The real problem with a Donald Trump candidacy.
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If you need a food storage container, do you want to buy it for $1 at Walmart or be forced by The Donald’s xenophobia to pay $2, or even worse, to have to go to Williams-Sonoma (one of my favorite stores) and buy a fancy French one (also contributing to our trade “deficit”) for $20?
There’s a subtle but important point here, one which life-long mini-dictators like Donald Trump forget: tariffs don’t just punish consumers in terms of cost but also do so in terms of freedom. In the economic world envisioned by Donald Trump, the only winner would be — you guessed it — Donald Trump. And probably not even him, but he’s not smart enough to realize it.
In any case, one can only wonder what other parts of our lives The Donald thinks he can run for us better than we can. Trump might call himself a conservative, but he’s little more than an old-fashioned populist statist autocrat. That may work for him in his own business empire, but is antithetical to the economic and political well-being of the nation he claims to want to run.
The public must focus on Trump himself and not allow his mischievous questions about Obama, like a magician causing his audience to focusing on his waving left hand while he pulls your card of the deck with his right, to divert attention away from his mindless, dangerous economic policy.