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February 24, 2014

If you think "there's not a dime's worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican parties" . . .

I suggest you read "Harry Reid Threatens To Impoverish The World By At Least $600 Billion A Year".

IN HIS state-of-the-union address Barack Obama asked Congress to give him "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade deals. Shortly afterwards his most important ally on Capitol Hill hinted that he might block it. As Senate majority leader, Harry Reid can do just that: no bill gets a vote without his say-so. . . .

At home meanwhile, Democratic opposition could harden. Some lawmakers may see an opportunity to put daylight between themselves and their Republican foes ahead of November's elections. With corporate profits looking healthy and wages still stagnant almost five years into the recovery, some may be tempted to portray Republican backing for free trade as support for fat-cat corporations.


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Jim White

Trade on its own merits is and has always been about pathways - it may very well be the our very best humanitarian; diplomacy ambishen we have mastered.

US Senator Reid knows this; as to borrow from Mark Twain "When I was sixteen, I was amazed how much my parents didn't know, yet when I was twenty-one I, WAS, amazed how much THEY had learned."

Senator Reid knows the trade routes, knows the mindset and tools of our trade-"partners..." It is his task, his authority to "help" steer the ship-of-fair trade at a time of fast-paced and off-balanced economic swirl you highlighted above.

I agree with your numbers, and yet still believe our trade diplomacy is best practiced in the old fashion, fusion ways of a twenty-one year old, "there is a beauty in slow."

Diplomacy reduces wars overseas, hence wounded warriors; therefore international trade is a weapon of economics and balance, The initial stages are always shades of gray - which allows the Ships carrying the agreed trade cargoes a steady-pace; a longevity-plan with investments; a rational approach to storeroom management as: FIFO; first-in first out.

I always suggest anyone wanting to expand on politics, with a trade-aspect- to personally visit the Ports. Watch the cranes at work, watch the crane master swing the containers from distant shores to our lands.

I suggest being hypnotized watching the logistics, the men and women of a freight yard operation loading the ships cargo to 32 thousand miles of inner America's twenty-eight states via rail for a FIFO cascade event to the consumer. And for a Rail Company, say BNSF posting four thousand new jobs; planning for a future in fair trade seems worth "the beauty of slow" as a (STEM)science, teckee, engineering,& math problem in spatial proxemics.

The POTUS can be well advised by Senator Reid and leaders of his committees; Where I disagree is in the "how." "How can we have fair-trade issue resolved when our two political- parties cannot see the poetry of their sub-parts of the party? Citing: fair-use, and or fair-trade.

A most human math equation of prime (two) I sense will never be solved until committee chair leaders ie: (commerce, labor, trade) take the suits off and visit the diamonds in the rough of trade practices. I'm sure there are hard hats available for special guests.

I know Senator Reid has already been to these poetic places of trade, USA's artgeneering capitals I prosed above- he has witness first hand this energy and knows we must reach for stronger foundations and operating principals. I for one believe he advises well on this topic, fairly.

vr Jim, CCSF Veterans Alumni.

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