Tag Archives: Donald Trump

Trump wants us to have more money; I want us to have more prosperity

Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“A people are enriched, not as they have more money, but as they have more access to real goods and services. Money is merely a medium of exchange; we accept it for what we supply only because we know that we can later use it to acquire the real goods and services that we desire. Because Trump’s protectionist policies reduce our ability to use our dollars to acquire real goods and services, those policies make us worse off rather than better off — and they would do so even if they resulted in us Americans having literally more money.” (01/31/18)


Is Trump preparing for war with North Korea?

Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“The more closely you read Donald Trump’s comments about North Korea in his State of the Union address, the more plausible it becomes that he is preparing for war. First, there’s the sheer emphasis he placed on the subject. In his speech, Trump devoted a mere sentence to Russia and China. He devoted 23 words to Israel, 34 to Afghanistan, and 48 to Iran. Even the war against ISIS, which Trump cites as the main foreign-policy achievement of his first year in office, garnered only 302 words. North Korea received 475. Second, there are the things Trump didn’t say. The Olympics begin in South Korea in 10 days, and the South Korean government hopes participation by athletes from the North will ease hostility on the Peninsula. But Trump didn’t mention the games. In fact, he didn’t mention diplomacy at all. Even more strikingly, he didn’t mention either sanctions or China.” (01/31/18)


Trump signs executive order to keep Guantanamo Bay torture facility open

Source: The Week

“Right before delivering his first State of the Union address, President Trump signed an executive order to keep the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, open and ready to accept new [abductees]. His two predecessors, Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, had worked to shut down the controversial prison, which Bush opened after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Trump had promised to keep it active during the campaign, and while he has not sent any new [abductees] to Guantanamo, his order says the U.S. reserves the right to do so, if the defense secretary recommends it for people the U.S. captures in armed conflict.” (01/31/18)


Trump sticks to his usual nationalist dimwittery in first State of the Union address

Source: Business Insider

“President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, focusing largely on jobs and the economy in touting what he called a ‘new American moment.’ ‘There has never been a better time to start living the American dream,’ he told Congress, according to prepared remarks. ‘We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work; we want every child to be safe in their home at night, and we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we love,’ Trump said. … Trump turned briefly to a familiar tone, [pandering to] veterans and praising demonstrations of patriotism [sic] — in part by standing for the national anthem. Last year, the president spurred a public uproar over professional football players who kneeled during the national anthem. … ‘We celebrate our police, our military, and our amazing veterans as heroes who deserve our total and unwavering support,’ Trump said, before publicly honoring Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old boy from Redding, California, who placed American flags on the graves fallen soldiers on Veterans Day. Trump used the moment to deliver another rebuke of silent demonstrations performed during the national anthem …” (01/30/18)


Anti-Trumpism: The ultimate virtue signal

Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“No sooner had US President Donald Trump let it slip to Piers Morgan that he had been invited for a state visit to the UK in October than the calls for anti-Trump protests in the UK picked up once again. Labour’s David Lammy jerked into action on Twitter: ‘[Trump] to be met by the biggest protest this country has ever seen. Who’s in?’ … The Stop Trump Coalition, which features such veterans of virtue-signalling as Lily Allen, Paloma Faith and Owen Jones, presumably wants to do what it says on its tin — stop Trump. Except it’s not really clear what that means. Just as it’s not really clear what fellow protest group, Stand Up to Trump, means by standing up to Trump. After all, what is it that avowed Stop Trumpers Brian Eno, Frankie Boyle, Ed Miliband, Caitlin Moran and the rest of the coalition are going to do? Trump’s not actually accountable to Britain’s celebocracy, despite their ability to sign things.” (01/30/18)


There’s no way Mueller will indict Trump

Source: The Atlantic
by Paul Rosenzweig

“Mueller will not indict Trump for obstruction of justice or for any other crime. Period. Full stop. End of story. Speculations to the contrary are just fantasy. He won’t do it for the good and sufficient reason that the Department of Justice has a long-standing legal opinion that sitting presidents may not be indicted. First issued in 1973 during the Nixon era, the policy was reaffirmed in 2000, during the Clinton era. These rules bind all Department of Justice employees and Mueller, in the end, is a Department of Justice employee. More to the point, if we know anything about Mueller, we think we know that he follows the rules — all of them. Even the ones that restrict him in ways he would prefer they not. And if he were to choose not to follow the rules, that, in turn, would be a reasonable justification for firing him.” (01/30/18)


No, Trump will not “hit reset” with his State of the Union

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Among flaks and politicians, there is a fondness for a metaphor that journalists shouldn’t reflexively adopt: that of a CEO or a corporation or an elected official or even a whole nation hitting reset, or the reset button. The terms are invoked especially often around State of the Union speeches. And if reporters thought President Trump was poised to tell Congress that he is changing his party affiliation, or asking all cabinet members to resign so he can start anew, or abjectly apologizing to the American people for his tenure to date, or pursuing another tax bill with different provisions than the one that he recently signed into law, I’d hold my tongue grudgingly as they recycled the reset language. But why use reset while actually conveying that what’s been happening up until now is going to keep happening going forward, as the Associated Press just did?” (01/29/18)


Grammys: Failed presidential candidate trolls the guy who beat her

Source: WQAD 8 News

“Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance on Sunday night in a Grammy Awards comedy bit that took a jab at President Trump. The former presidential candidate, along with Cher, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B, John Legend and DJ Khaled were among those who read excerpts from Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,’ the hit book about Trump’s first year in the White House. … Clinton’s face was covered by the book when she first appeared on screen in the pre-taped sketch, but the crowd cheered when she lowered the book to reveal her face. Clinton read the famous line about Trump’s love for fast food: ‘He had a longtime fear of being poisoned. One reason why he liked to eat at McDonalds. No one knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made.'” (01/29/18)


Trump needs to squeeze both sides to get Middle East deal

Source: The American Spectator
by Debra J Saunders

“President Donald Trump wants to negotiate a ‘deal of the century’ between Israelis and Palestinians like a high-rolling real-estate don. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, Trump defended his decisions to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to withhold $65 million of $125 million to the U.N. Relief and Welfare Agency that provides care for Palestinians. … For Trump, this is all about getting a deal, and he showed himself ready to squeeze concessions from Israel as well. As Trump told Netanyahu in Davos, ‘You won one point’ — on the embassy — ‘and you’ll give up some points later on in the negotiation, if it ever takes place.'” (01/28/18)


The voice of American workers is a charlatan

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed voice of American working people, has decreed that the prices of washing machines and solar panels shall rise. So it is written. So it is done. Trump’s decree, placing tariffs (taxes) on imported versions of those goods, will impose higher costs on consumers to help (in the short run) the minority of Americans who work in those industries. That’s how protectionism works — a favored group of firms and workers benefits at the expense of everyone else. Trump calls this ‘America First’ and looking out for average Americans, making him either a demagogue or an ignoramus.” (01/26/18)