Closing Thought–03Jul18

You know that there is humor in DC….you just have to know where to look…..

For months now the big story has been the tariffs that Trump has decided to punish our allies and neighbors with…….his newest attempt…….

Take the Fair & Reciprocal Tariffs Act……what shall we call it for short?  How about the FART Act?

President Trump is no fan of the World Trade Organization, and Axios reports that he ordered his advisers to work up a bill that would give him broad power to circumvent WTO rules and negotiate his own deals. The story by Jonathan Swan uses the words “insane” and “stunning” to describe the bill’s scope, though it adds that the measure has virtually no chance of becoming reality. Trump reportedly was briefed on the working draft in May. CNN confirms the existence of the leaked proposal, called the United States Fair and Reciprocal Tariff Act. And, yes, the emergence of that name has led to a barrage of social media jokes and commentary about the FART Act, notes the Guardian. “WTO has its flaws, but the ‘United States Fair and Reciprocal Tariff Act,’ aka the U.S. FART Act, stinks,” writes Anthony Scaramucci. “American consumers pay for tariffs.”

And this from a New York Post staffer: “As an editor who writes some headlines at the NY Post can I just say I’m really psyched about the FART Act,” writes Seth Mandel. The Axios report says most of the Trump officials who worked up the proposal think it’s unrealistic, and that has led to speculation that staffers gave it the unfortunate acronym on purpose, notes Business Insider. A White House spokesperson confirmed that Trump asked his team to work up ideas to “remedy” what he sees as unfair trade laws. “The only way this would be news is if this were actual legislation that the administration was preparing to roll out, but it’s not,” says Lindsay Walters. “Principals have not even met to review any text of legislation on reciprocal trade.”

You just cannot make up this shit……DC has better than the Late Nite TV shows……they do it all to themselves……gotta love it.

Following the close of a second quarter that will be best remembered by President Trump’s vacillations on trade, Axios has dropped a Sunday night bombshell that may spook markets hoping for a respite from the daily escalating trade war rhetoric as the second half of the year begins: White House reporter Jonathan Swan has obtained a copy of a draft bill, purportedly ordered by Trump himself, that would allow the US to “walk away” from its commitments to the World Trade Organization.

Good times coming!

2 thoughts on “Closing Thought–03Jul18

    1. It is like he hates everything that help make the US the country it is today…..he would prefer that the US go it alone…..and that will not work out…..chuq

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