Mexico

Carrier & The Slippery Slope

Time will tell whether this Carrier deal was just a symbolic line in the sand, or whether it is a sign of future government interventionist policies which will ultimately backfire. In the long run, the less government, the better.

Frontrunning: December 5

  • Italy Sinks Into Political Limbo as Defeat Sweeps Renzi Away (BBG)
  • Investors Shrug Off Italy Referendum Result (WSJ); Markets Rise After Italy Turns Down Referendum (BBG)
  • Italy’s ‘No’ Poses Trouble for Eurozone (WSJ)
  • Oil tops $55 for first time in 16 months as OPEC deal fuels buying (Reuters)
  • Merkel regrets Renzi resignation but will work with new Italy government (Reuters)

Fake News And War Party Lies

American policitians claim the “propaganda and disinformation threat” against America is real, and we must “counter and combat it.” Yet it is often our own allies, like the Brits, and our own leaders who mislead and lie us into unnecessary wars.

Sarah Palin Slams Trump Carrier Deal As "Crony Capitalism", "Corporate Welfare"

"Politicians picking and choosing recipients of corporate welfare is railed against by fiscal conservatives, for it’s a hallmark of corruption. And socialism. The Obama Administration dealt in it in spades.... When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent."

In Defense Of Trump's Deal With Carrier

While some have described Trump's approach as crony capitalism, if the terms of the deal really are limited to tax relief, such claims are baseless. While it is true that tax breaks for specific companies are less ideal than across-the-board cuts (or outright abolishment) of business taxes, they should not be confused with taxpayer subsidies. The underlying deal seems to reflect a larger commitment to addressing the corporate tax and regulatory burdens that have long held back the American economy.

Frontrunning: December 2

  • Futures fall ahead of jobs report (Reuters)
  • Obama to Block Second Chinese Deal on Security Concerns (BBG)
  • Trump Exults in Victory and Mocks Critics at Ohio Rally (BBG)
  • China's Central Bank Is Facing a Major New Headache (BBG)
  • Trump considering Goldman Sachs COO Cohn for energy secretary (Reuters)

70% Of Immigrants Admitted Under Obama's "Minor Refugee" Program Are Actually Adults

In 2014, the Obama administration signed an executive order intended to help Central American minors reach their families in the U.S. without relying on "human smugglers."  Two years later we find that 70% of those admitted under the program are adults while the number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the border has doubled.  Victory!?

Mexican Central Bank Head Quits Amid Fears Over "Trump Impact"

In one of the day's more puzzling developments, the head of the Mexican central bank, Augusten Carstens, announced he would unexpectedly stand down from his post next July, 4 years ahead of his term's end. Why the sudden announcement? Among the theories emerging is that Carstens has had enough dealing with the unpredicabilities in the political climate, especially since the Trump election, and wanted out.