My mother and father illegally left communist Hungary in 1969 and came to America to start their lives afresh. Like hundreds of thousands of other Eastern Europeans living under the oppressive Soviet Union regime, my father wanted a better life. In America, he found what he was looking for and prospered.
For the last several months, Americans across our country have listened to the leading Republican presidential candidates share their pessimistic and partisan ideas about the state of our country. The key point that none of them seem to realize is that America and the American people are already great.
China makes way, way too much steel. In 2015, it produced nearly 500 million tons more than it needed. Production of that steel was subsidized by the Chinese government in ways that violate international trade rules, so the price was artificially low. And China suppresses the value of its currency, further falsely reducing the cost of the steel.
I know quite a few native Irish people, in particular, my husband of nine years, his family, his friends, and many of our mutual friends. Like most Europeans, the Irish find the United States fascinating because of the sheer volume of people, diversity of cultures, consumer products, the prevalence of gun violence, and the fact that everything is on sale, all the time.