U.S. Growers, Ag Industry In Crosshairs Of Trump Trade War

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By Lynda Bryant-Work “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   Farmers across the United States expect to lose billions of dollars this year if the Trump trade war with China and other countries continues to escalate. The trade war comes at a tough time for farmers when prices for soybeans and corn have been stubbornly low. A February USDA report…

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Don’t Want Immigrants Crossing The Border? Then Stop Buying Cheap Stuff

by Tony Wyman Can we be honest about immigration for a change? I know we want to blame the issue on politicians and business leaders, but they aren’t the real reason immigrants are coming to the United States.  You are. You, the consumer constantly demanding better goods and services at steadily declining costs, are the primary reason more low-skill immigrant laborers are coming to America.  You are creating a demand for them, a demand that grows year-after-year. And that is a good thing!  Because consumer demand for affordable goods is…

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Tyranny Actual: Trump’s Border War

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org “An instance of invading a country or region with an armed force.” – Definition of “Invasion”, The Oxford Dictionaries   Border Wars President Donald “Ow, my bone spurs! I guess I can’t go to Vietnam after all, guys…” Trump announced that he wants to militarize our southern border with Mexico (that’s what you get when you put an armed military on a border), and then, after finding out that it’s actually illegal to deploy actual military combat units on US soil in these circumstances, Trump signed an executive…

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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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President Trump Channels King Richard III With Ego-Driven War Mongering

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by Oletta Branstiter Schoolyard Bullies The U.S. President and the North Korean President are engaging in a playground competition to compare the size of their respective “missiles”, endangering the entire globe. Did we expect anything less? In his usual style, Trump tweeted a threat to Kim Jong Un: Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017 When confronted by media for the bombastic tone, the Commander-in-Chief doubled down by…

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Mexican Officials And Their Drug Cartel Partners Target Journalists For Death

by Richard Cameron The government of Mexico does to journalists, reporters and human rights watchdogs, what a certain prominent politician in America has indicated he would like to do to his resident media thorns in the side – put them under surveillance and in many cases, silence them permanently. In this, the first part of the series, we’ll look at the silencing that is taking place south of the border and the motivations behind it. In no country on earth that masquerades as a democracy, do members of the press…

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Trump’s Wall Part Two – How NAFTA Drove Millions of Mexicans North Looking For Jobs

by Richard Cameron In the previous installment of this series, we examined Donald Trump’s argument that building a wall on the U.S. Southwest border would stem the flow of drugs and drug trafficking into the country. The data revealed that it would not. In this segment of the report, we will look at the aspect of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) in relation to why Mexican migrants have been crossing the border in recent decades and why as usual, there are more nuances and complexities to the relationship between Mexico…

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