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We Are Finally Moving Towards Actually Free Global Trade

I am a retired musician. I play three instruments - but I sang, is what I mainly did. My first band in high school was big into three-part vocal harmonies. We covered a bunch of songs - and wrote a few - that featured this rousing sound. One thing you immediately learn (if you didn’t already know it) is that when three or more voices are simultaneous and in harmony - they create a resonance that is louder than the voices operating individually. It is beautiful music - more powerful in coordinated conjunction. So it is with global trade. Now-President Donald Trump - is introducing proper music education to Washington, D.C. DC for decades has been perfectly happy with - and accommodating of - the world’s many nations performing from sheet music far different than the pages we have. The phony “free trade” in which we have long engaged - has had us lowering tariffs and government impediments to the globe’s goods and services entering our market. While nigh every other nation on the planet has taxed and regulated the living daylight out of nigh everything we send them. While subsidizing the daylight into their domestic products. Imagine the lead singer in the key of “G” - and every other nation crooning in “C#dim7.” So it now is with global trade. The rest of the planet is in harmonious sync - all working from the same anti-free trade songbook. We’re the lead singer - and our go-it-alone less government trade approach is dissonantly clashing. These many nations have used our decades of stupidity against us - and have drained hundreds of billions of dollars of wealth out of here and into there. Very many of them have had year after year, decade after decade of ridiculously huge Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth - at our exorbitant expense, as ours continued towards flatline. Trump has finally pointed out the obvious - that the global trade market is the Emperor with No Tone. That the Singing Emperor - is naked, and off-key. That it’s high time that EVERY nation - join us on the free trade song sheet. Most of DC - still doesn’t get it. They confuse things like Trump threatening to impose a massive tariff on all things China or tariffs on imported steel - with Trump actually imposing them. What Trump’s doing - is using the threat of tariffs as a can opener to pry open the world’s closed markets. And piece by trade piece, Trump is moving us - and the world - in the free trade direction. We’re getting less government impediments to trade - all over the place. An Ag Subsidy Dream for Buenos Aires: “WTO members this week also wrapped up a session of agriculture talks where they discussed a deluge of six new proposals on farm subsidies…. “On the top of the pile was a proposal led by the European Union and Brazil that aims to limit trade-distortive support by setting a percentage threshold on the amount of support a country can provide as it relates to the total value of its agricultural production. The EU at the meeting said the proposal "provides a new architecture which would put all WTO members on the same basis and encourage reform efforts,” according to a Geneva trade official.” US Beef is Back on Market in China: “(W)henever changes make foreign sales easier, they are welcome. In that regard, a new trade pact with China is an especially positive development. The door to U.S. beef exports to the world’s most populous nation has been re-opened after being closed for 14 years. “According to the USDA, the return of U.S. beef and beef products is a part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action Plan that was announced by the Trump administration on May 11.” U.S., Mexico Clear Way for NAFTA with New Deal on Sugar Trade: “‘The Mexican side has agreed to nearly every request by the U.S. industry to address flaws in the current system and to ensure fair treatment of American sugar growers,’ Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said at a news conference Tuesday.” That’s a whole lot less government - all over the world. A shocking novelty in DC trade. And portending a whole lot more less government going forward. Not everyone doesn’t get it. Five Good Reasons Trump’s Agenda Is a Win for America: “Trump’s priorities are more than defensible; they are essential to the future of our country….1) Resetting the scales with our trading partners to ensure U.S. workers are treated fairly….5) Letting the world know that the U.S. will stand up for its citizens” Those are two massively important principles for which to stand. They will vastly improve America’s prospects in innumerable ways. It is way past time to level the international trade playing field. It has for far too long been tilted sharply against us. And harmonizing global trade policy - will harmonize a great many other things. There’s a whole lot less acrimony and mistrust - when everyone knows everyone is getting a good deal. This first appeared in Red State.

Singing a New –
and Much Better – Song

I am a retired musician. I play three instruments – but I sang, is what I mainly did. My first band in high school was big into three-part vocal harmonies. We covered a bunch of songs – and wrote a few – that featured this rousing sound.

One thing you immediately learn (if you didn’t already know it) is that when three or more voices are simultaneous and in harmony – they create a resonance that is louder than the voices operating individually. It is beautiful music – more powerful in coordinated conjunction.

So it is with global trade. Now-President Donald Trump – is introducing proper music education to Washington, D.C.

DC for decades has been perfectly happy with – and accommodating of – the world’s many nations performing from sheet music far different than the pages we have.

The phony “free trade” in which we have long engaged – has had us lowering tariffs and government impediments to the globe’s goods and services entering our market.

While nigh every other nation on the planet has taxed and regulated the living daylight out of nigh everything we send them. While subsidizing the daylight into their domestic products. More

Silicon Valley Robber Barons Are Using Government As a Weapon Against Us

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Robber Barons 2.0

In the Left’s usually skewed view of America’s past, they reserve a special place in historical Hell for the late-19th-Century-early-20th-Century entrepreneurial giants who helped revolutionize our economy and nation.

These were the likes of Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan, Andrew Mellon and John D. Rockefeller.   The Industrialists the anti-free-market Left dubbed “Robber Barons” – simply because these men were so very good at free-marketing.

The Left wholly ignored their incredible contributions to moving all of us massively forward. And loathed them for their massive hugeness -and for the abusive practices in which some engaged.

The Left failed (and fails) to understand the evolution of every free market system ever. As a free market grows, the ability of the few to dominate the many very quickly dissipates. More and more people acquire larger sums of coin – and they too get into business for themselves.

Competition being, as it always is, a fabulous equalizing and bettering force – consumers and employees have ever more options from which to choose. So businesses have to stop abusing their customers and the help. More

When the Government Sues to Undermine the Constitution

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This is What it Looks Like
When the Constitution
Actually Mentions Something

The federal government has spent the last two centuries-plus willfully ignoring the Constitution. With ever-increasing frequency and intensity, the Feds have drifted further and further from their charter.

There is no longer even a pretense of pretending to care whether or not what DC wants the government to do – is an expressly enumerated Constitutional thing that the government is supposed to be doing.

We are currently in the midst of the Republican wing of the bipartisan DC Establishment Party struggling mightily to keep its word to We the People – and repeal the ongoing, rolling train wreck that is Obamacare.

A chief self-imposed impediment for the DC GOP – is with what to replace Obamacare. I.e.: What alternative government medicine nightmare mess should be erected – to be substituted for the current government medicine nightmare mess.

Nigh nowhere in the now-decade long DC debate about any of this – is the Constitution even glancingly referenced. So I’ll do it. I’ll posit a quite simple query to DC: More

The Big Lebowski: New Bogus Russia Nonsense from Obama Deep State Holdovers

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Guilty

America ratified the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution – which banned alcoholic beverages – in January 1920. It would have been obscenely obnoxious – and an unbelievable governmental overreach – to have then begun arresting people for drinking in December 1919, and then working your way back through the calendar.

Because in Reality, you can’t punish people for deeds that were legal at the time they did them – just because you outlawed those things later.

But when the Donald Trump political phenomenon began, the Media-Left complex left Reality even further behind them than they already had. They saw a faint inkling of Reality still present in their rearview mirror – and put their government-subsidized Tesla and Chevy Volt pedals to the metal.

The Left’s chief anti-Trump Shibboleth – is “Russia.” Anyone even remotely connected to Trump who ever had anything to do with that nation – is guilty of heinous crimes. Because – “Russia.”

What crimes? That’s never actually articulated. Because in Reality – they aren’t actually guilty of any. But…”Russia.”

If they could tie him to Trump, they’d arrest The Dude Lebowski – because his drink of choice is a White Russian (which is also racist).

The media is spending 75% of their Trump time on “Russia.” Which is the #1 most important issue – for 6% of Americans. More

The Anatomy of a Mass Media Fake News Lie

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Viral – Like the Plague

The Internet is a wondrous free speech-free market Xanadu. It has revolutionized an incalculable number of things. Life is better, stronger, faster – easier.

But like any other tool – a gun, hammer or shovel, for instance – the Internet can be used for things both good…and ill. Which brings us to the legacy media – the Jurassic Press.

Before the Internet and the rest of the new media revolution – the Jurassic Press had a monopoly. A tiny coterie of Leftist outlets – controlled the entire national narrative.

The World Wide Web – shattered the media landscape. With shards for everyone. There were millions of media pieces now available. To anyone from anywhere along the ideological spectrum.

Nothing before the Internet made free speech more horizontal. Never before was the bar of discourse entry so low. More

You Know an Idea is REALLY Good – When Government Has to Mandate You Do It

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They Learn So Young

As the DC Democrat Party unilaterally worked to ram through Obamacare, there were roughly nine million red flags alerting us to the fact that it was in its entirety a terrible idea.

One of the biggest, reddest flags – was the individual mandate. Obamacare forced you – under penalty of an inexorably increasing fine – to purchase the product it was creating.

But wait – we were incessantly, repeatedly told that Obamacare would save the average family $2,500 per year. That is – well, would have been in their Candy Land fantasy – a tremendous discount.

We were repeatedly, incessantly told that health insurance was a product millions of additional people desperately wanted to purchase – but didn’t because they couldn’t afford it.

So riding to the rescue came DC Democrats – with Obamacare, and its fairy dust promises of lower prices.

But if Obamacare was such a great idea – if it would make insurance so much cheaper and better – why would it include a mandate that everyone purchase it? More

Crony Republicans, Re-Recurring Terrible Ideas – and the WORLD Wide Web

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Those in Acronym Land –
Should Know Better

In Washington, D.C., bad ideas never die – they just get new Congressional bill numbers.

There is no notion so dreadful nor roundly rejected – that an additional dash of crony campaign cash can’t resuscitate it. In DC, the Walking Dead don’t eat long pig – they eat pork.

So it is with Crony Republicans’ serial efforts to try to ban online gambling. Billions of pennies have been thrown at very many GOP members – to ensure that this particular bad penny keeps re-turning up.

The Chief Crony in question – is Sheldon Adelson. A $35-billion-net-worth brick-and-mortar casino magnate – who doesn’t like seeing his gambling house profits undercut by the Internet revolution.

So he bribes various and sundry Republican officials – to the tune of about $200 million in just the last few years – to again and again propose legislation that would kill United States-based gambling websites.

Because a disappointingly large swath of the Elite apparently doesn’t understand that the first “W” in the Internet address prefix “WWW” – is short for “World.” More

Oh Look – Trump Is Right on Trade

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Indubitably

Now-President Donald Trump has for decades been decrying the very bad international deals – trade and otherwise – that the United States has for decades been cutting. He ran for and won the Presidency – in no small part because of his infusion of this reality into the reality-free world of DC politics and policy.

In 1987 – undoubtedly as a part of his public relations campaign to promote his then-new book “The Art of the Deal” – Trump placed $100,000 advertisements in The New York Times and other newspapers decrying the bad global agreements of all sorts to which we were subjecting ourselves.

In 1988, Trump was asked about it on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He in part responded:

“We let Japan come in and dump everything right into our markets. It’s not fair trade. If you ever go to Japan right now and try to sell something – forget about it, Oprah, just forget about it. It’s almost impossible…. More

The Left’s Latest Dud: Trying to Recreate the Magic – Almost Never Works

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Certainly the Most Recent.
Well, One of the Most Recent…

Radio impresario Rush Limbaugh routinely, rightly identifies a consistent feature of the human condition: The inability to recreate the spontaneous excellence of an earlier event.

You’ve likely experienced this. For instance, you awaken on a Saturday – and you and your friends decide to pull together a party for that evening. No time for any real planning – just enough to get the word out as best you can.

The stand-up, impromptu nature of the gathering – actually adds to its allure. Word spreads widely and rapidly – and by the time the evening rolls around, everyone has the sense that its going to be something special.

And it is. It’s an all-time barn-burner. Everyone has a ball. So much so – that everyone decides to have another party two weeks hence. More

Paging President Trump: Protect US IP – Or Trade Wars Ensue, and Economies Die

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It’s Way Past Time to Deploy

We have an economic nightmare mess exploding overseas – and it’s now making its way to our shores. This is potentially disastrous for our economy – and the planet’s. Both now – and, especially, going forward.

At issue is foreign governments royally screwing United States company Qualcomm – in patent enforcement decisions. Qualcomm holds the patents. Qualcomm has contracts with computer-iPhone giant Apple – signed by Apple – in which Apple agrees to pay Qualcomm for use of said patents in their iPhones.

Apple now, suddenly doesn’t want to pay Qualcomm – and has asked these governments to allow them not to do so. And these governments are absurdly ruling in Apple’s favor.

This is potentially catastrophic for our economy – and everyone else’s. If we don’t protect intellectual property (IP) today – no one will create IP tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the days, weeks, months and years to follow.

Say you’re a farmer. Would you invest your time, effort and money to till, plant, nurture and grow your crops – if any and every clown could come along after the fact and take your produce? More