I tend to not write political posts but this one mostly wrote itself.
The United States is in turmoil at the moment and the President – elected to change things up – is doing exactly that. I can’t argue with the democratic process but, as a Canadian, I don’t have to like or go complacently along with these changes.
For example, this president has a loose association with the truth and when he began a trade war with Canada, he did it by falsifying the data to make it appear Canada sells more to the U.S. than the reverse.
As an aside, a country’s economic output is measured in 1) goods and 2) services. Goods are things you can hold in your hand (oil, grain) and services are things you can’t (banking, insurance, software)
The US government websitesays, “The services sector is an important part of the U.S. economy. … services accounted for 79.6 percent of U.S. private-sector gross domestic product (GDP), or $9.81 trillion.
Services jobs accounted for more than 80 percentof U.S. private-sector employment, or 89.7 million jobs”
In this case, the president ignored services (which the U.S. has a massive surplus with Canada) and focussed on the “goods” (which Canada has a much smaller surplus with the U.S. – mostly because of oil imported into the U.S. from Canada.) You can read the Wikipedia article on the US economy here should you be so inclined.
In short, the US has a trade surplus with Canada when the entire economy of both Goods and Services is considered.
My Response Was Simple Albeit Not Even A Rounding Number.
Website hosting is considered a service.
Website by website, my hosting and servers are being shifted out of the U.S. to Europe.
- The servers are now located in the United Kingdom
- The hosting company is based in Bulgaria.
I have several more websites to go but by the late fall, every one of my sites will be out of the U.S. It’s a small thing and it won’t make any difference in the geopolitical world but it makes me feel better.