Wise Strategy

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I admittedly don’t know much about French President Emmanuel Macron, but he pulled a great line on Trump and even if It turns out he kicks babies for fun, I’ll still find myself having a bit of admiration for the guy.  You see, by all accounts, while Trump was asking Macron to help convince the EU to the trading table as opposed to retaliatory tariffs against the US, Macron validated those actions by regurgitating the Art of the Deal back at Trump, which…I mean it’s the classiest, most elegant burn I could ever imagine.  I don’t know that I could have ever thought to do that, and I have to wonder how Trump responded to that.  Because I honestly don’t know how that confrontation ended, which is the real tragedy.

Fair Trade

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I will freely admit that I’m not an economics expert.  Not even kind of.  So when it comes to predictions regarding the economy, it’s my instinct to trust the analysis of people who understand that stuff.  Now, when I say people who understand that stuff, I don’t mean self professed “deal makers”.  That would be like listening to an actor’s political opinion: They might know what they’re talking about, but just as realistically, they’re trying to put on a show.  So when the grand consensus by economists, both employed by the government and independent, seems to conclude that isolating the country from trading partners, imposing unnecessarily aggressive tariffs on them, and starting and escalating trade wars will ultimately kill more jobs and companies than help them, I’m inclined to believe them over the one loudmouth “Dealmaker” who is assuring everyone that he’s just playing hardball.

Art of the Deal

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The European Union seems to have read the book Trump didn’t actually write.  They’re basically willing to walk away from the negotiating table for anyone not taking part in the Paris agreement.  With all his talk about the bad deal the US was getting, and by pulling out, Trump would have the whole world eating out of the palm of our hands, I have to wonder what such a bold declaration by the EU would make Trump do behind closed doors?  I’m sure he’s going to come out and say this was either part of the plan or that this is just a non-problem and even a good thing, because who wanted to trade with literally everyone anyway?  I mean, he’s alienating us from China, Mexico, and Canada one by one, and now all of Europe is getting ready to say no thanks.  At what point are we going to stop pretending that he’s the best deal maker around?