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It’s Official: Trump Winning the Trade War


Written By Kevin Jackson |

The media missed the latest news on China. And it’s not good, at least as far as Leftists in America are concerned.

America is winning!

As AP reports,

China’s factory activity contracted in July for a third month amid a tariff war with Washington and weak domestic demand. A monthly index released Wednesday by an industry group, the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing, stood at 49.7 on a 100-point scale. That was up 0.3 points from the previous month but still below the 50-point mark that shows activity contracting.
The data indicate China’s economic downturn was slowing, said a logistics federation statement. But it said the economy still faced “downward pressure.”
Chinese exporters have been hurt by President Donald Trump’s tariff hikes in a dispute over Beijing’s technology policies and trade surplus. Consumer demand also has weakened, hurt by uncertainty about China’s economic outlook. China’s economic growth fell to 6.2% over a year ago in the quarter ending in June, its lowest level since 1993.
U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators met Wednesday but economists said an early breakthrough was unlikely. The manufacturing decline “will continue in 2019 until the trade and technology negotiations make some progress,” said Iris Pang of ING in a report. Chinese leaders have tried to shore up economic activity by pumping money into building highways and other public works. That has supported demand for construction materials but failed to reverse the overall downturn.
Exports of Chinese goods to the United States fell 7.8% in June from a year earlier. China’s global exports sank 1.3%.

I reported on this a while back. And my information came from two sources.

First, I have a friend who lives in China who gave me his observations on the ground. He said that many Chinese factories were idle. He said that far too many Chinese weren’t in their normal pattern of sleep and work.

Second, my pretend-parents have factories in China. They said that negotiations for their activities favored them for the first time in over a decade. They have factories begging for their business, each willing to undercut the other.

Sadly, the media doesn’t want Americans to know what common sense explains. When President Trump removed $250 billion from the Chinese economy, the Chicoms felt the impact. The American economy continues to grow. And had it not been for Boeing’s issue with the 737-800s, the Trump economy would likely still be setting stock market records.

Fear not, for the bull market will continue…in America.

China won’t fare so well. That’s because they bet on the wrong strategy.

As AP reported:

U.S. and Chinese envoys held “constructive” trade talks on Wednesday, the White House said, after President Donald Trump rattled financial markets by accusing Beijing of trying to stall in hopes he will fail to win reelection in 2020.
The meeting, aimed at ending a tariff war over trade and technology, ended about 40 minutes ahead of schedule. Neither delegation spoke to reporters before U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin left for the airport. But White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement hours later that “the meetings were constructive,” and that talks are expected to resume in Washington in September, though exact dates were not announced.
According to the statement, the Chinese confirmed their commitment to President Donald Trump to buy more U.S. agricultural exports, something Trump had publicly been casting doubt on.
Economists had said quick breakthroughs were unlikely because the two governments face the same disagreements over China’s technology policy and trade surplus that caused talks to break down in May. Trump and President Xi Jinping agreed in June to resume negotiations but neither has given any sign of offering big concessions.
The dispute over U.S. complaints that Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology has battered exporters on both sides and disrupted trade in goods from soybeans to medical equipment. Trump has raised tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports while Beijing responded by taxing $110 billion of U.S. products.

Trump’s economy is an undeniable success.

And as Newt Gingrich recently reminded us, strong economies win elections.

“If the economy stays good and the president stays focused, he’s going to win,” he remarked.

While making the prediction, Gingrich pointed to the Trump campaign’s increasing momentum, which he said: “is all predicated on just tremendous amounts of hard work.”

Our team weighed in:

Just last month, Trump broke another amazing economic record. It’s hard to believe one president could have so much success, but that’s only because we spent eight years taking the beat-down of a lifetime. And while Obama promised an economic recovery, Trump delivered.
It’s that simple. During the Obama administration, we lost jobs. Manufacturing packed up and headed overseas. ObamaCare strained small businesses to the breaking point. The stock market posted dismal numbers. In short, Obama put us in a depression darker than the Great Depression.
However, the morning after the election, stocks started to rise. The promise of a Trump White House put confidence back in the market. Manufacturing returned. Jobs came back. An as for the depression, Trump was the Prozac that put an end to it. Now, we can’t stop breaking records.
Meanwhile, desperate democrats can’t find a solid candidate or a unifying message. But no matter what they cling to, the Trump economy slaps them in the face. And when you add the trade war victory to the economy, the Trump train becomes unstoppable.

Mexico HINTS at Doing what Democrats Won’t


Written By Kevin Jackson |

Democrats refuse to work with President Donald Trump on addressing a multitude of issues. So the president must be creative in getting things accomplished.

Apparently, the president knows the game. So with respect to immigration, he again put Democrats in their place.

President Trump’s Chief of Staff announced that the President was “deadly serious” about imposing a 5% tariff on Mexican imports. Trump made this statement based on Mexico’s refusal to illegals from crossing into the U.S.

Leftists blasted the president’s statement, with many claiming the move would backfire on the president.

As The Hill reported, Obama’s ambassador to Mexico criticized Trump’s move. A former U.S. ambassador to Mexico is criticizing President Trump’s latest threat to levy tariffs on all imports from Mexico.

“I don’t think mixing immigration and trade tariffs is a good approach to things,” Earl Anthony Wayne, a career diplomat who served as ambassador to Mexico from 2011 to 2015 under the Obama administration, told Hill.TV on Monday.

President Trump announced last week that he would place a 5-percent tariff on Mexican imports starting June 10, saying the tariffs would rise each month to as high as 25 percent until Mexico stops the influx of Central American migrants at the southern border.

But Wayne warned that Trump’s latest threat against Mexico could potentially sabotage his new trade deal that would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“We just negotiated a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, which we’re trying to get the three Congress in each country to approve,” he said. “So then you have this going forward and then all of a sudden you have an unprecedented mixing of you’re not performing on immigration, so we’re going to impose new tariffs.”

Wayne said Trump should have taken a more consistent and conciliatory approach with Mexico over immigration.

“What I would have liked to have seen was several months ago, calling a meeting of ministers from both countries setting up a process for intense negotiations,” he said, adding that Trump’s diplomatic relations with Mexico on the whole have been “episodic.”

So much for what this clown knows.

What did Obama accomplish with Mexico during his tenure? Millions more illegals, and a growing trade deficit. During Obama’s tenure, the trade gap with Mexico hovered at around $60 billion annually. Not once did Obama discuss easing illegal entry into the United States, though he touted the border crisis multiple times.

Is Trump’s strategy working?

The Associated Press reports that Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador “hinted his country could tighten migration controls.” Of course this move directly responds to President Trump’s plan, as Obrador said he plans on engaging the White House in talks this week.

It’s important to understand the speed in which Mexico set up the meetings. Further, Obrador added that he hopes talks will be fruitful.

The White House noted that Democrats have consistently ignored any request from the them to approve the emergency funding to handle the massive numbers of illegals. Democrats politicized what should be a bipartisan effort to curb illegal immigration and help true asylum-seekers.

President Trump made it clear (in a tweet) in no uncertain terms that he was serious about tariffs.

People have been saying for years that we should talk to Mexico. The problem is that Mexico is an “abuser” of the United States, taking but never giving. It has been this way for decades. Either they stop the invasion of our Country by Drug Dealers, Cartels, Human Traffickers….

Clearly President Trump sees what Mexico does for what it is; a slap in the face of the United States. So what better time than now to get Mexico to do what Democrats refuse to do.

Listen to Obama’s rhetoric, then ask yourself what he actually accomplished:


I said all along that America’s economy will be the president’s “trump card”, pun not intended. Mexico has known for some time that years of trade abuse would be paid back not only with trade balance, but also with penalties for allowing years of abuse from illegals.

President Trump now holds Mexico accountable where Obama and others intentionally failed.

Getting Caught up with A.F. Branco Politically INCORRECT Cartoons


A.F. Branco Cartoon – Wake Up n’ Smell the Tyranny

Social Media Banning Conservative – There’s an all-out assault on conservative free speech by social media giants Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google in America.

Free Speech CafePolitical Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Sty-Gate

Because AG Barr is known for his integrity and is now set to investigate those on the left for spying on a political opponent, Nadler, and the Democrats seek to tarnish his reputation.

Barr HearingsPolitical Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Israeli Trump Card

Obama and Kerry seemed to be more on the side of Hamas and the terrorists than they were for Israel, but it’s the exact opposite with Trump.

Tump Fires HamasPolitical Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Raising the Barr

Because Barr won’t release the unredacted Mueller report, that would be illegal to release, Nadler is charging him with contempt for upholding the rule of law.

Barr in Contempt of CongressPolitical Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Near Miss

Some say Nadler and the Democrats are creating a Constitutional Crisis in their effort to destroy President Trump and reverse the 2016 election.

Constitutional CrisisPolitical Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – No More Kowtow

Trump strikes back with big tariffs when China reneges on the original deal outline and talks ended. China has now retaliated with their own tariffs.

China Trade DT 600Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Three Stooges

Brennan, Clapper, and Comey are beginning to pointing fingers at each other now that AG Barr has appointed US Attorney John Durham to investigate Spying on the Trump campaign.

Deep State Turning on Each OtherPolitical Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.
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In The Tank

CNN among other new organizations exploits an intoxicated former bit player in the Trump campaign to serve their destroy Trump Agenda. Drunk Fake News?

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Self Defense

Many say that Trump is going to start a trade war, but Trump says we’re already in one and it isn’t going in our favor.

Trump Trade War Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2018.

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Obama secretly negotiating away U.S. sovereignty
2-pronged assault on economy, consumer rights, domestic law

http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/obama-secretly-negotiating-away-u-s-sovereignty/#Pk561KTZmQjkgpTj.99

Reported by Aaron Klein (Published: 21 hours ago)

Aaron Klein is WND’s senior staff reporter and Jerusalem bureau chief. He also hosts “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio.

Consumer protections and the use of domestic law in the U.S. may drastically change as President Obama forges ahead with two secretive international deals that impact major aspects of the economy, privacy and beyond.

Wednesday, Obama defended a proposed mega free-trade zone between the world’s two largest economies, the United States and the European Union.

“I have fought my entire political career, and as president, to strengthen consumer protections. I have no intention of signing legislation that would weaken those protections,” Obama said during a visit to the EU headquarters in Brussels.

Obama was responding to criticism of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, which the U.S. has been negotiated with the EU since last July.

Besides creating the world’s biggest free-trade zone, the TTIP will also bring about closer cooperation between EU and U.S. regulatory bodies while more closely integrating the two economies.

One leak about the TTIP revealed a proposed “Regulatory Cooperation Council” that would evaluate existing regulations in the U.S. and EU and recommend future rules while coordinating a response to the current regulations.

Writing in the left-leaning the Nation magazine, foreign policy analyst Andrew Erwin said the TTIP was less about reducing tariffs and “more about weakening the power of average citizens to defend themselves against corporate labor and environmental abuses.”

Erwin took particular issue with a section in the TTIP called the Investor-State Dispute Settlement, which stipulates foreign corporations can sue the government utilizing a special international tribunal instead of the country’s own domestic system that uses U.S. law.

“The tribunals are not accountable to any national public or democratically elected body,” wrote Erwin.

Last December, a coalition of more than 200 environmentalists, labor unions and consumer advocacy organizations drafted a letter asking for the Investor-State Dispute Settlement section to be dropped.

The New York Times, meanwhile, reported earlier this week that some American companies “are concerned that protections for investors will not be part of a deal.”

While Obama is negotiating the TTIP largely in secret, talks continue to forge ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. The expansive plan is a proposed free-trade agreement between the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

The agreement would create new guidelines for everything from food safety to fracking, financial markets, medical prices, copyright rules and Internet freedom.

On Tuesday, the leaders of Canada and Japan reportedly met on the sidelines of a nuclear summit at the Hague to discuss the TPP.

The TPP negotiations have been criticized by politicians and advocacy groups alike for their secrecy. The few aspects of the partnership leaked to the public indicate an expansive agenda with highly limited congressional oversight.

A New York Times opinion piece previously called the deal the “most significant international commercial agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization in 1995.”

Last October, the White House website released a joint statement with the other proposed TPP signatories affirming “our countries are on track to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.”

“Ministers and negotiators have made significant progress in recent months on all the legal texts and annexes on access to our respective goods, services, investment, financial services, government procurement, and temporary entry markets,” the White House said.

The statement did not divulge details of the partnership other than to suggest a final TPP agreement “must reflect our common vision to establish a comprehensive, next-generation model for addressing both new and traditional trade and investment issues, supporting the creation and retention of jobs and promoting economic development in our countries.”

Secrecy

In February, the Open the Government organization sent a letter to Obama blasting the lack of transparency surrounding the TPP talks, stating the negotiations have been “conducted in unprecedented secrecy.”

“Despite the fact the deal may significantly affect the way we live our lives by limiting our public protections, there has been no public access to even the most fundamental draft agreement texts and other documents,” read the letter.

The missive was signed by advocacy groups such as OpenTheGovernment.org, Project On Government Oversight, ARTICLE 19 and the Global Campaign for Freedom of Expression and Information.

The groups warned issues being secretly negotiated include “patent and copyright, land use, food and product standards, natural resources, professional licensing, government procurement, financial practices, healthcare, energy, telecommunications, and other service sector regulations.”

Lack of oversight

Normally free-trade agreements must be authorized by a majority of the House and Senate, usually in lengthy proceedings.

However, the White House is seeking what is known as “trade promotion authority” which would fast track approval of the TPP by requiring Congress to vote on the likely lengthy trade agreement within 90 days and without any amendments.

The authority also allows Obama to sign the agreement before Congress even has a chance to vote on it, with lawmakers getting only a quick post-facto vote.

A number of lawmakers have been speaking out about the secret TPP talks.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., recently proposed legislation requiring the White House to disclose all TPP documents to members of Congress.

“The majority of Congress is being kept in the dark as to the substance of the TPP negotiations, while representatives of U.S. corporations – like Halliburton, Chevron, PHRMA, Comcast, and the Motion Picture Association of America – are being consulted and made privy to details of the agreement,” said Wyden.

However, Obama has so far refused to give Congress a copy of the draft agreement.

Regulates food, Internet, medicine, commerce

The TPP is “more than just a trade deal,” wrote Lori Wallach and Ben Beachy of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch in a New York Times op-ed last June.

“Only 5 of its 29 chapters cover traditional trade matters, like tariffs or quotas. The others impose parameters on nontrade policies. Existing and future American laws must be altered to conform with these terms, or trade sanctions can be imposed against American exports.”

Wallach and Beachy spotlighted several leaks in the proposed TPP text, including one that would regulate the price of medicine.

“Pharmaceutical companies, which are among those enjoying access to negotiators as ‘advisers,’ have long lobbied against government efforts to keep the cost of medicines down. Under the agreement, these companies could challenge such measures by claiming that they undermined their new rights granted by the deal.”

Amnesty International USA warned draft TPP provisions related to patents for pharmaceuticals “risk stifling the development and production of generic medicines, by strengthening and deepening monopoly protections.”

Another leak revealed the TPP would grant more incentives to relocate domestic manufacturing offshore, Wallach and Beachy related.

Jim Hightower, a progressive activist, wrote the TPP incorporates elements similar to the Stop Online Piracy Act.

Hightower wrote the deal would “transform Internet service providers into a private, Big Brother police force, empowered to monitor our ‘user activity,’ arbitrarily take down our content and cut off our access to the Internet.”

Indeed, Internet freedom advocacy groups have been protesting the TPP, taking specific issue with leaked proposals that would enact strict intellectual property restraints that would effectively change U.S. copyright law.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation argued the TPP would “restrict the ability of Congress to engage in domestic law reform to meet the evolving IP needs of American citizens and the innovative technology sector.”

In a petition signed by more than 30 Internet freedom organizations, the group warned the TPP would “rewrite global rules on intellectual property enforcement.”

With additional research by Brenda J. Elliott.

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