Monthly Archives: March 2016

Cruz Flip-Flop Compilation

Also:

Regarding TPP … [Cruz] continued that claims made by Senator Jeff Sessions were “not accurate…this trade agreement, now, at least the current draft…does not impact, change, alter, or effect US immigration law. There is a brief section in the TPP that concerns issues of immigration, but explicitly, the United States doesn’t join that section.” He further pointed to his amendment to prevent trade agreements from impacting immigration that the House agreed to include. Cruz continued, “Beyond that, the notion of giving up sovereignty and an international body that can alter US law, Jeff, I have spent 20 years fighting to defend United States sovereignty. There is no one in the Senate who has been a stronger opponent of international bodies taking away our authority. … And it is simply false that the TPP trade agreement gives up our sovereignty. There is nothing in TPA or TPP that can give a foreign body the ability to make binding law in the United States of America under our Constitution.” Although, he stated that it was natural and understandable people would be suspicious of a secret agreement.

Source.

“While Cruz said he supports free trade, he believes the Trans-Pacific Partnership would undermine U.S. immigration laws and the nation’s sovereignty,” reported the Des Moines Register.

“There are a number of Republicans on that (debate) stage who support TPP, who support (the Trade Promotion Authority),” Cruz stated. “I voted against TPA and I intend to vote against TPP.”

Source.

Also, Kasich defends corporations.

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Trump Did Not Flip on H-1B Visas

From Trump’s website:

“Megyn Kelly asked about highly-skilled immigration. The H-1B program is neither high-skilled nor immigration: these are temporary foreign workers, imported from abroad, for the explicit purpose of substituting for American workers at lower pay. I remain totally committed to eliminating rampant, widespread H-1B abuse and ending outrageous practices such as those that occurred at Disney in Florida when Americans were forced to train their foreign replacements. I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program. No exceptions.”

Throughout Trump’s campaign, he’s been hit with unfair attacks. Yet voters continue falling for them…

Cruz especially lies and hits Trump with half truths. Cruz’s supporters tend to believe Trump holds totally different views from those stated on his website.

And Cruz is the one who has adapted himself to Trump’s views as this campaign has unfolded.

The Case for Border Adjusted Federal Tax Reform via the Business Transfer Tax

THE CASE FOR BORDER ADJUSTED FEDERAL TAX REFORM
VIA THE BUSINESS TRANSFER TAX

by
David A. Hartman, Chairman
The Lone Star Foundation

That’s the gold standard on trade. I don’t believe Cruz’s plan is quite as good, because I don’t believe Cruz includes rebates. I could be mistaken. With such high levels of taxation, a flat tax is otherwise overly hard on the working poor. While low taxes are ideal, a large middle class is also ideal. Otherwise, voters will demand more government redistribution of wealth. Trump is wonderful in part because he protects the middle class and aims to grow the US economy. Voters must be kept happy.

Trump should consider adopting part of Hartman’s plan. I’m not saying Trump needs to adopt this exactly, but he could one-up Cruz with some part of this superior plan, superior to Cruz’s.

For those who don’t know: Chronicles generally has the best proposals. And I believe I first saw Hartman’s proposal there. Modern Age is also good.

Update: I suppose combined with a progressive income tax, as Trump would do, there’s no need for rebates.

I was just surprised to realise Cruz has the best protectionist trade policy. I already knew this was Cruz’s policy, but it hadn’t computed. I don’t trust Cruz though since Trump has longer been a trade protectionist. Cruz seemed to adopt this after noticing how popular Trump had become.

Fox GOP Debate, Detroit: Ted Can’t Balance Budget Either

Fox is unfairly targeting Trump, because Ted and likely all of the other candidates cannot balance the budget. It’s standard politician to promise the impossible. However, Trump clearly wants to reduce the spending deficit. Personally, I expect Trump would ultimately raise taxes. Trade, immigration, and foreign policy are most important. The US is a mess.

Trump clearly wasn’t ready with a defence of his budget. I thought he did excellent in the previous debate, but he was hit hard on the budget, doing fine otherwise. Ted and Kasich are each targeting a different set of voters. And Trump is made to look bad. Rubio looks terrible at least.

Regarding Snowden, the guy is a hero even if a spy. Ted was made to appear as the most libertarian in that exchange. Trump should aim to be on that side, because a faction of his supporters are noninterventionist. We want America safe, but we also want to be safe from a police state.

One addition, a part of the rejection of Common Core is the government data gathering, which is Orwellian. Oh, and I missed part of the debate when Trump talked on trade. Trade is Donald’s area of expertise, so I expect he did well there. Cruz doesn’t seem to fully understand, or perhaps care about, the dangers of the trade agreements.

Romney Praises Trump

Flip-flop liberal Romney praised Trump before he attacked him.

Some of us suspect Romney and Beck’s Mormon religion could be behind their vitriol against Trump. Trump is less of a globalist than are most Republican leaders. Am I suggesting Mormons are globalists? No. But perhaps some interpret “American exceptionalism” in a certain way. Religions are frequently interpreted differently by their practitioners.

My personal belief is that America is not exceptional. Rather America is like any other polity in the world. So, the same standards of morality that apply to America apply to every other polity.

It’s ironic how some view Trump as a “fascist” when I would portray the sort of American-corporate-imperialism that Trump is resisting, or at least failing to march in lockstep with, as quite fascist. In my eyes, Trump is, in a sense, anti-fascist, but I don’t like using such shock words.

Trump’s position seems to be that America is a nation-state, and America should exert its interests as does every other nation-state. The imperialists take a more global perspective while Trump is more inclined to focus on America and the well-being of Americans.