For every three infuriating things he says, he says something sensible.
He is a bull in a China shop, and he is going to smash many things. Most of them are tacky and need to be destroyed (EPA, DOEnergy, DOEd, HUD) while precious things like civil liberties will also be damaged.
I am still waiting for him to crash the economy with huge tariffs, although his deregulation push could have major impact in domestic job creation. The inflation that is already brewing will fully manifest this year.
He is wearing a heavy load. I am not hopeful, but I’m willing to give him some latitude at this moment. I hate everything about that sentence. At least he didn’t completely embarrass himself.
Trump Inauguration, 2017:
- Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
Translation of Hitler’s first Address as Chancellor, 1933:
- The misery of our people is appalling! The starving millions of unemployed proletarians in industry are being followed by the impoverishment of the entire middle-class and artisan professions. When this disintegration ultimately reaches the German peasants, we will be confronted by a catastrophe of unfathomable dimensions. For not only will the Reich disintegrate, but with it a 2000-year-old inheritance, the most valuable assets of human culture and civilization. The warning signs of this approaching disintegration are all about us.
Those sound very similar.
I have watched the media coverage leading to the coronation of the Upstart King with dark fascination.
The adolescent behavior of many of the people covering this travesty isn’t driven by worry about the poor or disenfranchised, the dead people in Syria/Libya/Iraq/Yemen/Somalia/Pakistan, or the destruction of the middle class by various neoliberal tax and regulatory policies that inhibit business creation- it is driven by fear that Trump will disrupt the decades of globalization policies that have transferred power from the local communities to the national government, and then to the international billionaires and NGOs that benefit from their control of the government apparatus.
Large corporations spend billions on powerful lobbyists to ensure that their products are at an advantage. Although military projects are the most conspicuous recipients, then “unseen” recipients -like Vegas mogul Adelson’s opposition to internet gambling, or drug companies demanding restrictions on drug imports- are more important.
The FDA requires 3D printed devices to undergo individual testing. Look at the thousands of pages of regulations specific to 3-D printing.
Unless Trump decides to sit down and read Henry Hazlitt over the weekend I am not hopeful about the new administration.
With any luck his first few months will be so disastrous that he will destroy any credibility of Central Government. He must be removed from office, and then we can impeach Pence.
Jeff Sessions is an evil thug. His “Economic Advisory Team” is full of Keynesian morons. He wants war with China.
Impeachment is necessary.