January 27, 2017

Quote of the Day

Doesn't the "art of the deal" include giving your negotiating partner room to compromise? Mr. Trump made it impossible for Mr. Peña Nieto even to negotiate, all the more so after Mr. Peña Nieto went out of his way in August to invite Mr. Trump for a visit. That campaign stop helped Mr. Trump show he could stand on stage as an equal with a foreign leader, but Mr. Peña Nieto took a beating at home when Mr. Trump returned to Mexico-bashing. -- WSJ Ed Page
Trump Agonistes Posted by John Kranz at January 27, 2017 10:40 AM

I clicked through to find WSJ claiming that "The President is treating our neighbor like Obama treated Israel."

Poppycock!

The President of Mexico seems to think he has the upper hand, much like Reagan did prior to meeting Gorbachev at Reykjavik. In accepting Nieto's cancellation of the meeting, Trump has merely called his bluff. He certainly didn't arrange for Mexico to be skewered in a UN vote.

The WSJ Ed Page seems ever more hyperbolic by the week.

Posted by: johngalt at January 27, 2017 4:56 PM

I call it "holding his feet to the fire." This is the very dark side of the Trump agenda. The WSJ has been Free People - Free Markets for a very long time and I am happy to see their keeping it up.

Posted by: jk at January 27, 2017 7:43 PM

In public, agreed with JK that Trump has taken a hard stance. I heard on the radio this week that one cabinet member (Pence?) suggested that Mexico would "pay" by taking it out of their foreign aid budget. This is doable, and has some merit on several fronts.... it could inspire the discussion about Mexican immigrants, legal, illegal and in-between (aka, work in Douglas, AZ) and the cost/benefit ratio. Sadly, in today's Mainly Hysterical media market, I don't see that happening.

We have a right to build a fence, no one questions that. So, while we may debate its merits and debits, it's more than a bit beyond the pale to say that Mexico will pay for it.

Posted by: nanobrewer at January 28, 2017 9:58 AM

One should be more circumspect about using the phrase "no one questions that..." 'round these parts.

Whatever one's thoughts on immigration, the wall will require a gooberload of eminent domain, it will be very injurious to private property, and it could be suggested as injurious to American's rights to emigrate. (Not a South Park joke -- do we not have a right to leave?)

Posted by: jk at January 28, 2017 12:48 PM | What do you think? [4]