Who can be as foolhardy and reckless as Trump? The Democrats…


Here’s an excellent example of why it won’t be the Democrats who save us from Trump.

At least, not these Democrats.

Possibly the most foolish thing Trump has done in the last few days (and yeah, I know there are a lot of exciting entries in a crowded field) is this, at the very moment we’re facing an increased threat from North Korea:

President Trump has instructed advisers to prepare to withdraw the United States from a free-trade agreement with South Korea, several people close to the process said, a move that would stoke economic tensions with the U.S. ally as both countries confront a crisis over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Withdrawing from the trade deal would back up Trump’s promises to crack down on what he considers unfair trade competition from other countries, but his top national security and economic advisers are pushing him to abandon the plan, arguing it would hamper U.S. economic growth and strain ties with an important ally. Officials including national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and National Economic Council director Gary Cohn oppose withdrawal, said people familiar with the process who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal White House deliberations.

Although it is still possible Trump could decide to stay in the agreement to renegotiate its terms, the internal preparations for terminating the deal are far along, and the formal withdrawal process could begin as soon as this week, the people said….

You know why those top aides don’t want him to do this, especially now? Because they have brains. They know that free-trade agreements bind nations closer together, aside from producing more wealth overall.

This is absolutely no time for slapping allies in the face in that part of the world — or anywhere, of course.

But fortunately, there’s a loyal opposition out there poised to the save the country from this nonsense, right?

Uhhhh… no (imagine I said that in a Butthead voice). This was in the Post the same day as the above:

 Democrats facing reelection next year in states President Trump won are seizing on trade at this early stage as a crucial issue and a Republican vulnerability.

But rather than jeer Trump’s protectionist positions, Democrats are echoing them and amplifying them, arguing that Trump has failed to fulfill his dramatic campaign promise to rip apart trade deals.

“When we say renegotiating NAFTA, we mean a transformation, something substantial, not just going through the motions,” Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) told union leaders recently, referring to the administration’s talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement.

For Democrats, Casey’s pitch signals a wholehearted revival of their labor roots and a sharp departure from the free-trade tilt of the past two Democratic presidents, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton….

So, according to these Dems, the trouble with Trump is that he’s not Trumpy enough.

Notice how eager they are to repudiate the views of the last two Democrats who won presidential elections?

Brilliant, just brilliant….

14 thoughts on “Who can be as foolhardy and reckless as Trump? The Democrats…

  1. Richard

    Anyone else of being the world’s guardian, financial and political?

    “Don’t worry the US will take care of it.”
    — The rest of the world

            1. Brad Warthen Post author

              Maybe we should make them out of cake.

              Sorry, folks, but I couldn’t resist the setup.

              Seriously, it’s a false choice. Anyway, is that a proposal you favor — the government taking on feeding all of the hungry? I notice you limited it by saying “Our” poor people. I assume that’s just citizens, right?

          1. Doug Ross

            But I’m willing to hear your case on how the money spent in Iraq and Afghanistan has been great for us. What’s the return on investment exactly (I mean besides the profits for Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, etc.?)

            1. Brad Warthen Post author

              That’s a bizarre question.

              So what was YOUR plan after 9/11, launched from bin Laden’s safe haven in Afghanistan? Do nothing?

              Notice I’m not taking your bait on Iraq, because I think we’ve pretty well established that we’re not going to reach agreement on that…

              1. Doug Ross

                “So what was YOUR plan after 9/11, launched from bin Laden’s safe haven in Afghanistan? Do nothing?””

                No, not do nothing. But certainly do much, much, much less “nation building” and more, you know, actual military activities. And work under the assumption that we can’t make allies by killing innocent people.

                Our nation building should be reserved for the United States.

  2. Harry Harris

    Nice over-generalization based on a small sample. actually quoting only one Democrat. There’s a pretty wide divergence of views on trade among Democrats, although it will always have a worker/labor tilt. When I address unions, I tilt toward protecting markets, too, but I’m only one Democrat.

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      Actually, the story quoted three Democrats — Bob Casey, Chuck Schumer and Joe Donnelly — and mentioned several others within this context.

      Do you have contrary evidence to indicate that the premise of the story was wrong?

  3. Claus2

    So do you just plan on blocking everything I post now? If so I’ll not waste my time getting through your little click, click, click picture game to only have it wait for approval and deleted.

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