Short and sweet

We just got our power back on after 14 hours following a storm. But, the outage masked an internet/ TV cable issue. So, this post will be short and sweet.

Reading letters to the editor, it is painfully obvious, Trump has a base of followers who sing his praises oblivious to his inability to tell the truth on any reasonable basis. Lying becomes candor, eg. Call me crazy, but candor is supposed to be about telling unpleasant truths.

George Will, who used to be regarded by Republican voters as a voice of reason, continues to try to educate his old party, becoming an Independent, when Trump altered what the party stands for doing so in a dishonest manner. Will wrote today about what he viewed as one of Trump’s worst decisions, getting out of the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement between 12 countries to hold China into account. When we dropped out, the other eleven countries went ahead without us, a sign that the agreement had merit. While I would argue whether this was his worst mistake, if Trump wanted to hold China into account, this would have been a good vehicle. It also shows, Trump would prefer not to have multi-lateral agreements that he was not involved in, even if they move the ball forward.

That is it for today. Have a great week in spite of the COVID-19 travails. Stay safe.

6 thoughts on “Short and sweet

  1. Hello Keith. Glad you got your power back, sorry about the internet issue.
    I like trade partnerships, and I think like regional groupings such as the EU will be the future of the best way forward. TPP had one thing I did not like, the ability to override a country’s own environmental laws in favor of a companies profits. Countries courts and laws were secondary to the rights of corporations. That seems backwards to me.
    As for tRump and any agreement, I think we now understand for tRump the important thing is his name and his importance be attached to everything regardless if it is correct or not. Take NAFTA for instance. tRump made such incorrect statements of how horrible it was. Forced a renegotiation of it where he got nothing really, only a few tweaks. Our allies got more out of the redo than we did. tRump got to give it a new name. He has been touting it as a success long before it went into effect. The reality had nothing to do with any of it. In his mind he won a great coup, a defining success by getting to rename it, and falsely claim new benefits to a treaty that was working well before. It is all about his branding, his pushing how great his name tRump is, so he can get more value for selling it. That is his real goal with the presidency , to increase his brand value. Be well. Hugs

    • Scottie, Trump has always been more on optics than substance. It even cuts to the chase on how he makes money – leasing his name to properties he did not develop. No agreement is perfect and they should be reviewed and modified at the scheduled times. Yet, Trump has a caveman definition on who did agreements – others bad, me good. Keith

  2. I’m glad your electricity is back on! Ours flickered a few times, but never went out. We are, however, expecting SNOW on Friday … a bit late in the season. I agree that Trump made a huge mistake when he pulled out of the TPP, but would argue that pulling out of the Paris Accord and the Iran nuclear deal may have been far bigger mistakes. Let’s face it … in my book, most everything he has done has been a big mistake. Keep safe, my friend!

    • Jill, thanks. Good luck with the snow. We got back the internet later this morning

      You are so right, there are a lot ot bad decisions to choose from. Leaving the Paris accord is one of several. Placing tariffs on allies is another. Belittling NATO is another. And, so on. Keith

      • I doubt the snow will amount to much, as the ground is likely too warm for it to stick, but isn’t it odd … we had almost no snow all winter, and now that the flowers are starting to bloom, the trees starting to bud, and the bees coming out of hibernation, it’s going to snow. Oh yeah, I could fill a 1000-page book and still miss a few.

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