Posts Tagged ‘trade’

Cuba – God, I hate Obama sooooo much

Posted by Troy on 21st March 2016 in Current Events, Political

I really do.  So, Obama decides to lift the embargos on Cuba.  Ya know, I’m actually for this.  We deal with China, after all, there’s no way to say that’s not a double standard.  But we are giving Cuba all sorts of concessions, and that is a joke.  Here’s how that conversation should go down:

“We have decided to lift our embargos.”

“Oh great!  You need to give us concessions.”

“Ah.  Well… ____ you.  We’ll see you in another 50 years.”

But no, we’ll give them concessions.  Strike one.

Of course, all of this is just a dog and pony show.  This is Obama edging towards, “We need to give Gitmo back to Cuba.”  Strike two.  Seriously, if you think he’s not trying for that, you’re fooling yourself.  That’s what this is all about.

But no.  Not enough.  He had to make me hate him even more by laying a wreath at the memorial for the revolution fighters.  What, those guys that brought communism and 60 years of suffering to their nation?  You have to pause at a memorial to Che Guevara?  Really?

It’s rare I say I hate someone but ____!  Really?!!!

Nine more months of this…

Long Live the Constitution!

Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement – Destroying National Sovereignty

Posted by Troy on 13th June 2012 in Current Events, Political

A document was leaked today showing that Obama has been working on a Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement.  Basically, the way it will work is that it will force American companies into following US standards for pollution (etc) even if they are in a foreign country.  Conversely, if a foreign company were to set up a factory in America, they could be able to not follow our standards.  A foreign company that doesn’t want to follow EPA guidelines could appeal to an international body.  Likewise, an American company in China could appeal a Chinese law.

This is moronic.  Again, it is an attack against the concept of national sovereignty.  There is no way Machiavelli would approve.  As strong as America is, we are not stronger than the rest of the world combined.  You should never entangle yourself with stronger power.  You can never get out.  Also, if our companies have to follow our expensive regulations and the foreign company does not, who do you think has a competitive advantage?  Do you think that this international body is going to rule in our favor? I’d bet against it.  We are not well liked.  Just look at how the UN treats us.  That’s how this entity would treat us as well.

I think that this trade agreement is short-sighted at best.  If it was just Obama that wanted it, I would assume that he wanted to destroy American businesses.  However, Romney wants it too.  My theory then is that they think that there will be an influx of businesses to America, and we’d have more jobs.  It could be that the Chamber of Commerce (who is advocating the bill) believes that it will shield our companies from foreign laws (I think they are underestimating how much other countries would love to spite us).  In the long term, I cannot see how this will benefit US companies.  I believe that it will give greater competitive advantage to other countries.  This seems as self-defeating and short-sighted as the G-20.  We need to respect our own national sovereignty.

Long Live the Constitution!