Day 585 Monday August 27, 2018 993 Days to Go
Would you like a job in the White House?
Order my handy guide from Amazon entitled “Would you like a job in the White House?”
Okay, I haven’t written it yet, but that’s all you need to do.
Create a title on Amazon that you think would appeal to Jared and you’ll get a call.
Trust me on this.
That’s how Peter Navarro got his job as “The Trade Guy” for Trump. He’s the one who has these economic ideas that trade wars are good, which is interesting because he started out as a progressive Democrat. He ran for public office many times and lost. The main reason, people who know him think that he lost is that he’s an asshole, and he doesn’t hide it very well. This therefore makes him more qualified to be a Republican.
Oh, sorry, I didn’t finish how he got the White House job on trade. It seems Jared was looking for someone to do trade, so he went to Amazon and looked up authors on China and trade. Navarro has written several books on the subject, so Jared hired him. The fact that his ideas are debunked by any credible economist of course has no bearing on the White House vetting. “Look – China! Trade! Tariff! Good!” Okay let’s hire the guy.
In 2016 68% of people didn’t like foreign trade deals, be they on the left or the right. Great. What did they prefer? Mumbles. That’s what. Trade is one of those topics where you can always find facts to back up your beliefs or to show the other person is an idiot.
John Oliver pointed this out in his last show. Trump was in South Carolina saying they were going to tax all those German cars that were flooding into the country, like BMW. He was no doubt unaware that just north of where he was speaking is the largest BMW factory in the world. i.e. Cars made in America. Trump put tariffs on steel and aluminum, thus allowing the steel industry and the aluminum industry to hire more people – like 23-28,000 more Great! The down side being that the tariffs cost the importation of such products to rise and therefore the people who make things out of steel and aluminum to charge more. So the people who make nails for instance are going to be laid off because they can’t compete. How many jobs are we talking in steel and aluminum related products? 437,000 jobs. So while Trump can crow about the 28,000 jobs he created he’s kind of quiet about the 437,000 jobs he’ll destroy.
And what about farming? Oh geez. He’s hard on immigrant labor, had tariff wars with Mexico and China over farm products thus the farmers in America have their stuff rotting in the fields but it’s okay because they got no where to sell it anyway.
Meanwhile, the translators in Afghanistan who fought along side American troops are being denied access to the U.S. This allows the Taliban more time to find them and hunt them down and kill them. Problem solved.
Meanwhile “Our Cartoon President” TV show has the quote I like best for the beginning of the week. Don Jr. saying, “If the Democrats take the House in the next election then all these felonies will be for nought.” Love it.
On to John McCain. He died this week. There’s a lot to like and not like about him. He was a patriot. He was always trying to make our country a better place. I didn’t always agree on his choices or his ideas, but I never doubted that he was trying to make the world a better place. Certainly he wasn’t the brightest or best organized, and his military career has a number of problems, but I never thought he wasn’t trying to do his best for this country. It’s sad to see what our political landscape has become.
Watch for my new book on Amazon, “How to Shutdown a Special Counsel Investigation.”
I’ll be expecting a call from the White House within days of my putting it on Amazon.
993 Days to Go
PS The latest mug in the collection. Van Gogh’s Daises, Arles, France 1888