Many political observers are scratching their heads as to why Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) wants to meet with Donald Trump as his first government to government meeting outside of México. López Obrador has refused to travel abroad during his presidency insisting on holding virtual meetings as he keeps to his promise of austerity measures.… Read More Understanding the Lopez Obrador Lovefest With Donald Trump
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is back in the news this week. The USMCA is NAFTA 2.0. NAFTA is often blamed as the reason why poverty has exacerbated in México. In 1991, I published a white paper on NAFTA; “North American Free Trade Agreement – A Hesitant Handshake Between Neighbors”. (link) This paper was the… Read More Understanding the Mexican Worker to Understand NAFTA/USMCA
It is with great sadness that I must now admit that the future is bleak with nationalism and xenophobia driving the political agendas of the major countries. Last week’s win by Boris Johnson make this crystal clear. For those that might not remember, Johnson was one of the major architects behind Brexit. His recent campaign… Read More Nationalism Is Now The Future
Donald Trump is using the US, México and Canada agreement as a distraction tool. The USMCA is nothing more than NAFTA 2.0. The United States economy depends heavily on NAFTA. This is especially true for the Republican-controlled states like Texas. Donald Trump and cohorts are blaming Nancy Pelosi for holding up the adoption of the… Read More Stop Worrying About USMCA
While most of you aren’t looking, a very telling moment in Donald Trump’s presidency is happening across the nation. There are over 40,000 auto workers on strike against General Motors. The UAW workers are on the fifth day of a national strike. As you might remember, Donald Trump promised to bring back jobs to the… Read More What Happened to the Manufacturing Jobs
I just purchased a Jeep Wrangler. It is my first “American” car. You may have noticed the quotation marks around American. I purposely added them for two reasons. The first is that “American” designates the American continent. Although many U.S. citizens consider themselves American, they are, in fact U.S. citizens. There are still individuals that… Read More American-Made Car?
So far the Republicans have accepted the problems that Donald Trump has caused the party because Donald Trump is delivering on the appointment of conservative judges to the federal benches, as well as tax reform. In addition, the Republicans believe that if they can get Trump into his final term, it would bode well for… Read More The Republican Achilles is NAFTA 2
In announcing the new free trade agreement; the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), Donald Trump tried to disguise it as “it’s not Nafta redone, it’s a brand-new deal.” The fact is that the USMCA is NAFTA 2.0. Like “Mexico will pay for the wall,” the promise by Trump to end NAFTA is also just another undelivered promise… Read More Donald Trump Breaks NAFTA Promise to His Base