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re: TRUMP is exactly right on trade and compensatory protectionism - RedStickBR
Really interesting point about military spending. Will have to think on that a bit more....
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re: Trump reduced the debt by 100 billion in his 1st 2 months. - RedStickBR
Thanks. I'll take a look at it, but your theory doesn't explain all the wasteful spending in other areas. I don't think he was too concerned at all about economic impact. He was concerned about political payback, and infrastructure is what the bill was sold to the people on. It was a horrible blu...
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re: Trump reduced the debt by 100 billion in his 1st 2 months. - RedStickBR
The sad thing is that as much as I despise Obama, had he actually spent the one trillion on making infrastructure improvements, he'd have gone down as one of the best Presidents ever. That's not to say I'm for government spending, but if they're going to spend the money anyway, they might as well sp...
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re: TRUMP is exactly right on trade and compensatory protectionism - RedStickBR
I don't think we need to sacrifice the middle classes in Britain and America for the sake of educating Muslim women in the Middle East. This may sound uncompassionate, but nearly every successful western country in the world at some point had to stand up and fight for the freedom they now enjoy. We ...
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re: TRUMP is exactly right on trade and compensatory protectionism - RedStickBR
I don't think a tariff is the answer. I think reeducating the consumer that there is a certain value to "buying local" that isn't captured purely by price differentials. It's the local restaurant vs chain restaurant debate, but on a national level. If we want more Americans to have jobs in the texti...
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re: Spinoff - re: Paying teachers to teach at bad schools........Soapbox #3 - RedStickBR
Had a conversation about public schools in France with a Parisian friend recently, and he said they have a point system for teachers that works well in getting good teachers to put time in at "bad" schools. The bad schools allow the teachers to rack up a bunch of points quickly that they can then us...
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re: TRUMP is exactly right on trade and compensatory protectionism - RedStickBR
What you posted was a really good read. Some of this will need to be solved on the demand side of the equation, too. If a strong and labor-intensive manufacturing sector is what we want, we might have to pay a couple dollars more for that pair of socks that would otherwise be made in China. Eventual...
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re: FOX News Poll: Trump's approval rating plumments another 5 points - RedStickBR
I include the regulatory stance within "tone." The Obama tone was "the government will be creeping more and more into your business." Ask regional banks and utilities....
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re: Trump's budget cuts 100% of the National Endowment for the Arts - RedStickBR
Fair enough. For what it's worth, I think there are a lot of local governments in Louisiana that are also involved in a number of what they call "proprietary" or "business-type" activities they have no business being in. I can list numerous examples....
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re: FOX News Poll: Trump's approval rating plumments another 5 points - RedStickBR
I believe the biggest impact a President can have is through setting the tone (your administration will either be friendly to business or hostile to business). I don't think Trump could get much friendlier, at least insofar as things like rolling back the massive Obama regulatory structure is concer...
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re: Trump's budget cuts 100% of the National Endowment for the Arts - RedStickBR
The beauty about local government is that those kinds of things often require a citizen referendum. That's not the case at the federal level. Apples and oranges....
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re: FOX News Poll: Trump's approval rating plumments another 5 points - RedStickBR
If the Obama numbers are any indication, the public majority is terrible at identifying who will actually bring positive change....
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re: Trump's budget cuts 100% of the National Endowment for the Arts - RedStickBR
I don't think any rational budget professional would take an across the board haircut first before cutting wasteful spending. If your company is in a hole, you don't cut 10% from sales and marketing, 10% from general and administrative and 10% from capital spending when you can just cancel the Ne...
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re: Trump's budget cuts 100% of the National Endowment for the Arts - RedStickBR
I'd imagine the dude has a ridiculous amount of art in Trump tower. Thankfully, his decision making here has less to do with personal preference and more to do with the proper role of government. We don't need the federal government to run a damn art department....
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re: Maddow tweets her response to lastnight's Hindenberg - RedStickBR
If anyone overhyped it, it was her own leftist viewers interpreting her previous bias against Reliblicans to mean there's no way she'd hype something that much unless it was some serious dirt. You think there was a soul in earth expecting her to hype a friendly story about Trump? Weak sauce M...
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re: Geert Wilders(Netherlands) Trump of Europe. Calls Mohammad a pedo in debate - RedStickBR
You see his turncoat brother's interview recently? Said Geert basically stays hidden at home because the jihadists are out to get him. How could anyone not root for the enemy of the jihadists to pull it off?...
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re: Geert Wilders(Netherlands) Trump of Europe. Calls Mohammad a pedo in debate - RedStickBR
A lot are looking to this election to answer the question, "Was Trump "just another" domino to fall in the populist surge that began with Syriza/Brexit/South Korea or was he "the last" one to fall?" Here's to hoping the populist (I prefer "anti-globalist") wave continues. Geaux Geert! ...
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Good Pan-European Economic/Political Synopsis - RedStickBR
With Syriza, Brexit and last year's Italian referendum behind us, there are many new chapters to unfold in Europe this year, beginning with the Dutch election this week. While focused on Italy, I found this article to be a great summary of the situation in many of Europe's hotspots. Will the wave of...
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re: Is Zwarte Piet racist? - RedStickBR
I have to say, apart from the lips and eyes, it's a convincing get up....
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