Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tea Parties and Spain

Well, you've heard all about the tea parties ad nauseum. The Minnesotans and those of us in the 19th District of Michigan who don't have a State Senator are the ones who really, really have taxation without representation. The rest can probably be termed PROTESTS in the best sense of the word since we have a lot to protest about.

In Jackson estimates have ranged from 400 to 700 and I'm going out on a limb and saying "upwards of 600." I had a vantage point where I was looking down on the area where most of the crowd was so my perspective was, I thought, pretty good. No matter the actual number we really had a great cross section of people and it was a respectable, as in size, and respectible, as in demeanor. All in all, A good hour and a good statement.

Last night we talked about whether or not a boycott of Spanish goods would be worth it and today I'm here to say, No Way.

With anemic numbers on both sides, Just over $7 billion exports from us to them and just over $9 billion from them to us it would hardly seem worth it since most of the dollars are spent by commercial entities rather than individuals such as
medicinal equipment, industrial engines, vehicle parts, teleoommunications equipment and chemicals from us and petroleum, medicinal/pharmaceutical products, automotive parts, generators, collectibles (this would be doable but only inolves around $250 million,) nontextile floor and wall tiles (less tan $300 million,) vegetables and industrial machines.

At the end of the day it would probably be close to a draw. So, why bother?

God bless......see you tomorrow.

2 comments:

Scott said...

Lola, I'll be sending you some pictures soon.

Wedge said...

Lola,
Take a close look at the photo showing Obama and Chavez on the Nation World page in Saturday's Citizen Patriot. Notice how the handshake was cropped out of the photo...Wedge