Chances are, most of you reading this have a retirement account filled with some mix of stocks and bonds. Nearly all of you have a credit card or a debit card in your wallet. Many readers own their homes, have a savings account, or put some money away in a college fund for their children. These are all mainstream investments, and make no mistake, they are required to live a typical American lifestyle. Is there any need for alternative investments above and beyond these financial mainstays?
Instead of creating new rules, the order merely directs agencies to look for ways to promote both goals. The Buy American Act is already on the books and the law of the land. It was passed all the way back in 1933 and has never been repealed or overturned. However, a mountain of waivers, carve-outs, and simple lack of enforcement have long since crushed the spirit of this law. President Trump is looking to breathe new life into this eighty-four-year-old law.
They are typically dismissed as a minor news story because in most cases, the replacement politician is from the same party as the outgoing leader, and the balance of power in Washington remains the same. This was also the case recently in Kansas, where a Republican replaced a Republican, but the deeper story reveals an ominous possibility for the GOP in 2018.
While we may not have a real budget hawk in the White House, we at least have someone committed to preventing the deficit from growing. As he heads back into the legislative arena for round two on health care, the stakes are even higher than the previous fight. A second knockout would devastate Trump. Perhaps bargaining the health care plan against the promise of tax cuts is the winning combo for a victory against his old nemesis Senator Cruz.
This week, a discussion of the appropriate role of the United States in the world, specifically with regard to military intervention.
Those who are expecting the upcoming French election to be another disruptive, anti-EU event along the lines of Brexit or the Trump victory are likely to be disappointed. The France of the future is now looking very similar to the France of today.
This week, as we let emotions cool regarding the Syria strike, we return to the topic of healthcare.
As the story continues to unfold and the investigation into Mrs. Rice begins, the most critical piece of information to look for is the answer to the question of why. Why did Susan Rice unmask those names? Hopefully, she will have the decency to give an explanation to that vital question.
In 2017, Elon Musk is following in Ford’s footsteps by transforming the electric vehicle. It’s not just Ford the man we are talking about either – this is Ford, the company. According to The Wall Street Journal, Musk’s company, Tesla, just surpassed Ford’s valuation on the New York stock exchange.