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    11-30-2018, 01:00 PM
    I've been waiting for this ever since I read the proposed regulations: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?520920-So-I-read-the-quot-proposed-federal-rules-for-banning-bump-stocks-quot-POS And as far as the "it will never stand in court" excuse? Exactly wtf does that have to do with the fact that Trump showed his progressive anti-gun side that anyone who is half ass objective knew was there?
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    11-28-2018, 09:45 PM
    The main effect tariffs are having is having previous markets closed to them as China isn't alone with the Ag "tit for tat". Losing those markets combined with higher than normal crop yields (which caused slightly lower prices. Of course, a $2 dollar decline per bushel with an average yield of 171 bushels this year per acre adds up fast when you start looking at these farms who yield 100k+ bushels then you're talking $30k to $40k in losses) is what's hurting them as far as that goes. Higher rates on top of that is what's really hurting them. Basically, both sides are right.
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    11-28-2018, 09:50 AM
    While fluctuating, rates have been falling due to markets like housing (builder sentiment, new buys, ect) slowing. It's a "pick your poison" thing..... Want the Fed to keep rates low to facilitate cheap borrowing to keep pushing the economy? That will push rates up naturally as that economy creates inflation. Want the Fed to raise rates to it's neutral goal of 3% to attempt to slow that "hot run in the economy"? That creates inflation. The worst thing Trump EVER did was use the economy as "proof" of his policies. Because market confidence in his election along with his tax cuts, coupled with the "free" money stemming from low rates established during Bush and Obama trying to keep the economy from imploding created a boom. A boom that has been augmented with his tariffs that have companies moving a LOT of goods as fast as they can trying to beat tariff deadlines. He should have stuck to his words as Candidate Trump when speaking to the economy and markets as being bubbles built on false data.
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    11-13-2018, 10:55 AM
    Maybe I simply interpreted the exchange differently, but I took it as Macron calling for an EU Army to be created to negate the need for NATO. There is so much realigning going on around the world, some of it stemming from certain nations removing themselves from what they deem compromising positions being used as tools by the Trump administration in an attempt to force compliance with something. I don't say that with any kind of hidden message (support or non-support for Trump or other nations, mind you. Simply being factual speaking to events that lead me to take Macron's how I did. Because if I had my way, we'd close every single military installation not on US soil and have every troop overseas on freedom birds homeward bound today.
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    11-12-2018, 10:16 AM
    Depends on what their future economic plan is. China is at the beginning of their economic expansion and the early stages of becoming a super power. You can't compare it to our situation as a declining empire at the end of an economic cycle, even though that is the frame of reference that we know. - Devil21 While not completely right, he's not completely wrong either. This massive increase in debt is very much planned as Xi is hell bent on doubling China's economy in a 10 year period, which they began in 2010. It's the same mindset nations like the UK and the US use and their and China's debt to GDP ratio is actually in line with "developed" economic nations, but the concern is held in that China is still considered a middle income nation (purchasing-power-parity-adjusted GDP per capita) with around only 25% purchasing power when compared to those developed nations. Your source regarding China's employment numbers makes a fundamental error though in understanding the data. It's not about a lack of jobs, it's about basically being a victim of their own success. China's middle class has grown to large numbers and they want better jobs, which causes two things: 1) They want better jobs (both in working environment as well as pay) which is tied into China moving towards more tech industry work like the field of artificial intelligence. China has massive continuing education programs and is basically sending a shit ton of people back to school for degrees in things like IT, engineering, robotics, ect. So those people aren't unemployed....they are in school.
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