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Politicians, press don’t know how to react to the rising trade deficit

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Politicians press dont know how to react to the rising trade deficit

Up is down. Down is up. Left is right and right is left when it comes to trade during the Trump era. That’s because we’re faced with the contradiction that has arisen regarding tariffs, trade deficits, and the 1984-like shift in mentalities as it pertains to free trade versus fair trade.

Welcome to 2019.

What should be considered good news to fiscal conservatives popped today as the trade deficit hit a 10-year-high. Those who believe in sound economic principles understand that having a high trade deficit as a consuming nation means the economy is strong. People are buying, which means companies are buying, which means they’re importing more goods and resources. One of the clearest signals of economic growth is when your import numbers rise. Exports should rise as well, but not at the same pace as imports. This is precisely what’s happening in America today, which is why conservatives should be celebrating.

Unfortunately, many of them cannot. They’ve been led down the path of believing trade deficits are bad, free trade is bad, and tariffs are good. In other words, they’ve been sold the talking points Senators Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders were using in 2014 and 2015. As I noted before, conservatives opposed Sanders and Schumer on tariffs for a reason.

But Republicans aren’t alone in their confusion. Democrats and the media are taking the news as a sign that the President’s policies aren’t working. They like to look at everything in isolation (it’s the only way they can reconcile the inconsistencies in their politics), so if their enemy President Trump wanted to lower the trade deficit and it’s rising instead, that must mean a victory for their narrative, right? Of course, they then should have to reconcile why the trade deficits are rising (tax cuts helping the economy) and how the policy they supported for years (tariffs) seems to be failing, at least based on progressive economic policies.

This is why they have headlines that say, “Trump dealt blow as US trade deficit jumps,” despite the fact that it’s the leftist policies he’s been invoking that apparently are failing. They must also ignore the fact that these policies’ “failure” is actually a huge indicator of economic strength. If there’s one major takeaway from all this, it’s that when Republicans abandon conservative economic principles, they sow confusion as nobody seems to know who or what to cheer for when the results of their policies come to bear.

Perhaps conservative commentator Thomas Sowell said it best:

Thomas Sowell isn’t a fan of tariffs

https://noqreport.com/2019/01/14/thomas-sowell-isnt-fan-tariffs/It’s pathetic. The very phrase “trade surpluses” gives half a story. There are countries that supply mainly goods, physical goods, and there are other things like services that other countries provide, and the United States gets a lot of money from providing services. To talk about one part of the trading and ignore the other part fails to understand that money is money no matter whether it’s from goods or services.

When you set off a trade war, like any other war, you have no idea how that’s going to end. You’re going to be blindsided by all kinds of consequences. You do not make America great again by raising the price to Americans, which is what a tariff does.

To summarize, Democrats and the press have to condemn the policies they recently supported because the President and Republicans adopted them, and even though they aren’t working, the tax cuts have made the economy boom in spite of them.

 


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Beauty queen Kathy Zhu was robbed because she’s a conservative

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It’s okay to be “woke” if you’re participating in Miss World America. Several contestants have expressed radical political, cultural, and religious views that would be considered offensive to many conservatives, including support for dismemberment of preborn children, anti-law-enforcement sentiments, and one instance of clear racism against Caucasians. But it was the outspoken conservative beauty queen, Kathy Zhu, who was stripped of her title and forced to disassociate herself from the competition immediately.

She posted her conversation with Miss World America Michigan state director Laurie DeJack as well as the email correspondence with the organization regarding her ousting:

Some news outlets are reporting the ousting had to do with her controversial response to being asked to “try a hijab” in 2018, but the text messages do not reflect that. It could have been cited during a phone conversation, which apparently happened in the midst of the text conversation.

But the directly attributed reason was a Tweet in which Zhu addressed an unknown person or group who was apparently complaining about African-American deaths. In response, she noted that black-on-black violence is the most prevalent circumstance in African-American homicides.

She worded it a bit differently:

“Did you know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix problems within your own community first before blaming others.”

Zhu quote-Tweeted a post sent to Vice President Pence:

Yes, her post was controversial. Was it racist? No, not in context. As she noted in her letter to the pageant, she was referring to statistical facts. Is that grounds for removal? Perhaps it is… as long as they’re being consistent. But Zhu isn’t the only contestant posting very controversial statements on social media. As of now, there seems to be no others who have indicated they were removed for similar reasons even though some have social media posts that should be considered even worse relative to the rules of decorum set forth by the pageant. Of course, the posts that should be considered worse than Zhu’s are generally progressive.

It’s a shame that Zhu had her title and future participation banned, but she has an opportunity to highlight the anti-conservative bias in such organizations. She may not be competing, but she can be even more influential now within the conservative movement than she was before. She’s currently studying political science. Maybe that will translate into a life in politics.

If Miss World America were fair, they’d strip crowns from several of the contestants over their controversial social media posts. But they won’t. They located the lone controversial conservative in the group. They’ll only remove MAGA deplorable Kathy Zhu.

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The Suicide Squad wins the Twitter war but loses anywhere else

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The Suicide Squad wins the Twitter war but loses anywhere else

We can argue about whether Trump’s tweets were strategic or narcissistic. The result is the same: Trump provoked four Congresswomen into revealing their hatred for America. In doing so they took to Twitter to declare that President Trump is a racist. The Suicide Squad and their legions trended anti-Trump hashtags on Twitter for days. On the surface it appears that it was a bad weekend for Trump.

On the Twittersphere, Trump’s week is off to a bad start. The Suicide Squad has won the Twitter front, yet lost everywhere else. When CNN asked Republican women about the issue, they vehemently defended Trump’s statements. Earlier this week, they held a longwinded press conference that amounted to nothing more than a long campaign commercial for Trump 2020.

Echo Chambers

The media continuously overestimates American involvement on Twitter because the media is on Twitter and Twitter is where the news happens because the media is on Twitter. If that sounds circular, it’s because that’s how the media works. Polls show that Americans do not care about the Mueller Report, yet Twitter would have you think otherwise. The media wants you to believe that Twitter is an organic social platform, and popular stories, hashtags, conversation are the result of the merit of the stories. But Jack Dorsey is not neutral, saying so himself. Twitter Moments is the hand selected stories by Twitter for its users and the “For You” section of trends is certainly manipulated. So how significant is Twitter, really? Not that much. Let’s consider the words of MarketWatch’s Brett Arends:

According to the company’s own public filings, only about 20% of the U.S. population even uses Twitter. And less than half of those go on it regularly.

And as everyone knows, only a tiny percentage of those dominate the “conversation.”

To listen to Twitter two years ago, after the far-right demonstration in Charlottesville, you’d think everyone wanted Confederate statues knocked down. Actually, there wasn’t even strong support for that among African-Americans. A few months ago, you’d have assumed absolutely everyone wanted Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign over the “black face” affair: Actually, even most black Virginians didn’t. Today you’d think everyone calls illegal immigrants “undocumented workers,” and wants them to have free, universal health care. Really?

So while most Americans are uninformed as to what Trump actually said, not having a Twitter account, the media will spin a poll by USA Today/ Ipsos to show that majority of Americans think that Trump’s tweets were racist. Here are their findings in their own words:

Trump’s controversial tweets open a wider discussion about racism versus patriotism. Two-thirds (65%) agree that telling minority Americans to “go back to where they came from” is racist. However, there is a 40-percentage point difference between Democrats and Republicans on this (85% of Democrats agree vs. 45% of Republicans). Similarly, the vast majority of Republicans (70%) believe that people who call others “racist” usually do so in bad faith, whereas just 31% of Democrats believe the same

Americans come together on the idea that it is patriotic to point out where America falls short and try to do better. Almost three-quarters agree (72%), with majority support even across party lines (80% of Democrats and 68% of Republicans).

Generically, telling someone to “go back” to their own country is likely racist, but applying these results to Trump’s tweets is devoid of context rendering the poll meaningless. Ilhan Omar is fundamentally anti-American and Trump questioning why she bothers staying is completely not racist within context. A poll asking generic questions with an assumed premise as to what Trump’s tweet was is misleading, and quite frankly, the results are underwhelming for the Socialist narrative even with overwhelming bias in the poll. The New York Post in carrying this false assumption about the poll said noted these findings:

But 70 percent of respondents say “people who usually call others ‘racist’ usually do so in bad faith,” while 31 percent of Democrats say so.

Going back to the CNN video we see women asked with the context known or presented whether they think that what Trump said was racist and they pushed back on the assumption of racism. The most powerful part of that video was the CNN lady defining racism assuming Trump’s words even remotely came close to surpassing the definition she read. She got wrecked.

Final Thoughts

The Trump campaign and, in the far bigger picture, the Conservative movement will undoubtedly win this issue in the real world. The challenge is communicating the context. Conservatives should continue fighting their ideas on Twitter, but our main focus should be on other platforms, including and especially the real world. As long as the Socialists think they are winning in their own echo chambers, they will continue losing in the real world.

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False narratives: TIME claims the GOP wants a ‘white republic’

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False narratives TIME claims the GOP wants a white republic

This will be the first time I’ve written an article in response to another without reading it in its entirety. I’m not a fan of reacting to anything without knowing all that was said; this is why I don’t engage as much as I should on social media. Too often the responses are based on a snippet description and the title of a link. What ever happened to reading a story that someone posts before telling them how wrong they are?

In this very rare (like I said, I think it’s the first one for me) situation in which I didn’t read the whole article, it wasn’t because it was too long. I’ve been known to read 5,000-word articles to know how to properly respond to a Tweet about it, so this relatively short article in TIME was not too daunting. But around halfway through, I realized I could probably finish the article in my mind. The story was a tired one; voter suppression, gerrymandering, racism, bigotry, Trump bad, GOP bad, GOP racist, Trump bigot… you’ve probably read similar stories from the opposition. But those stories are usually found on leftist news outlets like Vox or Buzzfeed. This is TIME. This is supposed to be the mainstream.

And the mainstream wants you to believe there’s no room for minorities in the party of old white men.

As Thomas Sowell once noted, “A higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It was Republicans whose ‘Philadelphia Plan’ in the 1970s sought to break the construction unions’ racial barriers that kept blacks out of skilled trades.”

I am a minority. I am a legal immigrant. I am very familiar with the history of racism in both political parties, though the left likes to pretend slavery, the KKK, and opposition to the Civil Rights Movement aren’t part of the Democratic Party’s DNA. I am also acutely familiar with which party’s policies work against minorities as well as the downtrodden. One needs only look at the disastrous results of decades of Democrats controlling broken cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and Detroit to realize the Democrats protect the elite and let the poor suffer in their own quiet little corners of the city.

On the flip side, we see minority unemployment rates hit record lows for minorities under Republican policies. This isn’t just luck of the draw. It isn’t an oppressed people rising up to prove their Republican masters wrong. This is a matter of good policies empowering minorities and all Americans to do more. But the philanthropic aspect of capitalism and fiscal conservatism are also in play, which is the biggest weakness of progressive Democrats. Charities can and should bear the burden of helping those whose families and communities cannot. Government should be the last line of defense helping people from falling through the cracks. But under progressives, government is the dominant driving force to help people in need. This is why so many in need aren’t getting the help they require.

If all this is true, then one might wonder how the Democratic Party has been able to maintain a false narrative for so long. Why is the GOP predominantly Caucasian? To understand this, we have to go back to the two primary sources of information for Americans: media and education. Both mainstream media and collegiate-level education are industries absolutely dominated by progressives. This is not a rumor or something based on anecdote. It’s demonstrable that this is true. As a result, younger Americans are educated with a bias in favor of Democrats and older Americans have this bias reinforced by mainstream media. It’s indoctrination followed by constant doses of propaganda that make minorities believe the GOP is bad for them and the Democrats are good for them.

History shows the Democrats work against minorities. Current statistics show Democratic policies keep minorities down by design. Logic shows the narrative is clearly driven by progressives up and down the educational and informational streams. This is why one of the most important fights we have with the rising American Conservative Movement is countering these false narratives so more minorities will realize they’ve been conservatives all along.

The GOP doesn’t want a “white republic.” We want to cut through the aggressive lies of the left to help minorities see the truth that conservative governance is what benefits them the most. Articles like TIME’s suppress this truth.

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