Politics & Government

Trade War Truce Just What the Doctor Ordered

So far in 2018, the choppy up and down moves have been based on one thing: President Trump’s tweets about trade issues with China. After an announcement was made on Sunday that the two parties are agreeing to a truce in the trade wars, U.S. and Chinese stocks jumped sharply higher. The details of the agreement still have to be ...

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HORIST: Does Trump negotiate WITH or LIKE the Asians?

There is a great difference between negotiating WITH Asians and negotiating LIKE Asians. In dealing with both China and North Korea, Trump maybe using the Asian approach to maximum advantage.  It is a distinction worthy of exploring. Having been involved in scores of negotiations with the Chinese – government and business leaders, as well as street vendors – I think I ...

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HORIST: No downside to blowing up the Obama-Kerry Iran Deal

To understand what was wrong with the Iran Deal, we can gain insight by thinking of it in terms of World War II.  Think of Hitler’s death camps as weapons of mass destruction.  It is a very fair comparison. Suppose we cut a deal with Hitler only on the subject of the death camps. In return for temporarily abandoning his Final Solution ...

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It is called ‘perjury trap’ for a reason

The reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled at least one grand jury, and rumored more than one, to look into whatever he is looking in to is bad news for someone – maybe more than someONE. The first sentence purposely does not indicate exactly what issues the grand jury will be dealing with.  This is because no one ...

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HORIST: Please stop making me defend Trump

Over the course of the past two years, I have often written about my disdain for the Trump personality.  Of the 16 candidates in the Republican primary, he was my 17th choice.  I have constantly called him out for his pugnacious personality, his sophomoric name-calling and the too frequent bending the truth to the breaking point over matters that seemed rather inconsequential. At ...

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HORIST: Bernie Sanders and a job for everyone. Really?

Bernie Sanders uses the oxymoron “democratic socialist” to describe himself.  In doing so, he feigns to be philosophically attached to the European and Scandinavian family of left-wing ideology – what one might call socialist-lite. Sanders’ latest proposal puts him a bit further left than our Euro friends, more into the realm of communist-style socialist.  Yeah!  Yeah! I know it is ...

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HORIST: Is the hyphen destroying the American culture?

The answer to the title question is a definitive “probably.”  It started innocently enough.  Newly arrived immigrants were identified with the new status as American citizens and the nation of their birth. The women’s movement decided that taking the last name of the male marriage partner was sexist Initially, I viewed it as more of a Hispanic tradition where such name connecting has ...

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Emergency Law Considered to Stop Chinese Takeovers

What started with protectionist tariffs, then swiftly advanced to currency manipulation, has now progressed to the possible utilization of a 1977 law known as the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which could allow President Trump to declare a national emergency in response to an “unusual and extraordinary threat,” allowing him to block transactions and seize assets. Yes, we are again ...

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Trump Conservative to Present A Solution to Global Climate Change That Even Skeptics Will Like

For the last ten years, the global warming controversy has continued to inspire a public debate. Ever since the U.S. pulled out of the Paris accord, environmentalists and Democrats have been outraged claiming that the planet earth is now doomed.  While, on the other hand, climate change deniers often argue that there isn’t enough evidence proving that Climate Change is ...

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White House Economic Advisor Kudlow Bullish on Economy

Larry Kudlow, President Trump’s chief economic adviser, expects Americans will see more benefits from the new tax law as the year progresses. Kudlow was adamant about his belief that the economy will grow at a solid 3% this year, and took exception to the figures put out by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). While appearing on Fox News, Kudlow said the ...

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