■ We're gonna do a twofer today, for reasons that will become
obvious. Proverbs 27:15-16:
A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a
restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.
The Proverbalist speaks to us over the millennia, and we respond:
I hear you, my brother.
Ladies, feel free to substitute appropriately for your situation.
That works, too.
I question the wisdom of whoever decided to break that up into two
■ Yesterday, we linked to KDW, who asked whether Trump's "Buy
American" policy was "cynical or ignorant". David Harsanyi (in the
Federalist) points out that, in any case, Trump’s
‘Buy American. Hire American’ Policy Is Dangerous Nonsense.
“We don’t have a level playing field for our workers,” Donald Trump
told a group of workers in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday. Truth is,
if we ever leveled the playing field with countries like Mexico and
China, the average American worker would be making $3 an hour and
spending their pittance on third-world health care and decrepit
housing. Please don’t level the playing field, thank you very much.
And then there's …
■ … the estimable Ben Shapiro at NR offers an alternate (but
not contradictory) view: Trump’s
‘Hire American, Buy American’ Is Redistribution by Another Name.
This week, President Trump reiterated his commitment to his “hire
American, buy American” program — a supposedly crucial element in
his “economic nationalist” program. The notion here is threefold:
American companies should be forced to hire American labor;
government contracts should go to American companies; American
producers should be protected from domestic competition by revoking
or altering international trade agreements.
All three of these policies have a long, ingloriously stupid history.
Why, yes they do.
■ Unfortunately, politics is more tribal than rational. At
Reason, A. Barton Hinkle notes: In
Trump Era, Many Political Activists Follow Their Leader, Not Their
Principles. And the results can be surprising and depressing:
Even political identity itself is undergoing a shift. The Atlantic reports on recent findings by two political scientists examining the views of the conservative base. Grassroots activists now judge senators with very conservative voting records—such as Jeff Flake of Arizona and Ben Sasse of Nebraska—as moderate, while deeming others with moderate records more conservative.
The researchers posit that this is because Flake and Sasse have sharply criticized Trump—never mind that Trump himself deviates from traditional conservatism on a whole host of issues, from free trade to eminent domain.
There's also the "enemy of my enemy" factor, which notes that Trump
is pissing off the right—by which I mean left—people, and picks
sides that way. I confess, I'm probably not immune to that myself.
But I would question the "In the Trump Era" qualification. This
predates Trump, doesn't it? Or is it worse now?
■ Huzzah! Andrew Klavan is Back
from Vacation. And he summarizes what he gathers has been
happening in his absence, for example:
After a poison gas attack in Syria, Ivanka Trump apparently got very
upset and demanded that Daddy bomb someone right this minute.
President Trump, who can never deny his daughter anything because
she’s just so hot, unleashed a devastating aerial attack on either
Syria or Iraq or Steve Bannon, he always gets those three confused.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un responded, for some reason, by
detonating a nuclear device that blew him into the kitchen pantry
where he spent the next three days eating a particularly succulent
Jop-chae Pork with potato noodles.
Yes, that's the way I remember it too.