Saturday, January 21, 2017

American carnage

The first national voice we heard that warned us against the rise of the 'New World Order' was during the 1992 presidential campaign, when H. Ross Perot correctly predicted that upon the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we all would hear this 'giant sucking sound' of American jobs screaming across the border to Mexico.

Despite the little guy being a complete nut job, he was certainly right about that.  American corporations took full advantage of this immediate access to dirt cheap labor, and closed American factories hand over fist in their clamor to ship these American manufacturing jobs to the sweat shops and chain gang production crews in Mexico and later China.  

Donald Trump correctly points out this "American carnage," and what that giant sucking sound created in his inaugural address, "We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.  One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.  The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world."

President Trump referred to the rusted shells of vacant factories scattered across the American landscape like tombstones.  Many fear that this president will create a trade war that will damage this economy.  

This economy has been damaged almost beyond repair already by unfair trade practices.  We ship our goods overseas and they are met on the receiving shores with a 10% tariff, only they call it something else.  We buy goods from overseas, and charge them nothing, for the most part.  What kind of crap is this?  Donald Trump vows to end this kind of garbage.  If you want to call this a trade war, so be it.  Fair trade is one thing, giving away the store is another.

Donald Trump received a B.A. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business, and the basic tenets of economics are supply and demand, Adam Smith's 'invisible hand' and theories of trade that involve a principle called 'comparative advantage.'

I also studied economics, albeit at a commie pinko liberal leftist public school in Oregon (U. of Oregon).  I was subjected to the same business concepts that The Donald studied at Wharton.  What I never understood was my professor's insistence that 'comparative advantage' was a good thing: if production occurs in an underdeveloped country of a product that was invented and produced initially in the U.S., it would leave us more productive folk in the U.S. free to do what we are better positioned to do: stand in the unemployment line.  That's not exactly their texts, but that's what it has resulted in over the long run these last 25 years.

In other words, these learned men of letters were telling me that 2+2=5.  I regurgitated this nonsense back to the professors on the tests, got B's in the stuff but was never a true believer.  It never made sense to me then, and it still doesn't make sense to me now.

And it doesn't make sense to Donald J. Trump, either.  Finally, a guy who gets it.  Nuts to this 'New World Order' bullshit. When we stop shipping our jobs overseas, without consideration for what happens to the Americans whose jobs were pulled out from under them, things will turn around.  

We need to think of Americans and their benefit first.  And unlike George Will, who thinks The Donald's speech was the worst speech ever given in the history of mankind, I think that this mindset will go far in making America great again.

Take that to the bank, George.  And may God Bless our new President, Donald J. Trump.


SiGraybeard said...

Everything I've heard going on in the first 24 hours of the new administration is encouraging. It's like sanity blowing into town.

Then I think of the $20 Trillion recognized debt and the $100 trillion promised, and think we'll be lucky to make it another four years.

I took one class in economics in college, but had a professor who was recently minted PhD in economics and had just emigrated from Nigeria. He had no love of socialism at all, and talked up free markets all the time.

LSP said...


LL said...

George Will was wrong about everything in this election cycle, hoping that Jeb! would be selected by the public. So much for his credibility.

I thought that Trump's speech was spot on and reflected the hopes and dreams of the Americans who voted him into office.

It's true that kings and potentates around the world are worried...good. Mexico is TERRIFIED of Trump...good. They feel that in addition to the wall that they'll pay for, he will enact tariffs and will cause American companies to move back to the mother's a bitch.

All in all both Trump and BREXIT slapped the new world order in the face with a wet fish.

Fredd said...

SiGraybeard: the ivory tower economics have been proven to work in pragmatic results over the last few centuries,d (it's all still called 'the dismal science', for good reason) but here and there are a few concepts that don't work out at all when put into practice. This 'comparative advantage' concept is what the New World Order types hang their hat on, and it's killing us economically.

Sure, it's great for foreign interests, but those interests are not what the president is sworn to put first.

Fredd said...

Pastor: The Donald said it, not me. I just agreed with it with every fiber of my being.

Fredd said...

LL: The New World Order folks are going to take some lumps during the Trump administration; all 8 years of it, and with any luck another 8 of the Pence administration after that.

How 'bout THEM apples?

drjim said...

I didn't watch his speech live, but watched it later.

I was gobsmacked in the first 60 seconds of it, and he kept pouring it on.

I almost had tears in my eyes by the time it was over.

Fredd said...

DrJim: his words struck me the same way. This guy is actually going to do something about this country going to hell in a hand basket. And he will figure out how to drag the Democrats kicking and screaming along with the rest of us into a brighter future.

Gorges Smythe said...

I used to like George Will until he sold out to the powers that be. I voted for Trump and am proud to say so.

Kid said...

Finally, someone who gets it - And he is IN CHARGE.

My-o-my what is the left going to do when things really improve in all these areas that Trump brought up? They are going to try to sell their propaganda to an ever increasing population of people asking What are you talking about?

It's going to be Fun.

Fredd said...

Kid: I profoundly agree. When things start to really improve markedly, and undeniably, what is the left going to do? Argue that our lying eyes are wrong? After awhile, even the dumbest among us will start to question their liberal leaders that are trying to crap on conservative success.

Of course, if the Dems in congress really put their minds to it, they could delay lots of good things, and I would expect nothing less of them. Like the GEICO commercial, it's what they do.

Fredd said...

Gorges: after reading your stuff for a year or two, I would suspect that you have in the past voted for a Democrat or two in your day. Welcome to the fold, Gorges. Things will get better from this point forward.

I guarantee it.

Brig said...

I loved that he nailed their mangy hides to the wall!