By Glenn Verasco | United States
Note: I had previously adopted a ‘no profanity’ rule on HowToCureYourLiberalism.com. It is no longer in effect.
President Trump’s trade war is officially under way. After stupidly placing tariffs on steel, aluminum, and a laundry list of Chinese imports, the PRC has announced plans to return the favor with tariffs on hundreds of American exports. While this may be helpful to a handful of workers in domestic and Chinese industries, it will be a headache for far more workers and nearly all consumers in both countries. Presidents Trump and Xi, however, live on the taxpayer’s dole, so will probably not be subjected to any of the negative consequences their stupid tariffs bring about.
While it has been clear all along that Trump is in no way a free trader, the most recent advisor he has appointed is a dramatic departure from his anti-interventionist palaver. John Bolton is Trump’s new national security advisor. John Bolton. The big mustache guy who’s never met a war he didn’t like. That guy. Is now. Trump’s. National. Security. Advisor.
While I hate to be cynical (although I am enjoying it right now), I really wish Trump had “colluded” with the Russians to steal the 2016 election. If he had and was now remaining loyal to Putin, there is no way Trump would consider regime change and Iraq-esque permanent occupation in Syria. But since it is becoming increasingly clear that Trump did not collude with Russia and as more and more neo-cons swamp the White House, war with Russia and/or Iran seems likelier by the day.
This is all very frustrating and un-libertarian. But what Trump tweeted out yesterday might possibly be the worst 47 words I or any Libertarian has ever come across. Take a look:
Got $1.6 Billion to start Wall on Southern Border, rest will be forthcoming. Most importantly, got $700 Billion to rebuild our Military, $716 Billion next year…most ever. Had to waste money on Dem giveaways in order to take care of military pay increase and new equipment.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018
Everything in this tweet is bad. Let’s take it from the top:
Got $1.6 Billion to start Wall on Southern Border,
We don’t need a wall on the southern border. The southern border is very big. A massive chunk of illegal immigration is a result of visa overstays, not just border crossings. And Illegal immigration isn’t that big of a problem to begin with.
$1.6 billion is a lot of money. But it’s not nearly enough to build a wall to separate Mexico and the United States, which share the 10th longest international land border in the entire world.
Immigration is supposed to be a state issue, not a federal issue anyway.
rest will be forthcoming.
If he were talking about taking a rest from doing things, that would be great. Tragically, he’s referring to the other $16-17 billion needed to build the wall (which is not needed or legal and will never be built).
Most importantly, got $700 Billion to rebuild our Military,
Our military is already built. It’s the most powerful and most expensive in the world. Since it’s already built, rebuilding it is not important, let alone most important. $700 billion is too much money for the military. In fact, it’s too much money for anything. Any time you pay $700 billion for something, you are getting ripped off.
$716 Billion next year…
Had to waste money
No! You didn’t have to waste money. You are supposed to veto things that waste money or are otherwise bad. What the heck did you waste it on?
SHIT!!! WTF?!?! WHY?!?!
in order to take care of military pay increase and new equipment.
I’m not saying whether or not I support a military pay increase or “new equipment”. Maybe it’s appropriate. I don’t know.
But you know what would have been a better way of accomplishing both of these goals, Mr. President?
Come a little closer so I can whisper it in your ear. Ready? Here goes:
BRINGING OUR TROOPS HOME AND PUTTING AN END TO OUR PSYCHOTIC FOREIGN POLICY, YOU FUCKING IDIOT!!! DO YOU REALIZE HOW MUCH THAT SHIT COSTS?!?! YOU MUST REALIZE BECAUSE YOU’VE BEEN RANTING AND RAVING ABOUT IT FOR 30 FUCKING YEARS!!!
You used to talk about America First. I kind of liked that. The wild idea that a nation’s government would put its nation’s interests above, say, Israel’s or a bunch of politically well-connected cronies’ is a really swell idea. Even though I disagreed with many of your domestic ideas, I actually considered voting for you and wrote why Hillary was a worse choice for president simply because you said you wanted to concern yourself with issues at home exclusively.
But it looks like either that was all talk or you have become a full-fledged neocon cuck.
It’s silly for me to be angry at President Trump. He never claimed to be a Libertarian, Constitutionalist, or Budget Hawk. And he always lies and contradicts himself, so there’s that too.
There is a bright side in all of this, though, if you look hard enough.
Let me know if you find it.
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