Free Trade Protectionism

Free Trade for the the World

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When I drive by the Exon Mobile station and I see Gas is still hovering just under $4.00 a gallon I have to wonder if all this Free Trade is really so free. I feel it at the pump and in the grocery store. It would seem the war on the middle east wasn't paid for because of Bush Tax Cuts. The price is being paid for by a series of successive flat taxes across the commodities sectors driving both grocery and gas prices up. I remember not too long ago in the past when gasoline was $.98 a gallon. I use to have to drive to Georgia to get it that cheap but I still could. Filling up the car use to cost a small fraction of your salary and you barely noticed it. Now it is almost a $100 to fill your car. I also have other questions about the the plausibility of there truly being an oil crisis for which there is such a high demand for oil to the pre ported price of $4.00 a gallon but instead believe it to be it to be a successive flat taxation on America's poorest individuals. It isn't like Oprah feels the pinch at the pump. If this theory of a successive flat taxation on gasoline is correct then why is Free Tradecalled Free when in fact it serves to enslave the very people it is suppose to support?

Everyone in the world is America's friend and ally and yet we have to pay such a high price at the pump. It makes me wonder what kind of friendships and Allys we have? Is really such a bad thing or is it a natural end to a very vicious cycle?

Who really benefits from free trade? Is it Russia, India, China, Middle East, Britain? Who are the beneficiaries of all the "Free" when so many are just struggling to put gas in the car, to search for jobs, and to put food on the dinner table? Is it Hollywood?

If Iraq is stable then why is gasoline so expensive? It doesn't make sense does it?

I hate to ask so much of my readers but there is the real inflation you feel everyday and then the absence of any real substantive answer. Did we bounce out of a depression and into an inflationary recession again? How is that any kind of recovery for the "General Wealthfare" of the People of the United States of America? I want to be equally critical of all administrations. How much influence does Middle Eastern Oil have in our Federal Government?

When I was a child I was taught to sail and as a sailor I had to know how long things stayed fresh without refrigeration. An example would be a hard boiled egg is good for a month at room temperature. I must report I never ate a month old egg. A lemon lasts quite a long time as well. But when I purchase lemons now they are rotten within days and this is Florida and we grow citrus. Nothing is fresh anymore and nothing is home grown at least from a dietary standard anymore. We have always conducted trade with South America and I like South America but it would seem all the produce I buy is from Chile. Why don't we have produce from America which would most certainly be less expensive than shipping it from South America? Since I can't buy anything fresh why are all these migrant workers here without papers and visa, illegally to "do the back breaking work I refuse to do?" according to both administrations. How can you support migrant workers when in fact we don't have farms here anymore? Cheap labor but at a horrific social/economical toll on America Society and what was a positive relationship between the Americas has become tense. It is as if all the think tankers in DC just want to use every drop of oil left and I don't buy that oil is running out. I think that is another scare tactic to raise the price of oil which Hollywood should be ashamed.

I really can't report to you who is responsible for this mess and I think we are long past the finger pointing game and we must move on to more reasonable answers. So let us begin.

First and foremost is the theory of less consumption. Every last Migrant has to stop consuming native resources including but not limited to education, emergency services, health care, welfare. Again I am pro-migration but the cost off illegal immigrants far exceeds the cost of all the social programs combined. We are an immigrant nation but we must face the reality we just can't continue to pay for cheap labor business which no longer exist like farmers unless everyone benefits. Paying for cheap/illegal labor makes American labor more expensive and pushes the social economic costs on to the citizens of the coutnry. Disspell the myth of cheap labor as it harms everyone. There is no other country in the world that gives its riches away to illegal migrants. Legal work visas are worth the wait and a regard for the citizens well being of the country you wish to work in goes a long way to succession in that country as your children will be citizens of the country which you sought a legal work permit.

Second, we can readily and easily run our cars on compressed propane. It is done in Sweden and it is also done in Australia. As a country we have more than enough natural gas to last for the next 100 years. Propane burns clean and is therefore green. Although I haven't heard reports I suspect Vermont is using Methane. The smell isn't so nice but I bet they aren't suffering like the rest of us.

And if compressed propane tanks offend your delicate sensibilities, Mount McKinley is always open as a third suggestion. Mount McKinley, in Alaska, is rich with Oil and it is the USA..

Fourth, I'd suggest you have a heart to heart with everyone who claims to represent you. You need the face time and Washington DC needs to be put on notice that we are exceptionally tired of being taxed to death in the name of Free Trade. Because Free Trade is driving inflation and we need some protectionism from the global economy. It is ridiculous we should even be forced to be bothered with what happens on the other side of the globe while our brethren are unemployed, jobless, homeless and enslaved. Or to have to fight for resource of your native country with someone that doesn't have a legal status within that same country or a reverence for the people who are followed the laws.

I can only think of a time when things were so dire and bleak in American History and that is when President Taft was in office and there was a picture of three or four very skinny men sitting in his gigantic bath tube. We fought World war I and World War II after that and I believe those to be trade wars. Actually I consider WWI and WWII to be the same trade war but just a continuation. So I understand the reluctance for protectionism and yet it is our only salvation.

There could be an argument that the government is forcing prices to stay high so we don't fall into a deflationary recession but the government can't suspend gravity for very much longer. The natural course of an economical cycle has to be fully played out before any recovery can actually take place. What is so bad about protectionism when it helps keep you employed, able to get to work and put groceries on the table? When did protectionism become such a bad word?

I think in these times of great strife we need to ask the really hard questions of ourselves and of our government. If we, as a country, can't ask the hard questions then doesn't that make us even more vulnerable than we are. I don't know but when we have a country in distress and parents worried about putting food on the table for their children, having a home and being employed, I find the argument that Free Trade is great for our country implausible because it sacrifices the "The General Welfare" clause of the constitution for which this country was founded.

Bring back the Constitution, bring on protectism and end free trade now.



Free Trade Beneficiaries

Which Country do you believe benefits the most from Free Trade?

  • Britain
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Nigeria
  • China
  • India
  • Russia
  • Brazil
  • United States
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Alternative Energy

Would you be opposed to using Propane as an alternative fuel source?

  • Yes
  • No
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Economics

Do you feel the inflation in your daily life?

  • Yes
  • No
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Mount McKinley

Would you be opposed to the govenrment opening Mount McKinley to lower gasoline prices and succeed Middle Eastern Oil influences?

  • Yes
  • No
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Migration and Illegal Immigration

Do you believe citizens of the USA should have to fight over resources given to illegal and migrant workers?

  • Yes
  • No
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Work Visas

Do you believe the USA should suspend all work visas until all USA citizens are lawfully employed.

  • Yes
  • No
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Legalization

Do you believe there is a justification for illegal immigranst when so many citizens are unemployed?

  • Yes
  • No
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Politicians

Do you think your politicains represents your interests?

  • Yes
  • No
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OPEC Influence on US Policy

How Much Influence do you Believe OPEC has on USA Domestic Policy?

  • Alot
  • None
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OPEC's Influence on US Foreign Policy

How Much Influence does OPEC have on US Foreign POlicy?

  • Too Much
  • None at All
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Hard Questions of Your Government

Can you ask the hard questions of your government?

  • Yes
  • No
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Government's Objective

Who does your government work for?

  • Free Trade Interets
  • You
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In Closing

I would like to say in closing, I only rent ideas and I am not radical to any of this and there were no migrants hurt or exploited during this practice. Ask the Dusk Bowl how well Free Trade is working and I believe you will agree it is time for a coordinated strategical withdrawal from failing US policies towards "General Welfare" issues and protectionism is a euphemism for isolationism which worked quite well for us before WWII.

Two Years Later The President Addresses This Problem

And Still Yet?

So Protectionism Begins In the Form of Trade Sanctions

Updated and Revised!

I initially wrote this article in 2011 and I can tell you it did not receive rave reviews. It was ahead of its' time as many things I write. Gas prices have no come down and Americans along with the rest of the world is worse off.

What I did not explain fully is once we start sanctioning trade it is a prelude to war. It will not just be a small war either but a massive world war. I recently spoke with a friend from anothercountry who is quite wise and he explained that America is collapsing as an empire. Funny, I thought that has been the state of the union since my existence. Historically these world trade agreements always lead to world wars. It is inevitable. People, by nature, are just too greedy. Our leaders are worse. I have never seen such a corrupt government in my entire life and I lived through the Nixon years. The only message we can send to Congress is they are out if a job as long as they work on behalf of international conglomerates and not the American People.

We are closer now to world war then we have been under any other President in the last thirty years. War by definition is when old men send young men/women to die for their profit.

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CHRIS57 5 years ago from Northern Germany

The US has always been thinking, it was a planet of its own, selfcontained, producing and consuming withing the borders of the country. The US always considered themselves to be on high ground, be better off than all others, be "Gods blessed country".

Because of this general understanding no real necessity was seen in creating an economic and trade policy. The only policy was: there is no policy. And the world interprets this to be free trade.

Today the US is almost helpless in a world of economic predators. First there are few companies at the technology cutting edge, few Boeings, Apples, Intels, Microsofts. Second there is no real understanding for energy efficiency, leaving the US twice as vulnerable to oil price rollercoasting than it peer industrial economies.

You placed a question in your hub, which country benefits most from free trade. My choice is not on your list: Germany as an example for economies who do have a strategic economic policy that is depending directly on free trade .


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

And yet, Germany's economy collapsed after WWI and we had to reconstruct Germany after WWII. Too bad our Country didn't learn the lessons of Germany a century ago.

I speak to people who live in Germany and there is this sense that times aren't good there now either. Germans are struggling to maintain employment and many of them are moving here for work.

The question was which country benefits most from free trade not which country has a free trade system. I wish you would have taken the other polls, but thank you for your response. I enjoyed reading it.


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CHRIS57 5 years ago from Northern Germany

JT - so i tried to answer some your polling.

Free trade has something to do with international markets. So if oil price is high in the US, it is the same price in Russia or in China, Japan, you name it. Oil price has nothing to do with domestic production or exploring new domestic oil reserves.

Just had business in Russia, a country you can say a lot about but certainly not that it produces less oil than it consumes. Guess what gas prices were? Same as in the US.

While i remember my dad filling up the car for 18 cent/gallon in the early 70ties, today i don´t even mind paying 9 bucks/gallon. I live in Europe, in Germany now. I am used to focuse on energy efficiency. My 2 ton luxury van runs at better than 40 mpg, could continue with housing, public transport...

Economic policy over here is quite clear, 1. tax domestic consumption, 2. but do not tax imports in general, because with a little value added those imports may be turned into exports. 3. Have a long term strategic perspective, regardless of political flavour. 4. Understand your position in a world economy, 5. Try to spend only of what you earned, pursue austerity, fix the roof when the sun is shining.

So in one short sentence: take control, define where to go but not how to go. And definitely not: "laissez faire".


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Yes, I think I have explained how to get there through the use of Natural Oil and for the USA to exit free trade markets. If you live in Germany than you know Europe has stronger info structure and public transportation than the USA. So you don't have to pay the $9 a gallon when you have public transportaion available and still yet I speak to Germans who are exceptionally concerned about there economy and are terribly worried that Free Marekts will collapse German prosperity.

So:

1. Europe has been getting subsides for Oil from Iran which is not a well known fact but still yet it is a fact.

For the USA in an Inflationary recession it is absoluetly bad policy to flat tax because it drives inflation. Oil is taxed in the USA entirely.

2. Import and then exporting doesn't drive GDP when the cost of oil is factored into what the shipping costs. Poor products exceedingly expensive is all that makes it to market.

3. Long term strategic policy is to focus on domestic issues and that has nothing to do with political flavuor. I could have easily written the article the other way arguing for more Free Trade and been paid well. I am asking the hard question of whether free trade is really worth it and it is really free.

4. I don't know what my place is in the world economy. I have traveled it and I have found many places with good people that have varying opinions and I respected each of them. One country would have us one way and another another way. So depending onwhere you sit in the world is were the USA position is perceieved in the World Economy.

5. Only spend what I earn it rather a rich comment coming from someone living on the EU. Pursue ausertiy? ISn't that what we are all doing so much so predators are amongst us? And sorry if the sun hasn't shined in the last ten years on oil prices. So we need to fix it now.

The means the outcomes are od equal importance in this society. I have read a lot fo German philosphers and that a saint is only a sinner with hope but things are a bit different here in the USA.

Kind of hard to set objectives when your stomach is empty and you can't afford the fuel for the logistics of getting there. Americans are more well planned out but as a German who does business with Russia you should be well aware of this.

Thank you for attempting to take the polls. Just so you know I did have Germany in there but in the last minute decided to exchange it for South Korea.

Although I love France, I definetly don't have a laissez faire attitude I am just open to being wrong in anything I assert because what I blog is just one side of my thinking. I see all sides to equations. I am waiting to find that spirited indivdiual who submits the counter arguments like you have and I appreciate your perspective.


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CHRIS57 5 years ago from Northern Germany

JT - my comment notes were not referring to you personally. I was commenting on political strategies (or the lack of ) that lead to free trade benefits (or drawbacks).

Though believing in free trade in general, it is my opinion, that the US cannot afford free trade any more. Lax economic policies for decades (laissez faire) opened the US to be an export playground for aggressive economies.

America does not deserve that. But instead of fighting there is only lamenting and internal quarrel. As long as the US generously allows itself elections all 2 years (pres.- congress - pres.) there is no mutual strategic policy development possible.

I could go on and on.. it is actually a sad story.


JT Walters 5 years ago

I didn't take it personal but you are right about the election cycles butit is much worse than imagined as corporation which are global are the puppet master's of our elected officials.

It is a sad story but in the land of opportunity there is a renewed sens fo purpose. And I would submit to you that the average US citizen is wiser, less trusting of public officials and disgusted with the decadency with which our government lives.

There is the ability nto get mutula strategic policy development between German and the USA. You just have to know how to go about it. Before there was Free Trade Germany and the USA shared very good relations.

In the 80(s), the German wall was still up and still yet a pair of Levi Strauss jeans would sell for $75 USD a pair. I always like to leave the door open for opportunity between our countries.


JT Walters 5 years ago

Sorry for all the typos in previosu email. It was Levi Strauss Jeans I sold for $75 USD and they were sold to Russians before the Berlin Wall Fell. I wrote another blog on the comparison between the US when in 1989 when we wanted free trade and now when we have a fence up on the USA/Mexico Border.

It is hard for me to imagine my country as not open and free.


Multiman 5 years ago

Awesome voted up the question you raised and their answers are ones upon which former revolutions took place.


Jt Walters 5 years ago

Thank you for your kinds words. I am humbled when I read your talented hubs and you inspire me to be a better hubber. Thank yoj for taking the time to read, comment and provide feedback.

It is all greatly appreciated.

JT


Rica 23 months ago

there’s a limit to what the ECB can do and it’s up to governments to solve the reogin’s debt crisis.“It is important to stress that the ECB’s mandate only extends so far,” Draghi said. “There are clear limits to what monetary policy can and should aim to achieve. We cannot repair unsound budgets. We cannot clean up struggling banks. We cannot solve deep-rooted problems in the structure of Europe’s economies.”


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JT Walters 3 months ago from Florida Author

Agreed.

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