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and yet Irons, many even here continue to support them............
Buying "chinese landfill fodder" and buying from "them" [Amazon] are two different things.

Amazon.com has enabled many small American entrepreneurs to sell their stuff to an audience they never would have reached otherwise.

WHAT you buy on Amazon is YOUR choice. Whether you buy American-made or foreign-made is up to YOU. Don't blame the "store" for what you buy.

My father was upset years ago when he had to start pumping his own gas at gas stations. Automation at the gas pump brought change. Change he wasn't accustomed to and resisted. Eventually, he thought nothing of pumping his own gas.

My older brother refuses to use the self-checkout lanes at the grocery store. Automation at the grocery store brought change he is resisting.

The Internet and automation brought a revolution to the way people shop. Shopping online changes many things. Many people curse Walmart but Walmart could have been what Amazon is now had they realized where things were headed. Walmart was snoozing when the Internet boom began and Amazon was born. Perhaps Walmart thought things wouldn't change. If so, they now realize how wrong they were. Amazon took advantage of what the Internet made possible.

Granted, you can buy lots of junk on Amazon but you can also buy "foreign" junk at your local brick and mortar stores. What you buy is your decision, not Amazon's. They will sell you foreign-made or American-made. If something is foreign-made, don't put it in your cart. You control what goes into your cart so you can't blame Amazon. Amazon is just the middle man.

Technology has changed many aspects of the way we live. You are still in control of what you spend your money on. Don't blame the middle man.

Okay, that's my two cents that nobody asked for.
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Buying "chinese landfill fodder" and buying from "them" [Amazon] are two different things.
Correct, it isn't Amazon' fault.

I made a simple request a while back: Before you buy something ask yourself a few questions.

1) is this needed and for how long?

2) one time use or lifetime use?

3) does it have lasting or appreciating value?

4) can it be resold easily for a good price?

5) how long before it ends up in the trash?

This little list has kept me from spending money of garbage for years. When I do go off the reservation and buy a piece of garbage it pisses me off because that is surrendering to impulse.

IMO- People nowadays are so bored and brainwashed they try to fill holes in their lives with drugs, dope and/or material bullshit they don't want or need. None of the above works but instead of changing themselves they keep shoveling.

Boomers invented rental storage units. Think about that. Never before has a generation had so much unused, unneeded crap they have to pay monthly for additional places to put it.

Every city has dozens if not hundreds of these storage buildings.


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Trump ain't just local, he's world wide

Trump Just Told George Soros To ‘Go To Hell’ Right To His Face
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During this photo-op at Davos, Switzerland, where the world’s financial elite were meeting to thrash out plans for the future, President Trump couldn’t help letting slip his real feelings about billionaire George Soros.

A female reporter with a German accent asked President Trump, who had just taken his seat, “Why are you smiling so broadly, like the cat that got the cream?“


Before President Trump could answer, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, seated on the far left in the photo, said, “He is smiling because he just told George Soros to go to hell.”

Mainstream media from around the world reported on George Soros’ speech at Davos, which he dedicated entirely to criticizing President Trump. Attempting to convince the world that Trump’s presidency is “a danger to the world.“

According to the notorious globalist billionaire, the survival of humanity depends on Trump being impeached in the next twelve months. “Not only the survival of Open Society but the survival of our entire civilization is at stake,” said Soros.

But Soros’s speech didn’t go down well at Davos. Expecting the audience to be on his side, Soros was dismayed when he was ignored and President Trump received something close to a hero’s welcome, according to the New York Post. Even the Washington Post was unable to spin the event into a negative Trump story, admitting that the president managed to “win” at Davos.

And the reason is simple: It’s hard to argue with success.

Sustained economic growth (a much improved 2.6 percent GDP for the fourth quarter — and that’s before the epic tax cuts kick in), signs of higher wage growth (many companies are now handing out bonus checks to workers for the first time since 2007) and a roaring stock market (with the Dow heading close to 30,000) are cold, hard facts that cannot be argued with.

Even people who claim to despise Trump are finding a silver lining in the orange-tinted cloud.

This is all bad news for Soros, the octogenarian billionaire who recently pumped $18 billion into leftist causes around the world. While much of the money Soros spends through his Open Society Foundation has gone to destabilizing democracy in Eastern Europe and more recently to crashing economies and devastating developing nations around the globe, he has now shifted his focus, he said, and will spend much of his money taking on President Trump directly in America.

Was Soros surprised by the muted response to his speech at Davos?

The fact Soros attempted to gain a coveted one-on-one meeting with Trump after delivering such a negative speech should come as no surprise. This is the man who claims he is a God, and that “normal rules do not apply” to him.

President Trump’s sharp words to George Soros were all that he deserved.

In contrast to Soros’s dismal speech, Trump’s speech went down a storm. Informing the audience that Washington “will no longer turn a blind eye” to predatory trade policies of other countries, he also made a point to note, “America first does not mean America alone. When the United States grows, so does the world.”

Besides George Soros, who could possibly argue with that?


I'm still behind the Trumpster. We all know it's about the velocity of money, not who holds the most. It's the grease.

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People nowadays are so bored and brainwashed they try to fill holes in their lives with drugs, dope and/or material bullshit they don't want or need. None of the above works but instead of changing themselves they keep shoveling.
Hey! We need something to deal with the bullshit in the world. Nothin wrong with a few shots of Black Jack and a little weed to mellow out your day. :D:p:D

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Saudi Corruption Purge Captures $106 Billion During Asset Forfeiture – Qatar Delegation Arrives in DC….
Posted on January 30, 2018 by sundance

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) initiated a massive anti-corruption operation last year. Today, just as a Qatari delegation arrives in DC and concedes to the terms of the alliance, Reuters is reporting the resulting Saudi asset seizures total more than $106 billion.



RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s government has arranged to seize more than $100 billion through financial settlements with businessmen and officials detained in its crackdown on corruption, the attorney general said on Tuesday.

The announcement appeared to represent a political victory for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who launched the purge last November and predicted at the time that it would net about $100 billion in settlements.


Dozens of top officials and businessmen were detained in the crackdown, many of them confined and interrogated at Riyadh’s opulent Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

Well over 100 detainees are believed to have been released.

Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, owner of global investor Kingdom Holding, and Waleed al-Ibrahim, who controls influential regional broadcaster MBC, were freed last weekend.

“The estimated value of settlements currently stands at more than 400 billion riyals ($106 billion) represented in various types of assets, including real estate, commercial entities, securities, cash and other assets,” Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb said in a statement.

[…] Some detainees are believed to have been moved from the hotel to prison after refusing to admit wrongdoing and reach financial settlements; they may stand trial.

[…] Prince Mohammed appears to have won widespread approval for the purge among ordinary Saudis, partly because the government has said it will use some of the money it seizes to fund social benefits.

“What has happened is great, it will be counted as a win for the government. Whoever the person is, he is being held accountable, whether a royal or a citizen,” said Abdullah al-Otaibi, drinking at a Riyadh coffee shop on Tuesday.

An international financier visiting the region said authorities’ tough approach might ultimately prove effective. (read more)



In related regional news, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosted a delegation from Qatar to Washington DC.
**nudge**nudge**wink**wink**say.no.more**say.no.more**



Rex Tillerson: […] “The United States and Qatar will be signing three documents today outlining our cooperation in the important bilateral and regional areas mentioned, including three at this ceremony.

•The first is a memorandum of understanding that establishes the convention for this U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue on an annual basis going forward, so that we can continue to build on the close partnership between our two countries.

•The second document is a joint declaration outlining the United States cooperation with Qatar on matters of shared regional and security interests.

•The third document is a memorandum of understanding that creates a framework for the cooperation between the United States and Qatar to combat human trafficking.

I look forward to the outcomes of today’s inaugural U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue and our continued collaboration over the years to come. And with that, I’d welcome remarks from Foreign Minister al-Thani. (read more)

Important Watch:
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What does this mean? Qatar has conceded to terms:

ie. The Muslim Brotherhood has been brought to heel.
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Trump's First Year Saw Americans' Compensation Rise At Fastest Pace Since 2008


by Tyler Durden
Wed, 01/31/2018 - 08:38


While The Fed may be getting nervous, we suspect the Trump administration will be smirking quietly as Labor Department data showed total U.S. employee compensation rose in the fourth quarter to match the biggest 12-month gain since 2008, as private-sector pay picked up.

The headline index rose 0.6% q/q (matching est.) after 0.7% gain in prior three months.

Wages and salaries rose 0.5% q/q following 0.7% gain.

Benefit costs increased 0.5% q/q after rising 0.8%.

Total compensation, which includes wages and benefits, rose 2.7% over past 12 months, the highest since 2008.





As Bloomberg details, private-sector wages and salaries rose from a year earlier by 2.8 percent, also matching the best gain of this expansion. Several industry groups registered increases of 3 percent or higher, led by transportation and material moving at 3.5 percent and service occupations at 3.3 percent, underscoring demand for labor.

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Trump slaps 30% tariff on Chinese solar panels

Chinese company announced it's decided to build its solar panels in the US

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January MAGAnomics – Main Street Kicks Wall Street in the Teeth: Jobs Grow 200K, Wages Grow 3%…
Posted on February 2, 2018 by sundance

With the new year comes more Main Street winning; and the distinction between Wall Street’s economy and Main Street’s economy becomes stunningly clear.

The January jobs report showed a gain of 200,000 U.S. jobs, and more importantly, a 2.9% year-over-year growth in wages. –SOURCE– [Biggest wage rate jump since the phoney trillion stimulus-funded growth mid-2009.] We continue to remind of our two-year prediction that stunning wage growth will evidence in Q2 of 2018 (April-July)… today’s report is only the preview of that wage growth cycle.



Construction reported by the biggest gain by sector with 36,000. Bars and restaurants added 31,000 and health care was up 21,000. Manufacturing also showed a gain of 15,000 and durable goods-related industries added 18,000.

“Perhaps the biggest positive surprise on hiring is the continued surge for the goods-producing sector with manufacturing and construction leading the way,” said Mark Hamrick, Bankrate.com’s senior economic analyst. (link)




The Main Street economic engine is fundamentally detached from the drivers of the Wall Street economic engine (monetary policy). While the paper wizards are getting kicked in the teeth, interest rate increases will not diminish Main Street gains because wage increases will remain ahead of price inflation. Interest rate increases will, however, impact Wall Street because interest rates are monetary policy, and a great deal of Wall Street is based on speculation within the paper (false) economy.

Can you see now why we have been saying for two years MAGAnomics will draw out the new dimension in modern economics? There is a distance between Main Street’s economic engine and Wall Street’s economic engine. MAGAnomics operates in the space between them.

The stock market retracts today against fears of rising interest rates. Many on Wall Street have not recognized that monetary policy will not influence Main Street growth until interest rates, and/or inflation, surpasses the rate of wage growth. The parity within that dynamic is still about a year-and-a-half away.

If you pay attention the economic engine disconnect is visible. Note the market schizophrenia as Gold didn’t climb while stocks/bonds dropped.

February 2018 wage growth will exceed January (driven in part by new tax rates); March will exceed February; April will exceed March…. and so on, and so on, (remember these are year-over-year comparatives). This is the EXACT reversal of prior economic policies from several administrations that were killing Main Street.

At the very heart of America-First, MAGAnomics focuses on U.S. jobs and U.S. companies. Investment growth drives labor demand; labor demand drives wage rates; wage rate growth increases consumer demand for goods and services; that demand drives investment; more investment is expansion of production capacity – ie. need more labor.

There will be natural price inflation to come as an outcome of Main Street’s economy expanding. However, two factors: #1) inflation will creep slow, there’s a natural lag and built in downward price pressure within the gap of unfilled production capacity; #2) Most importantly growth in wages will exceed the inflation rate -for approximately two years- thereby making increases in product costs irrelevant to consumer demands.

Inside this mix, off-shore manufacturers will continue trying to get their products into the hands of Americans who have more disposable income. That unique aspect will continue to keep prices down during the phase of shifts from import manufacturing to domestic manufacturing. Unfortunately, imports might keep GDP growth rates down – but the underlying economy will be expanding as domestic production begins to replace imports.

Ongoing financial results will be solid for companies doing business in the U.S., and actual profit results will gain market weight over speculation. The Titans are rising.

Economic nationalism is winning…. globalism is losing…. multinationals are shrieking… paper weasels are crying…. Middle Class American workers are CHEERING!


https://theconservativetreehouse.co...eet-in-the-teeth-jobs-grow-200k-wages-grow-3/
 

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Good. Don't treat them like a legitimate news organization, treat them like the leftist propaganda that they are.

President Trump Tells NBC to Go Stick It on their Super Bowl Interview Request
February 4, 2018 by Jim Hoft 56 Comments


President Trump told the far left Trump-destroying NBC to go stick it this year with their Super Bowl interview request.
It was another good choice by the US president.

We all know they wouldn’t ask about the booming economy or record unemployment numbers — they’re only interested in the fake news Russia, Russia, Russia witch hunt.
CNN reported:

President Trump has decided not to participate in a Super Bowl Sunday interview this weekend.

“He is not doing a Super Bowl interview,” a White House official told CNN on condition of anonymity on Wednesday.

Sources at NBC affirmed that their interview requests have been turned down. But Trump still has an open invitation, should he choose to change his mind, the sources said.

NBC is televising the Super Bowl on Sunday. It is traditionally the highest-rated event of the year by far.

A pre-Super Bowl interview with the president has become an American tradition in the past decade.

When Fox televised the Super Bowl last year, Trump sat down with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly at the White House.

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Don't miss Cheryl Atkinson's take (was on Fox and Friends)

It's not that they hate Trump, they do

But they were terrified he'd come in and peek behind the curtain and see the 20 years of corruption and abuse, including since the inception of FISA (they routinely lie to the FISA judges and the Woods rule requires that nothing can be presented as evidence unless vetted and vouched for as true).

They were going to set up for a jail sentence as a warning to others after Hillary won
 

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Trump Approval Rating 4% Higher Than Obama This Far Into Presidency

by Tyler Durden
Thu, 02/08/2018 - 18:45

Despite the mainstream media and a $40 million war chest David Brock's network is using to wage a propaganda war against President Trump, the latest Rasmussen daily tracking poll reveals Trump's approval rating to be 48% - four percent higher than President Obama's rating at the same point in his presidency.



The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 34% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -8.



President Obama's approval rating on February 7, 2010 was 44%, while 56% of likely voters disapproved.

Further contributing to Trump's achievement is the difference in market gains between the two presidents. The S&P 500 was up 32% at this point in Obama's presidency (1/20/2009 - 2/7/2010) as it raced higher in a cocaine-fueled helicopter money rally off the March 2009 lows. As of yesterday, the S&P 500 is up just 18% for Trump over the same period (1/20/2017 - 2/7/2018).

Given Obama's 44% approval / 56% disapproval compared to Trump's 48% / 51% rating, one has to wonder what his rating would be without the full-court-press of hate by the MSM, FBI, DOJ, the Clinton network including David Brock, John McCain, Fusion GPS, Lisa Bloom, Silicon Valley, Snopes, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


source: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-08/trump-approval-rating-4-higher-obama-far-presidency


 

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Yellowstream media is in complete failure..................

Poll: Americans ‘Overwhelmingly’ Believe Obama ‘Improperly Surveilled’ Trump Campaign



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by JOHN NOLTE10 Feb 201820,437

An IBD/TIPP poll shows that “Americans overwhelmingly believe the Obama administration ‘improperly surveilled’ Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.”
Despite the disgraced American media’s best and most cynical efforts to bury the truth, and to even stop the truth from ever seeing the light of day, this poll (and another addressed below) demonstrate that the American people are almost entirely tuning the partisan, mostly-hysterical news media out and looking to alternative media for the truth.

There is simply no other way to explain these poll results, which unambiguously prove that a majority of the public believe the exact opposite of what an unceasing, coordinated media campaign wants them to believe — which is that President Trump colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 campaign and that the heroic FBI is being unfairly smeared by Trump’s eeeevil defenders.

Well, despite more than a year of this relentless propaganda coming from all four corners of the mainstream media’s fabricated reality, here are the results from all four corners of actual reality…


A clear majority of 55 percent believe it is “likely” that the Obama administration “improperly surveilled the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.” That includes 31 percent of Democrats, 87 percent of Republicans, and 55 percent of Independents.

A clear majority of 54 percent want a special counsel to investigate “whether the FBI and the Department of Justice improperly surveilled the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.” Only 44 percent said no. The partisan breakdown shows that 74 percent of Republicans and 50 percent of Independents want a special counsel — as do a full 44 percent of Democrats.

In this particular poll, one fairly positive result for the FBI and Justice Department is that only 35 percent believe these institutions attempted to outright frame President Trump for colluding with the Russians.

A just-released Rasmussen poll, however, shows that a full 50 percent of Americans “believe it’s at least somewhat likely senior federal law enforcement officials broke the law in an effort to prevent Donald Trump from winning the presidency.” Only 40 percent disagree.

Another Rasmussen poll from this week shows that only 42 percent of Americans believe Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election more than the FBI. Moreover, a full 34 percent believe the FBI meddled more than the Russians, while 24 percent are unsure.

In other words, we now live in a country where 58 percent of Americans either believe our own FBI meddled in a presidential election more than a hostile foreign government, or are not sure the FBI did not.

Meanwhile, Trump’s approval rating is running ahead of former-President Obama’s at this point in his failed presidency.


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I had been wondering if they did something like this before moving in.
I sure as heck would have and I'm not even very religious.

Bad News for Democrats=> Beautiful Melania Trump Scrubs White House of Demonic Residue
February 11, 2018 by Jim Hoft 245 Comments



Beautiful Melania Trump stunned a Florida crowd in 2017 when she led off the February rally with the Lord’s Prayer.
The crowd roared its delight after the First Lady’s prayer.


Melania Trump had the White House scrubbed of demons before she would move her family into the Washington DC residence in 2017.


CNS News reported:

While commenting on President Donald Trump’s very public support for Christianity, as well as the frequent Bible studies and prayer gatherings held at the White House, evangelical Pastor Paul Begley said first lady Melania Trump demanded that the White House be spiritually cleansed and that pagan, demonic items and artificats from the Obama and Clinton years be removed.

Melania Trump reportedly said, “I’m not going to go into that White House unless it has been completely exorcised,” according to Pastor Begley. One thing was left, a cross on the wall. “They cleansed the White House,” he said. “They had people in there anointing it with oil and praying everywhere.”

This will make Democrats furious – and you must ask yourself, “Why?”


http://thegatewaypundit.com/2018/02...nia-trump-scrubs-white-house-demonic-residue/
 

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Justin From Canada Attempts Backup Option for Trade Mistakes, Fails Miserably…
Posted on February 19, 2018 by sundance

NAFTA is as precarious as a slow-spinning plate on a stick. Mexico and Canada are both taking half-hearted turns recharging the momentum – while simultaneously looking for trade options due to, well,.. the inevitable.



The basic issue is a simple one; for the U.S. NAFTA has a fatal flaw. Canada and Mexico are used by China and Asian nations as a way to work-around direct trade with the U.S. and use NAFTA as a backdoor into the U.S. market. It works out great for Canada and Mexico, but terrible for the U.S. It’s a structural issue and no amount of negotiation is going to remove the fatal flaw unless Canada and Mexico agree to terms that are directly against their current financial interests.

Ergo POTUS Trump is positioned to withdraw.


Trying to keep the U.S. in NAFTA, but understanding the likelihood of exit, Justin from Canada originally approached China for a big trade deal. Justin didn’t find Happy Panda in his discussions; instead he found The Red Dragon behind the Panda mask. China was willing to talk trade, but China tiered their approach because Canada is only valuable to China as long as the NAFTA door is open. Without NAFTA China has no use for Canada.

Justin left China with dragon burns and immediately realized his trade cards were getting weaker by the day…. so he had to sign-up for the Trans-Pacific-Partnership. Unfortunately for Justin, though some think he didn’t realize the consequence, signing TPP guaranteed POTUS Trump would exit NAFTA.

Why? Because if the U.S. stayed in NAFTA the TPP nations would now have a collective backdoor into the valuable U.S. market through Canada. The NAFTA fundamental flaw just became more flawed.




Mexico discovered the same. China will talk expanded trade, but only on tiered terms. One tier with NAFTA (good stuff for Mexico); one tier without NAFTA (not as good for Mexico).

The $20 trillion U.S. market is what China wants access to; Xi Jinping doesn’t care about Canada or Mexico – beyond how each of them can benefit China’s products entering the U.S. market.

China plays a zero-sum game; if it doesn’t benefit China, it isn’t done.

So Justin from Canada now realizes he nailed his nations’ trade feet to ASEAN economies [sans Trump’s BFF golf partner Shinzo Abe (Japan)], who care about Canada as a door to the U.S. more than an actual trade partner. FUBAR eh’?

Simultaneously, Justin from Canada still has red-face from Beijing burns and has to accept he just guaranteed: “no U.S. NAFTA deal is possible”.

Where does rainbow socks turn now…. India. Except, well,… there’s a problem.

You see, while Justin from Canada was trying to find his way through the China, ASEAN and TPP trade matrix, POTUS Trump and India’s Prime Minister Modi were hugging it out on trade deals; with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley courting the national Indian crowd.

Yup, Justin from Canada shows up in India and the airport, much like the rest of the diplomatic venues, is empty. POTUS Trump arrived early and stole all the trade hugging last year; then used a geopolitical strategy of punching Pakistan in the teeth to elevate his own Indian magnanimity. A bazillion India peeps loves-them-some-Trump now.

More FUBAR eh’?

So Justin from Canada is traveling around India with his family and not getting any love.

[Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first official visit to India has not been the headline-grabbing love fest he must be accustomed to on his overseas trips.
Despite plenty of photo opportunities, including at the Taj Mahal, Mr Trudeau and his family's tour has been largely ignored by senior members of the Indian government so far.]




Oh dear.

POTUS Trump began with China (Feb ’17). Outlines drawn. Handshakes. But he did so knowing he was dealing with Xi Jinping the dragon, not the panda. Trump acted like he was accepting magnanimous panda, his granddaughter helped exhibit panda deference, but all while Trump was really viewing Xi with dragon-face. Brilliant.

POTUS Trump then expanded economic influence through Saudi Arabia and the FCC creating new economic allies based on new definitions; and strategic security partnerships without the traditional U.S. cultural demands. Stunning results ongoing.

POTUS Trump worked quickly through the economics of Europe gauging who was on-board and who was not. France, Poland, Hungary all quickly joined up. Germany and the U.K. not-so-much… [Two visits to Macron and a reciprocal state visit soon] …Now go look at the economic results each EU state is facing; look who is winning.

POTUS Trump moved quickly on India as leverage with China trade discussions. If China does stupid,… Trump hugs Modi tighter. Trump kicks Pakistan in teeth with brutal truth over Afghanistan and their co-dependent enabling of Taliban. Modi smiles bigger still.

POTUS Trump moved BIGLY in Asia. Trump gave BFF Shinzo Abe first place. Japan has golden ticket to U.S. market based on reciprocity – everything is possible and Abe is on top of the world. Trump knows China will *ONLY* do that which is in their interests… and he knows Xi Jinping needs the U.S. more than the U.S. needs China. Worst part for Xi is he knows that Trump knows…

We always knew there was a generally good trade strategy visible from POTUS Trump, but it needs to be said that NO-ONE realized just how well thought out it really is. Now I know what this guy does instead of sleeping… he maps out the matrix of trade leverage and economic strategy….. it’s almost absurd how keenly insightful Trump is on the geopolitical side of economics.

Our president has flaws and faults, we all accept that…. but he is engaging in international economics with a mastery never seen by a U.S. president. EVER.

That truth is why the multinationals (corporations and banks) hate him so much, yet fear him a thousand times more. If you doubt, or perhaps just need confirmation, just look at what happened in Davos.

“it is much safer to be feared than loved because …love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.”
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Big Don (3 min 11 sec):


Published on Jan 28, 2018 by Red Pilled Radio
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NAFTA Watch – President Trump Phone Call With Enrique Peña Nieto…
Posted on February 20, 2018 by sundance

Consider this a kick-off to my official NAFTA watch. Readers will note my earlier spidey-sense prediction of NAFTA withdrawal announcement in/around the end of February through March. I cannot see a delay in an announcement extending beyond March 2018. Ergo, CTH is fine-tuning the radar to watch closely.



The fatal flaw within NAFTA has not been addressed. Neither Canada nor Mexico has even slightly indicated a willingness to engage talks over the fatal flaw.

Exactly the opposite happened earlier this month when Canada signed up to the TPP deal.

The agreement has yet to be ratified by Canadian Parliament, and many are nervous, but it will likely get done.

The NAFTA decision will be the biggest political and economic decision in the Trump administration so far, and the corporate GOPe response is anticipated to be beyond ugly. Additionally, it would be intellectually dishonest not to accept there are very specific interests watching these pages as part of their proactive strategy. (Hi, Tom)

That said, if you were Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and you noted the specificity of the current trade-policy planetary positions; and you were overlaying the preparatory action taken by Justin from Canada; and you understand there are factually hundreds of billions in play; you would be a fool not to go past past Economy Minister Ildefonso Guarjardo and directly engage the ultimate decision-maker, U.S. President Donald Trump, out of an urgent need to evaluate the survivability of your economic surroundings. It would be imprudent not to prepare yourself:


(White House) President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico to offer condolences to the families of the victims of the helicopter accident in Oaxaca. President Peña Nieto returned the sentiment and expressed Mexico’s solidarity with the United States following the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. President Trump underscored his commitment to expanding cooperation between the United States and Mexico on security, trade, and immigration.



The basic issue is a simple one – for the United States NAFTA has a fatal flaw. Canada and Mexico are used by China, Europe and Asian nations as a way to work-around direct trade with the U.S. and those nations use NAFTA as a backdoor into the U.S. market. It works out great for Canada and Mexico, but terrible for the U.S.

It is a structural issue and no amount of negotiation is going to remove the fatal flaw unless Canada and Mexico agreed to terms that are directly against their prior financial interests. Absolutely ZERO action has been taken to address this issue through six rounds of prior NAFTA discussion. Round six ended with VERY terse words from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer specifically over this issue.

Justin from Canada recently signed up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With that decision the fatal flaw -from a U.S. perspective- just became the final straw to end the U.S. participation in NAFTA.

The U.S. cannot make any bilateral trade deals with TPP nations while those same TPP nations have an alternative access route to the U.S. market through Canada via NAFTA.

Therefore the only way for President Trump to finish a trade agreement with South Korea (current tense negotiations – see Samsung etc.) is to first remove their NAFTA alternative. Anticipating this reality S-Korea also filed a WTO trade challenge earlier today.

Absent of massive last-minute economic concessions (I’m talking full-blown acquiescence) by Canada and Mexico there is no alternative other than for President Trump to withdraw.

Understandably, South Korea is currently hosting the U.S. Olympics and it would have been extremely poor form, very impolite, and economically very destabilizing for Moon Jae-in if POTUS Trump had made the NAFTA announcement in the months/weeks leading up to their international spotlight event. [It’s not only CTH who follow the global tentacles of multinational trade decisions.]

However, with the Olympics ending next week that diplomatic hurdle is removed… the countdown clock now officially begins.



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I would agree this is a fatal flaw that we have not heard prior,

Where people are bypassing US trade law and sliding in thru the north and south borders.

Which of course wasn't the purpose of nafta,

begging the question, was it a 'intended' or 'non-intended' consequence?
 

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I would agree this is a fatal flaw that we have not heard prior,

Where people are bypassing US trade law and sliding in thru the north and south borders.

Which of course wasn't the purpose of nafta,

begging the question, was it a 'intended' or 'non-intended' consequence?
Fully intended and the ones who initially allowed it (Newt G for one) continue getting their payoffs from the US Chamber of Commerce and other big anti American lobbying firms.
If it says "made in mexico" or "made in canada" that means made in china and removed from a box in mexico or canada and assembled by a robot.

Those $60,000 american (sarc) pick up trucks are made in china with near slave labor, a couple bolts are snugged in mexico and then it's brought across the border tax and tariff free.
Costs GM, Chrysler, Ford peanuts but it takes a mortgage for you to buy it.

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Every man in this picture and many others are responsible for more poverty, misery, hardship and suffering of men women and children in the United States than any other event in our country's history.

They are all traitors of the highest level.

President Clinton signs the North American Free Trade Agreement

 
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Every man in this picture and many others are responsible for more poverty, misery, hardship and suffering of men women and children in the United States than any other event in our country's history.

They are all traitors of the highest level.

President Clinton signs the North American Free Trade Agreement

I fully agree with your comment but I might add that it was the will of the people that this happen. This was after the election when Ross Perot also ran for President. Perot warned the voters that if either Clinton or Bush was elected that, in Perot's words "there will be a great big sucking sound as jobs are sucked out of this country." The voters elected Clinton and therefore got what they wanted. The great mass of people who did not vote also contributed to the situation as well by not going out and voting for Perot.
 
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I fully agree with your comment but I might add that it was the will of the people that this happen. This was after the election when Ross Perot also ran for President. Perot warned the voters that if either Clinton or Dole was elected that, in Perot's words "there will be a great big sucking sound as jobs are sucked out of this country." The voters elected Clinton and therefore got what they wanted. The great mass of people who did not vote also contributed to the situation as well by not going out and voting for Perot.
Not to nitpick you here, edsl, but I think Perot ran against Bush and Clinton, in '92. Dole ran in '96. Total waste of effort. The RePukes should have just conceded the election to the pervert.
 

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Not to nitpick you here, edsl, but I think Perot ran against Bush and Clinton, in '92. Dole ran in '96. Total waste of effort. The RePukes should have just conceded the election to the pervert.
whoops you are right and I changed it. Thank you for the heads up. Perot did enter the race against Clinton and Dole in 1996 but the NAFTA situation was, as you correctly pointed out, was in the 1992 election.
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I fully agree with your comment but I might add that it was the will of the people that this happen. This was after the election when Ross Perot also ran for President. Perot warned the voters that if either Clinton or Bush was elected that, in Perot's words "there will be a great big sucking sound as jobs are sucked out of this country." The voters elected Clinton and therefore got what they wanted. The great mass of people who did not vote also contributed to the situation as well by not going out and voting for Perot.
There was also a massive public relations push to get people to agree with NAFTA. Guys I worked with would argue that NAFTA would bring more jobs to the tool and die industry. They bamboozled many many shop owners too.

Back then it was harder to wrap one's head around the fact that the government and their media were 100% evil in their intentions. Luckily nowadays we are seeing the opposite as it dawns on folks who the enemy really is.

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There was also a massive public relations push to get people to agree with NAFTA. Guys I worked with would argue that NAFTA would bring more jobs to the tool and die industry. They bamboozled many many shop owners too.

Back then it was harder to wrap one's head around the fact that the government and their media were 100% evil in their intentions. Luckily nowadays we are seeing the opposite as it dawns on folks who the enemy really is.

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We were more likely to believe what the government said back then...but now I don't believe much that comes out of D.C.
 

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whoops you are right and I changed it. Thank you for the heads up. Perot did enter the race against Clinton and Dole in 1996 but the NAFTA situation was, as you correctly pointed out, was in the 1992 election.
Thanks :)
Sonofagun! You're right. I didn't remember the '96 run.
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