U.S. Trade Deals: What Do We Know About Them?

One of the big stories today and I hope stays a big story is how fundamentally hosed America has been on its trade deals.  Just like the genesis and history of the housing bubble that flamed-out our economy back in ’08/’09, the decades-old history of trade legislation and the who’s who behind it all, including all the crony capitalists, is coming to the fore.   And, as it turn out, it’s not all that complicated to understand.  In fact, when it comes right down to it, none of our problems are  that complicated to understand.  That’s just what the people who don’t want us to know the truth are always telling us so we can feel stupid and inadequate about discussing any of these things.  The challenge is to understand the issues of foreign trade from the 40,000 foot level where you can see the patterns, connections and results over decades.  You know the phrase well:  “There are just a lot of moving parts.”  Don’t you believe them!

This piece from Pat Caddell, done for Breitbart, is a good summary of one of the driving forces behind our economic woes and why Americans are getting behind Donald Trump.  Note, particularly, Caddell’s writing that the Republicans have looked upon this “nexus issue” as politically “ancillary.”  Whaaat?   The contempt the Establishment has for Americans becomes clearer and more stunning with each passing week.

 

Pat Caddell: ‘The American People Have Figured Out They’ve Been Screwed’ By Free Trade

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Caddell said Ted Cruz has been on “both sides” of the recent trade authority dispute, a position Cruz clarified during the Thursday night debate by saying he was in favor of the authority process, but against the trade agreement that emerged. Caddell thought Trump has done a far better job of tacking into the wind of the Republican base voters’ disenchantment with trade agreements, saying he “struck there” first, at a time when the issue was still largely regarded as “ancillary” by Republican strategists.

He argued that the press has fundamentally misunderstood the Trump phenomenon all along, because they think Trump’s personality and celebrity shifted GOP voters’ positions on issues like free trade and immigration, when in truth Trump was tapping into a “free-floating anxiety” about economics, and sense of “political alienation,” which had been building in those voters for years.

“The ‘independent variable’ is the American people who are driving the election, and Donald Trump is the dependent variable,” Caddell declared. “He has been the vehicle closest, for many, many Republicans – despite all of the other problems – substantively, on the issue, and it is economic nationalism.”

Don’t let your knowledge begin and end with one or two articles.  Dig deeper to understand the subject of trade and economics so that you can identify who is and who is not defending America’s right to a secure economic future.

Guaranteed to be the Best Interview You’ve Ever Heard!

Donald Trump’s former butler, Tony Senecal, who says he worked for Mr. Trump for “20-some” years, went on CNN today to respond to some of the meager smears the media and the Establishment are hoping will take hold.  Like that other interview (which will be posted below this one), the media minion went on a fishing trip and got skunked bad!

Then there was this comedy gold:

Aren’t the media pathetic?

 

Hey Ted, You’re Next! The Establishment Is Calling.

Cruz Rubio

On the heels of Trump’s Tuesday trampling of the Establishment’s carefully executed barrage of anti-Trump missiles, including the hilarious visage of Willard — “Never saw a Crony I didn’t adore” — Romney warning us all  how awful it would be to vote for someone who wasn’t part of enacting socialized medicine (!), the same folks who backed Jeb!, Rubio, Kasich, Graham and the rest of the GOP insiders, are at the end of their rope!  And sweeter still, it is probably the same rope with which they thought they would hang the Republican party’s front-runner, Donald Trump.

Now, having run through the list of so-called Silver Bullets, those Trumpire Killers, Jeb!, Rubio, Kasich and the rest have turned out to be nothing but noisy blanks.  But like their insider cohorts of elections past, Trump refused to go down in favor of the GOPe’s selected candidate.  He refused to play the crazy game they play every four years, “Let’s Pretend Voters Have a Choice.”  Nothing surprising about that.  He’s not one of the insiders and he doesn’t play by their rules.

Politico reports:

Republican elites are begrudgingly embracing Ted Cruz—and hanging Marco Rubio out to dry.

Golly!

“He seems to be the only guy who’s got some momentum, and is probably the best situated if there is anybody out there to beat Trump,” said Austin Barbour, a prominent Mississippi-based GOP operative. “That’s why there are many people like me—Ted Cruz wouldn’t have been our first choice, but as we go through the process, we’re reevaluating our vote, and he seems to be the guy at the top of the list.”

Now the GOP Elitists have to turn to their back bencher.  Ted Cruz, the guy who has spent his entire campaign trying to convince everyone that he is a true political outsider has been tapped by the Committee to End America as We Know It.  Oh my!  This is turning into quite a cliff hanger, isn’t it?  Does Edward Cruz play the game, knowing that he will be the next target of the GOPe’s wrath?  Does he cut a deal to keep Trump from having a clear claim to the nomination?  And what does he say to all those people who believe him to be fighting for them, leading the charge against  the Establishment?
Rubio Phone
“Hey Ted, it’s for you.  D.C. calling.”

The Art of (Political) Warfare — Bugs Bunny Style

So the Gates of Hell have opened.  Mitt Romney is next up in the MMA grudge match with Donald J. Trump. The GOP elites, their media mouthpieces, and the Leftists led by Van Jones are waist deep in their own bodily fluids!

And there’s Trump, cool as a cucumber, looking for all the world like someone who is remembering a simpler time, a gentler time, a time when we all sprawled on the living room rug watching…Saturday Morning Cartoons.  He’s..he’s remembering that one episode of Bugs Bunny…  and how he let the other guy bury himself under his own steam and with his own shovel.

Poor, poor Willard.  He doesn’t stand a chance.   Let’s get it on!

 

Make America Great Again! Super Tuesday Mash Up!

Well guys, it’s finally here. The numbers are in and it should be a great day for Trump! A great day for Americans! Trump is right when he says we will all remember this day.

My thoughts are whirling around at warp speed! I’ve got a dozen websites open on my laptop’s browser and several more on my tablet — latest state polling numbers, a Vegas betting site, the latest from Conservative Treehouse, Breitbart (that awful story about Jeff Sessions at NR!), Gateway Pundit (reported voting machines in Texas changing votes from Trump to Rubio), and I’m streaming Donald Trump’s speech live from a packed Columbus airport hangar!

How are you using this day? What stories have caught your attention? What is inspiring you or getting your hackles up? Are you voting in an SEC primary? What are you noticing?

Hey, have you heard the one about the size of Trump’s hands?

This weekend, hours before voters have their say in the GOP Super Tuesday primaries, Senator Marco Rubio took to the stump, waging all out War! on The Donald.  There was the usual “He’s a liar…a con man…a liar…a con man…a liar…and you know what they say about a man with small hands, doncha?”

Pausing to take a drink of water and wait for the appreciative laughter, he finished:  “It means he can’t be trusted!”

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  I’m a married woman of a certain age and that’s what I’ve always thought that joke meant, too.  Didn’t you?  Get your minds out of the gutter!  Jeeze.

Jokes about Donald Trump’s hair and hands, whispers about his taxes, ties to the KKK, mafia and who knows what all, won’t work.  Why?  Because no one else is Donald J. Trump — and that’s all there is to it.  It’s precisely because these busted canards are the old tried and true KO’s they’ve been in elections past that render them impotent.

Trump is not them, they are not Trump.  For all the highly-compensated campaign consultants the RNC, the established GOP, the Big Money oppo, and the other candidates cannot get a toehold.  This is one of the “…because sometimes you won’t”, warned by Dr. Seuss in “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.”  One of the places Rubio won’t be going is the winner’s circle on Super Tuesday.   And except for an expected win — though who knows how many delegates out of his home state of Texas — Senator Cruz will be joining his junior senator collaborator outside that circle.  Now, what were you saying about the size of his hands?

How is Trump, Trump?  Hint: You’ll have to think way outside the box.