The Great Trade war of 2018


#328

i have zero problem with our politicians working out better trade deals for our country.

i have massive problems with them acting like gang bangers and bullying everyone.


#329

Perhaps they should be given some Trump Bucks?


#330

You know what would really help if the idiots complaining about the trade deficit understood why it is happening. The look at small things ignoring the larger things.

China imports to US are dominated by computers and electronics. Your demand for iPhone and other apple products for instance drives a trade deficit. Because cost wise is it creating a paper deficit when the ag imports are worth less. For example an iPhone may be 750 dollars while a bushel of soybeans is 9 dollars.

Tariffs don’t fix that.

Even if you move more production to the US it may only result in a few hundred more jobs for the time being.


#331

Looks like in addition to farmers, Harley Davidson, and Whirlpool, we need to next look at spending some sweet socialism Trump Bucks on automobile manufacturers.

Several of President Trump’s senior economic advisers believe he plans to impose a 25 percent tariff on close to $200 billion in foreign-made automobiles later this year, three people briefed on discussions said.

Trump wants to move forward despite numerous warnings from GOP leaders and business executives who have argued that such a move could damage the economy and lead to political mutiny.

But Trump has become increasingly defiant in his trade strategy, following his own instincts and intuition and eschewing advice from his inner circle. He has told advisers and Republicans to simply trust his business acumen, a point he tried to reinforce Wednesday morning in a Twitter post.

“Every time I see a weak politician asking to stop Trade talks or the use of Tariffs to counter unfair Tariffs, I wonder, what can they be thinking?” Trump wrote Wednesday. “Are we just going to continue and let our farmers and country get ripped off?”


#332

A know nothing president is a perfect reflection of the people who voted for him.

At some point GOP in Congress and the senate are going to have to decide whether to keep cowering to the know nothings in their electorate or act like adults and say enough.


#333

Stable genius


#334

Deal making skills and pokerface of a 6 year old


#335

What part of “all will be great!” do you not understand?


#336

Ah Republicans believe everyone should just have folded to the US tariffs instead of fighting back.


#337

I wonder what happened to the Whirlpool thread?


#338

So less than half of all Americans think tarrifs hurt the economy.


#339

Too bad Obama couldn’t have served a third term.


#340

49% believe tariffs hurt the economy. Only 25% believe tariffs help the economy. Democrats like yourself, Trump, and Elizabeth Warren are proponents of increasing taxes on Americans. You guys have never met a tax increase you didn’t like, obviously.


#341

Less than half. Thanks.


#343

Sorry I meant higher


#344

There is no question that the Trump base, which is around this 25%, would believe anything that their Master tells them. About half of the country understands the damage increasing taxes does to the economy. And about a quarter of the population is not well enough versed in economics or taxation to weigh in. You’re welcome.


#345

Undoubtedly. There are obviously way too many uninformed Americans in this country, when it comes to many an issue.

ETA: I altered your quote to reflect your intention of “higher” versus “lower.”


#346

I was wondering the impact this was going to have on our competitors. They were looking to automate a huge chunk of their warehousing and distribution system. Which probably meant purchasing from a US supplier. Now I am wondering if they are canceling their plans and orders.


#347

https://www.wsj.com/articles/eus-white-house-trade-talks-went-from-uncertainty-to-lowered-tensions-1532624882

Backing up his points, Mr. Juncker flipped through more than a dozen colorful cue cards with simplified explainers, the senior EU official said. Each card had at most three figures about a specific topic, such as trade in cars or standards for medical devices.

“We knew this wasn’t an academic seminar,” the EU official said. “It had to be very simple.”


#348

The growth of uninformed voters has been showing here for awhile now.

I have watched the type of discussions here dwindle and unfortunately some long time poster have gone from holding intelligent discussions to posting YouTube videos of idiots .