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  1. Irons

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    Strategy – Will President Trump Break Norms and Arrange Meeting With Kim Jong-un? Indications Point Toward Yes…
    Posted on August 21, 2017 by sundance

    An interesting article in the Washington Times poses a possibility of President Trump holding a deconfliction summit with North Korea –SEE HERE– And that begs a question of whether or not it’s actually plausible. I would state unequivocally yes, and here’s why.

    If you have followed the foreign policy pattern of President Trump you immediately recognize he does not restrain himself to DC political customs or DC political norms. Indeed as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi optimistically noted, President Trump can accomplish many things because he brings a unique perspective to the world of policy and diplomatic engagement. Later repeating: “He Can Do The Impossible“.

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    Additionally since we originally outlined the likely scenario for a restart of the ‘six party talks‘ (China, South Korea, Russia, Japan and the U.S.), on August 13th, there has been some visible activity providing further evidence toward that end.

    •Japan (Shinzo Abe) has stated they have “great confidence” in President Trump’s Asian national security approach. •South Korea (President Moon Jae-in) has stated they are “confident there will not be war again on the Korean peninsular“; •and they are willing to send a special envoy to North Korea to begin talks. •In addition, China has quietly removed the 71-year-old veteran diplomat, Wu Dawei, from the position of negotiator toward the DPRK, and replaced him with 58-year-old Kong Xuanyou. Kong is a long time Chinese diplomat in charge of Asian affairs and he speaks Korean.

    All of this generally under-reported diplomatic activity has taken place within the past week while the American media was busy pushing Charlottesville narratives. But more importantly this activity took place while President Trump directed USTR Lighthizer to begin a section 301 trade investigation into China. POTUS Trump is ramping up the pressure on Chinese President Xi Jinping, but more specifically this action targets Beijing’s communist old guard who control both their economy and the DPRK behavior.


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    Additionally, into this uniquely Asian geopolitical dynamic we have India, and Prime Minister Modi, apparently finding some new energy to push back against their neighboring nemesis China. Literal “pushing back“, heck they got into a fist fight.

    Now, between Trump’s China trade action, and Modi’s regional geographic action, there appears to be a traditional squeeze play working out. It would be intellectually dishonest not to recognize the appearance of some coordination, especially given the plans for Ivanka Trump to travel to India next month. [*nudge, nudge* *wink, wink* say-no-more]

    Here’s where it gets interesting.

    When you understand that Beijing is really the support structure for Kim Jong-Un, in that China uses the DPRK to keep the Western (mostly U.S.) economic threats out of Asia, you realize it’s against Beijing’s interest for President Trump and Kim Jong-un to deconflict.

    If diplomacy prevails in the Korean Peninsular, the historic economic arrow is gone from China’s quiver. Indeed, many would argue there’s no greater threat to China’s overall ‘One-Road/One-Belt’ economic program. With peace comes viable economic relationships. The ability of China to use the DPRK as a sweatshop for their economy would potentially and realistically collapse.

    So Beijing would want to impede diplomatic efforts. It’s in their sneaky-self best interests; it’s also just how they roll. However, even though China controls much of the Washington DC swamp via purchased lobby activity, they can’t control Trump; and they certainly can’t control Trump’s diplomatic approach toward engaging a foreign government.

    Therefore China’s default position would be for China to ‘control‘ any meeting between the U.S., South Korea, and/or Japan, with Kim Jong-un. When you recognize this, you recognize what that provides – MORE TRUMP LEVERAGE.

    See how that works?

    POTUS Trump knows it would be against Beijing’s interests for Kim Jong-un to meet a reasonable and non-political deal maker like President Trump. That knowledge only fuels the probability of such a meeting taking place.

    In an effort to control such a possibility, China will have to move fast to cut off any back channel discussion between Godzilla Trump, T-Rex and Dennis Rodman’s BFF Kim Jong-un. Hence, we discover the motive for Beijing working to quickly get Kong Xuanyou, the new emissary, into place. China is simply trying a better play for control by putting ‘six party talks’ back on the table.

    Don’t be surprised to hear of those “six party talks” within days or weeks. And don’t be surprised to hear of the potential for direct talks and direct engagement with North Korea either by South Korea or Japan, or by…. wait for it, yup Godzilla Trump via T-Rex.

    President Trump isn’t constrained to DC political customs and diplomatic outlooks of non-engagement with North Korea. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t make a move within the next 30 days toward those ends.

    After all, almost every bit of recent activity in Asia dovetails nicely with the position as it appeared only a little more than a week ago: August 13th:

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    As we have outlined extensively, President Trump holds all of the cards in this economic and trade standoff. The U.S. is China’s customer and there’s a $350 billion trade deficit.

    However, President Trump cannot be completely open with the strategy because part of the long-term plan is to allow China to save face by giving up North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

    It would be against Trump’s interests if the entire global and geopolitical community understood what was happening.

    So the question becomes, how will we know when President Trump has won in the economic and national security challenge? Well, first let’s look at the geopolitical landscape and the known and identified calendar to view the goal timeline:

    ♦We know President Trump is planning to attend an ASEAN meeting in November.

    ♦We also know that President Trump is planning to visit China later this year. Most likely that trip will be part of the ASEAN engagement.

    So it makes sense that President Trump would like to conclude the outline of the economic diplomacy by the time of the ASEAN and China visit – such that: A.) President Trump can outline the agreement and stroke the panda’s ego on his turf; and B.) President Xi Jinping can announce his magnanimous victory on behalf of great Panda’s incredible achievement in providing great security to the world.

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    Yup.

    Meanwhile, just prior to the ASEAN/China meetup, President Trump’s secret weapon, Ivanka, who happens to be the most beloved American in China, is deployed to India to capture the world’s attention with Narendra Modi hugs.

    President Modi is the “Trump Card” in the geopolitical economic gamesmanship. China is currently at odds with India’s rise to economic power; Ballywood is very hot in the U.S. right now; and a warm Modi – Trump economic relationship is a foil against China’s heavy-handed extortion of their economic partners.

    Whoopsie sounds like the makings of a fork in China’s One Road/One Belt plan.

    Strategery.

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    Again, President Trump holds all the economic cards. Just look at what he did to neuter Russia’s economy when everyone was paying attention to the bouncing laser dot on the wall. The American and Western media missed it, but President Trump moved the entire geopolitical world via a strategic energy platform.

    Sip this next paragraph slowly to enjoy the strategery:


    From OPEC (Saudi Summit) to the EU and Baltic States (Poland Pre-G20); to North African energy development via President Macron (Libya and Mali); to walking away from the Paris Climate agreement; to discussions with Theresa May on a bilateral trade deal; to massive shipments of coal to U.K. and France; to closing a deal to deliver Ireland massive amounts of Texas LNG; to our own internal U.S. energy production policy with pipelines, Oil, Coal and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) etc.

    President Trump used all of those “allied” relationships to lower global energy prices.

    The bigger part of the ‘big-missed-picture‘ was how that energy strategy impacted adversaries like Russia, Iran etc. and simultaneously supported the larger America-First economic and geopolitical space.

    President Trump thinks seriously long-term, and really BIG picture.

    President Trump thinks so far out in front of his detractors they genuinely cannot fathom the sequential logic behind the day-to-day granular activity.


    Yes, in large part this is what makes President Trump so enjoyable to watch politically. Just like the American media, our international adversaries and competitors have no reference point for a U.S. President that is entirely independent from influence.

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    So we can safely predict that sometime in late fall, most likely before the ASEAN visit timeline in November, President Trump and Rex Tillerson will be engaged in a new round of Six Party Talks, initiated by request of the increasingly desperate China.

    China will structure the DPRK talking points to set up the meetings. This is a part of how China is allowed to save face and sets up the magnanimous Panda narrative.

    The six party talks will be essentially a Marshal Plan of sorts for North Korea. Japan, South Korea, The United States, China, Russia and North Korea will enter into a set of negotiations publicly sold as engaging in diplomacy and reducing tension.

    President Trump (or T-Rex) will sit on the patio complimenting Xi Jinping (or deputy), and Russian, Japanese and South Korean emissaries.

    Meanwhile, in the conference room, Secretary Wilbur Ross, USTR Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will play the role of Willy Wonka handing out the golden economic tickets to the representatives who all line up with their requests.

    President Trump’s golf partner Shinzo Abe will already have his ticket, but he’ll play along. The only real negotiations will be between the U.S. Russia and China. Russia will be negotiating for higher regional energy prices to get their GDP growing again, and China negotiating to retain as much of the $500 billion trade surplus as possible.

    The end result will be Kim Jong-un giving up his nuclear ambitions for good; the U.N. enters under carefully negotiated terms, and Big Panda promises to the world to be the magnanimous insurance policy therein. Everything between now and that outcome is optically chaff and countermeasures.

    That’s essentially the way the bright economic and national security future looks today.

    Then again, it might get brighter – gilded even.

    After all, this is President Donald Trump we’re talking about.

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    President Trump Hints At Timing of “Big Ugly” – Everyone, Except McConnell/Ryan, Misses The Signal Flare…

    Posted on August 23, 2017 by sundance

    Prior to last nights intensely enjoyable MAGA rally in Phoenix Arizona CTH was wondering if President Trump would trigger “The Big Ugly“; the looming and necessary battle with the professional republican DC apparatus.

    All the key ingredients were there: A challenger for Senator Jeff Flake; prior statements from both Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan in opposition to the President; the perfect geography to highlight the GOPe’s 800lb open-border agenda; the failure to repeal Obamacare because of an Arizona senator; the border wall, etc.

    The righteous list is long and the timing looked about right.

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    The Arizona stage was almost perfect for President Trump to begin the final conflict, the direct battle against the corrupt decepticons within the republican party. The goal would be fulfillment of a destiny we all know has to happen: To destroy the Professional Republican Party apparatus and every non-MAGA Republican politician within it.

    But he didn’t.

    Oh sure, President Trump came closer to launching the Big Ugly political MOAB than ever before. He walked right up to the line, flipped open the Zippo; with a glint in his eye Trump knelt down grinning at the fuse, winking at the audience…. but he didn’t ignite it.

    Nope, the timing wasn’t just right yet.


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    So what gives?

    Why not just do it now?

    Like many I had to think on this. I also knew that if we waited a half-day we’d see why President Trump paused.

    President Trump has a plan, but President Trump is also working on instinct.

    You see, ever since Donald Trump entered into politics there is a key element he needs to keep at the forefront. To continue succeeding he needs all of his adversaries, our adversaries, to drop their masks.

    Donald Trump has done a remarkable job at drawing-out the enemy behind the wire. No-one would argue they hold the same perspectives on the Republican apparatus, and the GOPe punditry, they previously held prior to Businessman Trump becoming Politician Trump.

    As both a candidate and a president Donald Trump has exposed a jaw-dropping number of political deceivers. He’s also single-handily exposed their hidden agenda(s), and proved beyond a shadow’s doubt that Republican’s were lying about policy and principle for years.

    When President Trump speaks, he’s always highlighting these issues. He is also speaking on these issues, repeatedly, to draw out the hidden truth and create a larger awakening. It is really, really, important to see that Trump is always trying to engage that larger awakening.

    Many people, myself included, would argue there’s enough other people awakened now and it’s time to just go ahead and rip that band-aid off; quit nibbling around the edges. Let’s call the baby ugly and get down to business.

    War. Bring it on. Many of us have been awake for a long time and Donald Trump is the man we’ve been waiting for to wage all out thermonuclear war against the GOPe and the crony-corruption within the Republican party apparatus.


    So, last night seemed like the perfect moment. Trump got close, really close, but then stopped. Why?

    Well, if you go back to his ‘off-prompter’ remarks, it’s right there in that moment when President Trump said:

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    …“If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.”…
    Right there, is our answer.

    Right there, President Trump tells the “Big Ugly” trigger.

    And when you know the goal is the biggest awakening possible at the exact moment when the “Big Ugly” is detonated, it makes perfect, absolutely perfect, sense.

    The media obviously went bananas.

    Lordy, there’s a bazillion articles about how horrible Mr. Trump threatened to shut down the government, etc. etc. etc. However, what’s missing in every-single-one of those articles is how incredibly unnecessary it would be. That’s the awakening moment Trump is working toward.

    Why unnecessary? Why is that issue such a moment to create a greater awakening?

    Simple, because not a single democrat vote is needed to raise the debt ceiling, avoid a shutdown, and/or fund the border wall.

    Republicans are in control of the House and Senate. They don’t need a single Democrat vote to raise the debt ceiling, cleanly. Nor do they need a single democrat vote to fund a singular bill to fund the border wall. Not a single Democrat vote is needed, not one.

    So ask yourself, why would Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell be struggling with a clean raising of the debt ceiling, and a singular bill to fund the border wall?

    Within that answer you find the great awakening.

    Within that answer you also discover the Big Ugly trigger moment.


    There is no need to shut down government, when Republicans control the House, Senate and White House. Obviously, if it comes to that point Trump is simply highlighting how there’s no difference between Democrats and Republicans in office.

    All President Trump needs to do to detonate the Big Ugly MOAB is simply to make everyone aware, publicly, that Republicans can fund the border wall and raise the debt ceiling entirely on their own.

    At that very specific moment even more people will realize the UniParty nature of DC, and be understanding of President Trump’s need to destroy the Republican Party and the attached leadership.

    President Trump already gave them a budget that reduces a trillion in spending; the republicans in congress have balked, and said reducing spending is not their goal. Those same republicans are now suing President Trump and trying to force the State Department to spend on USaid and NGO’s. Those same republicans supported Omnibus spending bills. Those same republicans will not support removing ObamaCare. Those same republicans are fighting renegotiated trade deals. Those same republicans supported launching ridiculous Russian conspiracy investigations; and the list goes on…

    Oh, and don’t think Paul Ryan (link) and Mitch McConnell (link) are not acutely aware of the possibility of President Trump launching the Big Ugly:

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    Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Is Actively Working To Undermine M.A.G.A Agenda…
    Posted on August 24, 2017 by sundance

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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a speech today in Kentucky. A speech which yet again personifies the disconnect between the insufferable professional republicans within the party and the MAGA insurgency that has taken it over.

    WATCH SPEECH HERE

    CTH has been transparent with our support for Donald Trump, and the specific reason for it. We want the GOPe machine torn down, dispatched to earth orbit, and nuked while there regardless of consequence, because we’re sick of having to be brutalized and used by Republican liars hiding within it. Period.

    If President Trump shows up to the next MAGA rally in a banana costume, 5″ stiletto heels and starts twerking a cardboard cutout of Mitch McConnell, he’d still have our full support.

    Senate Majority Mitch McConnell is the personification of the intransigent GOPe. He is quite simply that vindictive doddering fool down the road with the signs on his law forbidding anyone to dare touch the grass. The entire neighborhood hates him. Harsh? No, try reality. THAT is the face of the swamp. Mr. Mumbles. Good grief, no wonder Democrats are always grinning.


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    For CTH, the elimination of the GOPe machine is ultimately more valuable than anything else. We gave the GOP the House (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016) and the Senate (2014, 2016) and yet we never have received a single benefit to the election victories We The People provided. Why is that?

    Here’s where a paradigm shift is needed for many of the political followers who don’t have a deep and specialized knowledge of the Republican agenda.

    Citizens United was touted by conservatives as a victory. Why?

    Was it because Citizens United was genuinely a win for freedom of speech, or was it actually and substantively because Obama declared it a loss?

    Again, paradigm shift time – Citizens United was as much a defeat for “our side” as it was for “their side”. We didn’t need Citizens United to win a massive electoral victory in 2010, Obama’s “Shellacking”; we just showed up to the polls and voted against his policies.

    However, the Republican professional political class did need Citizens United to try and stop our efforts in 2012 and again in 2014. I’ll explain.

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    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, led by President Tom Donohue, is the power brokerage for the GOP “establishment”. In short, whatever the CoC wants, their lobbyists on K-Street will insure the CoC gets through campaign contributions to influence the GOP as a Party.

    The U.S. CoC is the operational arm of Wall Street, not, I repeat, NOT, Main Street.

    The Citizens United decision is what allowed Wall Street to fund the U.S. CoC, which in turn funded the GOP establishment machine. If politics is a blood sport, Citizens United just authorized the unlimited use of STERIODS for the paid gladiators.

    How does Wall Street differ from Main Street?

    The answer to that question can most easily be reflected by explaining why the Republican Establishment, the professional political class, supports ObamaCare, Common Core and Comprehensive Immigration Reform to include Amnesty.

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    Wall Street and ObamaCare:

    Wall Street, through the CoC, advocate for policies that benefit their interests; their financial interests. The cost of worker healthcare is a liability embedded in the cost of the products sold. If the United Auto Workers healthcare plan costs $10,000 per person, that cost is embedded in the price to manufacture a car.

    Unlike their global competitors U.S. businesses (manufacturers) have these costs as part of their product cost, the cost of goods sold.

    Globally, other nations have various forms of “government provided” healthcare, and so their products don’t carry the cost directly. In an effort to level the manufacturing playing field, the U.S. CoC, Wall Street, are firm advocates of removing the cost of healthcare from U.S. goods.

    Wall Street, supports ObamaCare for an expanded profit margin on financially capitalized businesses – ie. higher profits = higher stock valuations.

    Simultaneously, unions support ObamaCare (see SEIU, AFL-CIO et al, visits to White House during ObamaCare construct) because ObamaCare removed the healthcare liability from the union retirees benefits. ie. increased solvency.

    The globalists, and progressive Democrats support ObamaCare because it aids their constituency, unions; and also expands the influence of government control which is based on a collective outlook and elimination of the individual freedom.

    Wall Street therefore supports both Republicans and Democrats when it comes to the retention of ObamaCare.

    That’s why you don’t see Republican Majorities trying to remove it – it’s all hat and no cattle; a ruse, a fraud. Only the promises of actual removal being used to get Pavlov’s sheeple masses to pull levers with hopes/promises of getting repeal pellets.

    The GOPe has NO INTENTION of removing ObamaCare.

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    San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro, center, applauds President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, after the president spoke about immigration reform. From left are, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton, US Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas Donohue and Castro. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Wall Street and Immigration:
    Like ObamaCare, Wall Street wants comprehensive immigration reform to include amnesty. Again, focused almost entirely on the reduction of the labor costs for goods and services. These are financial balance sheet determinations, not considerations of what’s best for the middle class U.S. worker.

    Democrats and Republicans both want immigration reform to include amnesty. Democrats for a voting block and more collectivist ideological approaches, Republicans to do the bidding of their financial interests – The CoC, Tom Donohue, etc.

    The multinational agriculture lobby is massive.

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    We willingly feed the world as part of the system; but you as a grocery customer pay more per unit at the grocery store because domestic supply no longer determines domestic price.

    Within the agriculture community the (feed-the-world) production export factor also drives the need for labor. Labor is a cost. The multinational corps have a vested interest in low labor costs. Ergo, open border policies. (ie. willingly purchased republicans not supporting border wall etc.).

    Part of the lobbying in the food industry is to advocate for the expansion of U.S. taxpayer benefits to underwrite the costs of the domestic food products they control. By lobbying DC these multinational corporations get congress and policy-makers to expand the basis of who can use EBT and SNAP benefits (state reimbursement rates).

    Expanding the federal subsidy for food purchases is part of the corporate profit dynamic. With increased taxpayer subsidies, the food price controllers can charge more domestically and export more of the product internationally. Taxes, via subsidies, go into their profit margins. The corporations then use a portion of those profits in contributions to the politicians. It’s a circle of money.

    Neither Democrats nor Republicans are willing to build a border wall to stop illegal immigration.

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    Wall Street and Common Core Education:

    Like ObamaCare and Immigration, Wall Street wants the federalization of education. In part because it generates a consistently similar pool of eligible, who are increasingly Latino, workers; and in part because education is BIG BUSINESS.

    Just look at your property taxes to see how much of your local property tax dollars are apportioned to public School and Education funding.

    Democrats and Republicans both support Common Core. Democrats because it expands the financial base of local schools to allow greater room for increased labor union (teacher, NEA) wages; and because Common Core affords, yet again, an ideological watering down of individualism in favor of collectivism. Republicans support Common Core because it’s big business, and the CoC funds their advocacy.

    Both Democrats and Republicans support Common Core.

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    In 2013 CoC President Tom Donohue went on record saying his 2014/2015 legislative priorities were:

    1 – Full implementation of ObamaCare without repeal.
    2 – Comprehensive Immigration Reform to include Amnesty.
    3 – Full implementation of Common Core educational standards.

    Wall Street, through K-Street, through the CoC, fund these legislative priorities.

    The Citizens United decision allowed Wall Street, through K-Street, through the CoC to fund established legislative representatives to continue these legislative priorities.

    Conversely, Citizens United, through Wall Street, through K-Street, through the CoC, created the system of Super-PAC’s that funds attacks against any political opponent who would unseat their selected and established candidate. You only need to look at 2014’s Virginia (Ken Cuccinelli), or Mississippi (Chris McDaniels), or Kentucky (Matt Bevin) to see how strongly these interests will work to insure victory.

    The same process, with funding from the same groups and individuals, is taking place right now in the Alabama Senate race.

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    Understanding Gary Cohn -vs- President Donald Trump…
    Posted on August 26, 2017 by sundance

    Recently there has been a great deal of opinion on Chief Economic Advisor to President Trump and his recent critique of President Trump’s comments surrounding the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. For many people the latest Cohn -vs- Trump scenario is just more proof that President Trump is succumbing to influence/pressure from the wrong side of the ideological spectrum.

    This outline is intended to directly speak toward those concerns. However, to understand the dynamics of Gary Cohn -vs- Donald Trump it is first necessary to understand the perspective of Gary Cohn and President Trump.

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    Few people have an appropriate understanding of the scale, scope and seismic shift President Trump is delivering to the world of geopolitical financial influence. A recent comment by someone who appears to understand the dynamic reads thus:

    Enjoy this because we will never see this again. You’ll never see your president shift the pendulum the way Donald Trump is. The international market of high-pressure real estate development and financing incorporates every facet of business activity known to humanity and no President we have ever had has been more prepared to do what needs to be done then President Donald J Trump. In addition to trying to right the ship he has to navigate waters filled with landmines and torpedoes and those firing the torpedoes claim to be Americans. God bless this man. ~ FromSeaToShiningSea

    That’s a good a place as any to elevate the discussion, review the historic nature of the participants, and comprehend the dynamics behind: Manhattan -vs- Queens; Global finance -vs- National interests; Wall Street -vs- Main Street; and ultimately Gary Cohn -vs- Donald Trump.


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    I’m not going to go through the history of Donald Trump’s ambition to head into Manhattan as a property developer and the warnings from his Father Fred Trump about leaving Queens to engage with the sharks; the “killers”; most readers have some familiarity with the story.

    Suffice to say the young man who grew up picking up good nails on job sites while learning the value of a dollar, decided he would cross boroughs into the most Machiavellian cut-throat and dangerous real-estate in the world, and conquer the killers. He decided to prove his merit in the brutal world, amid the most brutal people, in a place where survival meant crushing your opposition before they crushed you. Against all odds and adversity Trump scrapped, ascended and finally conquered.

    Why does that matter now?

    The answer is simple really. The same elemental forces Donald Trump fought and defeated for three or four decades, carry the same principle opposition today. The difference is the scale is much larger, the opposition even bigger, and the consequences far greater.

    Wall Street -vs- Main Street doesn’t even begin to accurately assign the scope of current opposition. Wall St. -vs- Main St was the appropriate context to understand the 2016 presidential election. However, the election is over, Trump won. Now President Trump is engaged in an epic economic battle between ‘Global Multinational Financial Interests’ -vs- ‘America-First Economic Interests’.

    Gary Cohn was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Goldman Sachs for eleven years prior to joining President Trump as Chief Economic Advisor. Gary Cohn is a financial apex predator amid a closed circle of well known multinational apex predators.

    [Why Cohn joined Trump, is a weird dynamic, but at it’s core there’s a dichotomy few have noted. Apex financial Cohn came out of a blue collar pool within U.S. Steel, a Main Street enterprise. Additionally, Cohn’s last twenty years of Wall Street experience shifted him onto a unique and specific track to be the top candidate for Chairman of the Federal Reserve (after Yellen).]

    President Trump has been thinking about the cancer within the globalist advancement for about the same length of time Cohn was ascending amid the global financial elite. Review interviews from 1980’s, congressional testimony from 1990’s, all the way through Trump’s 2015 announcement to run for President and you’ll see the exact same perspectives repeated for three decades. In short, Trump knows the problem – and he’s obviously been thinking about how to deal with it for a long time.

    Obviously ‘dealing with it‘ means confronting the predators within the systems of greatest familiarity to Gary Cohn; not only confronting them, but deconstructing much of their enmeshed and globalist high-finance structures. Candidate Trump knew President Trump was going to be disrupting a financial system – that carries risks of economic failure if not handled carefully.

    That’s where the value of Gary Cohn comes in. Cohn represents a stabilizing and known commodity amid the apex predators who President Trump would be confronting. Trump needed to keep the financial system satiated and stable while creating the underlying architecture of the America-First economy. Trump’s economic policies benefit Main Street over Wall Street and reverse three decades of Wall Street favoritism by DC fiscal policy.

    President Trump needed, and needs, a steady overall financial system while the economic policy shift is taking place. Having Cohn on board while the economic shift is happening keeps the people within the system from reacting too heavily to the shifts. That’s Cohn’s value to Trump.

    President Trump’s value to Gary Cohn, and those of like-minded association, comes from their anticipation of a smooth transition in Federal Reserve Chairmanship. However, much like Trump’s approach to conquering Manhattan – he’s also intent on severely, and yet subtlety, changing the geography of the predators themselves. This truism is unmistakable when you look at current economic path and the way-points already passed. Things are definitively changing, bit by planned and sequential bit.

    Within the circle of key Donald Trump America-First economic principals you find Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. These two people are critical for President Trump as trade and finance act in concert with the larger America-First policy. Ross and Mnuchin are to economic policy as Mattis and Tillerson are to foreign policy.

    Additionally, people who think that President Trump is likely swayed by the influence of Gary Cohn should have noticed something recently that would put those fears to rest. However, I totally understand why most would miss it – the media never shares it.

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    Think of the social circle of Gary Cohn, and the current business network of Mr. Cohn, against the backdrop of his being President and Chief Operating Officer of Goldman Sachs for the past 11 years. Put yourself in his shoes for the next few paragraphs.

    ♦Three months ago Goldman Sachs purchased almost $3 billion in bonds from Venezuela state owned national oil company Petróleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA. At a discount rate of .30 on the dollar. Goldman Sachs joined other PDVSA multinational bond holders like BlackRock, T. Rowe Price, Fidelity, JPMorgan Chase and Ashmore.

    These are massive multinational banking and financial players. However, even for Goldman Sachs a three billion bond purchase is a big stake in PDVSA.

    ♦Now, – What did President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin do yesterday? President Trump dropped and executive order MOAB on PDVSA.

    (Via LA Times) The Trump administration on Friday slapped sweeping financial sanctions on Venezuela, barring banks from any new financial deals with the government or state-run oil giant PDVSA.

    […] The new actions prohibit dealings in new debt and equity issued by the government of Venezuela and its state oil company. It also prohibits dealings in certain existing bonds owned by the Venezuelan public sector, as well as dividend payments to the government of Venezuela. (read more)

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    (Via AP) The fourth round of sanctions announced by the Trump administration is the strongest yet. They prohibit U.S. financial institutions from engaging in any new financial deals with the Venezuelan government or state-run oil company PDVSA.

    This includes any transactions involving new debt or equity issued by the Venezuelan government or PDVSA. It also bans PDVSA’s American subsidiary, Citgo, from sending dividends back to Venezuela as well as the trading of two bonds recently issued by Maduro’s government to circumvent the growing financial stranglehold.

    […] The sanctions will make it harder and costlier for Venezuela to scrounge up badly needed financing, raising the possibility that it will have to stop payment on its ballooning foreign debt. The government and PDVSA have about $4 billion in debt payments coming due before the end of the year but only $9.7 billion in international reserves on hand, the vast majority consisting of gold ingots that are hard to trade immediately for cash.

    So far Venezuela has shown itself to be a reliable borrower, prioritizing bond payments to foreign lenders even while Venezuelans suffer widespread food and medicine shortages. It also has options in allies Russia and China. In the past both have stepped in to fill financial holes, albeit under increasingly exacting terms requiring Venezuela to put up part of the world’s biggest oil reserves and even a 49 percent stake in Citgo as collateral. (more)

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    How are all those multinational bond holders going to get their PDVSA bond returns back if the Venezuela government can’t issue additional new bonds or engage in new financial deals on behalf of its state run oil enterprise?

    President Trump and Secretary Mnuchin have just increased the risk to all of the Venezuela bond holders. As SayIt2016 Rightly Explains:

    […] All of the holders of these bonds are now dependent on the deal that President Trump strikes with Venezuela. They literally are at his mercy. BlackRock, T. Rowe Price, Fidelity, JPMorgan Chase and Ashmore etc., as well as other countries that hold these bonds as well.

    President Trump could identify all of the entities and the total amount of exposure they have on their bonds (dollar wise) whether it be Private holders, Security holders or Gov holders that hold these bonds and determine what their business product or areas of influence are.

    The one holding all of the cards (TRUMP) gets to make the rules. They want something tangible from Trump, well he might want something tangible from them. Trump gets what he wants or they do not get what they want; either way the US wins.

    Yep. You see President Trump is not afraid to engage those multinational financial predators and/or make their paper finances worth-less, or worthless if need be. He’s not beholden to them or anyone else. Trump, Mnuchin and Ross are fearlessly engaged on America First and focused like a laser on achieving that objective.


    Now think about Economic Advisor Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs COO and current personal friend of Lloyd Blankfein CEO of Goldman Sachs, sitting in the room with President Trump and Secretary Mnuchin on Wednesday and Thursday while hearing about the upcoming sanctions against Venezuela and PDVSA that Trump was going to deliver via Executive Order, and announce on Friday. Oh, and Gary Cohn can’t say a word about it to anyone outside of the room.

    If that’s not a prime example of how President Trump, Mnuchin and Ross are going about the business of America-First and Gary Cohn being completely irrelevant on the actions and policies, I don’t know a better current example to provide you.

    Those Wall Street and Multinational interests that everyone rightly reviews through the prism of globalist advancement are being confronted and dismantled as part of the larger America First economic policy. Gary Cohn has a useful purpose in that his presence settles the nerves of Trump’s domestic economic adversaries, but Cohn’s presence doesn’t change the policy direction of America First at all.

    Those who hold an adverse interest position to Trump’s America really didn’t think he was serious about this MAGA economic plan. Like all other times in the history of Donald Trump his opposition has completely underestimated him; but what they are really underestimating is his will.

    In the battle of Queens -vs- Manhattan, Main Street -vs- Wall Street, Nationalism -vs- Globalism, or Trump -vs- Cohn…

    …. just like Donald Trump did before, he’s winning.

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    Trump needs to be taking it to the people every week, every week. That is his only hope. Right now I believe he is very concerned with the 'mule guy'... Mehuler(sp) and him taking down his family and him. Granted the Russian thing is dead, but the financial stuff will be costly and detracting to all those around him. End it Donald, fire the special investigator and take the heat from the controllers. The people need you to do something like that otherwise they are crawling back into their holes and your re-election hopes (if he has any) are toast.
     
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    That's why I posted the WTF smilie with the link.
     
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    There is no story, it's fake news. The story above it about Trump and Cohen explains it.

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    Economic focus on Main Street instead of Wall Street. The Fed and a whole generation of pundits have no idea how to interpret this:

    Washington Times: Fed Policy Powerless to Influence Inflation…
    Posted on August 27, 2017 by sundance

    In 2015 we discussed candidate Trump’s economic positions and how they would impact the economy. CTH anticipated that MAGAnomics would be reversing three decades of federal reserve fiscal policy. After about a year of analysis and discussion, in 2016 CTH presented a theory: “A new Dimension in Modern Economics“.

    CTH shared a possibility of what could happen if Trump Economic Policy was shifted to favor Main Street over Wall Street. One aspect we presented was how Federal Reserve monetary policy would be oddly disconnected from its ability to influence inflation.

    Washington Times today:

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    (Article Link)

    While the issues inherent within economic influences can be riddled with complexity, we remain optimistic that MAGAnomics will be very very successful.


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    2016 […] Understanding the distance between the real Main Street economic engine and the false Wall Street economic engine will help all of us to understand the scope of an upcoming economic lag; which, rather remarkably I would add, is a very interesting dynamic.

    Think about these engines doing a turn about and beginning a rapid reverse. GDP can, and in my opinion, will, expand quickly. However, any interest rate hikes (fiscal policy) intended to cool down that expansion -fearful of inflation- will take a long time to traverse the divide.

    Additionally, inflation on durable goods will be insignificant – even as international trade agreements are renegotiated. Why? Simply because the originating nations of those products are going to go through the same type of economic detachment described above.

    Those global manufacturing economies will first respond to any increases in export costs (tariffs etc.), by driving their own productivity higher as an initial offset, in the same manner American workers went through in the past two decades. The manufacturing enterprise and the financial sector remain focused on the pricing.

    ♦ Inflation on imported durable goods sold in America, while necessary, will ultimately be minimal during this initial period; and expand more significantly as time progresses and off-shored manufacturing finds less and less ways to be productive. Over time, durable good prices will increase – but it will come much later.

    ♦ Inflation on domestic consumable goods ‘may‘ indeed rise at a faster pace. However, it can be expected that U.S. wage rates will respond faster, naturally faster, than any fiscal policy influence because inflation on fast-turn consumable goods becomes re-coupled to the ability of wage rates to afford them.

    The fiscal policy impact lag, caused by the distance between federal fiscal action and the domestic Main Street economy, will now work in our favor. That is, in favor of the middle-class. (full outline)

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    ♦The Modern Third Dimension in American Economics – HERE

    ♦The “Fed” Can’t Figure out the New Economics – HERE

    ♦Proof “America-First” has disconnected Main Street from Wall Street – HERE

    ♦Treasury Secretary Mnuchin begins creating a Parallel Banking System – HERE

    ♦How Trump Economic Policy is Interacting With The Stock Market – HERE

    ♦How Multinationals have Exported U.S. Wealth – HERE



    https://theconservativetreehouse.co...-fed-policy-powerless-to-influence-inflation/
     
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    China Recommits To U.N. Sanctions Against North Korea…
    Posted on August 30, 2017 by sundance

    Things are going swimmingly, strategically, seemingly according to plan. When the full measure of history allows time to review, observers will note the strategic victory was achieved on August 5th, 2017; that’s the original date when Russia and China agreed to the U.N. Security Council sanctions against North Korea. That first, historic, Russia and China U.N. Security Council vote against North Korea came as a result of eight months of assembled economic leverage created by President Donald Trump.

    As a result of this ongoing strategy, every time North Korea’s Kim Jong-un takes an action, President Trump hits China’s Xi Jinping with an additional economic squeeze. As Beijing feels the squeeze, they tell Kim Jong-un to act. Every time Kim Jong-un acts, President Trump squeezes Beijing with more economic pressure. Wash-Rinse-Repeat.

    Communist Beijing has boxed themselves into this inescapable cycle. The only way out of the box is to concede and lay the DPRK defeat at the feet of Kim Jong-un. The conceding will evidence itself when Beijing inevitably calls for ‘Six Party Talks‘.


    Today:

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    (Via Associated Press) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says his country will “fully and completely” abide by U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions on North Korea.

    Wang told reporters Wednesday China would work with other members of the council on how best to react to North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday.

    He says, “We will make a necessary response.”


    While acknowledging long-standing ties between the Pyongyang and Beijing, Wang says China was compelled to act to guard against further instability. China accounts for around 90 percent of North Korea’s foreign trade and has provided limited diplomatic cover for its actions, despite growing increasingly frustrated at continued provocations.

    The latest sanctions hit Chinese businesses hard by way of a ban on North Korean exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood products, together worth over $1 billion for a country with total exports valued at just $3 billion last year. (link)

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    REMINDER Looking at the geopolitical landscape, and the known and identified calendar of upcoming events, we discover a likely Trump Administration timeline to achieve their goal:

    ♦We know President Trump is planning to attend an ASEAN meeting in November.

    ♦We also know that President Trump is planning to visit China later this year. Most likely that trip will be part of the ASEAN engagement.

    So it makes sense that President Trump would like to conclude the outline of the economic diplomacy by the time of the ASEAN and China visit – such that: A.) President Trump can outline the agreement and stroke the panda’s ego on his turf; and B.) President Xi Jinping can announce his magnanimous victory on behalf of great Panda’s incredible achievement in providing great security to the world.

    ::::smiling:::::

    Yup.

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    Meanwhile, just prior to the ASEAN/China meetup, President Trump’s secret weapon, Ivanka, who happens to be the most beloved American in China, is deployed to India to capture the world’s attention with Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs.

    Prime Minister Modi is the “Trump Card” in the geopolitical economic gamesmanship. China is currently at odds with India’s rise to economic power; Bollywood is very hot in the U.S. right now; and a warm Modi – Trump economic relationship is a foil against China’s heavy-handed extortion of their economic partners.

    Those who doubt Trump’s strategic economic approach with India only need to look at how the U.S. has given Pakistan the responsibility to bring tribal extremists in Afghanistan to the table of negotiation. China and Pakistan are allied via massive Chinese investment, while the U.S. has now allied in common principle with India who is invested in Afghanistan.

    Whoopsie sounds like the makings of a fork in China’s One Road/One Belt plan.

    Strategery.

    ::::still smiling::::

    Again, President Trump holds all the economic cards. Just look at what he did to neuter Russia’s economy when everyone was paying attention to the bouncing laser dot on the wall. The American and Western media missed it, but President Trump moved the entire geopolitical world via a strategic energy platform.

    Sip this next paragraph slowly to enjoy:

    From OPEC (Saudi Summit) to the EU and Baltic States (Poland Pre-G20); to North African energy development via President Macron (Libya and Mali); to walking away from the Paris Climate agreement; to discussions with Theresa May on a bilateral trade deal; to massive shipments of coal to U.K. and France; to closing a deal to deliver Ireland massive amounts of Texas LNG; to our own internal U.S. energy production policy with pipelines, Oil, Coal and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) etc.

    President Trump used all of those “allied” relationships to lower global energy prices.

    The bigger part of the ‘big-missed-picture‘ was how that energy strategy impacted the economies of adversaries like Russia and Iran and simultaneously supported the larger America-First economic and geopolitical space.

    Obviously President Trump thinks seriously long-term, and really BIG picture.

    President Trump thinks so far out in front of his opposition and detractors they genuinely cannot fathom the sequential logic behind the day-to-day granular activity. Thinking this way is what caught China off-guard. They did not anticipate the scope of the geopolitical economic squeeze –OUTLINED HERE– that President Trump could initiate.

    Yes, in large part this is what makes President Trump so enjoyable to watch politically. Just like the American media, our international adversaries and competitors have no reference point for a U.S. President that is entirely independent from influence. They continue to underestimate his effectiveness and ability to impact them economically.

    ::::Yup, smiling::::

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    So we can safely predict that sometime in late fall, most likely before the ASEAN visit timeline in November, President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be engaged in a new round of Six Party Talks, initiated by request of the increasingly desperate China.

    China will structure the DPRK talking points, the “terms”, to set up the meetings. This is part of how China is allowed to save face and sets up the magnanimous Panda narrative.

    The six party talks will essentially be a modern Marshall Plan of sorts for the DPRK and Southeast Asia. Geopolitical allies Japan, South Korea, and The United States -vs- China, Russia and North Korea. All six nations will enter into a set of negotiations publicly soldas engaging in diplomacy, deconflicting Southeast Asia, and reducing tension.

    Eventually President Trump (or T-Rex) will sit on the Beijing patio complimenting Xi Jinping (or deputy), and Russian, Japanese and South Korean emissaries.

    Meanwhile, in the conference room, Secretary Wilbur Ross, USTR Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will play the role of Willy Wonka handing out the golden economic tickets to the representatives who all line up with their requests.

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    President Trump’s golf partner, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will already have his ticket, but he’ll play along. The real negotiations that matter will be between the U.S. Russia and China. Russia’s angle will be negotiating for higher regional energy prices to get their GDP growing again. China’s priority will be economic, with tough trade discussion as they negotiate to retain as much of the $320 billion U.S. trade surplus as possible and retain their one-road/one-belt initiative.

    The end result will be Kim Jong-un giving up his nuclear ambitions for good; a group of nations promising economic assistance (size TBD), and some official enterprise of ASEAN partners enters as an agency to oversee nuclear compliance under carefully negotiated terms. Big Panda (Xi Jinping) promises the world to be the magnanimous insurance policy therein. Everything between now and that outcome is optically chaff and countermeasures.

    That’s essentially the way the economic and national security future looks today.

    Then again, it might get brighter.

    After all, this is President Donald Trump we’re talking about.

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    Nolte: Texans Don’t Want Empathy, They Want the Help Trump Has So Far Delivered

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    The Associated Press

    by JOHN NOLTE30 Aug 20172,270

    One of the biggest mistakes a person can make is forgetting that not everyone in the world thinks the way they do. This is especially true for the left-wing pajama boys who infest the establishment media and Republican party. How else to explain this breathtakingly stupid narrative against President Trump over his supposed lack of empathy for the people suffering in Texas under the oppression of Hurricane Harvey?

    To no one’s surprise, one of the primary pipe organs complaining about this lack of sweet feelz, is the fake news factory we call CNN. Looking tweedy and exactly like someone eager to discuss ObamaCare on Christmas morning over a cup of hot cocoa, CNN’s Jeff Zeleny moaned that he has seen, “Very little in terms of empathy from this president. Very little in terms of emotion or talking directly to the people of Texas.”

    And yes, this is the same Jeff Zeleny who once asked President Obama to tell the world about what most “enchants” him.

    Things were not any better over at Fox News, where former-Bush 43 press secretary Ari Fleischer all but bit his lip to express his dismay over Trump’s lack of the sweet feelz, “There was something missing from what President Trump said, that’s the empathy for the people who suffer.”


    I cannot think of a better rebuttal to all of this metrosexual nonsense than this heroic woman‘s response to CNN’s oh-so empathetic questioning:

    Like people are really breaking down, and you are all sitting here with cameras and microphones trying to ask us what the fuck is wrong with us. And you really trying to understand with the microphone still in my face with me shivering cold, with my kids wet and you are still putting a microphone in my face.

    That woman is not looking for empathy, she is looking for some help — right now — in solving her immediate problems. And Trump is showing his empathy through action, by doing everything in his power to solve those immediate problems.

    While I have never been in a natural disaster, like most people, I have certainly lived through my share of crises, and the last thing you are looking for in the middle of a crisis is something as utterly useless and symbolic as empathy — especially from a stranger. If my house is underwater, if my kids don’t know where they are going to sleep, if everything I have ever worked for is about to be washed away into the Gulf of Mexico, I don’t want your stupid feelz, your squeezing of my shoulder, your words. What I do want is action, competence, a plan, and a way out of this.

    And that is exactly what Trump has so far delivered.

    Let me put it this way…

    Under Trump’s leadership, the federal government is so far doing such a good job, all our useless media has to bellyache over is feelz and shoes.


    Yes, there is still plenty of time for Trump to screw up. We are talking about the federal government here. But so far the president has done a superb job, has done exactly what I would want my president to do in a horrific crisis — which is to get the gears turning, the money flowing, and the boots on the ground necessary to give me my life back.

    Something else Trump has done that is so much more important than biting his lip, is to express his confidence in Texans. Instead of making this tragedy all about him with phony tears, in what is almost certain to be THE iconic political moment of Harvey, Trump climbed a ladder, hoisted the Texas flag, and announce that “Texas can handle anything!”

    Oh. Hell. Yes.


    If I need it, the only people I want empathy from are friends and loved ones. From doctors, all I want is professionalism and a game plan. From first responders, all I want are the jaws of life. From presidents, all I want is the red tape hit with a flamethrower. From the media, all I want is their demise.

    Granted, I’m not a Texan but I have adopted the South as my home, and down here we get all the emotional support we need from kin and neighbors. Everyone else just needs to do their damn job, and right now Trump is showing just how much he cares by doing the best job anyone could ask for.

    Follow John Nolte on Twitter @NolteNC. Follow his Facebook Page here.
     
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    Commentary: A Win for Trump’s Gas Diplomacy

    August 31, 2017 by Reuters

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    Loading of the first commissioning cargo at the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal in February 2016. File photo: Cheniere Energy

    By Agnia Grigas Aug 30 (Reuters) – Last week, American liquefied natural gas (LNG) made its way to the somewhat unlikely market of Lithuania. The former Soviet republic traditionally bought its gas from Russian state company Gazprom; this was its first shipment from the United States. For President Donald Trump, that must have been a gratifying sign of the success of his administration’s nascent energy diplomacy.

    The U.S. became the world’s largest producer of natural gas around 2011, overtaking its long-time competitor Russia and starting to rival Saudi Arabia in oil production. This was made possible by the shale revolution – the breakthrough of hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking,” that could split rock formations below ground and boost the extraction of oil and gas resources from shale rock formations. Environmentalists oppose LNG exports on the grounds that methane leakage from fracking can make natural gas as harmful to the climate as coal and that the LNG trade involves the energy-intensive measures of freezing gas, shipping it across oceans, and then regassifying – a process that further increases the carbon footprint.

    It was the Obama administration that lifted longstanding U.S. restrictions on oil exports and started exporting LNG, but it is Trump who has been able to claim political capital out of the boost in trade. The sector offers the U.S. president bragging rights at home by providing jobs and rising export revenues. With Exxon Mobil’s former CEO, Rex Tillerson, as secretary of state, it is also no surprise that LNG exports are emerging as Trump’s preferred strategy for strengthening relations with Europe and Asia.

    In June, Energy Secretary Rick Perry articulated a strategy of “energy dominance” that takes advantage of America’s energy production not only to improve national energy security but also to expand the country’s influence abroad. As Perry explained: “An energy-dominant America will export to markets around the world, increasing our global leadership and our influence.”

    The United States is expected to emerge as the world’s third-leading LNG exporter by 2020, behind Australia and Qatar. That will cement its status as a new energy superpower, a position that can help Washington support its allies – many of whom are dependent on energy imports – and win over new friends, like rising energy consumers in Asia, while reining in foes such as energy-exporter Russia.

    Energy-hungry China is emerging as possibly the most important market for the United States. U.S. energy company and leading LNG exporter Cheniere has been selling to China since 2016 and in May Trump struck a deal with China that made it easier for Chinese companies to buy LNG directly from U.S. suppliers. Trump administration officials like Perry and Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, have both claimed that LNG exports to China and Japan can narrow America’s trade deficit with each country. Indeed LNG trade was on the agenda of discussions in the first meeting of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Trump early this year.

    Trump similarly praised the delivery of American LNG to South Korea during the visit of South Korean President Moon Jae-in to the White House this June. A close ally of the United States, energy-poor South Korea has long depended on LNG imports from Qatar and Indonesia to meet its energy needs.

    Trump also raised U.S. LNG exports as a potential means to reduce America’s trade deficit with India during his first meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June. India is the fourth largest importer of LNG in the world and one whose gas demand is only expected to rise. Until recently it largely relied on imports from Qatar, though U.S. LNG started making its way to India last year.

    The Asian markets hold promise for the U.S. overall, but could also foster competition with Moscow, which has been planning to build gas pipelines and/or boost LNG deliveries to China, Japan, Korea, and India.

    In Europe, Washington’s ability to offer an alternative supply has finally provided its allies with a substitute to Russian gas. American LNG started going to Spain, Portugal, and the United Kingdom in 2016, but few expected this gas to enter the Central and Eastern European markets dominated by Gazprom.

    Nonetheless, Cheniere launched its inaugural delivery of LNG to Poland in June. During his visit to Poland the following month, Trump reiterated the implications of this delivery: “We are committed to securing your access to alternate sources of energy, so Poland and its neighbors are never held hostage to a single supplier of energy,” he said.

    While reducing Gazprom’s dominance is part of Washington’s long-standing agenda, the Trump administration is the first to explicitly link the trinity of diplomacy, LNG trade, and national economic interests in Europe, Asia, and beyond. However, U.S. officials should be wary of implying that Washington’s LNG diplomacy is centered on making America’s friends buy gas to prove their loyalty. It’s already in Washington’s economic interests to support its allies’ energy security. There is no need for the White House to belabor the point. (Reporting by Agnia Grigas)

    (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2017.

    http://gcaptain.com/commentary-win-trumps-gas-diplomacy/
     
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    Lots of Love In Texas – President Trump Visits Houston Harvey Relief Center…
    Posted on September 2, 2017 by sundance

    President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited Houston’t NRG Center, a 700,000 sq foot facility that is now serving the largest emergency shelter in the area.

    President Trump and Melania met local Texans who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, together they passed out food, hugged families, and kissed and played with children at Houston’s NRG Center.


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    President Trump stayed clear of the disaster zone earlier this week, saying he did not want to hamper rescue efforts. Instead, he met with Cabinet members, state and local leaders and first responders in the state capital Austin and Corpus Christi, where Harvey first hit, focusing on the logistics of the government response.


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    Trump Vindicated: Report Says Obama Government Wiretapped Trump Campaign

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    by KRISTINA WONG18 Sep 201724,263

    U.S. investigators wiretapped President Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to a report by CNN that vindicates the president’s earlier claims, which were mocked as a conspiracy theory.

    President Trump had tweeted on March 4: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”


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    Breitbart News editor Joel Pollak had reported the day before Trump’s tweet that the Obama administration “sought, and eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign: continued monitoring the Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found.”

    Trump’s claim, and Breitbart News’s report, were mocked as a conspiracy theory, and other news outlets reported that there was no basis to the claims.

    CNN itself at the time called the idea that Trump was wiretapped “incendiary.”


    But a report Monday evening said U.S. investigators obtained a surveillance warrant on Manafort from a secret court and had monitored him before and after the election, including a “period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.”

    The report said the secret court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act had authorized a surveillance warrant against Manafort for an investigation that began in 2014, looking into his firm, the Podesta Group, and another firm’s lobbying work for Ukraine’s pro-Russian former ruling party.

    “The surveillance was discontinued at some point last year for lack of evidence,” a source told CNN.

    However, the FBI then restarted the surveillance after obtaining a new FISA warrant that extended early into this year. The report notably does not say when the new warrant was obtained. Manafort joined the Trump campaign as its chairman in May 2016.

    The new warrant was “part of the FBI’s efforts to investigate ties between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives,” according to the report.

    The report notes, “such warrants require the approval of top Justice Department and FBI officials” — but doesn’t specify which top Justice Department and FBI officials had approved it.

    Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former FBI Director James Comey were leading the agencies, respectively, at the time.

    The report said the first warrant had already expired when Manafort had become the chairman in May. Before he left in August, FBI investigators “noticed what counterintelligence agents thought was a series of odd connections between Trump associates in Russia.”

    A some point, the FBI obtained the new FISA warrant and began monitoring Manafort again — who has a residence in Trump Tower. The story said it’s “unclear” whether the FBI surveillance took place there.

    The Justice Department and the FBI denied that Trump was being wiretapped.

    Comey later in March disputed Trump’s claims — in testimony that lawmakers could now find misleading.

    He told the House intelligence committee, “With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI.”

    The New York Times also reported that Comey had said Trump’s claim was false, and that he had asked the Justice Department to publicly reject it, according to the BBC.

    James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, also told Congress that intelligence agencies did not wiretap Trump, nor did the FBI obtain a court order to monitor Trump’s phones, according to the BBC report.

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    President Trump just gave the best speech of his Presidential career and the best speech the UN has ever heard.
    It was so spot on and balls to the wall the fucking communist geldings at the UN sat there in stunned silence.

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    BOOM! Trump Slams Socialism At UN General Assembly — Member States Silent! (VIDEO)
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    President Trump slammed the Venezuelan Socialist Regime at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
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    President Donald Trump: The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. (long pause) From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venuzela, wherever socialism or communism has been adopted it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.

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    Transcript of President Donald Trump Speech To U.N. General Assembly…
    Posted on September 19, 2017 by sundance

    […] The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all.

    Now we are calling for a great reawakening of nations, for the revival of their spirits, their pride, their people, and their patriotism. ~ U.S. President Donald J Trump

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    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates: Welcome to New York. It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world.

    As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that have struck our country, I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to every leader in this room who has offered assistance and aid. The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before.

    Fortunately, the United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8th. The stock market is at an all-time high — a record. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and other reforms, we have more people working in the United States today than ever before. Companies are moving back, creating job growth the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time. And it has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense.


    Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been. For more than 70 years, in times of war and peace, the leaders of nations, movements, and religions have stood before this assembly. Like them, I intend to address some of the very serious threats before us today but also the enormous potential waiting to be unleashed.

    We live in a time of extraordinary opportunity. Breakthroughs in science, technology, and medicine are curing illnesses and solving problems that prior generations thought impossible to solve.

    But each day also brings news of growing dangers that threaten everything we cherish and value. Terrorists and extremists have gathered strength and spread to every region of the planet. Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terrorists but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.

    Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances that prevented conflict and tilted the world toward freedom since World War II.

    International criminal networks traffic drugs, weapons, people; force dislocation and mass migration; threaten our borders; and new forms of aggression exploit technology to menace our citizens.

    To put it simply, we meet at a time of both of immense promise and great peril. It is entirely up to us whether we lift the world to new heights, or let it fall into a valley of disrepair.

    We have it in our power, should we so choose, to lift millions from poverty, to help our citizens realize their dreams, and to ensure that new generations of children are raised free from violence, hatred, and fear.

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    This institution was founded in the aftermath of two world wars to help shape this better future. It was based on the vision that diverse nations could cooperate to protect their sovereignty, preserve their security, and promote their prosperity.

    It was in the same period, exactly 70 years ago, that the United States developed the Marshall Plan to help restore Europe. Those three beautiful pillars — they’re pillars of peace, sovereignty, security, and prosperity.

    The Marshall Plan was built on the noble idea that the whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent, and free. As President Truman said in his message to Congress at that time, “Our support of European recovery is in full accord with our support of the United Nations. The success of the United Nations depends upon the independent strength of its members.”

    To overcome the perils of the present and to achieve the promise of the future, we must begin with the wisdom of the past. Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty to promote security, prosperity, and peace for themselves and for the world.

    We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government. But we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties: to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation. This is the beautiful vision of this institution, and this is foundation for cooperation and success.

    Strong, sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect.

    Strong, sovereign nations let their people take ownership of the future and control their own destiny. And strong, sovereign nations allow individuals to flourish in the fullness of the life intended by God.

    In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch. This week gives our country a special reason to take pride in that example. We are celebrating the 230th anniversary of our beloved Constitution — the oldest constitution still in use in the world today.

    This timeless document has been the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom for the Americans and for countless millions around the globe whose own countries have found inspiration in its respect for human nature, human dignity, and the rule of law.

    The greatest in the United States Constitution is its first three beautiful words. They are: “We the people.”

    Generations of Americans have sacrificed to maintain the promise of those words, the promise of our country, and of our great history. In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign. I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people, where it belongs.

    In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty. Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.

    As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first. (Applause.)

    All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition.

    But making a better life for our people also requires us to work together in close harmony and unity to create a more safe and peaceful future for all people.

    The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return. As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else.

    But in fulfilling our obligations to our own nations, we also realize that it’s in everyone’s interest to seek a future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous, and secure.

    America does more than speak for the values expressed in the United Nations Charter. Our citizens have paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and the freedom of many nations represented in this great hall. America’s devotion is measured on the battlefields where our young men and women have fought and sacrificed alongside of our allies, from the beaches of Europe to the deserts of the Middle East to the jungles of Asia.

    It is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerged victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion, or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others. Instead, we helped build institutions such as this one to defend the sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all.

    For the diverse nations of the world, this is our hope. We want harmony and friendship, not conflict and strife. We are guided by outcomes, not ideology. We have a policy of principled realism, rooted in shared goals, interests, and values.

    That realism forces us to confront a question facing every leader and nation in this room. It is a question we cannot escape or avoid. We will slide down the path of complacency, numb to the challenges, threats, and even wars that we face. Or do we have enough strength and pride to confront those dangers today, so that our citizens can enjoy peace and prosperity tomorrow?

    If we desire to lift up our citizens, if we aspire to the approval of history, then we must fulfill our sovereign duties to the people we faithfully represent. We must protect our nations, their interests, and their futures. We must reject threats to sovereignty, from the Ukraine to the South China Sea. We must uphold respect for law, respect for borders, and respect for culture, and the peaceful engagement these allow. And just as the founders of this body intended, we must work together and confront together those who threaten us with chaos, turmoil, and terror.

    The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based. They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries.

    If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.

    No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the wellbeing of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, and for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more.

    We were all witness to the regime’s deadly abuse when an innocent American college student, Otto Warmbier, was returned to America only to die a few days later. We saw it in the assassination of the dictator’s brother using banned nerve agents in an international airport. We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea’s spies.

    If this is not twisted enough, now North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.

    It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict. No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.

    The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do.

    It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future. The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council. Thank you to all involved.

    But we must do much more. It is time for all nations to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior.

    We face this decision not only in North Korea. It is far past time for the nations of the world to confront another reckless regime — one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.

    The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. The longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are, in fact, its own people.

    Rather than use its resources to improve Iranian lives, its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors. This wealth, which rightly belongs to Iran’s people, also goes to shore up Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship, fuel Yemen’s civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East.

    We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program. (Applause.) The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it — believe me.

    It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction. It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained. And above all, Iran’s government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors.

    The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most. This is what causes the regime to restrict Internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protestors, and imprison political reformers.

    Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice. Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed, and terror? Or will the Iranian people return to the nation’s proud roots as a center of civilization, culture, and wealth where their people can be happy and prosperous once again?

    The Iranian regime’s support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its financing.

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    In Saudi Arabia early last year, I was greatly honored to address the leaders of more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations. We agreed that all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and the Islamist extremism that inspires them.

    We will stop radical Islamic terrorism because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation, and indeed to tear up the entire world.

    We must deny the terrorists safe haven, transit, funding, and any form of support for their vile and sinister ideology. We must drive them out of our nations. It is time to expose and hold responsible those countries who support and finance terror groups like al Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban and others that slaughter innocent people.

    The United States and our allies are working together throughout the Middle East to crush the loser terrorists and stop the reemergence of safe havens they use to launch attacks on all of our people.

    Last month, I announced a new strategy for victory in the fight against this evil in Afghanistan. From now on, our security interests will dictate the length and scope of military operations, not arbitrary benchmarks and timetables set up by politicians.

    I have also totally changed the rules of engagement in our fight against the Taliban and other terrorist groups. In Syria and Iraq, we have made big gains toward lasting defeat of ISIS. In fact, our country has achieved more against ISIS in the last eight months than it has in many, many years combined.

    We seek the de-escalation of the Syrian conflict, and a political solution that honors the will of the Syrian people. The actions of the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad, including the use of chemical weapons against his own citizens — even innocent children — shock the conscience of every decent person. No society can be safe if banned chemical weapons are allowed to spread. That is why the United States carried out a missile strike on the airbase that launched the attack.

    We appreciate the efforts of United Nations agencies that are providing vital humanitarian assistance in areas liberated from ISIS, and we especially thank Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees from the Syrian conflict.

    The United States is a compassionate nation and has spent billions and billions of dollars in helping to support this effort. We seek an approach to refugee resettlement that is designed to help these horribly treated people, and which enables their eventual return to their home countries, to be part of the rebuilding process.

    For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region. Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region, and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. This is the safe, responsible, and humanitarian approach.

    For decades, the United States has dealt with migration challenges here in the Western Hemisphere. We have learned that, over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries.

    For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform, and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms.

    For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are borne overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.

    I want to salute the work of the United Nations in seeking to address the problems that cause people to flee from their homes. The United Nations and African Union led peacekeeping missions to have invaluable contributions in stabilizing conflicts in Africa. The United States continues to lead the world in humanitarian assistance, including famine prevention and relief in South Sudan, Somalia, and northern Nigeria and Yemen.

    We have invested in better health and opportunity all over the world through programs like PEPFAR, which funds AIDS relief; the President’s Malaria Initiative; the Global Health Security Agenda; the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery; and the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, part of our commitment to empowering women all across the globe.

    We also thank — (applause) — we also thank the Secretary General for recognizing that the United Nations must reform if it is to be an effective partner in confronting threats to sovereignty, security, and prosperity. Too often the focus of this organization has not been on results, but on bureaucracy and process.

    In some cases, states that seek to subvert this institution’s noble aims have hijacked the very systems that are supposed to advance them. For example, it is a massive source of embarrassment to the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the U.N. Human Rights Council.

    The United States is one out of 193 countries in the United Nations, and yet we pay 22 percent of the entire budget and more. In fact, we pay far more than anybody realizes. The United States bears an unfair cost burden, but, to be fair, if it could actually accomplish all of its stated goals, especially the goal of peace, this investment would easily be well worth it.

    Major portions of the world are in conflict and some, in fact, are going to hell. But the powerful people in this room, under the guidance and auspices of the United Nations, can solve many of these vicious and complex problems.

    The American people hope that one day soon the United Nations can be a much more accountable and effective advocate for human dignity and freedom around the world. In the meantime, we believe that no nation should have to bear a disproportionate share of the burden, militarily or financially. Nations of the world must take a greater role in promoting secure and prosperous societies in their own regions.

    That is why in the Western Hemisphere, the United States has stood against the corrupt and destabilizing regime in Cuba and embraced the enduring dream of the Cuban people to live in freedom. My administration recently announced that we will not lift sanctions on the Cuban government until it makes fundamental reforms.

    We have also imposed tough, calibrated sanctions on the socialist Maduro regime in Venezuela, which has brought a once thriving nation to the brink of total collapse.

    The socialist dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country. This corrupt regime destroyed a prosperous nation by imposing a failed ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried. To make matters worse, Maduro has defied his own people, stealing power from their elected representatives to preserve his disastrous rule.

    The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing. Their democratic institutions are being destroyed. This situation is completely unacceptable and we cannot stand by and watch.

    As a responsible neighbor and friend, we and all others have a goal. That goal is to help them regain their freedom, recover their country, and restore their democracy. I would like to thank leaders in this room for condemning the regime and providing vital support to the Venezuelan people.

    The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable. We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.

    We are fortunate to have incredibly strong and healthy trade relationships with many of the Latin American countries gathered here today. Our economic bond forms a critical foundation for advancing peace and prosperity for all of our people and all of our neighbors.

    I ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis. We call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela. (Applause.)

    The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. (Applause.) From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems.

    America stands with every person living under a brutal regime. Our respect for sovereignty is also a call for action. All people deserve a government that cares for their safety, their interests, and their wellbeing, including their prosperity.

    In America, we seek stronger ties of business and trade with all nations of good will, but this trade must be fair and it must be reciprocal.

    For too long, the American people were told that mammoth multinational trade deals, unaccountable international tribunals, and powerful global bureaucracies were the best way to promote their success. But as those promises flowed, millions of jobs vanished and thousands of factories disappeared. Others gamed the system and broke the rules. And our great middle class, once the bedrock of American prosperity, was forgotten and left behind, but they are forgotten no more and they will never be forgotten again.

    While America will pursue cooperation and commerce with other nations, we are renewing our commitment to the first duty of every government: the duty of our citizens. This bond is the source of America’s strength and that of every responsible nation represented here today.

    If this organization is to have any hope of successfully confronting the challenges before us, it will depend, as President Truman said some 70 years ago, on the “independent strength of its members.” If we are to embrace the opportunities of the future and overcome the present dangers together, there can be no substitute for strong, sovereign, and independent nations — nations that are rooted in their histories and invested in their destinies; nations that seek allies to befriend, not enemies to conquer; and most important of all, nations that are home to patriots, to men and women who are willing to sacrifice for their countries, their fellow citizens, and for all that is best in the human spirit.

    In remembering the great victory that led to this body’s founding, we must never forget that those heroes who fought against evil also fought for the nations that they loved.

    Patriotism led the Poles to die to save Poland, the French to fight for a free France, and the Brits to stand strong for Britain.

    Today, if we do not invest ourselves, our hearts, and our minds in our nations, if we will not build strong families, safe communities, and healthy societies for ourselves, no one can do it for us.

    We cannot wait for someone else, for faraway countries or far-off bureaucrats — we can’t do it. We must solve our problems, to build our prosperity, to secure our futures, or we will be vulnerable to decay, domination, and defeat.

    The true question for the United Nations today, for people all over the world who hope for better lives for themselves and their children, is a basic one: Are we still patriots? Do we love our nations enough to protect their sovereignty and to take ownership of their futures? Do we revere them enough to defend their interests, preserve their cultures, and ensure a peaceful world for their citizens?

    One of the greatest American patriots, John Adams, wrote that the American Revolution was “effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people.”

    That was the moment when America awoke, when we looked around and understood that we were a nation. We realized who we were, what we valued, and what we would give our lives to defend. From its very first moments, the American story is the story of what is possible when people take ownership of their future.

    The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all.

    Now we are calling for a great reawakening of nations, for the revival of their spirits, their pride, their people, and their patriotism.

    History is asking us whether we are up to the task. Our answer will be a renewal of will, a rediscovery of resolve, and a rebirth of devotion. We need to defeat the enemies of humanity and unlock the potential of life itself.

    Our hope is a word and world of proud, independent nations that embrace their duties, seek friendship, respect others, and make common cause in the greatest shared interest of all: a future of dignity and peace for the people of this wonderful Earth.

    This is the true vision of the United Nations, the ancient wish of every people, and the deepest yearning that lives inside every sacred soul.

    So let this be our mission, and let this be our message to the world: We will fight together, sacrifice together, and stand together for peace, for freedom, for justice, for family, for humanity, and for the almighty God who made us all.

    Thank you. God bless you. God bless the nations of the world. And God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much. (Applause.)


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    I just watched the whole speech on utube. So refreshing. Don't agree with all that he said but is much better than any other supposed representative of the citizens of the U.S. ever addressed the body.

    edit to add: Can you imagine how long it would have taken Hellary to say 2 sentences in between coughs and gags.
     
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    And that old hag would have promised all of them American wealth for "donations" to her phoney clinton fund.
     
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    The leftists cannot accept that President Trump's government is handling the aftermath of 3 major hurricane relief efforts like a swiss watch. Trump is making the blundering fools hussein and bush look like the blundering fools they truly are.
    It is driving the leftists even more insane. They thrive on failure and they're not getting any.

    ‘Berlin Airlift’ Round-the-Clock Relief Flights to Puerto Rico as Media, Dems, GOPe Smear Trump Over Hurricane Response
    September 26, 2017 by Kristinn Taylor

    The anti-Trump media, Democrats and GOPe are running a smear campaign against President Donald Trump, falsely accusing him of ignoring Puerto Rico after the island territory was devastated by Hurricane Maria last week. They are ignoring the words of praise from Puerto Rico officials and in some cases their own reporting to attack Trump.

    A case in point is MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace who staged a bash Trump roundtable discussion on Puerto Rico on her 4 p.m. EDT show. Wallace, a Bush-McCain Republican opened the show by snidely asking if Trump even knows Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

    Hillary Clinton used the same attack on Trump on Monday.

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    "I'm not sure Trump knows Puerto Ricans are American citizens" @HillaryClinton#PuertoRicoRelief #PuertoRicoStrong

    1:04 PM - Sep 26, 2017

    After several minutes of trashing Trump by the likes of former President Barack Obama’s White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest and the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, Wallace turned to NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt who was reporting from Savannah Air National Guard Base in Georgia where he had returned from accompanying a relief flight to Puerto Rico and St. Croix.

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    ALERT: @LesterHoltNBC anchors @NBCNightlyNews live now from Savannah Air Nat'l Guard Base with latest on Puerto Rico relief efforts.

    6:28 PM - Sep 26, 2017

    Holt reported a “robust operation” at the air base, which was coordinating all National Guard relief flights to the hurricane zone. Holt added guard units from all across the country were being brought in.

    Holt went on to explain that the flights started five days ago and had ramped up to a round-the-clock air bridge of mainly C-130s that was being compared, he said, to the Berlin Airlift.

    Holt agreed with the description by Trump that being an island far from the U.S. mainland made it harder to get relief supplies in quickly. Holt said it was a 4-1/2 hour flight each way.

    Interestingly, Holt had no words of criticism for Trump in his nearly five minute segment with Wallace.

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    TONIGHT: @LesterHoltNBC anchors @NBCNightlyNews from Savannah Air National Guard Base with latest on Puerto Rico disaster relief efforts.

    4:21 PM - Sep 26, 2017

    As TGP has reported since Sunday, Puerto Rico officials are ‘grateful’ and have been praising the proactive response by Trump and his administration.

    Puerto Rico Officials Praise Trump Admin Response to Hurricane Maria

    And

    BREAKING: Puerto Rico Gov. Rossello ‘Very Grateful’ to Pres. Trump, Praises Federal Govt Response to Hurricane Maria

    Gov. Rossello spoke to PBS on Monday about Pres. Trump’s response to the hurricane.

    JOHN YANG: Governor, are you getting all the aid you need or getting it fast enough from the states?

    GOV. RICARDO ROSSELLO: First of all, we are very grateful for the administration. They have responded quickly.

    The president has been very attentive to the situation, personally calling me several times. FEMA and the FEMA director have been here in Puerto Rico twice. As a matter of fact, they were here with us today, making sure that all the resources in FEMA were working in conjunction with the central government.


    We have been working together. We have been getting results. The magnitude of this catastrophe is enormous. This is going to take a lot of help, a lot of collaboration. So, my call is to congressmen and congresswomen to take action quickly and conclusively with an aid package for Puerto Rico.

    We are in the midst of potentially having a humanitarian crisis here in Puerto Rico which would translate to a humanitarian crisis in the United States. So, I call upon Congress to take action immediately. You know, Puerto Ricans are proud U.S. citizens…


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    Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble..

    8:45 PM - Sep 25, 2017


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    ...It's old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars....

    8:50 PM - Sep 25, 2017

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    ...owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with. Food, water and medical are top priorities - and doing well. #FEMA

    8:58 PM - Sep 25, 2017


    Trump took heavy criticism for pointing out Puerto Rico’s troubled finances in a series of tweets on the hurricane disaster, yet Gov. Rossello made the same point earlier in the day in an interview with CBS News.

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    What @ricardorossello is asking Washington D.C. to do for Puerto Rico

    10:00 AM - Sep 25, 2017

    The irresponsible and falsely malicious attacks on President Trump about his response could have a detrimental effect on the morale of Puerto Ricans trapped on the island and their loved ones here in the States. The fact is Trump has been engaged from before the hurricane hit and his administration is pouring workers (over 10,000) and relief supplies into Puerto Rico ’round-the-clock’.


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    MAGAnomics – Adjusted Final 2nd Quarter GDP Reflects 3.1% Growth…
    Posted on September 28, 2017 by sundance

    The latest 2nd quarter (April – June) GDP growth estimates have been revised to show an increase of 3.1% breaking the economic threshold of three percent President Trump established as a growth goal. Economists snarked it would never happen.

    However, perhaps even more interesting for CTH readers who have been following MAGAnomic predictions, are the numbers inside the economy and the downstream activity within an economy focused on Main Street instead of Wall Street.

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    Here’s the presentation from Reuters. I’ve pulled out some paragraphs that specifically relate to earlier discussions on the New Economic Dimension, and possible behavior. It’s happening folks. What we earlier thought might happen is now happening.

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. economy grew a bit faster than previously estimated in the second quarter, recording its quickest pace in more than two years, but the momentum probably slowed in the third quarter as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma temporarily curbed activity.

    Gross domestic product increased at a 3.1 percent annual rate in the April-June period, the Commerce Department said in its third estimate on Thursday. The upward revision from the 3.0 percent rate of growth reported last month reflected a slightly faster pace of inventory investment.


    Remember the predictions for spending patterns and the MAGAnomic impact on prices in a new economy? Trump’s national economic policy disconnects the Fed from being able to influence inflation. Durable goods inventories climb, foreign manufacturers increase productivity, and prices remain low for approximately two years. Simultaneously consumable goods drop in price as Trump trade policy reverses the exfiltration of wealth.

    Eventually economic growth, in conjunction with increased demand, starts pushing wages higher. This interim phase leads to less spending on static durable goods and increased spending on lower priced consumable goods and services. Well…

    […] Growth in consumer spending, which makes up more than two-thirds of the U.S. economy, was unrevised at a 3.3 percent rate in the second quarter as an increase in spending on services was offset by a downward revision to durable goods outlays. Consumer spending in the second quarter was the fastest in a year.

    Amid robust consumer spending, businesses accumulated a bit more inventory than previously reported to meet the strong demand. Inventory investment added just over one-tenth of a percentage point to GDP growth in the second quarter. It was previously reported to have been neutral.

    Remember the predictions for investment flows as Trump fiscal policy benefits Main Street instead of Wall Street? Well…

    […] Growth in business spending on equipment was unchanged at a rate of 8.8 percent, the fastest pace in nearly two years.

    Investment on nonresidential structures was revised to show it increasing at a 7.0 percent pace, up from the previously reported 6.2 percent rate.

    Both export and import growth were revised slightly lower. Trade contributed two-tenths of a percentage point to GDP growth last quarter.

    Investment capital decisions modify behavior based on where the investment class thinks the best return is going to be. We have pointed out that while global investors criticize President Trump, those same people are putting their money on USA Main Street.

    The government also sharply revised down growth in corporate profits for the second quarter. Profits after tax with inventory valuation and capital consumption adjustments increased at a 0.1 percent rate instead of the previously reported 0.8 percent pace. (link)

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    ♦The Modern Third Dimension in American Economics – HERE

    ♦The “Fed” Can’t Figure out the New Economics – HERE

    ♦The “Fed” is Powerless To Control Inflation – HERE

    ♦Proof “America-First” has disconnected Main Street from Wall Street – HERE

    ♦Treasury Secretary Mnuchin begins creating a Parallel Banking System – HERE

    ♦How Trump Economic Policy is Interacting With The Stock Market – HERE

    ♦How Multinationals have Exported U.S. Wealth – HERE

    ♦How 4 or 5% GDP Growth is Entirely NOT Difficult – HERE


    https://theconservativetreehouse.co...ed-final-2nd-quarter-gdp-reflects-3-1-growth/
     
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    Rush Limbaugh: Steve Bannon Is ‘Taking Over the Role of the Republican Party’
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    by ADAM SHAW8 Oct 2017880

    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said this week that Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is “taking over the role of the Republican Party” as he looks to support conservative challengers to establishment lawmakers in 2018.

    “I think what Bannon is doing is slowly but surely taking over the role of the Republican Party, and people joining Bannon are [doing the same],” he said Wednesday. “The Republican Party is obviously not with [President] Trump on balance — you have some in the House who are — but the Republican Party on balance is not with Trump.”

    Bannon was one of the main populist/nationalist voices in the Trump White House, fighting to keep Trump true to the “America First” platform which catapulted him into the Oval Office. Since Bannon’s departure, Trump appears to have been tempted by the establishment siren song coming from the donor class, GOP congressional leaders, and the “West Wing Democrats” on a number of issues, including DACA and Afghanistan.

    But the establishment was dealt a serious blow last month when Judge Roy Moore beat the establishment-backed Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) in the Alabama Senate primary, despite Strange outspending Moore by as much as 10-1. This has led to widespread speculation in the media that Bannon-backed conservative candidates could pose a serious threat to establishment candidates in 2018.


    Limbaugh argued that this development comes as the Republican elite has cozied up with donors and Democrats while ignoring the voices of the people who voted them into office:

    Some people make an argument that there really isn’t a Republican Party left. I mean, there are people who call themselves that and they go out and raise money and they raise a lot. But whereas the party used to be known for one, two, or three very serious things, they’re not anymore. When the Republican Party joins the Democratic Party on things like amnesty for illegal immigrants — that’s not the Republican Party. The Republican Party ceases to exist in the area of immigration, for example.

    Limbaugh went on to argue that Bannon and his allies are trying to keep the identity of the Republican Party alive as the Republicans in Congress are joining Democrats on “issue after issue.”

    “The Republican party is the fundraising arm of the House and the Senate and their lobbyist buddies — that’s who Bannon is running against,” he said. “They’re running against the Republican establishment is what’s going on and, in the process, becoming the Republican Party.”

    Adam Shaw is a Breitbart News politics reporter based in New York. Follow Adam on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.
     
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    President Trump Sends Letter To Congress Outlining Immigration Principles and Policies…
    Posted on October 8, 2017 by sundance

    Moments ago, against the backdrop of congress making no forward progress with DACA and yet taking another vacation this week, President Trump submitted a letter to House and Senate leadership outlining the White House Immigration Policies and Principles.

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    President Donald J. Trumps Letter to House and Senate Leaders:

    I am pleased to transmit to you my Administration’s principles for reforming our Nation’s immigration system. In 2012, after the Congress rejected legislation offering legal status and work permits to illegal immigrants, the previous Administration bypassed the Congress and granted those same benefits unilaterally. These actions threatened Congress’s status as a coequal branch of Government and have resulted in a surge of illegal immigration.

    As President, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution, which makes clear that all legislative powers are vested in the Congress, not the President.


    I, therefore, tasked the relevant executive departments and agencies to conduct a bottom-up review of all immigration policies to determine what legislative reforms are essential for America’s economic and national security.
    Rather than asking what policies are supported by special interests, we asked America’s law enforcement professionals to identify reforms that are vital to protect the national interest. In response, they identified dangerous loopholes, outdated laws, and easily exploited vulnerabilities in our immigration system current policies that are harming ourcountry and our communities.

    I have enclosed the detailed findings of this effort. These findings outline reforms that must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which severely and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end.

    Immigration reform must create more jobs, higher wages, and greater security for Americans — now and for future generations. The reforms outlined in the enclosure are necessary to ensure prosperity, opportunity, and safety for every member of our national family.

    Sincerely,

    Donald J. Trump

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    IMMIGRATION PRINCIPLES & POLICIES

    ♦ 1. “Border Security”
    A. *”Border Wall. “*Our porous southern border presents a clear threat to our national security and public safety, and is exploited by drug traffickers and criminal cartels. The Administration therefore proposes completing construction of a wall along the southern border of the United States.

    i. Ensure funding for the southern border wall and associated infrastructure.

    ii. Authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to raise, collect, and use certain processing fees from immigration benefit applications and border crossings for functions related to border security, physical infrastructure, and law enforcement.

    iii. Improve infrastructure and security on the northern border.

    B. “Unaccompanied Alien Children. “*Loopholes in current law prevent Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) that arrive in the country illegally from being removed. Rather than being deported, they are instead sheltered by the Department of Health and Human Services at taxpayer expense, and subsequently released to the custody of a parent or family memberwho often lack lawful status in the United States themselves. These loopholes in current law create a dramatic pull factor for additional illegal immigration and in recent years, there has been a significant increase in the apprehensions of UACs at our southern border. Therefore, the Administration proposes amending current law to ensure the expeditious return of UACs and family units.

    i. Amend the “William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 “(TVRPA) to treat all UACs the same regardless of their country of origin, so long as they are not victims of human trafficking and can be safely returned home or removed to safe third countries.

    ii. Clarify that alien minors who are “not “UACs (accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or have a parent or legal guardian in the United States available to provide care and physical custody) are not entitled to the presumptions or protections granted to UACs.

    iii. Terminate the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA) by passing legislation stipulating care standards for minors in custody and clarify corresponding provisions of the TVPRA that supersede the FSA.

    iv. Amend the definition of special immigrant,as it pertains to juveniles, to require that the applicant prove that reunification with both parents are not viable due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment and that the applicant is a victim of trafficking. The current legal definition is abused, and provides another avenue for illicit entry.__

    v. Repeal the requirement that an asylum officer have initial jurisdiction over UAC asylum applications to expedite processing.

    C. “Asylum Reform.” The massive asylum backlog has allowed illegal immigrants to enter and stay in the United States by exploiting asylum loopholes. There are more than 270,000 pending cases in the asylum backlog before USCIS, and approximately 250,000 asylum cases before EOIR. Therefore, the Administration proposes correcting the systemic deficiencies that created that backlog.

    i. Significantly tighten standards and eliminate loopholes in our asylum system.

    ii. Elevate the threshold standard of proof in credible fear interviews.

    iii. Impose and enforce penalties for the filing of frivolous, baseless, or fraudulent asylum applications, and expand the use of expedited removal as appropriate.

    iv. Close loopholes in the law to bar terrorist aliens from entering the country and receiving any immigration benefits.

    v. Clarify and enhance the legal definition of aggravated felony to ensure that criminal aliens do not receive certain immigration benefits.

    vi. Expand the ability to return asylum seekers to safe third countries.

    vii. Ensure only appropriate use of parole authority for aliens with credible fear or asylum claims, to deter meritless claims and ensure the swift removal of those whose claims are denied.

    viii. Prevent aliens who have been granted asylum or who entered as refugees from obtaining lawful permanent resident status if they are convicted of an aggravated felony.

    ix. Require review of the asylee or refugee status of an alien who returns to their home country absent a material change in circumstances or country conditions.

    D. “Ensure Swift Border Returns.” Immigration judges and supporting personnel face an enormous case backlog, which cripples our ability to remove illegal immigrants in a timely manner. The Administration therefore proposes providing additional resources to reduce the immigration court backlog and ensure swift return of illegal border crossers.

    i. Seek appropriations to hire an additional 370 immigration judges.

    ii. Establish performance metrics for immigration judges.

    iii. Seek appropriations to hire an additional 1,000 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorneys, with sufficient support personnel.

    iv. Ensure sufficient resources for detention.

    E. “Inadmissible Aliens.” The current statutory grounds for inadmissibility are too narrow, and allow for the admission of individuals who threaten our public safety. Therefore, the Administration proposes expanding the criteria that render aliens inadmissible and ensure that such aliens are maintained in continuous custody until removal.

    i. Expand the grounds of inadmissibility to include gang membership.

    ii. Expand the grounds of inadmissibility to include those who have been convicted of an aggravated felony; identity theft; fraud related to Social Security benefits; domestic violence; child abuse; drunk driving offenses; failure to register as a sex offender; or certain firearm offenses, including the unlawful purchase, sale, possession, or carrying of a firearm.

    iii. Expand the grounds of inadmissibility to include former spouses and children of individuals engaged in drug trafficking and trafficking in persons, if the official determines the divorce was a sham or the family members continue to receive benefits from the illicit activity.

    F. “Discourage Illegal Re-entry.” Many Americans are victims of crime committed by individuals who have repeatedly entered the United States illegally, which also undermines the integrity of the entire immigration system. Therefore, the Administration proposes increasing penalties for repeat illegal border crossers and those with prior deportations.

    G. “Facilitate the Removal of Illegal Aliens from Partner Nations”. Current barriers prevent the Federal Government from providing assistance to partner nations for the purpose of removing aliens from third countries whose ultimate intent is entering the United States. Therefore, the Administration proposes authorizing DHS to provide foreign assistance to partner nations to support migration management efforts conducted by those nations. This will allow DHS to improve the ability of Central and South American countries to curb northbound migration flows and to interrupt ongoing human smuggling, which will also substantially reduce pressures on U.S. taxpayers.

    H. “Expedited Removal.” “Limited categories of aliens are currently subject to expedited removal, which erodes border integrity and control by impeding the ability of the Federal Government to efficiently and quickly remove inadmissible and deportable aliens from the United States. The Administration seeks to expand the grounds of removability and the categories of aliens subject to expedited removal and by ensuring that only aliens with meritorious valid claims of persecution can circumvent expedited removal.

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    ♦2. “Interior Enforcement”
    A. “Sanctuary Cities.” Hundreds of sanctuary jurisdictions release dangerous criminals and empower violent cartels like MS-13 by refusing to turn over incarcerated criminal aliens to Federal authorities. *””*Therefore, the Administration proposes blocking sanctuary cities from receiving certain grants or cooperative agreements administered or awarded by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security

    i. Restrict such grants from being issued to:

    a. Any state or local jurisdiction that fails to cooperate with any United States government entity regarding enforcement of federal immigration laws;

    b. Any entity that provides services or benefits to aliens not entitled to receive them under existing Federal law; and

    c. Any state or local jurisdiction that provides more favorable plea agreements or sentencing for alien criminal defendants for the purpose of immigration consequences of convictions.

    ii. Clarify ICEs detainer authority, and States and localities ability to honor that authority, so that States will continue to detain an individual pursuant to civil immigration law for up to 48 hours so that ICE may assume custody.__

    iii. Provide indemnification for State and local governments to protect them from civil liability based solely on compliance with immigration detainers and transportation of alien detainees.__

    iv. Require State and local jurisdictions to provide all information requested by ICE relating to aliens in their custody and the circumstances surrounding their detention.

    v. Clarify the definition of a criminal conviction for immigration purposes, to prevent jurisdictions from vacating or modifying criminal convictions to protect illegal immigrants, and roll back erosion of the criminal grounds of removal by courts under the categorical approach.

    B. “Immigration Authority for States and Localities.” The prior Administration suppressed cooperative partnerships between the Federal Government and State or local governments that wanted to help with immigration enforcement, undermining the security of our communities. Therefore, the Administration proposes enhancing State and local cooperation with Federal immigration law enforcement in order to ensure national security and public safety.

    i. Clarify the authority of State and local governments to investigate, arrest, detain, or transfer to Federal custody aliens for purposes of enforcing Federal immigration laws when done in cooperation with DHS.

    ii. Authorize State and local governments to pass legislation that will support Federal law enforcement efforts.

    iii. Incentivize State and local governments to enter into agreements with the Federal Government regarding immigration enforcement efforts.

    iv. Provide the same extent of immunity to State and local law enforcement agencies performing immigration enforcement duties within the scope of their official role as is provided to Federal law enforcement agencies.

    “Visa Overstays.” Visa overstays account for roughly 40 percent of illegal immigration. The Administration therefore proposes strengthening the removal processes for those who overstay or otherwise violate the terms of their visas, and implementing measures to prevent future visa overstays which may account for a growing percentage of illegal immigration.

    i. Discourage visa overstays by classifying such conduct as a misdemeanor.

    ii. Require that all nonimmigrant visas held by an alien be cancelled when any one nonimmigrant visa held by that alien is cancelled, to ensure that if an alien abuses one type of visa, he cannot circumvent the immigration system by then relying on another type of visa to enter the United States.

    iii. Bar all visa overstays from immigration benefits for a certain period of time with no waiver.

    iv. Clarify that the government does not bear any expense for legal counsel for any visa overstay in removal or related proceedings.

    v. Require DHS to provide all available data relating to any deportable alien to the Department of Justices National Crime Information Center for purposes of that aliens inclusion in the Immigration Violators File, with the exception of aliens who cooperate with DHS on criminal investigations.

    vi. Enhance the vetting of bond sponsors for those aliens who enter without inspection, to ensure that bond sponsors undergo thorough background checks prior to being eligible to post or receive a bond.

    vii. Permit the Department of State to release certain visa records to foreign governments on a case-by-case basis when sharing is in the U.S. national interest.

    viii. Permit the Department of State to review the criminal background of foreign diplomats or government officials contained in the National Crime Information Center database before visa adjudication, regardless of whether the applicants fingerprints are in the database.

    D. “Necessary Resources.” The relatively small number of ICE officers is grossly inadequate to serve a nation of 320 million people with tens of millions of tourists and visitors crossing U.S. ports of entry every year. Therefore, the Administration proposes providing more resources that are vitally needed to enforce visa laws, restore immigration enforcement, and dismantle criminal gangs, networks and cartels.

    i. Seek appropriations to hire an additional 10,000 ICE officers.

    ii. Seek appropriations to hire an additional 300 Federal prosecutors to support Federal immigration prosecution efforts.

    iii. Reforms to help expedite the responsible addition of new ICE personnel.

    E. “Detention Authority.” Various laws and judicial rulings have eroded ICEs ability to detain illegal immigrants (including criminal aliens), such that criminal aliens are released from ICE custody into our communities. Therefore, the Administration proposes terminating outdated catch-and-release laws that make it difficult to remove illegal immigrants.

    i. Ensure public safety and national security by providing a legislative fix for the “Zadvydas” loophole, and authorizing ICE, consistent with the Constitution, to retain custody of illegal aliens whose home countries will not accept their repatriation.

    ii. Require the detention of an alien: (1) who was not inspected and admitted into the United States, who holds a revoked nonimmigrant visa (or other nonimmigrant admission document), or who is deportable for failing to maintain nonimmigrant status; and (2) who has been charged in the United States with a crime that resulted in the death or serious bodily injury of another person.

    F. “Legal Workforce.” Immigrants who come here illegally and enter the workforce undermine job opportunities and reduce wages for American workers, as does the abuse of visa programs. Therefore, the Administration increasing employment verification and other protections for U.S. workers.

    i. Require the use of the electronic status-verification system (E-Verify) to ensure the maintenance of a legal workforce in the United States.

    ii. Preempt any State or local law relating to employment of unauthorized aliens.

    iii. Impose strong penalties, including debarment of Federal contractors, for failure to comply with E-Verify.

    iv. Increase penalties for any person or entity engaging in a pattern or practice of violations.

    v. Require the Social Security Administration to disclose information to DHS to be used in the enforcement of immigration laws.

    vi. Expand the definition of unlawful employment discrimination to include replacement of U.S. citizen workers by nonimmigrant workers or the preferential hiring of such foreign workers over U.S. citizen workers.

    vii. Strengthen laws prohibiting document fraud related to employment or to any other immigration benefit.

    G. “Deportable Aliens.” The categories of aliens that currently qualify for deportation are insufficiently broad to remove aliens who pose a threat to the security of the American public. Therefore, the Administration proposes expanding and clarifying the type of aliens who present a danger to Americans and should therefore be removable on an expedited basis.

    i. Expand grounds of deportability to explicitly include gang members.

    ii. Expand the grounds of deportability to include those convicted of multiple drunk driving offenses or a single offense involving death or serious injury.

    iii. Expand the grounds of deportability to include those who fail to register as a sex offender.

    iv. Clarify the technical definition of aggravated felony by referring to an offense relating to each of the categories of crimes, rather than specifying the crimes themselves. This will ensure certain kinds of homicide, sex offenses, and trafficking offenses are encompassed within the statutory definition.

    H. “Gang Members.” Today, known gang members are still able to win immigration benefits despite the dangers they pose to American society. As such, the Administration proposes implementing measures that would deny gang members and those associated with criminal gangs from receiving immigration benefits.

    I. “Visa Security Improvements.” Without sufficient resources, the State Department is hindered from adequately vetting visa applicants. As such, the Administration proposes enhancing State Department visa and traveler security resources and authorities.

    i. Expand the Department of States authority to use fraud prevention and detection fees for programs and activities to combat all classes of visa fraud within the United States and abroad.

    ii. Ensure funding for the Visa Security Program and facilitate its expansion to all high-risk posts.

    iii. Increase the border crossing card fee.

    iv. Grant the Department of State authority to apply the Passport Security Surcharge to the costs of protecting U.S. citizens and their interests overseas, and to include those costs when adjusting the surcharge.

    v. Strengthen laws prohibiting civil and criminal immigration fraud and encourage the use of advanced analytics to proactively detect fraud in immigration benefit applications.

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    3. “Merit-Based Immigration System”
    A. “Merit-Based Immigration.” The current immigration system prioritizes extended family-based chain migration over skills-based immigration and does not serve the national interest. Decades of low-skilled immigration has suppressed wages, fueled unemployment and strained federal resources. Therefore, the Administration proposes establishing a merit-based immigration system that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers, and ending chain migration, to promote financial success and assimilation for newcomers.

    i. End extended-family chain migration by limiting family-based green cards to spouses and minor children and replace it with a merit-based system that prioritizes skills and economic contributions over family connections.

    ii. Establish a new, points-based system for the awarding of Green Cards (lawful permanent residents) based on factors that allow individuals to successfully assimilate and support themselves financially.

    iii. Eliminate the Diversity Visa Lottery.

    iv. Limit the number of refugees to prevent abuse of the generous U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and allow for effective assimilation of admitted refugees into the fabric of our society.

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    U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue Rages: President Trump is Existential Threat to NAFTA…

    Posted on October 10, 2017 by sundance

    FofBW says:
    October 10, 2017 at 6:51 pm
    PT is exercising great patience in bringing out the CoC and the rest of the swamp. Once exposed to the truth they cannot be put back in a box.

    • [​IMG]sundance says:
      October 10, 2017 at 6:56 pm
      ^THIS^ x infinity.

      It’s “strategic patience”. There’s a value in forcing the masks to drop (letting the electorate see the deceivers), that is almost as valuable as the end result to the economy.

      Winning the economic trade battle is a good thing.
      Winning the battle and showing the swamp shadow-dwellers is a MAGA thing.


    Here we go… buckle up, and grab the popcorn. This is the part where the “trillions at stake” comes into play…

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue is now engaged in a direct fight with U.S. President Donald Trump. As would be expected, and as we specifically predicted, Tom Donohue is now specifically aligning himself with Canada and Mexico against the interests of the United States economy.

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    Tom Donohue gives hundreds of millions to Mitch McConnell and the crony UniParty capitalist ilk that infect Washington DC. Donohue owns the vast majority of U.S. politicians. This battle is the epicenter of lobbying usurpation, and how multinational corporations own U.S. politicians. This battle will be epic.

    MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The most powerful U.S. business lobby accused the Trump administration on Tuesday of making “poison pill proposals” to sabotage talks aimed at modernizing NAFTA, as negotiators began gathering in Washington for fresh trade talks.

    […] Speaking in Mexico City, Thomas Donohue, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s president and chief executive, listed several U.S. proposals that he said would undermine $1 trillion in annual trilateral trade, including a “sunset clause” to force regular negotiations.


    His comments marked the second broadside the chamber has launched against the Trump administration’s stance on renegotiating NAFTA in less than a week. It has argued repeatedly that the trade pact is critical to U.S. industries such as agriculture and manufacturing.

    “There are several poison pill proposals still on the table that could doom the entire deal,” Donohue said at an event hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico, where he said the “existential threat” to NAFTA threatened regional security.

    U.S. officials have suggested incorporating a sunset clause in NAFTA that would kill it unless it was renegotiated every five years. The officials have also suggested eliminating a key dispute resolution mechanism, much to the dismay of Canada.

    Donohue singled out plans to make automakers source more parts in North America, as well as proposed changes to the dispute resolution mechanism as obstacles to NAFTA’s renewal. He also cited plans to limit Canadian and Mexican access to U.S. government procurement rules.

    Automakers in Mexico say excessive content requirements could do serious damage to the industry’s competitiveness.

    ”The impact would be the opposite of what’s intended: U.S. industry would source more inputs from Asia and less from the U.S. That’s right — this proposal would actually send business overseas,” Donohue said.

    He also slammed the emphasis placed by the White House on reducing the U.S. trade deficit.

    “It’s the wrong focus and is impossible to achieve without crippling the economy,” he said.

    The chamber sent a letter to the White House on Tuesday signed by more than 300 local U.S. business groups in support of NAFTA. (read more)

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    CTH has called out the anti-American economic positions of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for many years. The U.S. CoC is the largest DC lobbying group for multinational corporations and multinational financial interests.

    The CoC is at the very epicenter of the financial constructs that support the Washington DC UniParty.

    When President Trump won the election in 2016 it was a thundershock to decades of work by the U.S. CoC to undermine economic nationalism in favor of global corporate interests. Within all of the economic, trade and policy discussion which subsequently flowed from the White House the CoC did not have a seat at the table. Trump’s economic policy is adverse to the interests of The Big Club.

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    It began last week when the CoC attacked the administration. The Chamber is now taking it one step further than being adversarial toward the White House, now Tom Donohue is making it personal against President Trump [and the intended framework (Ross, Lighthizer etc.) for a renegotiated NAFTA deal.]

    The U.S. CoC is aligning with Canada and Mexico against the interests of the United States. While predicted, it is a little surreal to see the U.S. CoC drop their mask so openly.

    There are massive international corporate and financial interests who are inherently at risk from President Trump’s “America-First” economic and trade platform. Believe it or not, President Trump is up against an entire world economic establishment.

    I will outline how it works below; and when you understand how it works in the modern era you will understand why the agents within the system are so adamantly opposed to U.S. President Trump.

    The biggest lie in modern economics, willingly spread and maintained by corporate media, is that a system of global markets still exists.

    It doesn’t.

    Every element of global economic trade is controlled and exploited by massive institutions, multinational banks and multinational corporations. Institutions like the World Trade Organization (WTO) and World Bank control trillions of dollars in economic activity. Underneath that economic activity there are people who hold the reigns of power over the outcomes. These individuals and groups are the stakeholders in direct opposition to principles of national economics.

    The modern financial constructs of these entities have been established over the course of the past three decades. When you understand how they manipulate the economic system of individual nations you begin to understand understand why they are so fundamentally opposed to President Trump.

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    In the Western World, separate from communist control perspectives (ie. China), “Global markets” are a modern myth; nothing more than a talking point meant to keep people satiated with sound bites they might find familiar. However, global markets have been destroyed over the past three decades by multinational corporations who control the products formerly contained within free and fair markets.

    The same is true for “Commodities Markets”. The multinational trade and economic system, run by corporations and multinational banks, now controls the product outputs of independent nations. The free market economic system has been usurped by entities who create what is best described as ‘controlled markets’.

    U.S. President Trump smartly understands what has taken place. Additionally he uses economic leverage as part of a broader national security policy; and to understand who opposes President Trump specifically because of the economic leverage he creates, it becomes important to understand the objectives of the global and financial elite who run and operate the institutions. The Big Club, and President Tom Donohue.

    Understanding how trillions of trade dollars influence geopolitical policy we begin to understand the three-decade global financial construct they seek to protect.

    That is, global financial exploitation of national markets. FOUR BASIC ELEMENTS:

    ♦Multinational corporations purchase controlling interests in various national outputs and industries of developed industrial western nations.

    ♦The Multinational Corporations making the purchases are underwritten by massive global financial institutions, multinational banks.

    ♦The Multinational Banks and the Multinational Corporations then utilize lobbying interests to manipulate the internal political policy of the targeted nation state(s).

    ♦With control over the targeted national industry or interest, the multinationals then leverage export of the national asset (exfiltration) through trade agreements structured to the benefit of lesser developed nation states – where they have previously established a proactive financial footprint.

    Against the backdrop of President Trump confronting China, and against the backdrop of NAFTA being renegotiated, revisiting the economic influences within the import/export dynamic will help conceptualize the issues at the heart of the matter. There are a myriad of interests within each trade sector that make specific explanation very challenging; however, here’s the basic outline.

    For three decades economic “globalism” has advanced, quickly. Everyone accepts this statement, yet few actually stop to ask who and what are behind this – and why?

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    Influential people with vested financial interests in the process have sold a narrative that global manufacturing, global sourcing, and global production was the inherent way of the future. The same voices claimed the American economy was consigned to become a “service-driven economy.”

    What was always missed in these discussions is that advocates selling this global-economy message have a vested financial and ideological interest in convincing the information consumer it is all just a natural outcome of economic progress.

    It’s not.

    It’s not natural at all. It is a process that is entirely controlled, promoted and utilized by large conglomerates and massive financial corporations.

    Again, I’ll try to retain the larger altitude perspective without falling into the traps of the esoteric weeds. I freely admit this is tough to explain and I may not be successful.

    Bulletpoint #1: ♦ Multinational corporations purchase controlling interests in various national elements of developed industrial western nations.

    This is perhaps the most challenging to understand. In essence, thanks specifically to the way the World Trade Organization (WTO) was established in 1995, national companies expanded their influence into multiple nations, across a myriad of industries and economic sectors (energy, agriculture, raw earth minerals, etc.). This is the basic underpinning of national companies becoming multinational corporations.

    Think of these multinational corporations as global entities now powerful enough to reach into multiple nations -simultaneously- and purchase controlling interests in a single economic commodity.

    A historic reference point might be the original multinational enterprise, energy via oil production. (Exxon, Mobil, BP, etc.)

    However, in the modern global world, it’s not just oil; the resource and product procurement extends to virtually every possible commodity and industry. From the very visible (wheat/corn) to the obscure (small minerals, and even flowers).

    Bulletpoint #2 ♦ The Multinational Corporations making the purchases are underwritten by massive global financial institutions, multinational banks.

    During the past several decades national companies merged. The largest lemon producer company in Brazil, merges with the largest lemon company in Mexico, merges with the largest lemon company in Argentina, merges with the largest lemon company in the U.S., etc. etc. National companies, formerly of one nation, become “continental” companies with control over an entire continent of nations.

    …. or it could be over several continents or even the entire world market of Lemon/Widget production. These are now multinational corporations. They hold interests in specific segments (this example lemons) across a broad variety of individual nations.

    National laws on Monopoly building are not the same in all nations. But most are not as structured as the U.S.A or other more developed nations (with more laws). During the acquisition phase, when encountering a highly developed nation with monopoly laws, the process of an umbrella corporation might be needed to purchase the interests within a specific nation. The example of Monsanto applies here.

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    Bulletpoint #3 ♦The Multinational Banks and the Multinational Corporations then utilize lobbying interests to manipulate the internal political policy of the targeted nation state(s).


    With control of the majority of actual lemons the multinational corporation now holds a different set of financial values than a local farmer or national market. This is why commodities exchanges are essentially dead. In the aggregate the mercantile exchange is no longer a free or supply-based market; it is now a controlled market exploited by mega-sized multinational corporations.

    Instead of the traditional ‘supply/demand’ equation determining prices, the corporations look to see what nations can afford what prices. The supply of the controlled product is then distributed to the country according to their ability to afford the price. This is how the corporation maximizes it’s profits.

    EDIT BY IRONS:
    This is why prescription drug prices in the US are so ridiculously high!


    Back to the lemons. A corporation might hold the rights to the majority of the lemon production in Brazil, Argentina and California/Florida. The price the U.S. consumer pays for the lemons is directed by the amount of inventory (distribution) the controlling corporation allows in the U.S.

    If the U.S. harvest is abundant, they will export the product to keep the U.S. consumer spending at peak or optimal price. A U.S. customer might pay $2 for a lemon, a Mexican customer might pay .50¢, and a Canadian $1.25.

    The bottom line issue is the national supply (in this example ‘harvest/yield’) is not driving the national price because the supply is now controlled by massive multinational corporations.

    The mistake people often make is calling this a “global commodity” process. In the modern era this “global commodity” phrase is particularly BS.

    A true global commodity is a process of individual nations harvesting/creating a similar product and bringing that product to a global market. Individual nations each independently engaged in creating a similar product.

    Under modern globalism this process no longer takes place. It’s a complete fraud. Currently, massive multinational corporations control the majority of product inside each nation and therefore control the entire global product market and price.

    EXAMPLE: Part of the lobbying in the food industry is to advocate for the expansion of U.S. taxpayer benefits to underwrite the costs of the domestic food products they control. By lobbying DC these multinational corporations get congress and policy-makers to expand the basis of who can use EBT and SNAP benefits (state reimbursement rates).

    Expanding the federal subsidy for food purchases is part of the corporate profit dynamic. With increased taxpayer subsidies, the food price controllers can charge more domestically and export more of the product internationally. Taxes, via subsidies, go into their profit margins. The corporations then use a portion of those profits in contributions to the politicians. It’s a circle of money.

    In highly developed nations this multinational corporate process requires the corporation to purchase the domestic political process (as above) with individual nations allowing the exploitation in varying degrees. As such, the corporate lobbyists pay hundreds of millions to politicians for changes in policies and regulations; one sector, one product, or one industry at a time. These are specialized lobbyists.

    EXAMPLE: The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)

    CFIUS is an inter-agency committee authorized to review transactions that could result in control of a U.S. business by a foreign person (“covered transactions”), in order to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States.

    CFIUS operates pursuant to section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended by the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 (FINSA) (section 721) and as implemented by Executive Order 11858, as amended, and regulations at 31 C.F.R. Part 800.

    The CFIUS process has been the subject of significant reforms over the past several years. These include numerous improvements in internal CFIUS procedures, enactment of FINSA in July 2007, amendment of Executive Order 11858 in January 2008, revision of the CFIUS regulations in November 2008, and publication of guidance on CFIUS’s national security considerations in December 2008 (more)

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    Bulletpoint #4
    With control over the targeted national industry or interest, the multinationals then leverage export of the national asset (exfiltration) through trade agreements structured to the benefit of lesser developed nation states – where they have previously established a proactive financial footprint.

    The process of charging the U.S. consumer more for a product, that under normal national market conditions would cost less, is a process called exfiltration of wealth.

    It is never discussed.

    To control the market price some contracted product may even be secured and shipped with the intent to allow it to sit idle (or rot). It’s all about controlling the price and maximizing the profit equation. To gain the same $1 profit a widget multinational might have to sell 20 widgets in El-Salvador (.25¢ each), or two widgets in the U.S. ($2.50/each).

    Think of the process like the historic reference of OPEC (Oil Producing Economic Countries). Only in the modern era massive corporations are playing the role of OPEC and it’s not oil being controlled, it’s almost everything.

    Again, this is highlighted in the example of taxpayers subsidizing the food sector (EBT, SNAP etc.), the corporations can charge U.S. consumers more. Ex. more beef is exported, red meat prices remain high at the grocery store, but subsidized U.S. consumers can afford the high prices. Of course if you are not receiving food payment assistance (middle-class) you can’t eat the steaks because you can’t afford them. (Not accidentally, it’s the same scheme in the ObamaCare healthcare system)

    Individual flower growers in Florida go out of business because they didn’t join the global market of flower growers (controlled market) by multinational corporate flower growers in Columbia and South America, who have an umbrella company registered in Mexico allowing virtually unrestricted access to the U.S. market under NAFTA.

    Agriculturally, multinational corporate Monsanto says: ‘all your harvests are belong to us‘. Contract with us, or you lose because we can control the market price of your end product. Downside is that once you sign that contract, you agree to terms that are entirely created by the financial interests of the larger corporation; not your farm.

    The multinational agriculture lobby is massive. We willingly feed the world as part of the system; but you as a grocery customer pay more per unit at the grocery store because domestic supply no longer determines domestic price.

    Within the agriculture community the (feed-the-world) production export factor also drives the need for labor. Labor is a cost. The multinational corps have a vested interest in low labor costs. Ergo, open border policies. (ie. willingly purchased republicans not supporting border wall etc.).

    This corrupt economic manipulation/exploitation applies over multiple sectors, and even in the sub-sector of an industry like steel. China/India purchases the raw material, ore, then sells the finished good back to the global market at a discount. Or it could be rubber, or concrete, or plastic, or frozen chicken parts etc.

    The ‘America First’ Trump-Trade Doctrine upsets the entire construct of this multinational export/control dynamic. Team Trump focus exclusively on bilateral trade deals, with specific trade agreements targeted toward individual nations (not national corporations). ‘America-First’ is also specific policy at a granular product level looking out for the national interests of the United States, U.S. workers, U.S. companies and U.S. consumers.

    Under President Trump’s Trade positions, balanced and fair trade with strong regulatory control over national assets, exfiltration of U.S. national wealth is essentially stopped.

    This puts many current multinational corporations, globalists who previously took a stake-hold in the U.S. economy with intention to export the wealth, in a position of holding contracted interest of an asset they can no longer exploit.

    Perhaps now we understand better how massive multi-billion multinational corporations and institutions are aligned against President Trump.

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    RELATED:
    ♦The Modern Third Dimension in American Economics – HERE

    ♦The “Fed” Can’t Figure out the New Economics – HERE

    ♦Proof “America-First” has disconnected Main Street from Wall Street – HERE

    ♦Treasury Secretary Mnuchin begins creating a Parallel Banking System – HERE

    ♦How Trump Economic Policy is Interacting With The Stock Market – HERE

    ♦How Multinationals have Exported U.S. Wealth – HERE

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    MAGAnomics – Consumer Confidence Increases to Highest Level Since 2004…
    Posted on October 14, 2017 by sundance

    Prior to the 2016 election (Oct ’16) consumer confidence measured by the University of Michigan was indexed at 87.2 Today that same confidence rating is 101.1 A stunning 15.9% increase. Similarly, consumer expectations were indexing 76.8 in October 2016 and now stand at 91.3, an increase of 18.9%.

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    Consumer confidence is at the highest level since 2004 and Americans have the brightest outlook for their economic future in decades. The MAGAnomic data is clear. Yet even those who assemble the data interpret MAGAnomics with some false assumptions.

    Nonetheless, consumers anticipate low unemployment, low inflation, small increases in interest rates, and most importantly, modest income gains in the year ahead. [True]

    It is this acceptance of lackluster growth rates in personal income and in the overall economy that signifies that consumers have accepted, however reluctantly, limits on the pace of improving prospects for living standards. [False interpretation]

    With lowered costs associated with highly-consumable, albeit non Fed measured products (fuel, food, energy), average living standards actually increase. It is a false interpretation of data to say consumer confidence/expectations are at the highest levels in fifteen years, and simultaneously say people have resigned themselves to stagnant living standards.


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    President Trump’s MAGAnomic Main Street policy initiatives surround a very basic set of principles. To add wealth to the middle class you: A.) increase wages, and B.) lower the cost of living.

    Increasing wages is the long-term economic outcome from America-First business and corporate manufacturing policies (Secretary Wilbur Ross), in combination with fiscal policies (Secretary Mnuchin). Subsequently, within his economic agenda, President Trump visibly engages an extraordinary amount of effort on both Commerce and Treasury.

    However, there’s a part of the plan for reestablishing middle-class wealth that also comes from lowering the cost of living (high consumables). That’s where EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt intersects with Ross and Mnuchin as Pruitt works to lower energy costs.

    Lowering energy costs has an exponential benefit to the overall economy. Not only does it drive down the cost of domestic highly consumable products, but it also cements the building blocks of the manufacturing and production sector. Lower energy costs offset higher wages on products manufactured for export and helps keep the U.S. competitive.

    American businesses, American workers, and American consumers have a good sense for how this works. More importantly we can actually feel it in our week-to-week and month-to-month expenditures. The current economic environment is good; the outlook for the future economic environment is even better…

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    [Via Business Insider] US consumers haven’t been this optimistic about the economy since the start of 2004, according to a survey conducted by the University of Michigan.

    The consumer-sentiment index registered a preliminary October reading of 101.1, a monthly report showed Friday.

    The data suggest that consumer spending will likely continue to support the economy through at least mid-2018, at which time this economic expansion would become the second-longest since the 19th century. US economic growth in the second quarter rose to a two-year high on stronger consumer and business spending, a late-September report showed.

    The surge in optimism “reflects an unmistakable sense among consumers that economic prospects are now about as good as could be expected,” said Richard Curtin, the chief economist of the survey.

    “This ‘as good as it gets’ outlook is supported by a moderation in the expected pace of growth in both personal finances and the overall economy, accompanied by a growing sense that, even with this moderation, it would still mean the continuation of good economic times.” (read more)


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    That's yuuuuuugggggeeeee. Free markets my fanny. I always knew globalism as a market was designed to bring America down. And seeing the push to have consolidation of power in the hands of non elected people is one of the reasons I feel the media is complicit by hailing Zero's reign as a legacy.
     
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