Impressed by the Trump administration part II

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  • Mon, Aug 5, 2019 2:57 PM

    The title of this thread is appropriate after some of the president's words today:

    "In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul."

    Spot on, Mr. President.  I'll happily give credit where it's due, and that was stated in a way that we should expect it to be stated by the POTUS.  Not everything said in that speech was without problem, but that was a bright moment in it.

    (I know some of it was hyperbolic, but what president hasn't included that in his well-said speeches?)

    Wed, Aug 14, 2019 9:39 PM
    posted by QuakerOats

     

     

    DJIA  27,000 +

     

    S&P  3,000 +

     

     

    Do your dd

     

     

    Take care

     

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    Thu, Aug 15, 2019 8:36 AM
    posted by Devils Advocate

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    I have a great idea.  Let's impose tariffs on a country that gives 0 fucks about their people suffering and those people can't do anything about it.  That will do it!

    Thu, Aug 15, 2019 9:57 AM

    Yeah, it has been so much fun being economically raped for 3 decades.

     

    Thu, Aug 15, 2019 10:26 AM

    So then......

    The cure for rape is a good fuckin huh?

    Thu, Aug 15, 2019 11:00 AM
    posted by like_that

    I have a great idea.  Let's impose tariffs on a country that gives 0 fucks about their people suffering and those people can't do anything about it.  That will do it!

    it has to start somewhere.  At least give Trump credit where its due.  He gives zero fucks about politics and does what is right.

    Fri, Aug 16, 2019 11:11 AM
    posted by QuakerOats

    Yeah, it has been so much fun being economically raped for 3 decades.

    a) We've not been economically raped.

    b) Even if we had, free market economics has actual principles for how to combat that.

    c) It's not "tariffs."

    I feel like if we played Madlibs, this could be clearer.

    _________ has been more financially successful than ________, so we should pass __________ to make them more even.

    Richard, Stanley, taxes

    China, America, tariffs

    The logic is the same, either way.  The kicker is that "China" doesn't suffer from the tariffs.  Initially, the private companies that export from China do, but they adjust their prices, as any good business would.  That, or they cheapen the product (not likely, since Chinese products are already fairly cheap) or lower the labor cost (not likely, as Chinese labor is already very low cost ... hence the competitive pricing).

    So they pass the bill on to American importers.

    Our private companies and business owners ultimately foot the bill.

    Fri, Aug 16, 2019 12:08 PM
    posted by O-Trap

    a) We've not been economically raped.

    b) Even if we had, free market economics has actual principles for how to combat that.

    c) It's not "tariffs."

    I feel like if we played Madlibs, this could be clearer.

    _________ has been more financially successful than ________, so we should pass __________ to make them more even.

    Richard, Stanley, taxes

    China, America, tariffs

    The logic is the same, either way.  The kicker is that "China" doesn't suffer from the tariffs.  Initially, the private companies that export from China do, but they adjust their prices, as any good business would.  That, or they cheapen the product (not likely, since Chinese products are already fairly cheap) or lower the labor cost (not likely, as Chinese labor is already very low cost ... hence the competitive pricing).

    So they pass the bill on to American importers.

    Our private companies and business owners ultimately foot the bill.

     

     

    Actually what has really happened is that most American companies importing from China negotiated lower prices from Chinese manufacturers to make up for the tariffs, or moved their manufacturing facilities out of China to other SE Asia countries.  China is indeed bearing the brunt of the tariffs.  Sorry to break your bubble.

    Fri, Aug 16, 2019 12:14 PM
    posted by QuakerOats

    Actually what has really happened is that most American companies importing from China negotiated lower prices from Chinese manufacturers to make up for the tariffs, or moved their manufacturing facilities out of China to other SE Asia countries.  China is indeed bearing the brunt of the tariffs.  Sorry to break your bubble.

    Not necessarily. Obv companies are looking for vendors now in Bangaldesh, Vietnam, etc., but it isn't a quick process. Price increases are coming, depending on if items are in the Sep or Dec tariff dates. The manufacturer is not going to eat the 10%, the wholesale stores aren't going to eat the 10%, the end result is the consumer will eat the majority of the 10%. I work closely with the Retail Apparel industry, and some companies are way weighted in China than others. So not everything is going up, but there will be increases unless Trump keeps delaying them. 

    Fri, Aug 16, 2019 1:25 PM
    posted by QuakerOats

    Actually what has really happened is that most American companies importing from China negotiated lower prices from Chinese manufacturers to make up for the tariffs, or moved their manufacturing facilities out of China to other SE Asia countries.  China is indeed bearing the brunt of the tariffs.  Sorry to break your bubble.

    You think negotiating for lower prices has only started since the tariffs came into effect?  Or do you just think they've somehow gotten magically better at it since the tariffs?

    It's okay.  You don't have to answer.  I wouldn't want the inconvenience of that to get in the way of your belief that increased regulation and big-gubmint manipulation of the way private businesses operate are a good thing when the people endorsing it have a little 'R' next to their names.  The hypocrisy of it is entertaining.

    Fri, Aug 16, 2019 1:58 PM

     

     

    China mfg’s have readily dropped prices as American importers have requested.  And the speed with which companies have left China to manufacture in other SE Asia countries has been surprising.  The latest Chinese economic data is evidence of these facts. 

     

    For the first time in decades we are taking a different tactic against the rapists and their enablers.  It appears to be working. 

     

    Fri, Aug 16, 2019 2:03 PM
    posted by O-Trap

    You think negotiating for lower prices has only started since the tariffs came into effect?  Or do you just think they've somehow gotten magically better at it since the tariffs?

    It's okay.  You don't have to answer.  I wouldn't want the inconvenience of that to get in the way of your belief that increased regulation and big-gubmint manipulation of the way private businesses operate are a good thing when the people endorsing it have a little 'R' next to their names.  The hypocrisy of it is entertaining.

     

     

    For decades our government sold out American manufacturing with asinine trade agreements.  At the same time, the same government made it ten times more costly to compete against our newfound trade enemies by imposing massive regulations upon industry, manufacturing in particular. So government hands our market to foreigners at the same time it handcuffs (destroys) our ability to compete.  And now, because Trump is rolling back many of those onerous regulations and charging foreigners for access to our market, you liken it to “increased big gubmint manipulation”.  That is laughable; talk about hypocrisy.

    Fri, Aug 16, 2019 2:42 PM
    posted by QuakerOats

    For decades our government sold out American manufacturing with asinine trade agreements.  At the same time, the same government made it ten times more costly to compete against our newfound trade enemies by imposing massive regulations upon industry, manufacturing in particular. So government hands our market to foreigners at the same time it handcuffs (destroys) our ability to compete.  And now, because Trump is rolling back many of those onerous regulations and charging foreigners for access to our market, you liken it to “increased big gubmint manipulation”.  That is laughable; talk about hypocrisy.

    Who's attributing rollbacks to increased regulation and manipulation?  Not I, if you go back and read, so I'm not sure who you're talking about.

    Did I liken tariffs to it?  Of course, I did.  That's what it is.  Anytime two private entities wish to engage in an exchange, and government comes in and either regulates the exchange or legislates itself into getting a cut of the deal, that is increased big government manipulation.

    Look, I get that you'll toe the line on practically everything he does.  He really could shoot someone in the middle of the street, and you'd find a way to defend it.  But let's stop pretending that the tariffs are anything but opposed to free market economics.  This is 101 stuff, here.

    EDIT: I do have to give you credit for the proper use of a semicolon.  You don't see that enough, these days.

    Tue, Aug 20, 2019 4:31 PM

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u-s-steel-layoffs/u-s-steel-plans-to-lay-off-hundreds-of-workers-in-michigan-idUSKCN1V91XQ

     

    When the tariffs were imposed, Trump and those who follow him unconditionally claimed that they would fix the domestic steel industry.  Now more and more, articles like this one seem to show that tariffs are not a magic pill.  As was stated earlier on this thread, some of these layoffs and price reductions could be attributable to consolidation of the industry toward a more mini-mill centric model.  But that fact does not account for the huge drops in prices.  

     

    Wed, Aug 21, 2019 9:03 AM

    LOL....Trump cancels visit because Denmark laughed at his offer to buy Greenland.

    Wed, Aug 21, 2019 9:13 AM
    posted by gut

    LOL....Trump cancels visit because Denmark laughed at his offer to buy Greenland.

    He's taking his ball and going home.  

     

    I actually think the idea of buying Greenland is interesting though.  

    Wed, Aug 21, 2019 10:01 AM
    posted by Dr Winston O'Boogie

    He's taking his ball and going home.  

    "He's just playing 4D chess. After all this is done, they're going to give us Greenland."

    Just figured I'd be the first to try that on.  See how it felt.

    Feels like a clown suit.

    Wed, Aug 21, 2019 10:20 AM

     

    Well, why waste the time and/or just another negotiation ploy. 

     

    Y’all will get it eventually.

     

    Wed, Aug 21, 2019 10:25 AM

     

     

     

     

     

    As much as the liberals wish for bad economic times for Americans, it is not in the cards right now.

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