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Saturday, March 03, 2018

L'etat, c'est moi!

Yes, there is a pattern here.  The world is laughing at us, and Trump will not have it!

In actual fact, the world is appalled by Trump, and we should all be laughing at him, because his pronouncements mean no more now than they did when he was private citizen Trump.  He is not going to raise taxes and fees on imports, or unilaterally and single-handedly impose "a Tax on their Cars".  First, because he can't, only Congress can.  Second, because a tweet is not a policy proposal, not even a suggestion to Congress as to what a law should look like.

This is your uncle at Thanksgiving, drunk at the end of the table and raving.  Sadly, your drunk crazy uncle is the POTUS, and he's inviting retaliation.  But it won't happen against him directly, it will happen against the GOP*. (*Well, the nation and the GOP.  We will take it in the neck while Trump's buddies turn it into golden parachutes.  Same as it ever was.) Turns out farmers don't want NAFTA messed up, and car makers aren't going to be happy with steel tariffs, anymore than plane manufacturers are going to welcome higher aluminum prices.

The world is not laughing at us.  The world is wondering how the drunk uncle got control of the government.  The joke is he thinks he does have control of the government.  But it's really more like this:

On the road to nowhere.


Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

No, no. Too small, he thinks L'Universe, c'est MOI.

Some presidents like Reagan have lived in a world of their own, he's the only true solipsist who has ever held the office.

2:50 PM  

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