Presidential Fixations

Posted by Herb7734 8 months, 3 weeks ago to Politics
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All presidents have had fixations which put their administrations in the lose column. The Bush mindset, for example of China prospering with economic progress that will shift them away from Communism to Capitalism. While it looked like it was happening, look closely and you'll find a step out of the communist mindset gets you in the prison of the disappeared.As to our reward, from Bill Clinton onward has been China gleefully getting revenge for hundreds of years of western imperialism with nuclear weapons and vassal nations with nuclear capability. Go back to Bush #1 you'll see a conventional Republican who so angered his base that Ross Perot stepped in and caused a win for a very flawed Bill Clinton who helped start China on its road to power.Then we got George Bush #2, with a fixation about producing a world of democratic countries He did not fathom the difference between secular dictators like Saddam and Jihadists like Bin Ladin and so, not knowing that there were white hats among the black every Arab, Shia or Sunni became the enemy instead of taking sides which screwed up things to the max. Then came Obama, the Islamophile who was unable to day radical Islamic terrorism. With the help of Hillary Clinton he ampliphied the the chaos by creating the so-called Arab Spring and killing Qaddafi.thus capping the mish-mash started by Bush culminating in the Iran deal which became the paymaster bank for Iran and the Shias. For all the good Trump has done regarding taxes and regulations his fixation about trade and tariffs ignoring that you cannot put the last 50 years of globalization like the genie back in the bottle, but you can do a tariff (see Smoot Hawley)like the 20's decade which led to the doom of the world economy, and The Great Depression.


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  • Posted by  $  Dobrien 8 months, 3 weeks ago
    Don't forget the Federal Reserve that promised congress the end of bank failures 15 years before they all failed and sorry but they failed due to the
    End of sound banking practices not tariffs.
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    • Posted by 8 months, 3 weeks ago
      True, but I wasn't inferring that tariffs were the only reason why banks failed.The 20's were the era of irresponsibility. George Burns once wrote of the depression bank failures, "I walked in to the racetrack a millionaire, when I walked out I was poor.Most folks didn't know what hit them or what to do about it.
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    • Posted by freedomforall 8 months, 3 weeks ago
      Right, just give us the power to create legal tender" 9x the amount of the deposits we have as loans (to non-banks) and assure that no one else can create "legal tender", and that no one can use anything but the "legal tender" that we create from NOTHING, and we can charge interest rates that we set on those loans regardless of economic conditions. Trust us! In return we promise to never do anything that would screw everyone else to benefit ourselves.
      Yes, that worked out really well.
      $%^&ing banksters should be impaled in Central Park as an example to all looters.
      I'l be glad to help.
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      • Posted by  $  Dobrien 8 months, 3 weeks ago
        To add - we the elite bankers will then make it illegal To own gold, bring it in and we will give you some paper.
        Oh also when we shut our doors and you lost all your hard earned savings and certificates of deposits. We only went bankrupt on the deposit side not the loan side so That means you have to keep paying the mortgage on the farm so better find some cash.
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    Both our friends and "frenemies" (China) have skillfully weaponized the global market against America. For decades we have passively accepted as a given that we will have to have huge trade deficits in order to participate in the global market.

    One of our "friends," South Korea purposely targeted the American television industry by dumping practices. They were so skillful that they successfully destroyed American TV producers. They were in the process of eliminating American washer and dryer manufacturers before Trump placed a tariff on South Korean washers and dryers. As a result, LG immediately started construction of a washer and dryer manufacturing plant in Tennessee to avoid the tariff. Manufacturers will always look to maximize profits, demonstrated by the fact that Toyota, Mercedes, BMW and other auto manufacturers build many models of their cars in American plants.

    What is in question now is if tariffs will work the same way with basic goods like metals. It isn't like the steel foundries can move to America. It might be possible for the steel and aluminum manufacturers to ship raw materials to the U.S. and build new foundries here, but I seriously doubt foreign manufacturers would do that.

    We have a very unconventionally thinking President, so I suspect he's threatening to impose tariffs to stimulate a dialog with the various players. Foreign investment in American steel and aluminum firms is one way to get around tariffs, which may be the aim of Trump's threat of a trade war. We'll just have to see which way trade discussions turn before we start decrying the President's move, claiming it will start a new depression.
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  • Posted by  $  CaptainKirk 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    I admit I lean towards Isolationism. I like the tariffs because we have a bigger problem, as a country, we MUST protect SOME industries. At a certain point, all of our Steel mills will close. I work in this industry, so I am biased (but admit it freely).

    As a country, we cannot rely on China for BULLETS or WEAPONS of war. To do so would mark the end of us. As we have a 2A (despite recent media coverage)... We must have core concepts of industry that allow us to cut off trade with anyone, and not be hamstrung.

    The EPA has shut down lead smelting, and various industries. If this keeps going, we will lose the ability to stay america.

    Some industry is worth protecting. We don't let other countries make our Nuclear bombs for us, despite it probably being cheaper! But hey, lets outsource that to NK... I am sure they would be HAPPY to make our nukes, and promise not to steal anything from them.

    Meanwhile... Is it fair if WE are forced to be the ONE country NOT allowed to have a tariff?

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    As with ANYTHING, overdone is bad. On everything is bad. But to change the narrative on what it means to work WITH us, vs. AGAINST us... Use every tool we have!

    PS: Thank banking system, and the sudden contraction of ALL outstanding debt, AFTER the big bankers got out of the stock market is what created that crash! And it was worse than even the greedy buggers imagined...
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    • Posted by 8 months, 2 weeks ago
      Being the leader sled dog means not having to follow the rumps of the other dogs, but it also incurs certain responsibilities. To lead means knowing where to go and how to get there which causes certain responsibilities not found inthe other dogs.
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  • Posted by  $  blarman 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    Shouldn't we really call these American fixations, as we are voting for these people?

    I would also point out that some fixations aren't bad, such as Reagan's fixation on the USSR.
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  • Posted by term2 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    I buy from china because the deal is better than putting up with american regulations and employees. Pretty simple. Chinese stuff is 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of the same stuff made in USA. Nothing Trump or anyone else can do to change that- except get rid of the regulations and legal impediments to USA efficiency improvements and allowing wages to go down to competitive levels.
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    • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 8 months, 2 weeks ago
      I would start at the bottom of the swamp and filter out all the communist public and private sector unions first.
      The marxist criminal creatures will get "themselves" caught in fish net due to their own stupidity.
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      • Posted by 8 months, 2 weeks ago
        Right after WW2 "Made in Japan meant cheap price but poor quality. They overcame that with their cameras when a LIFE Magazine photographer's camera got smashed up and all he could get was a Japanese imitation of a Leica some rip-off called Nikon. It convinced him of the quality of the Nikon, and bit by bit Japanese products improved until they rivaled German and American products.Now, China is following the Japanese model.
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        • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 8 months, 2 weeks ago
          Only by stealing our technology...they can't seem to think for themselves.
          The Japanese are a whole lot smarter and ethical...not to mention, not ruled by communist.
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