Threats Are Easily Made But Hard To Keep

“American farmers sent $2.4 billion of corn to Mexico in 2015, the most recent year of available data. In 1995, the year after NAFTA became law, corn exports to Mexico were a mere $391 million.
 
Experts say such a bill would be very costly to U.S. farmers.
 
“If we do indeed see a trade war where Mexico starts buying from Brazil…we’re going to see it affect the corn market and ripple out to the rest of the ag economy,” says Darin Newsom, senior analyst at DTN, an agricultural management firm.”
 
See Mexico ready to retaliate by hurting American corn farmers
Threats by Trump to break NAFTA and force Mexico to pay for the damned wall will not go unanswered. All the goods that USA exports to the world may well be impacted by duties and “buy anywhere but USA” acts. Think of all the businesses that sell globally: Intel, M$, auto-makers come to mind. If their products become banned/taxed to death, there will be a big impact on the USAian economy. Has Trump included that effect in his maths? I don’t think so. Canada, despite being USA’s largest trading partner, can’t take all of USA’s corn nor its Intel processors nor its Wintel PCs nor its vehicles. In fact, Canada may well become self-sufficient in more products and adopt */Linux on ARM in case of trade wars. Canada should increase shipping capacity on the West Coast.

Trump, people who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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10 Responses to Threats Are Easily Made But Hard To Keep

  1. dougman says:

    “Apparently, God suggests 10% is a good share. We’re right on track.”

    I do not see you tithing 10% of your pension Pogsey.

  2. dougman wrote, “in just over one month in office, Prime Minister Trudeau has sent over $3 Billion of your tax dollars overseas through new foreign aid promises.”

    Good job, Trudeau! Keep it up. Perhaps if the world is not a basket-case fewer refugees will emerge to frighten those USAians and they will behave like human beings. Budget of Canada is ~$300billion per annum. $3billion is ~1%, OK by me. Apparently, God suggests 10% is a good share. We’re right on track.

  3. dougman says:

    “So, dougman is out to lunch on these two points.”

    Well, I would be lying, if I did not say I do enjoy me a good lunch.

    But facts do hurt:

    – A $2.65 Billion cheque for aid to developing nations to combat climate change
    – A $13 Million cheque for Vietnamese farmers
    – A $15 Million cheque for job training in Africa
    – A $14.25 Million cheque for infrastructure in Indonesia

    That’s right, in just over one month in office, Prime Minister Trudeau has sent over $3 Billion of your tax dollars overseas through new foreign aid promises.

  4. dougman wrote, “Trump puts out tweets showing he’s bringing money in to the country while Trudeau always tweets how they are sending out”.

    No. I hadn’t noticed that. I thought Trump only Tweets how he thinks anyone he doesn’t like is bad. Trudeau welcomes refugees. He’s right to do that. He’d be out quickly if he didn’t. Trudeau also supported the pipeline which I think was a mistake but it certainly will bring money into the country. So, dougman is out to lunch on these two points.

  5. dougman says:

    “Trump hasn’t done anything except say foolish things, sign his name and make big mistakes and yet some still believe… SAD.”

    Trudope is a total cuck, he is unable to stand up against Muslims and whiney SJWs. Selfies and vacations are the norm for this snowboarder. Ever notice Trump puts out tweets showing he’s bringing money in to the country while Trudeau always tweets how they are sending out?

  6. dougman wrote, “nice change of subject”.

    The subject has not changed. It’s Trumpism, the foolish belief that one stupid old man can solve all USA’s problems if only we believe in him… Trump hasn’t done anything except say foolish things, sign his name and make big mistakes and yet some still believe… SAD.

  7. Deaf Spy says:

    Trump should be gone in a few months.
    Wanna make a bet?

  8. dougman says:

    CHUCKLE

    Well, nice change of subject.

    Eh.

  9. Well, Trump’s special guy, Mike Flynn, resigned this evening. The great manager, the guy who fires people, the guy who knows more than everyone else kept a guy on who had phoned up the Russian ambassador to discuss sanctions before Inauguration Day and lied about it to VP Pence and the Nation. Makes me wonder whether Flynn was working under Donald’s instructions… That would be a violation of the Logan Act:
    “The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 18 U.S.C. § 953, enacted January 30, 1799) is a United States federal law that details the fine and/or imprisonment of unauthorized citizens who negotiate with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States. It was intended to prevent the undermining of the government’s position.” That’s an impeachable offence if Trump gave the assignment. It might also be an impeachable act to knowingly retain a guy in a position to deal with classified information who could be subject to blackmail by Russia. Oh yes, this administration is apparently far more scandal-ridden than any I’ve ever seen, including Nixon and Clinton. Trump should be gone in a few months. I hope Pence, as his replacement, has the good sense to sweep the WhiteHouse clean of all Trump’s empty-headed sycophants.

  10. dougman says:

    Pogsey has such a hard on for Trump. With that said, Pogsey should read more into a story. Mexico had a tariff on corn imports till 2008. Now with import tariffs on corn, farmers in mexico will rejoice once more.

    I seen the rise of Mexicans farming corn for the foreseeable future.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/01/world/americas/01mexico.html

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