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Is A Trade War With Mexico Imminent?: Left of Center View

Trade wars are inevitable. As global commerce grows, so too will the competition between parties. America has already weakened and put herself at a distinct disadvantage by allowing her gatekeeper of commerce to feed their greed unchecked. Downsizing for fun and profit has allowed overseas economies to grow and strengthen, but has also contributed in a large part to our current anemic economic state.

Is Mexico a threat to the U.S.? Sure, but probably not through a legitimate trade war. The real threat from a country that finds itself under siege from drug and crime lords is not that it will all of a sudden start exporting cheaper fruit. The danger biggest encroaching danger from our neighbor to the south is that as their economy continues to crumble, along with the rest of the worlds', their crime syndicates grow even stronger. The Mexican government is already having a heck of a time keeping order with the violence already spilling into the U.S. If anything a trade war with Mexico might just make us a little safer overall, at least in the short run.

China, however, is a completely different story. Our country is deeply indebted to China at the moment. If they call in all their markers, our markets will collapse. It is a double edged sword of sorts. On the one hand China was flourishing, their economy was growing, and this was accomplished by dominating the global markets by being able to produce products at much lower rates than anyone else could even come close to. The problem is that they over did it. When countries started switching their manufacturing to China, they lost jobs at home. More people, with less and less money meant that eventually the markets would go flat. Now the factories in China are feeling the crunch.

And the irony continues. India is now outraged that their economy is losing thousands of jobs to outsourcing. It seems that many of the call centers are now re-locating to Indonesia. To close the circle, some of these outsourced jobs are now coming back to the U.S. It seems people are getting desperate enough to take whatever jobs they can find.

Bottom line, to focus on any single threat is to miss the real danger. Trade wars are a part of doing business. There really is no one country that we need to fear, even China, as long as we insist on a level playing field. China imposes tariffs, we can do the same. The world needs the American market place to thrive. Why else would they continue to offer us credit long after we have proven our inability to pay our bills? Reign in the corruption and greed at the helm of corporate America, and we should be able to compete again on the global stage.


Kyle Pesonen - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article

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Do Mexican Drug Cartels Pose a Serious Threat to American Security?

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Is A Trade War With Mexico Imminent?: Right of Center View

A storm is coming and the American people are in its path. Mexico is not happy that Americans are pushing for Mexican truck drivers being required to follow the same rules and live under the same standards as their American counterparts. They are threatening trade retaliation and make no mistake they are not bluffing. They will not hesitate to damage our economy in order to protect their unfettered access inside our borders.

What many people donít realize is that the unfettered access they are fighting for has already been going on for a while and there are dark forces using it to hurt Americans while making the drug cartels in Mexico richer and more powerful. The trucks that are driving unchecked across our borders have allowed the trade in drugs and weapons to achieve a level previously unknown in American history. The river of steel flowing into Mexico is arming the cartels and turning them from mere criminals to an army of evil. Our guns and our dollars are flowing over the border in the same trucks we invited into America under NAFTA supposedly to promote legitimate trade.

While some are concerned with a trade war in the conventional sense it is the business that the threatened trade war is protecting that we should truly be in fear of. Mexico is one of our major trading partners and can do damage to our economy through limiting legitimate trade but the damage they can do by creating a generation of addicts and criminals in American cities is the real danger to America. Our children are being corrupted by these drugs and lured into the gangs that distribute them with the promise of fast money. The cartels control elements within the Mexican government and are using every bit of influence they have to make sure they can sell their drugs in America and use the money to buy guns here and ship them back there.

Mexican drug gangs are not just on the borders of America either. They are in our cities all over the country. Those gangs and their business is what Mexico is trying to protect when they threaten trade sanctions if we try to clamp down on their drivers and trucks coming into the United States. They seem to think they are above the law in the U.S.

The even worse part of all this is that the safety record for their drivers in the U.S. is horrible and they have basically no emissions standards for their trucks relative to the U.S. So not only are they driving drugs in and guns out they are doing it with smog machines driven by unsafe truckers. Personally, I say let them cut off trade. We would all be safer for it and we can cut them off too. Have fun making flour tortillas with no wheat.

Tony M. - California | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article

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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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