KER Politics – Mon 20 Mar, 2017

Progress for Coalition for a Prosperous America as members discusses trade issues with government officials.

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Washington ~ Members of the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) flooded the halls of Capitol Hill last week, meeting with over 100 congressional offices. Our members urged support for policy that eliminates the trade deficit and demands smart tax reform while opposing dumb trade deals that have decimated our agriculture industry and have trampled on our sovereignty.

“We are very supportive of the administration’s requirements that any new trade deals do three things: increase economic growth, reduce the trade deficit, and grow our manufacturing and production base,” said Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA.

One of our key issues was eliminating our massive trade deficit. We demonstrated how trade deficits kill jobs and growth. We urged Congress to establish a national goal to eliminate the trade deficit.

Another key issue was border adjustable consumption taxes. After 40 years of multilateral tariff reduction, other countries replaced tariffs with VATs but the US did not. We urged Congress to implement a VAT and the proceeds should be credited against payroll taxes paid by all workers and businesses.

Our message echoed not only in the congressional halls but also in the White House. We had the privilege to meet with Dr. Peter Navarro, Director of the National Trade Council in the Executive Office Building. Dr. Navarro firmly assured how important these issues are to the White House and how President Trump plans to act on them.

With over 100 congressional meetings, we had a very successful week persuading a large portion of the US Congress. We laid out the trade competitiveness needs of America’s manufacturers, farmers, ranchers and workers. We are already harvesting fruit from the seeds that were planted. Below you can find all of our issue flyers that were passed out in every meeting.

Al Korelin

  1. On March 20, 2017 at 12:38 pm,
    Silverdollar says:

    American Ag’s main problem is that the rest of the world doesn’t care for their chemically laden meat and GMO grains, all of which are fed to Americans since we can’t get honest food labeling in this country. Since ‘choice’ is such a buzzword in education and healthcare, why isn’t it allowed in the supermarket?

    • On March 20, 2017 at 12:44 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Appreciate your comment Silerdollar. Not being an ag expert, I can’t opine. I can say that Kath and I do try to buy as much organic as possible.


    • On March 20, 2017 at 2:41 pm,
      GH says:

      Hear, hear!!

      Read this one, Al, and you’ll be well on your way:

      It is increasingly well-documented that our health, including mental health, is dependent on the health of our soils. And US soils are in terrible shape.

      Glyphosate, which is used in ever greater quantities since the advent of GMO food, is highly damaging to soil health and to the nutritional quality of our food. Also damaging to our gut health.

      The gut is the foundation of good health. Even mental problems like autism and schizophrenia have been linked to the epidemic of poor gut health in the US. There is an interesting correlation between the rise in the use of glyphosate and the rise in gluten intolerance. Hmmm…maybe it’s a factor in why Americans are consuming psychotropic pharmaceuticals like popcorn? John Rappoport reports that 1 in 4 college students in the US have either been diagnosed with, or treated for, mental illness in the past year.

      Oh, I could go on and on. But I’ll leave it there, and let the above article do the talking.

      Final thought, it’s a good indicator that Putin is a great leader, that Russia is the only major nation that is free of GMO food (as far as I know).

      • On March 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm,
        Big Al says:

        1Thanks for the informative comment GH!

  2. On March 20, 2017 at 3:40 pm,
    GH says:
    • On March 20, 2017 at 6:03 pm,
      al korelinWhat I says:

      Palestine is considered to be a de jour sovereign state, for what it is worth. It is included in the United Nations as an observer.

      But then again when apartheid was aboloshing in South Africa the question of were the “blacks” and remember that there were many definitions of these people, considered a “sovereign entity.

      It seems to me that the question of apartheid regarding the Israelis will, only be solved by who wins the argument.

      Any opinion on that GH?

      • On March 21, 2017 at 4:22 am,
        GH says:

        Seems to me that Israel will only care about decency and world opinion if they are hit hard by a boycott campaign, and that they are deserving of one.

      • On March 21, 2017 at 5:15 am,
        GH says:

        Another thought. The US role in the world, of course, is also highly objectionable, and would also justify a BDS (boycott, divestiture, sanctions) campaign.

        But then, look at the enormous influence Israel and AIPAC wield over the USA. The wars of the past 20 years have been a Neocon program. The Neocons are Zionists.

        The undue influence of Israel/AIPAC over US politics really puts the current farce of the Russians having somehow determined our election results in sharp relief. Can any national politician gain re-election if they do not grovel to AIPAC?

        One might hope that the fake flap over Russia will boomerang to a much more appropriate target: AIPAC.

  3. On March 20, 2017 at 3:44 pm,
    GH says:

    I have many misgivings about Trump, but credit where credit is due — his appearance on the political scene has done much to expose the rotten corporate media and secret police:

    • On March 21, 2017 at 6:45 am,
      OOTB Jerry says:

      I would agree GH…..

  4. On March 20, 2017 at 6:05 pm,
    al korelin says:

    I happen to agree with your comment GH and that is the main reason that I supported him much to the chagrin of many of our neighbors!