sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Policy and Trade

As the Clintons stumble off into the sunset together, we can all take solace in the fact that they have each other to grow old with... nobody could be more deserving than they both are.

Now we have speculation as to how a Trump Presidency will work:

- I expect to see a Free/Fair Trade Deal between the UK and the USA as part of President Trump's efforts to repair the damage done by Barack and his gang of anglophobes. Churchill's bust will likely return to the Oval Office and things will be set right with the Brits.

- Glen Greenwald wrote an interesting article published in the Washington Post, of all places. He discusses how progs excoriated the evil policies and practices of President George W. Bush, but the minute Barack took office, he not only embraced them but expanded on them. The author considered this shocking and now worries that Trump will be given these abusive powers Obama took.

Despite the prog's worst fears, I think that Trump will view his power as part of a Constitutional framework and will allow the legislature to do what they are supposed to do.

- All of the symbolic climate change/global warming and cooling agreements (Copenhagen Agreement and Paris Agreement) will be repudiated on President Trump's first day in office because they were never submitted to the Senate for ratification. The same is true with the Iran Nuke Deal, which was never submitted to the Senate. Expect sanctions on Iran for violating the agreement and for being bad actors.

- President Trump will make good on rolling back Barack's deal with the Cubans. As with the Iran Nuke Deal and the Global Warming Agreements, his Cuba initiative never went to the Senate. President Trump will wipe that out with a signature.

- I expect some sort of Yalta-style turf deal with the Russians, but I'm not sure what form it will take and what it will include. It will be crafted as "spheres of influence" and "spheres of common concern" such as Syria.

- The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal is one in which Asian and Pacific nations joined together to stand against China, but it doesn't do anything to help the US either. The situation between the US and China is fluid. It remains to be seen how that works out. But the TPP is finished.

- Sanctuary Cities will face sanctions. I don't know how else that problem will be solved.
Chicago is pledging to remain a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants, an act of defiance in the face of Donald Trump’s past promise to cut off those cities from federal funding. In sanctuary cities, local law enforcement officials aren’t required to alert U.S. Immigration and Customs authorities about the immigration status of individuals with whom they come in contact.
I am not sure what mechanism that President Trump will take to cut them off. Hopefully the House of Representatives can do it through cutting off appropriations rather than using an executive order. Meanwhile, all of the illegal aliens with felony convictions are likely to flee there and hide which will do nothing to reduce the crime rate there (or the other progressive cities where crime is rampant).

9 comments:

  1. Looks like Barack's method of doing the end-around Congress with his 'pen and his phone' was only a short term strategy.

    We'll see how much of Barry's putrid legacy will get wiped out with Donald's pen and phone.

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    1. That part of the putrid legacy is gone on the first day in office.

      However, I will say that based on all reports, Barack is comporting himself like a gentleman during the transition. Maybe that will be all of his legacy that remains - but at least that's something. Hopefully he won't be like the shameful Clintons, stealing government property on their way out and the staff vandalizing the place. If only for that, I'd have some small respect for him.

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    1. I think that Trump wants to. He's also surrounded by good people who want the same thing that we all do.

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  3. Trump's deal making ability will be tested, hard. He will use whatever positions of strength are available to him instead of some world view idealistic clap trap we've seen for the last eight years IMO.

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    1. He wrote, "Art of the deal." Let's see how he delivers in the crucible.

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  4. Don't know if it's true, but the news was saying that Trump has decided TPP will simply be revised, or some such.
    I am concerned, but we still have days to go before he is actually in office.

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    1. The issue with TPP and NAFTA is that they must benefit the USA. At present, renegotiation makes sense if we can get more for America out of the agreement.

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  5. Hopefully Trump will include trade sanctions, B52 sanctions, cruise missile sanctions and Unleash-the-Israeli-Kraken sanctions against Iran.

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