President Obama's budget won't radically change that ratio. But it does push against it.
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#21 Apr 13, 2013
October 13, 2011
Congress approved free trade agreements Wednesday with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, ending a four-year drought in the forming of new trade partnerships and giving the White House and Capitol Hill the opportunity to show they can work together to stimulate the economy and put people back to work.
Republicans criticized Obama for taking several years to send the agreements, all signed in the President George W. Bush administration, to Congress for final approval. Many among Obama's core supporters, including organized labor and Democrats from areas hit hard by foreign competition, were unhappy that the White House was espousing the benefits of free trade.
Since: Dec 07
#22 Apr 13, 2013
It was slick willie clinton who sold us out to china, dkhead. That is the problem......not trade with Mexico and Canada..
It didn't quite work out that way. Since 2000, the trade deficit with China has surged by 173 percent, from $83 billion in 2000 to $227 billion in 2009. The United States has lost more than one-third of all its manufacturing jobs -- 5.6 million; U.S. wages have declined; the country has suffered a financial meltdown; it has spent $14 trillion on economic stimulus, only to experience the highest unemployment rates in generations and annual federal budget deficits of more than $1 trillion. These trends are not "likely to end," says Lighthizer.
Get a brain.
#23 Apr 13, 2013
The US President, Ronald Reagan, has landed in China at the start of a six-day visit - the first by an American president since Nixon in 1972.
He arrived with his wife, Nancy Reagan, just after 1400 local time (0600 GMT), and was driven to Tiananmen Square, in the centre of the Chinese capital, Beijing, for a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People.
The White House spokesman, Larry Speakes, said the United States and China are expected to reach an agreement to assist US companies in helping develop commercial nuclear power in China.
The House voted today to normalize America's trade relations with China, approving a hard-fought measure that would end 20 years of annual congressional reviews of China's trade status with the United States.
American corporations have spent millions of dollars lobbying on behalf of the China trade bill but they faced determined opposition from organized labor, which believes normalizing trade relations will result in the movement of more high-paying U.S. manufacturing jobs to China.
But opponents argued that granting China normal trade relations with the United States would only worsen America's trade deficit with that country, which hit a record $68 billion last year.
July 7, 2008
House Republican leaders came out swinging Thursday in a push for Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Communist China. Many Republicans believe America can benefit from trade with that Asian nation, especially in the high-tech area.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), told a Capitol Hill news conference PNTR with China is part of the Republican Congress'' commitment to keep the American economy growing.
"This is about fairness for American workers. Normal trade relations with China are necessary for American businesses to compete on a level playing field. If we don''t pass this legislation, European and Japanese companies will have open access to Chinese markets - the same markets that America''s (trade) negotiators worked on and put together - but American businesses will be shut out," Hastert said.
Republicans and now teabaggers whining about democrats about a policy THEY created.
Poor "brainless" teabagger.
#24 Apr 13, 2013
Maybe Nixon should never have made his historic
trip to China and instead, left things are they were.
Maybe he should never had his photograph taken shaking
hands with Mao-Tse-tung, the man who murdered 30 million
Chinese. Like Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein
all buddy buddy.
#25 Apr 13, 2013
But, but, but, it was all Clinton's fault. Conservative
history books from Texas classrooms will prove it.
And the world is only 6000 years old. And flat.
#26 Apr 13, 2013
Cynthia Dunbar does not have a high regard for her local schools. She has called them unconstitutional, tyrannical and tools of perversion. The conservative Texas lawyer has even likened sending children to her state's schools to "throwing them in to the enemy's flames". Her hostility runs so deep that she educated her own offspring at home and at private Christian establishments.
Now Dunbar is on the brink of fulfilling a promise to change all that, or at least point Texas schools toward salvation. She is one of a clutch of Christian evangelists and social conservatives who have grasped control of the state's education board. This week they are expected to force through a new curriculum that is likely to shift what millions of American schoolchildren far beyond Texas learn about their history.
Several changes include sidelining Thomas Jefferson, who favoured separation of church and state, while introducing a new focus on the "significant contributions" of pro-slavery Confederate leaders during the civil war.
The new curriculum asserts that "the right to keep and bear arms" is an important element of a democratic society. Study of Sir Isaac Newton is dropped in favour of examining scientific advances through military technology.
There is also a suggestion that the anti-communist witch-hunt by Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s may have been justified.
The education board has dropped references to the slave trade in favour of calling it the more innocuous "Atlantic triangular trade", and recasts the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as driven by Islamic fundamentalism.
Dunbar backed amendments to the curriculum that portray the free enterprise system (there is no mention of capitalism, deemed to be a tainted word) as a cornerstone of liberty and argue that the government should have a minimal role in the economy.
One amendment requires that students be taught that economic prosperity requires "minimal government intrusion and taxation".
The blizzard of amendments has produced the occasional farce. Some figures have been sidelined because they are deemed to be socialist or un-American. One of them is a children's author, Bill Martin, who wrote a popular tale, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Martin was purged from the curriculum when he was confused with an author with a similar name but a different book, Ethical Marxism.
That's why Blueballs is nuts.
#27 Apr 13, 2013
A little more than a year after the conservative-led state board of education in Texas approved massive changes to its school textbooks to put slavery in a more positive light, a group of Tea Party activists in Tennessee has renewed its push to whitewash school textbooks. The group is seeking to remove references to slavery and mentions of the country's founders being slave owners.
According to reports, Hal Rounds, the Fayette County attorney and spokesman for the group, said during a recent news conference that there has been "an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another."
"The thing we need to focus on about the founders is that, given the social structure of their time, they were revolutionaries who brought liberty into a world where it hadn't existed, to everybody -- not all equally instantly -- and it was their progress that we need to look at," Rounds said, according to The Commercial Appeal.
During the news conference more than two dozen Tea Party activists handed out material that said, "Neglect and outright ill will have distorted the teaching of the history and character of the United States. We seek to compel the teaching of students in Tennessee the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government."
“Leonardo Di Vinci died here”
Since: Nov 08
#28 Apr 14, 2013
Your the normal ignorant loon. Is the professor your kin?
#29 Apr 14, 2013
No rational argument? None? Ever?
“Leonardo Di Vinci died here”
Since: Nov 08
#30 Apr 14, 2013
Sorry pookie, I can't make a rational argument to lies and propaganda. Maybe if you tell the supportable truth once we can discuss it.
Since: Mar 09
The Left Coast
#31 Apr 14, 2013
Obama's generational politics?
Who's got the most campaign money?
#34 Apr 16, 2013
Good point. That applies to all politicians.
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