U.S. lobstermen taking it on the chin:This is the exact line of thinking the Chinese are counting on. Americans are soft and all about instant gratification. Can't stand a little pain and have no collective will to stand against them. Trump should just give some of the tariff $ to them if they are being hit hard.
Meanwhile, Canada exports of lobsters to China have jumped way up as China simply turned to them for supply.
Is Susan Collins hearing from her constituents?
China clearly intends to wait out Trump in hopes Biden gets elected and it will be back to business as normal for decades until someone with a spine takes office again.
I understand your point of view. But it is shortsighted of any American President to not consider the big picture from a political standpoint and the long-term challenges of implementing a dramatic policy change — as clearly the Chinese are able to do.
Trump makes impulsive decisions — often without consideration for the possibility that he’s out in a year, or the absolute most that he is out in 5. If I’m China, yeah — I knew this from day 1. But as an American President — shouldn’t Donald also know this on day 1? This is why , at least in some areas, presidents are inextricably connected to those who preceded and those who succeed. We are an ongoing republic with variances in policy that are moderate shifts rather seismic misdirections. This is true except in the face of cataclysmic need — such as the Civil War or the Great Depression/ WW2. Or maybe needed soon re: climate change.
Trump’s bold moves are not done in the vacuum of Trump’s thick and flawless head, but in the context of many contributing and competing variables including the one that mandates American leadership change every 8 (and possibly 4) years.
He has stones and sometimes exciting and right-track instincts. Yet he has none of the nuance needed to be a great leader in a republic such as ours (I’ll leave it to others to suggest he might be a good autocrat). Therefore, he is a bad and dangerous POTUS who needs to be defeated. Yeah- I don’t find Joe Biden to be the example of a likely great President. But like Gerald Ford we need someone stable who will come in and hold us together following the earthquake.
Btw, I believe Obama also lacked the skills to lead effectively. But I give him the credit for being a decent human being that I can’t give Trump.