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Van Voohis: Going to Davos, Mr. Trump? Why not talk to India about taking U.S. jobs?

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As President Donald J. Trump descends on Davos this week, he’ll have the chance to meet with dozens of business and government leaders from around the world. This meeting is one of the best opportunities for the president to reinforce his fair trade agenda with our global trade partners, and there is no better place to start than with India.

While Trump’s rhetoric toward unfair Chinese trade policies is valid, India deserves just as much criticism for their new “Make in India” program.

The “Make in India” program has been lauded by the Indian government as a way to encourage investment in 25 key sectors of their economy, including electronics/IT, automobiles, aviation and pharmaceuticals, which opened the door to foreign investors. While this program may sound good on the surface, it continues to promote India’s antiquated protectionist policies that prevent many American goods from reaching Indian markets.

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This policy prescription favors companies who want to buy or manufacture goods in India, and targets those who want to sell in India. American companies who want to engage in the Indian economy face immense regulatory hurdles, which too often price them out of the market.

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Cliff-high tariffs range from nearly 50 percent to 113 percent on agricultural goods, according to the U.S. International Trade Administration: flowers, 60 percent, natural rubber, 70 percent, automobiles and motorcycles, 60 percent to 75 percent, raisins, 100 percent, alcoholic beverages, 150 percent, and textiles, some rates exceed 300 percent.

Further, imports are subject to state-level value-added or sales taxes and the Central Sales Tax, as well as various local taxes and charges. Additionally, India doesn’t make commerce easy by maintaining its infamously unresponsive and corrupt bureaucracy.

India is also one of the world’s most notable offenders against U.S. intellectual property rights. For example, India spends less than 1 percent of its GDP on healthcare, does not issue patents for U.S. medicines, and legislates price controls on medicines and medical devices. Meanwhile, the United States spends 18 percent of its GDP on healthcare and invents the vast majority of new medicines and medical devices—innovations that save and extend lives.

To make matters worse, The United States recently opened its market to Indian firms, whereas U.S. companies that invent medicines still are unable to access the Indian market. Additionally, American trade policy welcomes the import of Indian generics, 1 in 5 of which are likely to not be what sellers claim they are.

It is critical to maintain the U.S.-India trade relationship, and to ensure that India is open about the regulatory burdens it imposes on American companies. The “Make in India” program must be implemented in line with the basic tenets of free trade in the 21st century.

President Trump recently described India as a “leading global power” and asserted that in the future, he’ll work to deepen America’s strategic partnership with India and support its leadership role in maintaining security in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Goldman Sachs Claims Forcing Americans to Wear Masks Would Save U.S. Economy $1 Trillion

Multinational corporations want Americans to submit to the virus regime.

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Corporate titan Goldman Sachs has produced research that contends the U.S. economy would save five percent of GDP, or $1 trillion, due to a national mask mandate using federal force to make people wear masks.

“If a face mask mandate meaningfully lowers coronavirus infections, it could be valuable not only from a public health perspective but also from an economic perspective because it could substitute for renewed lockdowns that would otherwise hit GDP,” the researchers wrote.

Goldman’s analysts claim that forcing people to wear masks at the federal level would impact states like Florida and Texas, where masks are not mandatory, and “meaningfully” increase mask usage nationwide. Even though the mandate would be grossly unconstitutional, Goldman apparently believes that the ends justify the means.

They estimate that a mask mandate would increase mask usage overall by 15 percent and cut the daily growth of new coronavirus cases by between .6% and 1%. Goldman is fueling the false dichotomy where the public must to accept either a strict mask mandate or a Draconian shutdown of society. They claim that the next lockdown would take an additional $1 trillion out of the economy.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is attempting to unseat President Trump in November, has stated that he would use federal power to force Americans to wear masks.

“Yes, I would—from an executive standpoint, yes, I would . . . I would do everything possible to make it a requirement that people had to wear masks in public,” Biden mumbled last week.

The stage has been set for round two of the coronavirus panic to cripple society, even though the establishment has been encouraging Black Lives Matter pogroms against white people simultaneously.

Big League Politics has reported on the so-called experts as they have kept the fear propaganda going despite the immense hypocrisy:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are continuing their fear-mongering about the coronavirus pandemic, desperately trying to dissuade Americans from living their lives.

“Right now, communities are experiencing different levels of transmission occurring, as they gradually ease up onto the community mitigation efforts and gradually reopen,” the CDC’s deputy director for infectious diseases, Jay Butler, said to reporters during a press briefing on Friday.

“If cases begin to go up again, particularly if they go up dramatically, it’s important to recognize that more mitigation efforts such as what were implemented back in March may be needed again,” he added.

Butler emphasized that the “pandemic is not over” and urged localities to re-institute Draconian shutdown policies based on “what is happening within the community regarding disease transmission.”

The CDC has displayed an extreme amount of incompetence throughout the pandemic, which has destroyed their credibility and made them into a national laughingstock.

The establishment will never allow normalcy to return. The Orwellian nightmare, enabled by COVID-19 hysteria, is here to stay.

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