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« on: March 16, 2017, 07:02:07 am »

Socialism Sucked the Life Out of it's People They need a Trump




10 BIGGEST SIGNS OF SOCIALISM'S FAILURE IN VENEZUELA
Food shortages, power outages, pet-eating and more


Holding back mobs in Caracas, Venezuela
For the past few years, Venezuela has been sliding toward the abyss. Now, with the South American nation teetering on the brink of a full-scale rebellion against President Nicolas Maduro, it’s worth examining how the socialist policies of Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez led Venezuela to the edge of national collapse.

Here are the 10 leading indicators that socialism has failed in Venezuela.

10) Prices have skyrocketed.

Hyperinflation has led to a spike in consumer prices on some items between 14,000 percent and 19,000 percent in four years. In February, President Maduro raised fuel prices by more than 6,000 percent to try to cover Venezuela’s next debt payment.

9) The economy is getting smaller.

Despite having the biggest proven oil reserves in the world, Venezuela’s economy contracted by 5.7 percent in 2015 and is expected to contract by an additional 8 percent this year. Government-imposed price controls take away the incentive for domestic manufacturers to make and sell anything besides oil. Therefore, Venezuela imports almost everything.

Cool Venezuela is buying oil from the United States.

Venezuela has long been one of the world’s leading oil exporters. However, the government has come to rely too heavily on the industry, as oil accounts for half of the Venezuelan government’s revenues. Falling global oil prices have dramatically slashed oil revenues, and the economy has not been nimble enough to make up for the losses elsewhere. Venezuela’s state oil company is struggling to pay its debts and has stopped providing its workers with new boots, gloves and helmets. The company pays its workers so little they can barely afford to eat.

So the government has been forced to turn to the hated United States for help. Earlier this year, the U.S. began shipping more than 50,000 barrels a day of light crude to Venezuela.

7) Dirt-cheap electricity prices have led to power shortages.

Power shortages have been a recurring problem in Venezuela over the past 17 years of socialist rule. Lately the regime has taken drastic measures to conserve electricity. Earlier this year, Maduro granted the entire country an extra three days off from work at Easter. Then he proclaimed every Friday in April and May a holiday for public employees to cut power usage in federal office buildings. In February, the government ordered hundreds of shopping malls to go without electricity from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. He also encouraged women to stop using hairdryers. In May the regime shifted the country’s time zone forward 30 minutes to reduce electricity usage in the evenings.

As William Murray, author of “Utopian Road to Hell: Enslaving America and the World with Central Planning,” has noted, the Venezuelan government fixed the official price of electricity at 3 cents per kilowatt hour, whereas it costs about 10 cents per kilowatt hour in the United States. And while the official rate is 3 cents, Murray said most Venezuelans pay only about half a cent for it. The problem is that electricity cannot be delivered for half a cent, so the artificially low price leads to demand that is greater than supply.

6) The government has introduced forced labor in the fields.

To combat severe food shortages, Maduro signed a decree in July giving his labor ministry the power to require any public or private sector worker with “enough physical capabilities and technical know-how” to work in the country’s fields for either 60 or 120 days.

5) Food, medicine and common household items such as toilet paper are in short supply.

Some Venezuelans have spent 12 hours waiting in line outside the supermarket for food, only to find they were not able to buy what they wanted. Hungry crowds have shouted, “We want to buy stuff!” When a BBC journalist tried to film the long lines, Venezuelan soldiers forced him to delete his footage.

Meanwhile, a lack of clean water has led to a rise in stomach illnesses and skin problems around the country, but doctors do not have the medicines they need to treat all their patients.

Maduro responded to the shortages not by adopting free market reforms, but by putting the military in charge of distribution. The Great Mission of Sovereign Supplying, as the initiative was called, also tasked the military with oversight of the nation’s ports to monitor donations of food and medical supplies from overseas.

4) The country is too broke to pay for its own money.

The Maduro regime managed to turn inflation into hyperinflation. Venezuela had a 63 percent inflation rate in 2014, at which time the regime more than doubled the supply of paper bolivars. Inflation promptly skyrocketed to 275 percent and was expected to surge to 720 percent by the end of this year. It’s the highest inflation rate in the world.

The Venezuelan central bank’s own printing presses didn’t have enough security paper or metal to print more than a small portion of the money the government ordered, so they flew in dozens of cargo planes full of bolivars printed abroad. However, Venezuela did not have enough U.S. dollars with which to pay the printing companies for all the new bolivars, leading to an awkward situation in which Venezuela couldn’t pay for its own money.

3) People are eating garbage to survive.

It’s the sad reality of life in a country with a floundering economy and a severe food shortage. A recent study found a stunning 15 percent of Venezuelans say they can feed themselves only with “food waste discarded by commercial establishments.” The same study found almost half of Venezuelans had been forced to take time off work to search for food, while more than half had gone to bed hungry. Three-fourths said they were unable to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.

2) People are eating dogs, cats and pigeons.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Mobs of hungry Venezuelans have looted grocery stores, stealing the food they desperately crave. Some have even resorted to hunting animals such as dogs, cats and pigeons to avoid starvation.

1) Venezuelans are eating each other.

Venezuelan prisoners, anyway. Earlier this month, Juan Carlos Herrera told local media his 25-year-old son and two other prisoners were seized by 40 people, stabbed, hanged to bleed, butchered and fed to other detainees.

The gruesome scene occurred during a month-long mutiny that began when prisoners protested overcrowded conditions in the Tachira Detention Center. There have been roughly 200 prison riots in Venezuela this year alone, with rising poverty and chronic food shortages putting prisoners on edge.

Socialism doesn’t work in Venezuela, and it doesn’t work in the Nordic countries either.


Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/10/10-biggest-signs-of-socialisms-failure-in-venezuela/#BZhbzM8v3yOT7F8c.99




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Doesn't seem that long ago that Chavez was trying to make a fool of America by donating fuel to poor Americans....
....now we see the real benefits of socialism in action...Venezuela is a failed state ....
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from The Washington Post....

Scientists are about to change what a kilogram is. That's massive.

How a criminal mastermind could “set the whole world's system of mass into disarray”.

By SARAH KAPLAN | 7:00AM EDT - Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The NIST-4 Kibble balance. The instrument was used to calculate Planck's constant, an important step toward redefining the kilogram. — Photograph: Jennifer Lauren Lee/NIST-PML.
The NIST-4 Kibble balance. The instrument was used to calculate Planck's constant, an important step toward redefining the kilogram.
 — Photograph: Jennifer Lauren Lee/NIST-PML.


IF John Pratt were an international criminal mastermind, he would fly to Paris, don an all-black suit and ski mask and sneak into the elegant French baroque building that serves as headquarters for the Bureau International des Poids et Measures.

His mission: “To set the whole world's system of mass into disarray,” Pratt said. “This is my dastardly plan.”

In this hypothetical scenario, Pratt slips past the security guards, disables the alarm system and picks the lock on a temperature-controlled, airtight safe deep in the bowels of the BIPM. Inside, he finds his target: a small, platinum and iridium cylinder weighing exactly one kilogram. It's the kilogram, crafted in 1889 to serve as the single standard by which all other kilograms are measured. People call it “le grand K”.

“I'd take out a nail file, and I'd scratch a little bit off,” Pratt said. Then he'd slip back into the night. “And the next time they take the thing out” (to test the accuracy of the world's other kilograms) “everything else will be wrong.”

But Pratt is not a criminal mastermind. He's a public servant, the chief of quantum measurement at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which oversees weights and measures in the United States. And he doesn't want to tamper with the global system of mass. He wants to revolutionize it.

Pratt and his colleagues at NIST are part of an international effort to redefine the kilogram based on a fundamental universal constant — a physical quantity in nature, like the speed of light or the electric charge of a proton, that never changes regardless of when and where you are. And on Friday, the NIST team got their most precise measurement ever for this constant.

“It's not obvious that it's a big deal, but it’s a big deal,” Pratt said. With this new measurement, “we could switch from a 19th-century definition of mass to a more 21st- or 22nd-century definition of mass. We could get it based on an idea more than an object. And that's just beautiful, and I'm proud of our species for getting to this place.”

Here's the problem with the current standard kilogram: It's losing weight. It now is ever-so-slightly lighter than the once-identical “witness” cylinders stored in labs around the world. Scientists don't know whether the BIPM prototype is losing mass, perhaps because of loss of impurities in the metals, or if the witnesses are gaining mass by accumulating contaminants.

Either way, the whole thing is a “huge inconvenience,” Pratt said. Several years ago, NIST had to reissue certificates for its kilograms because they were 45 micrograms off the French prototype — about the weight of an eyelash. This meant that companies that produce weights based on the NIST standards had to re-issue their own weights, and they were not happy about it. Lawmakers were called. NIST was accused of being incompetent. In the end, it turned out that the problem stemmed from le grand K, not NIST.

If that seems like a lot of uproar over an infinitesimal change in the mass of an object, consider this: The effectiveness of filters on diesel engines is determined by measuring the mass of the soot they capture — in micrograms.

“There's a lot that rides on these sorts of things that people take for granted,” Pratt said. “Like breathing.”

Scientists agree it's long past time to retire le grand K. Using this 19th-century technology for 21st-century physics is like trying to get to Mars on a rocket powered by a steam engine. It just isn't going to work.

So in 2014, at the quadrennial General Conference on Weights and Measures (yep, that's a thing), the scientific community resolved to redefine the kilogram based on Planck's constant, a value from quantum mechanics that describes the packets energy comes in. If physicists could get a good enough measure of Planck's constant, the committee would calculate a kilogram from that value.

“But it's a very difficult constant to measure,” Pratt said. He would know: He and his colleagues at NIST have spent much of the past few years trying to come up with a number accurate and precise enough to please the finicky physics community.

They're using a tool called a Kibble balance. Instead of balancing the scale with weights, Pratt and his colleagues use electromagnetism. An electrical current is sent through a coiled wire, generating a magnetic field that creates the upward force needed to balance the scale. Scientists can figure out the strength of that field by pulling on the coil. If you know the voltage, the current and the velocity at which the coil was pulled, you can calculate the Planck constant with extreme precision.

On June 30th, the day before the deadline to submit a value to the weights and measures committee, the team at NIST was finally ready to release its result. Based on 16 months' worth of measurements, it calculated Planck's constant to be 6.626069934 x 10−34 kg∙m2/s.

Don't be alarmed by this small, strange number. The most important thing about the NIST measurement isn't so much the number (though that's also a big deal) as the uncertainty: just 13 parts per billion. This means that the NIST scientists think their measurement of Planck's constant is within 0.0000013 percent of the correct number.

When the International Committee for Weights and Measures announced that it would reconsider the kilogram definition, it said it would require three measurements with uncertainties below 50 parts per billion, and one below 20 ppb. But with the new NIST measurement, the world now has at least three experiments below 20 ppb — another was conducted by a Canadian team using a Kibble balance, the third by an international group that calculates the Planck constant based on the number of atoms in a sphere of pure silicon.

The weights and measures committee will meet this month to establish a global value for Planck's constant by averaging the values calculated at NIST and other labs. And in 2018, at the next General Conference on Weights and Measures, the scientific community will draft a resolution to redefine kilogram based on this constant.

“I can't stress enough how impressed I am at humanity for being able to pull this stuff off,” Pratt said.

We're lucky Pratt decided to use his powers for good instead of evil. These are weighty matters.


• Sarah Kaplan is a reporter for Speaking of Science at The Washington Post.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/07/05/scientists-are-about-to-change-what-a-kilogram-is-thats-massive
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2017, 03:44:07 pm »

Yes, I agree, you are very hard pressed to find any positive (factual) reports about socialism working....so you should just post any other crap instead🙄
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2017, 03:06:53 am »

Socialism leads to Totalitarianism as surely as eggs lead to chickens.
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Yeah...saw this coming😒

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Benefit sanctions will be lifted, the poorest taxed less and the richest more, while a Green Party in Government would also seek to raise all benefits by 20 per cent.

In a bold new policy launch, Greens co-leader Metiria Turei has also revealed she lied to her case workers when she was a solo mum, studying a law degree, while collecting the Domestic Purposes Benefit.

Speaking to a fervent core base of party faithful, Turei told the conference of her parents' struggle to find work and her own battle as a mum on the DPB, lying to the state about how many people were living in her house.

Her experiences have shaped the party's welfare policy, dubbed "mending the safety net", which will likely prove controversial and draw an ideological line in the sand over the presence of the welfare state.


The $1.4 billion policy would provide a suite of major changes that would effectively dismantle the Government's welfare reforms introduced in 2012, that placed obligations for beneficiaries to prove they were looking for work, not taking drugs, and showing up for appointments and courses.

The Greens policy would lift nearly all penalties and obligations for beneficiaries, raise the amount they were receiving and keep the tap running for as long as they needed.

"Our plan will lift people out of poverty, and guarantee a basic liveable income for anyone working or on a benefit," Turei said.

"We believe that poverty should never be used as a weapon, especially when children are involved.

"Our plan to mend the safety net will ensure that all families in New Zealand can afford to put food on the table, keep a roof over their head and pay their power bill."

The Greens would change the Working for Families "in-work tax credit" to a Children's Payment that goes to all families who currently qualified for it. The current qualification thresholds would not be changed.

The poorest families could receive up to $72 a week extra as a result, on top of changes to tax thresholds and the minimum wage.

Those changes would include reducing the bottom tax rate from 10.5 per cent to 9 per cent for anyone earning less than $14,000, while anyone earning more than $150,000 per year will have their tax rate hiked from 33 per cent to 40 per cent - expected to generate about $605m in revenue.
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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2017, 01:34:05 pm »


Point the finger at Paula Bennett.

She had her snout stuck deep in the taxpayers' trough for years, yet look where she is now.

And she has never, ever offered to pay any of it back, 'cause she is an arrogant Nat.

So what is good enough for the goose is also good enough for the gander.

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from The Washington Post....

Daenerys Targaryen, here's some advice from political science
as you pursue the Iron Throne


It's going to take more than dragons…

By JOSHUA TUCKER | 12:05PM EDT - Saturday, July 15, 2017

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons, in “Game of Thrones”. — Photograph: Courtesy of HBO.
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons, in “Game of Thrones”. — Photograph: Courtesy of HBO.

SO you might have heard that Game of Thrones returns for Season 7 on HBO this Sunday. Season 6 ended with insurgent Daenerys Targaryen (the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, Khaleesi, Breaker of Chains, etc.) departing at long last for Westeros to take the Iron Throne.

Because political scientists know a thing or two about seizing power — and perhaps more important, keeping power once you have it — I asked a number of colleagues what lessons they could offer Daenerys. Below are lightly edited transcripts of their responses.


How should the Mother of Dragons seize power?

Andrew Lotz, University of Pittsburgh: The common advice about political success from throughout the Iron Kingdoms seems to be in line with Niccolò Machiavelli's suggestions in The Prince. Petyr Baelish and Roose Bolton live by this, and Tyrion will whisper these notions in your ears when you land in Westeros as well: Be cunning. Be manipulative. Be willing to defect. To act virtuously at all times is actually a vice. Look at Ned Stark's head on the wall for a reminder of these lessons.

But Machiavelli was playing the long game. Note that all his advice in “The Prince”, all that praise of being less than virtuous, was aimed solely at consolidating disparate states under one ruler. Some argue that these methods actually leave new rulers in fundamentally weak positions, which enable the people to more easily take control and rule via democratic (or at least popular) institutions. Perhaps that's what Machiavelli was intending all along when urging his Prince to these methods.

So if you're tempted by the methods of the Baelishes and Boltons of the world, keep in mind that that may simply be setting up your own eventual downfall.

Dan Slater, University of Michigan: Seizing the Iron Throne is one thing — and consolidating power is quite another. Politically, the trick is how to capture King's Landing without another Battle of the Blackwater.

The bad news is Cersei runs a highly personalistic regime, a dictatorship, if you will. Those tend to require violent removal, as we know especially from work by Barbara Geddes and her co-authors. Compounding matter, as Monika Nalepa's Skeletons in the Closet explains, Daenerys can't easily promise to give Cersei a safe retirement in Lannisport, so there doesn't seem to be much room to negotiate a peaceful exit.

The good news is that Jaime is a potential “soft-liner” — someone who might be willing to negotiate a brokered deal with the opposition — who just so happens to be the brother of Daenerys's own Hand, Tyrion. So Dany should certainly invite Jaime to parley with Tyrion, but she should not be very optimistic that Jaime would be willing to sell out Cersei (JT: especially given their history).

Additional Book to Read: Naunihal Singh's Seizing Power: The Strategic Logic of Military Coups (h/t to Ekaterina Schulmann).


How should the Khaleesi hold on to power?

Andrew Lotz, University of Pittsburgh: The voyage to Westeros is a long one, as you know, so some reading material might help. Check out “The Dictator's Handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith. It's approachable political science written a bit more for a general audience, but it still relies upon their research. I recommend it because I've seen your track record in trying to rule the various groups you've led. And as noble as your aims are in helping the commoners, you've got to stay focused on who really matters in a system.

When you get to Westeros, you're not going to have the luxury of defeating everyone militarily. Yes, I know you've got dragons. But there are some plucky and/or nasty folks waiting on those shores who can and will find ways to stop them.

You're going to have to think about the real selectorate — the coalition that needs to back you for you to stay in power. There are lots of people on Westeros, from the common beggars who may hail you as an old line of nobility to the influential power players scattered from cold north to desert south. No matter whether you decide on restoring some nobles or becoming a true champion of the people and running a monarchy through democracy, Bueno de Mesquita's advice is that it’s all the same: “Governments do not differ in kind. They [only] differ along the dimensions of their selectorates and winning coalitions.”

Whether you style yourself as hero or villain, conqueror or liberator, power is power and rule is rule. This book will remind you that systems run in the same paths time after time. You'll get cautionary tales of systems of rule gone wrong, as well as inspiration (of a macabre sort) of regimes that do manage to stay in power for a long time.

Jessica Trounstine, University of California at Merced: If Daenerys wants to keep her image as a leader for the people, she might consider democracy. But that's obviously risky. In Political Monopolies in American Cities, I lay out various strategies that local politicians used in the United States to capture power within a democratic system. They control flows of information (e.g., buying the newspaper), they secure votes (e.g., patronage), and they capture a majority of seats in the legislature (e.g., gerrymandering, malapportionment).

Ken Greene, University of Texas at Austin: Even if Daenerys chooses democracy, the challenge of the White Walkers makes the form of government a puzzle: Only a parliamentary form of government can probably generate the broad-based coalition needed to defeat the White Walkers, but perhaps only a presidential from of government can yield the decisive action necessary to do so.

Tom Pepinsky, Cornell: Regions of exception are trouble, so stay the f— away from Dorne.

Additional reading: My new book with Grigore Pop-Eleches, Communism's Shadow: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudes, because, like it or not, mass opinions are going to be influenced by the Lannisters' legacy long after Cersei is gone.


How should the Queen of Meereen handle mansplainers?

Olga Onuch, University of Manchester: Danaerys might want to supplement her political science with some good old feminist reading: say Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique or Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex. De Beauvoir in particular had to live with one of the worst mansplainers of all times in Jean-Paul Sartre; given what Daenerys probably has waiting for her in Westeros in this regard, I feel she could learn from the best.

JT: Special thanks to Andrew Lotz, an assistant dean in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, who teaches the course “Game of Thrones and Political Theory”, which explores the political questions and implications of George R.R. Martin's “A Song of Ice and Fire” series by pairing it with consideration of texts spanning the Wars of the Roses, Machiavelli, Montesquieu, Hannah Arendt and other topics. H/t to Kristin Kanthak for putting us in touch.

• Joshua Tucker is a Professor of Politics at New York University. He specializes in voting, partisanship, public opinion, and protest, as well as the relationship of social media usage to all of these forms of behavior, with a focus on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/07/15/daenerys-targaryen-heres-some-advice-from-political-science-as-you-pursue-the-iron-throne
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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2017, 01:44:05 pm »

Ktj......"She had her snout stuck deep in the taxpayers' trough for years"


....ahhhh....hang on .....you also have had your nose in the public trough for years.....being paid by the taxpayer, but only ever losing hundreds of millions of hard earned taxpayer dollars every year ...you are a career trougher😳

....have you ever had a real job😏

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HYPOCRITE!!


from The Washington Post....

White House unveils ‘Made in America’ week,
though many Trump products are made overseas


For this president, highlighting U.S.-made products is inconsistent with his practices as a
businessman. The Trump Organization has outsourced much of its product manufacturing
for years, relying on a global network of factories in a dozen countries.


By PHILIP RUCKER | 12:11PM EDT - Sunday, July 16, 2017

Donald Trump’s line of clothing and accessories is made in Bangladesh, China, Honduras and other low-wage countries. — Photograph: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post.
Donald Trump’s line of clothing and accessories is made in Bangladesh, China, Honduras and other low-wage countries.
 — Photograph: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post.


PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY — President Trump, whose company outsources the manufacturing of many of its products to overseas factories, is unveiling “Made in America” week at the White House to promote products made in the United States.

In keeping with the “America First” theme of Trump's inauguration, the administration will highlight U.S. manufacturing in the coming week, the latest of its theme weeks orchestrated by aides to bring discipline to the White House and focus Trump's schedule and message on a set of policies.

The week will begin on Monday with a “Made in America product showcase” featuring crafts and other items created in each of the 50 states. The president plans to issue a declaration on Wednesday and deliver remarks on the importance of making things in the United States. And on Saturday, Trump will travel to Norfolk to attend the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first in the Navy's new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

“This week the Trump administration will honor the amazing American workers and companies who have products that are made in America,” Helen Ferre, the White House's director of media affairs, told reporters at a briefing here on Sunday. She said America sets “the world standard for quality and craftsmanship.”

For Trump, highlighting U.S.-made products is inconsistent with his practices as a businessman. For years, the Trump Organization has outsourced much of its product manufacturing, relying on a global network of factories in a dozen countries — including Bangladesh, China and Mexico — to make its clothing, home decor pieces and other items.

Similarly, the clothing line of Ivanka Trump, the president's older daughter and a senior White House adviser, relies exclusively on foreign factories employing low-wage workers in countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia and China, according to a recent Washington Post investigation.

Asked at Sunday's briefing whether “Made in America” week would include a commitment from the Trump Organization or Ivanka Trump's company to make more of their products in the United States, Ferre told reporters, “We'll get back to you on that.”


This shirt in Donald Trump's clothing line was made in Bangladesh. — Photograph: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post.
This shirt in Donald Trump's clothing line was made in Bangladesh. — Photograph: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post.

The White House hopes “Made in America” week can draw attention to actions the administration has taken that officials believe help U.S. manufacturing or promote the interests of U.S. workers, such as withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, moving to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement or removing a series of environmental and other regulations.

“Made in America” week comes as the Trump administration is nearing decisions on a number of trade matters, including investigations by the Commerce Department on steel and aluminum. Asked whether the administration is considering import tariffs on products manufactured in other countries, a senior administration official briefing reporters here Sunday said, “At this stage, everything is on the table.”

Trump's advisers also hope that by highlighting U.S. manufacturing they can underscore the need to overhaul the nation's tax code, including substantially reducing the corporate tax rate. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn have been working with key lawmakers to develop a tax reform legislation, which they hope will advance on Capitol Hill in coming weeks.

The White House will continue with its theme weeks into August. July 24th will kick off “American Heroes” week, and July 31st will be the start of “American Dream” week, Ferre said, though she would not specify what policies would be trumpeted either week.


• Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief for The Washington Post. He previously has covered Congress, the Obama White House, and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. He joined The Post in 2005 as a local news reporter.

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Read more on this topic:

 • Fact Checker: How many Trump products were made overseas? Here's the complete list.

 • Ivanka Inc.: Her father urges companies to ‘buy American’, but her fashion line's practices collide with those principles.

 • Trump has profited from foreign labor he says is killing U.S. jobs

 • VIDEO: Trump promises ‘bold new steps’ for American workers

 • PHOTOGRAPH GALLERY: A look at President Trump's year in office, so far


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/07/16/white-house-unveils-made-in-america-week-though-many-trump-products-are-made-overseas



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Doesn't seem that long ago that Chavez was trying to make a fool of America by donating fuel to poor Americans....
....now we see the real benefits of socialism in action...Venezuela is a failed state ....
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from The Washington Post....

White House unveils ‘Made in America’ week,
though many Trump products are made overseas


For this president, highlighting U.S.-made products is inconsistent with his practices as a
businessman. The Trump Organization has outsourced much of its product manufacturing
for years, relying on a global network of factories in a dozen countries.


By PHILIP RUCKER | 12:11PM EDT - Sunday, July 16, 2017

Donald Trump’s line of clothing and accessories is made in Bangladesh, China, Honduras and other low-wage countries. — Photograph: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post.
Donald Trump’s line of clothing and accessories is made in Bangladesh, China, Honduras and other low-wage countries.
 — Photograph: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post.


PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY — President Trump, whose company outsources the manufacturing of many of its products to overseas factories, is unveiling “Made in America” week at the White House to promote products made in the United States.

In keeping with the “America First” theme of Trump's inauguration, the administration will highlight U.S. manufacturing in the coming week, the latest of its theme weeks orchestrated by aides to bring discipline to the White House and focus Trump's schedule and message on a set of policies.

The week will begin on Monday with a “Made in America product showcase” featuring crafts and other items created in each of the 50 states. The president plans to issue a declaration on Wednesday and deliver remarks on the importance of making things in the United States. And on Saturday, Trump will travel to Norfolk to attend the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first in the Navy's new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

“This week the Trump administration will honor the amazing American workers and companies who have products that are made in America,” Helen Ferre, the White House's director of media affairs, told reporters at a briefing here on Sunday. She said America sets “the world standard for quality and craftsmanship.”

For Trump, highlighting U.S.-made products is inconsistent with his practices as a businessman. For years, the Trump Organization has outsourced much of its product manufacturing, relying on a global network of factories in a dozen countries — including Bangladesh, China and Mexico — to make its clothing, home decor pieces and other items.

Similarly, the clothing line of Ivanka Trump, the president's older daughter and a senior White House adviser, relies exclusively on foreign factories employing low-wage workers in countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia and China, according to a recent Washington Post investigation.

Asked at Sunday's briefing whether “Made in America” week would include a commitment from the Trump Organization or Ivanka Trump's company to make more of their products in the United States, Ferre told reporters, “We'll get back to you on that.”


This shirt in Donald Trump's clothing line was made in Bangladesh. — Photograph: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post.
This shirt in Donald Trump's clothing line was made in Bangladesh. — Photograph: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post.

The White House hopes “Made in America” week can draw attention to actions the administration has taken that officials believe help U.S. manufacturing or promote the interests of U.S. workers, such as withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, moving to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement or removing a series of environmental and other regulations.

“Made in America” week comes as the Trump administration is nearing decisions on a number of trade matters, including investigations by the Commerce Department on steel and aluminum. Asked whether the administration is considering import tariffs on products manufactured in other countries, a senior administration official briefing reporters here Sunday said, “At this stage, everything is on the table.”

Trump's advisers also hope that by highlighting U.S. manufacturing they can underscore the need to overhaul the nation's tax code, including substantially reducing the corporate tax rate. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn have been working with key lawmakers to develop a tax reform legislation, which they hope will advance on Capitol Hill in coming weeks.

The White House will continue with its theme weeks into August. July 24th will kick off “American Heroes” week, and July 31st will be the start of “American Dream” week, Ferre said, though she would not specify what policies would be trumpeted either week.


• Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief for The Washington Post. He previously has covered Congress, the Obama White House, and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. He joined The Post in 2005 as a local news reporter.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/07/16/white-house-unveils-made-in-america-week-though-many-trump-products-are-made-overseas



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« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2017, 01:13:30 pm »

Mmm.....nice looking shirt....think l'll order a couple😉

...can you tell how many of Trump's  many American buildings were built in other countries😉

...have a nice day with your nose deep in the taxpayer trough.....sorry...what were you saying about hypocrisy?
.....mmmmm...taxpayer trough🤑😜
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« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2017, 02:09:01 pm »


Donald Trump is a LOSER!!

Six months as President of the USA and with a Republican majority in both Congress and the Senate, yet he hasn't managed to get a single piece of legislation covering his election promises passed into law.

No repeal or replacement for Obamacare.

No money from congress for his wall; and Mexico has told Trump to “go fuck himself!”

“I will make America great again!” said the Orange Goblin. Instead he has turned the country into an international laughing stock.

Remember the old Self Help advertisement from the 1960s?

“Self Help are CHEAPER, CHEAPER, CHEAPER!” accompanied by a crowing rooster.

I reckon somebody should make a 21st century version of that ad: “Donald Trump is a LOSER, LOSER, LOSER!”
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« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2017, 03:08:39 pm »

Ok, I get it....your reverting to the demented lefty defence.....multiple copy and paste posts on threads...a real kiwirail approach to a problem....easy to see why you are costing us hundreds of millions of hard earned taxpayer dollars every year.....🤑
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« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2017, 03:22:34 pm »


Donald Trump is a LOSER!!

Six months as President of the USA and with a Republican majority in both Congress and the Senate, yet he hasn't managed to get a single piece of legislation covering his election promises passed into law.

No repeal or replacement for Obamacare.

No money from congress for his wall; and Mexico has told Trump to “go fuck himself!”

“I will make America great again!” said the Orange Goblin. Instead he has turned the country into an international laughing stock.

Remember the old Self Help advertisement from the 1960s?

“Self Help are CHEAPER, CHEAPER, CHEAPER!” accompanied by a crowing rooster.

I reckon somebody should make a 21st century version of that ad: “Donald Trump is a LOSER, LOSER, LOSER!”

Hehehe....3½ more years of farce & comedy in the greatest entertainment show on the planet.
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« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2017, 01:33:33 am »

Ktj....."greatest entertainment show on the planet."

.....finally....we agree....enjoy....and if you are lucky...maybe an extra 4 years😜
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« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2017, 02:43:56 am »

...wow...socialism can turn into a dictatorship very quickly....let's never entertain of anything close to socialism in NZ😳


Venezuela seizes opposition leaders Lopez, Ledezma from homes

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As Venezuela's president celebrates victory over an election for a constituent assembly, other countries have come out to criticise the results and the process.

Venezuelan security officials seized two opposition leaders from their homes in overnight raids, their families said, in what critics of President Nicolas Maduro said was further evidence that he is leading a dictatorship.

Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma were both under house arrest, the former for his role in leading street protests against Maduro in 2014 and the latter on charges of plotting a coup.

Their apprehension on Tuesday comes a day after the United States slapped sanctions on unpopular leftist Maduro for a new legislative superbody, the constituent assembly, which was elected on Sunday (Monday NZ Time) in a vote boycotted by the opposition.

Venezuela's opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who had been granted house arrest after more than three years in jail.
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Venezuela's opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who had been granted house arrest after more than three years in jail.

The new assembly will have powers to rewrite the constitution and supersede other institutions, including the opposition-dominated congress.

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Supporters of Venezuela's opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.
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Supporters of Venezuela's opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

Both men had been urging protests against the vote, which they charged was rigged and a naked power grab by Maduro to avoid free and fair elections which he would lose.

"12:27 in the morning: the moment when the dictatorship kidnaps Leopoldo at my house," Lopez's wife Lilian Tintori tweeted, posting a video that appeared to show him being led into a vehicle emblazoned with the word Sebin, Venezuela's intelligence agency.

"Maduro's dictatorship is on the attack," said opposition lawmaker Yajaira Forero.

Antonio Ledezma was granted house arrest in 2015.
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Antonio Ledezma was granted house arrest in 2015.

Lopez had been holed up in the military jail of Ramo Verde until last month, when he was unexpectedly granted house arrest in what was then seen as a breakthrough in the country's political standoff.

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His lawyer, Juan Carlos Gutierrez, told local media there was no arrest warrant and that Lopez had fully complied with terms of his house arrest, which banned him from leaving his home and talking to media about his trial.

"They have kidnapped Leopoldo Lopez because he simply would not break under the pressures and false promises of the regime," wrote Freddy Guevara, a legislator from Lopez's Popular Will party.

BACK IN RAMO VERDE

Lopez's lawyer said he and Ledezma were both in Ramo Verde prison, a decrepit penitentiary next to a slum in Los Teques, about an hour's drive from the capital.

The men are both former mayors in Caracas and high-profile critics of Maduro. Lopez in particular has become the international face of Venezuela's opposition, which is calling for early elections to replace Maduro amid a brutal economic crisis that has food and medicines running short.

A video showed Ledezma, dressed in his pajamas, being dragged out of his building by what appeared to be security agents as a woman screamed "They're taking away Ledezma! Please neighbours! This is a dictatorship!"

Ledezma was granted house arrest in 2015.

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« Reply #18 on: August 02, 2017, 07:28:01 pm »

....Trump doing the right thing.....nice work.....from socialism to dictatorship in 2 easy steps🙄

Trump condemns Venezuela jailing 2 opposition leaders
Published August 01, 2017 Fox News
 
Venezuela opposition leaders taken from homes overnight
President Donald Trump condemned the actions of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro’s government on Tuesday night after opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma were dragged from their homes by state security agents and sent back to prison.

“The United States condemns the actions of the Maduro dictatorship,” the White House said in a statement.

“Mr. Lopez and Mr. Ledezma are political prisoners being held illegally by the regime," the statement read. "The United States holds Maduro - who publicly announced just hours earlier that he would move against his political opposition - personally responsible for the health and safety of Mr. Lopez, Mr. Ledezma, and any others seized. We reiterate our call for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners.”

Shortly after midnight Tuesday, black-clad members of Venezuela's state security force forced Ledezma from his east Caracas home in his blue pajamas, yanking him out into the night as a woman screamed for help. "They're taking Ledezma!" the woman can be heard crying on a cell-phone video released by allies of Ledezma, a former mayor of Caracas. "It's a dictatorship!"

Lopez's wife posted security-camera video of him being taken from their home and bundled into a waiting car. "They've just taken Leopoldo from the house," Tintori wrote on Twitter. "We don't know where he is or where they're taking him."

The country’s Supreme Court claimed in a statement that the two men violated the terms of their house arrest by criticizing the government in messages released on social media in recent days. It’s the first move against prominent enemies of Maduro’s government since a widely denounced vote Sunday granting the ruling party nearly unlimited powers.

Lopez and Ledezma were being held at the Ramo Verde military prison south of the capital.

The court, which is controlled by Maduro allies, said it had received “reports from official intelligence sources” that Lopez and Ledezma were planning to escape.

Lopez’s attorney, Juan Carlos Gutierrez, denied the claims, saying the government’s decision to return his client to prison was “completely arbitrary.”

Lopez had been released from the Ramo Verde military prison on July 8 after serving three years of a 13-year sentence for inciting violence at opposition rallies. Many human rights groups considered him a political prisoner.

Ledezma was also detained in 2015 and has been under house arrest. Both leaders recently posted videos online denouncing Maduro's decision to hold a vote for a constitutional assembly with the power to overhaul Venezuela's political system.

Fox News' Lesa Jansen and The Associated Press contributed to this story
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« Reply #19 on: August 02, 2017, 10:39:54 pm »


THE JACINDA EFFECT
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« Reply #20 on: August 03, 2017, 12:47:02 am »

Well go on....make a prediction....surely not the embarrassment of being exposed as a demented lefty fuckwit is stopping you😉
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« Reply #21 on: August 03, 2017, 10:55:12 am »


I haven't voted for Labour since the mid-1980s (I also haven't voted for the Nats since the late-1980s), so why would I wish to make a prediction about political parties I have no intention of voting for? I'll leave that up to stupid, shit-for-brains, know-it-all, Trump-arse-licking fuckwits like you.
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« Reply #22 on: August 03, 2017, 11:03:43 am »


Yep.....RIGHTIE dictators in the Americas are always a problem. just like this bozo....



....and rightie fuckwits such as Donald Trump, who also has his arse-licker in ENZED, reality/Donald.
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« Reply #23 on: August 03, 2017, 12:13:33 pm »

...thank good for Trump.....he saved us from Hillary😜

Favor factory? Huma emails reveal Clinton allies seeking jobs, meetings
By Brooke Singman

Published August 02, 2017
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Newly obtained emails from Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin reveal friends of the Clinton Foundation and political allies seeking personal favors from the Clinton State Department, Judicial Watch said Wednesday.

The batch of documents shows well-connected players, including a Clinton library donor, inquiring about meetings and job openings -- and Clinton aides carefully tending to those requests. The emails were among 1,606 pages the conservative watchdog group got from the State Department as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

“Pay to play, classified information mishandling, influence peddling, cover ups—these new emails show why the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s conduct must be resumed,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

FBI TURNS OVER 7,000 DOCUMENTS FROM WEINER LAPTOP IN CLINTON-TIED CASE

In the latest email release, Fitton flagged numerous instances of donors and allies contacting the State Department for help.

“It’s hard to tell where the Clinton State Department ended and the Clinton Foundation began,” Fitton told Fox News. “It was almost like a seamless operation—nowhere on these emails does anyone say ‘Mrs. Clinton is not involved in the foundation. Stop coming to us for favors.’”

One email exchange showed the grandson of Warren Buffett, Howard Buffett Jr., seeking a meeting for his father with Clinton to discuss “food security.” The Buffett family donated to the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation.

Emails show Bill Clinton aide Ben Schwerin wrote to Abedin requesting a meeting with Clinton and Howard Buffett Sr. Abedin responded: “we will take care of this.”

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In this Sept. 20, 2011 file photo, Huma Abedin, top, deputy chief of staff and aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, during a meeting with leaders for the Open Government Partnership in New York.  (Huma Abedin, top, deputy chief of staff and aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, in New York in September 2011. )

Fitton cited one email exchange on April 12, 2009, where a major donor was supposedly pushing for an ambassador position.

Miguel Lausell, a Puerto Rican executive who reportedly donated $1 million to the Clinton Presidential Library and was a member of the Clinton Global initiative, requested Abedin push for the appointment of someone to become U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

“It’s unclear if there was follow through, and if he became an ambassador because the name was redacted,” Fitton told Fox News.

Another email exchange starting in April 2009 involved Abedin; Kelly Craighead, who at the time was managing director of liberal fundraising organization, Democracy Alliance; and Capricia Marshall, a former executive of HillPAC and Friends of Hillary. Craighead asked that they “reach out” to an “extremely loyal supporter” interested in a senior position at the department. Marshall responded saying the person was “on everyone’s list/grid.” A year later, Craighead contacted Abedin again asking for assistance in getting someone a job at State.

JUDICIAL WATCH OBTAINS NEW CLASSIFIED CLINTON EMAILS

“It would mean a lot to me if you could help or advise on a personnel situation for a dear friend,” the email said. Abedin replied, “We love [Redacted]. Looking into this asap.”

Other emails revealed requests from Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, on several different issues. One involved help on a “green card renewal,” and another sought help for someone involved in a criminal case in the Republic of Georgia – where longtime Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal worked for a political party, Georgia Dream.
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