Tuesday, August 30, 2005

I Need an Economist's Opinion

Every time I read an article like this one, I keep seeing phrases like: "...the U.S. is not abiding by NAFTA rules...", "...The U.S. adheres to trade deals only when it chooses to...", "...the U.S. government immediately announced that, according to its interpretation of the ruling, the decision simply doesn't apply to the bulk of duties levied on Canadian lumber..." I start to wonder what's really behind all the stalling and refusing and harumphing and righteous preening and indignation on the part of the US government.

I'm beginning to wonder if the USA is refusing to pay back the $5 Billion because they haven't got it!

I'm wondering if maybe they're broke, and they just don't want the rest of the world to know it.

Let's face it, they are fighting wars on how many fronts, in how many countries? Never mind whether those wars are moral or not -- one thing you can be damned sure of -- war is expensive. And the American taxpayer is not about to shell out more of his hard-earned dollars to support his government, no matter how much he might agree with that government's policies. American taxpayers have the ability to fire their government, if that government gets too expensive.

So where else would an over-extended goverment get funds it so desperately needs?

Yoo-hoo! Hi, neighbor! Wanna trade...?


Anonymous Troll said...

I didn't pick the name, you did! I just work with what the Intelligent Designer gave me (can I say that here?).
Don't kid yourself, the US is not broke. They are pissed about the Canadian gov't subsidies of the industry that fall in the 'grey' area of NAFTA. The Canadian gov't chose not to deal with this sooner, and now are making a big Anti-American specticle out of it.
Remember, there is an election in six months.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 1:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Troll said...

Are you sure this is a non-partisan site? Referencing the Red Star? I like how they DIDN'T say that GWB was "uniquely pig-headed"
Who calls their neighbor a pig-head and then complains about them not playing fair? Oh yeah, Liberals.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 2:49:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Politically non-partisan. Economically, I'm as partisan as you can get... Every political party in North America had a finger in screwing this up -- it's only the Republicans and the Liberals who are carrying the weight of this at the moment. Other parties may soon have their chances... and I'll skewer them for the barbie, too, when it's their turn!

*You can say Intelligent Designer here if you want to...*

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 3:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Troll said...

I guess that would make you the intelligent designer of this blog!

Agreed, Republicans deserve their fair share of the splinters on softwood too.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 5:19:00 PM  

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