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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Will the God-Emperor cuck on trade?

Tyler Durden suspects the globalist faction is winning in an ideological trade battle being waged inside the Trump administration:
Earlier this week, when we discussed Peter Navarro's jarring op-ed in the WSJ in which he alleged that the persistent US trade deficit "would put US national security in jeopardy", we said that "a better question than what is Navarro's purpose by writing it, is why he is writing it, and does his use of a public forum like the WSJ mean that there is friction between him and Trump camp, especially since in recent weeks it appears that a core pillar of Trump's trade policies, namely the border adjustability, appear to no longer be on the docket of actionable items."

As it turns out, that was precisely the correct question, because as the FT reports, "a civil war has broken out within the White House over trade, leading to what one official called "a fiery meeting" in the Oval Office pitting economic nationalists close to Donald Trump against pro-trade moderates from Wall Street."

More notably, the person at the center of this "civil war" is none other than Navarro, who as we expected is now said to be losing influence, and as a result he resorted to using the WSJ as a means to appeal directly to the general public. It may have been a prudent gamble: the WSJ op-ed may have helped Navarro salvage some of his credibility with Trump, according to the FT:

The officials and people dealing with the White House said Mr Navarro appeared to be losing influence in recent weeks. But during the recent Oval Office fight, Mr Trump appeared to side with the economic nationalists, one official said.

Facing off the "hardline group" of Navarro, and other "nationalists" such as Steve Bannon, is a a "faction" led by former Goldman COO Gary Cohn, a career globalist, who leads Mr Trump’s National Economic Council.

But what is just as important, is that if the FT is right, then allegations that Trump has "sold out" to his Goldman advisors may be premature: in fact, if anything, Trump appears to be playing off one camp, the "nationalists", against its polar opposite, the "Goldman globalists":

The battle over trade is emblematic of a broader fight on economic policy within the Trump’s administration. It comes ahead of a visit to Washington next week by Ms Merkel, the German chancellor, and amid preparations for a meeting of G20 finance ministers in Germany next week at which allies’ concerns over protectionism are likely to be high on the agenda.

While the White House was non-committal, providing the FT with the following brief statement:

“Gary Cohn and Peter Navarro are both valued members of the president’s economic team. They are working together to enact the president's economic agenda, protect American workers and grow American businesses.”

... the "globalists" led by Cohn and others "have seized on Mr Navarro’s public comments — and widespread criticism by economists of his stand on trade deficits and other matters — to try and sideline him."

That has led to discussions over moving Mr Navarro and the new National Trade Council he leads out of the White House and to the Commerce Department, headed by another Wall Street veteran, Wilbur Ross.

And, if the FT is correct, it appears that the Goldman-led faction is winning.
Can you spot the potential flaw in Durden's reasoning. There is an alternative explanation. Isn't it at least possible that the Financial Times is spinning things in Cohn's favor for precisely the same reason it claims Navarro published his Wall Street Journal op/ed? It's not as if the FT isn't openly on the side of the globalists and free traders, after all.

And what are two things we know SJWs always do? They lie and they project. Aside from academia, what field is more SJW-converged than the media? I would not consider the FT to be either a reliable or an impartial source in this matter. You'd think people would have learned by now. Don't ever count the God-Emperor out until he is actually, confirmably, undeniably, out.

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74 Comments:

Anonymous Icicle March 11, 2017 5:49 AM  

No more Goldman ballSachs. Cut it off.

Blogger Samuel Nock March 11, 2017 5:50 AM  

I would more expect the God-Emperor to disappoint on immigration than on trade.

He has been banging the drum about bad trade deals since the early 1980s. It has been his most consistent political theme over the course of decades in the public eye.

Blogger Rusty March 11, 2017 6:02 AM  

Hell I wouldn't be surprised if the God Emperor played them, after all he loves a win-win deal. Eventually I see the Globalist coming over to his side because he offers the better deal.

Blogger Lazarus March 11, 2017 6:12 AM  

Rusty wrote:Eventually I see the Globalist coming over to his side because he offers the better deal.

They can't. They are bound by oath to Satan.

Blogger Cerdic Ricing March 11, 2017 6:20 AM  

If the media folks have lied about every other internal conflict in the Trump administration, why would we believe them this time?

They continually make things up, why would this be any different? Begone foul media daemons!

Blogger Some Dude March 11, 2017 6:21 AM  

This is very intriguing, because Trump has been even more combative on trade than even immigration in public. He can't reverse himself because he intelligently bound himself to his words pre-empting Zion Sachs western impoverishment and enslavement scheme. Interesting to see how this goes. Obviously some people at the WSJ sympathetic to a border adjustment tax. Cohn is a relfexive liar by the way - his stances on bringing back prop trading for banks are sickening. It has nothing at all to do with lending to small business. Anyone with an IQ over 100 can see taking positions on brazilian teak derivatives has NOTHING to do with a loan to a furniture shop which is a retail not investment banking trading activity.

Anonymous trev006 March 11, 2017 6:40 AM  

The FT is reliable as hell about Trump matters. That is, reliably wrong. You may as well be trying to get US news out of a Ghanaian local broadsheet.

Trump has to fight 24/7 on everything SJWs want. Is it no surprise he wants to minimize the ability to blame him for economic slowdown, especially given how many moneyed interests literally want him dead?

Blogger tuberman March 11, 2017 6:46 AM  

All the new "narratives" from the left will be that President Trump will betray his base and cuck out.

Blogger tuberman March 11, 2017 6:54 AM  

Concern Trolls will be everywhere with subtle talking points, the GOPe is aware of all of this and colluding right now by creating all sorts of betrayals like RyanCare.

Anonymous Millenium March 11, 2017 6:58 AM  

Tyler Durden needs the globalist faction to win to keep peddling his Sovereign man crap. He is forever predicting the worst because without fear as motivation no one would buy what he is selling.

Anonymous Rocklea March 11, 2017 7:10 AM  

I thought perhaps that this may signal a shift away from The Russia Strategy, but no, a quick google search turns up dozens of new articles. Politico is playing six degrees of separation with 7 flow charts, such imagination over there.

Globalism is on the nose. What Trump and reality have done is mainstreamed nationalism, for the uncucked former free traders and the died in the wool unionist both. Workers, business and government on the same page scares the shit out of the globalists. Time to break up the conglomerates and the banking sector with anti trust laws.

Anonymous Mr. Hwyte March 11, 2017 7:11 AM  

I, for, one, want to know what the hell Cohn is even doing in the administration in the first place. Goldman Sachs has had far too much influence for far too long and we elected Trump to clean out that crap. I trust Trump will do what he says he will do, but why let in these sheisters in the first place?

Anonymous Teapartydoc March 11, 2017 7:11 AM  

I kept having to go back and check who wrote the piece. Not Durdenesque. Could have been put together by some concern troll on his staff and slipped past him with cursory edit checking.

Anonymous grey enlightenment March 11, 2017 7:14 AM  

Unfortunately, the odds are there won't be sweeping reform. More of the usual that we've seen since as far back as Bush

Facing off the "hardline group" of Navarro, and other "nationalists" such as Steve Bannon, is a a "faction" led by former Goldman COO Gary Cohn, a career globalist, who leads Mr Trump’s National Economic Council.

But what is just as important, is that if the FT is right, then allegations that Trump has "sold out" to his Goldman advisors may be premature: in fact, if anything, Trump appears to be playing off one camp, the "nationalists", against its polar opposite, the "Goldman globalists":


kinda counterproductive putting so many goldman/wallst guys in the cabinet

Blogger tuberman March 11, 2017 7:21 AM  

See people: Lots of concern from new posters, some have the latest "talking points." Let's wait and see.

Anonymous Rocklea March 11, 2017 7:24 AM  

grey enlightenment said:
"kinda counterproductive putting so many goldman/wallst guys in the cabinet"

It depends. Do you want a continuation of the status quo, or are you trying to find the best ways to subvert their plans and gather intel? Better to know the insiders views and methodology before you act.

Blogger Salt March 11, 2017 7:33 AM  

What's the saying? Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer? If Trump is as I suspect, he's playing one shrewd game of chess. He told us what he shall never, ever do. If the globalists perceive they have a wedge in the door, that's all it is. Come into my parlor said the spider to the fly.

Vox is right. "Don't ever count the God-Emperor out until he is actually, confirmably, undeniably, out."

Anonymous grey enlightenment March 11, 2017 7:42 AM  

Rocklea wrote:grey enlightenment said:

"kinda counterproductive putting so many goldman/wallst guys in the cabinet"

It depends. Do you want a continuation of the status quo, or are you trying to find the best ways to subvert their plans and gather intel? Better to know the insiders views and methodology before you act.


I don't think so...these are guys he knew closely for a long time. Trump is big on loyalty..doesn't seem like one to subvert or betray his friends. Trump wanted to appoint competent, knowledgeable people outside of academia that he respected, but some of these people have have views and goals that may not align with his own.

Blogger Mark March 11, 2017 7:44 AM  

"I would not consider the FT to be either a reliable or an impartial source in this matter."

Exactly! It'd be like reading the Politico piece on the briefing room kerfluffle between Fox News Radio and GWPundit and thinking you had the real skinny on how things went down.

Blogger Nick S March 11, 2017 7:53 AM  

Since I'm reasonably certain Trump was installed for purposes beyond my ken that will likely only become obvious in retrospect, I'm not worried about it. He will do what he's there to do and nothing can change that. Whatever those things are, the odds are that they are not what we think or hope they are.

Blogger DemonicProfessorEl March 11, 2017 7:55 AM  

I generally like ZeroHedge, but that can be a bit prone to alarmism, which often goes into blackpilling. Great site - check it often - but they do tend to be pessimistic.

Blogger Jack Ward March 11, 2017 7:58 AM  

@11 . Time to break up the conglomerates and the banking sector with anti trust laws.

And, break the medical care and pharma with those same laws; see Denninger at the MarketTicker site, archives and all.

Recently, I had begun to have my doubts about Mr. Trump's strategy but, now, I can see why he's the President and I am not. And, why my vote for him was one of the best things I ever did.

Blogger bob kek mando ( Death To The Boor-geois, Keks To The Lol-etariat ) March 11, 2017 8:05 AM  

in the same way that Trump was reported to be "shocked" when Sessions requested that Obama's AG's submit resignation letters ...

i'm sure that this article is 100% correct ...

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 11, 2017 8:11 AM  

Banksters gonna bankster, nothing new, it's why God gave us 5.56mm.

What is so difficult about believing America should be part of the global supply chain and not its dumping ground?

Blogger Lovekraft March 11, 2017 8:12 AM  

Side note, but I was on reddit thread re Cassie Jaye's movie "The Red Pill" and commented "Why is it so hard for leftists to accept there are different perspectives on social issues?"

Well, as of now there's eight replies, all displaying expected leftist 'tolerance'. So much fail.

Blogger JaimeInTexas March 11, 2017 8:24 AM  

I balance ZeroHedge with EconomicPolicyJournal. I trust ZeroHedge more.

Blogger Wynn Lloyd March 11, 2017 8:29 AM  

I got off that mailing list a while ago.
It's like belonging to a Pentecostal Church where the rapture is coming every other week.

I'm not surprised he sees Trump in a negative way. Everything is negative except for living in Chile and buying your Hardee's biscuits with Bitcoin.

Blogger Cail Corishev March 11, 2017 8:30 AM  

I had trouble getting through the run-on sentence that makes up the first quoted paragraph, with all its vagueness and plain assertions. Without knowing anything about the topic myself, it reads like trying to build a narrative out of nothing.

But in general, every time we start to hear "Trump is about to betray you on X," he takes another step forward on X. It's become uncanny. Yesterday it was "it's starting to look like Sessions is compromised," and then he fired all the US attorneys. So I look forward to seeing Trump's big step forward on trade in the next few days.

All the new "narratives" from the left will be that President Trump will betray his base and cuck out.

So they've hired NeverTrumpers to write all their copy?

Anonymous Looking Glass March 11, 2017 8:34 AM  

http://archive.is/YCdOM

I thought I had seen talk just yesterday by Wilbur Ross about starting NAFTA changes in two weeks. So while there's always concern about a lot of influences, Trump has set his policy positions and expect them to be carried out.

It's also why Japanese PM Abe has meet with Trump twice. TPP implementation took a chunk out of Abe's party and he really could use a "Win" right now. Trump is more than happy to give it to him, if it serves American interests.

Anonymous Avalanche March 11, 2017 8:34 AM  

@12 "I, for, one, want to know what the hell Cohn is even doing in the administration in the first place. Goldman Sachs has had far too much influence for far too long and we elected Trump to clean out that crap. I trust Trump will do what he says he will do, but why let in these sheisters in the first place?"

Who better to find the foxes in the henhouse but another fox? And the master planners (the God Emperor and Darth Bannon) usually manage to leash/control/use the foxes they set out. If you set out a 'drag' (horse-hunting term -- it's a "smells-like-fox rug" used to lay out a path for the hounds to follow) and then let the hounds loose, they know exactly WHERE TO CHASE!

Anonymous #8601 March 11, 2017 8:37 AM  

ZERO chance Steve Bannon is going to cuck on trade.

Blogger seeingsights March 11, 2017 8:40 AM  

Zero Hedge is a doom porn website. Here is a decent definition of doom porn:
Articles or videos online (prevalently in the blogosphere) that mainly talk about the collapse of either the financial world or the
world in its entirety. People can develop a fascination/addiction reading about this stuff (much like people who watch regular porn).

I read Zero Hedge but not for financial advice. There were great buying opportunities in the stock market in just the past two years. But you would have missed out on those opportunities if one followed Zero Hedge's general negative outlook.

Anonymous Silly but True March 11, 2017 8:47 AM  

"That has led to discussions over moving Mr Navarro and the new National Trade Council he leads out of the White House and to the Commerce Department, headed by another Wall Street veteran, Wilbur Ross."

You dumb fuckers. That must be what' happend because that's the only way influence has ever been measured by Washington insiders.

Can it even occur to these people that Trump could be considering to send Navarro to a place outside of the White House to a place free from moles, spies, liars, and saboteurs - to a place in a boring federal department that could derive its strength from being below the radar - to develop a winning nationalist economic policy?

A question for MSM: Trump considers the White House to be the true base of his power?
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Blogger pyrrhus March 11, 2017 8:52 AM  

You have to discount some of the alarmist editorializing on ZH, but the facts that it reports are plenty alarming enough without it.

Blogger Cail Corishev March 11, 2017 8:55 AM  

@33, that's a good point. For a long time, politicians and media have gauged influence by one's location in the White House. Which wing are you in, and how far from whose office? Just being moved up or down the hall could be a big implied promotion or demotion, even if nothing official changed. It could never occur to them to do it any other way.

It's refreshing to have some grown-ups in the place again.

Blogger tuberman March 11, 2017 8:57 AM  

#29
"So they've hired NeverTrumpers to write all their copy?"

I assume the Globalist/Left will keep much of their old attacks going and just add new tacks to try to erode Trump's base. The NeverTrumpers share Globalist goals, so only a hair breath difference between the actual Left and NeverTrump people... all obvious. Include various Pedo blackmail and bribes and presto, you have the Uniparty converged and colluding.

Anonymous grey enlightenment March 11, 2017 9:03 AM  

seeingsights wrote:Zero Hedge is a doom porn website. Here is a decent definition of doom porn:

Articles or videos online (prevalently in the blogosphere) that mainly talk about the collapse of either the financial world or the

world in its entirety. People can develop a fascination/addiction reading about this stuff (much like people who watch regular porn).

I read Zero Hedge but not for financial advice. There were great buying opportunities in the stock market in just the past two years. But you would have missed out on those opportunities if one followed Zero Hedge's general negative outlook.


Agree ZH is also mostly an agreegator and republishes existing content and news. Not much original content anymore, and much of it sensationalist anyway. They tend to embellish things that are just noise or minutia. IMHO, the stock market goes a lot higher from here...just don't see the conditions for a crash (but that can always change).

Blogger Cail Corishev March 11, 2017 9:07 AM  

Tuberman, agreed. I just got a chuckle from the idea that the left's "new" narrative is the same one NeverTrumpers beat to death several months ago. That should go well.

What all the various Chicken Littles are incapable of understanding is that Trump was our "nothing to lose" candidate in the first place. We knew all the other candidates would bow to the globalists, or were enthusiastic globalists themselves. We hoped Trump would A) take on the globalists, and B) win some territory back from them. If he doesn't do A, or fails to do B because they've become too powerful, we've still lost nothing by supporting him. We're not going to regret that and start wishing we'd voted for Bush/Cruz/whomever if he doesn't fulfill all our hopes and dreams.

Anonymous CoolHand March 11, 2017 9:09 AM  

DemonicProfessorEl wrote:I generally like ZeroHedge, but that can be a bit prone to alarmism, which often goes into blackpilling. Great site - check it often - but they do tend to be pessimistic.

Indeed.

When I first found Zero Hedge in the summer of '09, their hair was on fire about everything and it did seem to me like the end was nigh, so I bought into it.

By the summer of 2010 I had started to prepare for things to go major league sideways in earnest, waiting for it to happen at any time.

By 2014 I'd pretty much given up on them. The articles are either ridiculous blackpill doom porn or honest to God reprints of Pravda or Al Jazera articles. The place had gone from cutting edge to farce, more than likely due to it's having been bought out by ABC sometime in 2011 or 2012.

At this point, they've been talking about the world ending "next week" for damned near eight continuous years, and while they've been right sometimes during that run, they've been wrong an awful lot as well, and now the doom porn and "buy gold now" articles have pretty much crowded out the useful ones entirely.

As someone there once said, "Being early is just as bad as being wrong."

Also, Tyler Durden isn't just one guy. That's the account that anyone who doesn't want to be named uses to write an article, so when you see that byline, you actually have no idea at all who wrote the article.

I've given up on them. The articles are useless and the commenters hate everyone and everything, but especially Americans, and America.

They're also reflexively anti-religion. Back before they moved the servers to Sweden (and thus under their hate speech laws), commenters would rail on and on about the Jews and stupid inbred bible thumpers. Then after the move they'd bitch about the mythical (((CheesePopes))) and religion in general, but after a while the owners just started banning anyone who bitched about the jews too loudly (other anti-religious stuff is allowed to remain though, curious that).

Now the comments are just a nihilistic free for all, which are basically useless.

Blackpilled old fuckers and randos from around the world have more or less made the place unreadable, IMO.

Am personally very glad I found VP when I did, 'cause it's getting damned hard to find any place to get news that hasn't been through someone's spin factory.

Plus the commenters here are of a much higher caliber than I've found elsewhere, so much so that I fear I may be just barely tall enough for this ride.

Blogger tuberman March 11, 2017 9:13 AM  

#39 Cail

Agreed, I hope that Trump's instincts push him closer to Alt-Right positions, even if he cannot profess those positions, and that he is sharp enough to wiggle some extra good into this. Yet, much better than alternatives.

Blogger Phat Repat March 11, 2017 9:14 AM  

Yeah, airing disagreement with your boss might gain you some cred points with your fellow backslappers, with Trump it will likely end with "You're fired."

Now get out of here you crazy knucklehead.

Anonymous Bobby Farr March 11, 2017 9:16 AM  

Trump's rhetoric has never been anti-free trade. He has generally said that, in cases where a country has barriers to US imports, it should be subject to a punitive tariff unless it removes such barriers. Only through the lens of the fringe left media and elite would this position be considered nationalistic or mercantilistic. It is comparable to their equating of restricting immigrants from a handful of Muslim basket case countries with white nationalism.

Blogger bosscauser March 11, 2017 9:21 AM  

It's refreshing reading about everyone chasing shiny objects....
Let's get our facts from anonymous sources too!
#PresidentTrump2020

Blogger praetorian March 11, 2017 9:39 AM  

Always remeber: the media is the enemy.

They hate us and want to see our families and all that we love destroyed forever.

God Emperor protects.

Anonymous BBGKB March 11, 2017 9:48 AM  

I thought perhaps that this may signal a shift away from The Russia Strategy, but no

If you see TRUMP on the NYC piss smelling subway with the russians say something.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/york-subway-signs-replaced-anti-195132216.html

I generally like ZeroHedge, but that can be a bit prone to alarmism,

When every day the world is ending tommorow

Blogger Orville March 11, 2017 9:57 AM  

@39 The place had gone from cutting edge to farce, more than likely due to it's having been bought out by ABC sometime in 2011 or 2012.

It's owned by ABC Media LTD. But I find no evidence that ABC Media LTD is in any way related to the ABC we all know and love aka The American Broadcast Company.

Blogger praetorian March 11, 2017 10:25 AM  

Video related

Trump knows the deal. He isn't going to cuck.

Lugenpresse blackpilling, as usual.

Blogger Peter Jackson March 11, 2017 10:33 AM  

Trump should focus on improving the trade situation by removing obstacles to American businesses at home, rather than imposing tariffs.

Blogger Cail Corishev March 11, 2017 10:37 AM  

@48, No, he should do both. "Free trade" is one of the obstacles to American businesses at home.

Blogger Peter Jackson March 11, 2017 11:13 AM  

"@48, No, he should do both."

Will the tariffs be offset with tax cuts elsewhere? I doubt it. We don't need to be feeding more dollars to the federal leviathan.

Blogger Cail Corishev March 11, 2017 11:16 AM  

Then fight for tax cuts too.

Anonymous MEC March 11, 2017 11:17 AM  

I used to work for a Trump Type and he would deliberately pit two opposing parties against each other then watch his best and brightest battle each other and then he would make a decision based on what he learned from the altercation. And he didn't always decide with he team that seemed to win. I think this is Trumps way of getting the best and brightest to download their best arguments, then he will decide what is best based on his values. It is efficient because he gets up to speed on an issues really quickly. Especially when both sides are fighting like they think they can really win him over.

Blogger Baelzar March 11, 2017 11:26 AM  

What about this health care bill? What's his strategy there?

Anonymous Loki7 March 11, 2017 11:27 AM  

If you think about it, immigration is really a subset of trade so a cave-in on the former would be worst than the latter.

Anonymous Loki7 March 11, 2017 11:28 AM  

correction: ...on the latter would be worst...etc

Blogger Matt March 11, 2017 12:35 PM  

@SamuelNock

Until American citizens make it extremely unappealing to immigrants to move here, they will not stop trying.

Blogger kurt9 March 11, 2017 12:44 PM  

Guys. I recommend you read Peter Zeihan's latest "The Absent Superpower". I cannot recommend this book strong enough.

Zeihan makes a very convincing case that the fracking energy revolution, combined with the technology revolutions of automation/robotics and the 3-D printing/additive manufacturing, is going to bring a LOT of manufacturing back to the U.S. He argues that this will happen even if we enact NO trade protectionist legislation whatsoever because both our energy costs as well as manufacturing costs as a whole (due to automation and 3-D printing) will hand the U.S. all of the advantages over the rest of the world.

This actually argues for no restrictions on trade. The reason is if the cost and other factors makes the U.S. the best place to manufacture compared to the rest of the world, free trade will benefit American manufacturers over all others. Hence, we would be in the same position we were in the 1930's when we shot ourselves in the foot with Smoot-Hawley.

I'm not worried about the trade issue because I think the U.S. has all of the aces in its pocket in the long run. The future favors us.

Blogger Pteronarcyd March 11, 2017 12:55 PM  

There are three issues that Trump can cuck to that will kill Trumpism and ensure him a single term in office -- illegal immigration, repeal of Obamacare, and unfair trade. I fear Trump cucking on the first two far more than on trade. Illegal immigration and unfair trade are the pillars of Trump Populism.

Blogger Servant March 11, 2017 1:00 PM  

The notion that anyone would seek to pressure their boss by writing an article in his own name is patently absurd.

Blogger Servant March 11, 2017 1:01 PM  

The notion that anyone would seek to pressure their boss by writing an article in his own name is patently absurd.

Blogger Phat Repat March 11, 2017 1:01 PM  

Cucking on illegal immigration is an absolute non-starter. I concur, IF that happens then a single term is assured. And, since so many groups are already celebrating the loss of white majority by 2024, the ultra-nationalist just might be warming up.

Blogger kurt9 March 11, 2017 4:25 PM  

Illegal immigration needs to be stopped, period. Even legal immigration should be reduced. The assimilation of millions of immigrants was a serious problem during the early 20th century. We took a 40 year "breather" starting in 1924 that gave time for the then immigrants to assimilate into our society. It is not unreasonable to suggest that we may need another 40-50 year "breather" for the same purpose. And I say this as someone who is NOT alt-right.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable March 11, 2017 4:56 PM  

Samuel Nock wrote:I would more expect the God-Emperor to disappoint on immigration than on trade.

He has been banging the drum about bad trade deals since the early 1980s. It has been his most consistent political theme over the course of decades in the public eye.


This. A Master Persuader is only more acutely aware of cognitive biases such as commitment tendency, not immune to them. And he's been hearing the counter-arguments for decades without bring persuaded by them. Because he's right, and the "experts" on the other side are sophomorons.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable March 11, 2017 5:32 PM  

Cail Corishev wrote:What all the various Chicken Littles are incapable of understanding is that Trump was our "nothing to lose" candidate in the first place.

Burn. It. Down.

MEC wrote:I used to work for a Trump Type and he would deliberately pit two opposing parties against each other then watch his best and brightest battle each other and then he would make a decision based on what he learned from the altercation. And he didn't always decide with he team that seemed to win. I think this is Trumps way of getting the best and brightest to download their best arguments, then he will decide what is best based on his values. It is efficient because he gets up to speed on an issues really quickly. Especially when both sides are fighting like they think they can really win him over.

Thank you for putting it into words. I've never seen it in action (until now), but that is how I pre-verbally perceived it because of my mental model of Trump.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey March 11, 2017 6:33 PM  

@Some Dude

"which is a retail not investment banking trading activity."

Bring back Glass-Steagall.

Blogger VD March 11, 2017 7:02 PM  

There are three issues that Trump can cuck to that will kill Trumpism and ensure him a single term in office -- illegal immigration, repeal of Obamacare, and unfair trade.

Obamacare doesn't matter. That's Congress. Immigration, trade, and war with Russia/China are the big three.

Blogger kurt9 March 11, 2017 8:42 PM  

Immigration and trade are also congressional as well. Trump can issue executive orders specifically to enforce law against illegal immigrants as well as to penalize trade "dumping", which Trump is very eager to do.

However, comprehensive reform in these areas does require congressional legislation.

BTW, the executive order that Trump issued last month limiting visitors from those 7 Islamic countries that got all of the liberal-lefties in a tizzy was re-issued last Tuesday. This time, the executive order stops the embassies in those countries from issuing ANY ADDITIONAL visas to people from those countries and, thus, has flown past the federal courts.

Blogger Baelzar March 11, 2017 9:00 PM  

"Obamacare doesn't matter."

It will if he's out pimping RINOcare.

Anonymous CoolHand March 11, 2017 9:37 PM  

Orville wrote:@39 The place had gone from cutting edge to farce, more than likely due to it's having been bought out by ABC sometime in 2011 or 2012.

It's owned by ABC Media LTD. But I find no evidence that ABC Media LTD is in any way related to the ABC we all know and love aka The American Broadcast Company.


That may well be true, I don't know.

But regardless of whether it's "the" ABC, the change in tone/content/usefulness happened when they bought the place.

It don't have to be the same ABC to be a converged shithouse.

But you're right, I should have looked into it more deeply before I spoke like I actually KNEW something instead of having assumed it.

Blogger Pteronarcyd March 12, 2017 5:40 PM  

VD wrote:
"Obamacare doesn't matter. That's Congress. Immigration, trade, and war with Russia/China are the big three."

I'll agree that immigration and trade are the big two. I don't see war with Russia or China as being likely enough to be in the top three. Trump has made promises regarding Obamacare, though, and so he's on a hook for repeal and, unfortunately, for replacement. I'll admit, however, that health care may not be in the top three.

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Blogger Dirk Manly March 17, 2017 9:15 AM  

None of you have ever heard of a "Kit Carson Scout"? That's the name our soldiers in Vietnam gave to former VC who switched sides and helped U.S. troops hunt and kill VC.

Blogger Dirk Manly March 17, 2017 9:28 AM  

Peter Jackson: the U.S. went from the world's most undeveloped backwater to the world's greatest Superpower in a mere 150 years by funding the federal government exclusively (for all practical purposes) with import tariffs.

Blogger Dirk Manly March 17, 2017 9:31 AM  

@Kurt9

Do you think 3D printers only work inside U.S. borders?

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