Twitchy Panda – Chairman Xi Jinping Year in Review Speech Stays Away From Mentioning U.S. Trade War…

China’s Communist Chairman Xi Jinping delivered a prepared speech to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference on Saturday and stayed far away from mentioning the challenge of a U.S. -vs- China trade reset.

Those who follow China’s historic patterns will note careful and intentional inferences within Chairman Xi’s remarks as shared by SCMP media:

[…] While the Belt and Road Initiative has faced an increasing international pushback amid fears it is saddling poorer countries with unsustainable debts, Xi’s speech steered clear of this and other sensitive topics.

Instead he praised the initiative for helping to improve international ties, adding: “Our circle of friends is expanding.”

Circle of friends” defined as those political suckers (selfish and corrupt political parasites willing to sell out their countries’ best interest) who accept the smiling panda face and completely ignore the cunning dragon behind the mask maneuvering to enslave the locals.

[…]  Xi only made terse references to the country’s economy development, which is facing its biggest challenges in a decade as growth slows and concerns grow that the country will not be able to achieve its growth target of 6.5 per cent for this year.

Xi did not highlight any particular economic achievements over the past year and said only that next year the party would continue to promote stable economic development.

[…] Looking ahead to the coming year, Xi reminded delegates of his three key policy priorities – fighting pollution, corruption and poverty – and said the year offered challenges and opportunities to build a “well-off society in an all-round way”.

2019 will mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and Xi told his audience they should make the strengthening of ideological and political guidance a priority. “Winning people’s hearts is the biggest political battle,” he said. “Consensus is the power for forging ahead.”  (more)

Yes, it’s always a precarious balancing act when Xi must find a way to keep the pesky pitchforks at bay, and simultaneously build the largest domestic surveillance program in the history of totalitarianism.

The confrontation with China is the priority for President Trump.  POTUS knows China is far more dependent on the U.S. than vice-versa.

I have no doubt the Trump administration has strategic plans to leverage trade access to the U.S. market as part of a way they can destabilize Chairman Xi if needed.

Also, Xi knows this subtle and Trumpian angle is a much larger risk than readily appears at the surface.

Xi knows Trump knows; and Trump knows, Xi knows that Trump knows.

And so we dance…

President Trump is the first U.S. President to understand how the red dragon hides behind the panda mask. The entire planet is focused on the dynamic of Chairman Xi and President Trump.  Billions waged on tweets, coded messages, hints of smiles.  Epic stuff.

In the multinational finance world this financial face-off is bigger than the all military world wars combined.  This is legendary stuff here.  Bigger than any legacy initiative ever fathomed by all Presidents in decades.  Every nuance and inference is carefully reviewed by Wall Street’s ‘Big Club’ looking for any leverage to influence the outcome.

The funniest thing is Donald Trump doesn’t care about all that.  He has the desired ‘America First’ outcome gamed out for decades:  We finally win, China acquiesces.

The Wall Street global financial crowd is on pins-and-needles hoping desperately the confrontation between China and the U.S. doesn’t escalate.

Meanwhile, blue-collar Main Street USA is hoping ‘bull-in-a-china-shop-Trump‘ punches Xi in the nose; as retaliation for decades of designed exploitation and globalist erosion of our manufacturing and industrial base.  Diplomatically of course.

In 2019 the bamboo forest is in real risk of shrinking…

It may not be popular to keep pointing out, but this is the stuff President Trump really cares about.  The Deep State, DC Swamp, Mueller, Comey, Michael Cohen, congressional hearings…. confrontations, resistance efforts…. and all that ‘spygate’ and surveillance stuff is way over there…. Something that is necessarily attended to, but in the larger scheme of things, far less important.

President Trump has fifty years of business skills in various predatory and adversarial financial deals.  Leverage, or the ability to force an opponent to take an action that benefits your position, is the most valuable weapon in deals; business or politics the same is true.

Leverage and influence is extremely valuable and it’s not just against Democrats and the Never Trump alliance (ie. Sea Island group). President Trump is in a fight against multiple enemies from all sides, across all aisles and political alignments.

The declassification leverage is a weapon; an atomic hammer that strikes everyone in a 360° blast radius.  President Trump is not going to waste it to remove a few political gnats.

And it is not limited to domestic adversaries.  This leverage has a geopolitical value.

Think about geopolitical trade deals with Five-Eyes allies.  Think about how President Trump may need an ally to take a position adverse to their preferred interests. The potential for declassification of intelligence documents showing complicit corruption within the U.K. and Australia could destroy politicians external to the U.S.

Think about an ally being asked to take a position on China (trade), Iran (sanctions), Russia (energy), etc.  Movement on any of these geopolitical issues, and many more, can be tilted -in part- based on the threat of sunlight or declassification. Leverage is a tool.

Getting particular democrats to support the USMCA; what’s that worth?

Getting a southern border wall and sensible immigration law; what’s that worth?

What does President Trump value?  What is important to him?

What part of the transactional relationship can be enhanced by leverage?   Pro-tip: it’s not personal; it is not leverage to benefit Trump personally; he doesn’t care about that shallow stuff… his view of the horizon is much longer, much further; much more consequential.

It annoys the heck out of many people, me included, that Donald Trump is willing to absorb so much inbound fire, unnecessarily; which, by extension, means that his supporters are forced to absorb so much inbound and unnecessary fire; but he is.

What is President Trump’s primary objective?   Save the U.S.A. through economics.

Economic security is national security.

I think much of our angst is because we look too short-term; and the media does a great job of convincing us President Trump is selfish.  Perhaps they are correct. Perhaps I’m wrong; but I see this leverage issue as something Trump views as important – obviously; or he wouldn’t approach it that way.

Would President Trump trade a $500 billion per year positive benefit to the U.S. economy in exchange for never outlining the fraud against him?

Would President Trump accept new jobs for a million Americans in exchange for never outlining the 2016 fraud against him?

Yeah.

He would.

Without question.

And he wouldn’t care if it meant he could never win in 2020.

He ain’t a politician.

Optimal outcomes.

Piss you off?

Probably.

That’s Trump.

This massively consequential economic reset on a global scale is the primary reason Donald Trump finally decided to run for office.  Everything else is less than:

 

 

 

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193 Responses to Twitchy Panda – Chairman Xi Jinping Year in Review Speech Stays Away From Mentioning U.S. Trade War…

  1. George Humphries says:

    Never in my life have I seen anyone whose sole focus is the well-being of America and its citizens. God bless this man. I would do anything he asked of me – because I realize his ask would be in line with American-foundational principles.

    Liked by 43 people

    • Stringy theory says:

      Well said, and right on!

      Liked by 6 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      America First runs through our President’s veins! It is the creed he has lived by for the past 72 years. I absolutely LOVE him for it because he cares more for our kids and grandkids than any man on the face of this Earth.

      I am the biggest optimist you will find because I truly believe that Our Father in Heaven delivered us PDJT.

      Our President was born to be the EAGLE 🦅 on our country’s crest!

      Our President and his Killers took the damn Chinese to the cleaners during the G20! All China 🇨🇳 got was a 90 day reprieve starting on December 1st. The tariffs on the $200 billion dollars of imports will stay at 10% rather than go up to 25%. However, if they can’t finalize a deal by the end of the 90 days, on March 1st the tariffs will be increased from 10% to 25%.

      Look at everything we got in return!

      https://www.livemint.com/Politics/1isrPVYzF27I7salgKtd7J/China-is-paying-for-most-of-Donald-Trumps-trade-war.html?facet=amp&utm_source=googleamp&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=googleamp&__twitter_impression=true

      This would be like the Eskimos buying Ice from us!

      Lets take a look at each country’s Markets and where they stand YTD:

      USA 🇺🇸 Markets

      DJIA is down 6.7%
      S&P 500 is down 7.03%
      Nasdaq Composite is down 4.62%

      China 🇨🇳 Markets

      Shanghai Composite is down 24.59%
      Shenzhen Composite is down 33.25%
      Shanghai 50 is down 19.83%

      For companies like GM, Apple etc. they are not happy because the status quo is far worse in business than having closure. They absolutely HATE uncertainty.

      That is exactly what they got out of the agreement in Argentina 🇦🇷.

      Our President will kindly remind them and the American public via twitter that WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

      WINNING feels so damn good!

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      • Evelyn says:

        I don’t believe we are anyplace close to the final chapter of the current Trump/Cyrus story and its pivotal role in the coming spiritual awakening. It’s absolutely breathtaking watching this play out in detail:

        https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+44%3A24-45%3A25&version=NIV

        ““The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,
        and those tall Sabeans—
        they will come over to you
        and will be yours;
        they will trudge behind you,
        coming over to you in chains.
        They will bow down before you
        and plead with you, saying,
        ‘Surely God is with you, and there is no other;
        there is no other god.’”

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      • grlangworth says:

        China can shift its debt from one bucket to another, but without the U.S. market to gorge on, Chinese manufacturing will starve on the desiccated, over-taxed EU and the too tiny consumption markets of the 3rd world. ‘Layoffs Loom In China as Growth Slows – Bloomberg’. The new Israeli – Greek – Cyprus Adriatic gas line together with the stream of Panamax LNGs from the U.S. will choke Russia’s 1-note economy. Before these Dhimms can roll-out their ‘acid attack’ I predict we will have a comprehensive revision of the China-U.S. trading relationship across the board.

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      • grlangworth says:

        This is the best news.

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    • GB Bari says:

      Well President Trump is asking us to do something significant.

      That is for us to trust his priorities.

      Sundance has done a yeoman’s job of defining PDJT’s apparent priorities. And has noted: “his view of the horizon is much longer, much further; much more consequential.” (than any of the legal battles and political battles that have consumed us and the media for 2 years).

      It’s a very tall order to accept.

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    • CHARLES W. LAUDERDALE, LTC US ARMY RETIRED says:

      Know I tend to be long winded in my old age, so I will keep this short by letting you see the messages I sent Nancy Pelosi and Adam the Neck, and submit one one short comment and one question.
      1. Sundance, you have nailed it!
      2. One question/challenge for any/all Americans. Someone/anyone, name me one person who is capable is of providing the leadership that Donald J. Trump has provided to date and will provide in the future?

      Responses to messages from Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi.

      ADAM:

      TO KEEP THINGS SIMPLE I AM GOING TO SEND YOU A COPY OF MESSAGE I SENT NANCY WHEN SHE CAME AT ME MUCH IN THE SAME MANNER AS YOU HAVE. IN YOUR CASE I AM GOING TO ADD ONE ADDITIONAL LINE. SUGGEST YOU ASK ANY COMBAT VETS OR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY YOU MIGHT KNOW BELOW THE RANK OF COLONEL (COLONELS AND ABOVE ARE MOST OFTEN POLITICIANS IN UNIFORM) WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT FOLKS IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS WHO MOST OFTEN COME OFF AS LESS THAN CANDID. THINK YOU WILL FIND THAT MOST SOLDIERS BELIEVE LACK OF CANDID, BE IT OMISSION OR COMMISSION ARE EQUAL SINS. AS BOTH A GROUND COMBAT VETERAN AND MANY YEARS AS A CID/MP SUPERVISOR I HAVE VIRTUALLY NO PITY FOR SELF-SERVING, WITLESS, LYING COWARDS/PISSANTS LIKE YOU APPEAR TO BE. WHEN WE VETS MARCH ON WASHINGTON SUGGEST THAT YOU DO NOT EVEN HANG AROUND TO TRY YOUR LUCK WITH THE ASSESSMENT EXERCISE WE ARE GOING TO ADMINISTER TO THOSE OF YOUR COMRADES WHO THINK THEY ARE GUILTLESS.

      HAVE A NICE DAY,

      C.W. LAUDERDALE SOLDIER/COP/GRUNT, RETIRED

      MESSAGE TO NANCY’s MESSAGE TITLED, “LET ME BE BLUNT!”

      NANCY, WHILE WE ARE BEING BLUNT LET ME HELP! WHEN MY FELLOW VETS GET TO DC WE ARE GOING TO ESCORT YOU AND YOUR FELLOW INCOMPETENT/CORRUPT, SELF-SERVING, WITLESS, PISSANTS TO THE EDGE OF THE BELTWAY, STRIP YOU BARE, AND DARE YOU TO EVER LEAVE YOUR HOME DISTRICTS FOR THE REST OF YOUR DAYS. DON’T FRET, WE ARE NOT GOING AFTER ANY OF YOUR ILL GOTTEN GAINS. FIGURE THAT IS OUR PUNISHMENT FOR TOLERATING YOU AND THOSE LIKE YOU FOR SO MANY YEARS.

      FOR YOUR INFORMATION WE ARE COMING WITH AN EMERGENCY CONSTITUTIONAL ORDINANCE THAT WILL HELP US AND MR. TRUMP NOT ONLY CLEAN UP THE SWAMP, BUT PROVIDE AMERICA WITH A LEAN, MEAN GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM ALL ENEMIES, BOTH FOREIGN AND MOST ESPECIALLY DOMESTIC!

      NOW YOU HAVE A NICE DAY NANCY GIRL. HAVE A GOOD LIFE IN SAN FRANCISCO. FIGURE YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER.

      CHARLES LAUDERDALE
      SOLDIER/COP/GRUNT, RETIRED
      PS
      1. Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
      2. A man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away!
      3. An ounce of gold cannot buy an ounce of time.
      4. It is far more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others!

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    • Orville R. Bacher says:

      China can keep buying a “circle of friends” with U.S. Dollars from exports to the U.S.
      National Security alone is the strategic reason to shrink China’s U.S. dollar scam.
      China is the enemy. Russia, at worst, is a nuisance.

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      • Orville R. Bacher says:

        P.S.
        Even if Trump reaches a “deal” with China, China cannot be trusted and will do their usual stalling and cheating strategy- buying more time to kill America.

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    • Rick554 says:

      Absolutely. If the man calls, I plan on going over the top. On the border or in DC….either way, I’m ready

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  2. Johnny Bravo says:

    If Pres Trump decides against running in 2020 (heaven forbid) or finds his route to a second term stolen from him. He can always come and work in my business, I’ll pay him handsomely of course😆

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    • What if Trump DOESN’T RUN?

      • Can you imagine the scale and power of a MAINSTREET CHAMBER of COMMERCE run by President Trump?

      • Ponder how quickly he could primary and replace the ENTIRE CONGRESS with our support!

      Liked by 4 people

      • michaelh says:

        To effectively primary and replace the Senate requires three election cycles.

        Slow to be sure. But wow, that would be glorious.

        Liked by 2 people

      • TMonroe says:

        As he would have passed the window as chief executive to declassify and take other actions legllsy, and the powers that be woudl,want to put things to bed, anyone think think the attacks against him and his family will slow and allow,him to,wield more power, or will they ramp up,to another level? How many more investigations with goals of prison time will be at the ready? He will,have lost the key leverage bynthen of the power of the office and the declassification of primary documents. Time is wasting.

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    • grlangworth says:

      I do not think PDJT will consider the job finished by 2020. He has to weld the future in place so no Eunuch’s Executive Order can do to him what he has done to Obama. I think he must vanquish Congress as well as the so-called “Deep State” to do this. Eight years.

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  3. These deals are fleeting, seeing as the US government is in the middle of a coup.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Deals are fleeting? Then why did NAFTA last so long? Have you any idea how long these trade deals actually last?

      Liked by 3 people

    • Jedi9 says:

      Agree! China just bides their time, all the while they move their pieces on the board (propaganda pieces) to show the illusions. It amazes me how many people here fail to see the long term strategy!

      Liked by 1 person

      • grlangworth says:

        China does not have all that much time. What do you think the 2 million folks who have been laid off in Chinese cities are doing to make ends meet? Do you know how many local demonstrations there were in 2017? What is the reason behind this sudden, hurried, heavy-handed social system effort there in China? What happens to Chinese innovation when thought is only encouraged on certain rails? Have you noticed how many self-congratulatory announcements of Chinese technology innovations are happening?

        I think PDJT’s objective is to evolve the China-U.S. trade environment to build great prosperity in both countries at once through intelligently reciprocal ‘rules-of-the-trading-road.’ China and the U.S. don’t have to be enemies, and they don’t have to be mirror images of one another’s political view either. What they have to do is trade with one another fairly, otherwise the vulnerable will be obliterated by their own ‘long-game’ stupidity.

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        • Elle says:

          You should contact the Chinese and tell them that, for a steep price, you will provide them the secret to manipulating Donald Trump and how they can increase their profits by trillions…..GUARANTEED! Then you could whisper in their ear what you just wrote haha.

          You would think it would not be that hard for them to get it, but for some reason grasping the concept that a rising tide floats all boats escapes them.

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        • BebeTarget says:

          I’ve been waiting to see how their culture will be dealing with all those extra males . . . many have no jobs, will never have families . . . . will be living lives no other culture has ever purposely designed. IMO THIS will be one of their biggest problems.

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    • TMonroe says:

      This

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  4. G. Combs says:

    YES, President Trump’s focus is on ECONOMICS and not Lawfare. Although I think he is using his international strategy to indirectly defeat his domestic enemies.

    Complicated as heck, but I think that is HOW he is ‘Draining the Swamp’ because the Swamp IS INTERNATIONAL.

    Liked by 14 people

    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “the Swamp IS INTERNATIONAL.”

      Which is why the “leverage” must not be used (wasted) indiscriminately, because the corruption extends across national borders. There would be national leaders abroad that are being extorted and they would like to free themselves from 5 eyes blackmail corruption, too. Cooperation is essential to cut all the heads of the hydra off at once. That does not happen overnight.

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      • G. Combs says:

        Correct. That I think is why President Trump is being welcomed with open arms by several foreign heads of state. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, India, Brazil, Mexico… Eastern Europe and even to some extent N Korea.

        I wouldn’t be surprised to find Putin would like to join the club too. He is no dummy and China has always been an enemy of Russia so I am sure he would rather not be closely aligned with China.

        Putin Tells Trump That Russia Is Open For Dialogue On An “Extensive Agenda”
        https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-30/putin-tells-trump-russia-open-dialogue-extensive-agenda

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        • pyromancer76 says:

          And our President sees the New Era. The old one is done. He is ushering both the U.S. and the world into a more stable and prosperous time. This is international (I think, in his mind) and the U.S. is its leader for “life, liberty, and the pursuit.” This is why I believe President Trump definitely will run for a second term. Eight years will give him and us a good head start for the New Era. Much of it should run on its own, if the economics become substantial. All these swamp nasties and political criminals might seem like gnats to be swatted away when necessary if this is his purpose.

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        • Dutchman says:

          Yes, he is PART WAY THROUGH making a realignment regarding relationships with other countries, its not JUST about trade.
          These realignments will NOT be easily undone by the next admin.
          And this is a second aspect to muh Russia; bringing Putin into the ‘club’ scares the heck out of ‘them’, probably for multiple reasons.

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        • J says:

          I have no objection to a one-world organization if the principle of association of sovereign states interacting on the basis of national self interest and non-interferance in internal politics of other members is adhered to. Merkel (Germany) is reaffirming in recent days her vision: nations must “surrender their sovereignty” to…..I guess…..Brussels, for starters.
          Shudder…..

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        • guyinworld says:

          Very good.

          So Russia has to draw back the Tanks from east ukraine, remove the nuclear weapons from Crimea. Give Crimea back to Ukraine, give the Marine back they have stolen from Ukraine, have to withdraw from Georgia, give Japan the Islands back and remove their operatives in the baltic nations.

          then you can talk.

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        • grlangworth says:

          In my view, Russia will be strangled by its one-note economy if it does not find some way to diversify its economy, and increase the average person’s opportunities. I think that bitterness and sought-after revenge for the failed Past can make you an alcoholic and rot out your liver, but it’s no substitute for the myriad of direct lanes to prosperity the U.S. now sees before it.

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        • BebeTarget says:

          Trump and Putin have more in common than many realize.

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      • Peoria Jones says:

        This is what I’ve been hoping, as it makes sense. Calming down the supporters who want everything done yesterday, however, will be a chore. I’m a more patient and calculating person than most, but even I am getting antsy about the wall/immigration reform.

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    • Uncompliant says:

      and POTUS is not focused on any effort to reverse the March Through The Institutions which continues unabated. The marxists are now in the process of completing the take over of corporate board rooms. For example, that is part of the gender quota law passed by California. Women — feminazis — on every corporate board. The only qualified women — or the only women who will be chosen — are hard left feminazis.

      Economics will not save us, tho’ it will help. Look at the board of GM… deciding to close plants in the US essentially to spite Trump and American workers.

      Economics will not save us once the flow of illegals is turned full throttle. I am not being too critical here since POTUS has limits without possessing working Congressional majorities. He is doing what he can and that is excellent. But economics alone will not save us.

      Indeed, I am not convinced economics will save him or get him reelected. 2018 was an eyeopener. The economy is very good right now and was in November and yet the election was a disaster. I am astonished at the voters who willingly voted for the DemoRats and at the brazen unpunished theft of elections.

      But for now, DJT is POTUS; Hillary is not. NAFTA is dead. Smile for now and keep working. Wake up the sheep !

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      • Jake says:

        Not worried about business. You either make money or you go out of business. Ask the Weakly Standard…… If a woman can run a profitable business, the business will die and she will be out of a job. People don’t invest in losers at least not over and over. However, Hollywood keeps finding suckers for their political films.

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      • FuBu says:

        As Carville said, its the economy stupid. Got to keep it humming to keep DJT gunning.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Dutchman says:

        REPUBLICAN PARTY lost in the House,
        Gained in the Senate.

        POTUS, and WE by extension, GAINED in both!

        WE didn’t ‘have’ the House, PaulRyan had the House, and like Sessions, was a block, preventing any action.
        Far better to have Pelosi, whom he can openly battle with. We’re seeing it, now.

        And, Republican Candidates who embraced PDJT overall, did well.
        Those who rejected the embrace, did horrible.

        Those who were obvious swampers, who PDJT campaigned for, not so well, either. GOOD! He can’t be blamed for their loss, but its clear if your a Republican, seeking reelection, you need to MAGA.

        HOW was he hurt by the midterm results?

        “Now, all the investigations of obama hillary crimes are squelched!”

        They were NEVER going to get anywhere, because Ryan didn’t want them to, since he’s COMPLICIT.
        RYAN could have had the,House go to court, seeking the documents, he didn’t. Again, he’s COMPLICIT. But, due to Politics, POTUS couldn’t ‘call him out’ on it.

        He CAN contest openly with Nancy, however.

        Until 2020, he has to keep up the pretence that He and Republicans are on the same team. After 2020, since he,won’t be running again, will be the time to break the Republican party, and he’ll have 4 years to rebuild it.

        Anyway, I really am getting tired of people saying “WE” lost the House.
        “WE” never HAD the House, so HOW can you LOSE something you never had in the first place?

        Besides, a team is allowed one day, to mope about the game you lost, THEN its back to practice for the NEXT game.
        So, even if you can’t wrap your head around ‘we never HAD it, its over: time to get your head in the game, fer petes sake!

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      • Jedi9 says:

        Wake up the sheep! That my friend is the crux on why we lost the mid-terms! Not to mention voter fraud, but too much apathy in the American electorate to be pro active enough to get out and convince voters to vote against Democrats and their pro Marxists agenda!

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    • Brilliant point, G. Combs!

      SO many scenarios and ramifications.

      Liked by 4 people

    • TMonroe says:

      If the mechanisms of justice remain weaponized, nothing is being drained. We’ve seen basics like border enforcement thwarted because of it.

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  5. The Boss says:

    You’re making a ton of sense SD.
    Happy New Year to you, Ad rem and Menagerie.

    Liked by 14 people

  6. Car says:

    I have a feeling PDJT’s State of The Union 2019 is going to be killer.

    Liked by 11 people

  7. Elric VIII says:

    A 6.5% annual growth target? Ambitious. Perhaps China needs a reliable trading partner to help.

    And don’t blame the good Chairman for looking out for China’s interest. Even President Trump says that countries should look out for their own welfare first. Ahem. Except the United States. Our “betters” in Congress, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and numerous corporate entities have sold the American worker a bill of goods. They are our real enemies.

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    • yucki says:

      Perhaps China needs a reliable trading partner to help.
      Or a new abacus.

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    • Xi isn’t looking out for China’s interests.
      He’s trying to steal the World’s.

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      • Jedi9 says:

        No doubt!

        Huawei? The leader in stolen technology! I wonder what is going on in that pending situation?

        Any announcement that a deal has been reached with China is going to be met with high skepticism. They (Chinese Propaganda machine are printing all the typical buzz words again) Win, Win. Mutual, cooperation blah, blah. IMO its all about stalling until Trump is out of of office, while continuing to pour money into the next democratic Candidate, as well as congressional seats to make trade more favorable for China again one Trump leaves office.

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        • grlangworth says:

          China has been rebuilt with the surpluses conned from 30 years of advantageous trade with the largest consumer society in the world. The vast majority of China’s investments either feed their manufacturing exports or remain disturbingly non-performing (insufficient debt or interest service). These non-performing loans are all over China (e.g., ghost cities) and all over the 3rd world (e.g., $785MM Maputo-to-slums Bridge in MZQ) Why do you think the Chinese stocks lost 25% of their value in the last 12 months. This was not because they have trillions upon trillions of USD in their banks.

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  8. MaineCoon says:

    This is what President Trump is all about. While we ar in the DS weeds, he circling above taking it all in and dealing with the BIG stuff. He. WIll. WIn. And in the end we’ll probably wonder why we fretted the little stuff, so to speak.

    My only concern with this article, “And he wouldn’t care if it meant he could never win in 2020.”

    I care, immensely, that he win. He must win. We need him.

    Why we fret and fray over the next two years, I am going to calendar the re-reading of this article so I don’t lose my mind.

    I thank God for President Trump. May He protect him from harm and bless us with his re-election.

    Liked by 17 people

    • G. Combs says:

      Don’t forget to donate to President Trump’s re-election and NOW is the time to start getting active with the local Republican Party.

      Here in NC the state & local Republican Party was AWFUL!!!

      Liked by 7 people

    • yucki says:

      We need media.
      We’ve only a semi-demi-hemi- Fox. Tech-giant monopolies are silencing us more aggressively every day. And it’s still only 2018.
      That’s our biggest challenge, by far.

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      • GB Bari says:

        Yes and so far….crickets.

        Not a single spark yet of any social media platform being developed or about to be released that will be big enough and designed well enough to compete with the ones that are now blatantly censoring anything not pro-Democrat or not Progressive.

        Cannot coordinate our side if we have no reliable means of effective national direct communication. And our enemies (big tech oligarchs on the Left coast) know it.

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        • notfaded1 says:

          You have to admit… it’s pure gold watching VSG use twitter against them! Where there’s a will… there’s a way.

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          • BebeTarget says:

            I hope he starts using national addresses . . .even if many of the stations refuse to carry him, some will and people will want to see and hear our POTUS. . They would be the modern-day equivalent of FDR’s “Fireside chats.” I know many people across the country would eagerly look forward to those addresses. . . . . like a Trump rally in your living room.

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  9. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “This massively consequential economic reset on a global scale is the primary reason Donald Trump finally decided to run for office”

    Yes, it is. That is what he told my friend during a dinner at Trump Tower about why he wanted to forgo a life of “having it made” to enter into the savage world of politics.

    “to try and make a difference for the children and grandchildren” (paraphrase)

    My friend is no stranger to cut throat GOPe. After that meeting, he was behind DJT 100% to help any way he could.

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  10. Kent says:

    I find it hard to accept that deeply corrupt individuals who hate America as founded being in charge of all the major law enforcement and national security organizations “takes a back seat” to the negotiations with China. If we do not eliminate the massive internal corruption which is attempting to complete a coup which takes Trump out, then all the China stuff is just dust in the wind.

    The top priority is outing the coup and convicting the current officials who are corrupting all levels of our current government.

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    • G. Combs says:

      Remember what Sundance has said LOBBYISTS BUY CONGRESS. President Trump is going after the MONEY STINGS attached to the Congress Critters.

      They do not give a fig for us or anything else, just $$$$ and power. Kill off the $$$ and the Puppet Masters and the puppets are no longer a threat.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Ultimately, and simplistically, its like this. Multinationals profit by Chinas crooked trade.They are Chinas pimps.
      Multinationals corrupt our government officials.

      Hence, directly or indirectly, the internal corruption your so concerned about, COMES from China. To eliminate the corruption, don’t dink around with the peons, go to the source!

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      • Kent says:

        The corruption comes directly from US citizens who are mainly Democrats who lust for power and who hate America. There is a Marxist component to their thinking that goes back well before China was any sort of concern. This is a problem with Americans and it will not be touched by trade actions that leave these treasonous bastards in power where they subvert America every day, and get paid for it. Ignoring a problem does not make it go away.

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  11. Payday says:

    Is the US business media waking up? From fake news CNN…

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/30/investing/stocks-week-ahead/index.html

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  12. Richard Whitney says:

    It’s Rope-A-Dope again.

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  13. Betty says:

    “… political suckers (selfish and corrupt political parasites willing to sell out their countries’ best interest).”

    A magnificently descriptive phrase, I have always struggled to find a description of elected traitors who sold us to the highest bidder for the last 50+ years.

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  14. albertus magnus says:

    I am one of those supporters of PDJT who totally agrees with Sundance’s analysis of his priorities and I also believe that if Mueller doesnt charge him with anything and everything becomes just a political hitjob, then PDJT will NOT run for re-election in 2020.

    Hope I am wrong about 2020, however.

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  15. alliwantissometruth says:

    My question is, when do the 50% or more of the American people wake up and realize economic / homeland security is in their best interest?

    When does the idiocy of the progressive ideology / democrat agenda lose it’s luster?

    Is guilt / altruism stronger than the desire to protect their own children?

    How can the success of the Trump MAGA agenda not open the eyes of these people?

    Are the 50% just too stupid and brainwashed to snap out of it?

    For many, many decades, we’ve had members of the club we all don’t belong to as our “leaders”. Finally, a true leader comes along and his only priority is the interests of the American people, and half the country is too stupid to understand, and they sh*t all over him and their own interests

    President Trump is making it look easy. Imagine how easy it would be for all of us if the perpetually stupid half would wake up and start putting their own interests and that of their children ahead of their globalist masters agenda

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    • yucki says:

      Unless they listen to Rush and watch OANN, plus a handful of others, they don’t hear it or see it.
      Something may filter through – a more secure livelihood – but negative messages are nearly deafening.
      Tweets and rallies are great, necessary but not sufficient.

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      • Dutchman says:

        Not JUST a more secure livelihood;
        I texted my libertard sister, when the troop pullout from syria was announced. She has been saying for years we should get out of these quagmires in ME.
        She had no responce, I think her head exploded. It just didn’t fit the narrative, and she is in cognitive dissonance shock.

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        • michaelh says:

          That’s the thing with leftists. They claim to have principles, but in reality their only principle is demonize the opposition. They literally have NO COGNITIVE CAPACITY for putting principles above partisan opposition. Their principles are only for show. It’s really sad.

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      • michaelh says:

        Important for people to remember: They aren’t getting it from Fox News.

        If you don’t like it, educate the people you are closest to and whom you have friendship and influence with. This is critical.

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    • Dutchman says:

      What makes you think its 50%?
      Polls?,….Puhlease!

      Midterms? Lets face it, the midterms were a referendum on the REPUBLICAN party, NOT on PDJT.

      And he made sure they could NOT blame their losses on him
      They ran LOUSY candidates, refused to fund MAGA candidates, did NOT use the legislature which they controlled;
      They COULD have had a vote to make the individual tax cuts permanent, and then Dem incumbents would have had to justify voting against it.

      COULD have similarly had a vote on the wall funding. What makes ANYONE still think DJT’s support is only 65 million?

      The midterms?,…give me a break!

      Anyone who actually thinks they can look at the midtetm results, and project results of the 2020 Presidential election
      is delusional.

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  16. mr.piddles says:

    “Xi must find a way to keep the pesky pitchforks at bay, and simultaneously build the largest domestic surveillance program in the history of totalitarianism”

    And doing so while insisting to your Subjects and The Party that you are, in fact, President For Life.

    Tall order, I’d say.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Always felt that “President for Life” is, at best a ‘mixed blessing’; is it job security, or is it “if you screw up, you ain’t gonna need no stinkin envelopes!”

      Kinda like “you ain’t gonna get no third set of chains, Luke!”

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  17. DT2020 says:

    HE will need us again and together we will win in 2020. No doubt in my mind.

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    • TMonroe says:

      What if palates of ballots show up in the most convenient places? If consequences for fraud already taken place and safeguards for 2020 aren’t pursued now, what then?

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  18. felipe says:

    This is not a highly erudite observation, but doesn’t the Chinese red & yellow “congress room” look like something Cecil B. DeMille would have done?

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  19. Ron Jaeger says:

    ” He can’t do it alone ! ” is a quote I just saw that someone thought should be a rally cry for Trump in 2020 – I liked it .

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  20. IV-Vigilante says:

    “Would President Trump accept new jobs for a million Americans in exchange for never outlining the 2016 fraud against him?”

    A better question would be, are Americans willing to accept new jobs in exchange for turning a blind eye to the fraud? In the end, we’ll get the country that we deserve.

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    • I might be tempted to accept the million jobs for America if the criminality had ‘only’ been against Trump, never against anyone else, and would never happen again to anyone, but the corrupt to the bone FBI will never change unless completely exposed and forced to change. Even then it would almost certainly revert back to criminal form, so it should be completely exposed and done away with like a vicious rabid dog.

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    • hdpman says:

      No the corruption has to stop. That is not something I believe PDJT would ever allow to continue. America is not great if you can’t trust the G-Men.

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      • Dutchman says:

        I see leverage a little differently than Sundance, although I agree with the thrust of this article, overall.
        If 2 chess players have each others queens ‘in check’, its ‘if you take mine, I’ll take yours’ and vice versa.

        So, for each, there is no benefit. There isn’t a stated agreement, no “DEAL”; just an understanding, no words neccesary.

        The queens are still on the board, just ‘out of play’, FOR THE MOMENT.
        Other pieces are moved, as each positions for advantage.

        In this view: “If you release the documents, we will impeach you FOR RELEASING THE DOCUMENTS.”

        “O.K., but if you impeach me, the only reason for me NOT to release the documents (threat of impeachment) is gone, and so why WOULDN’T I release them?”

        Doesn’t need to be said, its apparent to anyone who looks at the board.

        Anyway, thats the way I see it.

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  21. Brian Baker says:

    Surprised Xi didn’t talk about the importance of protecting the Mueller investigation. You know the ChiComms are rooting for one-eyed jack and his corrupt posse to politically damage POTUS.

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  22. I keep honeybees and always wonder at the order of the hive. These chinese though put my bees to shame.

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  23. Ehlert P Lassen says:

    Why are we given a binary choice here? Can we not imagine bringing the treasonous criminals to justice AND working toward a healthy Main Street economy? That would be the MAGA I voted for: Build a wall, lock her up, and make America rich again, etc. I love our POTUS and appreciate all he’s done, and I fully expect he’ll want, and get, my vote in 2020.

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    • TMonroe says:

      I fear it’s a rationalization trying to make the best of looming realitities, hoping that a punt or miscue on the justice aspect won’t be a kill shot but will be offset in some manner by structural economic fixes.

      The problem is if a president Warren with a Pelosi-Ocasio push me/pull you is the baseline for new economic policy in two years, how enduring or meaningful is any of that going to be, especially as the bullseyes grow larger on the holdings of the then ex-president and his family? Who will ever be in position to rise to power with being beholden to the usual suspects and deal with the justice side? And with the corrupt justice side, who in any area of America will be able to see through a whistleblowing endeavor that would check the power of the autocracy? We can’t rationalize that away.

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  24. Phil says:

    Okay. I’ll buy everything except the part about Trump not caring if he gets re-elected in 2020. He will need more 6 years to first win with China, then to defend and protect that victory, and finally to ensure that a new generation of republicans is able to defend it post-2024. No way can he do all that in the just two years. Even our very stable genius.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Yeah, the idea he won’t run in 2020 is foolish, to me. Nevrr give up, never surrender, even saying “WHO can run against my track record? Lowest black hispanic etc. unemployment EVER!

      Look forward to THAT debate! Mind you, if he could accomplish all he wants to in two more years, secure his grandchildrens (and ours) futures, then sure.

      Retire, and start a network, and newspaper chain to KILL fake news, cause you know, gotta do something in his retirement, besides play golf.

      He’ll run in 2020, and win. He has assured that, already.

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  25. Mr. Grabby says:

    Any country or individuals that proudly display the Hammer and Sickle are under the control of Satan. The full indignation of the Lord is kindled against such evil miscreants.

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    • Anonymous says:

      The Chicoms are honest about that, no “progressive” BS there…

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      • G. Combs says:

        “Progressive” = the FABIAN Socialists. They want socialism installed GRADUALLY.

        Communists = VIOLENT OVERTHROW to install socialism. (AKA Neo-Feudalism)

        The goal is the same but the elite (Fabian Socialists) do not want to burn down their own houses to get there.

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  26. Monticello says:

    The confrontation with China is a priority….not the only priority…..or a priori.

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  27. Anonymous says:

    China’s always working an angle, count on it.

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  28. TMonroe says:

    “Would President Trump trade a $500 billion per year positive benefit to the U.S. economy in exchange for never outlining the fraud against him? Would President Trump accept new jobs for a million Americans in exchange for never outlining the 2016 fraud against him? Yeah. He would. Without question. And he wouldn’t care if it meant he could never win in 2020.”

    The problem is as has quite correctly been pointed out here is that there are trillions at stake. Plus, there are the old guard autocrats and the new guard socialists spoiling for pieces of the pie. In just the past few years, the old guard drenched the country in regulations (via Cass Sunstein, Samantha Power’s other half), produced and weaponized the CPFB, fawned over accords from Kyoto to Paris, collided to put the US on the precipice of TPP with international corporate courts outside of constraints of national sovereignty. This was after the first step of NAFTA which supercharged the jobs exodus, all while the lobbyists wrote up one globalist-friendly initiative after another.

    As has been observed, this was a long-range push from interested parties who funded and planned on multiple fronts, in cooperation with global interests to boot. It has many aspects and roots intertwined. That the timing worked for this particular chief executive to be the one saying yea or nay on so much of the agreements ready to go to the next level remains remarkable. His actions have meant forestalling the additional layer of restrictive autocratic nightmares set to crush national sovereignty, economic freedom and innovation, as well as work against so many narratives accepted as fact by so many (jobs will never come back, the modern eco must be globally and not nationally centered, we need to import tech and blue collar labor, etc.)

    The issue is that today’s gains can be undermined or eradicated rather quickly. This is especially the case because the machine failed to nail down the 2016 election for a variety of reasons. We can see that they wasted no time in unifying and honing their technique to get back on top, with every intention to let no one of his kind rise again. We see that by what occurred in the midterms and by everything done to undermine the president, from the 2016 recounts to the Boris and Natasha narrative to the attorney general debacle and the special counsel power grab.

    The latter is of particular relevance, as the precedents for special counsels were massively problematic for being fishing expeditions used for political targeting. The Iran-Contra one actually morphed into the investigations that yielded the Cap Weinberger headline before the 1992 election that helped nail down the Clinton victory (cue NAFTA etc.) The Plame special counsel yielded paralyzing effects on the W. admin, with targets straight on the back of the White House. (Note that the conviction of Libby happened March 6, 2007 after hanging over the 2006 midterms in which the Dems made gains that set the stage for the 2008 supermajorities.) Even with all of this background, another one was allowed to form, cementing a tool for leverage that remains.

    All this is to say is that I don’t see choosing not to reveal fraud as a way to transform the Wall Street / Main Street dynamic or the trade imbalances in a sustainable way, not when you have a party that will be willing to electioneer their way back into power and lay down the hammer as far as executive orders, legislation, proactive initiatives from the EPA, HUD, Dept. of Education, and so many other fronts. You can’t take a Watergate moment of institutional fraud and injustice and think that passing on exposing it is an option because of the ability to make some short-term tweaks on the eco side. (And yes, I know trade deals have some aspects that will make their effects last longer than others, but with a bunch of activist judges, weaponized entities from the IRS down to Fish and Wildlife and so forth — all with a media largely with a partisan agenda, the readjustment of priorities to the benefit of the autocrats can happen at breakneck speed.)

    I could be wrong, but I think the business deal maker is making the deals the best he can. I think he’s getting advice from all over on the justice/political side of things and has very few reliable voices that aren’t compromised and are ready, willing, and able to do what must be done on that front. With the stealth 64D chess notion being disabused, we see that he is going to do what he can, which does include trying some dealmaking on the political side of things.

    I do hope he comes to see how needed and essential it is for the illegality to become not a matter of negotiation — not just the Russia etc. fraud but the election fraud — but as the hill on which to stand. This country needs to be able to see clearly the fraud and concerted efforts to undermine a duly elected presidency.

    You noticed that people can hem and haw about what various presidents have done, but it’s Nixon whose issues went the furthest through examination, with consequences in the national and international consciousness until this very day. People actually went to jail, and the president resigned. This time, already know so much of what went wrong, but all sides need to see it officially in black and white. So much has been swept under the rug for decades, and there are few things that have a chance to undermine — not with political preference but with a multitude of facts — the previous administration and so many officials and congressmen, who have plenty of long-range plans left to foist upon us.

    This cannot be reduced to a mere political chip. There is no optimal outcome for punting on justice here. This is for all the marbles. (Ask what American entities are helping China with the electronic totalitarian plans, what their political affiliations are — like how many themes some of their officials went to the White House in the last admin, and whether they just might all be thinking long-term and domestically.)

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  29. Reality says:

    Sigh.
    It’s not really worth analysing.
    China’s export dollars are at the mercy of the US.
    Xi gets that.
    Xi has only Treasuries as leverage but that will never pass his lips….for reasons that are beyond you.
    The US can do without China, China cannot do without the US…..
    Game, set match.

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    • Reality says:

      ‘Game, set, match’…..if a President wants to use it.
      Looking good so far.
      The Chinese want to dump US Treasuries?….they better have a Euro, Yen cash market to run to or the Yuan is beyond f****.
      They don’t.
      Oh well.

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  30. Ghost says:

    Observations from a smaller branch.

    10/20/30 years from now it is the coming agreement between America, India and Japan that will have mattered.

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  31. USA must alert china’s, you cannt Trust Them ever,

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  32. DJSnyder says:

    Remember, if Trump is successful, the globalists’ money supply will dry up, leaving them powerless and forcing the swamp critters to align with OUR interests.

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  33. Pete says:

    I never get tired reading about your panda/dragon masks as they relate to the “trade war” Pres Trump and Pres Xi are waging amid pleasantries and nice smiles. Pres Trump has repeatedly explained to the American people that he is not pursuing a trade war with China. That war has long been waged against the United States not only by China but our “allies” in Europe and Japan…and we lost. If you want proof, just ask the small shop owners and the hundreds of thousands of blue collar workers who have lost everything…friends family, homes, and hope for a decent living. Ask them how they’ve been for the past thirty years. This is our last chance for redeeming what is rightfully ours. God blesses you President Donald J Trump! Thank you for taking those arrows for all of us. May 2019 be a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year for you, your family, and the American people.

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  34. Monticello says:

    Chinese version Communism has been artificially propped up for years by the globalists at USAs expense.
    What happens when they realize the long term effects of actual fair trade? Their cash cow is no longer……. War?

    (Reminds on a bit of the pressure upon the Japanese prior to WWII.)

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  35. Nessie509 says:

    Sometimes medicine from Sundance is hard to swallow. But, after thinking over what he wrote, I am at peace with the idea I’ll never see any of the former administration in prison.
    Have a excellent New Year everyone!

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    • TMonroe says:

      Also be at peace then with the likelihood that economic gains or resets will be in position to be lost and reset by new powers that be who can weaponize every level of government towards their autocratic ends without anyone standing in the breach.

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  36. notfaded1 says:

    Pretty simple, “Economic security is national security.” This is really the truth. The main issue I have is with the abuse of the intelligence apparatus being used by one political party against the other. We can’t allow this to keep going on… it flies in the face of the Constitution and its amendments.

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  37. Ospreyzone says:

    It’s comforting to think of our president in full control. To imagine he holds a giant hammer that he might manifest against anyone foolish enough to discount its leverage. And, there is no doubt whatsoever that the goals of President Trump align with those of most every patriotic American.

    However, and I know this may surprise some, there are many in this country who are not very American at all, and who regard patriotism as less stimulating than last Sunday’s sports page. So let’s take a look at their playbook, and review if “taking incoming fire” is really an optimal defense.

    About 46-years ago, Richard Nixon began taking a lot of “incoming fire” and his advisors assured him it would soon pass. When it became so amplified by a complicit media as to drown out every other voice in the room, the same folks advised him it was time to leave. Now, PDJT is no mealy-mouthed Nixon, but 2020 is surely on the line. And while it may seem “optimal” to sacrifice 2020 for the greater good of an economic reset, one might ask how long it would take for that economic reset to be reversed by determined leftists.

    In 1974, the optimal path that RMN chose cost Republicans both houses of Congress with over two-thirds majority in the House going to Democrats. It culminated in the election of a peanut farmer who almost destroyed America’s economy entirely. Anyone out there old enough to remember 13% interest on your home mortgage? One of Mr. Jimmy’s first acts as president was to pardon all of the Vietnam draft dodgers who promptly returned from Canada to occupy tenured positions in our universities.

    I’m sorry to be so cynical, but I’m of the opinion that sometimes you can keep your powder dry too long. “Dropping” a couple of enemy leaders as they advance the charge against you can send a powerful message to the hostiles following them. One or two measured shots “across the bow” seems in order right about now to ensure we get a different result than 1974. Because, 2020 is way too valuable to lose and the Leftist’s play is going to be exactly the same.

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  38. highdezertgator says:

    “I don’t think that you know
    That I think you don’t know”
    John Prine – Humidity Built the Snowman 1995

    “Xi knows Trump knows; and Trump knows, Xi knows that Trump knows.”
    Sundance – 12/30/2018

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  39. KnowSERENoFear says:

    We’ve become so accustomed to our President’s operating outside the bounds of the Constitution, that when we encounter a President who does attempt to act within the constraints of the Constitution, we find it ‘disappointing.” We have not had a President act within “Constitutional lanes” for a very, very long time…perhaps not since John Adams.

    The STATES, as sovereign entities established July 2nd 1776, ratified the Constitution in 1789 in order the create a “more perfect union” between the original 13 sovereign States. Therefore, the power of the Federal government CAME FROM THE STATES. Power was DELEGATED and limited specifically (enumerated) in the Constitution for the primary purpose of a Federal body providing a singular voice representing a unified front for the States promoting the “general welfare” of all the States regarding foreign policy….war, peace, negotiations, and foreign commerce. (General Welfare meant that a treaty or agreement did NOT benefit one STATE at the expense of another)

    MANY folks during the “debate” of our Constitution, wanted the role of POTUS to be that of a King. Instead, the role of the POTUS was enumerated more as an ambassador to foreign countries. The power of the POTUS was purposely kept very limited (State governors had much more power than the POTUS).

    When Sundance writes, “It annoys the heck out of many people, me included, that Donald Trump is willing to absorb so much inbound fire, unnecessarily; which, by extension, means that his supporters are forced to absorb so much inbound and unnecessary fire; but he is”…he is actually describing a POTUS that IS ACTING WITHIN HIS CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY. That being, acting as an international ambassador negotiating foreign commerce in pursuit of the general welfare of ALL the States.

    We are simply unaccustomed to a POTUS acting constitutionally. Therefore our VSGPDJT dislocates our expectations. When our expectations are dislocated, we suffer an emotional reaction…fear, anger, annoyance, frustration, helplessness, depression, etc. What folks expect of VSGPDJT, he simply CAN”T deliver UNLESS we amend the Constitution elevating the POTUS to a King.

    Do we want President Trump or King Trump? We must align our expectations accordingly.

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    • TMonroe says:

      When the mechanisms of justice are being run by provably bad actors who are acting in ways subverting the enforcement of law, exposing this doesn’t not make one an autocrat. Exposing this would be acting in accord with constitutional safeguards, including whistleblower statutes, as this is not just about what is being done to him to neuter his power but what it is being shown can be done to all who go against entrenched malefactors. To not act to address that is what risks an autocracy, notmthe other way around.

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      • KnowSERENoFear says:

        Exactly. VSGPDJT is surrounded by bad actors. Do you expect him to fire every single member of the Executive? What about the Legislature and Judicial?

        IMHO he is “changing what he can change, not changing what he can’t, and has the wisdom to know the difference.”

        Our justice system was replace by a legal system a long time ago. To regain it will require States to reclaim their Constitutional power OVER their creature (the Federal Government).

        IMHO our progeny will directly and tangibly benefit from a main-street rather than a wall-street economy…nationalism vs globalism…a Constitutional Republic vs socialism…Individualism vs Collectivism.

        I may want Hillary in jail…but I need my freedom.

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        • TMonroe says:

          “Exactly. VSGPDJT is surrounded by bad actors. Do you expect him to fire every single member of the Executive? What about the Legislature and Judicial?”

          How about acting to expose the bad actors by the bad actions via the vehicles available to him? Do that, and you have the chance for the rule of law to have relevance. Do that, and you can make it easier for check the crony crew from the weaponization of government, and easier to have a semblance of law and order in the rank and file without firing everyone.

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    • Monticello says:

      True that knows, but the States lack the power of appointing Senators now and they are highly dependent upon federal funds. Obama used that leverage constantly against the States, (my state delegate is a neighbor and mentioned several instances.)

      Not saying that it’s right but the States are no longer a check and balance against the Federal government. Congress would rather do nothing and abrogate their power to the judiciary. It’s a mess.

      President Trump is our only hope for positive change of any kind.

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      • KnowSERENoFear says:

        Then we must fix our States as they hold the power to sleigh the creature.

        That is the reality.

        To accept that States have lost the power over the Federal government is to accept the defeat of our Republic.

        The States have to power to nullify ALL unconstitutional activity by the Federal government. To include all it’s unconstitutional agencies and policies.

        The bigger problem is an ignorant and complacent electorate. We don’t know the history of our Constitution. We know little of our Constitution. We know less about our Natural Rights. And we are willing to submit to a tyrannical government as long as we can watch TV.

        Ours is a government of, for, and by the People. The government is OUR creature. The POTUS is OUR creature. Can we expect a creature to eliminate a cancer within itself?

        Like it or not, the States have to step up and surgically remove the cancer of their creature.

        OR

        “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

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  40. jstanley01 says:

    When the long knives come out to remove President Trump from office, I doubt if he will remain inert.

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    • TMonroe says:

      There was a short story about a guy whose shadow kept growing. His shadow started to literally overshadow him and take over his life. By the time the guy finally took a stand, he was not strong enough to overcome the darkness which had taken hold.

      In like manner, the president has the ability to put a spotlight on the corruption, one that would undermine any rogue legal maneuvering to counter him by indicting him and his family. If he waits too long, I can see them acting to clean his clock and his family’s once he’s heading out of power, just to make sure he or others of his admin can’t ever hurt them again. Time is of the essence.

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      • jstanley01 says:

        I could be wrong, of course, but the Swamp has been threatening to impeach him since he took office. So he has had that long to prepare. Maybe he will resign, but I doubt it. During a Senate trial on bogus charges — all they’ve got — everything and everybody will be under the spotlight.

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  41. ThomasPainesGhost says:

    Sundance isn’t wrong but it still pisses me off to no end. It’s like letting the bully beat the snot out of the new kid while knowing eventually the teacher will come out and take care of it. At the end of the day it is also a recognition that our country has been, is and will always be corrupt. There’s nothing we can do about it so shup up, have some jobs and enjoy your life.

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    • TMonroe says:

      No, this is one time where someone is in a unique position to do something about it and show the corruption from stem to stern with primary documents that at best can only be spun. Whether people act appropriately on it after that is another thing, but this is a chance to put a mountain of facts behind the allegations of the systemic corruption. The next generations deserve that clarity, not a pond from the world-weary not willing to fight or stand despite the costs of doing so. And if the leader who is surrounded by disinformation can use some gentle encouragement in that vein to see the necessity of doing this right thing, let’s do that.

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      • Ospreyzone says:

        So right. History is a cruel teacher, but there is one lesson consistent throughout:

        The forces of tyranny will expand inexorably to fill the space made available for their existence. And, people who refuse to muster appropriate opposition to that force will be laid bare to exploitation.

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  42. TMonroe says:

    Punt, not pond

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  43. Greg says:

    Sundance, while I don’t disagree I also think President Trumps agenda of MAGA cannot fully be achieved or be sustainable beyond the next election if the corruption or corruptors if you will, are not addressed in a meaningful way, meaning someone goes to jail.
    At some point POTUS has to address the Elephant in the room, if he doesn’t the DS will come for him as they are now only, they will have the Governmental upper hand by manipulation of Law.
    In other words he takes them out or they take him out.
    If he serves a until Jan 2025 and hands off the DS mess to someone, most likely another member of the DS. If you say he doesn’t care or would rather use his knowledge of their dastardly deeds as leverage instead of locking them up, they will come for him, an ex president who screwed up their scheme.
    Judging from the seething hate they have for him I suspect they find a way to charge him with Treason, Sedition, Spying or enough crap to execute him and destroy his entire family.
    I think if the DS regains control of the steering wheel they will undo everything Trump has done so quick it will make your head spin. They got away with Obamacare to the point Justice Roberts deemed it constitutional. They no longer have to make a logical argument that makes sense to anyone to change or create a new law giving them superpowers.
    So I think he has to address the DS at some time, and when I say address them I mean lock them up, expose them to the light to the point the Communist Democrat party is destroyed for several generations at least.
    If he doesn’t address them it will be to his own peril. That’s why Q is so attractive, Q promises Justice.

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  44. Donzo says:

    Leverage with Five Eyes? The trade reset hardly depends on their cooperation. I doubt they will unilaterally accept being a dumping ground for cheap Chinese goods after we level the playing field.
    I cannot accept the idea that justice must be traded for economic security. That said, if the exfiltration of wealth is stopped and the lobbyists lose their Chinese clients, the sellouts in congress will have no raison d’etre in DC. Hit them where it hurts. Still, justice must be done.

    “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    Whatever Trump does can be reversed at a later date. If traitors don’t pay we will be awash in them.

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  45. viator2 says:

    Is Trump winning?
    China PMI Unexpectedly Plunges Into Contraction – Weakest December Since 2008
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-31/china-pmi-unexpectedly-plunges-contraction-weakest-december-2008

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  46. MACAULAY says:

    First, Sundance, to whom I will pay the highest complement a Political Commentator can be paid….that he has the ability and commands the respect to change minds, or raise doubts in minds too firm in habit to change. George Will used to be able to do it, but he went crazy, possibly its dementia; and of course Charles Krauthamer could, but he died. (He did not particularly like Trump, it is true, but at the end he said he found him “hinged”. Democrats would never admit that.)

    Sundance, by his own words has now said THE BIG UGLY has become merely “all that ‘spygate’ and surveillance stuff…way over there….”

    It is to be traded for “Leverage” with the Socialists in the House, and to beg a favor from England and Argentina now and then…which “allies” used the Spy Laws to interfere in our election and subsequent governance to betray the Conservatives in America, because the have sold out to the Liberals/Socialists/Globalists…and want America to do it too.

    I respectfully disagree. I cannot think of the greater official malfeasance committed in our country’s history….than what has happened, a virtual coup d’etat, sedition, many other laws broken by men and women in our positions of highest of trust. I don’t see how it is not the highest of our priorities.

    This is a Fact: If you corrupt the Justice Department, you will soon have Tyranny in America. Its why they ran Nixon out of town for just trying. Then, they let Obama do it without a peep, by appointing Holder, who “had his back” and the cancer got 8 years to settle in….and would have metastasized if Hillary Clinton had won, and it will…as soon as the next Democrat/Socialist/Globalists get elected—probably in 2020.

    We are now always one election from Tyranny because the Department of Justice (and also of course the FBI) is corrupt.

    When an attorney general “has the back” of his president, the laws can be “dispensed with” by the Excecutive.

    England, now lost, was not lost, but saved, in the 17th century when two Stuart Kings, would-be Tyrants, were deposed because they tried to “dispense with” the laws. The groundwork for some of the liberties we now take for granted (AND ARE ABOUT TO LOSE) was done by Cromwell and his Ironsides in 1642 and by William of Orange in 1688.

    This country will not survive with a corrupted Justice Department. Other than WWIII there can be no higher priority than cleaning up the DOJ and the FBI.

    I appreciate the opportunity to come on and say stuff. This board is filled with smart people, and it has gotten to be the only one that stimulates.

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    • Donzo says:

      Macauley, leverage helps to MAGA, as SD has hypohesized. But America cannot be truly great until the cancer has been excised as you explained. So, yes, we can wait for the right time, but that time must come before 2020 when the possibility arrives of the door slamming shut on Justice. We cannot bet the farm on the vagaries of one election. What were the odds last time around? Trump is a collosus among men, but he is a mortal and nothing is assured.

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    • Macauley,
      I agree with you.
      Yes, as SD argues,President Trump has his eye on the main prizes:
      1)reestablishing the source(s) of American strength and greatness–particularly via industrial might and economic hegemony.
      2)common sense in foreign relationships as well as fair trade agreements.
      3)Significant re-leveling of our country’s economic classes and power centers.

      BUT, as you say, respect for the law and fairness in contracts and business dealings are essential to a healthy and growing economy. Both Russia and China have been greatly constrained by corruption and lack of reliable commercial law; as have smaller countries in South America and Africa (many of which possess immense natural resources).

      Without return to reasonable constitutional government and impartial rule of law the USA will devolve to the (lesser) standard of China.

      Thanks for your post.

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  47. Donzo says:

    Macauley, leverage helps to MAGA, as SD has hypohesized. But America cannot be truly great until the cancer has been excised as you explained. So, yes, we can wait for the right time, but that time must come before 2020 when the possibility arrives of the door slamming shut on Justice. We cannot bet the farm on the vagaries of one election. What were the odds last time around? Trump is a collosus among men, but he is a mortal and nothing is assured.

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