Quick now: What do the following states have in common?
Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Texas, Missouri, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Arizona, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
If you said they all voted for Trump -- based partly on fabricated "issues" like unfair practices perpetrated by foreign countries in trade deals -- well, you'd be right.
But if you also said those same states -- which made up more than half his Electoral College votes -- were the ones who'd most be adversely affected by his determination to destroy the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), you'd be even more right.*
Yes, it's true. According to the Financial Post (not exactly a left-wing publication): "...(these are) the states exporting the most to Canada and Mexico in total dollars, or as a percentage of their overall global exports."
But hey -- your very own president says Canada is "very unfair". You have to believe him, right? I mean, he wouldn't lie about that yuuuuuge trade deficit the US has with my country, would he?
Well, yes. Yes, in fact, he would and did.
Let's ignore for the moment long-standing absurdities like the "reasoning" behind the continuing softwood lumber surcharge (smacked down numerous times to no avail) or Boeing's fatuous attack on Bombardier over subsidies for aircraft they don't even have a competitor for.
No, let's see what your very own Office of the United States Trade Representative. What was that again? Oh, yes: "the U.S. has a trade surplus (italics mine) with Canada, to the amount of US$12 billion." (Statistics Canada agrees with that figure.)
So, Lord of the Lies, grab a so-far useless F35 -- it’s already cost your country (and other fools, like Canada) $400 billion in development costs (read, subsidies) according to the US Government Accountability Office, which is twice what it was supposed to be by now -- and jam it sideways.
Go right ahead. Pull out of NAFTA, and see who howls first and loudest. I'll be over there in the corner, snickering sovietly.
* In the interest of full disclosure, I vehemently opposed the original Free Trade Agreement and, later, NAFTA itself. Why I was so adamant is irrelevant to this discussion. And yes, it will hurt Canadians too to do so now, including my family's business (although I have no part in said business).