The USMCA Isn’t A Great Deal, It Is A Protectionist Tax On Consumers

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by Tony Wyman If what you were hoping for after President Trump threw out the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico was a real step forward towards freeing business from government intrusion, you will be sorely disappointed. What we got, instead, is what we always get from big government politicians who believe more regulation is better regulation.  Instead of being “the most important trade deal we’ve ever made, by far,“ as President Trump bombastically claimed after Canada signed the new deal, what we really…

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Farmers Are Casualties In Trump’s Trade War

Farmers Trade War

By Lynda Bryant-Work “As history has repeatedly proven, one trade tariff begets another, then another – until you’ve got a full-blown trade war. No one ever wins, and consumers always get screwed.” Mark McKinnon Strong support from the agriculture sector helped elect President Donald Trump to the White House in 2016. But two years later, concerns about the trade war and trade disputes have many farmers backing away from Trump. Tariffs are expected to raise the price of production for agriculture and make U.S. crops less competitive in China. When it…

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Casualties Of Trump’s Trade War Begin To Emerge

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By Lynda Bryant-Work Trade War casualties pile up … “As we learned after President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley tariff at the     outset of the Great Depression, vibrant international trade is a key component to  economic recovery; hindering trade is a recipe for disaster.” -Asa Hutchinson Trump tariff casualties attributable to Donald Trump’s insistence on amping up the trade war he promised his voters, are beginning to surface as the economy bleeds jobs and prices begin rising. Industries that use steel and lumber are being hit with higher costs effecting…

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Trump Heads To Nuclear Talks In Singapore After Alienating Allies In Canada

Trump on the south lawn of the White House with short statement about bringing Russia back into G-7 group

by Richard Cameron   If Donald Trump gets the Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as wrong as he just got the G6+1 meeting in Canada – the US is going to get taken to the cleaners, bigly. Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul put it in these terms:       Trump, as has been reported, slunk out of the meetings in Charlevoix, Quebec, pouting and grumbling that the other national leaders did not dance to his tune the way the GOP Congress has for the past…

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Trade Wars: Rarely Won And Costly To Americans

Illustration of ocean cargo and the words, "Trade War"

by Lynda Bryant-Work “Trade wars are good, and easy to win.” So President Trump tweeted after announcing the United States would impose steep tariffs on imported. This after already imposing other tariffs that are directly affecting other American businesses and industry. But the Great Depression years would indicate that nothing could be farther from the truth. Trade wars are bad – call it the tariff trickle-down theory –  like real wars, they hurt people. Those who remember the last trade war or have even read about it know the damage…

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Newspapers Face Rising Costs Due To Trump Commerce Department Tariffs

by Lynda Bryant-Work Community newspapers are being threatened by a newsprint tariff imposed on Canadian paper mills by the Trump administration in January. In a decision opposed by some Republicans, the U.S. Commerce Department imposed a 22.16 percent import tariff on Canadian newsprint companies it says are unfairly pricing their paper against U.S. mills. A final decision in the investigation is expected about Aug. 2, the Commerce Department said, but U.S. Customs authorities began collecting cash deposits immediately from Canadian importers based on the preliminary duty rate. The tariffs issue…

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Tariffs – Retuning Another Engine that isn’t Broken

By Janice Barlow “Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government” – Milton Friedman   AS OUR NATION ROLLS ALONG, it seems that not a day goes by without some new drama hitting the airwaves from Washington. If it isn’t someone being fired or resigning, it’s a knee-jerk reaction to a horrific event, like modifying the Second Amendment because of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, or a tweet-storm from the Commander-in-Chief about North Korea. We…

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Seal Hunting – End the Barbaric Slaughter; We Must Be Their Voice

by J. Lee Seal Hunting – End the Barbaric Slaughter It has been estimated seal hunting or sealing dates back 4,000 years or more. In early history killing of seals was done for food and clothing. The first recorded killing was in 1515 by Europeans as they brought the seal skins to Seville. In the 1500’s it is believed that Newfoundland, Labrador and the Gulf of St. Lawrence were the first commercial sealing regions. Inuit’s have seal hunted as a way of survival for food and clothing for generations. They usually hunt the adult ringed seals.…

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