Apparently I can't put the full title I'd want -- Better Understanding Trade; How Surpluses and Deficits affect National Budgets and Economies I'm sure a few of you were hoping for me to post sort of primer that we could use as a springboard for this discussion, but in actuality I don't have one. I am, however, looking for one (or many), that we could then use to start a real discussion on this. During his campaign, Trump repeatedly suggested that the trade deficit was a hindrance to the American economy. However, I'm quite sure that Trump was blowing air out of his ass in hopes that such statements would be what his base would be interested in hearing. That doesn't mean he's necessarily wrong. But to know that would mean understanding this issue better and opening it up for discussion for this in favor of tightening trade regulations and institution a more mercantile policy or maintaining and expanding free trade. Doing my own research on the matter isn't that great as my google-fu has always been lackluster. I'm either getting a grab back of articles from the 80s when America's trade deficit first came into being or I'm getting articles about budget deficits which isn't the same as a trade deficit.