Utah Rep. Chris Stewart: Predatory trade practices have literally hit the sky

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  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    June 15, 2019 10:33 p.m.

    Just watch Southwest Airlines slowly squeeze Frontier to death. Have you seen the number of counters in Denver that Southwest now has? If it weren't for all their international travel airlines like American, Delta and United would be in trouble. And fares are now going to go up----because the low cost airline (SoWest) isn't making as much money as they want, even though they now charge just as much as the bigger carriers. If I ran another airline, rather than match their prices I'd cut mine and give them something to worry about. Market share is one thing but trying to run the entire industry yourself is quite another.

  • ottocrat , UT
    June 14, 2019 11:10 a.m.

    Is this anything like when our government gives kajillions of public taxpayer dollars in technology transfer and contracts to the "defense" aerospace industry and then those companies use that monetary and technological windfall to benefit their "civilian" aerospace products? Sorry, if it's taxpayer dollars, it's not a free market.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    June 14, 2019 10:18 a.m.

    Trump is such an amazing genius!

    Ask him, he'll tell you!

    (Ask most people around the world, and they have the opposite opinion)

  • cmbennett1 Stafford, VA
    June 14, 2019 9:19 a.m.

    Only the letter of an agreement is enforceable not the spirit. That is why specific language is needed in any agreement outllining what is and what is not acceptable.

  • 1Reader Alpine, UT
    June 13, 2019 6:01 p.m.

    It is my belief that only the US, and maybe a few select others, truly allow fair trade.
    Likewise, only the US cares about the diversity obsession. Do you think China, Vietnam, Mexico, Japan, France, Italy, Nigeria--or anywhere else promotes or cares about hiring people of US background?? All these people are clear thinking enough to be self-interested, and put their own profits first and exclusively.

  • 1Reader Alpine, UT
    June 13, 2019 5:52 p.m.

    Great points. This area needs much more scrutiny. Fair trade is wonderful, but it must really be fair--or it's not as effective. Japan is hardly the worst, but anyone involved with exporting to Japan knows how extreme their unwritten trade barriers are; exporting to India is virtually impossible--and Brazil has taken every measure to avoid or tax imports.

  • Golden Rules Okay, OK
    June 13, 2019 1:08 p.m.

    Thanks for this great explanation of the need to protect and enforce trade agreements. It clarified some things for me.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 13, 2019 12:35 p.m.

    "In January 2018, President Trump successfully reached terms on an Open Skies agreement with Qatar and, more recently, signed another deal with the UAE of a similar nature.
    Despite agreeing to end state subsidies to their domestic airlines, both Qatar and the UAE have gone back on their word. For example, shortly after the announcement of the Qatar Open Skies deal, Qatar Airways purchased a 49 percent stake in Italy's Meridiana airline and rebranded the carrier as Air Italy. "

    Wow. This sounds like a play ripped from Trump's playbook. Make an agreement, that you have no intention of keeping, close and "rebrand" and find away around the worded agreement. And yes, it does violate the spirit of the agreement. Significantly overlooked by Stewart is in 2017, CEO's of US airlines met with Trump regarding the Open Skies agreement. Delta's CEO, Ed Bastian told Trump that the agreement had a lot of holes and that it was too vague on some area. Trump told him "No", they Qatar and the UAE won't pull any fast ones because Trump is President. (He knows more than the experts"). US CEO's pushed for harsher rules and regs but Trump shut them down. What's happening now is exactly as predicted.