Trump plays the trade war like it's 1812

Trump is losing his trade war and what’s worse is that he’s clueless about the reason for the losing. The prevailing truth is that stupidity has given way to irrationality. “The truth, however, is that there has seldom been clearer proof that Trump is in fact the world’s worst negotiator. And the price Americans are…

Fortune Cookie economics: Peter Navarro's alter ego is no hand grenade

Like David Brooks and Thomas Friedman, conservatives use (non-) fictional everymen in their writing. WH adviser Peter Navarro is no different: his is the thinly disguised Ron Vara, no different than David Dennison or John Barron. Today the Comical of Higher Education takes Peter Navarro to task for his sinophobia which only got attention from the WH…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 136)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. 1549. Ramped up the trade war with China by raising tariffs by 5% 1550. Threatened to…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 134)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1528. Slammed by an Ex-Foreign Service Officer for gross managerial incompetence and “naked unapologetic…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 133)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1515. Cut legal funding for victims of human trafficking 1516. Threatened to suspend journalist Brian…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 124)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1403. Exacerbated trade wars by stripping India of special trade status 1404. Forced visa applicants…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 123)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1403. Moved to close 9 civilian conservation centers 1404. Used an emergency declaration to sell…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 121)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1380. Aggravated the trade war with China by implementing new tariffs 1381. Diverted an additional…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 120)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1370. Moved to dramatically expand the category of people who can be deported for…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 110)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1262. It was reported that US farm exports dropped $1.9bn as a direct…

Chinese official LOLs as Trump and adviser argue about trade

Remember when Trump said the world was laughing at us? It wasn’t true then, but he has finally succeeded — singlehandedly — in Making Aliens Guffaw Again. Because Trump knows only what he sees on teevee, fast-food wrappers, and some of your more lowbrow cereal boxes, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday attempted to clarify…

Trump Throws A Tantrum About China Trade.

Trump is threating China with more tariffs, according to Bloomberg News.  Essentially, Trump would place tariffs on ALL Chinese goods. Trump said Friday he’s willing to slap tariffs on an additional $267 billion in Chinese goods, on top of duties of $200 billion in imports is already considering. The administration will act on the $200…

Trump Is Still Screwing Up Trade.

While we are focused on government-sponsored child abuse, Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico, Mueller’s Russia Investigation, and the deaths of Senator John McCain and Aretha Franklin, looks like Trump thinks he can slap another $200 billion in tariffs on China next week, according to Bloomberg that is.  I suspect this may be true…

Trump Treason May Be Another Factor in Trade War.

I caught part of a report on NPR that Trump wants to hit European autos and autor parts supplies with a 20% tariff.  I looked it up, and I found this LA Times article on the subject: The Commerce Department is holding the hearing as it probes whether imports of passenger vehicles imperil U.S. national…