The “Trade Deal”: A Pathetic Parody, Credibility Squandered

The “Trade Deal”: A Pathetic Parody, Credibility Squandered by Charles Hugh Smith for Of Two Minds

Anyone who thinks this bogus “deal” has resolved any of the issues or uncertainties deserves to be fired immediately.

Here’s a late-night TV parody of a trade deal: The agreement won’t be signed by both parties, though each might sign their own version of it, and the terms of the deal will never ever be revealed to the public, which includes everyone doing any business in the nations doing the “deal.”

How is this “deal” not a pathetic parody of a real deal? A real deal is signed by both parties and is made public, so the business community can make informed decisions. The leaders who sign the agreement have to sell their respective nations on the benefits of the deal and explain the horse-trading that is part and parcel of any voluntary agreement.

But nope, this “deal” has none of that. If the “deal” is so great, why is it secret?

Anyone claiming a deal so odious or empty that it can’t be revealed to the electorate has destroyed whatever credibility they had left after 18 months of teases and promises. Put yourself in the shoes of a soybean farmer. Are you going to plant another 1,000 acres of soybeans because now that the “deal” is done, you can be absolutely confident that your entire harvest will be bought by China?

You’re joking, right? Anyone making decisions based on this travesty of a mockery of a sham “deal” should have their medications checked.

And scene: Corporate America boardroom: CEO stands and addresses the board:

CEO: Now that the President signed off on the “deal,” I propose we invest $100 million in a new factory in China, because the President said it was a “great deal.”

Board member: But we have no idea what the deal even specifies.

CEO: Well, I’m sure it’s “great.”

Board member: The Chinese are signing a different version of the deal, they’re not even signing whatever the President signed off on.

CEO: I’m confused. The trade “deal” is done, so let’s move forward with the $100 million.

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