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I support Trump in his efforts to impose trade tariffs on China.

The media has been constantly screaming “trade war” since Trump decided to impose tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum.

Were there a more proportionate trade deficit on those and most other items with our major trading partners. you could truthfully classify what Trump is doing as a “trade war.”

Instead, what we are seeing is a President who is finally attempting to rebuild the bombed out landscape of American industry. The “trade war,” so to speak, was over long ago.

The trade deficit of industrial production has long been in favor of our trading partners who have unfairly and strategically manipulated their currencies to undercut our American producer prices and infiltrate US markets.

Trading partners have focused their production on single industries to strategically undermine our own producers while forming alliances with other countries that have selected other single industries and one by one our own production has been significantly hindered, deconstructed, or eliminated in any number of viable, job creating manufacturing sectors, textiles (clothing), electronics, toys, you name it.

To top it all off our own Congress and Senate has provided massive tax cuts to move production overseas. What that means is not that our own producers build factories in foreign countries to find cheap labor, often they simply farm production out to foreign industries and brand the finished product as their own. Our own Congress has been significantly complicit in the deconstruction of American industry by providing such tax breaks that enable that industrial behavior.

American Corporations have also been just as complicit in the demise of the American industrial complex, often manufacturing substandard products to reap higher profits for short-term gains and forcing the American consumer to look elsewhere.

You could say American industry has not just been affected by foreign competition, our own elected and numerous, untold American corporations have acted like enemies within.

So I support Trump in his efforts to provide tariffs and import restrictions in certain circumstances. I think his choice of steel and aluminum tariffs is an excellent start.

It is not a trade war. It is reconstruction and the world knows it.

It would just be nice if our own media and our own elected officials would see it for what it is so we can all get on with it.

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An observation based on experience:

One of the major differences between Republicans and Democrats is that both parties will pontificate about your behavior and attempt to regulate your personal and consensual activities but the Democrats are more likely to tell you there is something wrong with the way your living your life while sanctimoniously taking your hard-earned dollars in the form of taxes.

That is the case for the most part on almost all issues except the methods for addressing consensual behaviors that involve drug or alcohol usage. Republicans are more likely to adopt a prohibitive position on such activities as drug usage, for example, and instead of offering treatment for what is essentially a sickness, instead seeking to incarcerate drug users instead. That is the wrong approach. We have seen that time and time again.

But for the most part, Democrats are the party that assume the most righteous posture on social issues and then turn around and tax you till you have nothing left, which in my opinion negates all the so-called good they are trying to accomplish in the first place.

Do you like the wool?

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Most white Americans want nothing to do with any racist or fascist organization but often such organizations are the only organizations publicly enumerating white grievance in The US, where the government and the media often falsely place historical guilt upon white Americans to increase tax levies upon the middle classes, for all manner of social programs, many of which whites pay for but benefit from very little.

While white Americans also comprise a relatively stable number in population, minorities that benefit from such social programs are increasing in size, some of them dramatically, at rates unprecedented in American history.

So, while America’s population of whites remains relatively the same, the tax burden to pay for such social programs and the use AND ABUSE of such social programs is increasing dramatically, correspondingly increasing the burden upon white Americans whose population stays relatively the same.

Attempts by white Americans to organize and enumerate their grievances publicly have been met with 1st Amendment transgressions by municipal leadership or pandering to violent reactionaries in such cities as Berkeley and Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, and Baltimore.

Any attempts by white Americans to organize in the public square are now met almost automatically with false and slanderous calls of fascism and racism by the media and municipal governments as well as the threat of violence from reactionaries.

Unless there is change there will come a day when white America will no longer stand for it.

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Most white Americans want nothing to do with any racist or fascist organization but often such organizations are the only organizations publicly enumerating white grievance in The US, where the government and the media often falsely place historical guilt upon white Americans to increase tax levies upon the middle classes, for all manner of social programs, many of which whites pay for but benefit from very little.

While white Americans also comprise a relatively stable number in population, minorities that benefit from such social programs are increasing in size, some of them dramatically, at rates unprecedented in American history.

So, while America’s population of whites remains relatively the same, the tax burden to pay for such social programs and the use AND ABUSE of such social programs is increasing dramatically, correspondingly increasing the burden upon white Americans whose population stays relatively the same.

Attempts by white Americans to organize and enumerate their grievances publicly have been met with 1st Amendment transgressions by municipal leadership or pandering to violent reactionaries in such cities as Berkeley and Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, and Baltimore.

Any attempts by white Americans to organize in the public square are now met almost automatically with false and slanderous calls of fascism and racism by the media and municipal governments as well as the threat of violence from reactionaries.

Unless there is change there will come a day when white America will no longer stand for it.

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The liberal media pundits were at it again today talking about how cruel it would be to the children of undocumented immigrants to repeal DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

How “cruel?” Perhaps it seems cruel, but the pundits seem also to have forgotten someone, namely Americans.

How about how cruel it is to the children of this country to bring in foreign workers who will work under the table, not pay taxes on that employment, nor will their employers pay payroll taxes, with the gross effect of undermining all of the tax revenue going to pay student loans and education grants for American children, all of the revenue to pay for public education, you name it? Just how cruel would that be to the children of America and the American taxpayer? Now that truly IS cruel.

Not only is that cruel, it’s insane policy.

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While watching Chuck Todd interview Senator John McCain (R-AZ) this morning on Meet the Press Todd asked McCain if he thought the current administration’s flip-flopping from campaign positions to his current positions had something to do with Trump “being sucked in by the Washington establishment?”

McCain’s answer was to chuckle and say, “well, I hope so.”

To me this is proof that not only IS there a Washington establishment, it is proof that our elected know there is a Washington establishment and that perhaps our elected even provide support materially and vocally (obviously McCain supports it vocally in his response to Todd) to the Washington establishment.

Other elected officials were asked about Trump’s positional re-orientations throughout the week and the most common response was, “maybe he is ‘growing’ into the position.” Growing into the position? What a load of b.s.

To be sure, Trump doesn’t have to change his campaign positions. Something is forcing him to do so and it’s not that he “growing into the position.” He is there to implement the will of the people, not to “grow.” He isn’t on a weekend retreat. He is now the President of The United States.

I wrote earlier that it would only be a matter of time before Trump switched his campaign positions due to the Washington establishment and we see now that is exactly what is happening. You can read that post here: What’s Next for Conservatives?

The most disgusting aspect of the “Washington establishment” is that what it means is that those entrenched there in Washington are there to ensure that whomever is elected cannot implement the will of the people without the express consent of “the Washington establishment.”

Ultimately what a “Washington establishment” means is that the will of the people has been effectively thwarted, seemingly in perpetuity, by a bureaucratic element entrenched in our nation’s capital and that there is nothing, either voting for a Republican or voting for a Democrat, that the people can do about it.

What is the solution?

The two major parties take great pains to make sure the public is nearly equally divided (we see this in the election results) right down the middle when it comes to major elections and national issues. The parties talk about the base of the Republican party and the base The Democratic party in their political calculus.

Maybe it’s time that the bases of both parties come together for a new political calculus, disregarding the respective party apparatus so the country can really “drain the swamp” as Trump promised during the election and take care of the needs of the people and not that of “the Washington establishment,” which is what he is now doing.

There are common goals among the bases of both parties. Maybe it’s time we come together and focus on those common goals primarily and forget about our differences, such as abortion and gun rights for example, just once, and see what happens.

Maybe we can set those and other differences aside in order to bring the changes the country requires. Or maybe “the Washington establishment” can deal with that, too. And you know what that means? Think about it.

Because we now have proof that there is indeed a “Washington establishment” and it is working against us, working against us all.

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Today while watching Face the Nation the point came up that the current administration’s deportation and immigration policies were resulting in the deportation of “good hombres,” and not just “bad hombres.”

The object of that discussion and others I’ve heard like it is in my opinion to change the subject from the original reason for the aggressive implementation of border policy in the first place.

Please see note following this observation. I’ve tried to come up with a solution to this problem of immigration from countries at close proximity to the United States for some time as other have as well.

Americans want stricter immigration policy not so much to get rid of the “bad hombres,” which is of course significant in and of itself, but to prevent the undermining of the American middle classes and working people.

It’s not just bad hombres that have undermined the working classes in America, it is immigrants of all types, good hombres too that are coming to America in huge numbers and willing to work for pennies on the dollar under the table while at the same time there has been no enforcement of immigration policy of any measure coming from previous administrations for decades. There has been little or no enforcement of immigration policy even though the tax payer has been paying for it to the tune of many billions of dollars a year.

The result has been lower wages for the American worker and fewer jobs. Large corporations have applied for H-1B visas to replace their American workers and those same corporations are giving their American employees severance packages predicated on the fact that the American workers have to train their foreign H-1B visa workers who replace them. In other words, if you don’t train your foreign replacements, you don’t get your severance package. AND CONGRESS HAS BEEN THE ENABLER ALL ALONG!

Immigrants are coming here and taking American jobs and huge US-based multi-national corporations have lobbied congress to be allowed to take American jobs south of the border through the implementation of NAFTA. It’s an untenable situation for the American worker.

The American working classes are at a point where if something isn’t done about it, the middle classes will finally collapse under debt load and the lack of opportunity that the influx of immigrants, illegal or otherwise, coupled with NAFTA creates. Everyone knows this. Congress knows this. The current administration knows this. And the voter who elected Trump is keenly aware.

I don’t know anyone that wanted things to turn out this way but let’s not change the subject. Everyone in the country knew this day would come. It’s not what side of the tracks you live on or where you live, it’s not what car you drive, it is simply about citizenship and the right to work in The United States and it’s a totally valid position to take.

From what I can tell what the voter is saying, what the American worker is saying is that America has come to the point where regardless of whether they are good hombres, bad hombres, or whatever kind of hombres they are, if they aren’t “American hombres,” they have to go and that’s all there is to it.

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Note: See my writings in the past about forming The North American Union, not unlike The European Union, a possible solution to the problems we are facing today. With NAFTA in place we already have the economic framework. Of course the problem with that is like Germany and other more industrial European countries, The United States would probably find itself bailing out other countries such as Mexico and those further south. So, it probably wouldn’t work just as The EU seems to be fracturing but that doesn’t mean there might not be some possible solution or alternative.

 

 

 

 


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