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The Trump Blitz
Now, this is something that would lead to the Never Trumpers' heads to explode. Stephen Moore, in his Op/Ed yesterday at The Washington Times, celebrated the booming Trump Economy. That alone would be more than enough to get the N.T.ers in a tail spin.

But his last paragraph really takes the cake and should be causing detonations all over the place. I hope Patrick never reads this short piece, because this could be more than enough to take him out for good. Spiteful

Quote:The other day I was on a panel with media reporters and I suggested in all seriousness that Donald Trump deserves the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics. My fellow panelists almost visibly popped a vein in their heads. They ranted and raved about how stupid and dangerous Mr. Trump’s policies are. Just who is deranged in this picture?
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I don't know how I managed to miss this thing. BREAKING: US Downgraded Status of EU – But Did Not Formally Announce It.

Just one more notch down as European countries are the winning hand. With more nationalists winning elections there, it looks like the trend I have been saying for years now.

BREAKING: Trump TOTALLY Embarrasses EU With Major Move They NEVER Saw Coming


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I don't understand: What was the status of the EU before the secret downgrade?
An international organisation, it's just what it is. So why us it a downgrade? Nobody claimed that Europe was a country, a nation or a state.

Of course there is an European Government but this governement is governed by the member states. It doesn't have a power of its own.

Trump can pretend to ignore the importance of the EU, what it means, and try to talk with europeans as if the EU didn't exist, but then, he will have some problems dealing with them.
For example, he can't ban a product from France and not the same product from Poland. It's impossible, technically.
The opposite is true: France can't ban an US product if all the other EU members don't decide together to ban it too. This is also technicaly impossible or very difficult to control.

On some topic however, the US can take decision with individual EU states. The War on Iraq was the best example. UK and Poland took part whereas France was against it.
I think there would be more consistant policies today, but legally, the same scenario would still be possible.
The EU has moreless an aligned position regarding Syria, but each country gets involved there as they see fit. France regularly intervene in Africa without the EU taking care of what they do.

This is because defense is still national, even when it means attacking abroad.
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Of course Trump can ban a product from France and not from Poland, if France has a history of bad product and Poland does better. I guess you think buying lemonade from a stand in front of a house in Plainsville is no different than ordering from Minutemaid.
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Quote:Trump can pretend to ignore the importance of the EU...

Only pretend, like everyone else, Trump understands the importance of the EU. EU is in fact the only part of the world capable of postponing the demise of the US by several years, up to 10-15 in the best case scenario.

Basically, for the US to last a bit longer, someone needs to be raped. Neither Russia nor China are good candidates, the former is capable of wiping out the US off the map, and the latter is getting there. But the EU is defenseless and perfect.

So.... a functional version of MAGA is simply WWIII, fought in Europe, specific cause and adversaries are immaterial; the migrants can always be used to light the fire. Capital flight to the US is the immediate benefit, and after Europe is reduced to ashes, one can make good money reconstructing it.

So... don't worry. EU would not be forgotten. The show is only beginning S6
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not sure terminating the Iran Deal was a good idea. Let's hope it won't have any effect.

Now what about this:
U.S. government posts $147 billion deficit in March

U.S. consumer prices (understand: inflation) rise solidly

Trump says he will not release his tax returns

And you will vote for this clown in 2020. (<--- This is not a question)

WmL Wrote:Of course Trump can ban a product from France and not from Poland
No he can't. French producers just have to write "made in Poland" on the pack and open a mailbox company in this country.
Of course Bordeaux wine from Poland may sounds wierd... but legal.
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(04-10-2019, 05:27 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: And you will vote for this clown in 2020. (<--- This is not a question)

As you well know, had you read my posts before he was elected, I unhappily held my nose and voted for him. Sure as hell beat voting for The Beast.

As for 2020, unless there is anything better, I'll show my pleasant surprise by not holding my nose the next time.

Who do you think is better Fred? Huh? What is your recommendation?
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If I were a US citizen, I'd vote Republican. Canada's Obama clone is on his way out, there is no way he'll be re-elected in October.
The true purpose of democracy is not to select the best leaders — a clearly debatable obligation — but to facilitate the prompt and peaceful removal of obviously bad ones. 
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(04-10-2019, 05:27 PM)Fredledingue Wrote:
WmL Wrote:Of course Trump can ban a product from France and not from Poland
No he can't. French producers just have to write "made in Poland" on the pack and open a mailbox company in this country.
Of course Bordeaux wine from Poland may sounds wierd... but legal.

Yes. he can. Buyers in the Executive branch can decide who to buy from. You don't need regulations to determine buying decisions. You just need knowledgeable people.
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JohnL I understand. You can chose between only two candidates. And the nomination seems to be a farce.
It doesn't help.

In France they have 4 or 5 candidates every time, counting only the most serious ones. That's how they get someone slightly better (thought still disapointing).

WmL You don't understand that within the EU, goods can move enywhere, form one country to another without anyone's notice.
So it's very hard to know where in the EU something is produced. Thought usualy the country of origin is honnestly exact.
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(04-12-2019, 05:35 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: ...You don't understand that within the EU, goods can move enywhere, form one country to another without anyone's notice.
So it's very hard to know where in the EU something is produced. Thought usualy the country of origin is honnestly exact.

If it is within the purview of purchase by the government for some important product, of course the purchaser would know exactly who produced it. It's not like buying socks from the local Walmart.
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(04-12-2019, 05:35 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: WmL You don't understand that within the EU, goods can move enywhere, form one country to another without anyone's notice.
So it's very hard to know where in the EU something is produced. Thought usualy the country of origin is honnestly exact.

Fred, this is making my earlier point about how the Euros screwed up and didn't leave the "European Common Market"(Treaty of Rome) alone.  They already had all that, so why complicate things?  But like I also stated, and you also agreed, Euros "Love, Worship, Admire, Genuflect" over laws, and bureaucratic rules above just about any thing on the planet.  Simplicity is verboten, Every "T" must be crossed, and every "i" dotted.  Its amazing, to me anyway.  

Will they ever learn?  Who knows.  I know I won't be alive.  Aww
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Even though CNN's numbers here are not the same as the Fox numbers right above, they still can't make it look anywhere near problematic. S13

CNN Poll: Trump’s Approval Rating On Economy “Is The Highest Number We’ve Ever Seen”

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The US economy is excellent (from what I can read). Jobless rate historicaly low.

But saying that Trump is "handling" the economy is far fetched.

His positive (lowering corporate taxes) and negative (new tax on imports) moves offset each others and dind't have a big effect one way or another.

This result shows one thing: Trump is completely wrong when he says that US jobs needs to be protected from latino migrants. Some industries predict a labor shortage and these migrants will be wellcome to fill the gap and keep the growth growing.

Trump's tarrifs would be a good idea if they were targeting specific productions where the US industry suffers from dumping. But his all-out trade war had a negative impact because he underestimated the capacity of others to retaliate. (We are fortunate Trump doesn't engage in real wars)

Another point prooving Trump repeatedly misses it with the economy, is his demand for lowering interest rates.
Fortunately the Fed doesn't obey to him. With such economy the rates must be increased. But because inflation is tame, they can be left unchanged.

IMO it's rather Trump's handling of peace which is good for the economy.
The US is in rare interruption of military activity.

Trump asked for an increase in military spending, which is bad for the economy.
Yet, I don;t know if this increased has been passed, have been spent or delayed. But it didn't seem to affect the eocnomy so far.

Military spendings are a burden and in the case of the US a waste of money. But it has much less adverse effect than wars. Wars impact the economy directly because no one wants to invest in time of war, and wars cost much more than an increase in peace time military spending.

Trumps, increased spending have more impact on the debt, still soaring as if the US was in recession or invading a Persic Gulf country.

The good thing that Trump is doing is disengaging troops wherever they are deployed.

Obama started it, but when Obama did it, it was leaving Syria to ISIS or other form of treason jeopardizing US citizen safety.
When Trump does it, it's winning the war, it's raising the US flag atop of a hill.

More seriousely, Obama just revert Junior's excessive war deployement. And he had to do it gradualy. Whereas Trump is now lowering military presence to new lows.

It's even possible that Trump knows it and get it right.
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