the d.c. swamp becomes irrelevant.

As the economic engine switches from Wall st. to Main street, the swamp will realign its priorities.

On the other hand, putting a bunch of swamp creatures in jail, while leaving China and the globalist system in place, wouldn’t really accomplish anything of substance.

A new generation of swamp creatures would move up, and the behavior would continue.”

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308 Responses to Sunday Talks: IMF’s Christine Lagarde Discusses Global Economy in Era of Trump…

  1. sundance says:

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    • DeWalt says:

      The Europeans acknowledge we are better off ,But, I’m waiting for the “But”. They think we are destroying the planet.

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    • The Demon Slick says:

      The multinationals will always be waiting in the wings with suitcases of money to bribe… er, fund campaigns. The treaties can be ignored or reinterpreted, the media will cover up darn near anything. The swamp has to be confronted. If the rule of law is not restored then we have lost. And if President Trump doesn’t get a handle on the justice department he might not be around to finish his economic realignment. The two are mutually inclusive. There must be both or we will truly have neither, or at least not for long. Hang a few, and the rest will fall in line.

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        • fleporeblog says:

          They will never understand it! They want their pound of flesh no matter what it means to our President’s agenda.

          What he and his Killers are doing on the global stage is a nightmare far worse than any indictment. His policies when it comes to the presidency will not be changed.

          He is not only transforming our country but he is destroying Globalism right in front of our eyes.

          What we are seeing in France 🇫🇷 is just the beginning. It is going to occur in other European countries. They can’t stop 🛑 the tsunami. It will destroy all of them and they know it.

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          • Deusvulture says:

            When he’s gone it will be reversed.. easily. They have their plans ready.

            Denounce him for 4 years and block what they can..

            Remember, we won by thin margins in ’16. Not by the CTH projected margins(74 million) . Same goes for the lofty midterm predictions.

            What prevents the swamp to reverse the course after 2020 or ’24?

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            • fleporeblog says:

              Read my response to your post! DECADES before they can do anything! The majority will be DEAD 💀!

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              • yucki says:

                They will never understand it!
                Because there’s no APPARENT tidy ending.

                The cowboy-movie metaphor has been misleading. Within an hour on TV, two hours for a movie. All hats color-coded, evidence falls into place. Justice SEEN to be done, black and white.

                Expectations not met => disappointment.
                This is a different movie, a different GENRE altogether.

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          • mr.piddles says:

            “What he and his Killers are doing on the global stage is a nightmare far worse than any indictment”

            It occured to me: what POTUS is doing in dealing with China RIGHT NOW and in the way he and his team are dealing with them (directly and indirectly) is the most important policy undertaking, execution, and end-result for the U.S. in decades. At the level of ending the Cold War, IMO. More important than ISIS, more important than relations with Europe, dealing with Iran, the Middle East, getting NoKo to give up it’s nukes (certainly peripherally related), NATO, Ukraine, Russia (snort), infrastructure, ObamaCare, etc. etc. And, yes, indictments.

            Which I thnk is what SD has been trying to get across to layman such as myself. :^)

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            • fleporeblog says:

              Your post absolutely nailed it!

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            • Dutchman says:

              Yes, your getting it; “At the level of ending the Cold War”, YES, only BIGGER.
              Lets be clear; the USSR, with all of its captive nations, did NOT have anything like the population of China.

              CHINA, IMHO, can NOT survive, AS CURRENTLY CONSTITUTED, if it agrees to AND DOES, comply with the reasonable demands POTUS is making.

              They can only keep their centrally controlled economy running, if they cheat. Otherwise the whole house of cards collapses.

              Lest we forget, they are the most brutal, oppressive human rights depriving regime in history. According to one theory, they have kept a whole country (N.korea) hostage, for years.
              So, it wasn’t kim that was strapping his uncle to an anti aircraft gun, it was the Chinese, who pulled the trigger, and made him watch.
              IF POTUS succeeds, this will DWARF the disolution of the USSR.

              And the predicate is the same; a Conmunist, centrally controlled economic system CAN NOT compete on an equal footing, with a free market Capitalist system.
              CHINA watched the fall of the USSR, and learned this lesson. Hence, they set about to CHEAT, right from the outset.

              DJT’s trade strategy is to force them to trade fair, which means they lose.

              Chairman Xi better get out 3 envelopes, cause he’s toast. Its why he always looks like he’s got hemmeroids.

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        • TMonroe says:

          At the risk that you were replying to a different q in this thread, I’m curious which of these statements were wrong:

          — The multinationals will always be waiting in the wings with suitcases of money to bribe… er, fund campaigns.

          (CoC, big club, one belt, etc.)

          — The treaties can be ignored or reinterpreted, the media will cover up darn near anything.

          (Paris, TPP with its corporate courts, etc)

          — The swamp has to be confronted.

          (Quite a few threads here not only point to the need for it but the inclination of POTUS to do just that — as well as statements from him to that effect, so opting for Occam’s Razor on that. If he is potentially backing off on some fronts (potentially pocketing leverage, potentially not) and defaulting to doing what he does best — the art of the deal), does it necessarily point to a mega-strategy shift as far as the need for confronting the swamp? Could it be that the leverage the unified swamp front is exerting has the president contemplating deals on that front, as he’s getting little to no consistent backing as even those in your employ may act like financing one’s campaign, talking to people in your administration, and hiring and firing admin members is illegal or unconstitutional? If he’s tapping out of swamp drainage and concentrating on fixing structural matters (something at least worth pondering as Barr heads for a nomination), said strategy does not equate to swamp fixing via alternate means that would deal with the uniparty stranglehold. I’d think that Occam’s razor points to potentially looking around, seeing no one else going to the breach, and focusing on his field of expertise.)

          If the rule of law is not restored then we have lost.

          (It really is that simple. Take the CPFB for example. Imagine how quick that can be re-weaponized along with the IRS in two short years. If there is no rule of law acted upon vigorously regarding voter fraud, 75% could vote Trump and he still can lose Florida, NC, and urban centers from Wayne county to Philly, building back the blue wall. Who would investigate or prosecute?)

          And if President Trump doesn’t get a handle on the justice department he might not be around to finish his economic realignment. The two are mutually inclusive. There must be both or we will truly have neither, or at least not for long.

          (Again, how many threads have discussed what a difference it made when things broke to put someone into power who could unleash such a return to economic common sense? If you don’t have accountability under the law or the ability for the one in power to use it, how long can that stand?)

          Hang a few, and the rest will fall in line.

          (Now there, he could be wrong.)

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        • Mac says:

          I must just be dense because I don’t understand why you disagree with the OP’s position, SD. It seems logical to me and very much in line with a lot of your previous posting. Can you briefly explain your stance?

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      • sDee says:

        The globalists have swarms of flying monkeys to take their places.

        Donald Trump will give us our country back. It is our job to clean it up.

        To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin……
        “I have given you back the Republic, if you decide to keep it.”

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        • felipe says:

          OMG They really are like the swarms of flying monkeys (many with CNN banners). Yikes.

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        • Deusvulture says:

          What does ” clean it up” mean?
          We are opposed by as many people in our country as we are for Trump (Midterms)

          All we can do is voting. No one will protest like the french.

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          • sDee says:

            We have to take over the GOP to form a second politcal party in America. from the local levels, work up to the state level. We have to build a House that truly represents the people.

            We have to repeal the 17th Amendment so we can return States’ power in Congress,

            Our Constitutional Republic was never intended to center so much power in the President.

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            • lemmus1 says:

              …the 17th is the keystone in the entire ‘progressive’ program …it killed the state’s control of the US Senate …downhill ever since

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              • Jan says:

                I am dumber than a sack of hair. Colorado has gone from a conservative state to a swing state to a democrat state. The legislature is controlled by the Dimms as is the governorship. We have a RINO Republican Senator and a Democrat Senator now. How does returning the voting for Senators to the state legislatures return power back to the States, as the Dimms increasingly improve their positions through voting fraud and letting illegals vote? In other words, the only power conservatives have now is their individual vote for Senators. If it reverts back to the state legislatures, conservatives are dead, IMAO.

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                • Jan says:

                  AND if you think globalists won’t do the same thing with state legislatures and state races that they’re doing at the federal level, you need only look at what George Soros is already doing with state and local AGs, DAs and judge races.

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                • lemmus1 says:

                  …I spent a good number of my 20s and 30s in Denver and Colorado Springs back when the state was red …then HP moved from California to the Springs and imported almost its entire workforce … it been downhill ever since

                  …think of the state legislatures as the Electoral College …it ignores the majority in deference to the local …when the state legislature elected Senators, the Senate largely represented the local and state perspectives …state legislators typically run on local issues with local money …not always but mostly so …outsiders had to spend on every race to ensure control …thus Senators were usually the voice of the state legislatures in DC

                  …now, with statewide races for Senators driven by national issues with huge outside money, the Senate no longer reflects individual state interests but primarily national interests …here in Florida, we have had a Dem Senator for six terms now while the state legislature has been consistently controlled by the Republicans …that is not true of every state but more than enough to matter

                  ,,,it made a tremendous difference in the US Senate when they no longer had to answer to their state legislatures but could run their own campaigns statewide on national issues with outside money …the last straw in changing DC from a limited state-controlled republic into the monster it is now

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                • lemmus1 says:

                  …30 state legislatures are fully controlled by Republicans today …2 are split …without the 17th, Trump would have 60+ Republican Senators in DC

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                • Jan, read this…all the way through. especially the footnotes!! You will understand then.
                  https://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/national-popular-vote-goodbye-sweet-america/

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              • @ChicagoBri says:

                I post this notion frequently on sites I visit. There needs to be a credible effort to repeal this. Our federal system was killed by this, and by Wickard v. Filburn SCOTUS ruling back in 1942.

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      • Dutchman says:

        You and others still don’t get it. Those suitcases of money, actually pallets of money, in warehouses, came to be their through the exfiltration of wealth, OUT of the U.S., and into their warehouses.
        But, that money doesn’t just sit there:
        As quickly as it comes in, it goes right back out, to (amongst other things, bribe governments around the world, purchase entire markets (like all the lemons in the world, in SD’s example).

        If you don’t know what I’m referring to, type “exfiltration of wealth” into the sesrch box on this site.

        So, cut off the steady flow of money, into the ‘warehouses’, and they quickly empty out. The whole ‘globalist’ scam comes to a roaring, screeching halt.

        No money to bribe, or control markets.

        By the bye, 700 Billion increase in GDP, Billions in tarriffs, and stopping the exfiltration of wealth. Thats GOT to be good for the U.S. deficit, right?

        So, if DJT is successful, (and I’m ‘getting it’ right) by 2024 China, as we know it, will be no more. The ethnic minorities will take advantage of the chaos, to declare independence. The populace of

        China will dethrone the Chicoms, as they are blamed for the collapse of their economy.
        The globalists will be bankrupt, and the U.S. economy will be doing ‘swimmingly’ as will other countries who throw out the globalists, and get with the program.
        Zero tarriffs, etc. equals TRUE free trade. And no one else can compete, unless they also adopt or have a system which encourages free speech, free thought and upward mobility.

        Make it simple; I am paying someone, to break into your house, EVERY DAY, and steal your wealth.

        Now, you CAN use alarms, guards, dogs whatever to CATCH and prosecute the thief.

        In which case, I’ll just hire another thief.

        Or, you can track me down, and blow my friggin head off.

        WHICH is more likely to STOP the exfiltration of your wealth?

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        • DeWalt says:

          Now we know what they’ve been hiding in Area 51.

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          • swampratterrier says:

            Dutchman did you know that the hundreds of millions in loans the U.S. made to Mexico after their economy crashed in the 1980s was paid back from money made selling illegal drugs to our citizens?

            Another way to stop the exfiltration of our wealth.

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        • You’re capturing the MAGIC of TRUMP, Dutchman.

          Ingredient #1:
          “Zero tarriffs, etc. equals TRUE free trade. And no one else can compete, unless they also adopt or have a system which encourages free speech, free thought and upward mobility.”
          • Manufacturing returns to America.
          • Exports surge to Rebalance Trade.
          • New jobs soak up all available labor.

          Ingredient #2:
          Border and Immigration Control.
          • No more cheap-labor immigrants to displace American workers.
          • Companies overcome labor shortages by poaching talent from competitors.
          • Then they incur costs to reskill the unemployed and unemployable.
          • Automation and AI skyrocket to minimize labor content.

          Ingredient #3:
          Merit-Based Immigration into the USA.
          • Suddenly we’re poaching the BEST JOB-GENERATORS from every Socialist economy.
          • Now they’ve got to create a “More Hospitable Economic Environment” to keep their best from fleeing.
          • They either kick the Socialist Kleptocracy out or relegate themselves to accelerating economic decline.

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        • mr.piddles says:

          Good stuff. Great, actually. My concern, and this is just an overall 50,000 foot concern, is that you will always have The Smartest Guys In The Room. The next time around, the rules may be different, but they will still be able to bend the rules to their benefit. Little by little… eventually, they have a New Set Of Rules, you’re playing by them again. For example, how the H-E-Double-HockeyStick could the world have possibly gotten to the 2007 Debacle? I mean: DISASTER. That’s decades of not just gaming the system, but redefining the system. “Shareholders” are irrelevant, just a side dish to manipulate into thinking they’re Players too.

          Anyway. I’m ranting. Pessimism Mode in the “off” position. Can’t solve “Greed”, after all, it’s human nature. Can only enjoy the moment, hope the power shift back to THE PEOPLE has substantial lasting effect. That’s up to US, of course (all the free thinkers and doers).

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          • Dutchman says:

            Mr. Piddles;
            You are right to voice these concerns, our Founding Fathers shared them, and these very concerns shaped their thinking.
            Paraphrasing, they figured no matter how great of a system you create, it will take about ten years for “the Smartest guys in the room”, to figure out a way to game the system.
            So, in addition to trying to set up a system to guard against tyrany, they figured you need a revolution, every 7-10 years, hence ELECTIONS.

            Peaceful transitions of power, that would, they hoped, prevent such gaming of the system.

            Well, it took them longer than 10 years, cause FIRST they had to game tje elections, but we got there, eventually.

            A Republic, if you can keep it, indeed.

            Its up to US, not DJT, to fix our indoctrinating educational system.
            To fix the media and entertainment propoganda complex.
            To correct our distorted elections system.
            These are primarily STATE issues, NOT Federal.
            And they will be fixed not by taking to the streets in yellow vests, or red hats, but by getting involved at the local level.

            Do you KNOW whats being taught in the schools in your area? Have you ever been to a school board meeting?

            As we saw with Brenda Swipes (votes), election are actually conducted by LOCAL governments.

            Local government is best, because they are closer to, and therefore more responsive to,..
            WE, the People.
            As for media, with every decision we make, for how we ‘spend’ our time, energy and attention, we are making an investment HERE, and NOT ‘over there’; invest wisely, my friends.

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            • mr.piddles says:

              “Do you KNOW whats being taught in the schools in your area?”

              Yes.

              “Have you ever been to a school board meeting?”

              No.

              Good point. Education starts at home, but that should be the baseline, I suppose.

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            • SteveT says:

              I hope people don’t take offence, but my knowledge of your “election system” (yes, I realise that’s an oxymoron) indicates to me that Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe was so much more “open and honest” that while you persist with it, you cannot possibly even make the grade as a “sh***ole” country in the long term.

              Some action has to be taken to fix your election systems. You have to end the “sale” of representative rights to the highest bidder (biggest spender). I can’t get my head round a system that allows two people from the same party to contest a position that no-one else is allowed to contest??? My apologies if that is not a correct understanding from a technical viewpoint, but it does appear to me that it is how it works practically.
              There appears a disconnect between spending millions of dollars to secure a seat/job/career that officially only pays a fraction of that. Asking why this occurs has to lead to the realisation that big money corruption is involved (call it lobbying/bribing/incentives or whatever).

              Ironically, the world is now hanging on President Trump’s success or failure. He is inspiring Europeans much more than most realise and it is vital he succeeds.
              We must not give up.
              Elections only work if they can be made to work fairly. Otherwise people lose faith and start taking other options.

              SteveT

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    • Tom! says:

      Sundance, I agree with your assessment about his focus but will the American people tolerate much longer a two tier judicial system. At some point those at my level are going to ask that law enforcement, the courts and jail system be shut down, even at the threat of our own security if we continue to blatantly practice the system we now have. Civil society cannot function with a different form of justice dependent only on your status.

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      • Jederman says:

        Your question is excellent. “…but will the American people tolerate much longer a two tier judicial system.” ? That issue touches us all, and worse, if not corrected it will affect the next generation even more. It will destroy our society. Why does the everyman have to obey if “they” don’t. That’s where we’re heading.

        It also concerns me because PTrump campaigned biggly on draining the swamp. If he doesn’t start chalking up some successes vis a vis the swamp and the wall the peeps will feel let down. Because they were. Many will say wtf, why should I vote again.

        I believe he can deliver the goods but he will never do it playing by their rules. Never. He doesn’t have enough time.

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      • Martin says:

        Not to dismiss your logic, Tom, but I think even what you are describing is downstream from the level SD describes PDJT is working at.

        Marxism in all its forms requires turmoil to be effective, and dissatisfaction with “justice” is one of their favorite foils. Whereas a contented populace is much less concerned about, as SD said, the administrative state.

        That’s what the IMF and the insulated elites are losing- the turmoil is turning vertical, out of their control. With slowed exfiltration, their play money is less effective, and their irrelevance nearer.

        Make America Rich Again is what PDJT said. “They” have forgotten how to make it, so accustomed to stealing it from us as they are. Without our money, they’re sunk. Acquiring it honestly is a steep learning curve.

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      • Sayit2016 says:

        This is a cogent argument. Well said.

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    • fleporeblog says:

      President Trump may not have friends in D.C but he has US! They also are screwed when it comes to trade. PDJT is killing them with the promise to terminate NAFTA which is within his power. They can either agree to the USMCA or go back to life prior to NAFTA. We ran a major surplus on Mexico 🇲🇽 and Canada 🇨🇦 before NAFTA. He didn’t need the Senate’s permission with the new KORUS.

      He has the power of the 301 to completely destroy China 🇨🇳. China 🇨🇳 is the holy grail. If they are destroyed, you can literally kiss it all goodbye.

      Here is a look at the real GDP rates of the three biggest EU countries compared to ours.

      WE the DEPLORABLES with our LION 🦁 are WINNING and don’t ever forget it! WINNING and their is SHIT they can do to stop it! Don’t EVER forget!

      From the article linked above:

      Fifteen years ago in California, a tall technology geek named Steve Mushero started writing a book that predicted the American dream might soon “be found only in China.” Before long,

      Mr. Mushero moved himself to Shanghai and launched a firm that Amazon.com Inc. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. certified as a partner to serve the world’s biggest internet market.

      These days, the tech pioneer has hit a wall. He’s heading back to Silicon Valley where he sees deeper demand for his know-how in cloud computing.

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      • sDee says:

        Whatever possessed them to think a state-run communist regime would do anything but wait around to steal what they built. They can stay over there for all I care.

        I worked for decades in international high tech hardware and software industries – it was the essence of free market competition – built on capitalism. Now its infected with a highly skilled work force educated to believe capitalism is evil – not Google.

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      • Bob says:

        The reason for the change is very simple….China can’t be trusted, they want to find flaws in a contract or agreement before the ink dries, and will take you for every cent in any agreement, and will obtain every bit of technical and all property rights from under your nose.

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        • fleporeblog says:

          Not this time! That deal will be ironclad and China 🇨🇳 knows it. Now they must decide their fate!

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        • Dutchman says:

          One of the three weaknesses to any conmunist system, that make it unable to compete: endemic(sp?) Corruption.

          Its INHERENT in their system. Second is also indemic; inefficiency.

          Third is reeducating to suppress innovative thought.

          Their inherent cheating they have been using as an advantage, but its actually a weakness. Its why after 30-40 years, they still produce crap, with poor quality materials.

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      • Deusvulture says:

        Nice pep talk. But it all depends on President Trump.
        We are powerless when it comes to the swamp. Too many people don’t care.
        How long will we win? As long as Trump is in power. Then ?

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        • fleporeblog says:

          You have to understand these trade agreements go on for decades. Look how long NAFTA was around. Corporations are coming back to the USA 🇺🇸 not because they think the next President will change what is in place but because they realize nothing will change for decades to come. They tried giving away the store and they failed because of PDJT. The world economy is heading for a major recession but this time around they won’t be bailed out.

          The Corporate Tax reduction is permanent! The Democrats can’t do a damn thing about it.

          The Federal Courts are being bombarded with MAGA Judges. They will no longer be able to use the courts to write law.

          Decades will come and go and we will continue to reap the benefits of PDJT.

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        • fleporeblog says:

          This article ABSOLUTELY makes my point! Look what has happened in Florida because the last twenty years the majority of Justices were Democrat Appointed and Liberal leaning.

          Our President will be able to do the same at the Federal Level and the consequences will be for DECADES!

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        • Knock off the whining.
          Daily Beast will welcome you as a kindred spirit.

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        • Sayit2016 says:

          I disagree with you … strongly.

          It does not all depend on President Trump, it depends on US. FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE. How are we ” powerless” against the SWAMP? WE the people ELECTED a man that we knew would fight on our behalf. We put him there. The PEOPLE have far more power then I think some understand.

          Don’t think for one minute countermeasures are not being put in place to protect what Trump is doing. It is in the way the law us crafted. For example, in CA in 78 Prop 13 was passed.

          Proposition 13 was law passed that stated Californians should not be priced out of their homes through high taxes. This proposition is an example of what is called the “third rail” (meaning “untouchable subject”) of California politics, and elsewhere, meaning it is political suicide for lawmakers to attempt to change it.

          Believe me the libs in CA have tried….

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      • mr.piddles says:

        “You know it is bad when France is beating Germany and their data is BAD!”

        Now THAT is chuckle-worthy.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      Sundance, this is the single greatest uplifting post since the election. This is the root of whatever power Trump wields and he created it with his policies. This is why his opponents expose themselves as political and economic hacks every second they oppose Trump’s economic policies.

      It is the reason why other countries can’t just tell Trump to go get stuffed because the biggest economy/market has awakened and is growing aggressively. Relative to the other available choices to do business, the US seems to be the place to be.

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    • Pete says:

      Just for perspective, the IMF had this GDP growth projection in January 2017. Even factoring a fiscal stimulus i.e. tax cuts, the IMF again, completely missed its projection. I quote in their January 2017 report: “As noted, this forecast is particularly uncertain in light of potential changes in the policy stance of the United States under the incoming administration. The projection for the United States is the one with the highest likelihood among a wide range of possible scenarios. It assumes a fiscal stimulus that leads growth to rise to 2.3 percent in 2017 and 2.5 percent in 2018, a cumulative increase in GDP of ½ percentage point relative to the October forecast.”

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    • Pete says:

      Sec Mike Pompeo’s speech entitled “Restoring the Role of the Nation-State in the Liberal International Order” at the German Marshall Fund, Brussels, Belgium, on December 4, 2018

      https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2018/12/287770.htm

      “For the business community, from which I came, consider this: The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund were chartered to help rebuild war-torn territories and promote private investment and growth. Today, these institutions often counsel countries who have mismanaged their economic affairs to impose austerity measures that inhibit growth and crowd out private sector actors.”

      “I spoke earlier about the World Bank and the IMF. The Trump Administration is working to refocus these institutions on policies that promote economic prosperity, pushing to halt lending to nations that can already access global capital markets – countries like China – and pressing to reduce taxpayer handouts to development banks that are perfectly capable of raising private capital on their own.”

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    • chubby says:

      I love how the Globalist LeGarde talks about clothes being made in Vietnam and the cost of living going down because of trade agreements while wearing a $5000 Chanel jacket.

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      • TheLastDemocrat says:

        Yes.
        And, that “quality of life” argument: everyone should “talk” more, so we can get everyone to accept the life we have decided to give them (cost of living down by 2/3), and be happy with it so they will allow us tom continue to rule over them.

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  2. Smiley says:

    The greatest threat is the Federal Reserve. They are installing the gears to grind this growth into a short pronounced recession so they can have a new puppet in place for 2020.

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  3. Cisco says:

    M🇺🇸A🇺🇸G🇺🇸A!
    2020…K🇺🇸A🇺🇸G!

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  4. Publius2016 says:

    yes, remember, the BIGGEST LEVERAGE LEFT is SALT! Coastal States and Big Cities will feel the Pinch! Lump Sum Downs are due! Millions of Families will demand Tax Cuts!! BLM SJW and Antifa hate making their own coffee!!! want SALT raised: The Wall Kate’s Law OCare Repeal and Tax Cut 2.0! “blue dogs” agree with America First! 2/3 Americans want America First!

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    • lemmus1 says:

      …sorry, wrong answer …SALT is just a down payment on equal justice for all under the Federal tax code …the real tax cuts for those big cities, NE coastal states must come from killing the left’s ultra-high state tax burden that makes the state tax deductible on fed tax returns so attractive to liberals

      …not by restoring the SALT deductibility in any manner, but by making every state lower its own income taxes …to …oh say …zero …like Florida

      …I cry no tears here in no state income tax Florida listening to the NY/NJ snowbirds cry about how high their state taxes are …and they share no joy when I cry about how high my fed taxes are because they get to write off their state taxes …or I did BT (before Trump)

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      • Dutchman says:

        lemmus1,
        I agree; salt is just another redistribution program, totally counter to the laboratories of democracy envisioned by the founders.
        If a state wants to operate with high taxes, and theoretically lots of social welfare programs, let it, but let its citisens experience the consequences.

        Don’t give it O.P.M., other peoples money, or it will just take more.

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    • yucki says:

      SALT – ? – Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ?

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  5. railer says:

    I’m a beastly sort, and I very much enjoyed the tight, worried look Lagarde took on when discussing this. She is the face of globalist serfdom, and she knows what’s happening here, you can see it in her face.

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    • clive hoskin says:

      Here is another of these women who is happy to turn us all into SLAVES.At a news conference [22Jan2015] in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity, but to destroy capitalism. “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said
      . Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

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    • Sayit2016 says:

      People forget or do not know that Largarde was found guilty of criminal charges ( DEC 2016) over massive government payouts….she faced potentially one year in jail, but not face any punishment whatsoever….because they did not want to trigger a ” leadership crisis”.

      Now you know ; )

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  6. Muthaucker says:

    I think your math is off re GDP growth and Saudi Arabia.

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  7. clipe says:

    My reasons for bringing up the current political unrest in France on this blog in articles here and here are simple: the tectonic plates of public opinion on climate change move slowly but inexorably. Identifying where the big quake will happen is of key importance. It might be in Australia or California or Germany. Suddenly, it seems as if it might be in France, and I’ll try to explain why.

    https://cliscep.com/2018/12/04/technocrate-moi/

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    • Parker Longbaugh says:

      Everyone should click on the link posted by clipe. The author explains reason for the protests in France which are very different from headlines i have seen.
      Thank you clipe

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    • clive hoskin says:

      I just got through watching Tommy Robinson”Brexit Betrayal”march and they seemed to have plenty of supporters in attendance.My observation is that there were a diverse lot there ranging from early twenties to pensioners and war vets.It took Tommy about twenty minutes just to get to the start of the march.Let’s hope that UKIP and Tommy can get the UK out of the clutches of the BureaucRATS in Brussels and their globalist masters.

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  8. magatrump says:

    I do understand that stopping the exfiltration of American wealth is the key to destroying the swamp, but seeing those criminals indicted and jailed is also needed to restore the concept of a lawful society also.

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    • The Boss says:

      FTA – “The biggest flaw that people make is thinking POTUS Trump cares about the DC swamp enough to confront it, or expend energy on it….. in my humble opinion, he doesn’t”.

      I’m starting to wrap my head around this.

      What’s helping me is comparing how President Trump’s policies to stop the exfiltration of our wealth is like the island-hopping strategy in the Pacific Theater during World War 2. That strategy was implemented by NOT invading every Japanese island stronghold, and instead cutting off resupply to those islands, while other more useful islands were invaded. The troops on the bypassed islands would wither on the vine. Control of the air and sea allowed us to do exactly that.

      So…if we successfully cut off the money flowing into foreign economies AND Washington DC via multinational corporations, through imposition of tariffs or renegotiated trade deals, the Swamp will dry up on its own. Once weakened, it will have a choice: Unconditional Surrender or death. I’m OK with either.

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  9. Judith says:

    I agree with Dutchman’s assessment. This is a matter of global conglomerates having no choice but to “amend” their “business plans” in order to keep up with a new Maganomic model as it unfolds. They’ll live.

    And yes, the swamp will always bow to its globalist masters. It behooves them to go along to get along.. so eventually their “resistance” will wane as well. Puppet strings.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Don’t attack the puppet. Cut the strings, and KILL the puppeteer, and the puppet is just a pile af wood.

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      • GB Bari says:

        To be fair, and historically accurate, the Deep State existed and found ways to fund its nefarious missions long before China mattered on the world economic stage.

        However if, in today’s global economic structure, China is truly at the base, then collapsing Chinas economic influence will cause a catastrophic restructuring of the rest of the world, with minimal effect on the U.S. That should prove interesting.

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  10. Avi says:

    Did Barry Manilow undergo sex reassignment surgery to lead the IMF?

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  11. Ghost says:

    Observations from a smaller branch.

    Sundance: Thank you,Thank you, Thank you!! The best report yet !!!
    hopefully more treepers will understand and focus in generational terms instead of 60 minute TV time. PDJT is destroying their economic base of power. The deep state can be dealt with at the time of his choosing.

    Countries are on the verge of collapse but haven’t figured it out yet. E.U. Problems will continue to grow they are basically printing money now to stay afloat.

    Smiley:
    The Federal Reserve has already been made irrelevant, He has beaten them they just don’t understand it yet.

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    • Bert Darrell says:

      Ghost: Not completely irrelevant yet. For as long as the FED keeps raising interest rates in the absence of actual inflation they will be making it artificially more cumbersome for America to re-pay the national debt, working against further improvement of the American economy.

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      • tessa50 says:

        It’s not just the Federal Reserve. Trump has added to the deficit. I’m aware of his reasons for it, but the problem still exists. That deficit will eventually take us down. That also has to be addressed.

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  12. Paul Paul says:

    “On the other hand, putting a bunch of swamp creatures in jail, while leaving China and the globalist system in place, wouldn’t really accomplish anything of substance.”

    Why does it have to be one or the other? Couldn’t a VSGPDJT take care of both?

    Could it be, perhaps, that dealing on the international stage, things need to necessarily be out in the open, whereas dealing with the swamp rats things need to be more hush hush?

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    • Dutchman says:

      You CAN attack your opponent, and visciously destroy them.

      Or, you can simply make them irrelevant.

      To SEE what this looks like, view Hillary’s latest speaking tour.

      IF DJT is successful, a bunch of alphabet organisations won’t necesarily be destroyed, just irrelevant.

      IMF, WTO, are obvious ones, but there are others. Possibly FED, etc.,

      Trillions at stake, and with those trillions, control and relevance.

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    • piper567 says:

      Paul, I think we are being asked to view things from the President’s perspective.
      I don’t believe The President is at all oblivious to Swamp strategy and tactics, he just sees the long term shake-up as being of more significance.
      So, he is acting as swiftly as possible to change the Big Picture.
      I agree with sundance that the Big shake-Up, if successful to any degree, will render the pettiness and traitorous nature of our would-be tyrants essentially moot.

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  13. Kia1 says:

    Thanks Sundance, you have put my mind at ease about what is really important. I too was wanting him to take care of the swamp, but based on this article, what he is accomplishing is far more important for America. I trust our President 100%.

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  14. Dan W says:

    I’d watch the video BUT……I just can’t stomach even looking at a picture of these creatures let alone having to listen to their lies and BS agenda anymore.

    I guess you might say I’m like a battered spouse who has had enough.

    I’ll have to stick with reading the comments.

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  15. duchess01 says:

    Did Crissy come up with that GDP number using numerology or by economic reasoning – either way the woman’s globalist slip is showing!

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  16. Successful Loser says:

    I think of Madame Lagarde more as a slave trader then an economist.

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  17. Dutchman says:

    Thank you Sundance, honored and humbled.

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  18. Curt says:

    There is absolutely NO doubt Trump has, in two years, made phenomenal economic gains. Astounding. Here’s the problem. Leftists like LeGarde can see that and cannot deny the facts. However, never once will she talk about the trade imbalance, theft of intellectual property and huge one way tariffs the US is subjected to. She tends to explain that not everyone is participating in the gains. When in the history of the world has “everyone” participated in economic growth?

    The day after the mid terms, the stock market started to immediately decline. Those people on Wall Street, investors and economists, and even Main Street, know darn well the the Democrats, and their bogus economic policies, will destroy what gains have been made the last two years. The leftists will sell bankrupt economic policy to the American people. And of course, a complicit media will be right there. Over half of all Americans who file income tax returns pay zero tax. They have no skin in the game. There’s a good chance the Democrat controlled House of Representatives will NOT pass the fabulous trade deals that have been already been negotiated by this administration. A middle class American, working for a living and paying taxes, has an incentive to keep taxes low and entitlements under control. Unfortunately, they find themselves in a minority. Millions who don’t pay taxes have every incentive to see taxes go up. Combine that with an elitist Socialist establishment and a deceitful media, and it then becomes a long term formula for disaster. The current riots in France, Amsterdam and Brussels are, to a great extent, the result of failed Socialist policy. This is not getting the news coverage in the US these events demand. The truth is counter productive to the huge Wall Street cabal and the global monetary and trade policy. Hence the political and economic destabilization is being played down here by our media.

    Google “The Daily Mail” for accurate and shocking events occurring in France at this moment.

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    • Dennis Leonard says:

      say Curt where are you getting these talking points from,it was not on this site,
      “There’s a good chance the Democrat controlled House of Representatives will NOT pass the fabulous trade deals that have been already been negotiated by this administration. “

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      • Curt says:

        That’s correct. President Trump himself recently said, effectually, if the congress (The House) doesn’t pass the recently negotiated trade agreements then we will be stuck with the status quo and we will not return to the old NAFTA or the past trade agreements.

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        • Dutchman says:

          Fle, in an earlier post already covered this. And, I believe the guidelines say please read all comments before responding, as it prevents rehashing.

          DJT has Congress by the short hairs; approve USMCA, or go back to pre-NAFTA, which is actually BETTER for MAGA.
          “Do you want to die by knife,…or gun.
          Its YOUR choice?”
          They will vote for USMCA.

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    • elmo says:

      We need to change the dnc message from their taxing the rich to if they pass tax increases it will diectly effect how much money is in their own pockets and a lot less money for all their SJW causes. And most especially, all the new jobs will leave the USA.

      Turn the narrative around. Everyone needs to think of new sound bites that will counter the socialist brainwashing propaganda being spewed by MSM. They need to be reminded what MSNBC said, that it was their job to tell the public what to think and do. Shame them by declaring they can’t think for themselves and they need to check their sources.

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      • MelH says:

        If Sharpton can get away with thumbing his nose at the IRS, chances are the DNC has been doing the same and will continue. Tax increases are for you and me, punishment for not adoring their push to Socialism.

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      • G. Combs says:

        “We need to change the dnc message from their taxing the rich…”

        IT IS NOT TAXING THE RICH‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️

        This is another nasty Commie strawman.

        The original system of the Federal government being funded by tariffs TAXED THE RICH since they were the ones who bought imported goods.

        With the Sixteenth Amendment, the federal government switched to taxing WAGES. The Wealthy Elite are not wage earners, so what the Commies are calling the ‘Rich’ are actually the bourgeoisie — the upper middle class that threaten the Wealthy Elite —

        What is Marxism’s greatest enemy? It is not the aristocracy or the elite, but instead the ‘bourgeoisie,’ or the middle class. Marxism is actually neo-feudalism.

        “The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations. It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his ‘natural superiors,’ and has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, callous ‘cash payment.’ It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervor, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom—Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation.
        The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honored and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage laborers.”
        ― Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto

        The last sentence above explains why academia is on board with Marxism. They want their ‘halo’ and worship restored.

        Does our tax code punish, the wealthy elite?

        Hardly! Instead it punishes wage earners. Wage earners, especially those we could call the upper middle class. The successful people who have demonstrated their ability to rise to a good standard of living, and by so doing might challenge the position of ultra-wealthy. Those ultra-wealthy people are not wage earners!

        From: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_TYZ6VRNNg

        Warren Buffet pays a 20% capital gains tax, while his secretary pays a 35% income tax on wages.

        By using loop holes, where tax-free foundations ‘own’ the corporation stock, the foundations can then ‘own’ the airplanes, villas, condos, and limos that the wealthy use, thereby reducing the capital gains tax to as low as 15%.

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        • G. Combs says:

          Key for top graph:
          Individual Income Taxes = tax levied on the wages, salaries, dividends, interest, and other income

          Payroll Taxes = Social Security & Medicare taxes.

          Excise Taxes = Tariffs.

          Corporate Taxes = tax on profit of a firm.

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    • tessa50 says:

      “Over half of all Americans who file income tax returns pay zero tax. They have no skin in the game.”

      There are many fine Americans who work and don’t earn enough to pay taxes. They absolutely have skin in this game as you call it. They love America too.

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      • Dutchman says:

        tessa50
        Thank you for saying this! Also, income tax, federal and state, is only ONE tax.
        Californians are being hit hard on a gas tax, and the French are rioting over it.
        Mandating 50% renewables for utilty companies is another way to do ‘carbon taxing’, and of coarse there are sales taxes. These are taxes,we ALL pay, regardless of income.

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    • G. Combs says:

      “…The day after the mid terms, the stock market started to immediately decline. Those people on Wall Street, investors and economists, and even Main Street, know darn well the the Democrats, and their bogus economic policies, will destroy what gains have been made the last two years. The leftists will sell bankrupt economic policy to the American people…..”

      I think you are completely missing the strategy.

      #1. The House can do DIDDLY because the Republicans have control of the Senate and President Trump has VETO>

      #2. Treaties are ratified by the SENATE. In the case of the ‘new’ NAFTA it is both the House and Senate BUT if the DemonRats in the House kill the ‘new’ NAFTA AND Trump has ALREADY killed the old NAFTA (90 day notice given) things revert to the trade deals of BEFORE Clinton’s NAFTA. (Trump can’t lose)

      #3. Budget.
      This is where things could get fun. 😂
      Trump was careful NOT TO CHALLENGE his own party, however with the DemonRats in control of the House where Budgets originate, he can take the gloves off. I would not put it past him to shut down the federal government for the next two years.

      It would be Mick Mulvaney who decides what is or is not ‘critical’ and will receive ’emergency funding’ President Trump already had each cabinet position go through their departments and figure out where to make cuts…

      I looked at government shutdowns a few years ago:
      Report: Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effect by Clinton T. Brass, Analyst in Government Organization and Management.

      He states:

      …. If interim or full-year appropriations are not enacted into law, the time interval when agency appropriations are not enacted is referred to as a “funding gap.”5

      A funding gap also may occur any time a CR expires and another CR (or regular appropriations bill) is not enacted immediately thereafter. When a funding gap occurs, the federal government begins a “shutdown” of the affected activities, including the furlough of non-emergency personnel and curtailment of agency activities and services. Programs that are funded by laws other than annual appropriations acts (e.g., entitlements like Social Security) also may be affected by a funding gap, if program execution relies on activities that receive annually appropriated funding…..

      So it looks like nonessential bureaucrats get their pay stopped and perhaps the military. But what about Social Security???
      Federal Debt will get paid since it is not depend on “appropriations” but is an already “legalized” debt.

      So what is part of the “Federal Debt”????
      Federal Debt

      Lists the “information on agency securities and on investments of Federal Government accounts in Federal securities” in table form. TABLE FD-3. lists the Government Account Series in millions of dollars for 2010

      TABLE FD-3
      Airport and Airway Trust Fund ……………………… 7,045
      Deposit Insurance Fund ……………………………….37,441
      Employees Life Insurance Fund ……………………. 37,605
      Exchange Stabili-zation Fund ………………………. 20,436
      Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund…… 187,222
      Federal employees retirement funds…………….. 785,988
      Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund ………… 279,475
      Federal Housing Administration ……………………. 4,194
      Fed.Old-Age & Survivors Ins. Trust Fund… 2,399,111
      Fed. Savings & Loan Corp., Resolution Fund………. 3,388
      Fed. Supplementary Medical Ins. Trust Fund…….. 70,982
      Highway Trust Fund ………………………………….. 24,455
      National Service Life Insurance Fund ……………….. 8,161
      Postal Service Fund …………………………………….. 1,142
      Railroad Retirement Account ……………………………. 506
      Unemployment Trust Fund …………………………… 18,703
      Other ……………………………………………………. 759,426

      (reorganized to fit vertical instead of horizontal G.C.)

      So it looks like Social Security is not an “appropriation” but a DEBT that must be paid especially since laws have ALREADY been passed governing Social Security. The only way to STOP the Social Security pay checks is to declare the government employees cutting the checks “non-emergency personnel”

      I wonder if that also includes the people cutting Congressmen, Senator and staffer checks? (snicker)
      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      I expect President Trump to play hardball when it comes to the budget. He has had two years to prepare. Also the fight over the budget and a government shut down will suck all the air out of anything else the DemonRats and tame Fake News had planned.

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  19. 3.7% “ and not bad actually “ ha ! what a phony! , you would be bragging from the rooftops if it was even near 2.7% in Europe , All these globalist can’t admit that VSGTrump is cleaning their clocks

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  20. jeff semda says:

    The EU is powerless and phoney.

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  21. Jane Smith says:

    I always wonder where these Globalists think that they are going to go once they have destroyed the West?
    What will be left?

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  22. Your writing makes my heart sing, as even living in a highly conservative area-I still suffer the fools who are brainwashed and clinging to the old guard, old values and mores. Political correctness is running rampant, and frankly-I speak what is on my heart, know which bathroom to use, and the ladies in my exercise class STILL think Trump is Orange Man Bad. I haven’t broken it to them, but they are NPS. 🙂

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  23. Earl & Pearl Tourist says:

    There are $ tracks from the globalists to every swamp creature. Cut off the globalist $ and watch the curtains get pulled way back on all of them. Book deals, FARA money, pedo stuff.
    The MSM will collapse along with it.

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  24. mopar2016 says:

    Christine Lagarde says that GDP would be higher if there were more women working.

    I was hoping that she would explain what that meant, but she didn’t elaborate so I assume it was just some victims mentality talking point.

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    • Heroic Dreamer says:

      Agree. I took her whole women empowerment thing to be virtue signaling.

      Liked by 5 people

    • tucker7518 says:

      Like Mary Barra?

      Liked by 1 person

    • I agree…totally off topic.

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    • Bert Darrell says:

      That comment about “more women working” was as virtue signaling as asinine. We all know that any GDP would be larger if more people worked, regardless of sex. But it would also increase if dogs and cats worked, and chicken, and birds, and …

      This LaGarde women struck me as politically correct to the extreme. By the way, why wasn’t there a single follow up to any of her comments? This was a silly staged interview.
      .

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      • Judith says:

        What LaGarde is trying to say is that we need both parents to work so we can continue to fund our socialist pyramid scheme AND raise your children for you in our commie institutions. It’s like killing two birds with one stone.

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      Up until WWII and then the sex ua al revolution, America had been doing pretty good with many a wife being focused on the home and raising children.

      Now, half of our kids have no father, and have a mental diagnosis. How is this good?

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      • G. Combs says:

        Feminism was a creation of the Rockefellers.
        How The Rockefellers Re-Engineered Women

        The Rockefeller Foundation Funded ‘Womens Lib’ For The Same Reason The CIA Funded ‘MS Magazine’

        Not only was it about getting to tax the labor of women. Remember the Grace Commission report to Reagan noted that 100% of personal income tax goes to pay interest on the national debt, the lion’s share of which goes to the banking cartel that we know as the Federal Reserve. –(wwwDOT).bloggernews.net/17032) Women’s Lib was about the government getting control and indoctrinating children.

        The Hand that Rocked the Cradle: A Critical Analysis of Rockefeller Philanthropic Funding, 1920-1960
        That was what all the trumped up charges against Daycares was all about.
        Problem -Reaction – Solution — Got to create the problem to get people to hand over more control of their lives. In this case control of your children.

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      • G. Combs says:

        References for the trumped up charges against Daycares used to push federal laws regulating Daycares.

        The Fells Acres Nightmare from Mark Pendergrast, Victims of Memory: Sex Abuse Accusations and Shattered Lives (2nd edition)

        The “Little Rascals” ritual abuse case in Edenton, NC
        “In the Little Rascals day-care-abuse case in North Carolina, one mother told reporters that it took 10 months before her child was able to “reveal” the molestation. No one at the time considered the idea that the child might have been remarkably courageous to persist in telling the truth for so long.” Carol Tavris

        The Cases:
        These charges relate to the Little Rascal’s Day Care in Edenton. It is perhaps the second most famous day care ritual abuse case in North America (after the McMartin Preschool in CA.) The PBS program Frontline has produced a series of three powerful documentary episodes on this case, called Innocence Lost. 2 It showed that the various ingredients of a typical MVMO abuse case were present in Edenton:

        * no physical evidence that any actual abuse or killing happened.

        * hysteria by the parents, investigators and general public.

        * lack of evidence which would have been present if the children had actually been abused.

        * the alleged abuse happened even as parents were coming to and fro during the day; nobody noticed anything strange at the day care center.

        * the children initially denied that anything “funny” happened at the day care; but the interviewers did not believe the children.

        * after months of extensive interviewing, using what are now known to be manipulative, suggestive techniques, children started to disclose abuse events. This was assisted by communications among parents who also grilled their children.

        * all of the documentation and tapes of the children’s initial interviews were lost or destroyed.

        * testimony described a long string of physically impossible or highly improbable events.

        * nobody seems to have asked the logical question: how could 7 to 20 adults form a conspiracy and abuse children hundreds of times, without any child complaining or without any parent noticing something amiss? [….]

        A Socialist’s point of view The History of Child Care in the U.S. by Sonya Michel, Ph.D., University of Maryland
        “… When it comes to public provisions for children and families, the United States compares poorly with other advanced industrial nations such as France, Sweden, and Denmark….”

        7 CFR 226.17 – Child care center provisions. | US Law |
        (1) Child care centers must have Federal, State, or local licensing or approval to provide day care services to children…..
        (wwwDOT)law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/7/226.17

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  25. AbeLincoln says:

    Greatest rope a dope in modern history. They never thought they could lose. If this works that will have been their downfall. Of course they will try to resort to war if all else fails. Getting around that one will be the greatest test of all.

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    • G. Combs says:

      They keep trying to push war with Russia but I think Putin is to smart to let them get very far with that strategy.

      What I fear is a war with China.

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  26. DeWalt says:

    Merkle recently commented that Trump is destroying the NWO. The President should publicly reject this and explain to Merkle that the EU’s migration and climate policies are destroying them.
    What I see her doing is setting our country up as the fall guy in a coming European conflict. I believe the Elites will intentionally bring this about for a reset and to bring in U.S. aid that our President has been cutting.
    France may be the start by bringing Foreign Police (EU) into France. Think what that would do here (UN Troops).

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    • Dutchman says:

      Personally, if Merkle is saying “Trump is destroying the New World Order”, don’t DENY it, OWN it.
      “Why yes, I AM ‘destroying the New World Order’, that robs my country, to pay for socialist programs in OTHER countries.
      A ‘New World Order’, structured to exfiltrate wealth OUT of my country, ,…
      Well, you get the idea. Don’t deny it, EMBRACE it, and change the premise.

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      • DeWalt says:

        In a sence your right. But in a historical context people think the NWO was to save the world from further conflict. On that note they will blame America for destroying the thing that kept Europe peaceful since the last world war. Never mind it’s not true, but they must lay blame somewhere and it sure as hell won’t be them.

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        • lemmus1 says:

          …just remind them it was/is America, not the NWO, that kept/keeps Europe peaceful since 1945 …but if they don’t want to pay their fair share of the upkeep, Trump will be more than happy to bring our troops home and remove our umbrella, eh

          …btw, a major point is being sidelined in all of these GDP comparisons …we’re up anywhere from 2.4 to 3.9 % on the euros on the bottom line numbers …but those numbers do NOT include the massive transfer of wealth that goes from the US to the EU because we pay far more of their defense costs than they do …imnsho, we could add a worst case 1.3% to our current GDP if we brought our troops home and put them to work here …men AND women

          …and consider how much we’ve given them out of our pockets to keep their peace over the past 73 years …imagine the results if that YUGE number had been invested here

          …pardon my French but SCREW the NWO

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  27. starfcker says:

    “On the other hand, putting a bunch of swamp creatures in jail, while leaving China and the globalist system in place, wouldn’t really accomplish anything of substance.” Respectfully, that’s a straw argument. Nobody is advocating for one or the other. I believe them both to be equally important. And I believe neglecting to do the former means that once President Trump is gone, any reforms he makes on the latter could be erased. I’m not one of these people that comes on here and second-guesses our President very often. I don’t have a lot of advice for him. I have been content to sit back and watch him do what he does. But this is a glaring error. And I’m still waiting for anybody to explain how it’s not.

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    • I think that is SD’s analysis of the situation; I am not sure it is Trump’s. I do also see a danger in ignoring the swamp…they can remove him from office.

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    • piper567 says:

      starfcker,
      I think its crucial to acknowledge that The Swamp’s specialty is covering their a$$es.
      The President is radically changing world issues: Taxes/tariffs/, K Street/Main Street, and he is able to do this w/o the interference of our traitorous Congress.
      He has no ability to focus the Congress as he would wish, and I believe the work he is doing, which is clearly rattling our enemies, is likely to diminish the power of powerful entities such as CoC (the fuel for our traitors).
      His tactics of end-running the Congress are magnificent.
      I remain more interested in the President’s effect on the roots of our would-be tyrants.
      People here on this board have talked of cutting off the head of the snake.
      Well, I don’t believe the head of the snake is in the USA.
      I believe the work Trump is currently doing is going for the snake’s head…and no, I don’t mean bankers or evil families…I mean he is crippling systems and Countries who persist in following globalist tenets.
      And he’s doing this just by putting his own Country first.
      its a sort of, Us first, then You; just Grand.
      God bless our President.

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      • starfcker says:

        Piper, I’m not arguing any of that. Explain to me how leaving the corrupt Washington DC system intact advances our cause? They will vanish him like he never was here

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        • piper567 says:

          starfcker, I don’t believe the system will be left in place. I believe Trump takes his Oath of Office seriously, and it contains that foreign AND domestic clause.
          I think, again, we are talking priorities. That’s why I mentioned the Congress…Even sundance was a bit off his usual high when recognizing that no matter what the white hats do, our adversaries counter with their predictable lies and deceit.
          Meanwhile, Trump is eviscerating the globalists.
          That’s also why I mentioned his masterful end-run around Congress.

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          • starfcker says:

            But if you end run Congress (Obama), the next guy can end run Congress (Trump) and nothing is permanent. We could literally lose every gain we’ve gotten in 23 months. If he goes soft on the wall and soft on draining the swamp, why would he run in 2020?

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            • piper567 says:

              starfcker, I guess we just disagree ab the President going soft.
              He knows exactly what’s going on with this traitorous bunch, and I still believe he will act against them when it is timely.
              I believe he is being kept abreast of the evil afoot in Congress. That’s why he tweeted that if they pursue him, all he!! will break loose.
              I just think its in the back of his mind, not the forefront.

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        • This will be the AG’s job, not Trump’s.

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        • tessa50 says:

          It will, just like he is vanishing Obama’s executive orders.

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  28. Heroic Dreamer says:

    I listened to her entire interview and she seems so out of touch to me. She has no solutions to the very real problems in France — except for empty platitudes.

    She states that “we” are entering an “Age of Anger” and that we have “inequalities” and then she promotes continuation of global trade as we know it, without Trump’s realignment with China.

    MAGA and thank God for Trump.

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    • Continue the delusion until it’s too late for change. We’re almost there.

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    • stats_guy says:

      I didn’t make it thru the whole thing…I quit when she asserted that if Women had the same labor participation rate of Men we’d add 5% to the GDP. M’kay.

      To me it was a pretty scary interview with the interviewer being totally incapable of asking any probing questions about LaGarde’s assumptions. The ease with which these guys justify the use of slave labor to make clothes for the peasants is pretty amazing. Remember when the Left was against imperialism?

      Or, as Sundance said ‘Freedom -v- Serfdom, with messaging from a control agent of the cloistered class.’

      Indeed

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      • starfcker says:

        Stats, her assumption is that if women would work instead of raising families more work would get done. In other words society and its needs are a distant second to GDP, which is her God. After all, we don’t need family formation and smart people having children when we can just replace them with third worlders much more cheaply. And they are so much easier to control.

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    • covfefe999 says:

      She said we have rising inequality and Brennan didn’t challenge her. Is it true? Or is this like “climate change” where people are just expected to believe it’s true because so many people claim it is.

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      • starfcker says:

        Think about what we are watching. In a world where people rose to their level of competence, Margaret Brennan would be somebody’s prize executive secretary, and Christine Lagarde would be grooming small dogs

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      • nimrodman says:

        “She said we have rising inequality and Brennan didn’t challenge her. Is it true?”

        Sure it’s true. When you import millions of African (Europe) and Central American (US) peons with low skills, low wages, and a drain of productive workers in the form of welfare and other societal costs (schools, medical, etc).

        … then, yeah – you’re front-loading your Western nation with poverty.

        “Or is this like “climate change” where people are just expected to believe it’s true because so many people claim it is.”

        Yeah, you’re just expected to accept without questioning what they say and without invoking such pesky things as facts or reason.

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      • Dutchman says:

        It WAS true, B/T. As Sundance recently posted, production job wages are going UP, management jobs, not so much. For 30 years, yes “the rich got richer, and the poor got poorer”, and that has been the mantra of the liberals.

        Actually, when you count all the freebies the poor get, not sure thats true about the poor. Anyway, Trumpanomics, or MAGAnomics, is just getting started, its got a long run ahead of it.

        We are still nowhere near seeing main street surpass wall street, and already we,are,starting to see incomes rise. As we take those trillions,of dollars, that wall street is using to play craps,with, producing nothing but derivatives on top of derivatives, and funnel it instead into creating factories, which create products, we should see wages continue to rise, and at some point wall street will invest in these real ventures, instead of in pieces of paper.

        They won’t make rediculous salaries, for gaming the system, and will have to go back to making money the old fashioned way; EARN it.

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      • G. Combs says:

        “…She said we have rising inequality …”

        It goes back to this report by the IMF
        World Economy
        Convergence, Interdependence, and Divergence

        Finance & Development, September 2012, Vol. 49, No. 3

        “[…] relating to income distribution. In many countries the distribution of income has become more unequal, and the top earners’ share of income in particular has risen dramatically. In the United States the share of the top 1 percent has close to tripled over the past three decades, now accounting for about 20 percent of total U.S. income (Alvaredo and others, 2012). At the same time, while the new convergence mentioned above has reduced the distance between advanced and developing economies when they are taken as two aggregates, there are still millions of people in some of the poorest countries whose incomes have remained almost stagnant for more than a century (see “More or Less,” F&D, September 2011). These two facts have resulted in increased divergence between the richest people in the world and the very poorest, despite the broad convergence of average incomes.[…]”

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    • iswhatitis says:

      Heroic Dreamer says: ‘She states that “we” are entering an “Age of Anger”

      ***

      Age of Anger = Age of pushback against Globalist authoritarian enroachment and wealth exfiltration.

      We’ve had enough!

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  29. Sporty says:

    What if Trump solidifies the economy for decades to come and evicerates the swamp as he’s walking out the door like dropping the Mic? Could y’all live with that?

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    • G. Combs says:

      Actually I would not be surprised at all if the ‘ evicerates the swamp’ occurs during his second term. Ithink he will straighten out the voter fraud within the next two years. Probably sooner rather than later.

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  30. bertdilbert says:

    “How is it possible that Trump is doubling the U.S. economic growth rate, and the rest of the planet is stagnant or shrinking?”

    America first is a simple policy. Essentially, it is more for us and less for them. There is no way around that. The message is clear. Bring your money to the US and invest it here. That is what Trump told all the billionaires at Davos.

    Lower taxes is a proven path for growth. Hell, we could not lower interest rates any further so it was the only way out. That plus making the US corp tax competitive again.

    More of France for the rest of Europe and less of France for US.

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    • piper567 says:

      bert, that’s the old pie thing…the pie is only so big.
      I don’t buy that.
      If these Countries would act on their own behalf rather than screwing around trying to preserve their “plan”, they would be a whole lot better off.
      No one in W Europe, except maybe ,now, Italy, has jumped on board with the President’s view.
      I am convinced, by what he has said, the President would be happier with everyone doing better.
      But nooooo, W Europe is mired in their globalist swamp.

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      • lemmus1 says:

        ^^^^^^^^^^^^^THIS!^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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      • Dutchman says:

        Yeah, I don’t agree with berts post, either.
        The truth is, given that per capita, we have more purchasing power than well,…ANYBODY,

        AND, unlike China and others, we can be TOTALLY self sufficient, producing everything we need,

        We (or POTUS) COULD totally screw everyone else.25-50% tariffs, for everyone! But he and we aren’t. Just saying “mirror tariffs”, as an incentive to get to -0- tariffs.
        EU economy is flat because they can’t lower the tax rates, to increase business activity, cause the taxes fund their generous,social programs, and along with screwing us on tariffs, and on financing defence of europe, finances their bloated beurocracy, and pays for the migrant invasion.
        The EU is dead man walking, just doesn’t know it yet.
        In the US, Bakers run into trouble with the Government, for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding.

        In EU, Bakers run into the same kind of problems with the Government, (fines, courts, etc)
        for putting more than the approved amount of cinnamon, in their cinnamon pastries.

        (What a job; to go araound to pastry shops, and sample their wares all day, to make sure the products met standards established in Brussels.)

        Tells you everything you need to know about EU.
        Still, these other countries can survive, and prosper with Maganomics, if they get with the program.
        Not China, though.

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  31. covfefe999 says:

    Argh! This was so difficult to listen to! Fluff interview! I think Legarde wrote Brennan’s questions for her. When Legrande makes unfounded claims or fails to answer primary questions, Brennan never follows up. Legrande says 3.7% GDP is “not bad”, Brennan doesn’t even seem to comprehend the importance of the figure let alone comprehend the absurdity of Legrande’s comment about it. Legrande talks about how the cost of living is low thanks to trade. Most of us, including poor people, have too much stuff. Maybe we should have less stuff, it should be more expensive, and it should be made in the US. Also, TWO mentions of “anger”? Does Legrande have a book coming out with “anger” in the title, or something?

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    • covfefe999 says:

      Brennan seems to be quite a dim bulb. I just looked at her wikipedia bio, it seems a bit odd but should offer a lot more strength than she displays. She seems to be reading a script, asking questions that she was told to ask, failing to think things through on her own and follow up on weak answers or lack of answers. She also makes odd summary comments, like at the end of the Legrande interview when Legrande talks about what a good thing it is that Merkel’s successor is a woman (I disagree) Brennan makes the disconnected parting comment “It’s certainly an economic engine there in Europe”. Huh??? Legrande was talking about women!

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      • starfcker says:

        Ever wonder why you have such turnover on the Sunday shows and the Nightly News programs? The hosts and anchors are just commodities. At whatever point the public gets tired of them, the PTB will just replace them again. Rinse and repeat. That’s why you will never have one with gravitas or star power again

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    • covfefe999 says:

      I just realized that much of the cost of living is probably unaffected by trade: housing, utilities, transportation. How does open trade affect those things? .

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      • GB Bari says:

        Well, how was the cost of living before all these parasitic trade agreements were implemented over the past 50 years? My recollection was that it was a lot more affordable for single income families. But there are a lot more variables that must be considered. Too much to discuss here. Maybe a future thread will discuss.

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        • Dutchman says:

          Type “exfiltration of wealth” into the search box, on this site, and read as Sundance has,actually covered much of this.
          FOOD is certainly an aspect of the cost of living, and he uses it, specifically lemons.
          With maganomics, price of food goes DOWN, as multinationals manipulate markets.
          But, Sundance makes it clear in the articles better than I can here, that multinationals do the same thing with widgets. Because they basically buy up all of a product, across many countries, they can manipulate the price, according to what people in a geographic area (country) can pay.
          Americans, with a high standard of living, can pay a lot for a widget, and so they make sure we do.
          Other countries with lower standard of living, pay less.
          Think of Rx drug prices, but apply it to lemons, or widgets, clothes, etc.

          As we manufacture or grow more products in the US, breaking this cartel or monopoly like control, prices will actually go down, because unmanipulated supply and demand will dictate price, instead of a heavily manipulated artificial supply and demand, deliberately controlled for the purpose of maximising profits.

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  32. Eric Kennedy says:

    You have to simply laugh at the “experts” and media. Their argument now is “Don’t pay attention to what is REALLY happening; believe what we TELL you is going to happen.”

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  33. iswhatitis says:

    Sundance says: “…He is stopping the export of American wealth.

    .. and that is the #1 reason I voted for Candidate (then) Trump.

    There are plenty of #2 reasons, but this was my #1 reason. And why he’ll get this Democrat’s vote again in 2020.

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  34. Deusvulture says:

    If we don’t drain the swamp in D.C. the Trump era will be a great intermezzo but a small hicup in the destruction of America.

    Once President Trump is out of office they will be back in full force. COC business as usual.

    He doesn’t care about the swamp? I don’t want to believe that cause it means his legacy won’t be that great as they will reverse it all..

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    • Judith says:

      Think of the swamp as a large, malignant tumor, with tentacles entwined around all the vital organs. Cut out the tumor itself and chances are you won’t get it all out. It grows right back to overtake the host.

      Cut off the tumor’s blood supply, however, and it stops growing, shrinks and dies on the vine. Cutting off the swamp’s funding is like cutting off the blood supply of the tumor without killing the host in the process. And it achieves a more permanent result.

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  35. alligatriot says:

    Sundance, thank you. A light just turned on for me.

    Even at 30,000 feet, there has been so much to observe, I often descend into the granularity of specific issues but forget to regain altitude.

    You keep saying it’s all about the money. I wasn’t thinking big enough. Hard to comprehend “trillions of dollars”. I’ve turned my thinking around by translating all that money as “unlimited power”. Those who have the money have the power. And will fight to the death to retain it.

    Madame Lagarde is the enemy. Condescension literally drips from her every word as she can’t wait to return to her elitist tower. The fear in her eyes is palpable, however. She knows if President Trump continues on the current trajectory, the globalist brave new world will be devoured by deplorables all around the planet.

    I think President Trump will continue to try and find MAGA fighters who will attempt to bring traitors to justice and return the country to the rule of law.

    You have defined the President’s much larger main objective clearly, for me. Again, thank you!

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  36. montanamel says:

    F>O>A>D… Globalists!
    We need to get us some yellow vests….
    Maybe, here in America, we should use Yellow Rain Coats….
    Since, the COLDEST NOVEMBER in the past 50 years just happened to us here in the USA!
    WAR is country vs country……all we really need is us vs them….them globalists and swamp critters!
    Daylights’ wasting…. Check-6

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    • Deusvulture says:

      Forget it. No one here will protest like this.
      People can’t even vote for a pro Trump congress.
      Too many act as if we are winning and are unstoppable. Until the next election..

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  37. Pristach says:

    MAGA should not end in Trump. Platforms that allow its followers to vote with their wallets need to be built so the economic force of MAGA is actualized. It’s a multi billion dollar opportunity.

    No Amazon
    No Google
    No Socials

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  38. merry says:

    Legarde wants women in the workforce. all women in the workforce, does she want? well, who has the milk and cookies ready when the kids get home from school? who meets the tired, hard working husband at the door with a bloody mary, slippers, paper and aroma of dinner (home baked bread, fresh salad, roast beef, mashed potatoes, and Queen of Sheba chocolate almond cake for desert)? this is not just about kids and husband. this is about self fulfillment of the woman/ mother/ wife. sure, it’s easy to go to an office, jet around the country meeting sales goals, etc. it is hard and messy to run a home. for millennia men made the money or got the meat while women made the home kept the homefires burning made a garden . It is demeaning to womankind to shove them out the door into any workplace other than the home regardless if the GDP soars or not.

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    • covfefe999 says:

      Was that supposed to be funny?

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      • merry says:

        dead serious and written from prospective of one woman who has worked outside home and then had the blessed fortune to have a husband support her and our children. the comparison is stark. outside, a dull round of jetting to boring conferences all over the world, interacting with huge egos, endless meals with really stupid people, paperwork. inside I hugely enjoy making wonderful meals for people I love, respect and find interesting. I love the quiet, the peace of our own beautiful home the pets the homework help the time to read and to read to our own children. the love, the kissing the nuclear family (ever hear of the nuclear family, covfefe999) even diaper change is interesting. why leave all the joys of life to a nanny? how can you think i was being funny (not serious)?

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        • quintrillion says:

          Women that stay home and raise MAGA kids, perhaps homeschool and homestead are what made America Great in the first place. Strong women, God fearing freedom loving families. Homesteading is growing like wildfire and so are bigger families again. I am loving all the yt channels on this movement.

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        • G. Combs says:

          The reason for tossing women into the workforce is two fold.

          #1. You get to TAX our labor. If I stay home and raise my garden, my sheep and goats and children, make my meals from MY home raised food, teach my kids, clean my home….

          Then I DO NOT have to hire a house cleaner, daycare, buy ALL my groceries and fast food and convenience meals, corporate clothing… (ALL contributing to a corporation’s bottom line as well as to taxes)

          #2. The Socialists get to raise my kids via government controlled daycares and government schools.

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    • tessa50 says:

      Well, good grief. There’s just so much that could be said here. Perhaps I should just stick with the fact that some fathers do remain home with the kids and household responsibilities, and the wife works, without having been shoved out the door, and they are all very happy. Sometimes, it comes down to finances. That is not demeaning at all.

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  39. Donna in Oregon says:

    Christine La Garde never mentions corruption. Never mentions the real reasons for the disparity.

    Here is a paper that if you skip the “it’s bad for the poor” around page 31 it starts discussing how the Panama Papers and these schemes work. This is the model that will be repeatedly used until it’s been shut down.

    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/cmsdata/116947/20170412_panama_papers_study_final.pdf

    Please notice how prominent Great Britain and Nevada are in the Panama Papers.

    Nevada. Casinos. Money laundering. Don’t call it Sin City for nothin’

    Several articles where Christine and her ilk lecture (IMF) but do nothing about Tax Evasion of the rich and famous. Same blathering as we hear in the US from Congress/Senate/Swamp and their minions.

    French giant Total helped Congo skirt IMF rules: report
    11 April 2018 – 06:00
    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/cmsdata/116947/20170412_panama_papers_study_final.pdf

    And here is another stumbling block for the IMF:

    How Spanish activists landed ex-IMF head Rodrigo Rato in court

    2016: Panama Papers leak reveals Mr Rato as a client of Mossack Fonseca, which helped him to wind up two offshore companies worth €3.6m

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37417462

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  40. rashomon says:

    With any luck, Mme. Lefarge.excuse me, Legarde will be looking for a job next year as PDJT removes financial support for the UN and forces all those non-elected administrative zombies to find a real job in manufacturing or agriculture. No more World Bank, IMF, WTO and Bank of International Settllements to redistribute assets from the worker bees to the sloths.

    I will never forget the British woman standing on the shore in front of her family’s smashed fishing boats, which had been their source of income for many generations, when Brexit turned that fishing water over to the Danes(?). “What are they doing being those towering black windows in Brussels but ruining the lives of people who actually provide the goods these administrators need to live?” she cried. “They even took my chickens because it was ruining *their* trade balances when I didn’t purchase my eggs at the market.”

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    • covfefe999 says:

      I saw a show on PBS (bastion of globalism) about Welsh sheep owners who are upset by Brexit because they are heavily subsidized by the EU. They claim they will not be able to remain in business without the subsidies. Before the EU were they subsidized? If so then that can happen again. If not, then it looks like the EU forced them into dependency. The entire program seemed to be subtle anti-Brexit propaganda.

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      • covfefe999 says:

        I think maybe these people need to find another line of business. They don’t seem to be able to support themselves! CAP is the EU’s “common agricultural policy”.

        While CAP has been criticised in the past for supporting inefficient agricultural practices, FUW’s Glyn Roberts said Welsh farmers were so impoverished they could not survive without the subsidy. “The average farmer earns £13,000 a year and 80% of that is from CAP,” https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/03/brexit-could-wipe-out-welsh-farming-says-union

        80% of their income is from subsidies!

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        • Martin says:

          Right there, covfefe, is the answer to your question upthread about trade and standard of living.

          The market those Welsh sheep farmers sell into is destroyed, imbalanced, manipulated by the EU trade deal. It is subsidized to have the product, but with little regard for the source.

          The Welsh standard of living is thereby directly affected by trade; it isn’t the farmers’ actions, at all. They keep doing what they do. The EU is screwing them, and the anti-Brexit CAP adherents in the UK are letting them do it.

          They don’t want a strong local market, built up by growth in related support industries, and capital, and housing, and services. They want to control it, and they are.

          The Guardian story is a steaming pile of sheep excrement, for the choir– NOT a fine Welsh men’s chorus, mind you.

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      • rashomon says:

        Does this explain the problem of “unintended consequences” or is it another unexpected fail from messing with markets?

        https://www.theguardian.com/environment/georgemonbiot/2013/may/22/britain-uplands-farming-subsidies

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        • covfefe999 says:

          That was interesting! I see now it was a growing problem. I wonder what they did before the EU.

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          • G. Combs says:

            They did not IMPORT meat from overseas!

            This is a bit off topic but it gives you a major glimpse into what the UN, EU and the Dritish gov’t did to the UK livestock farmers.
            http://www.warmwell.com/footmoutheye.html

            warmwell.com has a ton of information on the subject of farming in the UK. That is just the one article I bookmarked since it was so horrifying.

            This paper explains WHY small EU farmers are no longer financially viable. (One dairy farmer in the UK said he spends over 60% of his time doing paperwork.)

            POLAND: excerpts from “The Battle to Save the Polish Countryside” by Sir Julian Rose
            “….Jadwiga and I were able to address a meeting with the Brussels-based committee responsible for negotiating Poland’s agricultural terms of entry into the EU….The first thing that struck us was the fact that out of the twelve people sitting in the room at the European Commission, not one was Polish.

            I explained to the attendant body that in a Country where 22 percent of the working population are involved in agriculture, and the majority on small farms, it would not be a good idea to follow the same regime as had been operated in the UK and other EU member countries, in which ‘restructuring’ agriculture had involved throwing the best farmers off the land and amalgamating their farms into large scale monocultural operations designed to supply the predatory supermarket chains. You could have heard a pin drop.

            After clearing her throat and leaning slowly forward, the chair-lady said: “I don’t think you understand what EU policy is. Our objective is to ensure that farmers receive the same salary parity as white collar workers in the cities. The only way to achieve this is by restructuring and modernising old fashioned Polish farms to enable them to compete with other countries agricultural economies and the global market. To do this it will be necessary to shift around one million farmers off the land and encourage them to take city and service industry jobs to improve their economic position. The remaining farms will be made competitive with their counterparts in western Europe.”

            There in a nutshell you have the whole tragic story of the clinically instigated demise of European farming over the past three decades. We protested that with unemployment running at 20 percent how would one provide jobs for another million farmers dumped on the streets of Warsaw? This was greeted with a stony silence,…a lady from Portugal…remarked that since Portugal joined the European Union, 60 percent of small farmers had already left the land. “The European Union is simply not interested in small farms,”…

            ….we were invited to the Polish parliament to address the government’s agricultural committee. I gave a speech entitled, “Don’t Follow Us”…I gave some vivid examples of what had happened in the UK over the past two decades: the ripping up of 35 000 miles of hedge rows; the loss of 30 percent of native farmland bird species; 98 percent of species-rich hay meadows, thousands of tonnes of wind and water eroded top-soil, and around fifteen thousand farmers driven off the land every year, accompanied by a rapid decline in the quality of food…..

            Jadwiga and I felt desperate to try and avert this tragedy. An uphill struggle ensued, which involved … risking the wrath of the agribusiness and seed corporations who were gleefully moving-in behind the EU free trade agreements while a bought-out government stood aside. What these corporations want… is to get their hands on Poland’s relatively unspoiled work force and land resources. They want to , acquire their capital cheaply and flog the end products of Polish labour to the rest of the world for a big profit….Farmers, however, stand in the way of land acquisitions; so they are best removed. Corporations thus join with the EU in seeing through their common goals and set about intensively lobbying national government to get the right regulatory conditions to make their kill.

            Farmers…suddenly find themselves heavily controlled by EU and national officialdom brandishing that most vicious of anti-entrepreneurial weapons: ‘sanitary and hygiene regulations’ – as enforced by national governments at the behest of the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union. These are the hidden weapons of mass destruction of farmers and the main tool for achieving the CAP’s aim of ridding the countryside of small- and medium-sized family farms and replacing them with monocultural money-making agribusiness… “

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  41. visage13 says:

    I heard this interview on TV this morning and she just sounded like an elitist and when she started telling me, an American, how my money should be spent, I turned off the TV. I just can’t take it anymore.

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  42. Dallavise says:

    Seen so many comments about Trumps failure to clean out the swamp. Keep in mind it is truly Trump against the world. He might need his leverage more for defense now, while he picks up wins on the trade front. He needs to play this perfectly, too many enemies to count. A lesser man would be swallowed up in minutes.

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  43. Sundance: Best Insight post ever, and that’s saying something.

    “Donald Trump is John Galt.”

    “POTUS is largely focusing on China and trade, because if successful, the d.c. swamp becomes irrelevant.”

    Translation: President Trump is TAKING the MONEY out of Politics.
    • President Trump now APPROVES LEGISLATION … for strictly America First.
    • President Trump now CONTROLS REGULATION … from Authoring through Enforcement.
    • President Trump now REBALANCES TRADE … through Reciprocity, Tariffs and Sanctions.

    Transition: President Trump will END POLITICAL RACKETEERING … from Donors to UniParty.

    Implication: Globalists have NO MORE PLAY that’s worth any PAY.

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  44. truthbomb says:

    What’s even more amazing than Lagarde’s GDP forecast is the fact that she is still head of the IMF and not in jail after giving Tapie 403 million euros and being found negligent.

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    • Craig from Scotland says:

      @truthbomb

      THIS.
      I nearly fell off my chair listening to Lagard and her patronising nonsense. French Finance Minister 2007 – 2011, Commerce & Industry Minister before that.
      The images of rioting she was looking at are of her and collective EU failure. That’s the EU for ye, they all doomsday like locked themselves in a currency and political union and can’t get out of it. Can’t react with any policy changes as they are locked in.

      We are fighting tooth and nail to be able to walk away but even that’s turning in to a nightmare but hopefully the French riots will make a difference to our leaving.
      Folk need their heads looking at thinking 27 countries locked in to a rigid policy structure, all of which have differing market needs, movements, and fluctuations can prosper and generate growth.

      As for her talk about IMF loans to help other nations blah blah blah. This is utter nonsense, IMF, World Bank, ECB policy create the problems in the first place and then they use other peoples money to shore up their doomed structure and policy failures. Rinse, repeat.

      Anyways, the three M’s will be gone soon enough. Merkel, Macron and May.

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  45. lemmus1 says:

    “Donald Trump is, well, essentially, John Galt.” Sundance

    …our analyst and guide reads Ayn Rand!

    I’ve thought many times in the past two-plus years about the similarities between Trump and the fictional Galt in Rand’s Atas Shrugged …how could anyone in the 1950s see so clearly what our world would look like today …or that one man could challenge it all …the parallels are amazing

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  46. TycheSD says:

    She claims that because of trade the cost of living for the working class is reduced by 2/3. But how does this help much when good-paying jobs are shipped elsewhere? How does being able to buy cheap goods help when immigration from poorer nations drives down wages, so you never get ahead?

    This has all been happening over time now. Giant stores like WalMart eliminate small shopkeepers and businesses that give a country its character. When the immigration is from countries that are significantly poorer and have completely different histories, language and culture, social cohesion is drastically reduced. This is a recipe for civil unrest. That it’s taken this long to happen is the surprising thing, I guess. But we’ve been lulled into thinking everything is okay as long as we can buy cheap clothing and electronic goods.

    There has been unrest coming from the left for a while. But the increasing support for populist movements in Europe and here are from the right. Unfortunately, the left will refuse to join with the right because they consider the right racist.

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    • lemmus1 says:

      …that’s a meme about to run its course …when everything is racist, everyone is a racist and we’ll move on to a new meme …left and right have swapped sides so often people forget …Lincoln, a Republican racist, ended slavery …Hitler, a real racist, rose to power as a left-wing socialist …but try to tell fruitcake Ocasio-Cortez that Lincoln was a pubbie and Hitler a socialist and she’ll threaten you with a subpoena 🙂

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  47. Monadnock says:

    “The simple answer cuts to the core of why those nations, and the multinational benefactors within them, are aligned against Donald Trump….

    …He is stopping the export of American wealth.

    President Trump is the first U.S. president in history, to start dismantling the process that exports U.S. wealth to the benefit of all other nations.”

    ^^^^^THIS

    I sat in the maintenance department of a Canadian customer a few years ago, and listened to a guy go on and on about their superior health care system until I was purple. What I didn’t understand at the time was how their government was able to underwrite their “superior universal health care system” with the billions and billions of trade surplus bucks they were skimming from us year after year after year.

    And I bet he didn’t understand how it worked either.

    What PDJT is accomplishing is forcing a bunch of foreign government economic leeches to choose what they can afford to fund once they no longer have Uncle Sugar paying for some of it.

    No wonder the Left is going nuts.

    I love my President.

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    • Dutchman says:

      THIS!
      “Socialism “works” until it runs out of
      O.P.M.(Other People Money).”
      And the OPM has been exfiltrated from us ( with the willing consent/collaboration/collusion of previous leaders) and DJT is saying “no more”.

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      • Judith says:

        And that, in a nutshell, is the *real* reason the global elite has sicced their Enemedia, DC cronies, Academia, Hollyweird, social media and corporate giants against President Trump and all good American patriots. POTUS cut off their exfiltration of OUR wealth. Leeches can’t fund their New World Order without robbing Peter to pay Paulo.

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  48. CopperTop says:

    Does Mueller wrapping up a swath of FARA violations (I think more will come beyond the weakest of weak one in the Flynn matter) support the MAGA agenda? Would this stop a portion of the foreign lobby spoken of in the article if those found are prosecute? So if Mueller goes after FARA and lets DOJ go free we are good with Mueller a tiny bit????

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    • Dutchman says:

      Haven’t seen a ‘swath’, have seen blatant abuse of prosecutorial discretion.
      Podesta, say “oops, I FORGOT to register,..doh!” and then register, no problem.
      Manafort, lock up and throw away key.
      This one was so blatant, I’m surprised ANYONE registered as foriegn lobbyists, seems like they would be dummies to, given how many didn’t.
      And no, we are nowhere near ‘good’with mueller, IMHO.

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  49. smurfette says:

    This observation on IMF’s Lagarde is sublime. I looked up where is the IMF and World Bank within the globalist structure and how in the world would a Christine Lagarde influence America? There apparently is a difference between Shadow Government vs Deep State as outlined by Kevin Shipp (former CIA operative).

    Shadow government is secrecy: CIA/NSA/FISA/NRO (National Reconnaissance)

    Deep state is MONEY:

    Connecting the dots!

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  50. Interesting, VERY Interesting.
    Question remains : Who is John Galt & What is he Doing ?
    ~ “Who is John Galt?”, she replies….. “We are!”

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