Nobody Knows How Trade Works

Nobody Knows How Trade Works

Republicans and Democrats are both overlooking the keys to making a new NAFTA work for the American people.


Although with everything going on in the news no one could blame you for missing it, you should know that US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has been signed, and is now waiting for congressional approval (probably in the next session with the new Congress) to replace NAFTA.

So, the obvious questions are, why change NAFTA, what where it's problems, what are the USMCA's solutions, and will Congress approve it.

First things first, NAFTA has largely been changed for political reasons, namely, Trump just doesn't seem to like it. In fact, many although Economists are (by huge margins) in support of it, many politicians are not, rather baselessly claiming that it lost US jobs.

The funny thing is, for someone decidedly not a fan of NAFTA, Trump has essentially just made "NAFTA 2.0". The only real differences are mandating slightly higher wages and standards for Mexican workers, US access to the Canadian Dairy market, and the closing of the loophole in which Trump placed tariffs on Canada.

But none of that would have stopped job loss in the US, and NAFTA was really not the reason for manufacturing job loss to begin with, job loss is because of automation.

Instead of blaming free trade agreements with fewer jobs the US should focus on better equipping the US workforce with more skills, through the education system, and retraining programs. Free trade is good for both countries, and when US workers can't find new jobs it isn't because of a bad trade deal, but poor domestic policy choices.

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12 Things Young Republicans Are Tired Of Hearing

A dozen myths about conservatism and what the real deal is.


As a college student, I know a lot of people my age consider themselves very liberal. It's a rare occasion when you meet another conservative on campus. Being a young Republican, there are several negative assumptions that come along with that.

Here is a list of 12 things we're all tired of hearing.

1. "You're only a Republican because your parents are."

Yes, my parents are both Republican and that's where my morals and beliefs were first taught, but I am my own person. I have done my own research and decided that my views side with the Republican Party. There are several things that even my parents and I disagree on. I wouldn't choose to be a Democrat just so I could be different.

2. "I bet you support Trump."

While many Republicans my age are supporting Trump, that doesn't mean we all are. We're entitled to our personal opinions and assuming we're all the same is incorrect. Just because you are a Republican doesn't mean you automatically support Trump.

3. "You're racist, sexist, etc."

This couldn't be farther from the truth. There are so many Republicans that come from unique racial and cultural backgrounds, both genders included. Take Marco Rubio, Condoleezza Rice, Ben Carson, and Bobby Jindal. These are just a few of the many, many examples.

4. "You're uneducated about the issues."

Just because someone has a different opinion than you doesn't mean they're wrong or uninformed.

5. "You're only a Republican because you're rich."

I am by no means rich. Did my parents have enough money to support their family? Yes, and I'm very blessed for that. However, they didn't pay for everything. As for college, I worked my butt off to get scholarships and opportunities to succeed. I was taught at a very young age that money requires work and things aren't just handed to you. That's exactly the reason why I strongly support capitalism.

6. "Why don't you want free college?"

NOTHING IS FREE. Would free college be awesome? Absolutely! However, I do not believe it's fair to tax working people to pay for it. If you want something, work for it.

7. "The GOP is a bunch of old, white men."

This is so untrue. I mean take a look at all the well-known conservatives in America. Lauren Conrad, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Carly Fiorina, Condoleezza Rice, Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and so many more. Point proven.

8. "You're close-minded."

This is the most common and most annoying. Conservative does not equal close-minded. I love hearing about different ideas and opinions.

9. "You hate immigrants."

I personally feel like our immigration system is broken and needs to be changed so it's more accessible to become an American citizen. However, I don't believe those here illegally should receive taxpayer benefits. I'm all for immigration as long as it's done legally.

10. "You don't support women's rights."

Usually, this is brought up when talking about abortion. What about the rights of the unborn child? It's not just about one person's rights at that point.

11. "You should just #FeelTheBern."

#NO. I do not support socialism.

12. "You only hear the Fox News version."

Fox News is my favorite choice of news programs, but I also enjoy hearing the different views on CNN, NBC, Huffington Post, etc.

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A**holes Need Not Apply

Don't even think about it boy. I deserve better than you.


Dating in 2019 has become a thing that is equally frustrating and pointless because it really seems like all of the good guys are in hiding. How many times do we have to go after a guy and go on dates only to be fooled yet again by men who have no respect for women? I have become so fed up with the current dating culture that I am going to say this once and once only.

Assholes need not apply.

Do not waste my time and don't think for one second that you will ever convince me to settle because guess what, I deserve better. I don't deserve to be that girl waiting by her phone because you're waiting hours to text back or call. I don't deserve to continually put myself out there and be bold to win you over when you aren't even worth it, and I especially don't deserve your complete disregard and lack of respect for me.

You aren't worth it so don't waste my time.

Dating has seriously become a sport where I am taking hit after hit and making no goals. Do I deserve these bruises? Absolutely not and you definitely don't either. I'm taking this opportunity to stand up despite the pain I feel from hit after hit and say I've had enough.

If a guy really wants to get to know me and spend time with me, I will not chase him. It's time for me to start feeling wanted instead of forcing a guy to give me attention he will ultimately take away. I deserve respect and attention from a good guy who wants to be with me.

So, if you're a good guy who genuinely wants to get know a girl, hit her up but if you're just looking to mess around and drop her, don't even bother. Boy bye.

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