Charles Blow | Trump Remakes America – The New York Times. My Comments


Trump has a Pavlovian-trained press: it runs the designated course and stays in the box. That box works to conceal decisions and details. One detail: tariffs–why 25%?

Trump’s biases also cause him to reject economic opportunities: He could establish American leadership of global food security, with an executive order. He could direct Immigration to issue America First visas for America’s fisheries farms, and food plants, similar to visas for summer and professional work.

Agriculture, the fasting growing segment under Obama, outpacing manufacturing, expanding exports, is close to crisis under Trump–showing a single year 45% net income drop! Trump’s tariffs are raising prices on Western farmers whose annual rainfall is less than 20 inches, with no plans to help.

America has lost crops in the fields and had declines in production and income. Agricultural labor, harvesting, processing, packing and shipping, is in short supply. Trump’s racist loathing blocks its labor and impedes growth more than trade imbalances do.

Civil disobedience is part of law’s tradition, pointing to a greater good: the workers who present themselves for arrest offer America a great opportunity.

The US breadbasket can be a global hub for economies of scale! Instead of immigration, think labor: low wage jobs, difficult to fill, that answer demand with low cost supply. Why are farms and plants not demanding visas for food workers, our best economic bump?

[https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/27/opinion/anthony-kennedy-supreme-court.html?comments#permid=27659854]

Trump has a Pavlovian-trained press: it runs thr required course and stays in the box. That box works to conceal decisions and effects. Effect: tariffs–why 25%?

Trump’s biases cause him to reject economic opportunities: He could establish American leadership of global food security, with an executive order. He could direct Immigration to issue America First visas for America’s fisheries farms, and food plants, similar to visas for summer and professional work.

Agriculture, the fasting growing segment under Obama, outpacing manufacturing, expanding exports, is close to crisis under Trump, showing a single year 45% net income drop! Trump tariffs are raising prices on Western farmers whose annual rainfall is less than 20 inches, with no plans to help.

America has lost crops in the fields and had declines in production and income. Agricultural labor, harvesting, processing, packing and shipping, is in short supply. Trump’s racist loathing blocks its labor and impedes growth more than trade imbalances do.

Civil disobedience is part of law’s tradition, pointing to a greater good: the workers who present themselves for arrest offer America a great opportunity.

The US breadbasket can be a global hub for economies of scale! Instead of immigration, think labor: low wage jobs, difficult to fill, that answer demand. Why are farms and plants not demanding visas for food workers, our best economic bump?

I Reply to readers:

To all: thanks for reading, replies!
Mike: a tax break is a subsidy! ESPN got huge breaks from CT to headquarter in Torrington, Amazon was offered huge breaks for its new headquarters, SC give Boeing a huge break. That is a direct government subsidy!

More: subsidies take various forms: US agriculture has built-in price supports–a subsidy–we pay tobacco farmers not to farm! Defense contracts are definitely subsided by the size of the bids! The federal government also subsidies companies through outsourcing, including detention centers.

The EU VAT, its basic tax, adds 3% to the price of cars–but EU buyers don’t buy monster trucks and SUVs at any price.

Lastly, the ITA, under the Commerce Dept. annual report says the US can only produce 80% of its steel demand. Why are we putting tariffs on steel that industry needs for production?

Think mercantilism, the foundation of Europe’s colonial growth. Everything was imported, finished goods were returned. The trade deficit ran a profit!

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