How Trump’s trade war affects working-class Americans : The Conversation


President Donald Trump justifies tariffs on imports by arguing that “unfair trade policies” have harmed American workers. This has led to a trade war in which the U.S. and China have placed tit-for-tat tariffs on each other’s products.

Most recently, China said it’s ready to slap tariffs on US$60 billion in U.S. imports if Trump goes ahead with his threat to tax another $200 billion of Chinese goods.

Since the president claims to be acting on behalf of working-class Americans, it’s fair to ask: How do tariffs actually affect them?

Scholars of international political economy, such as myself, recognize that trade hasn’t always been good for poorer Americans. However, the economic fundamentals are clear: Tariffs make things worse.

 

Source: How Trump’s trade war affects working-class Americans :  The Conversation

Trump’s Dangerous High-Wire Act : Counter Punch


It’s one thing for President Trump to go around recklessly calling anyone he disagrees with (or who has ever criticized him) a “liar” or “traitor” or “crook” or “loser.” Apparently, this behavior is what an insecure and bullying former real estate man-child regards as a projection of presidential leadership. On the other hand, one can argue that it was this cringe-worthy adolescent behavior that got him elected in the first place.

But Trump’s latest iteration of the classic “smear job” has the potential to not only come back and bite him on the rear end, it has the potential to irrevocably cripple his presidency. When he unwisely (what else is new?) and precipitously launched a public attack on the vaunted FBI, he made what could be a fatal error.

While Trump adheres to no ideology (prior to and during his

Source: Trump’s Dangerous High-Wire Act  : Counter Punch

Resignation letter


It is great to find a person to their convictions

GOPLifer

Yesterday I resigned my position in the York Township Republican Committeemen’s Organization. Below is the letter I sent to the chairman explaining my decision.

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Chairman Cuzzone:

We come together in political parties to magnify our influence. An organized representative institution can give weight to our will in ways we could not accomplish on our own. Working with others gives us power, but at the cost of constant, calculated compromise. No two people will agree on everything. There is no moral purity in politics.

If compromise is the key to healthy politics, how does one respond when compromise descends into complicity? To preserve a sense of our personal moral accountability we must each define boundaries. For those boundaries to have meaning we must have the courage to protect them, even when the cost is high.

Almost thirty years ago as a teenager in Texas, I attended my first county Republican…

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An Open Letter to Sarah Palin


Global Security, Privacy, & Risk Management

Dear Mrs. Palin,

I am a former US Marine and US Navy Officer with a Combat Action Ribbon as well as service connected disabilities. I am also a Republican.  I have also served with, and am friends with, dozens of combat veterans who suffer daily from various injuries and wounds to include PTSD.  I recently read your comments related to PTSD in which you attempted to excuse your son’s arrest on domestic abuse charges and firearm charges by referencing his supposed PTSD.   Based upon your previous comments I am not surprised that you would choose to use this very serious condition as a political football and, once again, attempt to divert blame from your own family’s abhorrent, violent behavior.

In 2014 your entire family was involved in a late night ‘drunken brawl’ at a party in which Track Palin (the accused domestic abuser) was involved in a bloody fight. …

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Religious Freedom Firestorm: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to Discuss Controversial Law


Original post from NBC News

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Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana will hold a press conference Tuesday to talk about a law that opponents say could be used to justify anti-gay discrimination.

The press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET in Indianapolis.

Pence, a Republican, has faced intense criticism over the law, which he says is meant to preserve religious liberty. It has sparked an outcry that has included criticism from the NCAA, corporate leaders and other public figures.

Republicans who control the state Legislature said on Monday that they would work quickly to clarify the law, and they insisted that it was not meant to sanction discrimination.

Those Republicans said they were motivated in part by Pence’s performance Sunday on the ABC program “This Week.” He sidestepped repeated questions about whether the law legalized discrimination against gays in Indiana.

Pence published an Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday saying that the law is not a license to discriminate.

“If I saw a restaurant owner refuse to serve a gay couple, I wouldn’t eat there anymore,” he wrote.

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