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Executive order targeting Huawei is the right move at the right time

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Executive order targeting Huawei is the right move at the right time

American technology companies, particularly those in the telecommunications industry, have been fools for far too long. While China as actively and aggressively sought to not only steal our technology but subvert it by inserting their own untrustworthy components into our systems, many American companies have turned a blind eye to the threats they pose to every American.

That won’t happen anymore. President Trump signed an executive order defending against technological attacks by the Chinese and specifically targeted Huawei, the Chinese telecomm giant that has been inserting itself rapidly into as many technological conversations as it can all across the world.

The right move

There are certain aspects of protectionism that do not appeal to me, but when it comes to technological protectionism, I’m all in. For years I’ve done what I can to limit the amount of Chinese technology in the devices I use for one simple reason: I don’t trust them.

Yes, they’re cheaper. But they’re also cheaper in the way they’re produced. Though China has made many technological advances in recent years (much of which can likely be attributed to theft of technology from other countries), they’re still behind in most regards compared to Japanese, Korean, Israeli, Australian, and European technologies. But that’s not a huge deal at this point; you get what you pay for and if certain sacrifices to quality make sense, so be it as long as it’s cheaper.

But there’s a nefarious aspect to the way the Chinese have inserted their technologies into the global mix. China has a very poor track record of obeying international laws, adhering to security protocols, and believing in the right to privacy. In China, there is no privacy which is why their technology often bypasses privacy controls put in place to protect individuals.

With the growing 5G infrastructure at the center of this move, now is not the time to take risks. If Huawei cannot be trusted, then 5G is the last place we want them involved.

I’m not a fan of executive orders, either, but this is one that makes sense since it’s a dynamic topic that moves much faster than Congress can handle and it’s administrated solely by the executive branch.

The right time

It’s obviously not a coincidence that this executive order was signed just as the trade war with China is ramping up. As our EIC noted, we’re in a time when we must use full measures to win this war. I’m not a fan of tariffs, but if we’re going to use them, let’s make them effective and get rid of them as quickly as possible.

This is just another arrow slung at the Chinese in that trade war. It may be technically separate and it’s hard to imagine this is another bargaining chip, but it will cause further harm to the Chinese economy, making it more likely they’ll come to the table ready to make a deal.

We’ve reached a moment in history where technology can have catastrophic effects on the lives of nearly every American if the wrong actors are allowed to run free in our infrastructure. This is a step towards safeguarding us from the threats.

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Doug Ducey’s reversal on Nike is a betrayal to patriots across the nation

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Doug Duceys reversal on Nike is a betrayal to patriots across the nation

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey did the right thing when he declared on Twitter that Nike would not receive incentives for coming to Arizona. He was taking a stand against their unpatriotic decision to stop making apparel with the Betsy Ross American flag on it, a decision prompted by professional social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick’s claims the flag is a racist symbol.

We covered it and praised the Governor for his patriotic decision.

Then, he changed his mind without explanation and pretended like nothing had happened before the 4th of July in his announcement of the “good news” on Twitter;

Whatever political pressure he was receiving to reverse his decision and suddenly join Team Nike is bogus. I don’t care what it was. If the pressure was so great that his hand was forced, then he should have come out reluctantly accepting something he couldn’t change instead of suddenly embracing the opposite outcome of his previous stand. Trying to sweep this under the rug by relying on a news cycle and voter base stricken with ADHD is a huge problem that hits both sides of the political aisle, as Ducey demonstrates as a Republican. We have plenty of examples of this for Democrats, of course.

This is the type of ingenuous pandering to special interest groups that should infuriate people. 500 new jobs is great, but here’s the thing. Nike effectively gave the American flag and patriotic Americans the finger. They should be the subject of boycotts, but as Ducey and many conservatives have demonstrated in the past, the greatest weakness of the right is our unwillingness to take a stand by holding back our dollars. We’re a pragmatic bunch, so more jobs sounds great. But the line must be drawn or companies will continue to pretend like American patriotism is anathema in the modern world.

Those who support America have become enemies of the left in this post-truth society. The left is willing to boycott. Why won’t the right? Doug Ducey did the hard thing, the brave thing. Then he reversed himself. Pitiful.

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Amazon praises Trump for defending American companies from new French tax

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Amazon praises Trump for defending American companies from new French tax

The Washington Post may have a bias against President Trump, but their big brother in Jeff Bezos’s portfolio, Amazon, is very pleased with the President right now. Following the French Senate passing a new tax that goes after big tech giants, President Trump ordered an inquiry into the tax similar to the inquiry used to examine China’s practices just prior to imposing tariffs on them.

The implication is clear: If France wants to treat tech companies, most of which are in the United States, with unfair tax increases, then the United States will return the favor.

Yes, it was a threat, and Amazon appreciates it.

“We applaud the Trump Administration for taking decisive action against France and for signaling to all of America’s trading partners that the U.S. government will not acquiesce to tax and trade policies that discriminate against American businesses,” Amazon said in a statement to The Washington Post.

The tax doesn’t just go after tech “giants.” It goes against technology companies making more than 25 million euros ($28 million) in French revenue and 750 million euros ($844 million) in global revenue. That’s a lot of companies, and while there are plenty of companies outside of the United States that qualify for the new retroactive tax, the vast majority are American. The White House took notice.

“The United States is very concerned that the digital services tax … unfairly targets American companies,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement on Wednesday. “The President has directed that we investigate the effects of this legislation and determine whether it is discriminatory or unreasonable and burdens or restricts United States commerce.”

This may be the first time the administration has received praise like this from a major tech company. He and his followers are usually scolded by the companies that have been at the center of European debates for a while, which include Facebook, Google, and Apple. But it isn’t just France. The entire European Union has been working on a levy against these tech companies, and other individual nations have discussed joining France in enforcing their own stopgap measures until the EU can put together a unified solution.

President Trump is defending American businesses, employees, and consumers against France and anyone else who treats us unfairly. It’s encouraging to see him receiving kudos from a company that recognizes the value of his efforts on our behalf.

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Saikat Chakrabarti: The Green New Deal isn’t about climate change

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Saikat Chakrabarti The Green New Deal isnt about climate change

When Americans think of climate change solutions, they think of electric cars, recycling, and renewable energy. This is why when the “Green New Deal” was first announced, it was strikingly apparent that this wasn’t about climate change. One cannot generate a $100 trillion plan for climate change, even if it encompassed the whole world. The cost for implementing changes requested by the Paris climate accords barely broke $3 trillion, and that’s spread out over three decades.

I made the rookie mistake of assuming everyone’s focus would be on the “new deal” aspect of the Green New Deal, and not on the first word. But judging by reactions to a statement made by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief of Staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, apparently a whole lot of people thought this was an environmental plan.

To say the Green New Deal is about fixing the environment is like saying the National Socialist German Workers’ Party was about helping workers. Just as workers were a means to an end for the Nazis, so too is the environment a means to an end for the holistic, top-down approach to completely transforming America, which is the end goal of the Green New Deal.

Ending climate change is simply a theme of the proposal, and a minor one at that.

The heart of the Green New Deal is an economic upheaval that turns the U.S. government into the primary employer and economic force in the nation. I’m not just talking about increasing the number of government jobs. The Green New Deal would encompass most jobs and put entire industries completely unrelated to climate change under one gigantic Washington DC umbrella.

Those who understand the economy and can do basic math can be shown how impossible their dream really is in the current system. There just isn’t enough money available to accomplish their goals even if you taxed the rich 90% and the middle class 50%. And the Justice Democrats, who are pulling the strings of AOC and her cronies, are very well aware of this. But what they don’t like to note (yet) is their master plan includes a shift to Modern Monetary Theory in which the government prints whatever money is necessary to pay whatever bills arise from their plans.

For now, they’re releasing bits and pieces of their plan to normalize the notions in the collective consciousness.

There is nothing unexpected nor startling about this admission. A plain understanding of the basic tenets of the Green New Deal reveals exactly what Chakrabarti has “suddenly” admitted. But it wasn’t sudden. This has been the plan all along, and while they didn’t spell it out in such terms, their motives and goals are transparent to anyone paying attention.

The reason climate change can be all-encompassing, and therefore the perfect vehicle to drive the economic changes they want, is because it can be correlated to just about every industry. Restaurants serve beef… climate change issue. Many industries require transportation of their products… climate change issue. You business operates out of a building that isn’t powered by solar… climate change issue. The environment blankets everything, literally and figuratively, and therefore offers a path through which the Justice Democrats can justify the government taking over private industries across the board.

Normally, I call on conservatives to help fight a leftist cause. But this time, I can comfortably call on just about every American to do so because I am certain the majority of Americans would not favor the Green New Deal if they understood the implications. Conservative, moderates, and most progressives can agree that we do not want the government in control of nearly every facet of our lives. This isn’t just about a government takeover of industries or an inflation-driving shift to the untenable Modern Monetary Theory. This is about individual freedoms universally loved by Americans being suppressed by a plan that wants equality for everyone other than the elite. Those at the top if the Green New Deal takes effect will have the good life. Everyone else will be granted equality; we’ll be equally miserable under the catastrophic system imposed on us by these radical progressives.

Climate change isn’t even really a backdrop to the Green New Deal. It’s top level doublespeak meant to rally ignorant people into willfully accepting their role as pawns in the most destructive proposal ever put forth to Americans.

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