Other News: NAFTA – Round 5 Negotiations Completed With Little Progress

  Areas of greatest contention for Round 5 –  rules of origin, dispute resolution mechanism, and a mooted sunset clause for a reworked deal. The International Trade Administration (ITA) in September 2017 released their Global Competitive Publications. Analysis of newly released data on the share of U.S.-produced content in manufactured imports from Mexico and Canada has eroded significantly since the mid-1990’s.  This pattern of declining share of U.S.-produced value in NAFTA imports is also seen in the United States’ largest import from NAFTA, motor vehicles. Market Watch on November 16, discussing the NAFTA Round 5 negotiations. The negotiations began November 15 in … Continue reading

Mexican Official: There Will Be A Price To Be Paid For Renegotiating NAFTA

Mexico’s Economic Minister Ildefonso Guajardo has threatened to flood the US with refugees if we renegotiate NAFTA in ways that are not sufficiently beneficial to Mexico.  And BTW, don’t dare ask who is going to pay for that wall.  (Click the headline below for the link.) BLACKMAIL – Mexican Econ Minister Threatens To Flood U.S. With Illegals If We Don’t Give Them A Good NAFTA Deal… Posted on August 10, 2017 by sundance When candidate Donald Trump first proposed renegotiating NAFTA back in 2015 everyone was stunned. Fixing bad trade deals had never been proposed by any candidate. Candidate Trump also … Continue reading

Keystone Blowback: TransCanada Sues Obama for $15 Billion

From Canada Free Press The boss explained in detail back in November why Obama’s refusal to permit the Keystone XL pipeline was a load of crap. We’ve talked about it a lot here, and when we do, we usually focus on all the economic benefits to the United States that were lost because Obama chose to cater to his extreme leftist environmentalist base rather than govern like a serious person. But we didn’t focus quite as much on the blow this dealt to TransCanada, the company that proposed to build the pipeline and lost seven years with nothing to show … Continue reading

Could Donald Trump Pull the Plug on NAFTA?

From Global News Fuelled by the Britain’s vote to leave the European Union — the Brexit — presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is on the warpath against trade agreements he sees as holding America back. “Our friends in Britain recently voted to take back control of their economy, politics and borders,” Trump said Tuesday during a campaign stop at an metal recycling plant in Monessen, Pennsylvania. “Now it’s time for the American people to take back their future. We are going to take it back.” And topping his enemy list is the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). If … Continue reading

Examining Trans Pacific Partnership

From Canada Free Press On Constitution Radio with Douglas V. Gibbs on May 23, 2015, over KMET 1490AM, the topic of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement moseyed its way into the arena of discussion.  During the conversation a rare instance in the many year history of the radio program, and on the Political Pistachio blogsite for that matter, emerged where JASmius (my longtime co-host, staff writer, and dear friend) and I disagreed. While I indicated I felt that the deal is potentially a dangerous one, and I am against Republican support of the Obama supported trade agreement, … Continue reading

The Glorification Of Mediocrity.

. Some things are so unbelievably insane they have to speak for themselves. And they do~! Patrick Buchanan has the story.     Memo to Merkel: Tell Obama to Take a Hike     Tuesday – November 5, 2013 at 12:59 am By Patrick J. Buchanan Chutzpah. I believe that’s the word for it. Just days after learning the Americans have been tapping her phones and taping her conversations, Angela Merkel has been publicly upbraided by the U.S. Treasury for being a bad global citizen. What did she do to deserve this? Merkel just won a third term as chancellor … Continue reading