EU’s $250 sales tax on UK’s Stilton cheese

If you live in the EU and crave the exquisite Stilton cheese, be prepared to pay $250 extra for any on-line order. Is this EU backlash post-Brexit? Brad Johnson, former CIA Chief of Station discusses.


brad johnson here for americans for
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intelligence reform intel reform.org
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uh it is march 12 2021. now
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there’s a story out on cheese produced
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in the uk
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this is of course very far away from
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anything that i normally report on
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but i just i had to bring this one up
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because it just it is such a perfect
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example that defines
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communism socialism progressivism
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liberalism
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as we call it here in the states it
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they’re all the same thing they all have
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this centralized
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run government-controlled economy in
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society
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and so they come up with stuff that’s
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just
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you know born of a horse patootie so
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uh what they what they now have is
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there’s this particular type of cheese
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called stilton cheese it looks more or
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less like a blue cheese to me my
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untrained eye i’ve never had stilt and
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cheese i’m sure it’s
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great stuff uh seems very popular and
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it can only be produced because of all
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the conditions that that that cheese you
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know it
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where it’s made and where it sits and
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all that has big impact on what you get
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as the end result
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so this cheese can only be produced in
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certain small areas of
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of the uk which uh you know my uk
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friends please forgive me in advance for
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pronunciation but it’s
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uh lekis lechestershire derbyshire and
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nottinghamshire are the are these areas
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where this is produced
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as i said forgive my butchery of the
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names of these places and so what the
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left has come up with
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what they did it’s from the department
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of environment food and rural affairs
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anytime there’s the word environment in
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it you know it’s extreme left wing and
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you’re going to get screwed
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by whatever they they’re doing because
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they want money
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so what they’ve done is come up with
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this tax and of course they don’t call
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it a tax
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they call it this is for your own safety
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we’re doing this for your own good
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we’re taking your money to help you and
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so what they’ve come up with
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is a uh tax on sales so
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this has now hit uh the uk because as
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everyone knows there was brexit they’ve
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separated
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and so they’ve they sprang this on them
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with no notice or anything
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and so this these cheese sales just like
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this is so ironic and crazy
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so when the now when they have these
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these sales of cheese which according to
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the
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one of the larger creameries that’s
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there that produces this particular type
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of cheese
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uh they their online sales
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average now of course all this is in
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pounds i converted it to dollars but
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their average online sale is roughly
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forty dollars
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so to sell this the fee that they have
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to pay
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is a veterinary surgeon certificate
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again
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not called a tax but what is it it’s a
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tax and
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how much do they have to pay that cost
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right around 250
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so you as they have to pass that on
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right because
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out of a 40 sale of cheese you know
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probably at best 50
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of that is profit so the company
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producing it you know
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probably best pockets twenty dollars of
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that forty dollar sale
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and so making twenty dollars they cannot
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afford to absorb the two hundred and
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fifty dollar
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veterinary surgeon certificate tax so
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they have to pass that on
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so you know it’s going to be nearly what
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was 40 is going to be
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nearly 300 to buy so of course they
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they screw the pooch they destroy the
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business which of course that may also
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be their goal too is just to destroy the
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uk
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out of revenge for them leaving the
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european union who knows but
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i i thought that this was the perfect
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description of how communism works
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socialism progressivism liberalism
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they’re all the same and this is how
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they operate
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this is their mind’s view this view
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of the of the world and how to operate
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so one
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they’re either taking revenge on the uk
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leaving
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by destroying a stilton cheese industry
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that’s it and you know the eu they you
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know they
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you know the people of the eu probably
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like this stuff because there were a lot
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of sales into the eu
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so it can only be produced in this area
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so there’s no other way to get it
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so now all the people in the eu no
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longer have access to stilt and cheese
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i mean that’s that’s the positive
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outcome
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and uh they don’t care you know they
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just don’t care about any of that stuff
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and there’s probably people reselling a
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lot of this in in eu so they’re
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actually damaging their own economy by
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this stupidity of putting this tax on
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there that
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can’t be done so they either look at
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these online sales and think oh here’s a
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cash cow
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so we’re gonna you know really tap into
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this thing we’re gonna be making you
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know they sold
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a thousand of these and we’re gonna get
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250 for each one of them now
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and they’ll realize you know that that’s
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not going to work that way that the
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sales simply stop
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or that’s being done for revenge or you
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know some combination of the two
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something along those lines so either
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ignorance stupidity or
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you know childish revenge on a cheese
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producer in the uk
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so that but like i said that just kind
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of summed it up i
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you know was working in areas of the
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former soviet union
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and was in the countryside driving along
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with some
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former kgb they were still active but
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with uh
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the new the new government after the
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fall of the soviet union and uh
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we saw these enormous miles from a city
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we’re driving from one place to another
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and
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in the middle of this in these fields
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nothing for miles and miles and miles
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i saw this enormous complex of huge
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cement buildings i mean it looked like
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hotels and convention centers and all
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this sort of stuff
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and i looked at that and pointed to it
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and talked and talked to these
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you know kgb guys and said the hell is
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all that stuff over there
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out here in the middle of nowhere and
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they looked at me and they said that is
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a monument to socialism
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and what it was was a an area where they
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would
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take college students to come out and
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help with apple orchard harvest
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and they would bring them in by the
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thousands and it was part of their
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socialist duty
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to come out and pick these well
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stupendously inefficient way to do it
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but that they didn’t care you know they
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didn’t care about the cost
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added to the product to do all this
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stuff building these buildings in
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places where they couldn’t be maintained
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and made no economic sense and all that
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sort of stuff it didn’t matter to them
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because they wanted these kids to do
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their socialist duty by picking apples
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for the soviet union
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that is what produced socialist man
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according to marx and all these theories
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i mean just
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stupidity after stupidity after
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stupidity all that money wasted
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all the inefficiencies then built into
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the system so that whatever they made
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out of those apples
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would be produced at a cost much higher
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than they would ever recover which is
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why
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these leftist systems always go broke
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that’s just that’s how they
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work and this is just such a perfect
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example
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of how far somebody can get their head
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up their economic rear end on on an
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issue
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and you know why would you deny your own
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people in the the eu access to this
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cheese that’s
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apparently quite a sought-after
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commodity that’s a
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particularly good type of cheese that’s
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very hard to make and
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very rare you can only buy it out of
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this one area and
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also want to destroy some economic or
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damage rather than destroy
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some economic sector out of the uk by
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the way for
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all of those that care their cheese
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sales have just opened up in canada go
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canada yay you now have access to
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stilton cheese and of course the sales
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into the us have been
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good for a long time now there’s
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built-in expenses to that too because of
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shipping costs that have gone up it’s
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a lot farther to the us and canada than
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it is to the eu for
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these uk creameries these cheese
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producers so at any rate i
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i like i said it’s not my usual thing
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but had to point it out based on
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how what a perfect example it is of how
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the left
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operates and why we’ve got to get rid of
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these guys they’re just going to destroy
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everything they touch
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they are poison and a cancer in our
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society we’ve got to get rid of them
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so
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you
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Brad Johnson retired as a Senior Operations Officer and Chief of Station with the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations. Having served domestically and abroad, many assignments included areas of armed conflict. He served overseas in direct support of the War Against Terrorism and he took multiple assignments overseas as Chief of Station.

A certified senior expert in counterintelligence, surveillance and surveillance detection, his proven expertise in dangerous operational environments included the highest level of training available in the USG and globally. His tradecraft expertise was put to test in dangerous, difficult, and restrictive operational environments.

Brad is an enrolled member of The Cherokee Nation, a Federally Recognized Tribe.

In the summer of 2017, he founded the non-profit organization Americans for Intelligence Reform to create awareness of political corruption and the resulting diminished capabilities within the intelligence community. Serving as President, he brings you his unique perspective from deep, international experience and conservative, Christian values.

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