Posts Tagged ‘China’

The Lie of Free Trade

Posted by Troy on 28th January 2017 in Current Events, Political

Trump talks about free trade and fair trade.

All the conservative pundits talk about free trade as some sort of holy attainment.

Now I’m about to bring the truth.

There is no such thing as fair trade.

What do I mean by that?  Well, first of all, each country has different resources and cultures.  Some are going to be better positioned than others.  For instance, when Adam Smith wrote the Wealth of Nations, he spoke about China and how poorly developed it was compared to European countries.  The main cause for this was the governmental, institutional, and cultural powers that existed at the time.  He remarked how China’s economy had remained virtually stagnant for centuries and would probably continue as such until such time as the features changed and allowed China to expand.  As such, one country will be more powerful and will have greater trading power than another.  America is this country.  As the most industrious and wealthy country on the planet, it controls much in regards to trade.

All that aside, what do these free-trade puritans mean?

Ahem.  Well, by free-trade, what we mean is that there should be no artificial barriers to trade between countries.  More or less, we are against boycotts, banned goods, and tariffs.

Oh.  Well, that’s good… but what about the minimum wage?

Pardon?

You know.  The minimum wage, OSHA, the EPA, regulations, standards, and so on and so on and so on.

I’m sorry…I really don’t follow.

Well, you want America to have free trade with China.  What do we have in America?  We have minimum wage laws.  China doesn’t [at least, not to the extent that we do].  China manipulates their currency.  China dumps coal pollution all over the place.  China doesn’t care about worker safety.  China doesn’t care if their products are made with toxic materials.  Given this, China is sure to make a product at less cost than an American product.  So how is this free-trade?  By declaring free-trade in an environment where two countries have vastly different economic environments, one will be the winner and the other will be the loser.  In this case, America will be the loser.  And even if the American product somehow survives, Congress will pass a law making the American product illegal, forcing people to buy the Chinese product, but forbid American companies from making the Chinese product because it is too toxic.  [Seriously, this is EXACTLY what happened when Congress made the freakin' incandescent bulb illegal].

Now, if you wanted to remove all the barriers in America and do away with the minimum wage and other such things and let the market decide how much a job pays; let the market decide how much pollution that a company can get away with before the citizens say “enough;” then I can go along with this; but you don’t want to do that.  Little known fact, Switzerland doesn’t have a minimum wage, but they have a very high standard of living.

Here’s an idea for free-trade/fair-trade that levels the playing field.  Why don’t we set tariffs based on the country?  For instance, Canada and the United States are very similar, so we will trade freely with them.  But why don’t we have standards that say “You have to have a reasonable minimum wage, or we will hit you with a 3% tariff.  If you produce more than x tons of carbon emissions per 100,000 citizens, we hit you with a 4% tariff.  This would actually make for fairer trade while also promoting our values.

Right now, the concept of free-trade is a globalist ideal.  The current set up favors a “spread the wealth” mentality as it outsources the production of more developed countries into less developed countries.  The side-effects of this is that it enforces the welfare state.  As these manufacturing jobs are lost, we will get cheaper goods.  Yey!  I can buy a pillow for $2 less.  Whoop dee doo.  The stockholders of the corporations get richer.  Of course, there are more unemployed and under-employed.  So you have to have a high tax on the corporate shareholders and redistribute the wealth so that pillow labor that you put out of work will have enough cash to buy that pillow for $2 less from China that will give him cancer because they used lead dust to clean the feathers.  Yey!

Long Live the Constitution!

All Hail the Queen

Posted by Troy on 5th July 2016 in Current Events, Political

If you’re a red-blooded American, you should be pissed off.  The only interpretation of today’s events is this: There are two set of rules.  Those for the rulers, and those for the peasants.

Break any law.  Pick one and break it.  When they arrest you, tell them “It wasn’t my intent to break the law.”  See how that works out for you.

In handling state secrets, the Secretary of State has a strict liability.  In fact, the statute says that gross negligence is the standard.  Then the FBI director says that what she did was extremely careless.  That’s almost the definition of gross negligence.  In fact, everything he listed as a key point for prosecution could be found in this case.  Of course she intended to break the statute.  She did so by setting up the server.  Of course she tried to hide stuff.  She did so when she deleted half of her emails and continued to stone wall any investigation.  The only thing I can’t really prove is that she didn’t do it hoping to hurt America.  I would like to think that’s the case, but she’s pretty damaging all by herself, so that’s anyone’s guess.

I will say that this is probably a gift to Trump.  It’s like he’s been saying since day one: the system is rigged.  He can point to this as proof, and it’s pretty much irrefutable by any rational human being.  Party liners will say, “Well, the FBI cleared her.”  Yeah, and a grand jury cleared OJ Simpson.  But we all know they are guilty.

I hope like hell we do not elect her.  She’s going to be the single most corrupt President in history, and I’m not sure this country survives four years of her.

Long Live the Constitution!

Russia, the Ukraine, and Why I’m Unconcerned

Posted by Troy on 23rd March 2014 in Current Events, Political

Let’s assume, for the moment, that the vote in the Crimea was legitimate.  I believe the results probably are.  The Crimea has never wanted to be a part of the Ukraine.  They also speak Russian instead of Ukrainian (and language is a unifying factor, one of the reasons I’ve always suspected liberals have been forcing bilingualism on this country–its a divisive factor and assures that the immigrates from Mexico and Cuba never ever assume our culture and love of the Constitution).

If the vote is legitimate, you cannot be against it if you love liberty and our revolution as we were founded on this principle: “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…”  I do question the wisdom of choosing to live under a totalitarian heel, but to each his own.

But let’s assuming that Russia is rebuilding their empire.  So what?  Russia is still unfree.  As such, they will lack what freedom brings: creativity.  As such, they will always fail.  Even if they grow right back to the 1980s, so what?  No conflict will ever happen between Russia and the United States for the same reason since the beginning: nuclear weapons.  As long as both sides have these, war is too costly, and it will be avoided at all costs.  No war between Russian and the United States could be conducted quickly and cheaply.  As such, it will not happen.  There’s no future in it.  We have no desire to take Russia (as who the hell would want that place?) and they have no ability to take the United States (imagine them going into any city with an armed populace?  City fighting with a gun out of every window?  Impossible.  Snipers picking them off from the trees and running.  Impossible.  Crossing an entire ocean with satellites knowing their every move?  Impossible).  Even if they regain their own stature, they are still just an inert force.  A bellowing wind of nothingness.  A raging tempest in a jar.

So what should we do?  Well, we should have demanded that they allow the Crimea to vote with all troops withdrawn and agreed to honor the results of said election.  That probably would have fixed everything.  If we must do something at this point: embargo of all goods to and from Russia.  Freeze all assets of all Russian nationals and companies.  Develop our energy resources in full and try to talk our allies in Europe from buying energy from us instead of Russia.  Kick them out of the G-8.  Order all US banks and companies to refuse to accept the Russian currency.  Basically…give them the silent treatment like a bunch of high school girls.

War is not the answer.  We have royally screwed up because we got the Ukraine to depend on us, and we have let them down.  I fail to see the logic of declaring war on a major power to force a minor region to live under the rule of another less-minor power against their will.

Long Live the Constitution!

Rand Paul’s Epic Takedown of John Kerry

Posted by Troy on 3rd September 2013 in Current Events, Political

Thank you, Rand Paul.  You seem to be the only person in the government that actually cares about the Constitution.  Here’s a question for all of you peeps that say that the President can send our forces where ever, whenever.  If Canada fired some missiles into New York City, do you think we would buy it if they said, “Oh!  We didn’t declare war on you.  Our Prime Minister can just has the ability to do whatever he wants.”  Or do you think we would have the same caviler attitude if Obama was talking about shooting off some missiles into China for their numerous human rights abuse?  We are supposed to be outraged by the use of chemical weapons, but what is the difference between that and the human rights abuses of China?  The starving of citizens in North Korea?  All of the warlords and massacres throughout Africa and the Middle East?  Why do we seem to be so willing to get involved in this particular conflict and not any of the others?  1,400 people have died from chemical warfare.  Where was Obama’s outrage while 100,000 were slaughtered while he was busy pushing gun control and all his other pet projects?  The answer is that the only reason he cares about this is that he had to open his mouth and lay down this “red line.”  Now HIS reputation is on the line.  He doesn’t care about America’s reputation.  In truth, we should not view our reputation as in line with Obama’s reputation.  Just because you screw up and elect an imbecile for President does not mean you have to back every moronic stance he has.  Why are we determined to have innocent Americans and Syrians killed at our hands to save Obama’s reputation?  The Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war.  Presidents as far back as Kennedy have made the case that, as leader of the military, they can do whatever they want.  The fact of the matter is that an act of war is defacto declaring war.  Don’t believe me?  Have Obama throw a tomahawk down in China and try to explain the subtle differences to the Chinese.  It is clear from anyone that’s read the Federalist Papers, as Rand Paul obviously has, that Congress is supposed to declare war first before our forces are moved into foreign countries.  There is no upside at this point.  We can look like we chickened out or we can risk material and lives in war.  Obama can say that this is some sort of limited engagement, but will he still say the same thing if Russia sinks one of our war ships?  This situation is perilous and could drag us deeper into a bigger war.  And for what?  To help install Al Qaeda related forces to power?  Is that our big win then?  The other option is that the engagement is going to be so limited that it won’t accomplish anything at all.  If so, why do it?  If you’re not willing to actually fight a war, don’t fight it.  If you’re not willing to put boots on the ground and actually win the war, don’t fight it.  It’s that simple.

Long Live the Constitution!

Snowden Vs Hasan and Bradley Manning

Posted by Troy on 12th June 2013 in Current Events, Political

Snowden told us that the US government is spying on us.  The result?  He was instantly fired from his job.  He is now being investigated for espionage, and some are throwing around the term, “treason.”  Hasan kills 13 soldiers and Fort Hood and wounded 32 others.  The result?  There was an instant call not to rush to judgement.  He is still collecting his salary ($278,000 so far).  It was also called workplace violence instead of Islamic Terrorism.

It really lets you know where your government’s priorities lie, does it not?  They are much more concerned about you finding out that they have been logging every phone call you’ve made than they are about a Muslim terrorist who killed US soldiers.

Now, that brings us to how Snowden is different than Manning.  I’m not completely sold that Snowden is not a traitor, actually.  On the surface, I wanted to say that he is not a traitor.  What he did different than Bradley is that he released a single bit of information to deal with something that the government was doing in secret against their own citizens.  Manning did a massive download of documents, not to fight one particular program but (presumably) because he though America was a force of evil in this world that needed to be stopped.  The documents he downloaded immediately put Americans at risk and aided our enemies.  As such, Manning is guilty of treason.  I had excused Snowden, but now Snowden is living in China and has announced that we have been doing cyber warfare on China for years (well duh, who thought we weren’t?).  This strikes me that China has paid him off, and he released both of these facts to cause our leaders political problems and to weaken our moral high ground with China.  If so, he is still guilty of treason, but I’ll thank him for the heads up even as he is hanged.

Long Live the Constitution!

China, Doping, and State Sponsored Athletes

Posted by Troy on 29th July 2012 in Human Nature, Uncategorized

Ye Shiwen, Chinese swimmer, just outswam Ryan Lochte (based on time).  So this means one of two things: either 1) the Feminists should rejoice!  Obviously there are no differences between men and women, and all men and women sports should be merged into one classification.  Or 2) (more likely) the Chinese are doping.  Have you noticed that the Chinese have been fielding more and more tall people?  The Chinese have, historically, been the smallest people on the planet.  Of course, forced growth can be caused by merely introducing Zinc to the young.  This could be done in a number of ways.  I still don’t believe their gymnasts were old enough in Beijing.

A government with an agenda is a scary thing.  We should always be concerned when we see goosestepping.  It’s disgraceful when an individual athlete decides to cheat.  It’s a shameful thing, but it is disgusting when a State sponsors cheating.  It is disgusting because, typically, they are forcing the athletes to destroy their bodies to advance their propaganda goals, and it is disgusting because any government that is willing to destroy the health of their citizens merely to advance such propaganda has completely lost sense of their humanity.

Even if they are not doping, I abhor all State sponsored athletes at the Olympics.  It is unfair to compare those who sacrifice their spare time and other things to those who are paid by their State to train.

Long Live the Constitution

LOST – Law Of the Sea Treaty

Posted by Troy on 26th May 2012 in Current Events, Political

In an effort to protect the oceans, the UN is trying to sell us on a new treaty.  Here are some highlights of the treaty:

It would make the security of the oceans the business of a multi-national organization.  This is fine except for the fact that this could undermine our national interests and multi-national organizations tend to suck at everything they do.  If our Navy believes the security of the seas calls for a boat to be blown out of the water, that is what they should do.

It grants a 200 mile exclusive use zone around each country as opposed to the 12 mile one we have now.  This could hamper our Navy as well as our commercial companies and intelligence gathering.

We will be on the hook to give a share (about half) of our offshore oil royalties past this 200 mile area to third world countries.  This would amount to billions of dollars (possibly trillions).  Why should we do this?  What country in history elects to arbitrarily give up half of their income and give it to other countries?  Especially when they are the strongest country?  I could understand if we were paying a tribute to avoid total destruction, but this is moronic!  And let’s be honest.  The money we give to third-world countries tends to go to dictators and warlords, not to the really poor.  To add insult to injury, we also have to give our technology to our competition!

This organization would have the power over all things that could pollute the oceans.  Of course, anything which is airborne (such as power plant emissions) would fall under this definition.  This could give this organization the power to decide how much and what kind of energy we produce.  Meanwhile, our main competitor will continue to destroy the environment as much as they choose.  Here is the thing, we may use more energy than anyone else, but we do it as cleanly as economically possible.  Let’s hold China and India and other countries accountable.  Once their standards are in line, we will work on improving ours.  It’s insane to slit our own throats.  Even if you buy into the premise of man-made global warming, we, acting alone, won’t matter.  It is also nonsense to believe that other countries will fall in line if we but set a good example.  We already set a good example, and they are polluting anyway.  Why?  Because doing so makes them a greater profit and gives them an edge over us.

There is no reason to ratify LOST.  It will accomplish nothing that we couldn’t do on our own.  I’ve never heard of a country so determined to enslave themselves to weaker countries.  Contact your Senators and demand that they vote against this.  They are going to vote on it after the election as supporters of the treaty knows that everyone would hate it.

Long Live the Constitution!

Most Americans Support Obama’s Job Plan

Posted by Troy on 21st September 2011 in Political

According to a recent poll, most Americans support Obama’s plan.  This leads me to ask a few questions:

1)  What show are they watching?  This man is a walking disaster. 

2)  If a trillion dollar stimulus plan failed miserably, why on earth would someone think a half trillion dollar stimulus would do anything?

3)  How on earth did they phrase these questions?  You can phrase a question so that someone’s answer is assured.  Example:  “Would you support the government hiring people to decrease unemployment?”

I think what they should really ask “Do you support Obama’s Job Bill to the point that you would be willing to be half a trillion dollars more in debt to the Chinese?”  This is the real question, and I think most people would answer, “No.”

How to deal with China

Posted by Troy on 1st September 2011 in Current Events

China’s going to be the next superpower, replacing Russia’s role in the world.  Everyone is scrambling as to how to deal with the China problem, but it is really quite simple.  First, we need to start living in our means.  Really, paying interest to China is in no way different than Rome paying tribute to its enemies.  We need to cut off this source of income from them.  The vast amount of our spending is wasted (from a national standpoint).  Providing retirement funds and medical expenses for citizens is not a legitimate responsibility for government.  Medical care is a luxury, not a right.  Same for retirement funds.  So we are flushing these funds down the tubes without anything to show for it.  That’s cold, but it’s the truth.  The other thing we need to do is to choose, as Americans, to not buy products from China.  Some people want the government to tariff China products and take other measures, but this is impossible.  This would set off a trade war which would hurt us as much as it did the Chinese, and the Chinese have a chokehold on our governement to a certain extent.  However, if Americans accept that they will have to get by with less stuff (most of which is pure junk that we are wasting our money on anyway) and buy American on there own, there is nothing the Chinese can really do.  They can wonder why the American people are not buying cheap, Chinese products, but there’s nothing they can really do about it.  The Chinese economy would go into a virtual tailspin.  Civil unrest would erupt, and it is possible that we would see the Chinese government fall and possibly be replaced by one less monstrous.

Long Live the Constitution!

Obama and the Debt Ceiling

Posted by Troy on 5th July 2011 in Current Events, Political

Obama stands to win on the Debt Ceiling.  We might as well just give up and vote along with him, honestly.  Obama wants to tear this country apart.  He is just as comfortable in letting us default as he is drowning us in debt.  That’s the truth.  If we default, if there is any negative effects from this grandstanding, Obama can blame the economy in 2012 on the Republicans, coast to a victory, and we are done.  We will be finished.  There will be no chance to repeal Obamacare unless the Supreme Court just throws it out.  America will have fallen.  Perhaps, after total economic collapse and repeal of Social Security and Medicare, we can come back, but that’s assuming the Chinese and Russians don’t team up and overrun the world.