March 13, 2016

Just like Smoot & Hawley

In the spirit of Senator Reed Smoot, Representative Willis C. Hawley and President Herbert Hoover, I give you today's Republicans.


What happened to Harding, Coolidge & Dawes?

GOP 2016 Primary Posted by John Kranz at March 13, 2016 12:53 PM

We need another Coolidge even more than we need a 21st century Reagan! I'm even getting to the point where I'd consider supporting Paul-ian isolationism!

Btw, I don't agree that the massive, monolithic GOP "establishment" killed Senator Paul's presidential bid; I think his appeal just doesn't get far away from the numbers than a typical libertarian gets...

Posted by: nanobrewer at March 13, 2016 5:18 PM

"Trump hopes to dispatch with Kasich Tuesday by winning Ohio, in large part on a platform of opposing free trade and open borders."

After Tuesday, however, it may become negotiable.

Cruz has tried to walk a fine line on trade, saying Trump's tariff threat would harm the economy but then promising his own tariff, effectively, via a "tax on imports." I'm chalking this all up to election year hot air. None of this passes congress.

Posted by: johngalt at March 14, 2016 2:42 PM

Good to hear... I guess. Totally agreed with JK that these 'campaign promises' are going universally the wrong way. Then again, this could be a clarion call to the GOP to either support free trade (ack! NAFTA = Clinton!), or come up with a 'third way' which ideally is rhetoric in line with Clinton's promise to "Change the way Gov't operates"

Posted by: nanobrewer at March 14, 2016 4:30 PM

I respectfully urge more caution. Trade policy -- especially with fast track-track authority -- remains an area where the executive enjoys broad powers.

Even were that not the case, individual legislators will always represent some affected industry seeking protection. The only hope for free trade, Obi-Wan, is leadership from 1600 Pennsylvania. It cannot come from Congress.

Persistent. Global. Depression.

Posted by: jk at March 14, 2016 5:24 PM

Caution on whose part, brother? The world is not Three Sources. All of the cautious candidates not rhyming with "mace ick" have suspended their campaign. Caution does not seem to be the path to victory in the chief executive this cycle. Unless you're willing to subvert the grassroots choice with an establishment gerrymander. But I hear that comprehensive immigration reform is in his 100-day plan, and he was just endorsed by John Boehner. Really?

Posted by: johngalt at March 14, 2016 6:45 PM

Caution on the part of supporters (or potential tolerators) who think his rantings harmless.

Curiously, Sen. Sanders's Socialist rantings are pretty harmless. I think Congress would be an excellent check on his ambitions. He could create much mischief in the Executive/Administrative state and I cannot bear to ponder his SCOTUS picks , but single payer medicine and free college paid by Wall Street are not worth losing sleep.

Sanders is also almost as bad as Trump on trade.

Posted by: jk at March 15, 2016 4:29 PM

Don't blame me, I voted for Paul-Fiorina '16!

Posted by: johngalt at March 16, 2016 2:43 PM | What do you think? [7]