When was the last time we were on an equal playing field with trade and the rest of the world; if ever? Colonial days……..maybe? My knowledge of the economy and trade from that far back is not good. Not taught much in school. Oh, world history taught what each countries industrial strengths and resources were but not about fair or equal trade.
If you think we’ve been on a fair/equal playing field look in your closet. Made in China, dominates. You’d be hard pressed to find Made in the USA. I would love to be visiting an average working Chinese home, look in their closet for “Made in the USA” clothing. I doubt it would reflect the USA. It isn’t just clothing, turn something over in your living room, what’s the label say? Made in China or another foreign country.
I’d rather have a president trying to equal things out, and make some mistakes along the way………rather than do nothing; which has been our nations status quo for way too long.
Something is worth trying vs. nothing!
We are a nation who likes to cut corners, take short cuts. Phrases in our English language are often abbreviated to save us some effort and in many cases make it recognizable. I do not know if foreigners do the same with their language. I think it would be difficult if you knew a foreign language and words were abbreviated or really what I am getting at initialed-out…..like the FBI. If you are Japanese and know English does that present a communication problem? I don’t know really know.
I only mention it here because I was reading some blogs when It struck me many of them have one thing in common; we initial-out phrases. We do it in our writing and speaking. Is it really laziness?
We are an English-speaking nation, so far anyway. I go to the CVS Pharmacy for my prescription meds, watch CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC and get cash from an ATM. We are threatened daily by a group called ISIS or ISIL or maybe today just IS. We have intelligence or spies we know as the CIA and we’re investigated by the FBI and harassed at least once a year by the IRS. Our sports are all organized by the NFL, AFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA and probably some others I am missing here. I won’t go through all the states of the USA, but I am from MO. I wonder if they have this same language question in the USSR?
I could write or say something like ACDN, which as far as I know means nothing. I could possibly find a phrase with each word starting with those letters but it would take time and frequent use to associate those letters with the phrase. The NFL became recognizable to us as the National Football League from frequently being used by NBC, CBS and ABC, later ESPN.
What is my point…… I believe it started out as a question of difficulty for foreigners trying to speak English. What do you think? I don’t have ESP!