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  • #31
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    Trump administration will try to renegotiate and re-enter the TPP. This is good news!


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    • #32
      Originally posted by Persephone View Post
      Trump administration will try to renegotiate and re-enter the TPP. This is good news!


      Of course it is, he just wants to negotiate a fair deal, not one that screws his own people over.
      That's us, by the way, even those of you who say he's not "your" President.
      "Why is the Rum gone?"

      -Captain Jack

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      • #33
        Re-negotiating these trade treaties is a very big deal.

        The Limits of American Patience

        Mexico assumed that a rich neighbor could, in perpetuity, serve as a refuge of last resort for its impoverished citizens, thereby providing a safety valve and precluding any need for its own internal reform.

        The United States was supposedly so affluent that it could both offer entitlements to illegal aliens and, given such aid, not care whether many of them sent $60 billion back home (what is a mere $60 billion out of a multi-trillion dollar economy?) to Central American and Mexico.

        When occasionally the United States recoiled a bit, Mexico could always accuse an essentially open-border America of being restrictionist and xenophobic. One wonders how exactly would Mexico’s hostility be expressed—by vows not to receive remittances, or to demand repatriation of its lost citizens, or unilaterally to leave NAFTA, or to elect a nationalist president who would build a wall?

        China ignores international rules in various aspects of its trade policies. It skirts copyright and patent laws. It expropriates U.S. technology. It hacks and runs extensive commercial espionage enterprises.

        Trade surpluses are built into Beijing’s DNA. All of the above is predicated on several assumptions: 1) America shrugs that such laxity will “modernize” and “Westernize” China, 2) America is supposedly so wealthy it can afford the asymmetry, 3) Americans most hurt by unfavorable trade are not those who craft its politics, 4) China would never allow what it demands from the U.S., 5) China interprets magnanimity as naiveté and weakness, not as outreach to be returned in kind. To suggest that a reckoning is needed is akin to wanting an all-out “trade war.”
        https://amgreatness.com/2018/04/09/t...ican-patience/
        "Why is the Rum gone?"

        -Captain Jack

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        • #34
          Originally posted by The Exorcist View Post
          Re-negotiating these trade treaties is a very big deal.

          The Limits of American Patience



          https://amgreatness.com/2018/04/09/t...ican-patience/
          Agreed, and that, I think, is just the tip of a very large iceberg. Frankly, the entire world seems to have assumed the attitude that America is the panacea for all ills, social problems, hatreds and needs.

          There are seven BILLION people on this planet, and only about 300 million or so live in America. Time for the other 6.7 billion to step up.

          Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
            [FONT="Lucida Sans Unicode"]Agreed, and that, I think, is just the tip of a very large iceberg. Frankly, the entire world seems to have assumed the attitude that America is the panacea for all ills, social problems, hatreds and needs
            Isn't it strange, how the rest of the world wants to use us as a combination of Great Satan, Policeman, Bank, and Protector, all at the same time?

            It must be because of all the people here that like it that way...
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            Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
            There are seven BILLION people on this planet, and only about 300 million or so live in America. Time for the other 6.7 billion to step up.

            Ever known a drug-addict to step away from their habit voluntarily, without any outside prompting at all?
            Its about the same sort of thing.
            And the very sam people who would react to that question by pointing out how many addicts are in the US are also dead-set against a wall on the southern border to keep them out.
            "Why is the Rum gone?"

            -Captain Jack

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            • #36
              Originally posted by The Exorcist View Post
              Isn't it strange, how the rest of the world wants to use us as a combination of Great Satan, Policeman, Bank, and Protector, all at the same time?

              It must be because of all the people here that like it that way...
              .


              Ever known a drug-addict to step away from their habit voluntarily, without any outside prompting at all?
              Its about the same sort of thing.
              And the very sam people who would react to that question by pointing out how many addicts are in the US are also dead-set against a wall on the southern border to keep them out.
              I don't pretend to understand it, just not to like it. This isn't what my parents fought for, or myself, for that matter. We never worked and paid taxes so that the rest of the world could live off of us for free.
              Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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