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originally posted by: fatkid
a reply to: highvein
I was thinking more like Singapore, but keep being know it all if it make you feel big.
And I wasn’t talking political, I’m talking freedom of religion, thought, trade.
And as far as the US is concerned I think the political discourse is fine as long as you dont align yourself to deeply with a party and concern yourself more with issues than making sure “your side” wins
originally posted by: pavil
Donald Trump at the G7:
“It’s not a question of ‘I hope it will change’”, he said. “It’s going to change, 100%. Tariffs are going to come way down because people cannot continue to do that. We’re like the piggy bank that everybody’s robbing. And that ends.
originally posted by: Sublimecraft
“We should at least consider no tariffs, no barriers — scrapping all of it,” Trump said, according to officials who were listening and taking notes.
Trump floated the idea — which was received as somewhat rhetorical — as the meeting was breaking up and was quickly challenged by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who asked, “What about subsidies?”
The other G-7 leaders — from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, as well as the presidents of the European Commission and European Council — have been trying to impress upon Trump the complexity of trade issues, insisting that his oft-repeated complaint about the trade imbalance between the U.S. and allies on many manufactured goods is only part of the picture.
Aside from the lack of verification of the statement, the thinking itself is one I have often thought of.
This makes sense to me, if everyone are mates then why tax each other? - just sell your products in each others countries and let the GLOBAL markets dictate prices for imports and exports.
You see, Trump doesn't look at how to line the pockets of government - he looks at ways to line the pockets of the consumers/customers/investors directly - this is how a freemarket works, it's how capitalism functions best - and Trump promotes capitalism - bigly.
Anyway, I'm certain we'll hear more on this today, for now, he will certainly have the full attention of the G-7, likely Russia too, especially since he gave them a shout-out that they should be reinstated into the original G-8.
Just today, he reversed his old position that asbestos was one of the most toxic substances on the planet. Instead, he directed the EPA to remove it from the list of harmful substances that need to be regulated
But what the hell did Obama have?
originally posted by: Agit8dChop
This picture says a thousand things...
one thing it says, is that the Trump Administration is in the driving seat - no matter how misguided your opinion of Trump is