Did Russia try to influence American voters in the 2016 election? Did it try to meddle in our election?
Experts say yes. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says that even though Russia was not successful in influencing the vote, experts believe that Russia hacked information from the DNC server and tried to disseminate that information to influence U.S. voters, that it is a crime for a foreign government to meddle in a U.S. election, even if the information is accurate, and that meddling in an American election is wrong.
Politicians claim that the nation needs to stand up to the Russians, that this is an "election-meddling war."
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The United States has a trade deficit that is mostly from our trade with China, Canada, Mexico and Germany. Those countries suck about 4 percent of the annual GDP out of the U.S. They all impose tariffs on American products to maintain trade surpluses for their countries. Some of those tariffs are as much as 25 to 50 percent, while the U.S. has virtually no tariffs on their products coming in.
If the U.S. stopped all trade with those countries, then American companies would fill the demand for products from those countries as with washing machines and solar panels. U.S. GDP would increase by that 4 percent.
Trump announced tariffs on those countries in retaliation for their tariffs on American-made products. He said that he would eliminate all tariffs on products from any country that eliminates its tariffs on U.S. products. Instead of eliminating their tariffs on American-made products – free trade – those vampire countries have now announced additional tariffs on our products …. a trade war.
It is obvious that those countries need access to the U.S. market much more than America needs to trade with those countries. Those net-exporting countries have trade surpluses that approach a quarter of their economies. Fisher Investments points out that these trade wars will affect U.S. consumer prices less than 1 percent. The United States can become self-sufficient, independent of all those products from foreign countries – which will increase GDP, jobs and wages just as is happening now with oil.
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Yes, companies that import products for resale into the U.S. will be hurt, and so will companies that export products to vampire countries. But overall, American companies, jobs and wages will gain by that 4 percent. And 4 percent compounded for 10 years is an additional 50 percent to the economy – 50 percent not sucked out of the USA.
Pundits at Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Kiplinger, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, CNBC, etc. point out that those vampire countries are now adding "surgical" tariffs to American products that are made in states that supported Trump in the 2016 election – Harley Davidson motorcycles, whiskey/bourbon, soy beans, beef, boats, cars from states like Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Those pundits explain that it is the intention of those vampire countries to hurt Trump voters, to sour them on Trump, to sour them on Republican candidates in the mid-term elections and to sour them on Trump for the 2020 election. Those vampire countries are trying to influence voters in U.S. elections by the use of "surgical" tariffs.
Is it a crime for a foreign government to meddle in a U.S. election, even if the tariffs are legal? Is influence – meddling – by a foreign government in a U.S. election wrong? Then these "surgical" additional tariffs by those vampire countries are wrong.
America needs to stand up to these vampires, add more tariffs against those meddling countries and manufacture the products from those countries internally, in the United States. After all, this is an election-meddling war.