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23
Oct
18

Park and Diamond Foldable Bicycle Helmet

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The Crowd Funding Source Indiegogo is helping to fund a new exciting product. Park and Diamond has made a foldable bike helmet that looks like a baseball cap. And it is safer than a traditional helmet. It will be manufactured in Europe and the United States. The bad: looks like it may be assembled in Asia.
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Park & Diamond: Foldable Bike Helmet
Created by ex-SpaceX engineers. Looks & feels like a baseball cap. Safe as a traditional helmet.
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$942,174 USD raised by 9132 backers
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Park & Diamond™ is an ultra-portable, stylish and collapsible bike helmet that looks and feels like a traditional baseball cap. It will comply with the U.S.Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Canadian cycling helmet CAN-CSA-D113.2-M and EU EN-1078 safety certification standards for the protection you need and a style you’ll love. * Collapsible, comfortable and breathable * Stylish and replaceable skin * Hand washable layers * Weighs 8 oz NOTE: On Mobile, click “READ THE STORY”.
  • Backers 9,132

The Park & Diamond helmet is ultra-portable and designed to fit into a custom water bottle-sized case to easily store in your backpack or large handbag, and will pass U.S. CPSC and EU EN-1078 cycling helmet safety standards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

* NYC Department of Transportation Study

 

 

 

Co-founder David Hall’s sister was riding her bike through the intersection of Park & Diamond when she was the victim of a hit and run accident. She spent the next four months in a coma. While she has since recovered and graduated from college, Dave and Co-founder Jordan Klein quickly learned that Dave’s sister was one of 85,000 Americans to suffer a traumatic brain injury from cycling-related accidents that year.

So David and Jordan asked: “How can we make cycling safer?”. After three years of development, the new Park & Diamond helmet will answer this question!

 

 

The Park & Diamond helmet will pass all U.S. and E.U regulations to make sure you get the protection you need while riding a bicycle or kick scooter. Adult sizes will be available first.

 

When a traditional bike helmet bounces, the EPS foam protective material releases the energy back to the users head during impact increasing the total momentum change the wearer experiences. With this greater momentum change, there is a greater likelihood of a head injury.

The Park & Diamond Bike Helmet’s patented protective material absorbs and dissipates three times more elastic energy than a traditional bike helmet, which means significantly less energy is being transferred to the head, and making the Park & Diamond Helmet a better bike helmet.

 

 

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Our helmet is light and easy to carry. You can roll it up in its custom carry case and store in your backpack, messenger bag or handbag.

 

Make a personal statement with our customizable helmet skins.  Choose your limited edition color and pattern.

 

The Park & Diamond helmet is breathable and washable, especially important during warm biking months. Want to change your look? The outside skin is easily replaceable.

 

 

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The Park & Diamond helmet was designed using patented and proprietary protection materials that are significantly more efficient at absorbing and dissipating energy than traditional bike helmets, It folds/rolls-up into a unique cylindrical case, and has washable and interchangeable skins.

* The Park & Diamond™  Helmet is designed and engineered to comply with  U.S, Canada, and European Union cycling safety standards. On delivery, Park & Diamond will comply with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Canada CAN-CSA-D113.2-M, and the EU EN-1078 safety certifications. “Safe as a traditional helmet” safety claim is based on Park & Diamond’s compliance with these regulations.

 

“We see a world without life-altering brain injuries and will relentlessly work to create this reality.”

“Building more than a brand, a product, or a company, Park & Diamond sees a barrier-free ecosystem of protection for every lifestyle.”

A project three years in the making with the support and recognition from engineering and technology communities. We are fully prepared to deliver.

 

 

 

 

Jordan Klein is CEO/Co-founder of Park & Diamond, Inc. Jordan and his co-founder, David Hall, launched Park & Diamond three years ago as a mission-based company focused on protecting as many cyclist’s heads as possible, while developing accessible and portable products to fit everyone’s personal style.

Jordan was an Application Engineer at Altec working on making their industrial trucks safer. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (in Blacksburg, VA), majoring in Engineering Science and Mechanics, Math, and Entrepreneurship and New Venture Growth. Jordan has had a lifetime passion for cars and has always had a great interest in automotive engineering and how to make all vehicles safer.

Jordan is a big VA Tech Hokie fan, enjoys jet skiing and is keenly interested in anything with wheels that goes fast. Jordan Klein is from Chappaqua, NY and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

 

David Hall is President/Co-founder of Park & Diamond, Inc., and also co-designer, co-inventor and co-patent holder of the first Park & Diamond ultra-portable bike helmet. He co-founded Park & Diamond as a mission-based company focused on protecting as many cyclist’s heads as possible while developing accessible and portable products to fit everyone’s personal style.

David attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (in Blacksburg, Va), majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Industrial Design, product design, medical devices, and the role of cost-effective medical care. Prior to co-founding Park & Diamond, David was on the Virginia Tech engineering team Pediatric Medical Device Institute, as inventor/team leader of an initiative to design, manufacture, and implement a comprehensive infant monitoring system for neonatal hospital units.

David is from the Philadelphia area and can find any excuse to tell you how the Philadelphia Flyers are better than the Pittsburgh Penguins. He enjoys traveling, his two most recent trips were Cuba and Hong Kong and has a knack for getting lost. David is a new resident of Brooklyn, NY and is on a mission to find the spiciest food in NYC, as long as he can find his way home.

 

Keith Cutler is Director, Marketing Partnerships and a founding team member. Keith’s extensive career in sports/entertainment, media and product marketing uniquely positions Park & Diamond to develop one-of-a-kind partnerships to help put more safe and ultra-portable helmets onto cyclist’s heads.

Prior to joining Park & Diamond, Cutler ran KCMG Consulting LLC, focused on marketing and business development for sports, entertainment and media partnerships, C-level recruiting and executive coaching and working closely with startup entrepreneurs on team growth and business development. Other career highlights include: CBS Television Stations Digital Media, Sr. VP Business Development; Turner Broadcasting (Time Warner), Executive VP, Sports Sales & Marketing; USA Today Baseball Weekly (Gannett), Publisher/co-founder; USA Today (Gannett), Sports Marketing Director.

Keith Cutler is on the NJ Make-A-Wish, President’s Advisory Board, and the University of Florida, College of Journalism/Communications’ Advertising Board. He mostly enjoys spending time with his two daughters, traveling and photographing the world around him and rooting for all Florida Gators’ teams. Cutler graduated from the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) with a B.S. in Advertising, was born in Miami, FL and currently lives in Hoboken, NJ.

 

Zak Koster is Director of Engineering at Park & Diamond. Zak’s breadth of engineering design team leadership and research-level education position him well to lead the engineering team designing high-tech ultra-portable and safe protective bike helmets.

Since Zak’s childhood, he immersed himself in science books with his deep love of physics. In high school, Zak’s physics admiration redirected to engineering when he participated in four years of FIRST robotics and co-founded his first consumer product company, ZKD Designs. Prior to joining Park & Diamond, Zak worked at SpaceX in Test Equipment Engineering at Texas and then Life Support Systems Engineering at SpaceX headquarters in LA, designing and testing flight-level hardware. Before SpaceX, Zak led an Ohio-based NASA Glenn research team focused on rotorcraft icing.

Zak attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA) and both for a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering where he designed formula racecars and mentored the school’s hyperloop team. When he’s not dreaming of space travel, Zak hits the surf, skydives, and rock climbs. Zak is from Syracuse NY and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

 

 

 

U.S. (all 50 states + DC) will be offered Free Shipping.  For rest of the world shipping, a $5 charge for single helmet orders and $10 for the 2-pack and 4-pack orders. applies. Worldwide shipping fees exclude GST, VAT, equivalent taxes and customs duties. GST and VAT, if any, will be collected from backers at the time of delivery.

Orders placed now will begin shipping in February 2019 for Super Early Bird orders.  Other perk levels will ship March 2019.  Actual ship dates may vary.

 

By backing now,  you’ll be among the first to experience the comfort, style, portability and safety that the Park & Diamond helmet offers.

 

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22
Oct
18

Eco-Friendly Aiken Opens Store No. 4

Eco-FRiendly Aiken Opens No.4

Aiken brings eco-friendly fashion to new store in Palo Alto

Photo of Anh-Minh Le
With the opening last month of Aiken in Town & Country Village, Palo Alto shoppers have a new go-to for eco-friendly fashion.If the boutique’s industrial modern aesthetic and sustainably minded offerings seem familiar, but the name doesn’t ring a bell, that’s because the company recently rebranded. Aiken was formerly known as Convert. For trademark reasons, founders Randy Brewer and Fred Whitefield, who are business and life partners, officially changed the moniker in August.The focus remains the same, however — curating sustainable clothing lines made in the U.S. for men and women. In fact, the word Aiken, which is the middle name of the founders’ teenage son, may better reflect the retailer’s ethos: “It’s Gaelic for oak, with all the enduring beauty and nature-loving connotations that go with it,” says Brewer.

Aiken’s fourth outpost — following two locations in Berkeley and one in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley — is just shy of 1,800 square feet, making it the largest to date. “We had so many customers coming into our other stores saying, ‘Please open down here,’” says Brewer of the Peninsula shop. (A Santana Row venue debuting next year will be even bigger.)

“We used the 30 years that I’ve been doing this — including the past 10 with our own stores — to know what mix we want to carry, what works and what doesn’t,” says Brewer, who, prior to starting the business did stints at Villains and Rolo.

The minimalist Palo Alto space includes white beams overhead and polished concrete underfoot. The cold-rolled steel racks lining the white walls hold apparel by the likes of Sebastopol’s Indigenous. “Every single one of their pieces is organic cotton, alpaca or Tencel,” says Brewer. “The fits are phenomenal; when you get these things on, they look elegant and sophisticated.”

Aiken also carries the ready-to-wear collection of San Francisco designer Amy Kuschel, who is well-known for her wedding gowns. A vintage cabinet holds jewelry by Rebecca Scott, made in San Francisco, too.

A handful of tables displays jeans by socially conscious brand Able along with Fidelity Denim, J Brand and more, ranging from $160 to $260; graphic T-shirts by Headline, printed in California using nontoxic inks, $28; super-soft sneakers, $95 to $110, by Suavs, based in Austin, Texas; women’s shoes by Bird of Flight, $120, designed by San Francisco’s Naomi Reid; and small accessories, among them a silk scarf, $120, with a nature motif — acorns, leaves and squirrels — that is an exclusive collaboration with Centinelle out of Marin.

The back corner is devoted to Graf Lantz, which crafts its merino wool felt, leather and canvas bags in Los Angeles. The stylish creations sit atop recycled cardboard shelves that Brewer saved from the Convert shoe store that closed two years ago.

In total, about 40 brands are stocked, including Aiken’s recently introduced private label, which debuted with button-down woven shirts for men and will expand to organic cotton T-shirts in the spring.

When Brewer and Whitefield launched in 2009, “it was a lot harder to find things,” Brewer recalls. Back then, “my goal was to go to companies that I liked and try to get them to do something sustainable, because that’s how bad it was.

“If I could get them to do something, I could put it in my store: Make your T-shirts in the U.S. or use organic cotton for your T-shirts. Do something to go in the right direction,” he continues. “Now it’s not as hard. There are a lot more people doing interesting things that are sustainable and fashionable.”

Anh-Minh Le is a Peninsula freelance writer. Email: style@sfchronicle.com.

Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Suite 20, Palo Alto; (650) 325-3266. https://aikenclothing.com.


Editor’s Note

Aiken, just changed its name from Convert. The store specializes in Made in America clothing that is also eco-friendly and sustainable. Is that not what we should all be desiring?

18
Oct
18

Top 25 Made in USA Clothing Brands

Top 25 Made in USA Clothing Brands

Top 25 Made in USA Clothing Brands

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For lots of consumers, buying American-made clothing is a conscious decision made for a number of different reasons — like ensuring high-quality, durable materials that will last, supporting the US economy or satisfying their classic and traditional sense of style.

If seeing that made-in-the-USA tag on your clothing is important to you, take a browse through our list of the top 25 brands designed and manufactured right here in America

Made in USA clothing brands

Here are our top 25 picks for brands made in the good ol’ USA.

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AllAmerican Clothing
USA
Men’s & Women’s jeans
American Giant
CA
Men’s & women’s shirts, pants, outerwear
Offers a 20% military discount
Baldwin Denim & Collection
USA
Men’s &women’s jeans, designer shirts & accessories
Imported denim
Battenwear
NY
Men’s designer outerwear, sweats, shirts & accessories
Available from retailers across the globe
Buck Mason
CA
Men’s designer jackets, polos, sweaters, accessories & pants
Some material imported
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  • Buck Mason stores in CA and NY
Emerson Fry
USA
Women’s designer blouses, dresses, shoes jackets
Small, limited-release collections
FairEnds
CA
Men’s, women’s & kids’ ball caps
Custom cap option
Flynn Skye
CA
Women’s dresses, jumpers, pants, tops & swimwear
Designed in Venice; made in LA
Gamine Workwear
USA
 Workwear for women
Sustainable manufacturing
  • Direct
Gitman Bros.
PA
Men’s dress shirts, sport shirts & ties
Some materials may be imported
Hackwith Design House
MN
Women’s dresses, pants, sweaters and swimwear, including a plus-size line
Many items are made to order
  • Direct
Hanky Panky
USA
 Women’s lingerie & sleepwear
Sources USA-made components whenever possible
Karen Kane
CA
Women’s designer tops, dresses, jumpsuits, pants, loungewear, accessories, including a plus-size line
Offers a 20% US Armed Forces discount
Knickerbocker
NY
Men’s designer button-down shirts, jackets, pants, athleticwear & hats
Supports ethical supply chain practices
  • Direct
  • Small boutiques
Loggerhead Apparel
USA
Men’s & women’s polos, t-shirts & accessories
All production and manufacturing done in the USA. Company also donates 10% of profits to Loggerhead Sea Turtle conservation efforts.
  • Direct
Michael Stars
USA
Men’s & women’s basics,sweaters, bottoms, sportswear & accessories
75% of clothing is made in Los Angeles
New England Shirt Co
MA
Men’s & women’s dress shirts & sport shirts
Products only available from select retailers
Outlier
NY
Men’s urbanwear
Signature pants designed around bike commuting
  • Direct
Rogue Territory
CA
Men’s denim, pants, button-downs & jackets
Denim materials sourced from USA
  • Direct
Schott NYC
USA
High-end leather jackets for men & women
Only select products are made in America
Tellason
CA
Men’s jeans & shirts
Jeans made with raw denim
  • Direct
Todd Shelton
NJ
Men’s & women’s dress & casual wear
Avoids the unnecessary use of animal products
  • Direct
True Religion
USA
Men’s & women’s designer jeans, sportswear, tops & hats
Only select products are made in the USA
Welcome Stranger
CA
Men’s jackets, sweaters, pants, dress shirts & tees
Company also sells home and lifestyle products from other brands
  • Direct
YSTR
USA
Women’sdesigner blouses, dresses & pants
Eco-friendly materials
  • Direct

Retailers that offer made-in-the-USA clothing options

A few of the retailers that offer American-made clothing brands include:

Our top picks

  • Gitman Bros. Pinpoint Cotton Oxford Button-Down – If you’re looking for a well-made, timeless men’s dress shirt, this Gitman Bros. Oxford button-down is worth a look. You’ll pay a little more than you would for a generic department store dress shirt, but the quality and durability can make up for the price difference in the long run.
  • Flynn Skye Women’s Get Away Blouse – This ultra-hip yet sophisticated blouse can be dressed down with a pair of shorts for the beach or dressed up with your favorite skinny jeans and heels. It’s also reasonably priced for a high-quality, American-made product.

What qualifications do “Made in America” clothes need to meet?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulates two types of standards that determine whether clothing companies can label or market their wares as “Made in America”: unqualified claims and qualified claims.

Unqualified claims

An unqualified claim means the company can prove it meets the FTC’s “all or virtually all” standard requiring the clothing and its parts are made in the United States.

For example, some True Religion jeans contain metal fasteners manufactured outside the US, which means that even if the final product is made here, the jeans can’t be labeled “Made in America.”

Qualified claims

Just as they sound, qualified claims detail the conditions that exclude them from FTC’s “all or virtually all” standard. Qualifiers can include the percentage of content made in the US, where the non-US processing took place and more.

For the True Religion jeans example above, the company would need to qualify its claim with a label like “70% US Content” or “Designed in the USA, Assembled in China.”

Is “Made in the US” clothing a more ethical choice over other options?

Yes, it can be. The United States has specific laws in place that protect its workers and resources using a high set of standards. In countries that lack labor standards, workers can be subject to child labor, unfair treatment, abysmal wages and concerning environmental issues that affect long-term health.

Of course, this isn’t to say that brands that manufacture overseas are necessarily unethical. Many companies are taking a stand globally against poor working conditions and environmental concerns by holding their overseas manufacturers to the same high US standards.Back to top

Is American Apparel clothing still made in America?

No, not all American Apparel clothing is made in the US. The iconic brand is making a comeback after being bought out by a Canadian company. But the “Made in the USA” messaging once plastered all over its former site appears to have taken a backseat.

Select American Apparel products continue to be made in America, but most of the brand’s clothing is now manufactured overseas — primarily in Honduras. However, according to its website, American Apparel is “ethically made and sweatshop-free.”


Editor’s Note

This is a nice little article from a website I had never heard of before: finder.com. The above was written by:

Gabrielle Pastorek

Gabrielle Pastorek writes about fashion, beauty and finance. Gabrielle loves helping people find a great deal, whether it’s in their shopping cart or on a credit card. In her free time, she exercises her creative muscles by writing short stories.

11
Oct
18

FTC Finds Companies Deceived Consumers by Using “Made in USA” Label, Does Nothing

FTC Finds Companies Deceived Consumers by Using “Made in USA” Label, Does Nothing

It’s time for the agency to start imposing tougher penalties.

Oh, we’re all fired up over this one.

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) concluded that three companies deceived consumers by placing a “Made in USA” label on their products even though those goods were manufactured overseas. Here’s FTC commissioner Rohit Chopra with the details:

  • Sandpiper/PiperGear USA made military-themed backpacks and other gear clearly designed to capitalize on American patriotism, and placed “American Made” labels onto its products. It even sold “thousands of backpacks on American military bases overseas.” The vast majority of Sandpiper’s products are actually made in China or Mexico.
  • Nectar Sleep is a direct-to-consumer online mattress firm that “falsely represented to consumers that its mattresses were assembled in the U.S.,” perhaps to gain an advantage in the crowded mattress market. But Nectar’s mattresses are actually made in China.
  • Patriot Puck manufactured hockey pucks and positioned itself as “the all-American alternative to imported pucks.” Patriot Pucks were draped in the American flag, and the company claimed its pucks were “100% American Made!” All of the company’s pucks are imported from China.

In his statement, Chopra called this conduct “brazen and deceitful,” noting that each company “harmed both consumers and honest competitors.”

Chopra is right. The “Made in USA” label is so valuable because it stands for something. Public opinion polls almost always find that consumers perceive American-made items as being of higher quality than those made abroad in places like China.

And American manufacturers work hard and make sacrifices to keep their production in the United States. In doing so, these companies create good-paying jobs and are often the lifeblood of their local communities.

Americans recognize this, and vast majorities of them say that they would rather buy an American-made product versus a similar item made overseas. That “Made in USA” label carries a lot of clout and can be a big selling point.

Which is why it is so upsetting to see companies like the three above openly deceiving consumers — and why it’s so frustrating to learn that all three ended up facing little-to-no consequences for their actions.

As Chopra explains:

“Most FTC resolutions of Made-in-USA violations have resulted in voluntary compliance measures or cease-and-desist orders. Indeed, none of the three settlements approved today includes monetary relief, notice to consumers, or any admission of wrongdoing.”

This is incredible. All these companies received for knowingly deceiving consumers was a slap on the wrist. They faced no actual consequences for their actions. They didn’t even have to publicly own up to it!

Chopra is calling for the FTC to “do more to protect the authenticity of Made-in-USA claims,” including by seeking monetary relief, providing notice to consumers of deceptions like the ones outlined above and other tailored actions.

“Nectar Sleep, Sandpiper, and Patriot Puck clearly violated the law, allowing them to enrich themselves and harm their customers and competitors,” Chopra writes. “Especially given widespread interest in buying American products, we should do more to protect the authenticity of Made-in-USA claims.”

It’s the job of the FTC to monitor cases like these — and make sure cheaters do not get away with deception. We hope you will join us in calling on the FTC to impose tougher rules and actual penalties on companies that cheat the system.


Who runs the Federal Trade Commission? The Commission is headed by five Commissioners, nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, each serving a seven-year term. No more than three Commissioners can be of the same political party. The President chooses one Commissioner to act as Chairman.

This means that 3 Commissioners are Republicans. All five were appointed in 2018. So, you would think that the President who makes waves about having things “Made in USA”  would have their committee punish those who falsely profit using the MADE IN USA logo. But no. Trump truly doesn’t care about Made in the USA, he never did until he used it as a campaign idea in January, 2016. Trump’s companies still makes all his clothes in China. What did Trump do to that nasty old NAFTA? He re-named it without any major changes. That way US companies can still off-shore their jobs to Mexico.

In conclusion, there will be no prosecution by the Feds, there will not even be a Twitter statement from the #illegitimatePresident about misusing the Made in USA label. What can you expect from somebody that continues to make money illegally?

This article is from the Alliance for American Manufacturing blog.

03
Oct
18

NAFTA Becomes TRumpCA

Trump Tweaks NAFTA and Not for The Better – USA Today October 2, 2018

Trump Tweaks NAFTA and Not For the Better

Why would the president make such a big deal out of a new trade proposal with Mexico and Canada that Congress might not even approve?: Our view

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President Donald Trump announced his new North American trade deal with much fanfare. It was, he said, “the most important trade deal we’ve ever made — by far!” And it would replace what he described as “the worst trade deal ever … the job-killing disaster known as NAFTA.”

What a Trumpian moment this was. The deal to succeed the North American Free Trade Agreement, and all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the announcement, was Trump in microcosm.

Trump has spent much of his presidency breaking things, both to garner the attention he craves and to make the point that the previous presidents and congresses who made these laws, policies and agreements lacked his brilliance.

In some cases, his plan has been to leave the detritus strewn about the playroom floor like Lego blocks and dismembered GI Joe parts. With North American trade, his plan is to reassemble the parts in more or less the same order and claim he has created something new and marvelous.

SIERRA CLUB: NAFTA 2.0 remains hazardous to our health

Some observers will find NAFTA 2.0 — which Trump has rebranded USMCA, for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement — modestly better than NAFTA. Others will find it modestly worse. We find ourselves in the modestly worse camp.

This deal’s big “win” for the United States is an agreement by Canada to remove some protections for its domestic dairy industry. This might mean a lot to American dairy farmers, but not so much for the 99.9% of the country. What’s more, Canada had already agreed to similar language with other countries in Asia and the Americas as part of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The deal is also said to include some protections for U.S. patents and anti-piracy efforts. These reflect changes in the tech world since NAFTA became law in 1994.

In return, the Trump deal includes a number of questionable provisions:

►It would increase domestic content regulations on automobiles. NAFTA stipulated that any vehicle wishing to avoid tariffs would have to be at least 62.5 percent made in North America. The Trump deal would increase the percentage to 75 percent. That could be good for autoworkers. But it will make cars marginally more expensive and could produce unintended consequences, particularly for the growing industry of exporting U.S.-made German and Japanese vehicles.

►The deal continues America’s campaign to get the world to accept 75-year copyrights on creative works such as movies, books and music. This is helpful for Hollywood, but 75 years after the death of a creator (and even longer for some corporate creations) seems a bit extreme.

► The deal includes a sunset clause that will cause it to end after 16 years. For years, American companies have complained about a tax code that is subject to uncertainty. Now they will have the same fears with trade.

For all the hoopla surrounding Monday’s announcement, Trump was quick to downplay its chances in Congress, which must approve the deal for it to take effect. Democrats, who have largely been quiet, will ultimately line up against the measure, he argued. And many Republicans will wonder why they should support domestic-content regulations that are stricter than those they didn’t like in the first place.

That leads to the question of why the president would invest so much time and effort on a NAFTA tweak that might not even be approved. The best answer seems to be that Trump wants something new to put his name on.


Editorial’s Note

I have called this new Agreement TRUMPCA because Donald Trump insists that NAFTA be re-named. So, instead of using the lame name: USMCA – (United States Mexico Canada agreement), it makes more sense to call it TRUMPCA (The Ridiculous Underwhelming Mexico Panamerican Canadian Agreement).

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), ratified in 1994, is a trilateral agreement between the USA, Mexico and Canada. It was designed  to eliminate tariffs between the countries. By eliminating the import tax, United States corporations found that it became extremely profitable to move their companies to another country, like Mexico, which had lower wages, expenses, benefits – produce their products in Mexico and move it across the Southern Border and sell their products in the US without having that old nuisance-import tax on to the price, therefore, under-cutting US made products. TRUMPCA does nothing to alleviate this.

So, what does TRUMPCA do? Not a whole lot. But there a a few changes, (liking changing the curtain rods in million dollar house) that makes this narcissistic President think that is worthy of a name change:

  • To be called American made, automobiles will need to made with 75% American-made materials versus the previous 62.5% to avoid import taxes. Big whoop.
  • It gives copyright protections to creative works: movies, books and music. Hooray for Hollywood.
  • TrumpCA is temporary – it only lasts 16 years – a typical Republican ploy, let somebody else deal with the mess when it runs out.
  • The new agreement calls for 40 to 45 percent of automobile content to be made by workers who earn at least $16 an hour by 2023. This provision specifically targets Mexico.
  • TRUMPCA has negotiated that US dairy farmers can increase their sales to Canada by 3.6%. Big Whoop.

Now TRUMPCA does nothing to decrease the Trade deficits and the offshoring of US jobs, which is the reason that Trump was supposed to renegotiate NAFTA in the first place. Now, instead of blaming NAFTA for the continued off-shoring to Mexico, we can now blame Trump.




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