Through a number of news programs and articles recently I think that Donald Trump is actually running for president of the United States. What started out as a harmless prank is now becoming frightening reality. I’m not laughing Donald – it ain’t funny anymore.
Thursday I heard Trump say that we should just take Iraqi oil. Now I’ve said that after 5 or 6 drinks, but I wouldn’t say it to a news reporter on National television. While it may be attractive to imagine that we are in the 18th Century and we can simply overwhelm a country or portion of the world and extract the wealth without regard to the indigenous population – what message does that send about America in the Twenty-first century? His statements are useless bravado and nothing more.
Trump says he will slap a 25% tariff on Chinese goods. Who exactly does Trump think will pay that tariff? The Chinese? Businessman Trump doesn’t seem to understand the basics of business. The Smoot-Hawley Act that raised tariffs on 20,000 different imported goods in 1930 and was largely blamed for accelerating the economic downturn of 1929 that became a Depression. People pay those tariffs and other taxes – not countries and not corporations. Trump should know better – apparently he isn’t an historian either.
I guess I should be grateful. When compared to Donald Trump, Tim Pawlenty looks absolutely brilliant.