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Trump Trade Wars

trade warsA news Flash just crossed my screen announcing that President Trump has, by Executive Order, reinstated the draft.  He cited national security concerns, noting that his upcoming trade wars might require higher troop levels.

Reiterating that he was a “winner,” the President referred to his March 2nd tweet in which he said, “When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win.  Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore – we win big.  It’s easy.”

Huh?  Is reinstating the national draft really breaking news.  Should this announcement spark urgent discussion?  Probably not.

Even if it were significant, it will have little impact on me, personally.  If I make it to next November, I will celebrate my 73rd birthday.  It is unlikely that I will be called.

Which begs the question, WBOT (Why Bother)?  Why am I even raising the question?

There are two reasons.

First, I hope that you have been mildly amused by the notion of President Trump increasing troop strengths to win the soon to be launched trade wars.  Laughter is good.  Having the chance to get a chuckle in today’s toxic climate is, in and of itself, rewarding.  (See the letter “L” in the Youth Version of my workbooks.)

Second, and this is important, we do not have to look at every event from a rabidly “pro-Trump” or “anti-Trump” lense.

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