Economic Aggression

challenge:

Hudson Institute: economic Aggression

Investigation of China

Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974,
as amended,
gives the U.S. Trade Representative
broad authority to respond to a foreign country’s unfair trade practices.

If USTR makes
an affirmative determination
of actionable conduct,
it has the authority to
take all appropriate and feasible action
to obtain the elimination of the act,
policy, or practice,
subject to the direction
of the President,
if any.

The statute includes
authorization to take any actions
that are within the President’s power
with respect to trade in
goods or services,
or any other area
of pertinent relations
with the foreign country.


Spies

  • Attorney General Sessions announces plan to combat Chinese espionage

Invasion

  • President Trump delivers remarks announces changing asylum rules for migrants on Immigration New Policy and Border Security
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Midterm elections: 2018 California propositions

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definition:

bond:
“in a state of a serf, unfree,”
a bond is an instrument of indebtedness of the bond issuer to the holders.
It is a debt security, under which the issuer owes the holders a debt and, depending on the terms of the bond, is obliged to pay them interest (the coupon)
and/or
to repay the principal at a later date, termed the maturity date.


sources:


Proposition: a presentation

California ballot proposition
a referendum or an initiative measure that is submitted to the electorate for a direct decision or direct vote.


prop1
Housing Programs and Veterans’ Loans Bond (2018):
(Issues) write a check
for $4 billion
in tax payer funds
for housing programs
and
veterans’ home loans.

if you vote
yes,
then(why)
taxes will increase
to fund veterans
and affordable housing.

if you vote
no,
then(why)
tax payers won’t be in debt.

myVote[no]
(my reason)
let entrepreneurs find ways to build.

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prop2
Use Millionaire’s Tax Revenue for Homelessness Prevention Housing Bonds Measure (2018):
Authorizes state
to use revenue from
millionaire’s tax
for $2 billion in bonds
for mental health services,
homelessness prevention housing.

if you vote
yes,
then(why)
taxes will increase
to fund

if you vote
no,
then(why)
tax payers won’t be in debt.

myVote[no]
(my reason)
let entrepreneurs find ways to build.


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prop3
Water Infrastructure and Watershed Conservation Bond Initiative (2018):
Issues $8.877 billion
in bonds
for water-related infrastructure
and
environmental projects.

if you vote
yes,
then(why)
taxes for water infrastructure.

if you vote
no,
then(why)
tax payers won’t be in debt.

myVote[no]
(my reason)
let entrepreneurs find ways to build.



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prop4

Children’s Hospital Bonds Initiative (2018):
Issues $1.5 billion
in bonds
for children’s hospitals.

if you vote
yes,
then(why)
taxes for construction, renovation, and equipping of children’s hospitals.

if you vote
no,
then(why)
tax payers won’t be in debt.

myVote[no]
(my reason)
let entrepreneurs find ways to build.
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prop5

Property Tax Transfer Initiative (2018):
amends prop 13(1978)
allows home-buyers
who are age 55 or older
or severely disabled
to transfer the tax-assessed value
from their prior home
to their new home,
no matter
(a) the new home’s market value;
(b) the new home’s location in the state;
or
(c) the number of moves.

if you vote
yes,
then(why)
supports amending Proposition 13 (1978) to allow homebuyers who are
age 55 or
older or
severely disabled
to transfer their tax assessments,
with a possible adjustment,
from their prior home
to their new home,
no matter
(a) the new home’s market value;
(b) the new home’s location in the state;
or
(c) the buyer’s number of moves.

if you vote
no,
then(why)
opposes amending Proposition 13 (1978)
to change how tax assessments are transferred between properties
for home-buyers who are age
55 or
older or
severely disabled.

myVote[yes]
it’s their property.


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prop6

Voter Approval for Future Gas and Vehicle Taxes and 2017 Tax Repeal Initiative (2018):
Repeals 2017’s fuel tax
and vehicle fee increases and
requires public vote on
future increases.

if you vote
yes,
then(why)
repeals fuel tax increases
and vehicle fees
that were enacted in 2017,
including
the Road Repair and
Accountability Act of 2017 (RRAA)
and
require voter approval
(via ballot propositions)
for the California State Legislature
to impose, increase, or extend
fuel taxes
or
vehicle fees in
the future.

if you vote
no,
then(why)
keeps the fuel tax increases
and vehicle fees
that were enacted in 2017,
including
the Road Repair and Accountability Act
of 2017 (RRAA),
in place and
allowing the state legislature
to continue to impose, increase, or extend fuel taxes
or
vehicle fees
through a two-thirds vote
of each chamber and without voter approval.

myVote[yes]
I don’t want to pay the tax.

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prop7

Permanent Daylight Saving Time Measure (2018):
Authorizes legislature
to provide for
permanent daylight saving time
if federal government allows.

no direct fiscal effect
because changes to daylight saving time would depend on future actions by the Legislature and potentially
the federal government.

if you vote
yes,
then(why)
supports allowing the California State Legislature
to establish
permanent,
year-round daylight saving time (DST)
in California by
a two-thirds vote
if federal law is changed
to allow for permanent DST.

if you vote
no,
then(why)
opposes allowing the California State Legislature to establish
permanent,
year-round daylight saving time (DST)
in California
by a two-thirds vote
if federal law is changed
to allow for permanent DST.

myVote[yes]
let the time be fixed.
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prop8

Limits on Dialysis Clinics’ Revenue and Required Refunds Initiative (2018):
Requires dialysis clinics
to issue refunds
for revenue above
a certain amount.

if you vote
yes,
then(why)
supports requiring dialysis clinics
to issue refunds
to patients
or
patients’ payers
for revenue above
115 percent of the costs of
direct patient care
and healthcare improvements.

if you vote
no,
then(why)
opposes requiring
dialysis clinics
to issue refunds
to patients
or
patients’ payers for
revenue above 115 percent of
the costs of
direct patient care
and healthcare improvements.

myVote[no]
why:
I don’t believe in prohibitions,
why:
according to the committee,
the requirement to refund profits
above the limit
would result in clinic closures
and reduced patient access.
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prop10

Local Rent Control Initiative (2018):
establishes rent control in California.

if you vote
yes,
then(why)
allows local governments
to adopt rent control
on any type of rental housing.

if you vote
no,
then(why)
prohibit local governments
from enacting rent control

myVote[no]
rent control has failed in new york,
i don’t want to end up like new york.

New housing construction stopped. Existing housing was allowed to deteriorate.


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prop11

Ambulance Employees Paid On-Call Breaks, Training, and Mental Health Services Initiative (2018):

Ambulance Employees
Paid On-Call Breaks,
Training,
and
Mental Health Services Initiative (2018)
if you vote
yes,
then(why)
you will be:
forcing ambulance providers to
force workers to remain on-call
during breaks
paid at their regular rate;

forcing employers to pay for
additional training for EMTs and paramedics; and
forcing employers to provide EMTs and paramedics with some paid mental health services.

if you vote
no,
then(why)
you will not be:
forcing ambulance providers to
force workers to remain on-call
during breaks
paid at their regular rate;

forcing employers to pay for
additional training for EMTs and paramedics; and
forcing employers to provide EMTs and paramedics with some paid mental health services.

myVote[no]
this will increase the cost of doing business,
therefore decreases the number of first responder’s.

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prop12

Farm Animal Confinement Initiative (2018)

if you vote
yes,
then(why)
you will be:
establish minimum space requirements based on square feet for
calves raised for veal,
breeding pigs, and
egg-laying hens

and

ban the sale of
(a) veal from calves,
(b) pork from breeding pigs, and
(c) eggs from hens when the animals are confined to areas below minimum square-feet requirements.

if you vote
no,
then(why)
keeping in place minimum space requirements based on animal movement
—not square feet—
for calves raised for veal,
breeding pigs, and
egg-laying hens

and

continuing to ban the sale of
shelled eggs from hens
—but not liquid eggs from hens,
veal from calves, or
pork from breeding pigs—
that are confined to areas not meeting space requirements based on animal movement standards.

myVote[no]
this will increase food costs,
why would you change the standards from animal movement standards to square feet?
sounds like punishment to me.


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Feminism: Lara Trump

Hive Mind

I think I think a lot,
I don’t.

This is how I see the world.