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Are we great again yet?

Australian journalist Chris Uhlman weighs in:

The Trumpsters can cheer him on all they want but it will be cold comfort when we sink to “Venezuela after Chavez” levels of decline. If liberals suffer, there’s a pretty good chance Trumpsters are going to suffer too. 

You might not have to be a politician to be president. But you do have to be smart enough to learn on the job. The verdict is in and Trump isn’t that smart. 

More from the Washington Post:

The divisions were most bitter on climate change, where 19 leaders formed a unified front against Trump. But even in areas of nominal compromise, such as trade, top European leaders said they have little faith that an agreement forged today could hold tomorrow. 
Macron said world leaders found common ground on terrorism but were otherwise split on numerous important topics. He also said there were rising concerns about “authoritarian regimes, and even within the Western world, there are real divisions and uncertainties that didn’t exist just a few short years ago.” 

See President Trump as he travels abroad for the G-20 economic summit
View Photos The president made his way to Germany for the meeting of world leaders after a stop in Poland. 

“I will not concede anything in the direction of those who are pushing against multilateralism,” Macron said, without directly referring to Trump. “We need better coordination, more coordination. We need those organizations that were created out of the Second World War. Otherwise, we will be moving back toward narrow-minded nationalism.” 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who hosted the summit in the port city of Hamburg, said there had been some areas of agreement. But she did little to hide her disappointment about U.S. actions on climate change. 
“Wherever there is no consensus that can be achieved, disagreement has to be made clear,” Merkel said at the end of the summit. “Unfortunately — and I deplore this — the United States of America left the climate agreement.” 
“I am gratified to note that the other 19 members of the G-20 feel the Paris agreement is irreversible,” Merkel said. 
Perhaps as a way to emphasize global unity — minus the United States — Macron announced there would be another climate summit in Paris in December to mark the two-year anniversary of the climate accord.

On trade, G-20 leaders agreed to try to address what the White House claims is a global steel glut. Trump officials have threatened to restrict steel imports, risking the start of a global trade war, after it has repeatedly alleged that China subsidizes the industry, which helps it lower prices and put U.S. steel jobs at risk. 
The promises to draw up policy changes on steel production were a victory, White House officials said. 

Did I just hear Macron loudly hint that Trump, and by extension US, might not be invited to the climate meeting in Paris this December? Someone should pin him and Merkel down on that. Leaving us out of that kind of meeting would rather definitively indicate America’s Lack of Greatness. 

Gosh, I hope Trump isn’t looking after Pittsburgh again. We didn’t ask him to and we don’t particularly like his way of engreatening us. 

This isn’t 1980 and there aren’t that many steel mills here anymore. Does he expect us to give up our IT, banking, robotics and healthcare jobs to become mill hunks again?  
It’s not like the children of former steel workers are yearning to return to the blast furnaces. Most of them weren’t even born when Pittsburgh was a steel behemoth. 

I guess we are lumped together with the coal miners in Trump’s mind. Those jobs aren’t coming back either. What is going to happen to all those thousands of coal miners who voted for him who think they can go back into the mines and do what a handful of operators and machinery can do in a fraction of the time and cost these days?  

He really has no idea what’s going on in America and he’s stupidly trying to fix the wrong problems. It’s not going to end well when he fails to deliver and he turns on his base and starts blaming them for bringing poverty on themselves. It’s going to happen.  

Nothing is ever his fault. 


14 Responses

  1. Here is the starkest of all things from G20. Putin and Xi are among other leaders of the world still working to their own benefit. But Putin (and Xi silently) have isolated the US into a corner with a perfect puppet, the orange orangutan. This guy they elected here is like a grade school ill adjusted kid who runs away or sulks or does not do anything useful. How much more perfect could this have been for Putin (and Xi)? He is crowing about setting up a cybersecurity unit with Russia(!!!) this morning — what a joke. I just can’t believe this.

    And about that steel thing, isn’t he using a Russian company for the pipeline? Has he not always used Chinese companies in his business?

    • Someone on another site said cooperating with Putin on cybersecurity is like cooperating with Hitler to build a synagogue.

  2. It’s remarkable that you, of all people, would throw in with the free-traders.

    As for the “climate agreement”…

    So as part of the Paris agreement, richer countries, like the US, are supposed to send $100 billion a year in aid by 2020 to the poorer countries. And that amount is set to increase over time. Again, like the other provisions of the agreement, this isn’t an absolute mandate.

    It’s a boondoggle, a theft of American wealth for the benefit of the globalists and the 3rd world, whose corrupt leaders will just pocket the money.

  3. Yes, blizz, empathy can be expensive. Without it, we lose everything.

    Here in my town this morning, another imbecilic letter to the editor about how the rest of the world is trying to get our money and only big, crude daddy Trump will save us. Paranoia is running rampant around this country. Given that about 4% of the population is clinically paranoid at any given time, Trump (and his paranoid cabinet friends) have normalized them and caused a loud contagion, a screaming folie a deux, which will become more desperate and more ear-splitting in its futile attempt to alter reality. Kind of like a bunch of toddlers: Yes Everyone Wants My Cookies, But All Cookies Are Mine, Hit Them!!!!

    • My guess is that blizz has never heard that to whom much is given, much will be required. Anymore than he’s ever heard of “do unto, these, the least of my brothers, as ye would do unto me.”

      Now that Ringling Bros. has closed up shop, can we expect more visits from blizzardofoz?

      • I’d say the West has “helped” enough – take a look at today’s Africa (not to mention Iraq and Libya) to see the fruits of our generosity.

      • Apparently, Sue, the answer is “yes”.

        Oh well, he’ll eventually p!$$ off RD like Pr0 Noor Deel did, and then it’s sayonara. 😈

  4. http://imgur.com/02gyNu7

  5. http://imgur.com/z6Yg6SI

  6. 😈


    RD was asked the same question, and she said:

    No, Blizz never gets close enough for me to dump the aqueous soluble hypochlorite on him.


  7. We were great, but then Tsar Vlad tricked the Stupid White Folks of Real Murka into voting for his lapdog.

    Where in Areinnye do I go to resign from my tribe?

  8. Too bad Diana’s not real.


  9. For fellow Asimov geeks out there:

    Putin is the First Speaker of the Second Foundation.

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