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Elizabeth Warren won’t tell the truth about middle-class taxes despite Stephen Colbert pleading with her to do so

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Elizabeth Warren appeared on the Stephen Colbert show Tuesday night. Colbert’s interview quickly turned into a public attempt to help Warren craft a more honest answer about one of her main policy proposals, Medicare for All. Colbert did his best to make the case that Warren should stop avoiding the fact that her plan would necessitate raising middle-class taxes.

Colbert set up the segment by calling her Medicare for All proposal the “most radical” of all of her positions. Warren quibbled with that but then Colbert got to his question. “You keep being asked in the debate ‘How are you going to pay for it? Are you going to raise the middle-class’ taxes?’” Colbert said.

Warren then launched into her well-rehearsed spiel about raising “costs” on the wealth and concluded, “hard-working middle-class families are going to see their costs go down.” Of course, that wasn’t the question.

“But will their taxes go up?” Colbert asked again.

“But here’s the thing…” Warren said.

“No, but here’s the thing,” Colbert interjected. He continued, “I’ve listened to these answers a few times before and I just want to make a parallel suggestion for you about how you might defend the taxes that perhaps you’re not mentioning in your sentence.

“Isn’t Medicare for All like public school? There might be taxes for it, but you certainly save a lot of money on sending your kids to school, and do you want to live in a world where your kids aren’t educated? Do you want to live in a world where your fellow citizens are dying, even if it costs a little bit of money?”

What Colbert is really arguing here is that you can offer a defense of M4A without running in circles rhetorically to avoid admitting that it will require higher taxes. It’s a plea for being more forthcoming with the American people. Even Bernie Sanders, who also supports M4A, has admitted it would require raising taxes on the middle-class.

This is exactly what Warren is refusing to say. But instead of dropping the talking points at Colbert’s prompting, she launched into a filibuster answer that lasted more than two minutes.

At the end of her spiel, Colbert could have easily destroyed Warren by simply asking her once again, “But will their taxes go up?” That would have highlighted the way in which her lengthy answer never answered his simple question. It probably would have become a viral clip on social media as well. But Colbert is a Democrat and he’s not interested in playing hardball with Democrats, especially ones who have a real shot at securing the nomination. So when Warren was finally finished with her non-answer, Colbert quickly moved on.

To sum this up, Colbert spends most of this segment trying to encourage Warren to be more honest and when she refuses to take his advice he gives her a pass. You can probably imagine how this would have gone if a Republican candidate were similarly dancing around the truth. Here’s the clip:

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India Reminds: What DC Has Long Pretended Is ‘Free Trade’ – Is Not Free Trade

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Washington, D.C.’s very swampy denizens have spent the last half-century-plus perpetrating a panoply of frauds against We the People.

Perhaps the most Gaslight-y of them all – has been DCs fake free trade.

We the People have watched DCs fake free trade – dispatch millions of our jobs and trillions of our dollars to everywhere else on the planet.  And our nation – has been hollowed out and caved in.

And when We the People complained about the self-destruction – we were yelled at as nationalist Luddites who are anti-commerce.

Yes.  Our opposition to the guys with guns and masks taking our wallets and watches – is “anti-commerce.”

What they do not understand is – commerce occurs between peoples.  Trade Policy – occurs between governments.  And every government – seeks to advantage its people over all others.

Well, except our government, of course.  Because “Free Markets!!!” – or something.

So our half-century-plus of allowing every country on the planet to favor their peoples over ours – has gutted our people and our nation.

The planet tariffs and limits the import of our stuff – which hurts our stuff.  And the planet subsidizes their stuff – thereby giving their stuff an anti-market advantage over our stuff.

We do very little of any of this.  We do absolutely nothing about their doing it.

Fifty-plus years later – we are in the heinous mess we’re in.

In writing about trade with utterly corrupt Communist China, Nicholas Phillips wisely notes:

“(Fake) free trade with China means allowing its distortions into our market.

“Refusing to allow our government to ‘pick winners’ by rejecting industrial-policy support to key sectors means that Beijing will pick winners for us.”

If we don’t prioritize things for ourselves – the planet will prioritize things for themselves.  And much more often than not – it will be to our great disadvantage.

“Key sectors” you say?  I would say food growth and production is a key sector.

Before you can put on your cheap Bangladeshi PJs and watch your cheap Chinese TV – you gotta eat.

And fake free trade has been devastating our farmers, ranchers and food producers.

By not choosing to defend our producers – we have subjected them to the rest of the planet defending theirs.

To wit:

Sugar: Concern Increases Over Subsidies in India:

“Édgar Herrera, executive director of the (Costa Rica) Industrial Agricultural League of Sugarcane (Laica), explained…:

“‘These (sugar) subsidies are greater than those allowed by the World Trade Organization, in the order of $10 billion annually.  At the same time, it causes an artificial increase in sugar production, which surpasses India’s internal consumption.’…

“‘There is an oversupply, which has caused sugar prices to collapse below production costs. And this causes severe damage to countries that do not have these subsidies, as in the case of Costa Rica.’”

Again: $10 billion per year.  JUST in sugar subsidies.  JUST from India.

Yet again, a country is cheating to help its people – and screwing everyone else.  Not just US.  Not just Costa Rica.  Everyone else.

India’s New Sugar Export Subsidy a Bitter Pill for Australia:

“India has announced a fresh round of subsidies to prop up its ailing sugar industry and Australian growers and millers argue the export incentives are an illegal market distortion….

“Previous Indian subsidies have flooded the global market with Indian sugar, and the latest package will extend the glut….

“Brazil and Guatemala joined Australia in an appeal to the the World Trade Organisation (WTO), claiming India’s export subsidies are an illegal market distortion and formal dispute resolution has begun….

“‘We are stunned by this development, just days after the WTO formally established a Dispute Panel to investigate the legality of India’s sugar subsidies,’ said Australian Sugar Milling Council chief executive David Pietsch.

“’India’s government has approved a massive market distortion. The amount of sugar involved dwarfs Australia’s total annual raw sugar exports….’”

So we wait for the WTO to get its act together and do something about this.  If they ever do.

In the meantime, India strip mines the global sugar market – and every non-Indian in it.

Oh: And a huge reason why India’s sugar production was struggling so mightily?  Which led to their sweetening their pot with $10 billion a year in subsidies?

Brazil has LONG been subsidizing their sugar production – to the tune of $4 billion per year.  Which artificially got them – to controlling almost half of the 100+ country global sugar market.

Again: Commerce is between peoples.  Trade Policy – is between governments.

We’re now in a subsidy arms race.  With governments heading in the wrong direction – ratcheting upward, rather than down.

Which results in:

Brazil Ethanol Boom Pushes Sugar Outlook to 14-Year Low

Our farmers and producers – getting omni-directional screwed.  Yet again.

Brazil Says India’s Subsidy Will Extend Cycle of Low Sugar Prices

If our farmers and food producers can’t get a decent price for their stuff – they’ll stop growing and producing their stuff.

And then where will we be?

In the name of fake free trade – DC has gutted our industrial manufacturing.

Which is inconceivably terrible.

In the name of fake free trade – DC is on the verge of gutting our food manufacturing.

Which is cataclysmic.

Let’s stop pretending fake free trade is free trade – shall we?

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Perpetually Ungrateful Kuwait – Continues to Screw Our Company and Its Executive

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The Only Reason This Kuwaiti Flag
Isn’t an Iraqi Flag – Is US

 

Most of the world is neither a friendly nor appreciative place.

No matter what we in the United States do to help the rest of the planet – no matter how much for how many countries – we only continue to be hated and reviled.

A lot of it is not our fault.  Because human nature.

Life is high school on steroids.

Most people in high school really didn’t like the varsity quarterback.  He was athletic.  And popular.  And dated multiple cheerleaders.  Most of the rest of the student body resented him much more than even those who liked him – liked him.

The United States – is the world’s high school quarterback.  Our economic and military prowess – is going to be resented.

The rest of it – is our fault.  Because human nature.

We do insist on sticking our enormous proboscis into all sorts of things and places – where neither it nor we belong.

We have a particular affection for armed invasions – for all the (publicly asserted) right reasons, of course.

We are now almost two decades into Afghanistan.  Which started righteously – we were attacked on 9/11/2001 by Islamist freaks based out of there.

But what should have been at most a six-month endeavor – has dragged on and on and….  With no end in sight.

The things we were told prevented us from leaving in Year Three and Year Eight, and Year Twelve, and… – are exactly the same things we are told prevent us from leaving now.  With no end in sight.

A sad, horrible, horrendous waste of blood, time and treasure – by any rational measure.

One of the many follies this Afghani folly’s proponents have incessantly put forward – since even before we invaded – is that our efforts would “win the hearts and minds of the Afghans.”

Ummm…they still have not.

Green on Blue Attacks:

“‘Green on blue attacks’ is the name given to a growing series of incidents where seemingly rogue Afghan security forces turn their guns on their NATO counterparts.”

Protestors Burn U.S. Flag in Pakistan and Afghanistan

In fact, we never will “win the hearts and minds.”  In Afghanistan – or anywhere else on Earth.  Most especially under arms.

As French politician Maximillian Robespierre knew:

“The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. No one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies.”

Even when we do do a country a real solid – in exactly the right way – it doesn’t help or matter.

In August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait.  The United States led a 35-nation coalition that rapidly expelled Iraq.  After which we all got the heck out – and returned Kuwait to the Kuwaitis.

So we’re Kuwait’s eternal heroes, right?  They love US forever, yes?

Not so much:

“Kuwait votes against the United States 67% of the time (at the United Nations).”

Which brings us to today.

Much of Kuwait’s economy – is business centered on and around raising oil from beneath their feet and selling it.  A lot of help in so doing – comes from US.

One such US company – is KGL Investment Company:

“A Kuwaiti investment fund is calling on the Kuwaiti government to clarify its position over close to $500 million of the fund’s assets which are currently stuck in a Dubai bank, after growing concerned about possible efforts by some Kuwaiti individuals to seize the money.”

Kuwait and Dubai have frozen KGLs half a billion dollars – and then some:

“This is just one part of a wider dispute which includes allegations of corruption and embezzlement involving Russian businesswoman Marsha Lazareva, managing director of KGL Investment (KGLI), which sponsored The Port Fund.

“Lazareva was handed a 10-year jail sentence by a court in Kuwait in May. Her lawyers, Washington D.C.-based law firm Crowell & Moring, say she was subjected to a ‘show trial’ and have started proceedings to set up an international tribunal to examine the case.”

So Lazareva and her four-year-old son were held captive in Kuwait until she was released on bail.  On a ridiculous conviction and facing ridiculous fines.

A great and growing group of people are calling for action – including from the Donald Trump Administration:

Lawmakers From Both Parties Request Action from Treasury to Help Businesswoman Stuck in Kuwait

Both inside and outside government – and the US:

“Among those advocating for Lazareva’s release are Neil Bush, the son of the late President George H.W. Bush, Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI, Jim Nicholson, former United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, former U.S. Representative Ed Royce, Sergey Lavrov, foreign minister of Russia, British Barrister Lord Carlile and members of UK Parliament….”

Why all this Kuwaiti nonsense?  Besides innate ungratefulness?  Kuwaiti cronyism:

“Behold Agility Logistics.  A Kuwaiti company – with close ties to the Kuwaiti government.

“Agility’s CEO, Essa Anwar Al-Saleh – is a former Chairman of Kuwait’s Gulf Bank.  So he exercised significant power over Kuwaiti commerce and finance.

“And it appears Al-Saleh still does.  Agility is a KGL competitor – with the home nation advantage.  The Kuwaiti government appears to be (holding the Lazarevas and) freezing KGLs coin – to benefit Agility.”

In fact

“Agility, a Kuwait-based multi-billion dollar logistics company spawned by the U.S. invasion of Iraq….”

…we made Agility’s very existence possible.

Yet again – no appreciation.  Only antagonism.

Oh: Agility has a long history of screwing its clients.  Including US:

“The Defense Logistics Agency suspended Agility, which specializes in logistics, in November 2009 after its parent company Public Warehousing Company K.S.C. was indicted in Atlanta on $6 billion in fraud charges stemming from food services contracts for troops in Iraq, Kuwait and the Middle East region.”

Defense Contractor Resolves Criminal, Civil and Administrative Liability Related to Food Contracts:

“Agility Pays $95 Million and Gives Up $249 Million in Claims to (the US) DOD.”

So you have an ungrateful Kuwait – screwing a US company and its executive and thumbing its nose at US.

So as to benefit its crony, corrupt in-house company – that has already, repeatedly screwed US.

This cacophony of nonsense has dragged on, and on, and….

It is high time we bring it to an end.

Ingrate Kuwait has already held the advantage for far too long.

Please note: This piece has been updated.  We wrote Mrs. Lazareva and her son are being held captive in Kuwait.  They were – until she was finally released on bail.  Please forgive the error.

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WSJ Op-Ed Gets Social Conservatives (and Trump Supporters) Way Wrong – Yet Again

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I begin with a disclosure.

The Wall Street Journal piece we will examine was penned by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)’s Iain Murray.  CEI is a fine organization.  And I consider a great many of their people to be friends – including Murray.

But Murray really misses the mark with Tuesday’s “Free-Marketeers Have Taken Social Conservatives for Granted.”

And let us please take a moment to note:

In this piece, the Venn diagram of Social Conservatives and Donald Trump supporters – is a nigh perfect overlay.

Murray fundamentally misunderstands Social Conservatives – in almost exactly the same way the Never Trump Right misunderstands Trump supporters.

It’s why the Never Trump Right (and many others) has spent the Era of Trump wondering how Social Conservatives can possibly support the serially-marrying-and-philandering Trump.

As you read on, when you read “Social Conservatives” – you can mentally add “and Trump supporters.”

Actually, Murray’s title is semi-accurate.  The Free-Market-Uber-Alles Contingent has indeed taken Social Conservatives for granted.

But the title’s unspoken, incorrect assumption is Social Conservatives – aren’t also free-marketeers.  Many if not most…are.

The subtitle really begins to reveal the inaccuracies:

“Capitalists need to make the case that prosperity is crucial for protecting tradition and security.”

Again, most social conservatives already understand and agree with this.

What Social Conservatives have witnessed for the last half century-plus – is the Free-Market-Uber-Alles Contingent fail to protect the free market – AND tradition and security.

DC is a two-party collusive cabal.  Democrats and Republicans put on Partisan Theater – squawking at each other on TV and in print.  But it is all for show.

All the while, Ds and Rs have been working together to empower and enrich themselves and their cronies – at the expense of the nation.

DC gets bigger and bigger.  And regulates more and more.  And spends more and more.  Because the bigger DC is – the more power and money the DC cabal has.

All the while, America has grown poorer and poorer.

The Free-Market-Uber-Alles Contingent – failed miserably in their many attempts to stop any of this.

Meanwhile, DC has left our nation’s borders wide open to a mass Third World invasion.  Because Democrats want Third World votes – and Republicans want Third World cheap labor for their donors.

And the Free-Market-Uber-Alles Contingent – has been the right-of-center head cheerleader for this insanity.

Stop right there.

Murray acknowledges social conservatives want to protect tradition and security.  Mass Third World immigration – completely destroys both.

Social Conservatives do not oppose mass Third World immigration – because of anything having to do with race.

Social Conservatives oppose mass Third World immigration – because they have witnessed a half century-plus of it…and it has eviscerated our nation’s tradition and security.

We have idiotic sanctuary cities and states.

Which much more closely resemble the Third World they’ve imported than they do the US.

Which refuse to work with law enforcement – and release illegal alien gang member murderers and rapists back into our disintegrating society.

Mass importing Third World Worlders – has obscenely overcrowded the likes of our nation’s classrooms and emergency rooms.

Teachers spend most of their time working with students who do not speak English – at the expense of everyone else.

Americans wait endless hours to see health care providers – because there simply aren’t enough health care providers to handle the overload.

And the Free-Market-Uber-Alles Contingent – has long championed open borders.  Which would turn America – into a sanctuary nation.  And this tradition-and-security insanity – would occur EVERYWHERE.

I can’t imagine why Social Conservatives have tuned out the Free-Market-Uber-Alles Contingent.

Mass Third World immigration – is awful American economic policy too.  Because America is a nation – with an economy.  Not an economy – with a nation.

Americans elect American officials – to do what’s best for America and Americans.  Crazy, I know.

Mass importing Third Worlders – takes jobs from and drives down wages for Americans.

Mass importing Third Worlders – drives up the likes of housing and health care costs for Americans.

Mass importing Third Worlders – costs us tens of billions of dollars per annum (and probably much more) in government money.  In welfare, health care and education money spent on the invaders.

Americans are taxed more and more and more – to pay for all of this.  They are taxed more and more and more – on fewer jobs and lower wages, and while paying higher housing and health care costs.

I can’t imagine why Social Conservatives have tuned out the Free-Market-Uber-Alles Contingent.

Murray only mention’s Trump once:

“While President Trump’s antipathy to free trade was well-known, his and other conservatives’ sudden embrace of aggressive antitrust actions was more surprising. Now self-described ‘national conservative’ thinkers are pushing industrial policy—government planning that meddles with economic decision-making to promote favored industries or social outcomes.”

This is just…so much wrong.  In the interest of verbiage conservation – we’ll only address the free trade wrongness.

Trump doesn’t have “antipathy to free trade.”  He’s just about the only guy in DC actually trying to achieve it.

Trump has rightly highlighted the incredibly awful, one-sided, anti-US trade deals DC has spent decades cutting – and the Free-Market-Uber-Alles Contingent has been applauding.

The US engages in free trade.  The rest of the planet – absolutely does not.

Nigh every other nation tariffs the daylight out of our stuff.  Nigh every nation severely limits the import of our stuff.  Nigh every other nation subsidizes their stuff – thereby rendering it artificially cheaper on the global market.

This isn’t free trade.  This is FAKE tree trade.

Social Conservatives work on farms.  And on assembly lines.  And in mines.  And on oil rigs.

They’re the ones whose jobs are outsourced, whose wages are crushed, whose towns are hollowed out – by DCs fake free trade.

Because DCs fake free trade makes making anything in the US less attractive than…anywhere else on the planet.

And now the Free-Market-Uber-Alles Contingent is defending this obscenely awful DC status quo – against Trump trying to even things out.

I can’t imagine why Social Conservatives have tuned out the Free-Market-Uber-Alles Contingent.

One last thought….

We’ve noted the Free-Market-Uber-Alles Contingent’s pronounced, prolonged inability to effect any positive change.

Trump has already delivered a ton.

The best US economy in decades.  The lowest unemployment in decades – including the lowest Black and Hispanic unemployment ever.  Great Wall Street growth.

And great consumer confidence and spending.  In large part because for the first time in half a century-plus – wages are actually, substantially increasing.

How and why are wages finally increasing?

Because Trump is deporting competitors to Americans for jobs and wages.

And because Trump is – amongst other helpful things – imposing tariffs on trade cheats.  Thereby making America exponentially more attractive to job creators – who are returning to our shores in growing numbers.

Two things to which the Free-Market-Uber-Alles Contingent are vociferously opposed.

I can’t imagine why Social Conservatives have tuned out the Free-Market-Uber-Alles Contingent.

Trump just this week achieved yet another Social Conservative win – by delivering yet another economic policy win.

Trump banned federally funded clinics from giving abortion referrals.  Which caused the nation’s largest abortion mill – Planned Parenthood – to refuse the federal funding.

Boom.  Something very simple the Free-Market-Uber-Alles Contingent could have very easily delivered at any point for years and years – but never, ever did.  (Where were you on this, George W. Bush Administration?)

Trump is time and again delivering on Social Conservative priorities – on economic, traditional and security grounds.

The Free-Market-Uber-Alles Contingent – never, ever has.

And is now actively working against – the policies that are benefiting Social Conservatives.

I can’t imagine why Social Conservatives have tuned out the Free-Market-Uber-Alles Contingent.

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Reminder: You can’t fund the left’s agenda on the backs of the rich

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Last week the Heritage Foundation published an analysis looking at what it would take to fund the progressive agenda, i.e. Medicare4All, free college, and either a job guarantee or some kind of Universal Basic Income. The paper concludes that it’s not possible to fund this agenda, not even if you take 100% of the income of everyone earning above $200,000 a year.

There’s been a lot of disagreement about the cost of these proposals. Another group published an estimate of the cost of the Green New Deal back in February and came up with the figure $93 trillion over ten years. Progressives reacted like vampires hit with a combination of sunlight and crosses. How dare someone try to estimate costs from a resolution that doesn’t even spell out any specific policies!

What Heritage does is break their analysis into two categories: a high estimate of $92 trillion and a low estimate of $48 trillion. In both cases the conclusion is roughly the same: US government spending would leap to third highest in the world (low estimate) or highest in the world by far (high estimate):

If the progressive agenda were to be implemented, then using lower-bound estimates, government spending in the U.S. would be higher than all other industrialized countries except Finland and France. If using the higher estimates based on more expansive programs and less conservative assumptions, then government expenditures in the U.S. would dwarf those in any other developed country.

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and other progressives always assure us we can pay for their proposals by taxing the rich. But Heritage ran the numbers. It turns out that even if you created a 100% flat tax on the wealthy, you can’t even reach the low-cost estimate:

Data from the Internal Revenue Service Statistics of Income show that imposing a 100 percent flat tax with no zero bracket amount on those with incomes of $1 million or more would increase federal revenues by about $986 billion annually. This figure is simply adjusted gross income less taxes paid for taxable year 2016. It means confiscating every dollar not currently taken by federal income taxes for those with an AGI of $1 million or more. Thus, a policy of confiscating all earnings of those with incomes over $1 million would not even eliminate the federal deficit, currently about $1.1 trillion annually—let alone pay for utopian progressive causes. This figure reflects taxation of all income, including the first $1 million, at 100 percent and does not consider federal payroll taxes or state and local income, property, and sales taxes (approximately $106 billion) already paid by this group.

Confiscating all remaining after-tax income of those with incomes of $500,000 or more would increase federal revenues by about $1.4 trillion annually. This assumes confiscation of their first $500,000 in earnings as well. This is enough to eliminate the federal deficit but not a great deal more. If, however, the federal government were to confiscate all remaining after-tax incomes of those earning $200,000, that would increase federal revenues by $2.7 trillion annually.

Obviously, if you confiscated 100% of earnings that would have a dramatic impact on the behavior of the people earning that money. Why work if you don’t benefit from it? So it seems extremely unlikely you’d be able to keep this scheme going for 10 years and keep collecting the same amount. However, even if you assume that were possible, it wouldn’t be enough:

Multiplying the annual amounts by 10 to achieve an imaginary 10-year revenue increase would result in the following figures:

Thus, confiscating all income of all taxpayers earning $200,000 or more would only fund somewhat over half of the progressive agenda using the lower cost estimates from Chart. Using the higher cost estimates, a 100 percent federal tax on all taxpayers earning $200,000 or more would only fund 29 percent of the progressive agenda.

Here’s the bottom line:

The European experience with large welfare states demonstrates that socialist or highly progressive policies must be funded by imposing very high consumption, payroll, and income taxes on the middle class. Notwithstanding the “tax the rich” rhetoric from progressive and socialist politicians, there simply is no alternative to dramatically raising middle-class taxes if the progressive agenda is to be implemented.

This is something I’ve written about before. Despite the reality of this being so clear that even Vox agrees, you almost never hear the leading progressives pushed to admit that their policies would require massive tax increases on the middle-class. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t even try to explain how she would pay for her policies anymore. After trying and failing to explain it she now just says we can’t afford not to fund her priorities. But these policies would be a lot less popular if people were frequently reminded there’s a significant cost associated with them, one that won’t just fall on the well-off.

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International Trade – Is Rife with Omni-Directional Anti-Free Trade Practices

 

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One characteristic of humans – is we each view the world through our personal prism.  Perfectly understandable – how else would we?

But it can lead to difficulties.

If you are an honest and honorable person – you tend to look at everyone else as being honest and honorable.

You think “That’s how I would handle this situation – so that’s how he/she/they will handle it too.”

Unfortunately, more often than not, he/she/they will not handle the situation the way you would.

Americans are for the most part open and optimistic people.  Because we live in the most open and optimistic governmental system ever devised and enjoyed by humans.

So we enter the world – with smiling faces and arms wide open.  And far too often, the many other nations of the world – punch us in the face.

Our nigh eternal optimism – very often costs us dearly.

For my part, I am a realist – or a cynic.  Take your pick.  We realists/cynics look at optimists and pessimists both – a little askance.

So too did apparently realist-cynic writer William Arthur Ward:

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails.”

Of the three – only the realist is actually looking to solve the problem.

Far too often, pessimists and optimists accept far-from-optimal situations.  Pessimists assume it could always be worse – optimists that it can’t be any better.

We realists – are always looking to improve things.

And so it is with international trade.

International trade can be a very good thing – in theory.

In practice – many, many problems rapidly arise.

Actual international free trade – is free from government interference or imposition.

That’s mostly how we in the US do it.  That’s not how nigh any other country in the world does it.

Other nations tariff the daylight out of our stuff.  Other nations severely limit the imports of our stuff.  And other nations mass-subsidize their stuff – thereby artificially lowering their prices when competing with our stuff.

None of that is free trade.  Nor is it fair trade.

We the Optimistic – have smilingly endured this one-sided, anti-US insanity…for decades.  We’ve been lost in Ridgemont High – rigidly adhering to #3 of Mike Damone’s Five-Point Plan:

“Act like wherever you are – that’s the place to be.  ‘Isn’t this great?’”

No, Trade-Uber-Alles freaks – it hasn’t been great.  At all.

We have been getting royally screwed – for half a century-plus.  By basically the entire planet.

And these nations – often get very creative in their screwing of US.

Including: Screwing us internationally – then screwing us domestically…so as to further screw us internationally.

California Olive Growers Seek More Duties on EU:

“One year after winning anti-dumping and countervailing duties averaging about 35 percent on imports of Spanish olives, California growers are hoping a long-running dispute over European support for Airbus will lead to even more taxes on the tasty Mediterranean fruit.

“Michael Silveira, chairman of the Olive Growers Council of California, testified at a Trump administration hearing on Monday in favor of USTR’s proposal to include olives on the list of EU goods that could be hit with 100 percent duties in the aircraft dispute. He also asked that three ‘bulk’ categories of olives be added to the nine olive categories already proposed.

“Silveira complained that ‘the Spanish industry is working overtime’ to find any way it can to avoid the duties imposed last year. ‘A Spanish olive company has just invested in a U.S. ripe olive processor. The combined company has now terminated nearly all its contracts with U.S. growers, enabling it to import provisionally prepared bulk olives from Spain,’ Silveira said.”

“But wait” the Trade-Uber-Alles freaks screech – “Why did we impose tariffs in the first place?

Glad you asked:

“On June 12, 2018, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced its affirmative final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of ripe olives from Spain….

“In the AD investigation, Commerce…established a final dumping margin of 20.04 percent for all other producers and exporters of ripe olives from Spain.”

Spain’s government is mass-subsidizing olives.  Then Spain is mass-dumping them into the US.

Which has absolutely zero to do with free or fair trade.  And is egregiously damaging to our olive farmers.

So we imposed some tariffs.

The Trade-Uber-Alles freaks will ignore all of Spain’s anti-free-trade actions up to this point – and screech “Protectionism!!!” and “Tariffs are taxes!!!” when we finally respond to getting royally screwed.

The Trade-Uber-Alles freaks – appear to be thoroughly America Last.  At least when it comes to the hundred-million-or-so Americans who grow and make things.

The Trade-Uber-Alles freaks – appear to be international trade masochists.  I have a feeling more than a few of them – are Animal House’s Kevin Bacon:

“Thank you Sir – may I have another.”

Spain responded to our tariffs – by infiltrating our domestic supply chain.  And cutting almost all ties with domestic producers – and replacing them with Spanish producers.

Which has absolutely zero to do with free or fair trade.  And is even more egregiously damaging to our olive farmers.

About which the Trade-Uber-Alles freaks will say…absolutely nothing.

But if our olive growers get their way – and the tariffs are rightly upped and broadened to further deal with Spain’s anti-free-trade behavior…the Trade-Uber-Alles freaks will again screech “Protectionism!!!” and “Tariffs are taxes!!!”

“Thank you, Sir – may I have another?”

I’ll give Spain credit for its creative ways to implement its anti-free trade agenda.  And for their putting Spain First – even cheating out the wazoo to do it.

But that doesn’t mean we have to remain the eternal optimist – and continue to take it in the shorts.

We have to be a realist – and adjust the sails.

Which in this case means – upping and broadening the Spanish olive tariffs.

We should be at least as America First – as Spain is Spain First.

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Taking a cue from Obama, Elizabeth Warren’s single-payer strategy involves not telling voters the truth

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Allahpundit touched on this earlier as part of a more general discussion of the distance between what the new Democratic Party wants to achieve in 2020 and what American voters actually support. One place where this divergence was particularly sharp last night was on the topic of Medicare for All (M4A). Bernie Sanders supports M4A but, to his credit, he admits that getting there will require raising taxes on the middle class. Elizabeth Warren is taking a different approach, one that has worked for Democrats in the recent past: Refuse to tell the truth and discourage others from doing so as well.

Warren’s strategy became evident during the debate when Jake Tapper asked her specifically about raising taxes on the middle class. Her reply was a carefully scripted dodge: “Giant corporations and billionaires are going to pay more. Middle-class families are going to pay less out-of-pocket for their health care.” Asked a second time to respond “yes or no” whether she would raise taxes, Warren replied, “Costs will go up for billionaires and go up for corporations. For middle-class families, costs—total costs—will go down.” You can see the full video below.

There’s really zero doubt that any form of single-payer would be massively expensive adding trillions per year to the federal budget. That would require raising taxes not just on billionaires but on the middle class as well. This is, as I’ve pointed out before, how the social democracies of Scandinavia do it. Even Vox has admitted as much. If you want America to look more like Sweden, you can’t do that without raising taxes substantially on everyone.

The gimmick here is that, while refusing to admit middle-class taxes will go up, Warren is promising overall costs will go down. The idea is that, yes, taxes will go up but once the cost of insurance premiums is eliminated, overall expenses will go down. I assume she believes that sincerely but if so it wouldn’t be that difficult to explain the trade-off to Americans honesty, as I just did in a single sentence. Instead, Warren just kept dodging the question and talking about billionaires.

Obama took a similar tack in his approach to Obamacare. Rather than admit that Obamacare would potentially disrupt existing health care plans for a lot of people, Obama decided early on to just lie: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” That was true for some people, but he must have known it wouldn’t be true for all people and that it wouldn’t be true for long. Obama wanted to own the outcome but he didn’t want to own the disruption because polls showed that about 85% of the people who had insurance at the time were happy with it.

And that’s why part of Warren’s plan is to try to work the refs, both the other candidates and the media, and try to warn them off giving people the messy details. She did that in the first part of the clip below. “We should stop using Republican talking points, in order to talk with each other about how to best provide that health care,” she said. In other words, don’t mention taxes going up or you’ll mess up the game. Just keep saying costs will go down.

So here we are again with another Democrat trying out a new line about billionaires and corporations paying more, but don’t worry middle-class taxpayer. Your costs will only go down. At best, she’s glossing over the significant disruption her plan would cause. At worst, it’s a lie which she can’t actually guarantee anyone. But I think Warren learned from Obama that the media will let you get away with a lot for a long time if they’re convinced you’re doing something they agree with. Here’s Warren working the refs and dodging the question (clip via the Free Beacon):

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Getting to Actual Free Trade Ain’t Easy – But It’s Necessary

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President Donald Trump is rightly, reasonably trying to get the planets’ nations to stop robbing US blind.

It’s been global sport for decades.  We are the planet’s Super Suckers.

We get robbed in a wide variety of ways.  The net result of any and all of them?  Hundreds of billions of dollars per year that should be circulating in and strengthening our country – is instead poured out of it.

Open borders, you say?

We import tens of millions of people – who then rob US blind.  We have in this way been subsidizing central and South America – for decades.

More Than Half of Immigrants on Welfare

Most Illegal Immigrants in US Receive Government Benefits, Costing Taxpayers Billions

“Illegal immigrants are a net consumer of taxpayer benefits worth more than $100 billion a year.”

Immigrants in the U.S. Are Sending Home More Money Than Ever:

“Migrants from Latin America and the Caribbean are sending more money to their families back home than ever before.

“These annual ‘remittances’ – as they’re called by analysts — topped $69 billion in 2016, according to central bank data.”

Remittances Supersede Oil as Mexico’s Main Source of Foreign Income

Get all that?

We take from our citizen taxpayers – tens of billions of dollars per annum.  And give it to people we (illegally) import to receive it.

And they take our citizen taxpayers’ tens of billions of dollars per annum – and send it out of our country.

How stupid are we?

Fake “free” trade bleeds us even more that that.

We have lots of trade deals with lots of different countries and collections of countries.

We have actual free trade deals – with just about none of them.

President Trump is thankfully trying to clean up the massive mess.

It ain’t just central and South America our very stupid policies have been propping up for decades.

In perhaps the dumbest decision in the last half century – we decided in the early 1970s to begin trading with Communist China.

While we were rightly starving out Communist Russia – we bizarrely decided to feed the Communist China beast.

Today, Communist Russia is gone – collapsed in a smoldering heap a generation ago.

Communist China – is today’s far-and-away #1 global strategic problem.  Who only could have reached this level of pain-in-the-keister-ness – with trillions of our stupidly-given-to-them dollars.

Why the U.S.-China Trade Deficit Is So Huge

US Trade Deficit with China and Why It’s So High:

“The real reason American jobs are going to China.”

Since 2012, the average annual trade deficit with China has been $355 billion.

Which means since 2012, we have dumped $2.49 TRILLION out our country – and into Communist China.

Now, trade deficits are a not-entirely-perfect example of the robbery.  We do save some money taking advantage of Communist China’s slave labor – rather than having American companies hire Amercian citizens to do the work.

But on the main – I think it is almost inarguable the US would be much better off if that $2.5-trillion-since-2012 hadn’t left the US.  Even if it means paying an additional $20 for your flat screen television.

How do we know we have been (very stupidly) propping up Communist China?

Trump has only applied a relative pittance of tariff pressure upon but some of China’s exports to US, and….

China’s Economic Growth Hits 27-Year Low as Trade War Stings

We should vastly up the pressure – and starve Communist China into Communist-Russia-esque oblivion.  Because….

We Shouldn’t Be Doing Business With Communist China

Because there are a lot of countries with whom trade isn’t quite so stupid.

Trump has demonstrably improved our deal with Mexico and Canada.  We only now await Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi allowing it to come to a vote.  Which will then almost certainly pass – with many Democrat votes.

But the world is a very large place.  With 196 countries.  President Trump has a LOT of one-sided-trade-excavating to undo.

Lots of tariffs on our stuff – with little or no reciprocal tariffs from US.

Lots of import limits on our stuff – with little or no reciprocal limits from US.

Then there are the government subsidies.

Lots of countries mass-subsidize lots of their exports.  Which artificially lowers the mass-subsidized exports’ prices when they hit the global market.

We all the time engage in this stupidity here – internally, domestically.  Perhaps no company gets more government help – than Amazon.

How Crony Corrupt Is Amazon? The Right And Left Are Both Nauseated By It

Government Uber-Crony Amazon’s Very Many Victims

As but one awful example:

Each Box Mailed by Amazon Gets $1.46 Government Subsidy

Which means Amazon can charge $1.46 per item less – than everyone else.

The government’s per-package-subsidy cronyism of Amazon – undercuts everyone with whom Amazon competes.

Amazon sells…just about everything.  Which means the government’s Amazon favoritism – undercuts just about everyone.

That ain’t domestic free trade.

Internationally, government subsidies are just as damaging.

I love this example – because it is so blatantly obvious:

“Brazil subsidizes its sugar industry to the tune of more than $4 billion per annum.  Think that massive subsidization doesn’t help them on the global market?

“There are more than 100 nations that hawk sugar internationally.  Brazil – thanks to its huge government help – controls about half of the entire market.  Nothing ‘free’ about that trade.”

Nothing – indeed.

Brazil is the Amazon of global sugar trade.  (Which is River-ironic.)

Brazil’s massive subsidies – make it awful for producers everywhere else in the world.  Including here in the US.

We want to get to no government-actual free trade.

Brazil’s massive subsidies – are not no-government-actual free trade.

And they make it harder to get other countries to get rid of their relatively-paltry subsidies.  Because unilateral disarmament of your rifle – when faced with Brazilian nukes – makes zero sense.

India to Keep Sugar Export Subsidies Even as Rivals Complain:

“The export subsidies are designed to increase shipments from the world’s second-biggest sugar producer and reduce their brimming inventories.”

Of course they are.  And guess who has the audacity to complain?:

“The Brazilian government said on Thursday it had asked the (World Trade Organization) WTO to establish a panel aimed at resolving its dispute over Indian sugar subsidies.”

$4-billion-per-year-in-subsidies Brazil – is complaining about Indian subsidies.

Something about specks and planks in eyes….

I am all for India getting rid of their subsidies.

Because I’m for everyone getting rid of their subsidies.

But it would seem going first after anyone other than Brazil – is self-defeating.

All subsidies are bad – but some are worse than others.

Let’s get Brazil to begin reductions – and the rest of the world will be far more likely to follow.

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The Natural Art of the Government Shakedown

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“Human nature” – actually applies to way more than just humans.

Gazelles – like to consume vegetables.  It’s their nature.

Cheetahs – like to consume meat.  It’s their nature.

Governments – like to consume constituents.  It’s their nature.

Seventh century B.C. Greece’s philosopher Aesop – understood it way back when.

Timeless wisdom – is timeless for a reason.

Government consumes constituents in as many ways at it can conceive.  But it all comes down to laws-regulations – and taxes.

Laws-regs consume our lives – taxes tax them.

You can’t do ANYTHING – without permission from government.

And you can’t do ANYTHING – without paying government for the privilege.

(If you do NOTHING – government lets you do whatever you want.  And has a wide array of ways to pay you.  But analyzing this insanity – is for another day.)

We the Sane like limited government at all levels.  We the Sane also like the proper distribution of limited government power amongst the levels.

We’re adults – we can handle almost everything ourselves.  No government should be doing very much at all.

The federal government should do the league minimum – only what the states and localities can not handle for everyone.  The states and localities should handle more – but very little more.

Because when a particular government gets out of its lane – serious problems ensue.

To wit: The World Wide Web:

“Get that first word – ‘world.’  We again check with Merriam Webster:

“‘The earth with its inhabitants and all things upon it.’

“Like with immigration, this clearly means the Internet’s rule and regulation – is a federal government prerogative.

“Just like with immigration, there are very many reasons the Constitution insists the Internet is federal – whether the fore-thoughtful Forefathers realized all of them or not.”

When states and localities dictate oppressive Internet laws-regs and taxes – they very quickly create global problems for US:

“We are currently in a race with Communist China to be first to the Fifth Generation (5G) wireless Internet.

“If Communist China were to beat us to 5G wireless – it would be bad for our economy.

“If Communist China were to beat us to 5G wireless – it would be VERY bad for our national security….

“Our nation’s provincial governments are very often…provincial.  In thought and deed. When they mess with (inter-)national issues – their provinciality is often highly damaging to our nation.

“Which of course means provincial officials are more than happy to eviscerate the Constitution’s federalism and damage our national policy – when it means taking more money from us.”

What’s good Internet policy?  Less government – to allow more Internet.  To improve our economy – and our national security.

Want Cheaper, Better Internet?  Limit the Local Government Shakedowns of Internet Providers:

“(Internet Service Providers) ISPs show up in your area – looking to spend millions or billions of dollars to build or improve their service to you.

“But before they can do that – they must first play ‘Mother May I’ with the government(s) in your area.

“You know, the governments that are already taxing the living daylight out of ISPs. That now create ridiculous lists of additional demands of ISPs – for the ISPs’ ‘right’ to spend millions or billions of dollars providing you service.

“It’s like very many governments going shopping – with the ISPs’ credit cards….

“The number of cities and towns making…ridiculous demands is staggering. The wide variety of these ridiculous demands is mind-numbing.

“All of which are geared by government – to find new and additional ways to extract ever more money from the ISPs.”

And as the last two decades-plus have incessantly demonstrated:

Unless the federal government limits the shakedowns in which state and local governments can engage – there are no limits to the shakedowns in which state and local governments will engage.

As but one example – of oh-so-very-many?  Pole attachment fees.  Electricity utilities charge rent – for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to attach their lines to utility poles.

ISPs only attach to a pole once – then their line just hangs there.  So the monthly charge is…bizarre.  But leaving that aside….

Local governments often try to charge said monthly pole attachment fee – for each service an ISP provides.  Even if the ISPs’ various services – Internet, television, phone, etc. – all travel through the same line…with the same single pole attachment.  That’s not corrupt or anything.

And if you don’t limit what utilities tax for pole attachments – the sky’s the limit for utilities’ pole attachment taxes.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – under Section 224 of the 1996 Communications Act – limits the pole attachment taxes…for investor-owned utilities.  But does NOT limit the pole attachment taxes for municipal or co-op utilities.  So guess what happens?

Former FCC Chief Economist Michelle Connolly wrote a report: “The Economic Impact of Section 224 Exemption of Municipal and Cooperative Poles.”  In which she contrasts the tax-limited pole attachment taxes – with the unlimited pole attachment taxes.  Guess what happens?:

“Municipal and co-op pole attachment rates – are more than double or triple the rates charged by investor-owned utilities.”

Get that?  Government decided privately owned utilities have their pole attachment taxes limited.  But government-owned and pseudo-government-owned utilities…do not.

Why won’t sharks eat a flotilla of submerged attorneys?  Professional courtesy.

But every dollar ISPs have to pay in ridiculous pole attachment taxes…is a dollar they can’t spend on getting us better Internet – and to 5G prior to China.

Report author Connolly – does the pole attachment tax math.

Poles are spaced out – at eighteen per mile.

The tax-limited investor-owned pole attachment tax – is $6.84 per pole.  Which is $123.12 per mile per year.

The tax-unlimited municipal pole attachment tax – is $14.86 per pole.  Which is $267.48 per mile per year.  Or 117% more than the tax-limited tax.

The tax-unlimited co-op pole attachment tax – is $15.39 per pole.  Which is $277.02 per mile per year.  Or 125% more than the tax-limited tax.

Because human nature – is human nature.  And government nature – is government nature.  Government – is consuming constituents.

And lest we forget – the US is a very big place:

“The United States has a horizontal width of approximately 2,680 miles and a vertical distance of 1,582 miles.”

The US – is a VERY big place:

“The land area of the entire United States is approximately 3,800,000 square miles.”

Those pole attachment taxes – pile up in a great big hurry.

We’re not saying there shouldn’t be pole attachment taxes.

We’re saying there shouldn’t be ridiculous pole attachment taxes.

Congress should amend Section 224 of the 1996 Communications Act – to limit ALL pole attachment taxes.

Because equal protection before the law.

And because duh.

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America Last: Peter Thiel Is Right About Google and China – As Were We Last October

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Technology entrepreneur and angel investor Peter Thiel – is a Big Tech anomaly.

Thiel was a co-founder of what became mammoth online payment company PayPal.  He struck it really rich when they sold PayPal to eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002.

Thiel took that coin and started Clarium Capital – an investment management and hedge fund company.  Clarium’s was the first outside money invested in Facebook.  Thiel’s $500,000 in 2004 – became $1 billion when he sold his Facebook shares in 2012.  Not a terrible return on investment.

Ok, anyone who gets this rich is an anomaly – in the Silicon Valley…or anywhere else on the planet.  But Thiel – is much more anomalous still:

“A co-founder of The Stanford Review, he is a conservative libertarian who is critical of high government spending, high debt levels, and foreign wars. He has donated to numerous political figures.”

A conservative libertarian in Big Tech Land is…a unicorn.  With wings.  (A Pegacorn?  A Unisus?)

One of the political figures Thiel openly supports is…<GASP> now-President Donald J. Trump.  Thiel endorsed Trump in 2016and spoke at the 2016 Republican convention.  In October 2018 – Thiel donated $250,000 to The Trump Fund.

“America First” seems to possess lasting appeal for Thiel.  And God bless him for it.

Which almost certainly led last week to this:

Peter Thiel Blasts ‘Treasonous’ Google for Choosing China Over US Military

Peter Thiel Calls for CIA, FBI Probe of Google over China Ties:

“Google was accused of sleeping with the enemy again this week when tech billionaire Peter Thiel called on the CIA and FBI to probe the search engine for its ‘seemingly treasonous’ ties with China….

“The speech, first reported by Axios, echoed a tweet by Trump in March accusing Google of ‘helping China and their military, but not the U.S. Terrible!’”

Trump Endorses Peter Thiel’s Demand to Probe Google on China Links

And it ain’t just them.

Ex-White House Advisor Richard Clarke: Thiel Right on Google and China

It all reminds of something we wrote last October – in which we point out the US should look at MANY more Big Tech companies than just Google.

Leftist Big Tech: Communist China? ‘Heck Yes.’ The US Military? ‘Heck No.’:

“(W)ho’s bending over backwards to help Communist China challenge American dominance of science – and everything else?  And help Communist China censor everyone and everything?

“Why…it’s America’s Leftist Big Tech….

“Big Tech’s Borg employees are more than happy to work for companies that censor speech.  Here – and all over the world.  All at the behest of the Communism-Leftism in which they so vociferously believe.

“But Big Tech’s Borg employees won’t work for companies – that work for the US Defense Department.”

Seriously, please (re-)read our piece in its entirety.  The number of evidentiary links provided therein – is extraordinarily damning of nigh all of Big Tech.

These Big Tech companies are hardcore Left.  And are willing to do whatever fellow hardcore Leftists wish – up to and including incessantly genuflecting to Communist China.

How U.S. Tech Giants Are Helping to Build China’s Surveillance State

Silicon Valley Adopts Chinese Censorship Tactics

Where Is China’s Silicon Valley?

The exact same place ours is.

Big Tech is filled-to-the-brim with Fellow Travelers – in the worst definition of the phrase:

“The term fellow traveller (also fellow traveler) identifies a person who is intellectually sympathetic to the ideology of a political organization, and who co-operates in the organization’s politics, without being a formal member of that organization.

“In the early history of the Soviet Union, the Bolshevik revolutionary Trotsky coined the term poputchik (‘one who travels the same path’) to identify the vacillating intellectual supporters of the Bolshevik régime.”

We have spent the last decade-plus describing and identifying Big Tech’s domestic policy efforts – as Socialistic in nature.

Why Don’t We Want More Government in the Internet? IDK…China, Maybe?

In no small part – because the domestic people helping Big Tech push their domestic policies describe these policies…as Socialistic in nature.

To wit: Network Neutrality.  Which Big Tech companies Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, et al would LOVE to impose here.

Which we have long called “Socialism for the Internet” – because it guarantees everyone equal amounts of nothing.

Why have we called Net Neutrality this?  Because Socialism for the Internet – is exactly what Net Neutrality delivers.  Per its proponents.

Meet Big Tech’s policy-pushing Fellow Traveler – avowed Marxist college professor Robert McChesney.  Who co-founded the Left’s lead Socialist US tech group – Free Press.

McChesney loves writing for domestic Socialist publications like Monthly Review and The Bullet – The Socialist Project.  In which he has written about Net Neutrality – really pleasant things like this:

“At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”

Hmmm.  That sounds…very Communist China.

McChesney sees Net Neutrality – as the Tech portion of the Communist takeover of all things US media:

“Any serious effort to reform the media system would have to necessarily be part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself.”

“There is no real answer but to remove brick by brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles.”

Hmmm.  That too sounds…very Communist China.

Worse, even.

Communist China has at least taken a couple of crooked steps toward capitalism.

McChesney and his Big Tech Fellow Travelers want to take the US Internet – all the way Left.

No, thank you.

President Trump and Peter Thiel – are even more right than they know.

We should investigate MANY Big Tech companies for selling out to Communist China.

WAY more than just Google.

We Shouldn’t Be Doing Business With Communist China

We really shouldn’t.

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