By the definition of the word, the event that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, was an insurrection. The participants are properly being treated as criminals under federal law. At the same time, it’s hard to imagine that any participant really thought they would actually overthrow our government. It appeared to be more like a political demonstration that turned into a riot and ended with a lot of people following a herd mentality and things got out of control. Nevertheless, it is appropriate to take steps to see that it never happens again and to punish those who were involved.
Below is the link to an excellent article by Eric Boehm from Reason magazine’s August/September issue. It gives specific evidence that shows how international trade makes us safer in a world-wide pandemic rather than the opposite. There is a knee-jerk reaction when we have shortages to assume that we would be better off if we did not depend on other countries for our various needed products. This essay shows that the facts indicate otherwise.
link to Reason essay by Eric Boehm: https://reason.com/2020/07/11/trumps-trade-war-made-the-pandemic-worse-and-nationalism-will-slow-the-recovery/
If President Trump wants Mexico to pay for The Wall, he can not do it by putting a tariff on imports from Mexico to the U.S. A tariff on imports is a tax paid for by U.S. consumers in the form of higher prices. If the tariff stops the imports, it will allow the higher prices to be charged for U.S. made products. It will be a “win” for the company and its workers who get the protection, but it will be paid for by U.S. citizens, not Mexico.
Planet Money reported recently that the $1.3 billion in military aid that we send to Egypt every year is being wasted. All of the money we give them is to buy military equipment from U.S. manufacturers. Much of what they buy is duplicative and excessive for the Egyptian military and is simply being stored in crates. The primary reason that this continues is that U.S. manufacturers lobby Congress for it to continue, and Congressmen and Senators want to keep the jobs and money flowing into their States.
Listen to the audio report at this link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/08/23/214928040/episode-482-why-the-u-s-keeps-sending-weapons-to-egypt
Dilbert, the comic in the Register, recently revealed a great tip for computer users: If you lose your data for any reason, and you don’t have your own backup or if your backup fails, then you can appeal to the N.S.A. to get a copy of the “backup” of your data that our government keeps.