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Trump and Trade

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , , on April 5, 2018 by cavalier973

This article discusses the problems with Trump’s attempt to spark a “trade war” with China (the term “trade war” is nonsensical; it is like saying “pedestrian motorist”). The author echoes a position I have, which is that Trump is undermining the foundation for economic success he is building by his deregulation efforts and the Tax Cut enacted last December.

Perhaps he is only playing the part of the dealmaker, where he takes a tougher stance initially, in order to get the party of the second part to acquiesce to something, but it is unnecessary for government to wheel’n’deal when it comes to trade, because the private entities that engage in trade are already doing the deals.

There should be no NAFTA. There should be no CAFTA, or GATT or TPP. There should be no government, negotiated trade treaties at all. Government just needs to remove itself from the trade arena altogether, and allow the interested parties do what they do.

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So; what are the Chinese up to?

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , , , , on March 27, 2018 by cavalier973

China is quietly establishing the Indian Ocean as its primary trade area.

An excerpt:

“The move away from depending on cheap exports to America and elsewhere is likely to gain momentum, reducing the relative importance of Trump’s tariffs. Instead, China is creating what amounts to a large free trade area throughout Asia with her partners in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. This is the opportunity offered to other foreign suppliers to the region, such as the UK, assuming she has the gumption to become involved after Brexit.”

 

Trump/Russia Collusion: an overview

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2018 by cavalier973

Go here. There are links within the article (each named “Go Deep”) that go to more in-depth articles on particular subjects.

“‘Marxist’ Free Trade”

Posted in For Free Trade, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2018 by cavalier973

So, President Trump is indulging his neo-mercantilist demons, by proposing that a 25% tariff be imposed on foreign-produced steel, to “protect American steel companies”.

Were it simply a measure by the President to raise revenue for the government, it wouldn’t be quite so exasperating, but the claim that an increase in taxes somehow helps the American economy, and Americans in general, is maddening.

If one reads the sites of the Neo-Mercantilists/Protectionists, one may run across the phrase “Marxist Free Trade”. The idea behind the phrase is that an unfettered market leads to Marxism, based on something Karl Marx said, claiming some such nonsense.

In reality, it is the Neo-Mercantilist/Protectionists who let the communist camel poke its nose under the tent flap, by promoting a policy of government intervention in the economy to raise the income of a certain group of Americans by requiring all Americans to enjoy a lower standard of living.

If President Trump had been honest and proposed, for example, legislation that resulted in people earning $35,000 a year lowering their standards of living so that a small group of people can increase their incomes from $50,000 to $55,000, then people would likely give the legislation the stink eye. And yet, that’s exactly what he is proposing, but because it is couched in false patriotism, then people don’t automatically reject such a policy.

One of Trump’s advisors claimed that the 25% increase in steel prices would only result in a fraction of an increase in the cost of cans of soup, as an example. The problem is that the advisor specifically mentioned Campbell’s soup company. Such a large company may of course be able to absorb the increased cost, or pass the cost to its customers, but “players at the margin” may not be able to do so. Bob’s Soup Company may go out of business, because it is already operating a extremely low margins. With one less competitor in the soup market, we can expect the prices of soup to rise and/or the quality to be lowered. That’s how the market works. Protectionists seem to have a magical thinking about market forces, and expect that costs will be born by “someone else”, and not ourselves.

One last thing, about Free Trade generally: Free Trade is not only the economically advantageous policy, it is the moral policy, because with Free Trade a person can dispose of the product of his labor as he deems best. Protectionism requires that person to dispose of his income in ways that the Protectionists approve. This is a violation of property rights, and a form of theft.

I was happy with the Trump Tax plan that passed late last year, despite its flaws, and considered voting for him in 2020, if he ran for re-election. This tariff could negate the benefits of the tax plan, and my support.

Stuff Going On — 06/08/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2017 by cavalier973

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before Congress, and lets them know that President Trump made him feel uncomfortable, and that Trump’s stated reasons for firing him are lies.

ISIS “Fighters” have shot hundreds of civilians, including women and children, in the Iraqi city of Mosul, trying to keep said civilians from fleeing. ISIS needs civilians to act as human shields. I would think that they could carry that sort of evil on for only so long, before they run into desperate people who decide that, if they are going to die, anyway, they might as well take some of the ISIS monsters with them.

Senator Bernie Sanders tries to impose a religious test on a political appointee.

When Chinese take jobs from Americans.

Stuff Going On — 06/06/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2017 by cavalier973

Some employee of a government contractor managed to get some classified information, which she then mailed to a news publication. She got arrested. The information appears to show that Russian agents managed to hack a voting services company. Julian Assange, of WikiLeaks, appears to be defending her.

♣ Jesus said that it would better for someone to have a millstone placed around his neck and that he be thrown into the sea, than that the someone harm a child. Politicians in Canada are disregarding the Son of God’s warning. They will learn to their eternal sorrow that ignoring Jesus is a bad idea.

For leftist-progressives, child abuse is a regular way of life. If they can’t slaughter children in the womb, they will use a child’s natural instinct to trust to twist that child’s mind and ruin his life. They are the most evil people alive. They will writhe in the torment of their own shame for eternity.

Fortunately for them, there is an escape: Jesus took upon Himself the shame of us all, satisfying God’s wrath against us for our sin and making it possible for us to enjoy eternity doing interesting work for the glory of God.

Darwinoids can’t decide of evolution occurs by external natural phenomena effecting changes in organisms (the traditional view), or if organisms have a “plastic” genetic code that allow them to move into different environments on purpose.

Listening to the Darwinoid narrative, one can get the idea that “Natural Selection” is a driving force, but Natural selection is just a description of what happens; the concept has no agency.

For example, one gets the idea that, supposing that there is an island populated with dogs, a permanent climate change toward colder temperatures would “cause” dogs to develop long-hair characteristics. Darwinoids don’t really posit this; it just seems like it from listening to them. What Darwinoids say occurs in the above example is that, when the climate changes on the island, the dogs with longer hair tend to live longer, can acquire greater amounts of food–making them healthier–and are more exuberant maters, producing more offspring with the long-haired gene, until eventually the short-haired dogs can no longer find mates to breed. If the climate changes to a warmer one, the process reverses, and short-haired dogs become dominant.

The question that Darwinoids seem to avoid is, why do any of the dogs (or any mammal) have hair at all? Which developed first, male sexual organs, or female sexual organs–did they develop at the same time? I’m sure there’s some fru-fru talk about gender-bending “bacteria” (or some population of “simple organisms”) that became hard-coded with one gender or the other because Natural Selection meant that hard-coded gender bacteria was able to produce more offspring in populations than bacteria that could switch genders and just shut up and gives us more government funding, you Creatard.

Robots are going to take over our jobs, and then the robots will have everything, and live in big mansions, and drive big cars, and take our womenfolk, and we’ll have nothing.

Stuff Going On — 06/05/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2017 by cavalier973

Several Arab nations–Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Egypt–have moved to isolate Qatar. They have blocked flights into and out of the country, and told Qatari citizens to leave. This seems to be in response to President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, where he urged the Arab leaders to take a stronger stance against terrorism. Qatar tries to sit the fence between the Saudis and the Iranians, who hate each other.

British police are still investigating a terrorist attack in London last Saturday evening. Three men ploughed through a crowd of people, then exited the van and began slashing people in the throat with knives. Seven people were killed, and forty-eight injured. Twenty-one of those injured are reported to be in critical condition.

The above link doesn’t mention it, but people fought back with chairs, bottles, and other items they had at hand. It seems that five more people were arrested, with one of those trying to make an escape.

The citizens of the United Kingdom suffered a bombing attack at a concert in late May, and an attack in March, in which a terrorist used a van to run people over.

The citizens are also headed to the election polls in three days, and Prime Minister Theresa May’s Tory party has had its lead in the polls eroded from around twenty points to around one.

Trump got in on the story, by tweeting about the need for his Travel Ban to prevent such an occurrence in the U.S. He also misquoted the London Mayor in an attempt to show the mayor taking a benign view of the attacks. The mayor urged Londoners to “not be alarmed by the increased police presence”, but Trump left out the part about “police presence”, making it seem that the mayor was urging people to not be alarmed about the terrorist attack.

Also, Trump received criticism for calling it a terrorist attack before the local government or media had labeled it so.

Ten chain restaurants that are no longer with us. I’ve eaten at the Casa Bonita (in Little Rock), the Pancho’s (in Texarkana), and at the Steak & Ale (in Memphis). The Casa Bonita and the Steak & Ale were intriguingly decorated, though in different ways. Casa Bonita was an all-you-can-eat restaurant, but you didn’t go to a buffet bar. It had a little flag on a pole at your table. When you were ready for more food, you raised the flag, and the waitress would get your order. Pancho’s had a similar gimmick. The Steak & Ale had really good dark brown bread they served while you were waiting for your order.

The laziest argument against Free Trade, ever. By Don Boudreaux.

Protectionists and neo-mercantilists hate private property almost as much as communists do.