Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Politics

NAFTA “Finessed” to Include Canada at the Expense of U.S. Sovereignty

This article appeared online at The New American on Monday, October 1, 2018:  

In the rush to include Canada in the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement), now being referred to by some in the press as NAFTA 2.0, before the witching hour of midnight Sunday, the United States “finessed” the agreement, according to various press reports. Last Friday, the liberal Toronto Star first leaked about the coming “finesse”: “The dispute resolution impasse [over sovereignty-threatening Chapter 19 in the original NAFTA] could be finessed.” (Emphasis added.)

Late Sunday afternoon, the Wall Street Journal confirmed that the United States could fold in order to keep Canada in the deal by noting that “there are still ways to finesse deadlines and processes to work Canada into the deal before NAFTA 2.0 ultimately takes effect.” (Emphasis added.)

Just before midnight Sunday, another writer at the Wall Street Journal wrote that Trump’s demand to eliminate Chapter 19 altogether from the USMCA disappeared entirely under pressure from those who wanted to keep it:

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Stock Market Bears Still Looking for Evidence of the Next Recession

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 1, 2018: 

As noted here [at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor] two weeks ago, Trump holds the winning hand in the trade war with China. But he can still lose the hand if he doesn’t play it. Based on China’s slowing economy that is accelerating downward thanks for his tariffs, now would be a good time – perhaps the very best time – for him to up the ante. . As Robert Carnell, Chief Asia-Pacific economist at investment banking firm ING, put it: “This is probably the best time for the U.S. to go back to the table … [this time] with a ‘take it or leave it’ type of trade demand.”

The numbers are in:

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Trump’s Tariffs Are Biting China

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, September 30, 2018:

The latest data from China — both “official” (government) and unofficial (more reliable) — are confirming that the world’s second-largest economy is slowing, thanks in part to the first two rounds of tariffs President Trump has applied to the communist country.

It was already slowing because of increasing concern by China’s central bank about the country’s national debt. It is reported to be nearly three times the country’s total national output of goods and services, and the central bank has been taking measures to keep it from getting totally out of hand by raising capital requirements and short-term interest rates.

Two previous attempts to negotiate over President Trump’s biggest concerns

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Chinese Communist Propaganda Piece in Iowa Paper Could Backfire

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 26, 2018:  

David Skidmore, a political science professor at Drake University, took one look at the propaganda piece inserted into Sunday’s edition of the Des Moines Register and said the effort by the Chinese communist government to sway Iowa soybean and sorghum farmers in the November midterm elections “could backfire,” adding that readers of the piece “may not appreciate trying to be manipulated by a foreign government.”

The insert, a four-page supplement to Sunday’s edition,

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GOP’s Favorability Rating Highest in Seven Years

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 25, 2018:  

On many levels the latest poll from Gallup should give great comfort to Republicans ahead of the midterm elections now just six weeks away: Their party is enjoying its highest favorability among Americans in more than seven years. Not only is the gain from a year ago startling, it’s an improvement reflected across gender and income levels, and it even reflects Republican support from independents who are leaning in their favor.

Said Gallup:

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New Jersey Democrat Senator Menendez’s Reelection Campaign Is in Trouble

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 24, 2018:

Liberal Democrat Senator Bob Menendez has been a fixture in New Jersey politics for at least a quarter of a century, and his reelection to the Senate in November appeared to be locked up. His constituents, unconcerned over either his history of corruption or his unconstitutional votes in the Senate, anted up $6 million following the announcement in January by the Trump Department of Justice that it wouldn’t seek a retrial. Menendez and his “good friend” Salomon Melgen faced 18 charges of corruption, self-dealing, and failures to report income, but Menendez’s trial ended with a hung jury.

Democrats need to gain two Senate seats in November to wrest majority control from Republicans. A loss to a Republican in New Jersey, which hasn’t sent one to Washington since 1972, would almost be a fatal blow to that hope.

The depth and breadth of Menendez’s corruption was summarized by The New American:

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Corrupt New Jersey Senator Facing Serious Challenge in November

This article was published by The McAlvany intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 24, 2018: 

This writer expressed surprise and dismay in this space back in February after learning that President Trump’s Department of Justice had dismissed charges of corruption against New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez. The depth, breadth, and length of those charges made the case against Menendez by the DOJ appear to be airtight. In his article titled “Corrupt New Jersey Senator Dodges Another Bullet” he wrote:

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Trump Holds the Winning Hand in the Trade War with China

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 19, 2018: 

This definition of calling one’s bluff from the Free Dictionary is accurate: to call one’s bluff is “to challenge someone to act on their threat or prove that their claim or boast is true, when one believes they are making a false claim or idle threat (i.e. bluffing).”

Officials running the communist Chinese dictatorship dare not treat President Trump as an Obama by calling his bluff. Trump is holding all the cards, and they know it. And they know he is willing to play them.

On Monday, he announced his decision to impose tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese imports, explaining why in his statement:

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American Business Coalition Launches Anti-Tariff Campaign Against Trump

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 12, 2018: 

A coalition of business interests, Americans for Free Trade, launched a campaign on Wednesday targeting Republican members of the House in five states. Its strategy is to persuade those members to bring pressure on the president to back off from his tariff/trade “war” that allegedly is hurting them.

Many big names are involved, including several with Deep State connections and anti-Trump inclinations. Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Chevron, Target, Autozone, Amazon, Macy’s, Walmart, IBM, Facebook, Mattel, Hasbro, and Barnes & Noble are numbered among the more than 60 members allied behind the campaign. The group claims that its intentions aren’t political, but the ads target five key states in Trump’s camp that helped him win the presidency in 2016: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Tennessee. The group plans to target an additional seven states in its campaign before the end of the year.

The group was formed when it became clear that the Trump tariff strategy — a move to pressure countries dumping products into the United States or subsidizing certain industries in anti-competitive ways to come to the negotiating table — was going to take longer than they expected. A tariff is a tax, and in the short run, many of these companies are complaining that, as a result of Trump’s strategy, they are seeing their costs of imported raw materials rise. Yet the Trump-era rollback in regulations and taxation should lead to lower prices of domestic raw materials, enabling America to reduce its dangerous dependence on foreign sources for essential supplies. Such was the case with the surge in domestic oil production spurred by the fracking revolution, and America is better off for it.

One name notably missing from the list of companies complaining about Trump’s tariffs is Nucor,

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Louisiana Rejects Anti-gun Banks From Bidding on Highway Projects

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 11, 2018: 

Citigroup and Bank of America likely figured that since they already handled almost a quarter of Louisiana’s general obligation bonds, they would at least be given an opportunity to bid on the financing of some $600 million in highway improvements near Baton Rouge. But when the Louisiana State Bond Commission met in August, they deliberately and intentionally excluded both banks from the bidding owing to their anti-gun policies.

Just a few weeks after the Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman murdered 17 people, Citigroup announced that the bank would no longer do business with any retailers offering high-capacity magazines for sale, or selling firearms to anyone who hasn’t already passed a background check or is under the age of 21.

In April Bank of America followed suit by stopping its lending to any gun manufacturer making “military style rifles.”

When the banks sent Brandee McHale, the head of Corporate Citizenship at Citigroup, to complain about being excluded from the bidding, she was told precisely why, by state Representative Blake Miguez:

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The President is Determined to Learn Who Wrote the NYT Op-Ed

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 10, 2018: 

During and after his speech in Billings, Montana on Wednesday night, President Trump made crystal clear his feelings about the anonymous Op-Ed published by The New York Times earlier that day: “The Times should never have done that because, really what they’ve done is, virtually, you know, it’s treason.” He called the author a “gutless coward” whose name “The New York Times should publish … at once.”

And then the president predicted:

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Trump Determined to Find Author of Anonymous Op-Ed

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, September 7, 2018:  

During and after his speech in Billings, Montana, on Wednesday night, President Trump made crystal clear his feelings about the anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times earlier that day: “The Times should never done that because, really what they’ve done is, virtually, you know, it’s treason.” He called the author a “gutless coward” whose name “The New York Times should publish … at once.”

And then the president predicted: “At some point this whole thing is going to be exposed.”

The effort to ferret out the anonymous writer — whose identity the Times’ editors declare they know but are keeping secret at the request of the writer, who fears retribution if he is found out — has already begun. The machinery is already in motion. It began with a presidential tweet questioning whether the author actually holds a position in the Trump administration:

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Just How Fast Can the U.S. Economy Grow?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 7, 2018: 

Presidential candidate Donald Trump startled his audiences by predicting that, under his administration, the economy would grow by at least three percent a year, that four percent was likely, and that five percent was achievable. The latest reports appear to prove that not only was he correct, but that the economy is poised to confirm his most generous predictions.

The Conference Board has been busy taking the economy’s temperature. In a 2017 survey, it discovered that

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The Democratic “Blue Wave” Continues to Fade

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, August 31, 2018:

The liberal-left mainstream media and the Democrat Party, which are joined at the hip, continue to believe that history is on their side, that in November the Democrats will take over control of the House. History has a way of disappointing, however, and recent polls are showing, on a “generic” basis, the Democrats’ advantage is narrowing. Last week, for example, Rasmussen Reports noted that the Democrat lead vanished for the first time since May, with 44 percent of those polled saying they would vote for the generic Democrat and 44 percent saying they would vote for the generic Republican candidate in their district.

The initial problem is that there are no “generic” candidates running. Each has his or her own style, ideology, voting record, and political platform. So how much help such polls provide in taking a peek at the midterm elections (just nine weeks away) remains dubious.

What Rasmussen has going for it is that it polls only “likely voters” and not “registered voters,” as nearly every other polling outfit considers. As Rasmussen noted on Wednesday,

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Senator Jeff Flake’s Replacement Likely to Disappoint Constitutionalists

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 29, 2018: 

The winner of Tuesday’s Republican Senate Primary in Arizona, U.S. Representative Martha McSally, is likely to disappoint constitutionalists and Americanists hoping for an improvement in the next Congress over retiring Senator Jeff Flake’s record.

Beating back challenges from more conservative Republican opponents Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio, McSally had to move to the right to accomplish the task. In 2016 she did not endorse Donald Trump, nor did she disclose for whom she voted in the presidential election, leading some to conclude that she either voted for Hillary Clinton or didn’t vote at all. But as Trump kept his campaign promises and began to implement his policies, McSally moved to align her votes with him. According to Five ThirtyEight, the opinion pollster which tracks Congressional votes, McSally has voted with Trump’s legislative positions 97.8 percent of the time.

Her victory in the primary on Tuesday was thus understandably greeted with this tweet from the President:

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Is the U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement a Stealth NAFTA?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 28, 2018:  

As President Trump opened his telephone conversation with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto from the Oval Office on Monday morning, he said concerning the trade deal being discussed, “They used to call it NAFTA — we’re going to call it the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement, and we’ll get rid of the name NAFTA. It has a bad connotation because the United States was hurt very badly by NAFTA for many years. And now it’s a really good deal for both countries, and we look very much forward to it.”

President Peña Nieto was equally excited about the “new” NAFTA — the USMTA — telling Trump, “I think this is something very positive for the United States and Mexico. And the first reason for this call, Mr. President, is, first of all, to celebrate the understanding we have had between both negotiating peace on NAFTA, in the interest we have had for quite a few months now to renew it, to modernize it, to update it, and to generate a framework that will boost and potentiate productivity in North America.”

It’s an “incredible deal,” according to President Trump:

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Trump is the Teflon-coated President

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, August 27, 2018: 

Frustrated with President Ronald Reagan’s success in avoiding being tarred by the controversies surrounding him, far-left Democrat Rep. Pat Schroeder (D-CO) said in 1983: “He has been perfecting the Teflon-coated presidency: He sees to it that nothing sticks to him.”

So it appears to be with President Donald Trump,

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Trump Impeachment Unlikely, Say Both Democrat Leaders and Likely Voters

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, August 26, 2018:  

CNN and MSNBC used the words “impeach” or “impeachment” 222 times the day after the president’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was convicted on charges unrelated to the campaign, and after his former personal attorney Michael Cohen pled guilty to violating campaign finance laws in connection with hush money used to keep the president’s past alleged sexual indiscretions quiet. Yet these liberal media giants had nothing to show for their efforts. A Rasmussen poll of 1,000 likely voters released after the inundation by CNN and MSNBC showed that half of them didn’t think the developments regarding Manafort and Cohen were likely to lead to criminal charges against the president.

Neither do Democrat leaders Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the former speaker of the House, nor Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), the Senate minority whip. Pelosi said

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De Blasio, MTA, & Big Taxi Beat Uber, Lyft

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, August 9, 2018:  

Following his signing into law a bill passed by the New York City council on Wednesday which caps new ride-share drivers from obtaining necessary licenses to operate in the Big Apple and requires ride-sharing companies to start paying them minimum wage, rabid anti-capitalist Mayor “Bolshevik Bill” de Blasio explained why: “Our city is confronting a crisis that is driving working New Yorkers into poverty and our streets into gridlock. The unchecked growth of app-based for-hire vehicle companies has demanded action — and now we have it.”

What he failed to mention is that

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Maduro Rounds Up “Dissidents” After Assassination Attempt

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 6, 2018:  

Whether the attack on Venezuela’s Marxist strongman Nicolás Maduro on Saturday was legitimate, a botched attempt, an accident causing an explosion in a nearby apartment building, or staged to generate support for the failing socialist regime, Maduro is taking advantage of it. In his retelling of the incident, the dictator said, “This was an attempt to kill me!” adding that “They have tried to assassinate me and everything points to the Venezuelan ultra-right in alliance with the Colombian far right and that the name of [Colombian President] Juan Manuel Santos is behind this attack.”

Maduro’s mouthpiece, Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez, echoed Maduro’s plaint:

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.
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