USMCA Rumblings – After Letter from Mexico to Pelosi, USTR Lighthizer, FM Seade and FM Freeland Meet in DC…

Something is shaping up in the political background around the USMCA.

Yesterday Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez-Obrador (AMLO) sent a second letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging USMCA ratification.  Team Trump and Team AMLO are working together against Team Pelosi & AFL-CIO Richard Trumka.

Essentially AMLO has been saying the labor provisions within the USMCA trade pact are already being put in place by Mexico, and Pelosi should quit trying to hide behind labor concerns to avoid ratification.

Tomorrow, on the eve of Thanksgiving at the request of the Trump administration, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Mexican Foreign Minister Jesus Seade and Canadian Deputy Minister Chrystia Freeland are holding a meeting to discuss the  AFL-CIO/Pelosi issues within the USMCA labor provisions.

FM Chrystia Freeland is irrelevant to the meeting; she’s a potted-plant rubber stamp for whatever scheme Pelosi is cooking. It is House Speaker Pelosi who is using her pressure over labor unions to hide behind AFL-CIO Richard Trumka and claim U.S. labor unions have issues with the USMCA labor provisions. It ain’t about labor; it is all political cover.

However, it is interesting that USTR Lighthizer, a man with the patience of Job, called Jesus Seade and Freeland to DC:

WASHINGTON – The three trade ministers from the United States, Canada and Mexico are set to meet in Washington on Wednesday to discuss the deal to replace NAFTA, seven people familiar with the plans told POLITICO.

The meeting involving U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Deputy Canadian Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Undersecretary for North America Jesús Seade comes as the Trump administration is nearing a compromise with House Democrats to make changes to the USMCA.

Lighthizer has been negotiating with a group of nine House Democrats to address four main concerns involving the pact’s labor, environmental, enforcement and drug pricing provisions.

Any changes to the text would have to be approved by Canada and Mexico before the Trump administration can finalize the agreement and send it to Congress for a vote. Canada is expected to accept changes to the text without issue. (more)

In her effort to stall the growth of the North American economy, Speaker Pelosi has been trying to block the USMCA by demanding [falsely and with cover by Trumka (AFL-CIO)] that Mexico start a national Social Security program for all Mexican workers.

There’s a bucket load of political obfuscation on the issue, but that’s generally Pelosi’s intentional poison pill.  Meanwhile Mexican President Lopez-Obrador has told Lighthizer that Pelosi can go drink a bucket of spit if she thinks the U.S. is going to dictate domestic economic policy to a sovereign country.

Now remember, the USMCA is an agreement between Lighthizer and Seade that Canada joined. The architecture of the agreement was exclusively the U.S. (Team Trump) working with Mexico (Team AMLO) when the deal was constructed in 2018.  Canada joined after everything was already assembled; the deal hardly changed at all… you’ll see why.

My hunch is that Robert Lighthizer (Trump) has informed Jesus Seade (AMLO) that Pelosi is just trying to kill any USMCA compact simply because she is attempting to derail the U.S. economy for maximum 2020 political benefit (which she is).

This meeting is going to be Lighthizer and Seade extending some deal framework that will functionally stop Nancy Pelosi and Richard Trumka from making ridiculous claims.

Something akin to modified provisions within the agreement where Mexico agrees to a border enforcement mechanism if a labor dispute panel arbitrates a U.S. labor union challenge within the deal. A mini three nation binding arbitration trade panel of sorts (example: 2 from Canada, 2 from Mexico and 3 from U.S.). This panel would create faster  labor/trade dispute resolution than going through an extensive multi-year court case.

There’s going to be paper here…. not talk… an actual papered outline.  Trump wouldn’t be having Lighthizer call for Seade if he and AMLO had not already worked the paper.

This is a little weedy, and my hunch is that Lighthizer (Trump) is telling Seade (AMLO) the U.S. panel would be stacked in favor of Mexico [nudge-nudge, wink-wink, say-no-more, say-no-more]. An effort to cut-off Pelosi’s scheme to derail the agreement.

The multinationals are lined up and ready to go all-in, BIGLY, on North American investment that will benefit Mexico. There are tens-of-billions of private sector dollars ready to go, they just need to clear the insufferable Pelosi blockage.

This $44bn investment package is why AMLO has been willing to assist the Trump administration on border security etc. President Trump has leveraged major economic benefit to Mexico because in the larger picture the USMCA, in combination with prior ASEAN agreements, is the economic breech that drains China. However, to receive the benefits, Mexico has to be a stable partner on geopolitical issues including immigration, border security, internal corruption and dealing with drug cartels.

If all goes according to the Trump/AMLO plan Wall Street’s U.S. investment in China will have an alternative in Mexico, and that’s the cornerstone that allows President Trump to begin a more consequential decoupling with Beijing.  [Insert India watching here]

Phase-One of the U.S-China deal, if cemented, will be the only phase; and that phase objective is simply constructed to fill the purchase void for the U.S. Agriculture Sector. China opens the financial sector and makes Ag purchases, in exchange POTUS stalls further tariffs on designated sectors that touch upon Phase-one agreements.

If the landscape ends were the compass is heading, there isn’t going to be a multi-sector (manufacturing, IP, big-tech, etc.) phase-two or phase-three deal in the U.S-China future. Instead there will be a decoupling of the U.S-China relationship in direct proportion to the opportunity opened within the U.S-Mexico alliance.  [Insert Stock Market Stability Here]

This is the incentive for AMLO, via Jesus Seade, to work with Trump, via Lighthizer, to get Pelosi out of the picture. Once she’s out of the way, the big picture starts moving forward.

Chrystia Freeland and Justin Trudeau are irrelevant, Canada has already destroyed its manufacturing base and cannot enjoy the benefits of massive North American investment. Canada has consigned itself to be a service-driven economy living in the shadow of the U.S. and Mexico.  If Canadian politics and social outlooks change later on, well… !

Happy Thanksgiving!

Now go make your millions.

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183 Responses to USMCA Rumblings – After Letter from Mexico to Pelosi, USTR Lighthizer, FM Seade and FM Freeland Meet in DC…

  1. mopar2016 says:

    I don’t trust the house democrats, they shouldn’t be making ANY changes to ANYTHING.
    Their policies are never in the interest of the US.

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    • rondonmonson says:

      If you read the article in full, its just a wink and a nod deal. Any two counties can force arbitration. SD is saying that the USA will never go against Mexico on these issues, and thus even though the by law is on the books, as long as Trump is in the White House he will have no problem. By the time a Dem wins the Mexicans will have met most of the criteria anyway, probably.

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      • Buck Turgidson says:

        The potted plant reference is hilarious, and dead on. Maybe giving whats her name from up north too many iq points but sometimes its good to generous. Hope potted plants out there dont take offense. Time to get this deal done dow 30000 here we come.

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      • frank field says:

        Dear rondonmonson:

        I suspect part of the wink and nod you suggest is presenting Nasty with a copy of two unilateral agreements ready for signature in 6 months. Basically an “offer” to save face before Trump announces the NAFTA termination.

        Trump for Rushmore 👓

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        • stripmallgrackle says:

          Any chance the potted-plant-rubber-stamp-for-whatever-scheme-Pelosi-is-cooking’s activities could be considered payment in kind? The longest of long shots, I know, but worth considering. Not that my thoughts matter. I mean, I’m not an FEC chairman, or anything like that. And I don’t mean to imply that Pelosi’s tactics are motivated by a party first over country first mentality.

          I wouldn’t presume to know the mind of Madam Speaker.

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          • Lonnie S Albertson says:

            I believe that getting into fancy nancy’s mind would be a very nasty place. Erratic, confused, deranged, feelings driven insanity would be highly contaminating. Applying any form of sanity would be a futile effort. Dogma reigns.

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          • Lonnie S Albertson says:

            I believe that getting into fancy nancy’s mind would be a very nasty place. Erratic, confused, deranged, feelings driven insanity would be highly contaminating. Applying any form of sanity would be a futile effort. Dogma reigns.

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    • Xbonesny says:

      We all know why Pelosi is dragging her feet…..she’s in the tank for the Cartels….if Trump finishes the wall, gets a trade deal, etc….the Cartels’ cash cow(The US market) will dry up significantly

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    • sdogood says:

      I never comment, prefer just to read and learn, but I just read that Pelosi is going to Madrid for a “climate conference” December 2nd-13th. Wouldn’t that totally delay/derail passage of the USMCA? Looks like she’ll be hiding..

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      • Scott Lyddon says:

        I heard last night Pelosi said it could actually get done before then (12/2) – that would be a first.

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      • dd_sc says:

        That would derail any impeachment vote as well; gives some credence to those who think any impeachment vote will happen around Christmas – like passage of ObamaCare.

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      • Redzone says:

        I believe it will delay. I think she said she would not bring it up for a vote this year. Seems like a ton going on right now for Nancy to be away.

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      • NvMtnOldMan says:

        Sdogood–I think that she and the dims feel that the only thing they can combat POTUS on is the climate change crap. They don’t have a chance on anything else. She and wittle Greta will push how bad the climate is and that the US needs to get involved. i.e. lots of money for their slush funds. How much is Nan’s trip costing us taxpayers?????

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    • John-Y128 says:

      Democrats are the reason we needed a new agreement with Mexico & Canada in the first place.

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  2. sundance says:

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  3. Elric VIII says:

    If the Democrats are against the USMCA it must be beneficial to the U.S.

    Liked by 28 people

    • Maquis says:

      Also it’s beneficial to the Brown People Pelosi claims to care so much about.

      Liked by 12 people

    • margarite1 says:

      Wonder what Pelosi would do if we got a trade deal with China – block it to prevent a victory for POTUS?

      Liked by 4 people

      • snellvillebob says:

        Yes. President Trump is not allowed to have any victories. Just yesterday on a different Site:
        “- federal welfare and entitlement spending record highs
        – funded planned Parenthood with $500mm per annum and government funding of aborted baby parts research
        -Where’s his little fence?
        All wrong BTW. Welfare and food stamps are lower, PP is mostly defunded by regulation changes and Pelosi has been fighting any fence as her life depends on it.

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        • DividedWeFall1000 says:

          Like her Life depends on it….
          Well, It does, because if the wall gets built, the Cartels are gonna want all of the Bribery Money they paid to Pelosi back with interest.

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  4. JohnCasper says:

    Pelosi back to the Speakership, parley-voo?
    Pelosi back to the Speakership, parley-voo?
    She is consumed by hate and spews such a crock
    On her complete insanity will soon have a full head lock
    She can swindle several millions in a crooked deal
    But it’s not because of any human appeal

    If she would just change her underwear
    Her MSM frogs would probably give her the Croix-de-Guerre
    She has so many delusions it would make Freud’s knees knock
    And her hateful looks could stop a cuckoo clock
    You might forget her incessant chant and grating yell
    But you’ll never forget the Speaker from Hell
    Hinky, dinky, parley-voo

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  5. Magabear says:

    So why, one might ask, do labor unions (not all, but most) always support the demoncrats even when a MAGA republican offers workers a better deal than they would ever get from the dimms? The answer is, because the dimms launder campaign cash to the Union leaders like Trumka, something they don’t get from Republicans.

    Union members, your leaders are not your friends.

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    • sunnydaze says:

      Played a huge part in ruining the Public School System too.

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      • noswamp says:

        How is Pelosi going to be politically put aside? What will Trump do to move ahead with USMCA despite the Dems opposition? I don’t see the answer to that question clearly in the above article. Did I miss something?

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      • noswamp says:

        How is Pelosi going to be politically put aside? What will Trump do to move ahead with USMCA despite the Dems opposition? I don’t see the answer to that question clearly in the above article. Did I miss something?

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      • noswamp says:

        How is Pelosi going to be politically put aside? What will Trump do to move ahead with USMCA despite the Dems opposition? I don’t see the answer to that question clearly in the above article. Did I miss something?

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      • Screaming Eagle says:

        So true about Public School System. Billions and Billions sent to education for decades, yet the schools are crumbling, class rooms larger, real teachers wages are stagnant, university professors salary’s going way up, and no students are coming out smarter. Where does this money go?? Its laundered back to democrats as campaign donations through gubbament unions, teachers unions, as it has been for decades, and all of it done with horrifying efficiency. Another grand scale scheme for Democrats, paid for as usual through tax dollars. When do we say ENOUGH !! Well past time to break it up.

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    • Tall Texan says:

      Magabear, respectfully, it’s simpler than that. Union leaders are socialists, living off the dues of their own members – for whom they care not a lick. News at 11 (sarc).

      Liked by 23 people

      • Magabear says:

        If the only funds union leaders were getting were from their members, then why oppose policies that would add more members, such as USMCA? It’s because the money that gets funneled to them by the democrat party is quite lucrative.

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    • luke says:

      The Union Leaders like Trumpka are political first. They get kickbacks and bribes from Democrats and in return make sure they lie to their workers to vote and fill the coffers of the left. It’s a big slush fund circle jerk.

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    • bluenova1971 says:

      I think the cash flows in reverse of your model, Magabear. The unions have been a Dem cash cow for decades, finally culminating with the Obama bailouts circulating back into Dem pockets.

      Most of the union rank and file supports MAGA agenda, imo. It’s a lot easier to pay off a few union higher-ups than all the r&f.

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    • Democrats funneled tens of billions or more of the bailout $ to labor unions under Obama, which the bosses used to shore up their pension funds and health insurance. Also, union members have been propagandized for at least two generations. I have several lifelong union members in close family.

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    • Guessed says:

      It is not the union members. It is the union leadership. They have decoupled from their members’ interests just as surely as our politicians have decoupled from ours. Follow the money.

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  6. scoobs says:

    In what way does it subvert the constitution and opening the US to be a part of the NWO? Be specific please.

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    • sundance says:

      It was a one issue targeted ROLCON, gone.

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    • I don’t see anyone pointing out the actual failure of “multiculturalism” (which is the darling of the NWO, but the point of the spear in the current explosion of insanity, in the US and the West particularly, but actually worldwide). What all the “experts” call “multiculturalism”, I know as “slavish adherence to age-old false dogmas of all those separate cultures, being dragged into the West”. The closest any “expert” comes to the reality is to bemoan “lack of assimilation”.

      The central reality today is this general rise of false dogmas, and everyone’s avoidance of that reality by painting all cultures as equally good (or all just so many “poor babies”, to the likes of The Insane Left(TM)). So you can’t talk about “Muslim terrorists”, for example.

      It will take NEW knowledge — which I alone have discovered — of the very ORIGIN of all those different cultures (in the “Division of Man”; noted in the Bible as “when the Earth was divided”) to make today’s multiculturalism work, in the long-term. All those cultures need to be re-thought, from the bottom up.

      Yes, all of this comment proceeded out of your one little reference to “the NWO”. So not off-topic, in case any were wondering..

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  7. Jan says:

    I recall that you wrote the same thing a few days ago and were soundly thumped as not truthful. Perhaps you should rethink this or do more research.

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  8. leftnomore says:

    If the conflict comes down between Pelosi and Jesus, my money’s on Jesus!

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  9. mr.piddles says:

    Mm. Sounds like stuffin’ with gravy. Lots and lots of gravy.

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  10. TreeClimber says:

    A’ight, I’mma go ahead and display my youthful naivete (inexperience if you’re feeling generous) :

    Why do the multinationals hate PTrump so? Yes, trillions at stake, I get it. But if he’s baking more economic pies, do they not get a slice? Would they not also benefit? Are they trying to stretch short-term profit into a long-term scheme? Are we actually taking their economic pies? Or am I missing something?

    There are many wiser Treepers here than I, please explain!

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    • sundance says:

      Multinationals make their money overseas, hence the term “multi-national”.

      Trump’s “America First” policies benefit corporations in the U.S. economy. The multinationals are not getting any benefit.

      Multinationals = Globalists.
      America-First = Economic nationalists.

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      • TreeClimber says:

        So it’s strictly more American pies? Because it sure seems to be benefiting India, Mexico, Japan… that seems fairly multinational to me… So again, if everyone were to work in good faith for the best of their own country, it still seems like everyone should benefit…?

        But perhaps I answered my own question with the phrase “in good faith.”

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        • MVW says:

          As an example, Soros makes money from crooked deals, inside information, not by making machinery, growing crops, having safe cities. Usually these one world vultures make billions through finance and money manipulations. Times of hardship, pump and dump are where the vultures dine. Long term the world looks like Venezuela and Syria.

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        • GB Bari says:

          Well, neither India, Mexico, nor Japan have publicly vowed to crush the United States and take over half if not all the world, as has the Chinese hardliner communist party & military.

          So apparently we don’t mind shifting some manufacturing from China to those ASEAN nations while we are still rebuilding a mfg base here in the US.

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          • Maquis says:

            Of course we don’t mind! How else are they gonna afford the military gear we are going to sell them to beat off the Chinese invaders? Heck, China, while making noises against Taiwan, is actually building a massive invasion force including a 50 acres of roof area military warehousing facility, highways, and dedicated concrete pads for artillery pieces all along their border with Vietnam. China is a bad neighbor, a bad actor on any stage.

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            • Dixie says:

              So this is what they were talking about when they mentioned “infrastructure development” in that China Daily tweet Sundance highlighted. I wondered about that.

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        • TheLastDemocrat says:

          An American manufacturing company decides to move manufacturing overseas. It’s profit per item goes up since labor costs go way down . so, it’s stock value goes up. Stock market looks like our economy is getting better.

          Better for investors, worse for those who were manufacturing the items here in America.

          The company then lobbies for lower import tarrifs, etc. So, politicians now get a cut of the deal.

          They whip up a story to make you continue to vote for them. Or avoid the issue and get you fired up over abortion or “ending Obama care,” and you the voter see red meat and vote them back in.

          You are poorer, but at least you have cheaper crud to buy at Walmark and BestBuy.

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      • CarolynH says:

        JMHO of course, but I’m 99.9% certain this is why Bloomberg got in the race. his “rebuild” America slogan is a total crock. The first thing he did was meet with union leaders on bringing in more foreign workers. I am guessing many people have no clue how the passage of Obamacare played into this with the special rules they made for employers if they were hiring foreign workers. None of these globalists care about America. I would love to see Mexico move forward, but Mexico is a caste system and too many of their poor citizens are hard workers and barely educated. In the meantime, we are poorly educating many of our own population – thanks to unions and hippies who went into teaching.

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        • Project Veritas should make its next goal to put a plant in one of the labor union meetings you referenced. If rank and file members saw in black & white that their leadership was scheming to replace them with foreigners….

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        • InAz says:

          @ CarolynH

          Yep. Obamination promised “fundamental change”…….

          Blobburg offers “rebuild America”….

          The DemoCommie media whores provide cover for the Communist bags of sewage

          If only more people would wake up.

          Thanks to The Conservative Treehouse I have learned to speak the DemoCommie language

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      • jmarshs says:

        To be (somewhat) fair to “Multinationals”, anyone old enough to remember the 1970’s – and the horror that labor unions, regulations, high taxes, double-digit inflation, etc. did to our economy – can understand why US companies sought access to labor and unregulated markets outside of the United States.

        Unfortunately, Mexico continued with their currency manipulation and China is still a corrupt Communist regime with no interest in developing a strong, vested middle class.

        The fact is that the Government makes it very hard to create ANY business in the US – much less one that engages in manufacturing.

        If President Trump can dismantle the obstacles to doing so, we can be a great Nation once again.

        If Trump can do the above, the “multinationals” will return in droves. There are trillions to be made and NO worker on the face of the planet is more productive than a US worker.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      They would lose control and that is to be avoided at all costs. A rigged system can be guided to where they want it whatever laws or leaders stand in their way.

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    • luke says:

      Up until this point; say the last 30 years, these multinationals have been in bed with politicians of both parties (US). Along with major political factions around the world in developed nations. They scratch each other’s back so to say. Until Trump came along and put forth this little doctrine you may have heard of “Make America Great Again” this symbiotic relationship between multi nationals and these plutocrats made up the dominance of the “One World Order” we were heading towards. Ultimately it would have turned to Socialism which is why so many on the left loved this kind of crony capitalism.

      The MAGA concept shreds all of the predictability they once enjoyed. The MAGA doctrine is not only making America autonomous but other countries as well ultimately transferring sovereignty back to the people; at least in the US. Hope that helps.

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    • Maquis says:

      They have structured their businesses on capturing markets, controlling availability and manipulating pricing/gouging, purchasing politicians to gain greater control and opportunities, and ultimately exporting the wealth outside the US whilst taking over commodities in other countries, a profoundly unfree corrupt system. President Trump is moving us closer to free markets, he is punishing those that levy prohibitive tariffs and cheat us, he is returning America to a Main Street economy instead of a Wall Street economy.

      In the end, yes, the Multi-Nationals could be very much richer if the entire world embraced Trumponomics, but they lose the one thing that the self designated Masters of the Universe have had far too much of for far too long; Power.

      Corporations or no, these are Globalists, Communists in well-monied-drag, their goals as totalitarian as Xi’s and Satan’s. Not an easy group to convince to do the right thing for the serfs or their “out-moded” nation-states.

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      • TreeClimber says:

        It is your second paragraph that really answers my question; I do understand your first paragraph. I guess I could rephrase my original inquiry thus: why go to all the trouble to be conniving and manipulative and evil, if acting in good faith will return the same profits?

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        • Maquis says:

          Because they are conniving and manipulative and evil.
          😉

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        • FreedomLover says:

          Because they’re afraid they can’t compete in a free market. They can’t stand the uncertainty. Why go through the effort of competing if you can use paid political manipulation and have a more deterministic future? Power? – I guess. Control? – I’m certain. This is the age old foe of true free market competition, and also the age old lazy, perhaps evil path. They want to make money the old fashioned way – corruption.

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          • Your Tour Guide says:

            Done dealers. Stacked outcomes, fascism personified.

            Why persons that were originally lawyers are so favored
            to be backed as politicians.

            Remember the main corollary of all lawyers?
            “Never ask a question that you don’t know the answer to?”
            (especially if you’ve been busy engineering the outcomes)/

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        • Tl Howard says:

          Because if you are among the first to “capture” a global market, it’s likely you’ll not have the competition you’d face playing fair and “in good faith” in smaller markets. They don’t see themselves as evil. They say to themselves, “but, but, but….I’m providing jobs to people who ordinarily wouldn’t have a job at all. If I don’t capture this market someone else will and I’ll have no market at all.”

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    • trialbytruth says:

      I believe many are adjusting already to the Trump economy. Our stock market under O had an inverse relationship to bad news. Bad news meant lower interest rates and more stock purchase. Good numbers in any section resulted in interest rate fears and a market contraction.

      Under Trump good numbers make the markets move upward. Also impeachment week as I have t became more and more obvious Trump wasnt going anywhere the markets climbed.

      Markets like stability. Trump has been absolutely stable as to the direction he is taking this economy. We of.course knew that because he is a VSG. I think industry has used Trump’s China Gambit to prepare for Trump’s continued Presidency and the fulfilment of his plan.

      I am sure some will hold out till the last.minute but I imagine most are resizing their investment in China to them as markets that will willingly accept Chinese goods and either preparing to sacrifice their US market, or retooling for for US production for US markets

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    • WES says:

      Treeclimber: I will give it a stab! Multinationals have spent the last 30 or more years setting up their investments in China and ensuring they could bring their products into the US market without having to pay any tariffs or duty. They used their control of Congress and the US chamber of commerce to create corrupt trade agreements to support this self dealing self enriching arrangement. All of this was done at the expense of everyday Americans (job losses, incomes falling, etc.)

      Average Americans know something is wrong but can’t figure out why since the same thing keeps happening no matter who they elect! They don’t know why until President Trump starts telling people why! People are fed up and want something done about it!

      Trump comes along with America First agenda. He starts deconstructing this corrupt arrangement. He renegotiates new honest trade agreement between US/Mexico and later Canada shutting the multinationals and the US chamber of commerce completely out of the picture (US chamber of commerce used to negotiate and write all US trade agreements since Jimmy Carter). Naturally the multinationals are pissed that their corrupt trade agreements are being torn up and replaced with honest trade agreements!

      President Trump puts tariffs in place mainly against China and closes duty free importing loopholes. Also targets Korea, Japan, EU too with honest trade deals. All of these folks need access to biggest market in world. No deal, then suffer like China! China has no intention of making a trade deal ever!

      Now multinationals need to deconstruct their existing investments in China and relocate them somewhere else. Hopefully in the US.

      Also some multinationals are now discovering that China has no intention of letting them compete with Chinese companies in China but only after sharing their technology with a China company who is now their competitor! ! Double crossed! Learning the truth too late! Greed overcame common sense!

      Thus trillions at stake!

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    • margarite1 says:

      There are a lot more feet that need Nikes in China than there are in the USA.

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    • Aeyrie says:

      It’s about power, Treeclimber. They want total control of ALL the pies and all the slices. As an example, watch the movie “Total Recall” Or “Hunger Games”. POTUS is totally messing up their plans for world domination.

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  11. Jan says:

    In a way, it is sad to see once savvy politicians get old and lose their marbles, and you wish their families would intervene while they still have their reputations. Nancy doesn’t understand any of this. And her capacity to even communicate rivals Biden’s.

    It is USCoC and Soros and the globalists who cannot let this go through because trillions are at stake.

    Mr. Lighthizer, hang tough! You’re doing a fabulous job and we who do not understand all the niceties of trade and trade warring, salute you.

    Thank you Sundance and Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • Judith says:

      As was the case with Hellary “sack-of-potatoes” Clinton (foundation 💰 💰), rocket scientists need not apply. These Globalists can see and taste the end zone (NWO). They are SO done with formalities like free elections and (heaven forbid) platforms for dissenters. And who needs schools when you can have indoctrination centers? Educated serfs are dangerous serfs!

      Why should they clean up their act when they have no further need to impress us lowly, knuckle dragging peasants? We shall eat green algae cakes and be grateful for the privilege!

      In fact, ever since our switcheroo to those Soros hacked so-called voting terminals (in key districts), the *only* resume required of a US politician is one steeped in unbridled greed and corruption. Immorality and, apparently, dementia are a huge bonus.

      So Nancy and Hell are perfectly up to this task. As are the Bush and Clinton clans, etc.. as one big, happy global cartel has shaped world politics over the past century.

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  12. ebonyraptor says:

    I don’t understand how this meeting is going to change Pelosi’s stance on delaying the vote on USMCA. Ultimately she wields the gavel and if she doesn’t bring it to the floor for a vote – is doesn’t get out of the House.

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    • Maquis says:

      It will kick the legs out from under her disingenuous excuses. Bigly.

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      • ebonyraptor says:

        She will just move the goalposts. I can’t see anything that Mexico can do to budge her. The USMCA will help the US economy which will help President Trump which will hurt her masters.

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        • WES says:

          Ebony:. President Trump can always trigger the 6 month NAFTA trade clock!

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        • David A says:

          If Mexico places pressure on her, strongly,and vocally publicly supporting the Trump trade doctrine, and criticising the democrats, then Pelosi will lose everything, possibly even Calif. President Trump is boxing her in to least loss senario.

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          • MVW says:

            David A wrote:
            “If Mexico places pressure on her, strongly,and vocally publicly supporting the Trump trade doctrine, and criticising the democrats, then Pelosi will lose everything, possibly even Calif. President Trump is boxing her in to least loss senario.”

            I think this is 100% of the strategy, it turns the illegals Dems have been thinking will turn the election for them into voting for Trump. Imagine the vote implosion. Mexico will suck the illegals back into their country because of economics, the jobs will go from China to Mexico and the labor rates will suck the illegals from the US.

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          • RePete says:

            Pelosi has a core constituency of Spanish speaking voters here in California that know little of MAGA due to language barriers and a corrupt Spanish media. If Mexico sends a trade rep to the US it will be all over the Spanish channels. I think this could hurt
            Pelosi and the California Democrats in a major way. I’m already seeing Spanish speakers here in California distance themselves from the Democrats since Trump was elected. The President has a long way to go from the “Mexicans are rapists” comment that Univision and Telemundo replayed over and over and over and…. but he’s making big strides. Ive explained dozens of times to Mexicans what Trump meant and most realize now much was lost in the translation due to fake news. Mexicans don’t like Pelosi.

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        • MD says:

          Pelosi put out her stance with the labor unions (timing) for a reason. Their fake impeachment is blowing up in their faces. Pressure is building on her over USMCA and people see that they’ve done nothing but a failing impeachment attempt for a year. She needed to come up with an excuse as to why it (USMCA) isn’t getting done. This meeting kicks the legs out from under her excuse. Expect her to come out with a statement to counter this trade meeting / agreement as “not good enough”.

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    • trapper says:

      And if you think democrats in Trump districts are having a difficult time this week explaining to their constituents why they are wasting time on the impeachment inquiry, just wait until they have to explain later why USMCA isn’t done. Especially as we get closer to the election and PDJT begins to daily smash the democrats over the head with a USMCA done deal that benefits everyone but that the democrats won’t finish. Already the polls have PDJT taking 34% of the black vote (the earth is still shaking this evening over that), and failure to pass USMCA could be the last yards of land before the democrat clown car flies over the edge of the cliff.

      The democrats are in desperate need of anything they can point to and claim they held out for on USMCA. “See, they signed it with a green pen, not a blue pen.” The inquiry backfired on them bigly, and now they’re screwed and they know it. Well, some of them know it. Pelosi knows it. The left wing squad and their crowd still wander in fairyland.

      Trump Landslide 2020

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      • redthunder238 says:

        At this point the bigger problem is that a LOT of the constituents know nothing about the USMCA or why we need it. Too many still only get their “news” from the MSM or online and 99% of that is complete BS.

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    • Because it becomes a unilateral trade deal that Congress does not have to ratify according to what I’ve read here.

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  13. jmarshs says:

    Can anyone imagine the immense wealth (and well being) that would result from a strong Mexican, US and Canadian “win-win” trade alliance? Mexico, God help us, is our brother – and we are our brother’s keeper. I pray that President Trump can not only reform the United States, but Mexico as well. A stable, prosperous and peaceful Mexico would do wonders for the United States.

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  14. Skidroe says:

    Sundance, you may already know but I bet there are a lot more people watching your comments than most realize.

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  15. Loren says:

    Hate is a strong word, but after the last three years of what the DemonRats have been up too, I can say I hate them. Plus I’m on my way to hate those that vote for the DemonRats.

    Thank God my relatives are either Conservative our Independently minded, they all seem to detest DemonRats.

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  16. zorrorides says:

    Oh I’m getting thankfuller and thankfuller for Mr Trump’s Wolverines, and for you too Sundance.

    My new plan is to work on my second million. The first one is being so dern difficult !!

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  17. rayvandune says:

    How can Nancy leverage this to extricate the Democrat party from impeachment without looking like a bloody fool? That’s the thing she desperately needs.

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  18. magachris says:

    “Speaker Pelosi has been trying to block the USMCA by demanding [falsely and with cover by Trumpka (AFL-CIO)] that Mexico start a national Social Security program for all Mexican workers”

    Isn’t that a quid pro quo?

    Just saying…

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  19. Eric C. says:

    So, who’s the 3rd-rate politician!!!!

    Ha ha ha

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  20. dufrst says:

    In the interest of brevity, I will only add to Sundance’s exemplar analysis that not only is India watching, but Brazil too!

    They have a President now (Bolsanaro) that sees the same opportunity in the US decoupling from China as the astute Narendra Modi of India does (thus Modi’s 2020 political assist to Trump with his Houston event)!

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    • dufrst says:

      And I agree, Phase 1 is meant to get through 2020. After 2020, Trump will target the WTO and that in of itself will address Phase 2 and 3 issues. In Phase 1, if a deal is reached, I believe the US would have achieved most of what it wants with China. Of course, a deal won’t be reach without a viable and credible enforcement mechanism.

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  21. Perot Conservative says:

    Bigly. I’ve been hammering on The Hill about how WE THE PEOPLE, specifically Blue Dog Democrats, will be hammered by dragging feet on USMCA. The Do Nothing Democrats have a Zero track record.

    Against tax cuts.
    Against border security.
    Against immigration reform.
    Against infrastructure deal.
    Against USMCA.

    It will be a bloodbath if they don’t pass USMCA.

    Mexico will benefit massively; and manufactured goods can be easily trucked in. No 4-6-8 week cargo ship timeline. And, critically, it establishes a $16 per hour wage for 40% of jobs – a new middle class for Mexico, where many make $1.50 an hour. (Many are merely paid a full day or week payment that breaks down to that figure.)

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    • Tl Howard says:

      These criticisms won’t be held against Bloomberg, though, if he’s the nominee.
      What will be the central issue if he does capture the Dem nomination is China.

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  22. A2 says:

    I commented on President Obrador’s infrastructure vision when the trade deal was in its infancy. Very astute and good for Mexico and the US. The President of Mexico is no fool.

    They are in sync with the US, and cooperation on defeating the bloody cartels is probably already happening. By contrast, the failed, fast and furious debacle of the last administration probably woke them up.

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  23. A2 says:

    There are huge areas of central Mexico that have been depopulated due to migration North. Very rich resource areas that can be revitalised if Obrador can get this trade deal. good for Mexico and it’s people. They will return home.
    Make Mexico Great for future generations.

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  24. A2 says:

    I also want to say that as for Canada, Freeland, now the vice premier has already caved and is in support of the USMCA as is Trudeau. They are not supporting Pelosi against their national interests. They now know it is to their benefit. They have to get any changes through their parliamentary system as it is. I only see the Quebec guy who is dragging his feet. He will cave.

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    • GP says:

      Do you think the re-election of Trudeau was legit?

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      • A2 says:

        How would I know, though I followed the election closely commenting extensively on the thread here. look it up. I presume it was, and in the parliamentary system he had just squeaked by and had to form a coalition government to be selected as leader. compromising with in particular, the Quebec faction that gained members, as the other parties faded.

        This is not the US system if that is what concerns you.

        pM Trudeau and Freeland, then a trade negotiator, at the end of the day supported the USMCA, before they had the election.

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  25. Mike in a Truck says:

    Geez Canada, what have you done to yourselves……

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  26. Raptors2020 says:

    A very scary dichotomy has formed in North America, where the Democrats/Liberals are the party of government workers, and the Republicans/Conservatives are the party of private/sector workers.

    The liberal parties are at best indifferent to the plight of workers in the private economy, and in the case of primary industry, like oil production, openly hostile. The Federal Liberal Party seems determined to destroy the Alberta oil industry, on the grounds they’re fighting climate change.

    Government workers seemed convinced they’re immune to the vagaries of the national or local economy. The Chicago teachers just demanded a raise, despite the new socialist Mayor Lightfoot telling them, truthfully, that the city is broke and can’t afford it. After a perfunctory 11-day strike the teachers, of course, got their raise from the Democrat Mayor.

    Barack Obama made a large contribution to government workers becoming, de facto, an arm of the Democrat Party. His stimulus package for shovel-ready jobs was instead spent on saving government jobs, at all levels, during the recession. And the # of federal government workers making six-figure incomes skyrocketed during his Presidency.

    The women in pink hats who marched to protest something or other the day after Trump’s Inauguration were, of course, mostly government clerks and school teachers.

    We can only hope Bill Barr someday reveals the day-to-day battles he’s had to fight to see justice meted out to wayward bureaucrats from their brother Democrats. (If it happens)

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    • FreedomLover says:

      IMHO, this is part of the Trump administration after the next election victory. This first term has been all about pointing at something that is really out of his control and highlighting and informing the public about how bad it is such that the American people beg him to tear it all down. He briefly looked into reforming civil service rules, and saw that he needed to cultivate a desire to reform in the public. He put Mulvaney in charge of OMB, then CFPB as experiments. The Department of Agriculture is another experiment. Maybe he also did this somewhat with the Department of the Interior? What he did with the EPA is nothing short of amazing. He made some advances with the VA. Lots of advances with regulations. You can’t take it all on at once. I see a future where he greatly reduces the federal government workforce – force them into the private sector now that employment is so good. Just one facet of “drain the swamp”.

      It would be interesting to have a conversation on this blog about what it really means to “drain the swamp” because there are so many aspects to it.

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    • redthunder238 says:

      You’re giving the protesters too much credit. Almost every one I know is a low paid service industry employee. Restaurants and the like are staffed almost exclusively with Leftists whereas “real work” industries like construction and manufacturing are almost exclusively Trump supporters, besides the office cucks and what I call “safety fa**ots”. They’re the worst of them all.

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    • Tl Howard says:

      In states like CA, the public sector has forever been an arm of the Dem Party.

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  27. A2 says:

    This is all down to Nancy Pelosi. 💯% political. She needs an intervention.

    I think that is some kind of Democrat therapy group talking in circles trying to convince her that her dentures do not matter and we love you but put down that gavel we love money more.
    😂

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  28. A2 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving one and all. Praise the Lord and pass the gravy.

    Hu Xijin’s worst nightmare A2

    ( he’s going down, fell into a trap. I’m breaking out the champagne. One down many to go).

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  29. Porpaganda lying nancy pelosi pass The USMCA,
    Stop lying,

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  30. DiogeneseVindicated says:

    Sooner or later the multinationals will need to see investing in America is the better use of their monies. Maybe at that point there will be synergies in business interests and America first.

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  31. gsonFIT says:

    MSM bias is obvious to all CTH readers, but the fact there are 6 anti-Trump headlines on CNN this a.m. and not one story about USMCA is disgusting.

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  32. Les Standard says:

    Nasty Nan is 100% a puppet of Chinese emperor Xi, she ONLY does his bidding, so the USMCA will NOT happen while she is still around….

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  33. FreedomLover says:

    One thing I’ve been wondering about is why this administration hasn’t created a messaging campaign around the US being the most environmentally “good” steward in the entire world? By causing more industry to move into the US the world automatically wins in terms of the environment. Now that’s what I call a real “green new deal”. I suppose I mean in relation to countries like China and India – the great polluters. Seems like a winner to turn the democrat party idea of a green new deal on its head.

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    • A2 says:

      Interesting point. I think the admin has , but not in an overt way. There has been a few economists who have suggested exactly what you are suggesting, especially aimed at Asia. It would be a win win.

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  34. Ausonius says:

    Mexico is a failed third-world state, whose head is a Socialist unable to control his country, a man who has played footsy with the Drug Lords, who are in control of large parts of Mexico.

    The Drug Lords play footsy with the Chinese, who supply them with fentanyl and tons of other drugs, while the massively corrupt Mexican military and law (un)enforcement remain unable/unwilling to stop the status quo. To me, this seems to be a problem overshadowing any trade agreement.

    General Pershing came close to stopping Pancho Villa, but failed, in part thanks to being “hamstrung” by Wilson’s rules of engagement (sound familiar?). Either the Mexican government wipes the drug lords out, or another “punitive expedition” 21st-century style is needed, preferably with the non-corrupt elements of the Mexican military. President Trump would certainly not hinder our people like Wilson did. Until then, I am skeptical of the wisdom of doing any business in Mexico.

    A trade deal might be very nice, and I understand how offering legitimate employment to Mexicans could lure them away from drugs. But I do not envision the drug lords nicely and quietly shutting down their operations to open up dress factories. Placing American business operations in parts of Mexico not controlled by drug lords obviously avoids and does not address the problem.

    In short, I would think that any Mexican trade agreement should contain a plan for the extermination of this social, political, and spiritual cancer.

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    • Jason Ross says:

      Extremely well-written synopsis.
      I’ve heard from people who live in even the ‘nice parts’ of Mexico that the economy is fueled by bribery and ransom. Groceries, gas, utilities, medicine, speeding tickets…. every cost is negotiable and if you don’t raise your voice then you get extorted, even by the police. Every level of government is influenced by the cartels.

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    • redthunder238 says:

      I’m not sure how giving the Mexicans more disposable income would hurt the drug trade.

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      • Ausonius says:

        It might not, and “giving the Mexicans more disposable income” is something which would be another issue. But my point was that creating a legitimate economy, when an illegitimate black-market economy is using bombs, decapitations, and machine-gun massacres to control towns and entire states, would seem to be extremely difficult.

        Given such chaos and corruption, why would or should American companies send any investment there, even if somehow it rebounded in American profits?

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  35. Bubby says:

    What is nauseating to me is when Pelosi does allow a vote and it passes the loathsome msm will give her all the credit for the deal! It will be all about her making changes to protect the workers spin BS and no credit to President Trump! Wish he would just threaten to exit NAFTA if she doesn’t put it up for a vote soon! The Democrats don’t want to do anything to help America, they and the msm just want to impeach President Trump!

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  36. Tony D. says:

    You Missing a big point Pelosi won’t do anything unless there’s money in it for her. That’s the one thing I’ve learned about all this corruption is that power is only valuable if you can line your pockets with money. That’s my Cliff Notes version.

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  37. Doug Amos says:

    Canada’s problem is that they don’t make anything. They are America’s biggest customer; that saves them. Meanwhile, Trudeau is going to plant a billion trees over the next 10 years. With a population of 35 million, simple math says that is impossible unless he imports a lot of tree planters.

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  38. not2worryluv says:

    Let’s ask the actual working men and women of these “Labor Unions” are they better off today with President Trump working for them or their Labor Union Bosses who are no more than Elite Democratic Hacks lining their pockets at the expense of their membership?

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  39. Harlan says:

    *Sigh…* If only American voters would give just a leetle bit more thought to the damage being done to their country when they vote for ANY dumbocrat, in ANY election no matter how local. Sure, there is a large % of the dem base that hates the U.S., but not enough to matter if the rest of them would WTF up.

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  40. TradeBait says:

    This OP is the primary reason I come to this site. This is a great analysis that you have foretold in previous posts, sundance. Thank you.

    I know we are early into MAGA and education/re-education of the American public must occur to fully enter into its orbit. That is on us to get done in relationships and other methods for now because the ingrained communists within education, labor, etc. are constantly selling garbage to young people and adults who do not use critical thinking. Killing off the MSM has to help in this process as they will then seek information from the web and other sources. Plentiful, good jobs that pay well deemphasizes the unions as well as more states waking up to the benefits of RTW and better control of NLRB. Desiring to work instead of accepting government free stuff is an answer that helps because there is more gain and purpose for the individual. They then can be educated to save and see how taxes and union wages they pay take away from their labors without equal benefit to them.

    Much of what we see out of the left is the same tactics they used even more successfully going back to the 1960’s. It’s still the same playbook. I thank God daily for PDT, his network of officials and negotiators, patriotic military, first responders, constitutional law supporting judiciary, and real American citizens. PDT and supporters have changed the rules of the game and the leftists are losing their minds over it because they know it is working.

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  41. scottmc37 says:

    MSM: Lighthizer claims he saw Jesus

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    • BigTalkers says:

      Good catxh, thanks.

      And that’s not to mention the Chinese Govt, effectively their country’s “CEO,” largely self-reports whatever economic numbes they’d like everyone to believe.

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      • BigTalkers says:

        Ergo, the Question is how can China’s economy possibly grow at over 5% next year, while it’s well-known to be currently CONTRACTING..??

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  42. jbowen82 says:

    I wouldn’t say that Canada’s a service-driven economy. I would say that it’s a resource-driven economy. Canada’s natural resource extraction sector (oil, gas, minerals, timber) is very important to it, and it’s very dependent on US demand.

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    • BigTalkers says:

      That’s exectly correct. But the Canadians are going to have to get over their environmental meddling into their economy if they’re going to make a comeback, assuming they ever decide to do that. (Which is truly amazing when you think about it, as their country is so little populated it very likely already has some of the cleanest air and water on earth!)

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  43. iSapiens says:

    Would it not be a better outcome if:
    1. US announces withdrawal from NAFTA to take effect in 6 months.
    2. Mexico signs in on the withdrawal, effectively ending NAFTA between US and Mexico immediately.
    3. New bilateral deal is signed without approval from Pelosi. The US-Mexico Agreement (USMA).
    4. President Trump announces significant tariffs on Canada if a bilateral agreement is not signed within 6 months. New agreement will, of course, remove Media protections (which Canada was against).
    5. Pelosi is offered as proof why multilateral agreements are a thing of the past.
    The End.

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    • I’m wondering if your scenario was presented to San Fran Nan and that is why she’s deciding to bring USMCA up for a vote. If she stalls and there’s a bilateral with MX then Canada is left out and her buddy Justin won’t be happy.

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  44. Dixie says:

    Meanwhile Mexican President Lopez-Obrador has told Lighthizer that Pelosi can go drink a bucket of spit if she thinks the U.S. is going to dictate domestic economic policy to a sovereign country

    My second most favorite comment in the whole article written by Sundance.

    Now go make your millions.

    My most favorite.

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  45. BigTalkers says:

    All fascinating. What’s obvious is this President decided early on to assist Mexico in becoming a “first world” country (versus their present “third world” status), both to ameliorate illegal immigration and as a viable and more secure trade alternative to China.

    As an aside, it was reported this week that new housing starts in the US have reached a 12-month high. And since housing starts are historically a “leading” economic indicator, this foreshadows further ECONOMIC EXPANSION, despite whatever Nancy & Co’s desires may be otherwise.

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  46. So in other words, Nancy is working a quid pro quo? Essentially saying, “Mexico, you give my union guy what he wants or I’m going to hold back an agreement that benefits your country!”

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  47. mugzey302 says:

    So, are these multinationals that are lined up to go into Mexico after USMCA chewing Nancy’s behind to get it passed? If not, WHY not? Or, is she looking for some payola? That old hag millionaire should be donating her paycheck to cleaning up LA and SF. You jerks who can’t even run your own districts should shut up about POTUS running This country.

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