“President Trump is committed to renegotiating NAFTA. If our partners refuse a renegotiation that gives American workers a fair deal, then the President will give notice of the United Statesâ€™ intent to withdraw from NAFTA.”
See Trade Deals Working For All AmericansWell, assuming nuclear war doesn’t break out tonight, my number one concern with Trumpism is NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, you know the one that says Mexico, USA and Canada will treat each other’s goods and services like their own, crossing borders without duties paid. What could be more fair than that? Trump hasn’t actually said what he thinks is unfair with NAFTA, except that some jobs have been exported to Mexico that used to be in USA. What about Canadian jobs that moved to USA, eh? Like Winchester? Lots of USA corporations used to have Canadian branch plants. They’ve pulled back to USA because there was no longer a cost for goods to cross the border except freight. You don’t hear Canadians whining about that, eh?
So, the supposition is that the only thing that will please Trump is USA being the only party to NAFTA allowed to place duties on imports. That just isn’t going to fly, so the likely outcome is that NAFTA is dead, tariff barriers will go up and jobs will return to Canada, like Winchester and car-makers and USA will have fewer, not more jobs. Car companies may decide that they should all leave USA and that USAians love cars so much that they will pay whatever taxes Trump levies on them. That should make him popular during the mid-terms and definitely will cut him out of a second term…
The complete inability of Trump to remember the bad old days of trade wars means USA is bound to bring them back and we all lose. Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it. What a waste of time. I was there. Those weren’t the good old days. The enemy of jobs these days is lack of education and an inability of products of the USAian education system which cranks out people suited to the old economy rather than the future. I’m sure DeVos will wreck the rickety education system with her war on universal public education. Already teachers aren’t paid enough and she wants to pay them less unless they are working in schools reserved for her rich friends. Expect some circling of the drain before USA goes down hard with self-inflicted wounds.
Oh, yes, about that site:whitehouse.gov that used to run on GNU/Linux and Drupal content management system. Trump has someone up and running Drupal. He’s archived a lot of old content and plastered it with many articles praising his administration which hasn’t done much yet… OS is now listed as “unknown” and the IP address changed today and the domain name was updated this morning and the “copyright” link is broken… “Please release Trump’s tax return” petition is still up short of 100K though.
I guess he couldn’t wreck everything on the first day. I’m sure he’ll keep trying.
Oops! Found another one, “President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.”
OK, Trump considers jobs/wages important but not clean drinking water… How does that work? Is he going to grant Trump Water a monopoly? Isn’t water essential to life? Isn’t it better to have clean water? “Again” in MAGA seems to mean “Reset Life To About 1800 So Everyone Can Pollute Freely”. This guy is not your friend, working stiff. He’s out to help his rich friends ruin your heritage, making a quick dollar and heading to healthier locations.