Monthly Archives: January 2016

Hillary Promises to Go Further Than Obama on Immigration Amnesty

To quote Bernie Sanders:

Bernie Sanders: [Open Borders] would make everybody in America poorer —you’re doing away with the concept of a nation state, and I don’t think there’s any country in the world that believes in that. If you believe in a nation state or in a country called the United States or UK or Denmark or any other country, you have an obligation in my view to do everything we can to help poor people. What right-wing people in this country would love is an open-border policy. Bring in all kinds of people, work for $2 or $3 an hour, that would be great for them. I don’t believe in that. I think we have to raise wages in this country, I think we have to do everything we can to create millions of jobs.

Ted Cruz Flipped on Trade

Chasing Donald Trump, Ted Cruz has adopted a more populist position on trade. Donald Trump, however, has a very long history of economic nationalism.

Politifact:

With negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the works, fast-track was introduced for reauthorization on April 16, 2015, and set to a late May vote in the Senate.

In anticipation of this vote, Cruz publicly urged Congress to vote in favor of fast-track authority.

“Congress needs to strengthen the country’s bargaining position by establishing trade-promotion authority, also known as TPA, which is an arrangement between Congress and the president for negotiating and considering trade agreements. In short, TPA is what U.S. negotiators need to win a fair deal for the American worker,” Cruz and Ryan said in their Wall Street Journal op-ed.

Cruz and Ryan also pitched the passage as an important step toward helping the domestic workforce. “TPA is what U.S. negotiators need to win a fair deal for the American worker,” they said. “One in five American jobs depends on trade, and that share is only going to grow.”

On May 22, Trade Promotion Authority passed the Senate 62-37 with bipartisan support. Cruz was among the 48 Republicans and 14 Democrats who voted “yes.”

Additionally: Ted Cruz’s wife coauthored a proposal for the CFR to develop “a more ambitious vision of a new [North American] community”. Year: 2005.

Fear Ted Cruz.

Trump Vs. Rubio Explained

The worker utopian dream behind Donald Trump:

1. American citizenship should give a person opportunity over those who lack it.
2. Opportunity should exist for the hard-working to build a respectable family life.
3. Rare talent and skill sets should be rewarded, but there is no need for the everyman to suffer in poverty. America is not caught in a Malthusian disaster.
4. Defeat ISIS; leave the rest of the world alone. Keep out potential terrorists.

The capital owner utopian dream behind Marco Rubio:

1. American citizenship should convey no advantage. Global labour should flow freely from one part of the world to every other part, with wages racing downward to subsistence levels throughout the world.
2. Opportunity should exist only for those who own capital, and the high ideal is for the owners of capital to expand their ownership while restricting access to those who lack capital.
3. Rare talent and skill sets should be rewarded, and those who lack such should be content to live among such well-rewarded workers.
4. Invade-the-world; Invite-the-world; Police-the-world; Spy-on-the-world; Control-the-world. (No distinction between what’s American and what isn’t.)

Typically the Rubio dream is upheld with Social Darwinism, but like most ideological arguments that is only a means of justifying an advantage and not reflective of much truth.

Anyway, this divide can be resolved in two ways: Either Rubio faction manages to remove voting rights from American citizens or Trump faction manages to revolt. It’s only “country club Republicans”, as well as the mindless drones who watch FOX News, backing “establishment” Republicans like Rubio.

Trump Needs Dennis Rodman

The latest attempt at derailing Trump is to label him “racist”. Trump’s strategy has been Alpha Male! Refuse to apologise or seemingly to disown any supporters.

And that is best. Rather than disown anyone, Trump simply needs to embrace every support group. Big Tent strategy.

Trump stands for the best interests of all Americans. Americans vs. Corporations. And we can get rid of socialism if Trump is allowed to improve the middle class. Trump’s platform is entirely built around growing the middle class, bringing investment to the US, improving the opportunities of all Americans.

Trump Is Declared Correct on Trade Deal, Not Rand & WSJ

Kevin L. Kearns reports from AEA:

However, Mr. Trump’s key points in response to Baker were: (1) that China could enter the agreement “through the back door,” which means that they are not an original or “front door” party to the agreement, and (2) that China’s currency manipulation has proven to be a big problem for U.S. manufacturing businesses, which neither the Bush II or Obama administrations have addressed successfully.

Rather than being the ignoramus that the Journal claims him to be, Mr. Trump is in fact correct on both points. The TPP is a “dockable agreement,” which means that, in the future, any country wanting to join the final deal can do so if it agrees to the full terms. Beijing has already expressed interest in joining the TPP, and recently, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry actually went on record to invite both China and Russia into the fold.

Trump is also correct that the TPP lacks any enforceable provisions on currency manipulation (such as sanctions that would actually punish violators), as opposed to the TPP requirements for reporting on currency and meetings to discuss manipulation. In emphasizing this glaring omission, Mr. Trump focused on potential member China as an example but his remarks covered the free pass currently being given to known TPP manipulators such as Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia, and other potential TPP member-manipulators, such as Korea and Taiwan.

Rand Paul, who was either unable to follow Trump’s line of argument, or is fine with currency manipulation, interrupted to explain that China isn’t part of the deal. Ok, thanks, Rand, but Donald never said it was. And Trump is correct that China’s currency malfeasance has cost the U.S. dearly in terms of displaced factories and jobs, foregone wealth creation, loss of market share both at home and abroad, and diminishing power and influence.

Rand has likely been smoking too much of the weed he wants legalised. I’m sick of the media manufacturing Trump comments into mistakes when they absolutely are not.

One of the few Trump positions I dislike is his call to take foreign oil. Small disagreements such as this (not this specifically) have actually led EIC into treason against its purported mission of trade. EIC owes Trump an apology. Partisans need to see the big picture; Let’s not sweat the small stuff.

Bizarre Trump Bashing

The only way to defeat a Citizenist, once he has his message out, is to paint him as a monster.

And that is the strategy against Trump. It is the only strategy as Washington and Wall Street struggle to throw up firewalls against the Revolution!

Cue the latest: Trump is bashed for remarking how incredible North Korea’s leader is, meaning the dictator is dangerous!

Bush II was a dope. He couldn’t open his mouth without uttering an absurd “Bushism”. Obama can’t make a speech without a teleprompter. However, Trump is unfairly bashed.

Why? Because Trump is a Revolution.

Sanders talks about opposing the Establish; Sanders is a wannabe. Trump walks the walk. That’s the difference, and that is why Trump is hated. The peasants have taken up their pitchforks, and their leader has great hair!

Democrats Ready to Defect to Trump!

From US News:

Nearly 20 percent of likely Democratic voters say they’d cross sides and vote for Trump, while a small number, or 14 percent, of Republicans claim they’d vote for Clinton. When those groups were further broken down, a far higher percentage of the crossover Democrats contend they are “100 percent sure” of switching than the Republicans.

And here is the meat:

He continues, “The challenge to Hillary, if Trump is the nominee and pivots to the center in the general election as a problem-solving, independent-minded, successful ‘get it done’ businessman is that Democrats will no longer be able to count on his personality and outrageous sound bites to disqualify him in the voters’ minds.”

Translation: Trump could pivot “centre”!! Citizenism vs. Special Interests

The Buchanan Trump Brigades march on! Hurrah! Hurrah!

2016 Presidential Candidates Compared

Hillary: Continue to destabilise Middle East, export American jobs, flood US with unskilled workers, take guns.

Rubio: Continue to destabilise Middle East, export American jobs, flood US with unskilled workers, claims he won’t take guns.

Cruz: Continue to destabilise Middle East, export American jobs, flood US with unskilled workers, claims he won’t take guns.

Paul: Flip flop on foreign policy, export American jobs, flood the US with unskilled workers, protect guns, talk about cutting spending.

Sanders: Leave Middle East, protect American jobs, has spoken against flooding the US with unskilled workers, take guns, claims he will rally Congress to raise taxes which will happen with any candidate since spending continues to rise year upon year.

Trump: Defeat ISIS and then leave Middle East, protect American jobs, send many illegal workers out while reducing future unskilled immigrants, protect guns.

And these are the candidates…

From this, it’s clear to me that… Trump & Sanders are natural picks.

Sanders’s arguments against Trump:

1. Something about Trump being “dumb” and a “liar” for agreeing with Sanders on major issues and making Sanders look like a “conservative”. Talking trash and declaring intellectual superiority rather than debating any actual issues: It’s a Democrat-thing; no one ever understands.

2. Declaring Trump is part of the “Establishment” since Trump is funding his own campaign, as opposed to relying on corporate donors like most everyone else…

3. Something about how Trump must declare his concern for global warming when Trump is clearly focusing on what’s most important right now: Improving the US middle class.

4. Declaring how despite Trump’s focus on improving market wages, Trump must support a minimum wage. The entire purpose of the minimum wage is to hinder corporations in their drive to hammer down wages via trade and immigration… Trump is obsessed with growing the market wage. His entire issue platform is built around… growing the market wage and improving American economic strength.

Basically, Sanders doesn’t like Trump, because Trump is team Republican. And Democrats like to tell others how their secular humanism makes them superior to the rest of subhuman humanity, including Republicans.

Anyway, with luck we’ll have a Trump vs. Sanders election. Sanders simply has to stand up to Hillary, which he doesn’t seem capable of doing. Because Sanders is a superior wimp who again likes to tell everyone else they’re “stupid” subhumans.

Raimondo on a Return to Normalcy

From antiwar, Raimondo writes:

In a normal country, it is entirely possible to separate domestic policy from foreign policy – because the latter is strictly limited to the goal of protecting its citizens from foreign invasion, which means, in large part, protecting the territorial integrity of the nation, i.e. its borders.

And that’s the essence of the utopian dreams of many of us: A polity that minds its own business.

Some of the mythology Raimondo writes I question, but one part is clear, the Cold War reconstructed us into the evil Leviathan we find ourselves trapped within today. Raimondo writes:

The new “crisis” was the cold war, a face-off with our former ally, the Soviet Union, that inspired conservative leader William F. Buckley, Jr., to abandon the traditionalist stance on behalf of constitutionalism and embrace the Leviathan.

A conservative telling of this story might add how the US was 89% white in 1965, that after WWII America has sold off its economic wealth, and Europe had been neatly divided into rough nation-states that could have been worked into a stable, enduring order. It’s tough to give a year for when Europe was best divided, but the potential was there.

And it’s worth mentioning Antony C. Sutton’s work revealing Wall Street’s influence among the Bolsheviks and Germans, which complicates the story. I mean to say: I am not a believer that “statism” is entirely behind our fall. Regardless, it can be agreed that a “normal” polity is the high ideal.