Tariffs, Taxes, Trade, Trends (August 26, 2019)

Posted in Markets, Tariffs, Taxation, Trade on August 26, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “They’re back.”

J          “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the economy.  The tariff jaws are opening back up and may devour us.”

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J          “A tariff is a tax.  A tax raises revenue and raises the price of the tariffed/taxed product and shapes the behavior of the product’s consumers.”

K          “Our good friend price elasticity.  The demand for the tariffed/taxed product changes and in most situations goes down but in unpredictable ways and at a unpredictable rate in different economies and markets and regions and sectors.”

J          “The economists do not know what is going on in the economy as it is and definitely do not know what is going on when the tariff curve ball is pitched into the mess and the morass.”

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K          “The goal is to encourage domestic production, but domestic production is dead.  No businessperson is willing or able or capable of responding to the possibility that there may be some ephemeral interest in a product in America based on a whim in policy this week.”

J          “Why make the effort.  Uncertainty is the greatest foe.  No one is going to open a manufacturing plant in America except perhaps one run by robots that are cheaper than foreign labor.”

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J          “A tariff is a thinly disguised act of war.”

K          “This economy is so fractured and fissured and fraudulent that the next jolt could be the Big Jolt.”       

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[See the e-commentary at “Terrorized By Trumpi’s Tariffs (March 5, 2018)”, “Tariffs Are Tarrible.  Oh, And Happy Bastille Day! (July 16, 2018)” and “‘Mericanize:  Monetize, Mechanize And Militarize (December 30, 2013)”.

Bumper sticker of the week:

“Powerful nations can maintain themselves only by crime, little states are virtuous only by weakness.”  Mikhail Bakunin

Constructing Thoughts:  Overton Window; Morrison Door; Basic Box (August 19, 2019)

Posted in Architecture, Awards / Incentives, Genius on August 19, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Triple pane?”

J          “A better argon seal?”

. . .

K          “That assumes that one has an incentive to think clearly.”

J          “There is that.  That is there.”

. . .

K          “If you want to market an old idea, concoct a new name.  Why not enlist the name tag on your shirt and market yourself?”

J          “Comes down to marketing.  Everyone proclaims that they are ‘thinking outside the box’ while everyone is actually thrashing around inside their own self-imprisoning box.”

K          “If everyone thinks (s)he is thinking outside the box, is the only person thinking outside the box the person who is thinking inside the box?”

J          “So those who are thinking inside the window are really just thinking inside the box.  Only those who look outside around the window itself can see the outside that is outside the window.”

K          “Genius is two things.  It is simple.  It is obvious.  It is in the box?” 

J          “The window sounds like another form over substance pseudo-intellectual gimmick.  What do I know.”

. . .

J          “Designing and constructing our intellectual house is an on-the-job task.  What about adding the Morrison Door to open one’s perceptions?”

K          “Triple hinges?”

J          “A better sill seal?”

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[See the e-commentary at “The ‘I’ Gene; The ‘We’ Gene: Searching For The Genie In All Of Us (April 3, 2017)”, “The Power Of Small Thinking (March 12, 2018)”, “On Standards & Quality (July 20, 2015)” and “So Many Words, So Few Ideas (Sept. 21, 2009)”.]    

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Bumper stickers of the week:

I think I think

Think big!

I think big, therefore I am, I think

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”  Upton Sinclair

Turning Left.  The Other Right. (August 12, 2019)

Posted in Affirmative Action, Constitution, Drugs, Freedom / Liberty, Gay Politics, Gender, Sanders, Tea Party, Trumpi on August 12, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “They say the country’s growing tolerance for LGBT rights and increasing decriminalization of marijuana are signals that the country is turning to the left.”

J          “Or turning to the right.  The other left.  Tolerating those who reveal LGBT inclinations is fundamentally a conservative idea to respect individual choice even if the individual does not make the choice.  Decriminalizing marijuana respects the fundamental liberty interest of every citizen to be free of government direction and tyranny.”

K          “So the country is turning to the other left.”

J          “Right.  The other left is the right.  Many folks find it right to turn left to turn right.”

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[See the e-commentary at “The Big Decision (December 13, 2010)”, “Less Government Regulation Series:  Love and Marriage (May 19, 2008)”, “Less Government Regulation Series:  Drugs (March 2, 2009)”, “A Second Party:  Trump or Sanders? (March 14, 2016)”, “Tea Party And Innocence Project Form ‘Liberty Alliance’ (September 9, 2013)”, “Constitutional Remedies With An Expiration Date? Affirmative Action and Marriage Neutrality. Again. (December 10, 2012)” and “On Freedom and Liberty (May 24, 2010)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Imagine using turn signals

So politics is a circle not a line or . . . a trapezoid with two parallel bases not a continuum?

House [Also] Repeals Constitution.  Oh, And Happy Civic Holiday In Canada! (August 5, 2019)

Posted in First Amendment on August 5, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky voted against it.  Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky voted against a similar travesty in February.  Kentucky is shining in the darkness.”

J          “Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii voted in favor of it.  She could have voted ‘Present’ instead.”

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K          “No one gets it.”

J          “When they get it, they will get it, but it will be too late.”

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[See “House Overwhelmingly Condemns Movement to Boycott Israel” in “The New York Times” by Sheryl Gay Stolberg dated July 23, 2019.]

[See the e-commentary at “Senate Repeals Constitution.  Oh, And Happy Presidents’ Day! (February 18, 2019)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

House Resolution 246 > United States Constitutional Amendment 1:  United States Constitutional Amendment 1 > House Resolution 246

Treason is treason.

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”  Maya Angelou

“To know who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”  Voltaire

The blowback will be unprecedented in human history

Mr. Mueller – The National Mirror – Comes To Town (July 29, 2019)

Posted in Banks and Banking System, Deep State, Middle East on July 29, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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J          “Republicans spin the exoneration and vindication angle.  Democrats spin the demonization and vilification angle.  The Republicans show blinded fealty to Trumpi not to Republicanism or conservatism.  The Democrats show fealty to blind self-destructiveness.”

K          “We just don’t get it.  We just can’t get it.  Bombs are ready to fall and banks are ready to fail and yet we get more side shows to distract the populace.”

J          “The National Mirror of the month is part of The National Distraction.”

K          “There is more to the back story that may emerge.  Stay tuned.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Russian Interference; Russian Collusion (February 26, 2018)” and “The Release Of The Redacted Robert Rorschach Report (April 22, 2019)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

It’s Mueller Time [on a Miller Beer label]

Child Pornography And Molestation:  Is It Past Time To Think And Speak About The Pastime Of The Ruling Class? (July 22, 2019)

Posted in Pedophilia, Pulitzer on July 22, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “It is there but not thought about or spoken about.  Epstein’s arrest may force people to think about the unthinkable and to speak about the unspeakable.”

J          “They may not think or speak about it because it is unbearable.  The phrase ‘the tip of the ice berg’ is such a cliché yet evokes instant insight and universal understanding in every quarter.  The problems have been percolating for a long time and are now possibly boiling over.”

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K          “Epstein is a member in good standing of what passes for the social, political, economic and academic elite in America.”

J          “Trump fans point out that Epstein is a good friend of Clinton.  Clinton fans point out that Epstein is a good friend of Trump.”

K          “The rot and decadence in America is everywhere and so deeply entrenched.  In both political parties.  Is pedophilia the national pastime of the ruling class?”

J          “The response is as politicized and polarized as everything else in America today.”

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J          “Journalists can do something by including more articles in the daily media menu.”

K          “The Pulitzer people need to pass the word that a Pulitzer is possible for the person who writes trenchantly about the painful subject.”

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[See the e-commentary from six years ago to the day at “The Endless War On Women By American Warriors (July 22, 2013)” addressing another related problem involving the War On Women that is also allowed to fester and percolate.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

“Everything in the world is about sex except sex.  Sex is about power.”  Oscar Wilde

Globalization:  Colonization Without The Costs; Corporations Supplant Countries.  Oh, And Happy Bastille Day! (July 15, 2019)

Posted in Globalization on July 15, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Globalization is colonization without the costs with corporations supplanting countries.  Corporations reap all the benefits and pass all the costs onto the helpless consumers and the compliant governments of the effete countries.”

J          “Globalization is the Universal Business Plan.  I am not really a big fan of the Big Plan.”

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K          “Colonization is undertaken by a country taking over title to and possession of another country and subjugating if not formally enslaving the populace.  Formal slavery is no longer trendy, but informal servitude is almost universally tolerated.  And the primary international actor today is the corporation not the now somewhat obsolete but useful country/nation/state.  The government is the accepted tool for violence.”

J          “The government is also the whipping boy.  To date, the corporations do pay a pittance to the slaves/populace and then pass the cost of housing (HUD, etc.) and feeding (HEW, etc.) the slaves/populace to the government.  The actual cost to the corporations is cheaper than the cost of housing and feeding the slaves/populace directly.”

K          “And they do not want to take title to the property when they can otherwise control the property without paying any taxes on it.”

J          “And then the corporations refuse to pay the taxes to fund the government that is housing and feeding the slaves/populace.  The Universal Business Plan.  I am not a big fan.”

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K          “Britain is the most recent perpetrator of the colonization paradigm.  When the United States sought to depose Britain from the perch, the World War among the ‘Type A personality’ countries of Europe provided the cover and opening for the rest of the enslaved world to free themselves.  In Phase I of The War, Wilson was able to project American presence.  In Phase II of The War, Roosevelt was able to project American presence.  America is now the presence and is ever-present.  America has not colonized the world, America has globalized the world for the corporations that own America.”

J          “The old observation that it is easier to take by investment than invasion rings true.”

K          “And now much of the world and a few Empires manqué are challenging the hegemony of the Empire.  When the Empire’s creation and creature – the PetroDollar – and its Monopoly on the Money Window that makes change for the world – the SWIFT – are unseated, then it is game change and regime change.”

J          “And change is coming.”

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[See “How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean” in the “Boston Review” by Peter James Hudson dated June 19, 2019.]

[See the e-commentary at “Humanity’s Motto:  To Enslave And To Colonize (January 27, 2014)”, “Invest or Invade (December 15, 2008)”, “Eu-rope Is Mal-rope (May 7, 2012)”, “’Grexit’, ‘GrexEUnt’, Percolating Problems:  PIIGS, BRICS, EU, EC, ECB, IMF, NATO, WTO, WTF, WAR (February 23, 2015)” and “AIIB:  China: 1; U.S.A.: 0? (April 6, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Globalization Is Colonization Without The Costs With Corporations Supplanting Countries

Globalization Is Colonization Sans The Costs Con Corporations Supplanting Countries

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