I don't understand your point. Countries will convene and cooperate with each other if it's in their interest to do so...so we should get rid of the main forum that makes that possible?Originally Posted by Ethereal
Do you deny that we have fewer trade barriers with Canada and Mexico than we had prior to NAFTA?Originally Posted by Ethereal
They are steps in the right direction compared to what existed before. Legislatures are not in the habit of unilaterally reducing trade barriers. It happens occasionally, but not often enough to base our trade policy around it.Originally Posted by Ethereal
OK, fair enough. Instead of eliminating medical care programs over 4 years, he wants to eliminate them over a couple decades. All of the criticisms of this system that I made still stand.Originally Posted by Ethereal
You aren't REALLY going to use a short-term financial crisis as a justification for eliminating a policy which has been in place for DECADES, are you?Originally Posted by Ethereal
I'd much rather have an economy that reliably grows at -1% to 4% per year (with rare exceptions), instead of an economy that grows 10% one year, shrinks 10% the next year, and grows 25% the year after that. Gold prices are simply too volatile to base a currency and an economy on them. Just look at a graph of the value of gold over time.Originally Posted by Ethereal
Those criticisms have nothing to do with monetary policy and would be just as likely to occur under a gold standard.Originally Posted by Ethereal
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Regardless of whether or not we are a part of the UN, we will communicate and meet with nations when we feel it is pertinent to do so. That is the point Ethereal was making, that the UN is useless and unnecessary.I don't understand your point. Countries will convene and cooperate with each other if it's in their interest to do so...so we should get rid of the main forum that makes that possible?
"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." - Gandhi
This is far from obvious. Look at the EU! It has made trade somewhat freer in those lands under its despotic grip but it has done little for trade outside that, perhaps even done the opposite, and it has come with great negatives and abuses.They are steps in the right direction compared to what existed before.
"It is written in the eternal constitution that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." - Edmund Burke