It's as if Trump is trying to plunge us into a recession

Jan 8 97 Comments

Trade wars
Antagonizing every major US ally/trade partners
$5b on a useless wall
Shutdown affecting hundreds of thousands of federal workers who will struggle to pay loans/bills/luxuries slowing down the economy little by little.

Oh and pure utter incompetence with not a care for anything except his own image.

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  • Oracle iOFR21
    Anyways Obama did nothing but talk the entire 8 years except stupid obamacare and we are still suffering from high insurance premiums.
    Jan 8 55
    • Apple hMWF54
      Too many assumptions of who I am and with almost zero right. Exam passed. You are a true Trump supporter.
      Jan 8
    • Microsoft NoobDev
      Wait you are not a virtue signaling hack?
      Jan 8
    • Amazon lvd11
      NoobDev, I have used it, extensively, and the US system, extensively, and for serious issue requiring surgery in both countries (unfortunately) with ongoing specialist care.

      I can tell you the Canadian system is absolutely better.

      Is it perfect? No. But it's a lot closer than the US system which has far more issues.
      Jan 8
    • Google The Donald
      Healthcare expense per capita in the US is the highest in the world. I keep saying, keep believing that your system is great and the US is the best place in the world, which is absolutely not the case at all. But most Americans have never lived abroad or don't even hold a passport...

      The fat lady argument is moot. People don't go to the doctor if they need to choose between food and healthcare. There is no doctor reminding them to have a healthier life because they haven't been to one in decades. Prevention saves lives, besides just helping people not spiraling into chronic illness. This is why women get free and automatically booked PAP and mammal cancer tests every other year in most parts of Europe, for example.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_total_health_expenditure_per_capita
      Jan 8
  • Credit Karma Vlad Putin
    Cool story bro. Trump is the president, which makes him far more competent than you.
    Jan 8 7
    • Apple Snut Ella
      I doubt it. Trump only makes $400k
      Jan 8
    • Apple hMWF54
      “Trump is a billionaire that’s why he is more competent than OP.”

      His dad was billionaire and he just inherited.
      Jan 8
    • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
      Untrue
      Jan 8
    • Microsoft DangerRngr
      Trump turns to shit everything he touches. Drove all his businesses to the ground. Got Russian and other foreign money to save his fat ass. Which turned him into an actionable asset. He and his mobster family will go down for high treason.
      Jan 15
    • New / Eng Jefe Pesos
      I heard daddy Trump was a trillionaire. Stupid Trump lost the trillion and only end up being a $3 billionaire.
      Jan 15
  • Microsoft leet_away
    You should be thankful that non-essential parts of the government are being paused. This should be made permanent. It’s not like they cannot find any new jobs in the private sector.
    Jan 8 11
    • Amazon lvd11
      This Friday they will miss their first paycheck. At that point a small number of them will miss a mortgage payment. Let it go another paycheck and a lot of them will miss their mortgage payments. Another one after that and buying groceries will become difficult for some.

      None of them can go on without pay for the months years Trump says he is willing to keep the governnent shut. After a couple of months airports will have to be closed because TSA won't have enough staff to secure them.

      I guess Trump already knows he will lose in 2020 and at this point just doesn't care anymore.
      Jan 8
    • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
      Dramatic much?
      Jan 8
    • Amazon lvd11
      Welcome to reality. Most Americans are only a paycheck or two away from living on the street. This Friday is the first one for 800,000 federal employees who in the next month collectively owe 249 million in mortgage payments, not to mention other bills.

      Sure most may weather through if this gets resolved in the next week or two, but there is no sign Trump's going to negotiate in good faith and he says he is happy to keep the governnent shutdown for months if not years

      So this will drag on, and in that case these essential workers like TSA and secret service will have to think seriously about quitting to find jobs that actually pay.
      Jan 8
    • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
      It hasn’t happened yet, spare me the virtue signaling.
      Jan 8
    • Amazon lvd11
      Are you a bot? The phrase "virtue signaling" doesn't even make sense here.

      Anyway, you think there will be a deal in the next three days?
      Jan 8
  • @Amazon, what do you think of US trade? How can we improve it?
    Jan 8 8
    • Microsoft pJcW86
      Yes because those jobs are coming back if we just stopped US companies from doing what is best for their shareholders.
      Jan 8
    • Apple fu manchu
      The job of government isn’t to look out for the best interests of share holders. It’s to look out for what’s in the best interests of the economy. What Trump should to doing is to try and level the playing field. Then businesses will do what’s best for the company. The only thing trade agreements should be about is requiring the same rules that exist here be imposed with trade partners. If you want to outsource to China, then China needs to pay the effective local labor wages as a US worker, be provided the same benefits, and the company must follow the same environmental laws as the US. Otherwise, tax all goods from that country accordingly.

      Free trade isn’t any of these trade agreements talked about today. Free trade is letting each country be free to govern its own trade with each country. What we have today is managed trade, created and managed by multinational corporations to the benefit of themselves. There is zero loyalty to any nation state.
      Jan 8
    • Microsoft pJcW86
      So companies should pay the same regardless of cost of living. All companies in the US should pay SF pay even in North Dakota or should all companies pay North Dakota pay in SF?
      Jan 8
    • Apple fu manchu
      Are you just intentionally misreading everything to sound ignorant or do you not know what effective local labor wages means? And North Dakota isn’t a nation state. We’re talking about international trade remember? I could care less about the race to the bottom in labor wages in the states. That shit doesn’t matter. You’re just changing the location of where the economic activity takes place and not the net economic activity as a whole. Outsourcing jobs overseas lowers our net economic activity since those jobs aren’t paying taxes and contributing to the economy here.
      Jan 8
    • Intel Appm$$/
      It reduces comparative advantage, which necessarily reduces standards of living. If that’s what you are going for, at least be transparent about your objective.
      Jan 14
  • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
    OP spare us the hyperbole of your last line.
    Jan 8 0
  • Microsoft DangerRngr
    Part of the plan ; I mean - Putin’s plan.
    Jan 14 3
  • Intel &&-9jj
    Except it’s the best economy statistically in the history of the US. Other than that, you are right.
    Jan 8 2
    • Apple hMWF54
      And in the long term?
      Jan 8
    • Intel &&-9jj
      We are all dead. Isn’t that what lib Keynesian folks say?
      Jan 9
  • New / IT rcafelanrd
    Your forgetting he is cutting food stamps. Along with, funding for it to stop in February due to the shutdown.

    You also forgot that BREXIT is coming. The Bank of England is saying it’s another Great Recession.

    Russia is doing Cold War crap.

    China”s economy is “slowing down”; whatever that means.
    Jan 8 1
    • Autodesk senator
      This is the thing that I keep looking at. The situation in the US is not that good with the infighting and party politics but for the most part it’s an internal struggle with a few noticeable outside consequences.

      Brexit on the other hand is an internal struggle that is basically all external consequences since that shit show ending in a bad agreement pretty much instantly fucks up the worlds economy. It might only be a short term major issue but those tend to be pretty bad and have a lot more cascading issues attached to them.
      Jan 8
  • Microsoft DangerRngr
    You give him too much credit. Trump has no idea what he is doing. He takes directions from his handler.
    Jan 8 1