As Levon Helm said as Jack Ridley, All right, y’all — here we go again.
The P&C brings us twin stories today about the continuing ill effects of Trump’s tariffs — up to which McMaster will not stand (I’m nothing if not grammatical). Of course, they’re doing what anyone with any understanding of the way the world works would expect: threatening some of the best jobs in the state:
- Volvo cancels plans to ship SC-made cars to China — for now
- Exports of South Carolina-made BMWs drop again in face of China tariffs
I’m not going to repeat myself. I’m just going to refer you to this release, and this one and this one and this one, and then stop there, because you’re probably not even following the links to those.
But yeah, we told you so.
And what did reporters keep asking me about? The next ad buy, or when some yahoo who plans to run for president in 2020 might be coming to South Carolina…
Of course, as anyone who did pay attention knows, we avoided talking about Trump during the campaign. Which meant blowing off a lot of the more irrelevant press questions, such as “How is Donald Trump affecting this campaign?”
But the tariffs were one case where we might mention his name once, in passing. Our focus wasn’t him, though — was his stupid tariffs, and Henry’s advice that we just “be patient” with them.
In a case such as that, it would have been silly and artificial not to say his name at all. Within the campaign, if it became necessary to mention him, the candidates and staff would like as not call him “45.” But that would have been pretty silly in a press release…
We have managed to avoid major trade wars for awhile, to the general prosperity, not to mention peace, of all. And here we go again. And we remain bosom buddies with the Saudi prince. I want my America back!
Hey, *I* care—but then I’m a card-carrying neolib, and consider Trump a charlatan surrounded by cranks. I think it’s just going to take some time to sink in. The working class in SC really took it on the chin last decade, and Trump promises that his trade war will bring their jobs back. So they figure they might as well give him a try, and if the economists scoff—what do they have to offer besides advice to retool and move somewhere else? In fact, working people have little reason to trust most of us to craft policy that helps them live the lives they want to live, and if Trump and McMaster say, give us time, they’ll do it. Didn’t our forebears sacrifice to win WWII?
This is a complete non sequitur, but how do you define “neolib?”
I think I’ve more or less got a handle on “neocon,” even to the point of ‘fessing up to being one, to some extent. It’s liberals who gave up on the left after Vietnam, continuing to believe American power could and should be used for good in the world. Scoop Jackson, et al.
But I haven’t read enough about neoliberals…
The one thing I don’t have a good grasp on is neoconservatism as it applies to domestic policy.
I was long confused about the term. I could swear I first heard it used in the 80s with reference to economic policy, and being related somehow to the supply-siders. And I couldn’t relate to that. But I tend to be in synch with neocons on foreign policy…
An easier definition of a neo-con is someone who thinks the answer to every problem around the world is U.S. military involvement. If it’s broken, we can break it some more, no matter what the cost in lives and tax dollars.
No, we (big bloc of voters in S.C.) don’t care. We care about race and religion. Race includes immigration, integration, public support for private schools, tough on crime, racial strife, Muslims,etc. Religion includes abortion, prayer in schools, merry Christmas, manger on the square public support for private religious schools, Muslims, etc.