Comments: Trump Agonistes, Indeed

Can't access the whole article but here are some counterpoints:

Any reduction in exports to Mexico's population of 120 million might easily be offset by higher exports to Brazil's 210 million (86% of whom are urban, with a stable middle class.)

Yes, I hear you saying "why not export to both" but agriculture is just one American industry. A president must balance the harms to all sectors.

It seems that the article (in a pro-globalist publication) attributes their description of Trump's strategy to "senators who attended" a private luncheon with the president. Might be a little bit of the "telephone game" going on there.

The idea that NAFTA is someone's idea of perfection is what rankles most of its detractors. Maybe we CAN do better? Maybe someone besides William Jefferson Clinton, twenty five years ago, could make the "free trade" playing field tilt away from the USA a little less?

Posted by johngalt at November 1, 2017 3:21 PM

May our wall be as good as Rupert's, eh? Keep Mexicans and mechanical engineers out.

The heart of the story is that the President believes in the negotiating tactic of walking away to get concessions from negotiating partners.

Let me excerpt a real quote from a real Red-State Senator:

The "walk-away" strategy worries Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, who told Inside Trade "that if you start the clock on NAFTA [withdrawal] that's going to send very bad signals throughout the entire farm economy." America's farmers and ranchers exported $17.9 billion to Mexico in 2016.

Mr. Roberts added: "And then to restitch that and put it all back together it's like Humpty Dumpty. You push Mr. Humpty Dumpty trade off the wall and it's very hard to put him back together."

Is it sacrosanct, no. But President Clinton was superb on Trade. Art Laffer likes to brag that he voted "for Clinton twice." You're discarding a working deal from a pro-trade President in favor of promises from a famously inward-looking one. That's spooky even after Halloween.

Posted by jk at November 1, 2017 4:00 PM


There's a list "mucho mas larga" however for "Yaay Trump."

But I still put the boo in all caps!

Posted by johngalt at November 1, 2017 6:00 PM

Clearly, my work here is done.

Posted by jk at November 2, 2017 11:04 AM
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