Where Is The Logic?????

toddler ironingThose of you who have a toddler in the house, let me ask you a question:  Do you allow your toddler to iron the laundry?  No, of course you don’t for he/she would likely get the creases crooked in the pants, and then what would you look like in that next business meeting?  Do you allow your toddler to load the dishes into the dishwasher?  Why no, silly, for half would be turned the wrong way and never get clean!  And would you allow your toddler to cook your supper?  Heh heh heh … only if you like your food to come on a stick!  There are good reasons that you don’t have your little one iron, clean, or cook, and the main one of those reasons is that he has no idea what he is doing when it comes to those things.  Well, guess what?  The ‘man’ sitting on his oversized patootie in the Oval Office is no better than your toddler in that he has no clue what he is doing.trump big butt-2I can tell you what he is doing … he is destroying.  He is on a course to destroy the environment, society, and most recently, the economy.  Yes, that economy that he has wrongfully taken credit for, that economy that he inherited  from the previous administration, that economy that has been, all things considered, pretty darned good.  But, not satisfied with that, he has now begun a trade war, not with our enemies … oh no, to our enemies he is most generous … but he is determined to go to war with our friends!!!

From The Washington Post, 31 May 2018

“President Trump campaigned on going hard after China for ripping off the United States on trade. Yet a year and a half into his presidency, Trump has put more tariffs on longtime U.S. allies than he has on China, his supposed “bad guy” on trade. The Trump administration announced new tariffs Thursday on the European Union, Canada and Mexico.”

tariffs-2Trump has been playing some game that only he understands, threatening the tariffs, then promising exemptions, then threatening again.  But alas, yesterday he decided the tariffs would go into effect at midnight last night.  If any of you republicans think this is a cheer-worthy move, think again.  This was a foolish, foolish move for two major reasons.

First, Canada, Mexico and the European Union (EU) are our allies, our friends, the countries we count on to help in times of trouble, just as we expect to help them when needed.  Friends do not treat friends this way, and the backlash is justified and expected.

The Mexican government said it would target U.S. exports of pork bellies, apples, cranberries, grapes, certain cheeses and various types of steel. Canada said it would slap dollar-for-dollar tariffs on a range of U.S. products, including whiskey and orange juice. And the European Union indicated it would levy taxes on about $7 billion worth of U.S. exports, including bourbon, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and jeans.

Reactions from our allies:

French President Emmanuel Macron called Mr Trump to tell him the tariffs were “illegal”. Mr Trump told Mr Macron there was a need for the US to “rebalance trade” with the EU.

UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the 25% levy on steel was “patently absurd”, adding: “It would be a great pity if we ended up in a tit-for-tat trade dispute with our closest allies.”

Gareth Stace, head of trade body UK Steel, said the tariffs were “no way to treat your friend” and called on the government to safeguard the industry’s 31,000 jobs.

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, said the US move was “totally unacceptable” and rejected the claim that his country posed a national security threat to America.

The White House received a significant amount of domestic flak, too. Both the steel industry and steelworkers’ unions decried the tariffs. Other manufacturers were no less concerned: One study suggests that the tariffs could kill up to 40,000 jobs in the automobile industry alone.  One of Trump’s own, republican Senator Ben Sasse said …

“This is dumb. Europe, Canada, and Mexico are not China, and you don’t treat allies the same way you treat opponents. We’ve been down this road before — blanket protectionism is a big part of why America had a Great Depression. ‘Make America Great Again’ shouldn’t mean ‘Make America 1929 Again.’”

And Financial Times journalist Ed Luce had this to say …

“Launching a simultaneous trade war against America’s allies and adversaries conforms to no known international rules of logic. It will raise domestic prices, cut U.S. jobs and reduce America’s global influence.”

Even chief bootlicker Paul Ryan was not happy, saying the move “targets America’s allies when we should be working with them to address the unfair trading practices of countries like China”.

tariffs-3The second reason this is a fool’s errand, of course, is that it is a move almost certain to create economic instability both in the U.S. and across the globe.  Remember that extra $5 – $6 dollars the ‘tax cut’ bill gained you on your paycheck?  You will soon be spending all of that and more just to buy the same amount of food and other goods that you bought a year ago.  Prices will rise, and when some cannot afford the higher prices, buying will slow, and when buying slows, manufacturers will cut jobs.  That, of course, is an over-simplified explanation, but you get the idea.

Trump’s stance against globalism is ridiculous, for today’s world is a global world.  Nations must engage in global trade in order to bolster their economies, and in global cooperation in order to ensure their security.  It is no longer the world it was pre-WWII, but Donald Trump has no knowledge, no experience, and no willingness to listen to the experts, so he does not understand international relations or economics any better than your three-year-old understands how to iron the clothes.  The difference is that your toddler will someday learn … Donald Trump will not.

31 thoughts on “Where Is The Logic?????

  1. Jill, the math is pretty straightforward. Tariffs will beget retribution tariffs and trade will suffer. Less trade will mean fewer jobs, especially in the ports, trucking, railway, lading and distribution businesses. Companies had already started looking for alternative customers and suppliers.

    As Nick Hanauer, a venture capitalist said in a Ted Talk, customers create jobs. Anything that creates more customers is accretive to job growth and that with creates fewer is dilutive.

    And, the worst part is not the short-term financial loss – it is the devaluing of relationships with our allies. Keith

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    • I so agree with all you say, especially that last sentence. Alliances that have taken decades to build a level of trust, and he has completely broken that trust in just over a year. I wonder, if Trump does get impeached (fingers crossed) if Pence will try to work toward restoring our alliances, or follow in the footsteps of Trump?

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  2. Those who sew the Tariff wind reap the Trade War/Recession whirlwind…..
    No I must correct that statement for an inaccuracy…. Those who sew it are so damn rich they don’t notice what is happening to those relying on the monthly pay check who will suffer the whirlwind.

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  3. I find this, what is it protectionism? Protectionism, this is hilarious! … For one I am not a globalist and the so-called trade deals are an anathema for the ordinary person. The whole rush to so-called trade deals like NAFTA are just ploys for killing jobs here in Canada.

    Beside Brian Mulroney sold out Canada’s healthy Steel industry to the American interests, 40 years ago. The Aluminium? Last time i looked, in Canada, owned by American company. Lumber? Same thing. Oil? Mainly American interest. Canada is owned lock stock and stinking barrel, by the American corporations. We don’t even get to win our Stanley Cup …

    So yeah bring on your stupid trade war and just maybe? Maybe we’ll get some of our resources back? You know what? I’m not holding my breath … Cheers Jamie

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  4. Meanwhile, Australia’s PM is congratulating himself on somehow persuading Trump to leave Australia out of this. Why? What the hell kind of message is this? I feel as if Trump is continuing to do what he used to do in the boardroom – try to scare everyone into saying ‘yes, sir, three bags full, sir’.
    I feel sorry for the US economy and the global economy as well, but I hope Canada, the EU and Mexico continue to call Trumps bluff.

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    • It is a mess, and he keeps gloating about the jobs numbers. Well guess what? Half those jobs will be gone within 3 months … bet money. A house of cards such as he is building can only stand for so long before it caves in, just as our economy is likely to do, thanks to his foolishness. I hope Canada, the EU and Mexico stand firm, too. He has to learn that he isn’t ‘boss of the world’. Heck, he isn’t even a key player anymore, since he has pulled out of so many important agreements. We have become the pariah, or are fast becoming so.

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    • Dear Acflory, Jill and friends,
      I can’t help but wonder what PM Turnbull did to earn this reprieve. His allies most be wondering as well.

      This is what I found on a March 10, 2018 Guuardian report by Gareth Hutchens with AAP:

      Malcolm Turnbull confirmed on Saturday that Australia had won a reprieve from Trump’s global steel and aluminium tariffs, despite the Trump administration saying the levies were necessary for the national security of the United States.

      He said Australia would not have to provide anything in return for the exemption, even though Trump had tweeted that Turnbull was “committed to having a very fair and reciprocal military and trade relationship” and the two countries were now working on a “security agreement”.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • -wince- I really, truly do not like that ‘fair and reciprocal military’ bullshit. Excuse the French. Turnbull is on the nose already. If he’s dumped us into something nasty he’ll never crawl our of the toilet again. 😦

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        • I don’t recall the specifics at the moment, but it seems that I remember Turnbull & Trump got off on bad footing last year. I wonder what changed to make them all buddy-buddy?

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            • Ahhhh … you have hit on something I hadn’t considered. (Geography not being my strong suit, since I can manage to get lost within 3 miles of home!) Something to consider there. Question: how popular is Turnbull there? Your country is one I am not very familiar with, and what little I know of Turnbull, he seems a decent sort, but again, my knowledge is limited.

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              • Darwin is probably the largest Australian city on the far north coast [closest to the equator]. As such, it’s the closest point to Papua New Guinea, Malaysia and Indonesia and /they/ are like stepping stones heading north to Taiwan, Japan and mainland China.

                As for Turnbull…for a while, many of us, myself included, saw him as an ‘honourable’ man who lost his position in the Liberal party because he stuck up for his beliefs re climate change. He also believed in marriage equality and other things that placed him on the progressive side of the Liberals [conservatives like your GOP].

                Then he was given then chance to topple Tony Abbott [very VERY unpopular] and he took it. Unfortunately, the only way he could win the job was by caving to the far /right/ of the Liberals. So backflips left, right and centre.

                Turnbull has managed to hang onto power by betraying his own, apparent beliefs. Clearly, he sees that as a small price to pay.

                Here, we call him Turncoat Turnbull. He is shifty and I wouldn’t be surprised by anything he did. 😦

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                • Many thanks for the clarification on both the geography and Turnbull. He sounds like just another who started out with ideals and integrity, but the power went to his head, and now he has lost the courage of his convictions, if he has not lost the convictions altogether. David and I have been having a discussion about whether there are, in fact, any honest politicians, and I posit that there are none who have held office for any length of time. As my friend/reader Bushka is fond of quoting: Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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                  • I’d say your John Cain is probably one of the few I could name off the top of my head. Maybe Obama. Can’t think of any Australian politicians I’d hold up as paragons of virtue. 😦
                    And yes, it does as if the power goes to their heads. This is why I loathe representational democracy. If all those elected people voted on their conscience, the business of govt would be very very slow, but it might be a bit more honest. Instead, all over the world we have elected politicians funneled into one party or another and from that point onwards, they vote on party lines or get kicked out of decision making roles. Soon, only a very small handful of people are making decisions for the whole country. Grrr…sorry, but I’d really like to see the common woman/man dragged kicking and screaming into government SERVICE! Maybe by a lottery.
                    “Oh shit, I just won. Now I’m going to have to be a politician for a year or three.”

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                    • McCain and Obama probably came as close as any in this century.
                      You raise an interesting prospect of a lottery system where leaders are chosen from the general public!!! Not a concept I’ve ever considered, but the idea certainly opens some interesting doors! 😉 I cannot say that I would be happy living under the rules of most of the people I know here in the U.S., but it is definitely food for thought. Picture that this year it is the guy whose investment portfolio is heavy on Chiquita stock. Ahem. “As my first move to improve the health of our wonderful nation (not to mention my own bank account) I have proposed a bill such that every man, woman and child over the age of 2 will eat two bananas every day!” Or the evangelical who takes office and makes church mandatory. Or the misogynist who implements poll tests for women. Oh, the possibilities are limitless! 😀

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                    • Oh! lmao – sorry, I was thinking more in terms of your Congress than the POTUS, although now you mention it, I suppose there would have to be some way of selecting him/her as well. Maybe run an election on who you think is the kindest person in the US? The best negotiator?
                      I’ll have to give this some more thought. 😀

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  5. There is logic here! trump wants to destroy the status quo with his fawning minions cheering so that he can rebuild an economy, a government, a world more advantageous to his family and billionaire cronies. Globalism is the only way our species will survive and trump doesn’t get it.

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