By Tommy De Seno
I agree that Trump gets some things spectacularly right and some others spectacularly wrong.
I want that wall (and maintain that alone drives his popularity; there are many things he’s said that his supporters could do without, but none will say they can do without the wall).
I want Muslim immigration addressed until the hotwar with ISIS/al-Qaeda is over and Islam gets its house in order.
Yet on economics, Trump is a mercantilist. He will tinker with the economy and trade by manipulating tariffs. On the other side of that he will find uncooperative capitalists who won’t hold prices steady when theirs is the only product on the shelf. The cost of goods will skyrocket and inflation with it.
Trump’s claim to making places like Europe and Japan pay more for the security we afford them (I assume with the threat of our no longer doing it) can only lead to those places ramping up their own security. It’s not in the best interest of America to have every other nation on earth beefing up its ability to fight. Trump sees our defending parts of the world as a liability, ignorant to it being an asset that brings peace.
Add his temper and penchant for vengeful-ness and Trump is an element we can’t count on.
Look at his business dealings. When he can’t get his way, he runs to the bankruptcy court, leaving his allies to fight the creditors. Diplomatic bankruptcy court is a war! Diplomacy is owed first to the solider. I don’t trust him in diplomacy. His negotiating skills oft prove a failure despite his protestations to the contrary.
How much am I willing to cash in to get that wall?
Not our economy and peace.