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Sens. Kaine and Warner: “Following Trump trade war, Virginia soybean exports...

From Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, on Trump's disastrous trade war with China. WARNER & KAINE: THE PRESIDENT’S ESCALATED TRADE WAR WITH CHINA THREATENS...

IKEA, Stihl, Others Staying Without Handouts


Without gifts from the Governor or a phone call while he was in town, they're still here. McDonnell's European itinerary ignored business partners. Apparently his concept of trade is soybeans, timber, and wine in exchange for German autos. Potentially a long-term barter arrangement is in the cards; never industrial expansion.

Bent on turning Virginia into an agrarian backwater where oversimplified mantras can survive in the protective bubble of isolation, Governor McDonnell continues to push products for which there is plenty of demand and very little justification or opportunity for increased production. And even if the demand justifies expansion, the number of middle class jobs that could be created remains at the margin. Raw materials rather than manufactured goods seem to be the order of the day...skipping the entrepreneur and any hope of value added. See McAuliffe's efforts to turn raw timber into finished, high demand wood pellets.