Currie’s Corner 634, June 21, 2018
How many times have we heard the familiar phrase .. “It’s about the economy stupid” when politicians are trying to get people to mark an X beside their name. The phrase is believed to have originated with James Carville, the tall bald guy who helped get Bill Clinton elected to the White House in 1992.
Apparently Barack Obama also liked it, and kept it close to his eyeballs when he was on the campaign trail 16 years later. Chances are it’s a slogan that is near and dear to folks on the left. Despite that, you would have thought that it would also be a favoured mantra for Donald Trump, whose name once appeared on a blockbuster bestseller called “The Art of the Deal”.
The 45th U.S. President is listed as a graduate of the prestigious Wharton School of Business in Pennsylvania, assuming that was not part of the fake news. The man is a billionaire, something that used to mean that a person was very very smart, but that’s no longer necessarily so in 2018.
I barely received a passing grade in Economics 120 at the University of Manitoba back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. A quick read of the business news tells me that the North American economy has been doing really well for quite a while. We also know that the best way to maintain and even enhance prosperity in both Canada and the U.S. is through strong international trading relationships.
Has Donald Trump found a better way? If not, then why is he doing his best to destroy the trading ties between America and just about everyone else?
Oh, I forgot. He is holding on to the relationship with Russia. Does any of this make sense?
Keep cool and enjoy the summer.
I’m Roger Currie