America the Gullible
So, the latest silliness from 1600 Pennsylvania endorses the long-debated tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. The cheers for candidate Trump, who committed to MAGA by bringing jobs back to the U.S., are now becoming tweets, executive orders and legislation.
The push for tariffs were raised in 2016. Experts and other credible institutions warned that they were a bad idea, way back then, given our global economy. The nationalists didn’t care and their fearless leader wanted to keep them happy.
Fast forward to last week, and while the administration is getting mired in #MuellerTime, Trump (instructed by his whisperers) chose to raise the tariff flag, yet again. Global leaders gagged. The global markets gagged. Cabinet members and Yes-men/women gagged. Yet, Trump, with his big brain, feels smartest in the room. The tariffs must go on — especially if it takes people’s minds off the incredibly shrinking team; porn star payoffs; non-FOX media critiques; indictments swirling; in-law security down-grades; wars; Russian meddling (I hate that phrase — sounds like Russia is tickling us); etc.
And, because experts still understand global economies, tariffs remain just as bad an idea in 2018, as they were before.
Political peers have, sheepishly, agreed to irrational and irresponsible policy-making from this administration over the last year. The Republitea-controlled House & Senate have even their own political lunacy — especially their tax reform/scam.
Through it all, it is clear that the ship called 45 has been sinking since the inauguration attendance exaggeration. It’s been a long year. Dozens of folks have seen their dream of getting close to “The Oval” dashed — insert image of Omarosa here-I won’t. Many have come to their senses and disembarked from USS Trump. Like many of the enrollees of Trump U, those leaving the ship won’t get refunds (or reimbursed for their growing legal fees). Some may get lucrative book deals — others received indictments as parting gifts.
Why are some folks still in denial? This is not good leadership — no matter how much 45 says so. Gary Cohn should have known better. Every day, people renew their vows and pledge loyalty to nonsense. The longer they stay, their credibility loses points. Adults shouldn’t be so gullible — but they are. America should know better — the world does. We need more interventions for the gullible. They need help and it’s costing all of us something every day.