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Can we Repeal NAFTA? Do we even want to?

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Trump got elected on the promise that he will repeal NAFTA and bring American jobs back from China and Mexico. I thought that was boneheaded from the beginning. I mean, look at Chinese factory towns, like, do it, right now:








Do we really want to bring THIS back to America? And even if we think we can do it on “American terms” with cleanliness and standards, who are we kidding? The world  is addicted to a steady diet of rock-bottom prices. Nobody will buy goods that have been made in factories with Western standards.

But say we do bring them back, and we ruin our environment. Will Wal-Mart dismantle its whole supply chain to suddenly start supporting American manufactured goods? I doubt it. Chances are Wal-Mart will prevent Trump from making good on his promise.

Here is a good article that says basically the same thing. Promising to get us out of NAFTA was one thing, but actually doing it is another. Why American voters fell for this line of crap is a whole other article.


Written by nattie

November 23, 2016 at 1:40 am

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Listen to the Man

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After Donald Trump’s depressing victory in 2016, a lot of people have been feeling abandoned, depressed, and angry. Reading Facebook I see there is a tendency to blame the other side, the Republicans, the fascists, or whoever else comes in handy.

What makes me saddest is that Hillary Clinton took a real blow, and she really fought for us. The way Republicans smeared her is shameful. The whole “Hillary for prison” campaign was just hate mongering, and that offends me more than anything. Hillary would have been a great president! But it’s not time yet.

But the democratic party has a few lessons to learn.

And Bernie Sanders recently said something really smart that sums it all up, for me. Sanders said:

“It is not good enough for someone to say, ‘I’m a woman! Vote for me! No, that’s not good enough. What we need is a woman who has the guts to stand up to Wall Street, to the insurance companies, to the drug companies.”

Nailing it, as usual. Here is the full article. I totally agree with Bernie. The democratic party needs to stop pointing fingers and take a long, good look at itself. It needs to get over idenity politics. Are you black? latino? woman? jewish? muslim? transgender? That’s good, then run! But it’s not enough. Can you help lower college tuitions? Can you stop global warming, or create jobs that don’t pollute? Now that’s more interesting!

So Sanders, speaking with sense and tough love, says “it’s not enough just to have an identity. You have to tell us what you can do for all working Americans”. And maybe that’s what the democratic party needs.


Written by nattie

November 23, 2016 at 1:24 am

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