‘Buy American’ and ‘Hire American’ Directives

The Trump administration is proceeding with more election promises, in this case to toughen up on immigrant workers and on imports.

Trump claims wide support, more jobs available and higher wages for Americans are sure to be popular, but support for higher prices that are likely to result has not been polled.

At this stage it only involves reviews to look at measures that could be taken.

Wall Street Journal: Trump Expected to Bolster ‘Buy American’ and ‘Hire American’ Directives

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order in Wisconsin on Tuesday directing a government-wide review aimed at putting new teeth back into decades-old “Buy American” and “Hire American” directives.

The 220-day review process, which could lead to additional executive orders and possibly legislation, will focus on preventing foreign workers with H-1B visas from, as one senior administration official put it, “undercutting American labor at less cost,” which the official labeled as “an abuse” of the current system.

“This is a clear statement from the president of the United States to shore up some of these abuses,” the official continued. The goal, the official said, is ensuring that “everyone can have a realistic path to economic success and full employment.”

The order will call for a review by federal agencies aimed at stricter enforcement of immigration and other laws governing the entry of workers into the U.S.

Cheap immigrant labour has benefited US employers and business, but has impacted on American unemployment.

In addition to the visa program, federal agencies will be asked to review and minimize the use of waivers and exceptions to Buy American policies as well as assess the degree to which waivers included in free-trade agreements have hurt American workers.

If those waivers, which are part of trade agreements with nearly 60 countries, are deemed to have put the U.S. at a disadvantage, as administration officials believe to be the case, those deals are likely to be renegotiated, the official said.

That could take quite a while to do, and re-negotiations may work both ways, not all in favour of the US.

The White House touted broad public support for the directives, pointing to a November 2016 poll by the Mellman Group showing 74% of respondents supporting the use of American workers and materials in publicly financed products.

That’s not a surprise, but I don’t know if people were also polled on whether they supported higher prices for goods or higher taxes to pay for more expensive public projects.

The order also will demand the use of American-made steel in publicly financed infrastructure and other construction projects. It clarifies that steel slab imported from and primarily constructed in foreign countries but finished in the U.S. won’t meet that directive.

Publicly funded projects only, so Trump companies could still build hotels with imported steel? See HOW DONALD TRUMP DITCHED U.S. STEEL WORKERS IN FAVOR OF CHINA:

Newsweek investigation has found that in at least two of Trump’s last three construction projects, Trump opted to purchase his steel and aluminum from Chinese manufacturers rather than United States corporations.

Throughout his campaign, Trump has maintained that some controversial decisions for his companies amounted to nothing more than taking actions that were good for business, and were therefore reflections of his financial acumen. But, with the exception of one business that collapsed into multiple bankruptcies, Trump does not operate a public company; he has no fiduciary obligation to shareholders to obtain the highest returns he can. His decisions to turn away from American producers were not driven by legal obligations to investors, but simply resulted in higher profits for himself and his family.

Another case with Trump saying ‘do as I say, not as I do’.

 

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  1. Corky

     /  April 19, 2017

    President Trumpy is on his way to being a great President…a true patriot. God bless Trumpy and the American way. Don’t forget, without America, we go on the block with bidding to start straight away. I wonder how Lefties would get on with Chinese or Russsian masters?

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    • Far too soon to tell if he will be a ‘great President’ or not.

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    • Blazer

       /  April 19, 2017

      so when are you off to live in the land of the free’ Corky.Need a lift to the …airport.China and Russia ,do not need to invade NZ,they can and are….buying it.A few donations in the right place,is all it…takes.

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      • Corky

         /  April 19, 2017

        Blazer, the world is becoming a more fractious fractured place. Trumps nationalism will make America more self sufficient. Yes, people will eventually wake up to the fact there is a price to pay for Trumps policies. But boy, will it put America in a stronger position should the crap hit the fan. Yes, we don’t own our country anymore. But should our landlord become overbearing, who will help us? The Labour Party?

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        • Blazer

           /  April 19, 2017

          Isolation/protectionism will not help the U.S…..mere posturing .The people of NZ are against asset sales,against giving away water…..they are ignored,that is why the Greens are getting …more relevant.

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        • Zedd

           /  April 19, 2017

          @cork%
          just wondering when you are moving to USA.. to be closer to your BIG HERO ? 🙂

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          • Corky

             /  April 19, 2017

            When the shite hits the fan…I will be going in the opposite direction to Yanks coming here. I don’t like eating apple pie with chop sticks.

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    • MaureenW

       /  April 19, 2017

      China would be my pick 😦

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    • Zedd

       /  April 19, 2017

      meanwhile in the REAL world Cork%.. Mr T still refuses to release his tax records OR declare which corporate execs. he is reportedly meeting with (in secret ?) its called ‘conflict of interest’.. so much for ‘draining the swamp’

      ‘believe nothing of what you hear & half of what you see’ (inc. that hair) 😀

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      • Corky

         /  April 19, 2017

        Yes, Zedd. Very interesting take on ‘buying American.”

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        • Zedd

           /  April 19, 2017

          the question is.. is Mr T ‘buying American’ OR Mexican, Russian or Chinese ?? :/

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  April 19, 2017

            Is Mr T buying American ? I assume that the question was a facetious one. Of course he isn’t, and he’s had to admit it. The famous red hats were mostly made in China-the US made ones were about twice the price. His daughter’s clothes (her range, I mean) are made in Asia. Trump doesn’t hire Americans, either; he applied recently for permits for a large number of migrant workers. Two thirds of wives have been immigrants.

            It’s too late to turn the clock back on Chinese/Asian imports. My new printer, an HP, cost $30, and comes with full sized cartridges. (I feel some guilt at not buying new cartridges for the other one, but the new one was cheaper than a cartridge)

            People may like the principle of Home Country Made, but I bet that few of us would want to pay the higher prices. There is also the fact that it would take time to make the factories and machines and train the workers, as well as redo the markets-and as people are not suddenly going to have X% more money, they won’t like thing costing X% more.

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            • Zedd

               /  April 19, 2017

              exactly… kitty 🙂

              Total double standards again, from Corky’s hero 😀

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 19, 2017

              😀 Consistency, thou art a jewel.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  April 19, 2017

    Oh dear, oh dear, Ivanka Trump is in trouble this time. No, I don’t mean for making President Xi listen politely to that shrill squawking as one of the mokos ‘sang’.

    Yes, with the Trumps it really is a case of doing that which they say, not that which they do, I’m afraid.

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    • Corky

       /  April 19, 2017

      Tamariki.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 19, 2017

        The child was Trump’s moko, trotted out by the doting grandfather to ‘entertain’ the unlucky President Xi. He must wonder at these times if he really wants to be the president that badly.

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        • Corky

           /  April 19, 2017

          Your context was wrong and calls for supposition from the reader should you like to invoke the president. as the causal possessive.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  April 19, 2017

            The Chinese president was visiting the US president, the moko was likely to be Trump’s moko in this context-especially as Ivanka Trump doesn’t have any mokos.

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            • Corky

               /  April 19, 2017

              The first line of your comment is where there’s a problem. No where is the president mentioned in relation to the moko . Supposition is called for as I said. In fact some would even consider tamariki incorrect. However, for Maori on the street tamariki would be acceptable.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 20, 2017

              Haven’t you heard someone say that their daughter/son was visiting with THE mokos ? I have and known what they meant.

    • Nelly Smickers

       /  April 19, 2017

      Sounds to me Catkin, you’re suffering from a touch of……*Schadenfreude* ❓

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      • Corky

         /  April 19, 2017

        Maybe she’s a Main Coon?

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 19, 2017

          No, Smickers, I really don’t like shrill-voiced children who show off because they have been told that what they do is marvellous…and I sincerely pity those who have to listen to this ghastly high-pitched noise. When it’s on a television ad, one can mute it. It’s one of the most unpleasing aural assaults, it’s like nails on blackboards :D.

          No Maine Coons in my family, as far as I know….

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        • Nelly Smickers

           /  April 19, 2017

          Certainly exhibits *one* of the ……*characteristics* 😄

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