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PostAn Evaluation of Trump (from Ric Mauricio) (John Eipper, USA, 02/16/19 3:59 am)
Ric Mauricio writes:
A few thoughts on the subjects visited by Eugenio Battaglia on February 15th.
1) Immigration: Yes, Eugenio is correct that a country has the right to check the influx of immigrants. That is why we have passports and visas. When I visited the PRC, I had to get a visa. The first time I waited in line at the Chinese consulate. The second time, I paid someone to do the honors (this was legal by the way). So yes, those who wish to enter our country, should be able to wait in line in Mexico, enter through legal checkpoints and get approval for entrance (asylum for many.) But I read that because the process has been slowed by the current administration, people are losing patience and attempting to cross illegally by climbing barriers. Thus, "The Wall." Entrepreneurs on the south side of the border are thanking Mr. Trump for this. It's about time. They have worked hard digging tunnels to circumvent the barriers to transport their much-in-demand contraband and now they will be utilizing these tunnels to service another market: people. Already, profits are way up from the greater utilization of their tunnels. Thank you, Mr. Trump and good luck with your wall.
2) War: In 1930, the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act was signed by President Hoover, raising tariffs on 20,000 products to protect US industries. The Act exacerbated the Great Depression of the 1930s, culminating in World War II (starting in 1937 in Asia and 1939 in Europe). This war catapulted the United States into the Numero Uno position of world power. Yes, make America Great Again. With our accelerated timelines due to technology today, it wouldn't take 8 years to arrive at this point again in history. As far as removing troops from Syria, it would of course, hand over power in that region to our allies, the Russians. Removing troops from Afghanistan would unfortunately affect the price of a much-in-demand commodity here in the US: opium. And removing troops from Italy, oh, Eugenio, we don't want to do that. Being stationed in Italy is like being on vacation in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
3) Lack of knowledge in foreign policy: Foreign policies are complicated. That's why presidents rely on people with great knowledge in the diplomatic arena. However, choices of Secretaries of State can reflect positively or negatively on their appointers. Reagan had Haig and Schultz (grade B), Nixon had Kissinger (grade A), Clinton had Christopher and Albright (Grade A-), George W. Bush had Powell (grade A) and Rice (grade D), Obama had Hillary Clinton (grade F) and Kerry (grade A-), and Trump had Tillerson (grade C) and Pompeo (yet to be determined). George HW Bush was probably the most knowledgeable in foreign policy of any president.
4) Women: With the signing of Kareem Hunt by the Cleveland Browns, it is evident that beating up on women is better than kneeling to protest police brutality.
5) Science: Many will separate science from religion, believing only in a science that they believe in. Oh, yes, everything was created in 7 days, "the Bible tells us so" (I believe there is a song that uses those words and every Christian child is taught that song). Never mind that man wasn't there to witness the creation of the universe to write down what was happening. Make America Great. Burn coal. Damn the pollution. If the Chinese people can grow their economy by double that of the US and do so breathing bad air, well, darn, so can we.
6) Chinese economics: When I was in Beijing, I visited many construction sites. What I noticed was unrestrained building, but talking to the developers (through an interpreter), they had no tenants locked in, not even prospective tenants. Of course, their economy was growing fast, when you are starting from a low point, like a small company, you can grow faster, but as you grow faster, that growth will slow down (kinda like a person growing up). And if you try to force that growth through debt, it can slow down even faster. So, along comes a trade war and the country's growth will slow down. It's only natural. Thanks, Mr. President. China will remain affordable for tourists like me.
JE comments: I tell WAISers to be careful with ironic comments, as they can easily be misunderstood. But Ric Mauricio's points ring loud and clear.
As of yesterday (February 15th), Trump has declared a National Emergency. The trouble is, there's no actual emergency. What can WAISers say about Trump's latest stunt to build his wall?
And the National Emergency Is...
(John Heelan, UK
02/16/19 10:47 AM)
Some people think that Trump is the US National Emergency.
JE comments: John Heelan has been on a quipping roll this week! One thing the Pundit Class has been saying about Trump's Wall emergency: the precedent of creating emergencies, rather than reacting to them, has now been set. Once a Democrat moves into the White House, the emergencies will become gun control and health care, just to start.