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December 12, 2018
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CHINA IS NOT OUR FRIEND!
President Trump met with Chinese President Xi at the G20 meeting in Argentina
last week. They agreed to put their trade war on hold for 90 days. Additional tariffs
on goods were scheduled to increase on January 1st. Those increases appear to be
still under negotiation.
Trump had increased the tariffs on Chinese imports from 10 to 25%. That had
impacted $250 billion of goods imported from China. In retaliation, China did the
same thing on $110 billion of U.S. exports. Many economists feared the trade war
would stall the world economy and urged the two leaders to work out a solution.
The president tweeted on Monday: “My meeting in Argentina with President
Xi of China was an extraordinary one. Relations with China have taken a BIG leap
forward! Very good things will happen. We are dealing from great strength, but
China likewise has much to gain if and when a deal is completed. Level the field!”
Immediately liberals jumped on the POTUS for using the phase, ‘leap forward,’
because China had a program from 1958-1962 called
the Great Leap Forward. The campaign was led by
Chairman Mao Zedong and aimed to move the coun-
try from an agriculture economy to industrialization.
It was widely considered to have caused the Chinese
Famine. It’s a stretch to believe Trump was endors-
ing a famine, but liberals seize every opportunity to
criticize.
The White House released the following statement
on the agreement: “President Trump has agreed that
on January 1, 2019, he will leave the tariffs on $200
billion worth of product at the 10 percent rate, and not
raise it to 25 percent at this time,” the statement read.
Over the next 90 days, American and Chinese officials
will continue to negotiate lingering disagreements on
technology transfer, intellectual property and agricul-
ture. Both parties agree that they will endeavor to have
this transaction completed within the next 90 days. If
at the end of this period of time, the parties are unable
to reach an agreement, the 10 percent tariffs will be
raised to 25 percent.”
President Trump made trade negotiations one of his
key campaign themes. He promised to insure America
did better at negotiating trade agreements than in the
past. By delaying the full implementation of the in-
creased tariffs, did the president ‘blink’ as some critics
claim? Two observations:
First, America needs to level the economic play-
ing field. For decades, our trade agreements have
benefited other countries and cost American taxpayers
billions. From paying for infrastructure to providing
start-up capital in developing countries to selling agri-
culture products at lower prices, America’s negotiators
gave away more than the farm every time they sat at
the table.
Second, Trump must be cautious when dealing
with the communists. Their values are not our values.
Their worldview is not ours. China and Russia are
not our friends. They don’t like each other much, but
they like America less. A U.S. President must always
remember that - whether negotiating a trade or arms
agreement.
In 2007, the US economy was four times the size of
China - in 2011, only twice the size. At their continued
growth rate, China’s economy will overtake America
in 2029. Americans better hope President Trump is as
good of negotiator as he claims.
 A man brings his buddy from work home with him, unannounced.
 His wife begins screaming at him. and his friend just sits there taking it in.
 The wife says,” Why did you bring him here without letting me know. The
house is a mess, the dishes are not done, I have not had time to put on makeup,
and I am still in my pajamas. I can’t be bothered with cooking for you and him
tonight. What were you thinking?
 The husband says, “John here is thinking about getting married. I just wanted to
give him a demo.”
 Two monkeys were being bored when one monkey says “Watch this”.
 The monkey runs over to a sleeping lion and kicks the lion in the head.
The sleeping lion immediately wakes up and starts chasing the monkey through
the jungle. The monkey is swinging through the trees with the lion in hot
pursuit.
 Swinging through the trees the monkey out paces the lion and finds an
abandoned hunter campsite. The monkey spies a chair, and sits down, puts on a
pair of sunglasses, a ballcap and picks up a copy of the Washita Valley Weekly.
 The lion, out of breath from the chase runs into the campsite and asks the
disquised monkey, “Did you see a monkey run through here?”
 The monkey looked up from the paper, disguised his voice and said, “You
mean the one that kicked you in the head?”
 The lion says, “You mean it’s already in the paper?”
(thanks Kyle)
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