My ex-husband worked in the offices of several international import/export shipping corporations who had offices in Manhattan. I used to go down to the ports there to watch the ships come and go and when we lived in Coney Island, I would go to the ocean with binoculars to see the ships coming in from Europe and then call David’s boss and tell him what was going on, he liked that. This was way, way back in time when the US had normal trade relations with the world and we exported US-manufactured goods. Now, it is almost all one-way ‘trade’ and no one mentions our trade deficit when running for office here.
The quarter-mile-long Benjamin Franklin, which is bigger than the Empire State building, can hold up to 18,000 units and 116,000 tons of produce…Velibor Krpan, the captain of the Benjamin Franklin, told CNN: ‘The larger the ship you have, the more containers you can carry.
‘It’s cheaper to have bigger ships, containing more products, because you have fewer things to pay for. It’s more efficient in every aspect.’However, it will take a while for America to acclimatize to this new style of importing and exporting, which has become popular in Asia and Europe.
Note the lie in the story. The US was perfectly capable of running shipping in the past. We were #1 until ‘free trade’ decimated our economic base and destroyed nearly all our manufacturing systems here. What are we exporting now? Raw materials!
Note how the EU gang in France, which built this huge ship, named this after a very famous American, a Founding Father who was very intelligent and who was a protectionist because the entire point of the US rebellion was over TRADE ISSUES, that is, England forced the colonies to consume English goods in exchange for raw materials which is exactly what is going on today.
CMA CGM ship, the Nevada.
In 2015, CMA CGM’s fleet gathers: – 445 vessels – 2,244,509 container TEUs – 185,000 reefer containers
This fleet sails 170 maritime services and calls 400 ports in 160 countries – there are 521 commercial ports in the world at the moment.
This French ship from a global conglomerate operation based in the EU, is hauling goods from Asia to the US ports. It returns empty or nearly empty. The definition of ‘trade’ is you exchange one thing for another. The natives of the New World did this with the European invaders, for example. In NY, they killed beavers and got goodies in return which were all cheap foreign goods. This ended up very badly for the natives.
My own ancestors were very much involved in this lopsided trade with the natives in Albany, NY, in the cold 1600s.
The video above shows US elected officials having a PRIVATE ceremony but using public ships to spray water and do funky things while they praise the EU shipping company for coming to US ports from Asia, brining in one way trade. This makes me ill, thinking about the irony of all this. And as our Enormous, Humongous Trade Deficits Widen, Further Exposing Failed Policy, the politicians running for office never mention this.
Hillary Clinton’s position on free trade? It’s (very) complicated. Because she has to lie about all this. She belongs to The Candidates on Trade – Council on Foreign Relations.
With the surge in the U.S. trade deficit to China, the growing practice of outsourcing jobs to countries like India, and deep concerns about the fallout in U.S. manufacturing towns, free trade is the subject of increasing skepticism.
This old article from the CFR has this tidbit which reminds me how the media and our ruling elites run our ‘elections’:
Democratic Primary Candidate
Gravel has called NAFTA “a disaster for the working class of both the U.S. and Mexico” and has said that it should be either changed significantly or repealed altogether. Gravel has called for an increased focus on fair trade “if we are to rebuild the American middle class.”
Editor’s Note: Mike Gravel ended his bid for the Democraticnomination on March 26, 2008. He then ran for the LibertarianParty’s presidential nomination before announcing the end ofhis political career on May 25, 2008.
Click here for this candidate’s position on other top foreign policy issues.
Democratic Primary Candidate
Rep. Kucinich (D-OH) has been one of the most adamant congressional critics of free trade, saying it is responsible for lost jobs in the United States and abusive working conditions abroad. He voted against the creation of FTAs with Oman, Singapore, and Chile, and against the Trade Act of 2002. He says if elected, he will withdraw the United States from NAFTA immediately. In November 2007, Kucinich voted against legislation authorizing an FTA with Peru. That FTA passed in the House, however.
Both left politics entirely after the Obama CFR-supported Obama won the election and then proceeded to increase the trade deficit. The GOP generally supports ‘free trade’ but hit the Democrats hard on race issues, for example. Both parties cynically play on voter concerns while we watch our rulers decimate our major manufacturing cities turning them into hell hole traps for blacks and Hispanics who are encouraged to embrace the gangsta culture which amuses our rulers as these poor people try to entertain their way out of these ghettoes.
Very sad, watching all this. Racists love to blame blacks and Hispanics for their cultural collapse inside our empire without realizing they are playing into the cynical hands of the twin ruling parties which have bitter elections and such in public and embrace each other, laughing, in private.
So, who is the ONLY guy mentioning the trade deficit this primary cycle? Easy: Trade Is What Makes Trump’s Campaign Tick! Yes, he is talking about this and the media owners and the Bilderberg gang don’t want this talked about and so I can find articles like this one by searching the web, but it isn’t front and center in this ‘election’ because…no one at the top wants it mentioned at all and the media blasts us with pictures and videos of Trump saying crummy or stupid things and they mock him but note the previous election where serious candidates against free trade were treated EXACTLY the same way, all their bloopers and stumbles were broadcast with commentators sneering at them and they all are no longer in politics while Hillary charges onwards, no matter what she does.
“We’re going to beat China, Japan, beat Mexico at trade,” he said in his New Hampshire primary victory speech. “We’re going to beat all of these countries that are taking so much of our money away on a daily basis.”
This isn’t well received by everyone. Every time Trump mentions China, it produces enough eye rolls among media members to be labeled a mass event. To them his buffoonery seeps into everything he mentions, and “China” is no different.
The CRF dogs working the media for the Real Rulers all jumped on Trump for a mistake in how huge the trade deficit with China is, he said around ‘500 billion dollars’ when they sneered, it was ONLY ‘slightly less than 400 billion dollars’! Holy cow that jumped over the trade deficit moon!
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