TPP: Multi-Nation Trade Deals Are Idiotic

The US has a Huge Economy benefit when it comes to all things trade.

With just about whomever we are negotiating - their access to our nation is far more important than ours is to theirs.  So we have the perpetual opportunity to negotiate very favorable terms.

Communist China is the sole exception.  And that’s only because we’ve spent several decades being exceedingly stupid in our dealings with them.  We’ve paid them many trillions of dollars - to become our singular economic and geopolitical opponent.  Really quite intelligent. 

Speaking of exceedingly stupid and trade: The only way we can diminish our negotiating power  - is to dilute it at the table by inviting more than one other nation to it. 

As we’ve seen in every globalist organization ever formed since our nation was formed - other nations love to gang up against US. 

Life - is high school.  No one likes the starting quarterback - and the US is the planet’s starting quarterback.  Actual high school rarely gives the chess and yearbook clubs the opportunity to exact their anger at the hand life dealt them on the QB.  Globalist organizations do.      

Joining these organizations is idiotic.  Joining globalist, multi-nation trade deals - is just as idiotic.  And we’ve been engaged in this idiocy - for a half-century-plus. 

That is, until America First President Donald Trump began righting the ship. 

Multilateral Trade Deals? Trump’s Just Not That Into Them:

“President Donald Trump has made clear he is not into multilateral trade negotiations. Take the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He withdrew the U.S. from that agreement, and he says he will conduct these kinds of talks one-on-one from now on, which is quite a change from the past.”

Ah yes - the TPP:

“The TPP, a giant and semi-secret 12-member free-trade agreement advocated by the Obama administration, aimed to deepen economic ties between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations….

“‘We're going to have trades but we're going to have one on one...if somebody misbehaves we will send a letter and they'll have 30 days to work it out,’ Trump said.”

Get that?  In two-nation trade deals - we can quickly and cleanly exit should a relationship stop being beneficial.  We can’t do that when we’re enmeshed in a multi-nation spider web - Frodo-style.

So when countries go unilaterally crazy - like this….

Brazil Sugar Industry Receives Massive Government Subsidies:

“‘Sugar is the most distorted commodity market in the world because of subsidies and other policies that manipulate the market,’ said Jack Roney, policy director for the American Sugar Alliance….

“‘The United States has long advocated for a world sugar market free of subsidies. Because of our efficiency, U.S. producers would thrive under a free market approach. That’s why we push for a “zero for zero” strategy in the WTO, where we’d get rid of U.S. sugar policy if other countries would agree to get rid of all market-distorting policies.’”

Individual countries - engaged in two-nation trade deals - can cleanly and easily do this….

India & Brazil Agree to Resolve Sugar Subsidies Issue Bilaterally

You can’t do that in a 12-nation trade web. 

Know what else you can’t do?  Impose tariffs - when tariffs are warranted. 

Like, say, when China is using slave labor, coal-fired power plants and massive subsidies to make solar panels way more cheaply - and massively undercut US manufacturers. 

China's Slave Labor, Coal-Fired, Mass-Subsidized Solar Panels Dominate the Planet

When you aren’t tied-down with a million multilateral trade deal rules - Gulliver-style - you can tariff them to help balance the ledger.

Trump Imposes 30% Tariff on Solar Panels

And when that isn’t enough - and with China, it ain’t - you can and should do this….

Border Carbon Tax: DC Can Do Better - When It Chooses to Do So:

“‘The Bipartisan Climate Solution:

“‘Momentum is building on both sides of the aisle to come up with a measure to penalize imports of high polluting goods, and lawmakers are taking a page out of former President Donald Trump’s book….

“‘“It looks and feels a lot like Trump’s tariffs…" Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said.

“‘Republicans are eager to tackle competition with China, whose lax environmental standards often mean lower production prices, and create an “America-first” climate policy.  “Donald Trump should love it,’ (Republican) Sen. Kevin Cramer said.”’”

So should the rest of us. 

At least the ones who want what’s best for, you know, US.

Being free from idiotic multi-nation trade deals - allows US the opportunity to make these pro-US moves.

So let's remain unencumbered - and thereby a far more powerful and prosperous nation.

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  • Seton Motley