Donald Trump thinks China is pushing the US around, economically speaking. Beijing manipulates its currency and unfairly subsidizes domestic production to the detriment of American workers, in his view. So earlier this week he proposed doing something about it: Mr. Trump, in an interview with The New York Times editorial board, said that if elected he’ll favor slapping a 45 percent tariff on Chinese exports to the US.
Donald Trump is correct. China is pushing the US economy around. There are many in the Republican base that don’t like this fact. So if elected, Donald Trump will accomplish what the Tea Party can only dream about, the destruction of the world Consumer Economy.
Consumers can’t do their job (As Bush II said, “go out and spend money” to paraphrase) if they can no longer go out and buy anything. As it is, China is keeping inflation for things in the Consumer Economy artificially low, in it manipulation of its currency, which Trump promises to end.
Has Trump just become the darling of the Tea Party? I don’t know. As we saw in the 90’s Soviet Union, it is hard to destroy your enemy if your enemy has some sort of an economy. I think we can safely assume that the Tea Party exist because of war, and, as such, should be going after the economy.
There are three domains of war, and Trump needs to master all three domains: fear, interest, and honor, to become a warrior POTUS. It is hard to destroy your enemy’s economy without war, so for Trump to become the darling of the Tea Party he needs to think war.
Trump has mastered two of the domains of war: fear and interest. I am not sure, as a businessman, he will ever master the last domain: honor, until after the sell. Oh sorry, I mean election.