Trade talk and Texas

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Proven strat­egy

Re­gard­ing “Texas trade” (Page A14, Thurs­day), Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s “Amer­ica First” strat­egy is a zero-sum game in which one party wins and the other loses. This is a sig­nif­i­cant de­par­ture from pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions that un­der­stood the im­por­tance of cre­at­ing and im­ple­ment­ing win­win strate­gies in which both par­ties ben­e­fit.

Af­ter World War II, for­mer Pres­i­dents Tru­man and Eisen­hower fi­nanced the Mar­shall Plan and re­built Europe. They un­der­stood that a strong, mod­ern Euro­pean mid­dle class was good for the United States and good for the world.

When for­mer Pres­i­dents Bush and Clin­ton im­ple­mented NAFTA, they un­der­stood that strong neigh­bors with shared busi­ness in­ter­ests and com­mon val­ues were good for Amer­ica. As the Euro­pean, Mex­i­can and Cana­dian economies grew, Texas, Amer­ica and the world pros­pered; de­mand for U.S. goods and ser­vices grew.

When for­mer Pres­i­dent Obama nor­mal­ized re­la­tions with Cuba, he un­der­stood that the for­mer Com­mu­nist coun­try of 11 mil­lion peo­ple pre­sented op­por­tu­ni­ties for Amer­i­can busi­nesses to grow and help Cuba tran­si­tion from the 1950s to the 21st cen­tury. Help­ing Cuba would be good for Amer­ica. The win-win con­cept is for­eign to Pres­i­dent Trump. He does not see the world in the same light as his pre­de­ces­sors. He only sees win­ners and losers.

Amer­ica and its al­lies have pros­pered un­der the win-win strate­gies im­ple­mented by pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions. As Pres­i­dent Trump’s trade wars with our al­lies be­gin, we can only wait and see what im­pact his untested and un­proven strate­gies will have on Texas, the United States and global economies.

Bill Meyer, King­wood

Steve Gonzales / Hous­ton Chron­i­cle

A con­tainer ship is seen at a Port of Hous­ton Au­thor­ity dock.

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