E US Government Escalates Trade Hostility

On top of all this, the US government is boasting about stopping the Russia-German gas pipeline. Again, this is interference in the affairs of Germany. I am no fan of Putin, but this is about pressuring a friend, Germany, to sell more liquid gas from America. Germany must be reeling from all this American hostility. The US government wants to make Germany, which is growing below 1 percent, even less efficient with high priced liquid gas. It makes no economic sense. 

The Libertarian Position

I am not a Libertarian. That does not stop me from agreeing with some of their economic analysis. Face it, the Mises folks are right about this:

Although the national trade account balance is a harmless definition, the government’s reaction to it can produce harmful effects. Government policies that are aimed at attaining a more “favorable” trade account balance by means of monetary and fiscal policies disrupt the harmony of the marketplace. This disruption leads to a shift of scarce resources away from the production of the most desired (by consumers) goods and services, towards the production of less desirable goods and services.
No individual or group of individuals can suffer as a result of an “unfavorable” trade account balance. But suffering can emerge from a drop in the incomes of individuals because of government tampering with the economy.


In the words of Ozzie, we (meaning the USA government) are "going off the rails on a crazy train." As we face recessionary pressures, our government is interfering on many fronts with our trading partners, Europe and China. This will have the affect of lowering GDP for everyone. China is a massive nation, and has room for US business to compete with Chinese businesses in China. Europe sells more to China than we do because they probably sell preferred products. It is time for America to shut up and compete. 

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Gary Anderson 3 months ago Author's comment

Update: Trump has just gone on record zaying he opposes his own government's attempt to ban GE engines from China. He has opened a Pandora's box for political gain with a tariff war and now government is running way ahead of him in its hostity toward China!

Don T. Sloan 3 months ago Member's comment

The issue with Huaweii isn't just about patent infringement, it's about national security concerns. That's why it's being handled the way it is.

Rebecca Duncan 3 months ago Member's comment

True, there is a difference between this case and other patent infringement cases. That being said the case against Huaweii is fuzzy at best.

Gary Anderson 3 months ago Author's comment

The US government refuses to show proof of security dangers.

Don T. Sloan 3 months ago Member's comment

Yes, because it is a national security issue. Unless you think America is making up the whole thing. But do you really trust the Chinese government more than the US government?

Gary Anderson 3 months ago Author's comment

In this case, yes. Show proof. Our government has had plenty of time. Read my article on Meng and the rule of law.

Norman Mogil 3 months ago Contributor's comment

Gary, I agree. The issue is that there is no American telecom that is at the forefront of the 5G technology. The US dropped the ball awhile ago and assumed that 5G was a longer way off in the future. Meanwhile, Chinese and European developers marched ahead.( I am biased. I have a Huawai phone and find it better and much cheaper than iPhones. Do I think the Chinese are spying on me??)

Duanne Johnson 3 months ago Member's comment

Yes, they are probably spying on you. But so is Google, Facebook and all the US tech companies.

Gary Anderson 3 months ago Author's comment

Xylinx and VMWare are just two tech companies laying off workers because of the Huaweii ban. That ban is escalating as I point out in the article.

Norman Mogil 3 months ago Contributor's comment

Gary you are correct.Israel's tech sector is deeply involved with China,especially in AI.

As for Flat Broke the US has a long history of not acting in its best intersts. By starting a trade war which the US does not know how to end is a perfect example of not acting and your own best interest.

Flat Broke 3 months ago Member's comment

Obviously that's a matter of opinion. Trump obviously believes the trade war was in the US's best interests, even if you don't.

Gary Anderson 3 months ago Author's comment

You are correct Flat. But Trump also said a trade war with China would be easy to win. He was obviously wrong, and it shows his ignorance about damage tariff wars can inflict.

Texan Hunter 3 months ago Member's comment

How was #Trump wrong about the #tradewar? Our economy is booming while China's is now a mess and half the country is locked down.

Gary Anderson 3 months ago Author's comment

Ask Apple and the other 900 US companies doing business in China. Ask GE about Trump's trade war. We are only booming in the service sector. Biz investment and capacity utilization are cratering.

Derek Snyder 3 months ago Member's comment

I think that has more to do with the coronavirus than the tradewar.

Flat Broke 3 months ago Member's comment

Like any country, America will always do what it believes is in it's best interests. What evidence is there that China was planning to voluntarily purchase more. And what do you mean "even Israel says..." What makes Israel the expert on China?

Gary Anderson 3 months ago Author's comment

Apparently the entire world spans the USA is an expert on China, generally trusting the reliability of the nation in business. Israel is allowing China to operate a port and has found US concerns to be amuzing.

Gary Anderson 3 months ago Author's comment

So, Flat, here is the link. View the chart. China was turning on to American products and tourism to the USA. But then Trump ruined the trust because he is ignorant of China's dismay regarding opening up China by the West. talkmarkets.com/.../tariff-man-trump-fooled-wall-street-from-the-start

Flat Broke 3 months ago Member's comment

Thanks for sharing.

Gary Anderson 3 months ago Author's comment

The Fred chart in a previous article showed an increase in US exports to China until Trump launched his trade war.