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Trump keeps threatening companies

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dallas, TX
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    If Barack Obama threatened individual companies and whole industries like Trump, Conservatives would've called it Marxist-Socialism. Out of Trump's mouth, they call it "populism."

    washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12...

    The Progressive Democratic response should be that tariffs and taxes are a terrible way to regulate corporate behavior. You have to do that on a more fundamental level, i.e. corporate and business law and regulatory policies.

    Government's job is to support a booming economic expansion through fiscal policy, such that a U.S. company that offshores jobs actually helps make things more efficient for us all. If we have too many jobs and some are not getting done, it's not a problem if a company finds foreign based labor to do some of that work for us. Indeed, it's a benefit: we get to consume more stuff. It's the federal government's responsibility to make sure those type of business conditions prevail. It's the federal government's job is to make sure full employment and price stability prevails in the economy. Net-Imports are a massive aid to price stability with full employment. And the best way to achieve full employment is through a federal job guarantee or employer of last resort the likes of which Democrats supported in the 1970s.

    See the 1972 and 1976 Democratic Party Platforms:

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  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Carlitos, You are talking to the "brick wall" Trump wants to built; sorry to say this is like they say in Dutch: "Giving mustard after the meal is finished" You should know by now that Trump is impulsive and wants it his way; I think we should let him, so he falls on his flat face soon, so we can impeach him.
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    Trump behaves like a dictator. If he doesn't like someone, he'll put him(her) into jail. He accepts election results 'if I win', otherwise..... Why he is so arrogant and arbitrary? Because he is the candidate of the FBI. That's their culture - lawlessness. He is a full reflect picture of it.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Weeks of being disillusioned. I am about to try to not care as much. I get frustrated every single day because I voted for Hillary and thought she belonged to a party. These days the Democratic party appears on a milk carton. If you have seen this party, please call _ _ _ _.... They were dysfunctional for a long while and now they realize how small of a shadow they cast.

    Today our fine president spoke about the Russian hacking. It was just pitiful as he mentioned how they in essence, took us behind the barn and kicked our ass. He went on to make an entirely worthless, hollow threat. "Don't forget, there's still things we can do to you" he said in his statement. It was sad because I want to believe him but don't. Our president won't dirty his hands because he's counting the days.

    If you see my party let me know. Elizabeth Warren seems to make the occasional idle threat but our party is a weak ineffective minority who will solicit a donation but won't endeavor to earn it.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    The sanctions currently on Russia were put there by Obama as punishment for Russia's actions in the eastern Ukraine. They are hurting the Russian economy (but not Putin personally). Obama could extend sanctions even further. Or one other option would be to reveal details of Putin's wealth holding estimated at some $85 billion all acquired after he became Prime Minister and making him the richest man in the world. However it might prove difficult to disseminate that info into Russia as Putin controls the media and can block the internet.

    I expect that Obama will recommend additional sanctions, but if they are executive actions then the new President Trump can undo those sanctions (as well as the existing sanctions) with a stroke of a pen. It may be that Obama will keep the pressure up with sanctions and/or other unknown actions, and if Trump lifts all new and old sanctions it will certainly raise more eyebrows amongst some Republicans who up until now have supported him.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    TJ, You are wondering where the party is. At the beginning of the campaign when Hillary said everything is fine just a little fine tuning you didn't disagree with her. Is that your position that everything is fine. Trump is a problem because he might mess up a good thing? You mention Warren, is that just so she will work against Trump?

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Somewhat related to the topic is the Global Value Chain. Using the Apple iPhone as an example, value is added in several steps along the way in different countries starting with the design in America. However, the way imports are officially calculated the final import of the phone back to the USA shows the full value of the phone as assembled in China. That distorts our import/export balance.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Schmidt, does it really matter?? Looking at what Trump has in mind the whole apple cart will crash anyway. My guess is the whole world is now already "off balance" look at Europe the Middle east, China does not like us anymore; Trumps appointments of Kremlin lovers etc. So certainly your "value chain" will be effected.