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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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Gary Vaynerchuk never talks about politics, but he’s great when he does

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Gary Vaynerchuk never talks about politics but hes great when he does

Language warning, in case you’ve never listened to Gary Vaynerchuk before. I have, and he’s great.

Those who know of Gary Vaynerchuk think of wine, social media, and digital strategy. The Belarusian American entrepreneur has been an outspoken advocate of all things “віно і маркетинг” for over a decade, but he rarely speaks about politics.

Recently, he did, and one prediction in particular caught my eye.

In an interview for Capitalism by Ryan Daniel Moran, Vaynerchuk said, “I believe we’re seeing the beginning stages of a four party system in America in the next 50 to 100 years.”

The way he sees it, both major parties are pushing to the extremes on the ideological scale, opening up spots for moderate progressives and moderate conservatives to have major parties of their own. This is the case in most countries; the United States is one of the few that has a true two-party system despite the fact that most of our founding fathers didn’t want it to turn out this way.

John Adams said:

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.

But Vaynerchuk, who has built a career around being write much more often than he’s wrong, says the opening is already being seen today. He railed against both parties, blaming both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama for poorly handling the financial crisis of the late 00s.

Millions have learned over the years to listen to Gary Vaynerchuk when he’s offering opinions. Though his political opinions are few and far between, there’s a wisdom to them you don’t hear from the pundits. It’s authentic, a rare quality indeed.

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Charlie Kirk: Capitalism saves lives

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I’m normally not a fan of quick bursts of talking points, preferring longer, fact-filled discussions on topics as important as capitalism versus socialism. With that said, Turning Point‘s Charlie Kirk knocks it out of the park with talking points that totaled 33 seconds.

But even though the video was short, this article will take a bit longer to read. I’m not going to talk about the clear evidence that capitalism is far superior to socialism (or any other economic -ism). Instead, I’d like to focus on the challenge pro-capitalism activists face. Our message is right, and for the most part our nation accepts this. But things are changing. The indoctrination in schools combined with the propaganda in mainstream media and the false narratives from Democrats are all combining to deceive the masses in ways many thought impossible just a few years ago.

Would you have thought over 50% of college students would support socialism over capitalism at any point in American history if someone told you that a decade ago? If you would have, you’re much smarter than me. I couldn’t imagine the will of the people being so misled that many would abandon the system that has clearly worked in exchange for a system that has never worked. It makes no sense, and therein lies the problem with the progressive movement today.

As our EIC noted, logic doesn’t always prevail.

We must, as conservatives, continue to push out the right message. We might think it’s commons sense, but apparently common sense is becoming less common in America. We need to keep pushing.

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I’m a free trade capitalist, but I’m backing the President’s China play

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Im a free trade capitalist but Im backing the Presidents China play

Fiscal conservatives may be prepared to pounce, but they’ll need to hear me out. Fans of President Trump’s “fair trade” tariff policies may be ready to cheer, but they should also read further before jumping up and down. I’ll keep this very short before I change my mind.

I’m a free-trade-loving, fiscal conservative capitalist who thinks tariffs are the work of progressives who want to generate revenues any way they can to help fund their big government ambitions. For the last three years, I’ve written many articles calling on President Trump to back down from his tariff plans and promote stronger incentives for America-First business practices. If you want businesses and jobs to come back to America, cut taxes even more. If you want to promote industries like steel and agriculture, cut taxes and use our technological and logistic advantages to overcome the cheap labor offshore. There are ways to achieve the President’s goals without making Senator Chuck Schumer giddy over the adoption of his Chinese tariff plan by a Republican President.

But here we are. The trade war has been building up with trade skirmishes and economic battles for over a year and we’re now in the early stages of an all-out trade war. It’s not the call I would have made, but now that it’s happening, we have to go all out. Half-measures will fail. If we’re going to get back to the proper path of free trade and dominance of the global market from where we are today, then the fastest path is to ramp up pressure on China using Trump’s (well, technically Schumer’s) tariff technique all the way through.

The reality is this: China will blink first. For political reasons, the President needs them to blink before the 2020 election season, which means putting our economic might up against their economic size. They are already showing signs of weakness, from retail sales growth hitting a 16-year low to a yuan that was showing weakness even before the tariffs started making a real impact.

Some are expecting China to sell off Treasuries. They might. If they do, it won’t be out of retribution even though most mainstream media outlets will report it as such. They’ll sell off Treasuries (which they’ve been doing little by little for a while already) to prop up their currency, not to hit back at President Trump.

“China selling Treasuries is a risk, but it would have less to do with any retaliation they might pursue in response to tariffs and more to do with managing their currency,” said Gene Tannuzzo, deputy global head of fixed income at Columbia Threadneedle Investments. “But if the capital account is leakier than they want it to be and they have to defend the yuan, then they’d need to be selling Treasuries.’’

As Jeffrey Black and Xiaoqing Pi noted over at Bloomberg yesterday, China’s economy is showing weakness at the worst possible moment. This may be why President Trump is confident enough to make this risky play before his reelection.

Faltering credit and consumption at home coupled with a weaker global economy means China is running out of steady growth engines right when it needs them. The soggy data spurred expectations the government will need to boost stimulus to cushion the blow from the escalating trade war, sending Asian stocks mostly higher. The yuan was little changed.

After looking at all the data I could find, I may not like what the President is doing, but now’s not the time to lecture him on the tenets of free trade and global dominance through improved business atmospheres stateside. He’s going with tariffs, which means we go all out. It’s similar to how real war is waged. I may have been against the Iraq War, but once the first troops landed, I knew the fastest way to get them home was to completely annihilate the enemy as quickly as possible.

I posted something similar to this yesterday and felt a need to clarify my position again today. See, Doug. One critical exchange can have an impact. Thank you.

I don’t like trade wars, but if we’re going to have one, let’s do it right. No half-measures. We go in, make China’s economy feel the pain, and bring them to the negotiating table beaten and desperate. Just get it done quickly, please.

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