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  • Free Trade Isn't Killing Jobs

    10/16/2017 12:07:04 PM PDT · by TBP · 145 replies
    Foundation for Economic Educcation ^ | October 16, 2017 | Pierre Lemieux
    The economic argument for free international trade is basically that people produce in order to consume, not the other way around, so the economic system should be geared to the benefit of the consumer, not the producer. In the economic sense, producers include workers and owners of capital or land, who often join in associations called "firms." There are more consumers than producers, as everybody is a consumer but not everybody is a producer; some live off the production of parents, donors, or taxpayers. So there are more consumers than producers; but this is not the important point. Free Trade...
  • What Are Little Girls Now Being Made Of?

    09/21/2017 11:21:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | September 21, 2017 | Daren M. Williams
    What are little boys made of?   Snips and snails   And puppy-dogs' tails That's what little boys are made ofWhat are little girls made of? What are little girls made of?   Sugar and spice   And everything nice  That's what little girls are made of In 1989, the year before they published their book, The Day America Told the Truth, James Patterson and Peter Kim conducted a national survey of more than 2,000 Americans, each of whom was given over 1,800 questions to answer. It was conducted simultaneously all across America at locations where the privacy and anonymity of the respondents could...
  • A Twilight Zone Episode Reveals the Unrelenting Genius of Free Trade

    09/11/2017 11:03:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    RCM ^ | 09/10/2017 | By Allan Golombek
    Perhaps the clearest and most vivid illustration of the value of the division of labor is found not in Adam Smith’s description in the economic classic “The Wealth of Nations” of the efficiency of a specialized pin factory, but in an episode of Rod Serling’s 1950s television classic “Twilight Zone.” The episode, entitled “Time Enough at Last,” demonstrates – perhaps unintentionally – that even under the most fortuitous of circumstances, self-sufficiency is no match for interdependence. The episode, chosen in a reader poll conducted by Twilight Zone Magazine as by far the most memorable in the series’ history, has a...
  • Sea Shepherd says it will abandon pursuit of Japanese whalers

    08/29/2017 6:01:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 8/28/2017 | Ben Doherty
    The anti-whaling organisation Sea Shepherd will not contest the Southern Ocean against Japanese whalers this season, Captain Paul Watson has announced, accusing “hostile governments” in the US, Australia and New Zealand of acting “in league with Japan” against the protest vessel. Sea Shepherd has been obstructing Japanese whaling vessels in the Southern Ocean each year since 2005, but Watson said the cost of sending vessels south, Japan’s increased use of military technology to track them, and new anti-terrorism laws passed specifically to thwart Sea Shepherd’s activities made physically tracking the ships impossible.
  • Cindy Does Seoul--Cindy Sheehan and Medea Benjamin shill for Kim Jong-il.

    11/27/2006 5:09:37 PM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies · 823+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | November 27, 2006 | Lt. Col. Gordon Cucullu
    One of the things that protestors in South Korea know is that the local riot police have ample experience with demonstrators. While a viable democracy, South Korea has seen out-of-control street riots in its turbulent past. Now authorities across the political spectrum are unwilling to allow anyone to go too far. Peaceful demonstrations? Sure, but don’t press your luck. While American demonstrators – including the most violent – are accustomed to being treated with kid gloves; in South Korea the gloves are off. This is something that career protestors Cindy “Peace Mom” Sheehan and Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin might want...
  • ‘The Economist’ Says Open Borders Could Make World $78 Trillion Richer: Here's Why That's Wrong

    08/21/2017 10:58:22 AM PDT · by Thalean · 30 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | August 18, 2017 | Spencer P Morrison
    Economics is an intellectual tool that can help us make better decisions, but it should not make these decisions for us. There are many rational reasons to sacrifice economic expediency for principles of far greater value—things like family, freedom, art, science, nature, or God. One of the reasons Singapore is so rich is because political dissent, and the uncertainty it creates, is extirpated. Likewise, China’s economic rise was made possible, in part, due to its ability to bulldoze villages, pollute rivers, and silence critics—all in the name of “progress.” Economically justified? Certainly. Rational? Perhaps—for Bentham’s most ardent acolytes. But for...
  • NAFTA's touchiest issue: rules of origin

    08/14/2017 6:10:42 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 4 replies
    autonews.com ^ | August 13, 2017 | Eric Kulisch
    The structure of North America's manufacturing networks will be on the line when the first round of negotiations to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement begins here this week. The central showdown is expected to revolve around the amount of regional content products must contain to qualify for duty-free status, the so-called rules of origin. How that contest plays out will have profound implications for the auto industry. Administration officials have pointed to stricter rules of origin as one way to address reducing the $60 billion bilateral trade deficit with Mexico and shifting more production to U.S. factories. In...
  • Mexican court forbids imports of US potatoes

    08/04/2017 8:53:58 PM PDT · by boycott · 33 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | August 04, 2017
    A Mexican federal court has made an unusual ruling that bans the import of U.S. potatoes on the grounds the imports violate Mexicans’ right to food sovereignty and a healthy environment. A group of Mexican potato growers had sought a constitutional injunction on the imports, claiming they threaten to spread agricultural diseases. The court said Mexican agricultural authorities had failed to use methods like radiation treatment of imports to prevent diseases. But because federal injunctions are intended only to protect constitutional rights, the ruling had to break some new ground. The court ruled the ban must be implemented to preserve...
  • Canada PM Stands By Supply Management As US Debates NAFTA

    07/21/2017 7:25:56 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 2 replies
    Manufacturing.net ^ | 7/20/2017 | Associated Press
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will continue to defend the supply management system that protects the Canadian dairy industry in talks about revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement. A U.S. House subcommittee raised the long-standing trade irritant at its hearing on NAFTA negotiations Tuesday, suggesting Canadian measures to protect the industry will be a sticking point. Congressman Ron Kind, a Democrat from Wisconsin, says he does not want to jeopardize a crucial trading relationship with Canada but thinks the system should be more balanced. The Trump administration released its objectives for a new trade deal earlier this...
  • Mexico to Merkel: we want 'significant increase' in trade

    06/11/2017 3:54:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 June 2017 09:16 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    President Enrique Peña Nieto told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday he wants a significant increase in trade with the European Union, vowing to complete a new trade deal by year’s end. Peña Nieto’s Mexican government has been actively seeking new trade opportunities since US President Donald Trump came to office with a threat to curb Mexico’s privileged access to American markets. Mexico is currently in negotiations with the European Union to modernize a free trade agreement they signed 20 years ago. Both Merkel and Peña Nieto vowed on Friday to conclude the expanded deal by the end of the...
  • Trump Signals New US Approach to China With Tough Actions

    05/29/2017 12:14:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 26, 2017 | Dean Cheng
    Two developments in the past few weeks suggest that America’s China policy is on a cusp.The more publicly discussed event involves the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Dewey, which conducted a freedom of navigation operation near Mischief Reef in the Spratlys island group.This is the first freedom of navigation action conducted by the Trump administration. It is the first true freedom of navigation conducted since at least 2012.By contrast, the Obama administration had undertaken a handful of “innocent passage” activities in the South China Sea, which failed to demonstrate the critical issues at stake.The actions carried out in the previous administration...
  • We Are Watching A Slow-Motion Coup D’etat

    05/19/2017 1:38:42 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 82 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 19, 2017 | James Downton
    This coup d’etat is not only about President Trump. It represents not the rule of one man or even many, but by the multitude of our elites. It’s nearly incontrovertible that a slow-motion coup d’etat is now taking place. Since November 9, 2016, forces within the U.S. government, media, and partisan opposition have aligned to overthrow the Electoral College winner, Donald Trump. To achieve this they have undermined the institutions of the Fourth Estate, the bureaucratic apparatus of the U.S. government, and the very nature of a contentious yet affable two-party political system. Unlike the coup d’etat that sees a...
  • Household Appliances Were Cheaper 40 Years Ago—We’re Getting Ripped Off

    05/13/2017 9:10:35 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 135 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | May 12, 2017 | Spenser P. Morrison
    What do flat-earthers and economists have in common? They both mistake their models for reality. They confuse what ought to be with what is. And that’s why economists are often wrong—even when they all agree, like when it comes to global free trade. Ask 10 economists about global free trade, and 10 will say it’s good. Always good.
  • How Jared Kushner’s Call to Canada Saved NAFTA

    05/10/2017 7:42:51 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 9, 2017 | John Carney
    President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, played a key role in the Trump administration’s decision to back down from its threat to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Exactly what that role involved, however, is a matter of dispute. Kushner was a conduit between Canadian officials and the Trump administration but accounts differ about the details. Last month, various news reports said that Trump was preparing to invoke Article 2205 of NAFTA, the first step in withdrawing from the trade agreement that the U.S. president had attacked so fiercely on the campaign trail. Several...
  • Exclusive: Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

    04/27/2017 6:46:28 PM PDT · by Mariner · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 27th, 2017 | By Stephen J. Adler, Steve Holland and Jeff Mason
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute. "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely," Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview ahead of his 100th day in office on Saturday. Nonetheless, Trump said he wanted to peacefully resolve a crisis that has bedeviled multiple U.S. presidents, a path that he and his administration are emphasizing by preparing a variety of new...
  • Trump To Sign ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Executive Orders (H1B Visas Finally Targeted)

    04/18/2017 7:23:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 51 replies
    President Donald Trump will sign an executive order in Wisconsin on Tuesday directing a government-wide review aimed at putting new teeth back into decades-old “Buy American” and “Hire American” directives. The 220-day review process, which could lead to additional executive orders and possibly legislation, will focus on preventing foreign workers with H-1B visas from, as one senior administration official put it, “undercutting American labor at less cost,” which the official labeled as “an abuse” of the current system. “This is a clear statement from the president of the United States to shore up some of these abuses,” the official continued....
  • EU imposes anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel

    04/06/2017 8:10:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2017 8:15 AM EDT
    The European Commission has imposed anti-dumping duties on steel products from China to stop them flooding Europe’s struggling steel market. […] The Chinese exports will now be taxed with duties ranging from 18.1 percent to 35.9 percent. …
  • One in ten German firms to cut UK investments before Brexit: survey

    03/28/2017 9:40:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 March 2017 14:30 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    One in ten German firms present in Britain plans to stop investing in the island nation even before it definitively leaves the European Union, an industry group survey published on Tuesday found. German firms believe Brexit “will seriously damage business with the United Kingdom,” said Eric Schweitzer, president of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), which surveyed 2,200 internationally active companies. Some nine percent of firms who have invested in the UK plan to shift investments elsewhere, with Germany and the rest of the EU the top choices. Britain is the third-biggest export market for Germany...
  • Bay Area Tech Executives Indicted for H-1B Visa Fraud

    03/27/2017 10:26:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | March 27, 2017 | Louis Hansen
    Two Bay Area tech executives are accused of filing false visa documents through a staffing agency in a scheme to illegally bring a pool of foreign tech workers into the United States. An indictment from a federal grand jury unsealed on Friday accuses Jayavel Murugan, Dynasoft Synergy’s chief executive officer, and a 40-year-old Santa Clara man, Syed Nawaz, of fraudulently submitting H-1B applications in an effort to illegally obtain visas, according to Brian Stretch, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California. The men are charged with 26 counts of visa fraud, conspiracy to commit visa fraud, use of false...
  • Germany and China to 'fight together' for free trade, says Merkel

    03/16/2017 3:33:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 March 2017 16:59 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday stressed their commitment to free trade ahead of a G20 finance ministers’ meeting set to be dominated by debate on protectionism. The two leaders spoke by telephone and said in a statement issued in Berlin that they would “together fight for free trade and open markets”. Finance ministers from the world’s top economies are gathering in Germany from Friday as fears grow that US President Donald Trump could upend the global economic order with his “America First” policy challenging open markets. Meanwhile, Merkel is set to hold her first meeting with...