Trump Is An Insider Now
Trump Is An Insider Now by Bill Bonner – Acting-Man
Conspiracy of the Few
GUALFIN, ARGENTINA – “U.S. stocks fall on Trump talk…” began a headline at Bloomberg. Or it may be Trump action. We had already counted six major campaign promises – including no O’care repeal and no “America First” foreign policy – already buried (some for the better).
A bunch of campaign promises get the MOAB treatment… A great many theories have been proposed to explain Trump’s recent series of u-turns: 1. he is in thrall to the Deep State because he always was, or because he is blackmailed; 2. he plays a deep, Machiavellian game, and the strike on Syria and other policy reversals are just temporary reversals to get the media and the people promoting the story that he is a pawn of Putin off his back; 3. he simply reacts impulsively to situations as they develop, without even considering whether his actions are in line with his promises. Perhaps he was replaced by an android?
Cartoon by Nate Beeler
Then came four more major policy reversals on Wednesday. Seeking Alpha reports:
In a single day, President Trump appeared to reverse his positions on no fewer than four key pledges that arguably led to his election victory.
Trump told WSJ [The Wall Street Journal] yesterday that China is no longer a currency manipulator, he respects Janet Yellen and perhaps could nominate her to another term leading the Fed, he would support the Ex-Im [Export-Import] bank after previously saying he would shut it down (good news for the likes of GE and Boeing), and NATO was no longer obsolete since it is fighting terrorism.
In the same interview, Trump said he believed the dollar was “getting too strong,” sending the dollar lower and gold higher.
In a way, this is good news. “The Donald” is doing the same things, more or less, that anyone else in his position would have done. He is doing what the insiders want.
And now that Team Trump and the Deep State are lined up, we can get back to business. No need to focus anymore on day-to-day politics; the program is the same as it has been for the last 30 years.
Every government is a conspiracy of the few against the many. Call it communism, socialism, or liberalism… “divine right”… or “dictatorship of the proletariat”… or “Make America Great Again” – it hardly matters.
This quote (and variations thereof) has been ascribed to at least five different people, so it is not certain who actually said it first. It is the kind of idea that may have occurred to several people independently, mainly because it is so obvious. If one looks at historical political cartoons, one quickly realizes it has been a recurring complaint ever since elections were first held.
Photo credit: Jill Posener
The program is the same: Insiders use the government to take power, status, and money from the great mass of outsiders. What matters from the point of view of the average person is not what you call it, but how much of it there is.
The less the better. The government that governs best, as Jefferson put it, is the one that governs least.
Makers and Takers
The key difference between the insiders and outsiders is how they do business. Common folk do win-win deals with each other – trying as best they can to earn a living.
The insiders trade in win-lose deals… sweetheart contracts, taxes, wars, asset confiscations, financial repression. artificial interest rates, and restrictions and regulations that favor their industries. And all of it is backed, ultimately, by the power of the feds to do you harm if you don’t go along.
When we talk about win-win and win-lose deals, we’re not talking about the outcome. We can never know how a deal will turn out because we can never know the future. We’re talking about the deal at the outset.
When two people in the Main Street economy make a deal – it could be as complicated as a merchandising contract or as simple as buying a quart of milk – each party to the deal must believe he will come out ahead. Otherwise, he wouldn’t do the deal. Win-win.