Trump the econ­o­mist … not!

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Editorial - Ed. Healy Marys­town

Hav­ing demon­strated his to­tal lack of ap­ti­tude for in­ter­na­tional diplo­macy, his in­abil­ity to tell the truth, his dis­re­gard for demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions and his ig­no­rance of his own coun­try’s sys­tem of government, U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is now show­ing the world just how lit­tle aware­ness he has of eco­nomic re­al­ity.

The tar­iffs he has al­ready im­posed, and oth­ers he is re­port­edly con­sid­er­ing, are aimed at friend and foe alike.

The pres­i­dent is claim­ing “Na­tional Se­cu­rity” as his ex­cuse for ham­per­ing in­ter­na­tional trade, although it is not easy to see how the se­cu­rity of the U.S.A. could be threat­ened by trade be­tween longterm al­lies.

It’s just one more ex­am­ple of Trump’s ten­u­ous grip on re­al­ity, as if any­body needed an­other ex­am­ple.

It has been cal­cu­lated that the tar­iffs on Cana­dian steel and alu­minum will have as great a neg­a­tive ef­fect on U.S. man­u­fac­tur­ers as they will on Cana­dian pro­duc­ers.

An ap­ti­tude for real-es­tate de­vel­op­ment does not guar­an­tee an un­der­stand­ing of in­ter­na­tional trade, any more than it en­sures the skillset needed for gov­ern­ing a large na­tional fed­er­a­tion.

It seems clear that this ne­far­i­ous Deep State, in fact, refers to the demo­cratic foun­da­tions on which the U.S.A. was founded. It’s not hard to see how those ba­sic demo­cratic prin­ci­ples would be trou­ble­some for a man who hasn’t a demo­cratic bone in his body.

We al­ready knew of Trump’s short at­ten­tion span, his Grade-4 read­ing level, and his dif­fi­culty with ob­jec­tive truth.

We were also aware that he was un­fa­mil­iar with the con­cept of ethics when first he ar­rived in Washington, and that he has stu­diously avoided us­ing them (what­ever they may be) in his per­sonal, pro­fes­sional, and po­lit­i­cal life. Now we learn that the pres­i­dent is will­ing to throw the whole world into eco­nomic chaos, quite pos­si­bly with­out even know­ing what that means.

He and his hench­per­sons have been mut­ter­ing about a “Deep State” that is try­ing to un­der­mine his pres­i­dency, and us­ing it to ex­plain away his re­peated fail­ures to do what he promised to do.

It seems clear that this ne­far­i­ous Deep State, in fact, refers to the demo­cratic foun­da­tions on which the U.S.A. was founded. It’s not hard to see how those ba­sic demo­cratic prin­ci­ples would be trou­ble­some for a man who hasn’t a demo­cratic bone in his body.

A man who wants to gov­ern like an ab­so­lute monarch will be pre­vented from do­ing so by the Deep State, be­cause he was fore­seen by the “framers” of the Con­sti­tu­tion, bless their rev­o­lu­tion­ary hearts!

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