1. historydogg
    April 4, 2018 @ 4:57 pm

    75,000 factories in the United States have closed since Bill Clinton took office and over half a trillion dollars in wealth leaves the U.S. to China every year thanks to the last three horrible presidents. Trump is fixing stupid.

    • dhg1234
      April 4, 2018 @ 5:06 pm

      I don’t think manufacturing jobs are coming back. The large multinationals will just ship their mfg base to Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, etc. With new AI Robotics, lot of these jobs can also be automated without humans involved. The biggest losers will be American consumers. Unless an average American is willing to work for $2/hr like the Chinese, there’s no way to make TV, iPhones, toasters, and microwave ovens cheap enough for companies to come back and open up here.

    • historydogg
      April 4, 2018 @ 5:16 pm

      Trump has added a quarter million manufacturing jobs whereas Obama lost 16,000 manufacturing jobs his last year in office. I guess you missed where Apple is repatriating $350,000,000,000 back into the U.S. and building a new campus and factories. Many companies are moving production back to the U.S. now that the tax rate is fair and Obama bureaucratic red tape regulations have been done away with.

  2. Iamtop
    April 4, 2018 @ 4:59 pm

    Yep, great analysis, it is a missed opportunity and shows why Trump is dangerous: he has no clue what he is doing. Instead of coordinating with the EU that also has legitimate grievances towards China he included them in the first tariffs before back peddling… EU + US is a 850 million people market w/ a better purchasing power than the Chinese interior market, we could of had meaningful discussions about things like intelectual property, forced labor, etc… Instead of this childish fight that’s going nowhere but down.

    • historydogg
      April 4, 2018 @ 5:20 pm

      The last administration gave a terrorist country that chants “Death to Americans” $150 Billion and gave Putin control of 20% of U.S. uranium reserves…and you call Trump dangerous? I have a bridge I wanna sell you! Haha!

  3. AfricanManikin
    April 4, 2018 @ 5:28 pm

    What’s lost here is that nothing remains constant. Once coats to do business with American firms sky-rockets, Brazilian firms are incentivized to take that Chinese business with more favorable relations and terms. Those relationships in distribution don’t just dissolve when one side finally gets its policy act together. That relationship is now permanently severed.

  4. Grasshopper
    April 4, 2018 @ 5:52 pm

    Greed is at the core of why costs of living are so high in the U.S. Business owners from the ground up have raised prices over the years and the response was to raise wages. Essentially, we’ve outpaced the rest of the world. Healthcare costs more, insurance cost more and covers less and the list goes on. China has kept their cost of living relatively low and though it’s not necessarily a perfect system, they are in an advantageous position. At some point they will be able to take more advantage of the relationships and markets they’ve been building in other countries. They would not need to buy as much from the U.S. We should not under-estimate the Chinese people. They are used to hardships and as their culture is, they will fall in line with what the government wants. If the Chinese government wants to stand firm on a trade war then the Chinese people will support that and do without if that’s what it takes. At it’s core, the American people are good people and we’ve done much to help others around the world but our politics throughout the years have had a negative impact to some degree. Not only has our politics impeded us on the world stage but here at home as well. Politicians just don’t seem to get it. They can’t be in it for themselves or just the states they represent. They need to act on behalf of America and the best long term courses of action for our future without necessarily stepping on other countries in the process. We all live on one planet and we have many differences but we all cherish our families and a secure future in all respects.

  5. idriss buni
    April 4, 2018 @ 5:58 pm

    good job, what a way to make America great again day by day. keep up the good work prudent …follow me I am right behind you..

  6. Kent Purdy
    April 4, 2018 @ 6:04 pm

    “Cohesive long term pressure on China?” Sorry, that requires a strategic policy, but all we have in our toolbox are tweets.

  7. Matt Brada
    April 4, 2018 @ 6:12 pm

    It still baffles me that farmers didn’t even take the time to have any foresight and not have seen this coming… Talk about party before country. These people that keep voting straight-line Republican and against their own better interests is mind boggling. The mental gymnastics these people must do to convince themselves that all the lies Trump tells and his obvious lack of intelligence across the board somehow equates to him not being completely incompetent and utterly dishonest is staggering.