What role did tariffs play in GM play closures?

Trump has been railing against General Motors and their CEO Mary Barra after the announcement that GM is likely to shutter five plants and lay off 14,000 workers. While GM has cited the shift in demand for crossover SUVs as one reason for their decision, Trump’s major tariffs on steel and aluminum undoutedly played a role.
As CATO Institute scholar Scott Lincicome points out, GM has previously said the Trump tariffs cost them a billion dollars:
The company has said tariffs on imported steel, imposed earlier this year by the Trump administration, have cost it $1 billion.

Trump may be threatening  GM on Twitter, but it might be time to face the music: his economic policies may have actually paved the way for this.

As Reason.com makes clear:

“…as long as the tariffs remain in place, GM and other American automakers have little incentive to expand production and every incentive to find new supply chains and cost-cutting strategies to avoid the import taxes. All the threats from the White House won’t change the economic landscape that the Trump administration has helped create, one that is rockier than ever for American manufacturers and the people they employ.”

John Bolton calls for a second summit with North Korea

National security adviser John Bolton says that Donald Trump wants a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss North Korea’s nuclear program because Kim hasn’t followed through on promises he made with Trump at their first summit in June.

At a Wall Street Journal conference in Washington, D.C., Bolton said, “They have not lived up to the commitments so far. That’s why I think the President thinks that another summit is likely to be productive.”

According to Bolton, the president and his national security team will target January or February for a new summit. In the meantime, the United States will continue to impose existing economic sanctions on North Korea for its continued nuclear program.

President Trump has spoken warmly of Kim, telling reporters last week that he and the dictator are “getting along very well,” adding, “we have a good relationship with Kim.” The president said three possible sites for the summit have already been discussed.

Conservative victory: “In God We Trust” in more schools

Libtards love to complain about Thomas Jefferson’s separation of church and state. But with a new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, freedom-loving and God-fearing educators around the country are getting Jesus back into geometry class.

Kimberly Daniels, a legislator in Florida, introduced a bill to hang “In God We Trust” signs in public schools because our violence-prone places of education “need light in them like never before.” And she’s a Democrat! Florida’s legislature then passed a law this past spring requiring such signs to appear in every Florida public school.

Legislatures in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Louisiana, and Tennessee have followed Florida’s lead in instituting “In God We Trust” bills. North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina are hot on their heels. Hallelujah.

CNN contributor gets away with anti-Israel comments

So much for nonpartisanship: CNN contributor Marc Lamont appeared at the “U.N. International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” where he made statements calling for the destruction of Israel and endorsing Palestinian violence against the state of Israel.

Even worse? He claimed it was his right to do so because of his race.

As a Black American, my understanding of action and solidarity action is rooted in our own tradition of struggle. As Black Americans resisted slavery, as well as Jim Crow laws that transformed us from a slave state to an apartheid state, we did so through multiple tactics and strategies. It is this array of tactics that I appeal to as I advocate for concrete action from all of us in this room. […] Solidarity from the international community demands that we embrace boycotts, divestment, and sanctions as a critical means by which to hold Israel accountable for its treatment of Palestinian people.

After being called out, Lamont tweeted that he believes in “a single secular democratic state for everyone. This is the only way that historic Palestine will be free.”

The liberal media doesn’t seem to be jumping up and down to hold one of their own accountable. I wonder why.

Vietnamese refugees face deportation. Are Cubans next?

The Atlantic reported last week that the Trump administration has reversed its position on deporting some Vietnamese immigrants, effectively deciding that, “Vietnamese immigrants who arrived in the country before the establishment of diplomatic ties between the United States and Vietnam are subject to standard immigration law—meaning they are all eligible for deportation.”

Now, the Vietnam War was not exactly a high-water mark in this country’s history and refugees fled Vietnam and the region in droves because of that conflict.

Makes you wonder: what about Cubans who fled Castro’s ruthless regime and sought refuge in the U.S.? Will they be next? President Trump has been attacked by members of his own party with respect to Cuban policy before, so it wouldn’t be the first time.

Is President Trump backing down from his demand for wall funding?

Well folks, maybe we have a new building project we should think about in Washington. It seems our president is in need of a new spine.

President Trump is rolling over for Mitch McConnell and his friends in Congress, backing down on the demand for the $5 billion border wall he promised during his campaign.

Just last week President Trump told Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that he would be “proud to shut down the government for border security.” We applauded.

But now, with the U.S. is on the brink of a government shutdown on Saturday if lawmakers don’t pass spending bills, President Trump is caving.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News that the Trump Administration will “work with Congress” on border security and try to pass $1.6 billion in funding for border security.

We need $5 billion to fund the wall and we need to build the wall. Period.

This is not what we voted for.

Avenatti, desperate for clients and cash, nabs another controversial case

Just when we thought we’d finally get a break from Democratic porn star lawyer Michael Avenatti after his unceremonious fall from grace, it seems like he’s at it again. The man just cannot keep himself from making stupid decisions. This time, Avenatti is representing a woman suspected of colluding with Ukraine.

She’s touting Avenatti as her lawyer, despite his hilariously bad press, financial situation, personal situation, and legal results.

Chalupa is the former Democratic National Committee contractor at the center of allegations that Democrats worked with Ukrainian officials to dig up dirt on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

It doesn’t appear that Chalupa actually produced any damaging material on Trump via her connections as a Ukrainian-American activist, but Avenatti is probably desperate for some new Twitter material and client fees to help him dig out of a very deep hole!

Boy Scouts lose to the libs

Following reports that Dicks Sporting Goods have seen sales drop after they kowtowed to liberal demands, we’re saddened but not surprised to see that the Boy Scouts of America are reportedly on the brink of bankruptcy.

Last week, CEO Michael B. Surbaugh released a statement saying, “We are working with experts to explore all options available to ensure that the local and national programming of the Boy Scout of America continues uninterrupted.”

It’s been mere months since the Boy Scouts announced that not only will they start to allow girls to join in 2019, but that the group will drop “Boys” from its name and go, instead, by “Scouts BSA”.

The name change could only have been cooked up by liberals and their wacky ideas about the two genders. Boys have Boy Scouts and girls have Girl Scouts. This is what happens when you mess with that.

Hypocrites: Why wasn’t The Wall racist when Democrats supported it?

Swing a dead cat in 2018 and you’ll hear a Democrat claiming that President Trump’s Border Wall is “racist.”

In an exchange in the Oval Office last week, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pushed back against the president’s urging for a border wall. “You can’t have very good border security without the wall, no,” Trump said. Pelosi responded: “That’s just not true. That is a political promise. Border security is a way to effectively honor our responsibility.”

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. … I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down,” the president said later in the exchange.
But Gateway Pundit reminds us of some prime hypocrisy from Democrats: Schumer, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton all voted for the U.S.-Mexico Secure Fence Act of 2006, which led to the construction of 700 miles of double fencing along the U.S. border with Mexico.

So we have ask: Why is The Wall only racist when President Trump and Republicans support it?

Or as Press Secretary Sarah Sanders put it last week: To avoid a government shutdown Democrats have to decide “if they love our country more than they hate this president.”

Trump Administration accused of suppressing report on Wells Fargo shadiness

Politico discovered via a Freedom of Information Act request that the Trump administration sat on a hard-hitting report that found Wells Fargo preyed on college students, charging exorbitant fees that far outpaced their competitors. The report was authored by a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau official who quit in protest of Trump’s policies.

The official in question is Seth Frotman, a through-and-through liberal and a total Obama acolyte. So good riddance.

But honestly, it does seem a little sketchy to overload students with fees for a basic banking account, especially students who might be opening their first-ever bank account. And you have to admit that Wells Fargo has track record of some questionable consumer practices.

Hard to know if there’s anything to be concerned about in the midst of all the partisan bickering at CFPB and most other federal agencies these days.