Trump’s economic vision would devastate Ga.

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(AP)

“I’ve long been a believer in the ‘look at the solution, not the problem’ theory. In this case, the solution is clear: We will have to leave borders behind and go for global unity when it comes to financial stability.”

— Donald J. Trump, 2013

Let’s stop a moment to take note of what we’re watching, because it truly is something incredible. And no, I’m not talking about the transformation of Donald Trump from a champion of “global unity” who just three years ago urged us “to leave borders behind” to his latest incarnation as anti-trade warrior and wall builder.  We already know that Trump believes in nothing except what he believes will gain him personal benefit — this latest example merely confirms his utter cynicism.

No, what’s incredible is what has happened to the Republican Party, both nationally and here in Georgia. It has long been the party of big business, the party that for decades dismissed those put out of work by a globalizing economy as lazy, incompetent “takers” unwilling to compete in the modern marketplace. Anybody who brought up the plight of those left behind by globalization was accused by the GOP of practicing “the politics of envy,” of wanting to turn the social safety net into a hammock. Remember, this is the party that slashed long-term unemployment insurance in the midst of a deep recession and that has fought just about every pro-worker piece of legislation ever proposed.

Yet today, that party has handed its presidential nomination to a candidate who has cast Wall Street and the global corporate elite as villains, who wants to abandon trade agreements with Mexico and China and indeed the whole world, who wants to impose high tariffs — and tariffs are taxes — on just about everything that we import into this country. Rather than try to adjust the system to help those harmed by it, Trump proposes to trash it altogether in an orgy of protectionism.

And where would that leave Georgia? Gov. Nathan Deal has championed free trade as key to Georgia’s future, noting that the efficient movement of goods is the state’s single largest job generator. His top economic development priority has been the deepening of the Port of Savannah so it can accept ever-bigger container ships from Asia, and when the port project won final federal approval, he called it “

U.S. Sen. David Perdue made his business career and fortune by overseas outsourcing and told voters just two years ago that he was proud of having done so. A former member of the Georgia Ports Authority, he too has fought hard to expand Georgia’s ports, promising that it would have “a dramatic economic impact not only on Georgia, but the entire country.” Like Deal, he has been highly critical when the Obama administration did not fund the port project to the degree that he thought necessary.

Yet today, Perdue is a strong supporter of Trump, whose trade policies would gut the warehousing and logistics industry in metro Atlanta, turn the busy ports of Savannah and Brunswick into sleepy backwaters and endanger many of the 350,000 jobs attributed to those port operations. Deal has likewise co-hosted an Atlanta fundraiser for Trump. Because while the trade policies of their party’s nominee threaten the state’s economic future and are absolutely antithetical to their own expressed principles, loyalty to party takes precedence.

 

 

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LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

Late to the pahhty, but, my guess is that Deal and Perdoodoo know little Don is FOS.

Little Don's legions of undereducated diitoheads...not so much.

Native-Atlantan-Allen-S
Native-Atlantan-Allen-S

All this talk about the left and the right. To the folks on the 'right', everything to there left is liberal. That must me terribly annoying. And there always looking get more right.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Look, when people attack someone falsely over a period of more than thirty years for the sole purpose of trying to create political advantage, you become inured to it.

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Sorry liberals, but the endlessly invoked excuse of the 'vast right wing conspiracy' is just that, an excuse. 

It only gets you so far and after while questions start to be asked about the behavior of these people.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Donnie_Pinko Duly noted comrade


Would you say Republicans have a special kind of thing for the Clintons at all ?


I would. Hell some of them have hillary killing Vince Foster.


Like someone mentioned. Its a cry wolf situation.


Eventually the villagers stop coming.


Look at Benghazi. A serious security lapse for sure and the situation should have been studied honestly.


Instead they immediately go to wild conspiracies of stand down orders etc.


So we end up with nothing.

Peachs
Peachs

@Donnie_Pinko once again it is not the liberals who are killing themselves in wholesale, its the conservative whites, so how bad does this conspiracy bother the left?  

Peachs
Peachs

@Hedley_Lammar @Donnie_Pinko some of what they say about the Clintons is true, but you don't go about taking advantage of it with Trump like candidates. If that is a conspiracy, thanks you sir and I will take another. 

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@Donnie_Pinko what you really hate the worst is that she eats ginned-up scandal for breakfast, and crunches on RW a*s for a light snack - chomp chomp

tireOfIt
tireOfIt

Trump supporter: the people who like Hillary got something. I got nothing.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

 What is chump's economic vision?


Has something to do with Back to the Future and flux capacitors.


If we can make that happen and return to 1954 we are all set.

td1234
td1234

@Hedley_Lammar Fair Trade and bringing jobs back to America so that the middle class and working class will rise. 

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Hedley_Lammar 

It seems mostly to involve magic. 

Apparently, he's going to abandon capitalism for some system that will bring jobs back to the US, even though labor costs are higher here.

honested
honested

@td1234 @Hedley_Lammar 

That's not a vision, it's a bumper sticker.

A vision requires some thought, some logic and some workable policy proposals.

Chump has provided none of the above.

someonesdad
someonesdad

A left wing loon doesn't like Trump's economic vision.  Shocking.

SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

@someonesdad A left wing loon doesn't like anything but other left wing loons,same for right wing loons.  LOL

td1234
td1234

"Donald Trump is living rent-free in President Barack Obama’s head.

In the past six months, Obama appears unable to resist condemning the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, criticizing his rhetoric on issues including terrorism, trade, illegal immigration, and the economy.

No matter where Obama goes or what he does, the people surrounding him repeatedly question him about the possibility that the controversial New Yorker could be his presidential successor.

“One of the grandest ironies of this political year is that a giant real estate developer in New York is currently living rent-free in President Obama’s head,” CNN’s Jake Tapper noted on Wednesday, after Obama delivered a six-minute lecture on whether Donald Trump was a populist."

Peachs
Peachs

@td1234 Trump is living rent free on FOX and every hand to mouth cable news outlet, bringing in a source of money; getting the depressed whites to put down the guns for a minute to blame someone for their drugs and tattoos. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@td1234 This from the guy who ran around the country screaming the black guy wasn't born here


Who is in whose head exactly ?


We are still waiting for that crack team Trump sent to Hawaii who Trump said had game changing news on the birther situation.


LOL

honested
honested

@td1234 

Is he a populist?

A populist/nationalist?

A populist/nationalist/tribalist?

A populist/nationalist/tribalist/talibaptist/

Or a populist/nationalist/tribalist/talibaptist/bullanus?

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

You know, liberals, you would do yourselves a big favor by for once not jumping to the knee-jerk defense of your team just because it's politically convenient. 

You could try actually having some principles for once and just say, yeah, it was a major bone-headed move to meet on the tarmac for 30 minutes. Go from there.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Donnie_Pinko


Look, when people attack someone falsely over a period of more than thirty years for the sole purpose of trying to create political advantage, you become inured to it.


Did your mother never read you the story about the little boy who cried wolf? Isn't that a Russian tale?

Peachs
Peachs

@Donnie_Pinko and you Republicans might tell people you are gay before they find you in a public bathroom, while we are working on communications. 

honested
honested

@YouLibs

Odd how as the shrub Presidency progressed, this abomination became one among many 'minor' issues.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

The only thing I am skeered of - is Trump not making it to the General.

td1234
td1234

@St Simons he-ne-ha Do you really believe the establishment of the Democrat party would ALLOW Bernie to be their torch bearer? Do you really believe Wall Street, the CoC, big banks and the globalist would all two populist to run for the office of the President? 


Thanks for the laugh this morning. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@td1234 @St Simons he-ne-ha   Do you really believe the establishment of the Democrat party would ALLOW Bernie to be their torch bearer?


If he had gotten more votes he would be today.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@td1234 @St Simons he-ne-ha


Trump is the most populist populist who ever lived, td.


He's just one of the regular guys. He has no personal ambitions at all, he just wants to help out all the little people.


Mr. Smith goes to Washington.



St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@td1234 @St Simons he-ne-ha the problem for your fantasy world, is that the the election will be held on here on Earth, in the real world, on Nov 8th.

but keep clutching that pearl necklace heheheh

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

If Hillary is indicted you will be jumping up and down with fear. 


Thanks for the laugh this morning.

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  1. […] I posted the following remarks regarding my impressions of the difference in the economic visions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, this morning, on AJC columnist Jay Bookman’s blog in response to his entry.  Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2016/06/30/trumps-economic-vision-would-devastate-ga/ […]