Morning Reads for Friday, November 30, 2018

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armanidog
armanidog

White House Christmas decorations.

Some controversy about the red trees. Too much red for my taste but I know nothing about fashion. I wear baggy dad jeans with suspenders and plaid shirts.

Benevolus
Benevolus

A couple things I might add to today’s topics:

chamblee54
chamblee54

I can turn off internet now #MiloY said … “an avuncular, asexual, physically frail character, @jordanbpeterson can be a hero to men without threatening their manhood, much in the same way my homosexuality has also made me a hero to straight men.”
https://www.dangerous.com/50407/jordan-peterson-is-the-wrong-kind-of-chameleon/

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-china-trade-war-all-the-industries-hurt-by-us-tariffs-2018-11
“The US, which the trade war was ostensibly launched to protect, looks as if it is likely to be the worst affected, with some forecasters suggesting that as much as 1 percentage point could be knocked off economic growth in the coming years.

On a smaller scale, companies and whole industries are already starting to feel the pinch from the US tariffs, which have raised the price of sending a whole range of goods to the US, increasing costs for the very companies they were designed to protect. “

Benevolus
Benevolus

I run a (very) small business. Many of the products, or their components, do come from overseas. This tariff business is a nightmare. The idea of price increases doesn’t bother me so much because my competitors have to deal with them too. But this was done so quickly and haphazardly that everyone is just reacting without being able to be thoughtful, and the prospect that it might last a short time or a long time, or the items affected might change, makes it worse. Some suppliers are just adding a percentage to the invoice total. Some are doing 6%, some… Read more »

chamblee54
chamblee54

You seem to have thought about this more than some of the people in Washington making the decisions.

Benevolus
Benevolus

OK, now consider: Many companies have been spending many, many hours, calculating what products will be affected by the tariff increase to 25% come Jan 1. Now suddenly those tariffs will not happen, at least for now. Possibly all those man0hours wasted. This is why you have the negotiation first, then announce the result, you make it long term, and you make it hard to change. This off-the-cuff casually implemented massive change is B.S. And as far as I can tell it is illegal too. One small misstep because of confusion about who is currently charging what can cost me… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Impromptu words can result in major wasteful actions: “But we have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait …” US ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie, 25 Jul 1990.

Iraq invaded Kuwait 02 Sept 1990.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Well, looky here…Molestin’ Al Frank(l)en trying to make a comeback! LOL!
https://www.apnews.com/852dd792399c4ca6a64eb2c0e4a3a273

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Mexico isn’t paying for the wall, so Trump got the best deal he could for the American people, an award for son-in-law Kushner. NYT: “The outgoing president of Mexico had expected to end his troubled term on a positive note – signing a new free-trade deal with the United States and Canada on Friday. Now even that moment of triumph has gone awry. An announcement that President Enrique Pena Nieto would bestow Mexico’s highest honor for foreigners to Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President trump, for his role in pushing through the trade pact has incited fury in Mexico, where anger… Read more »

Noway2016
Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Happy Holidays!

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

There’s a two year record of the GOP acceptance of Trump’s blatant lies and gratuitous incivility, and an even longer record of the GOP’s incessant lowering of the bar to further GOP power and objectives. There’s no reason for surprise at the GOP’s yet lowering the bar again. Trump as the likely GOP nominee lied to the American people about deal-making with Russia for his own personal gain and supporting public policies to that effect is being defended by the Republican establishment. I was surprised at first glance because that furthers Trump and not the GOP. But it didn’t take… Read more »