Tagged: tariffs

Chinese Puppy Owner Tugs Leash, Little “Tariff Man” Yips

Just yesterday, an idiot of world-historical proportions boasted about his “strong and personal relationship” with a bloodless tyrant, and how they were in the midst of working out a mutually advantageous trade deal. Today, however, the idiot is out there tweeting warnings about how he might have to impose new tariffs if the tyrant doesn’t play fair. Donald Trump, labelling himself “a Tariff...

Trump Rallies the Dupes

While reading a news item on the CBS website about how China and Russia are flagrantly violating the sanctions against North Korea, while Kim Jong-un continues to develop his nuclear weapons program and Mike Pompeo retreats on his over-confident rhetoric of two weeks ago, I happened to notice that the site was plugging live coverage of a Trump rally in Ohio. Being in...

Bailouts! Gee, Who Could Have Seen This Coming?

The next time anyone, friend or foe, tells me to lighten up on Trump and his cultists, accusing me of “Trump Derangement Syndrome” or of being a “NeverTrumper” — go ahead, I dare you to define either of those terms in real English without making a fool of yourself — I now know the simple, one-word reply with which I will gleefully spare...

Random Rants

Trump is at it again, congratulating Turkish Islamist thug, opposition persecutor, and press censor Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan on his recent election victory as de facto ruler for life, just as he congratulated Russian KGB thug, opposition persecutor, and press censor Vladimir Putin on his recent election victory as de facto ruler for life, and just as he congratulated Chinese Communist Party thug, opposition...

How the Conservative Media Looks Since Becoming Trump’s Ministry of Propaganda

I recently wrote about the mass purge of Trump critics (i.e., non-sycophants) at RedState, in the aftermath of which the site’s co-founder, Erick Erickson, declared the “old RedState” — that is, the actual constitutionalist-leaning political commentary website that used to go by that name — “dead.” How dead? Well, a few weeks back, I took a quick scroll through the site’s recent articles,...

Larry Kudlow on Selling One’s Mind for a Job

What would you do to please your boss? Would you work some extra hours without pay? Put up with a little unfair criticism? Take the blame for some of his mistakes? How about rejecting your whole professional legacy, contradicting the principles of your trade, spouting overt lies or obfuscating sophistries to protect your boss’s honor at the expense of your own? If you...

The “But he’s OUR thug!” Defense of Trump on Tariffs

The idea that American manufacturing workers, the U.S. economy, or American citizens in general, stand to benefit from tariffs on imports from America’s major trading partners is so inherently ridiculous that apart from a few Russian trolls copy-and-paste internet commenters, no one but corporate schemers hoping for a short term bonanza on American steel investments is supporting Trump’s madness at face value. There...

Sometimes Trump Actually Does What He Wants

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is a billionaire who made his fortune investing in failing American steel and manufacturing companies and then selling them at a profit. He naturally favors using federal trade policy to give an artificial short-term boost to American steel and manufacturing. After all, while tariffs will ultimately devastate the U.S. economy, workers, and middle class, he gets richer. This...

Just a Normal Week in Trumpistan

Over the past week, Donald Trump has: recommended ignoring the due process rights of American citizens deemed (by someone) to be “a potential danger to themselves or others,” in favor of confiscating the person’s firearms and “any weapons”; boasted of being able to ban a certain kind of gun accessory (bump stocks) on his own, without having to go through Congress; accused Republican...