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Jim Flaherty July 23, 2014 at 07:22 am
Carl, I often agree with your posts but not this one. The school systems job is to prepare ourRead More children for the future. Whether that be a job or higher education. It is unfortunate that some children has test anxiety but they need to learn how to deal with it. If after completing high school they have a job at McDonald's are you going to tell McDonald's that they cannot work the lunch or dinner rush because it's to stressful on them? If they should get into a good collage are you going to tell there professors that they gets a pass on there senior thesis because they gets stressed from tests? One last thought on Education V Work will there resume state that they will not have to worry about deadlines, meetings or reports because there to stressful and demanding? What is the problem with students studying 110 hours per year for testing? People are tested everyday at work, in fact work could be considered a test of knowledge and how to use that knowledge all day everyday.
Jim Flaherty July 23, 2014 at 09:36 am
Carl, I often agree with your posts but not this one. The school systems job is to prepare ourRead More children for the future. Whether that be a job or higher education. It is unfortunate that some children has test anxiety but they need to learn how to deal with it. If after completing high school they have a job at McDonald's are you going to tell McDonald's that they cannot work the lunch or dinner rush because it's to stressful on them? If they should get into a good collage are you going to tell their professors that they gets a pass on their senior thesis because they gets stressed from tests? One last thought on Education-V-Work will their resume state that they will not have to worry about deadlines, meetings or reports because there to stressful and demanding? What is the problem with students studying 110 hours per year for testing? People are tested everyday at work, in fact work could be considered a test of knowledge and how to use that knowledge all day everyday.
Carl Petersen III July 23, 2014 at 10:57 am
Pressure should not be placed on students because the adults at the school require that the childrenRead More need better test scores. These tests used to be about measuring a student's progress so that their education could be customized. We have moved past that point and it needs to be returned. The 110 hours are wasted when the learning process is moved from processing information to how to do well on a test.
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Jim Flaherty July 23, 2014 at 09:28 am
Will, IMO our trade deficit would be reduced dramatically if the U.S. were to go with ReciprocityRead More style tariffs. Lets say a country imports car parts into the U.S., for each part imported, the U.S. need to charge a tariff equal to the tariff charged on a car part exported from the U.S. into that country. Toyota claims to makes cars in the U.S. but where do the parts come from? Are the cars made in the U.S. or assembled in the U.S. with parts made in Japan? The Toyota is not made in America it is assembled in America with Japanese parts. We need to charge a tariff on each and every part. If Japan charges a $10.000.00 tariff on an American made car imported into Japan we in return should charge $10.000.00 on the Japanese made components for Toyota's assembled in the U.S. Japan charges high tariffs on U.S. made products to avoid there importation. If the tariffs are high enough it becomes cheaper to make the product in Japan then have them imported. This is what Japan does and should be what the U.S. does with Japanese products. Simple reciprocity. Japan has the choice of lowering tariffs on U.S. products or the U.S. will raise tariffs on products made in Japan to level the playing field. Now the down side. If Detroit sees that the competition has to raise prices to cover the tariffs, Detroit will raise the price of it cars. Car prices are not bases on manufacturing cost but on what the market will bare. When the UAW see the car makers increased profits the union will demand higher wages and better benefits. When this happens the cost of the American made car will now be the same or higher then the imported/assembled in the U.S.A. car. Now we are back where we started.
Jim Flaherty July 23, 2014 at 09:31 am
Will, IMO our trade deficit would be reduced dramatically if the U.S. were to go with ReciprocityRead More style tariffs. Lets say a country imports car parts into the U.S., for each part imported, the U.S. need to charge a tariff equal to the tariff charged on a car part exported from the U.S. into that country. Toyota claims to makes cars in the U.S. but where do the parts come from? Are the cars made in the U.S. or assembled in the U.S. with parts made in Japan? The Toyota is not made in America it is assembled in America with Japanese parts. We need to charge a tariff on each and every part. If Japan charges a $10.000.00 tariff on an American made car imported into Japan we in return should charge $10.000.00 on the Japanese made components for Toyota's assembled in the U.S. Japan charges high tariffs on U.S. made products to avoid there importation. If the tariffs are high enough it becomes cheaper to make the product in Japan then have them imported. This is what Japan does and should be what the U.S. does with Japanese products. Simple reciprocity. Japan has the choice of lowering tariffs on U.S. products or the U.S. will raise tariffs on products made in Japan to level the playing field. Now the down side. If Detroit sees that the competition has to raise prices to cover the tariffs, Detroit will raise the price of it cars. Car prices are not bases on manufacturing cost but on what the market will handle. When the UAW see the car makers increased profits the union will demand higher wages and better benefits. When this happens the cost of the American made car will now be the same or higher then the imported/assembled in the U.S.A. car. Now we are back where we started.
William Wilkin July 23, 2014 at 09:55 am
Thanks, Jim, for your thoughtful comment. No doubt a tariff regime would be a big step forward forRead More American industry. It could be as you describe, it could be the simpler 30% across-the-board as Ian Fletcher proposed in "Free Trade Doesn't Work" --any tariff would help. But reciprocal tariffs alone, by definition, would not not do anything about non-tariff barriers to US exports around the world, defined broadly by the USTR office as "broadly defined as government laws, regulations, policies, or practices that either protect domestic goods and services from foreign competition, artificially stimulate exports of particular domestic" and cataloged in the "2014 National Trade Estimate Report on FOREIGN TRADE BARRIERS." But even if we also compensated for such non-tariff barriers, there would remain various other differences rooted in the historical conditions of our trading partners: low wages and weak regulations, industry niche clusters, etc. The beauty of our "Balanced Trade Restoration Act" is it would cut through these hundreds of different "advantages" of our trading partners and, by limiting our imports to the same value as our exports, bend our trade deficits and divert that annual $700+ billion demand towards US-made goods. And we see the Balanced Trade Restoration Act as a foundation but not a complete trade policy. There would still be plenty of room for anti-dumping and other targeted protections against "unfair" trading practices.
Brainwashed_In_Church July 18, 2014 at 09:02 am
Weddings aren't cheap. What can a to-be-married couple do with that $20K? They can use it for a downRead More payment on a house. Kick start their retirement savings. Start saving for their kids' college educations. Buy cars. Repair the house. Boost their Emergency Fund. OR, They can have a four hour party.
Lisbeth Allen July 18, 2014 at 11:25 am
I would be more understanding of such a huge outlay of money if people actually stayed married, butRead More alas, people don't anymore. It really is just a four hour party. Look at all the time and resources squandered.
ridgeroadmike July 18, 2014 at 11:48 am
I agree with both of you.
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