Trade War Taxes

Tariffs are an interesting phenomena.  At first glance, one thinks the “bad guys” have to pay to get their product into the country.  Actually, it is the local IMPORTER who has to pay these taxes and he / she / it simply raises prices and YOU end up paying for it.  So, in the end, you, the consumer pay these taxes.

Unless, that is, you decide to buy American.  Now, the problem is America is not known for its manufacturing prowess anymore.  In addition, there are some countries that are putting out electronic products (think Japan and South Korea) that we could never duplicate (not because we literally couldn’t, but because we’re too lazy to do what it takes to learn a trade and get our hands dirty).

In today’s paper of record there is an article suggesting China is running out of ammunition in the trade war.  They simply can’t match the monetary amount of tariffs our administration is placing on them.  Do you know why?  Because 1) we don’t manufacture as much as the Chinese, 2) there is a significant trade deficit between our two countries, and 3) they don’t want to buy our stuff anyway.

As we seem to fall deeper into our protectionist, America First (which I really don’t have too much of a problem with) and tariff policies, we have to realize all those great tax breaks we think we received last year are getting absorbed by the taxes we’re now paying on imported goods.

Taxing imports is not the answer.  Forcing companies to manufacture here and forcing companies to recruit and / or train the labor force should be “first”.  By doing so we get the following: lower unemployment / increase in a skilled workforce; an increased tax base; more factories and resources necessary to protect ourselves in the face of threatened war (think WWII when car companies quickly converted to machines necessary to support the war effort).

If we’re going to pay taxes, let’s get the taxes working for us !!!!

There’s No Such Thing As Objective Truth – WTF????

Can the world actually believe the absolute insanity that is coming out of Giuliani’s mouth lately. Truth isn’t truth. Everyone has their own truth. Oh man. There’s no such thing as objective truth. This guy is losing it too.

No Rudy. Truth is truth. Period. Alternative facts are lies. Period. Objective truth is exactly that – objective, verifiable, proven. Objective truth is fact. Period.

Again, only the uneducated are falling for this garbage.

Deal Maker – My Ass

Trump says there were no negotiations.  Putin says they had a good negotiation session.  So, what was negotiated?  We don’t know.  Trump wouldn’t let anyone in the room.

Trump says they discussed many things.  Like what?  Name one.

The only deal we know of is this:

Trump is to hand over an American Citizen to Putin for interrogation.  That citizen – a former US Ambassador and Putin critic.  What???  Are you fucking kidding me??  Oh wait, I’m sorry, I forgot the other end of the deal.  Putin will allow American investigators to go to Russia and sit in on the “interrogations” of the 12 Russian spy and hackers indicted by Mueller.

What??  Our guys get to “sit in”??  If this were a real exchange of “criminals” why aren’t those 12 being sent to the US to face charges?  Meanwhile an American patriot and outspoken critic of Putin is being handed over by Trump.

Trump’s horrendous news conference with his Russian handler by his side was treasonous enough.  But, to hand over an American diplomat, to the enemy, is far beyond giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

Trump has gone even lower.  He’s gone from moron to traitor.

Are We Really Up Against The Ropes?

From the NY Times

Above is a link to an article from today’s paper.  Well, online content.

We hear, almost on a daily basis now, about digital attacks by the Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, the Iranians, not to mention the daily emails and phone calls we get from the (fake) IRS warning us of our pending arrests by agents named “Joe” who speak with the thickest Pakistani-like accent.  We, as individuals, are bombarded daily by email attempts  for us to “re-set” our password so hackers can get into our computers.

Don’t we have anyone, any company, any secret government agency that is fighting back?  I hope so.  One would have to wonder why some of tech nerd heroes aren’t setting traps for potential hackers so that WE can then go hack THEIR systems.

Dear the Rest of the World:

Please don’t believe the rule of “guilty by association”. The rest of the citizens in the United States do NOT share the same moronic philosophy of of weak and destructive president

Be patient. In two years that jerk is gone and we can fix everything he has broken.

Love, the citizens of the United States.

Trump, Jr., I Know, It’s Hard When You’re Irrelevant

Hey, I’m big enough to say I’m irrelevant.  Let’s face it, out side of my little circle of friends, co-workers, associates and acquaintances, I’m no body.  And, that’s ok.  I’m anonymous, invisible and, well, irrelevant.  But, I don’t try to be something I am not.  Like Donald Trump, Jr.   So desperate to get his name in the conversation or on social media, he just picked a fight with Olympic Ice Medalist, Adam Rippon.

What is so glaringly obvious is that Trump, Jr. isn’t mad Rippon refuses to talk to, or about, Mike Pence.  He’s made because the Olympics are taking the spot light away from his idiot of a father.

I can’t wait for all the attacks on the athletes who will refuse to go to the White House after the Olympics.  That should be real interesting.

In the mean time, and forever more, Donald Trump, Jr. will remain – irrelevant.