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The Latest Consumer Boycott Proves the Outrage Outstrips the Facts, but the Outcome Will Still be Failure

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When boycotting a company because you get the facts wrong make sure you raaise the volume on your outrage!

Yes, it is happening again. There is a social media maelstrom and people are so outraged they are pledging to vote with their wallets in the marketplace. These entreaties, like always, are mostly impotent. Their wallets are as empty as their values, and they cannot find the means to get off of a sofa to even engage in the marketplace. And they have managed to prove all of this with the latest effrontery, the call to boycott the Home Depot franchise.

Like Brandon Morse said earlier, millennials are vacant on the skills set needed to even dare enter a Home Depot location, but this boycott proves one other talent eludes these inactive-ists: comprehension. It is with astounding obviousness that this entire dose of outrage is sparked by one basic truth. These shriekers are incapable of reading beyond a headline.

What has them supposedly set off is a profile done in the outlet Business Insider about Home Depot co-founder, Bernie Marcus. The billionaire said he was going to be donating to Donald Trump’s upcoming Presidential campaign. In fact, Marcus said a lot of things, and the article also details many other things, yet those were all dispatched when the carnival-barker loungers stopped after seeing the article’s headline.

For one, Bernie Marcus is no longer affiliated with the Home Depot business. He stepped down from the board about SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO. His opinions today, and the contributions he chooses to make are in no way affiliated with the store chain. The people who are trying to direct others on how to conduct their shopping preferences do so without even being bothered to read a single article on the subject that has them so incensed. But then, had they endeavored to read they would not have been incensed, and then they would have had no purpose to virtue signal.

Marcus has done this before. He donated to Trump’s 2016 campaign, and curiously there was no call for a backlash against the company then. Even those screeching who want to make the wan argument that supporting the store would still benefit him through stock holdings, that is another failure. Marcus divested fully from Home Depot. He is now pledging to donate the bulk of his fortune to causes, a small fraction of which involves a donation to Trump.

Here is a question for those claiming to be cutting up their HD gift cards: what is the reaction when I tell you that a former co-chairman at the company with Marcus, the billionaire Arthur Blank, made donations in the past Presidential elections to Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama? Does that not cancel out? I mean, we are talking about two individuals not with the company, giving money to opposing political parties. How does that affect your impression of the store chain, where neither of them has an interest?

Even bypassing this factual minefield, many of those who are caterwauling have pledged to never shop at Home Depot, and they will energetically take their business to their main competitor, Lowes. Cagey move, that. According to the political donation tracking site Open Secrets, if you want to stop shopping at Home Depot because of the man who is not with the company is donating to the GOP, you are instead rushing out to give your money to a company that supports the GOP.

Well, that will certainly show the guy who is not financially tied to Home Depot’s quarterly returns — as well as the Republican party.

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Democrats Find a Candidate to Set Money On Fire Running Against Mitch McConnell

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Amy McGrath, right, with her husband, Erik Henderson, waves to supporters after being elected as the Democratic candidate for Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Richmond, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Democrats have found their woman in Kentucky. Amy McGrath, who managed to lose the most winnable swing seat in the state in 2018 during an election that heavily favored Democrats, is going to challenge Mitch McConnell.

This of course has the media salivating. MSNBC even did a coordinated roll out, including a hit piece about McConnell’s ancestors owning slaves and a softball Morning Joe interview today. They aren’t even trying to hide that they are a campaign arm of the Democratic party at this point.

Here’s “journalist” Kasey Hunt fangirling over the news.

I’ll go ahead and spoil things. This is not going to be a “blockbuster” race.

This is a state that Trump won by 30% in 2016. Even in 2014, McConnell vanquished a much stronger candidate by 15 points. The difference between 2014 and 2020 is that Republicans actually like Mitch McConnell now, both because he’s shown backbone in major battles under Trump and because his social media team have managed to make him far more likable. If anything, he’s in a better position today than he was in his last election.

McConnell’s team is already hitting McGrath on her numerous weaknesses.

McGrath is just an awful candidate to run against McConnell. You don’t win statewide in Kentucky by saying you are the “most progressive person” in the state. That’s going to haunt her in a largely Republican state running against the Senate Majority Leader who’s suddenly earned a positive following, even the anti-establishment, conservative right.

The Beto O’Rourke comparison is spot-on, except the beat down will be much worse in the end. The media are going to pump this race, paint McGrath as historic figure, and present a narrative that McConnell isn’t going to actually beat her by double digits. In the end, it won’t be close and Democrats will set lots of money on fire to lose an already solidly red seat.

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The Reason Why the Home Depot Boycott Was Doomed to Fail Before It Even Began Is Simple

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Earlier I covered the fact that the co-founder of Home Depot, Bernie Marcus, was revealed to be a Trump supporter who plans on donating millions to Trump’s campaign for 2020 just like he did for Trump in 2016. This sparked a trending Twitter hashtag “#BoycottHomeDepot” which, upon exploring the hashtag on the site for a bit, produced far more backlash against supporters of the hashtag than agreement with it.

As I wrote Tuesday morning, what’s likely going to happen is that Home Depot may actually experience a small spike profits due to people shopping there out of spite. It happened with Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby, and there’s no reason to believe Home Depot won’t experience the same bump.

But even if people don’t go to Home Depot to troll the outrage brigades on the left with their wallets, Home Depot likely won’t suffer one lost cent due to the internet hashtag and it’s for a very simple reason.

The people who are boycotting Home Depot don’t go to Home Depot.

Let’s break this down. The solid majority of people who would support a hashtag like this, or even know what a hashtag is, are around Millennial aged. I’m sad to say, as a member of that generation, that millennials are too often inept when it comes to skills older generations easily understood.

In 2014, author and economist Neil Howe wrote a piece in Forbes detailing studies that showed millennials are sorely lacking life skills despite the fact that they are the most educated generation the world has ever produced:

In fact, Millennials are unfamiliar with a broad range of life skills. They are less likely than older generations to know how to sew, make basic home repairs, or drive manual-transmission cars. With GPS always at their fingertips, many never really learned to use physical landmarks to guide them. Some can’t even imagine how people functioned before mobile IT. One Millennial wrote an article asking older people how they used to look up information, meet up with friends in public places, and handle getting lost without smartphones. A Boomer responded that he visited the library, scheduled meet-ups, and learned to read a road map.

Millennials can’t be fully blamed for this. Technology has advanced so far that needing to learn these things hasn’t become as important as it used to be. If a millennial presses the right buttons on their smart phone, someone will show up to their door and fix whatever problem they’re having with their home. Howe even makes mention of this:

Generational traits are also contributing to this attitudinal shift. Millennials tend to trust “the system” and don’t mind relying on digital infrastructure for everything. Boomers and Xers are more likely to think that one day it might fail them. So they have backup plans. As one “modern survival” blogger put it in a post about the younger generation, if and when everything goes wrong, “there are so many that will just be so clueless. No common sense and no skills.”

Back to the Home Depot boycott. A lot of the people expressing rage at the fact that someone would dare to support Trump openly are likely the same ones that, should something break in their home, would call a person to come fix it. That blue collar worker who is going to fix the problem is going to have to go somewhere to get the materials necessary to fix the problem.

Chances are he’s going to go to Home Depot. Everything he would need he can find it there in one spot.

And that man likely supports Trump. According to the Washington Examiner, blue collar workers like Trump, and even those whom were expected to go to Biden ended up heading in the opposite direction. This includes the older generations who are more likely to visit Home Depot themselves:

In a survey of key battleground states conducted after Biden entered the 2020 Democratic primary, Trump not only has a 46%-44% edge, but he has a 26-point lead among non-college educated workers earning $75,000 or less, considered the blue-collar base and a Biden target.

What’s more, the battleground state survey from WPA Intelligence showed that Trump does better with Biden’s other main support group, older voters, and has a 48%-44% lead over Biden in Florida, dubbed the Democrat’s “firewall.”

The Home Depot boycott, despite its status as a viral trending hashtag, is about as hollow and hefty as a Wiffle ball.

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Summer of Crazy: Marco Rubio Recaps the Past Week of Nuttiness and Wonders the Same Thing We All Are

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We’re only a few precious weeks into the summer, but while normal people have already taken the opportunity to ditch their phones and relax by the pool, go on vacation, and/or do other types of outdoorsy things they enjoy, the online outrage machine hasn’t stopped. In fact, it has been cranked up into even higher gears than normal.

The latest example comes from the liberal fauxtrage machine in response to the news that Home Depot’s co-founder announced he would be supporting President Trump’s reelection campaign:

Home Depot shoppers have been threatening to boycott the store after its co-founder, Bernie Marcus, revealed in a recent interview that he’d be donating to President Trump’s re-election bid.

“Never shopping @HomeDepot again,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Cutting up my card,” another said.

Marcus, who retired from Home Depot in 2002, has been a vocal Trump supporter in the past — despite not always agreeing with him.

“He’s got a businessman’s common sense approach to most things,” Marcus told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a recent interview, which has been making the rounds on social media.

Between the Home Depot boycott, Nike’s absurd decision not to sell the Betsy Ross flag-themed shoe, a Tempe, AZ Starbucks kicking out police officers, the disturbing Blue Bell ice cream licking incidents, and others, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) asked the same question Monday many of us are wondering about:

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We are living in some incredibly crazy times.

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The Internet Promotes Boycotting Home Depot After Retired Co-Founder Openly Says He’s Pro-Trump

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The co-founder of Home Depot, Bernie Marcus, became wealthy as his stores opened up all sorts of possibilities for the DIYers and made it far easier for construction workers to operate. As a businessman who helped businesses build businesses, it should come as no surprise that Marcus appreciates businessmen, and so he seems to like Donald Trump.

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Marcus admitted that he likes Trump — while not agreeing with everything he does and says — and made it no secret that he’s donated millions to his campaign. He also plans to do so again. Not as much as he does to philanthropic causes, but enough to help the President’s reelection:

He also has been a major political donor. According to OpenSecrets.org, he was a top contributor to Donald Trump during his presidential run. And Marcus told the AJC that he plans to support the president’s re-election bid. While Trump “sucks” at communication, Marcus said, the president deserves praise for boosting U.S. jobs, confronting China on trade and taking action against Iranian and North Korean aggression.

Marcus said his political giving remains far smaller than what he gives to philanthropic causes and what he plans to give in the future.

As you can probably imagine, the left lost its ever loving mind over this and are now attempting to generate a boycott against Home Depot with a fancy new hashtag, “#BoycottHomeDepot.”

The hashtag went viral, but the problem is that tweets actually looking to promote the hashtag are far fewer than I expected with the hashtag allegedly being so popular. At the time of this writing, at least, much of the contributions to the hashtag are people making fun of the few people who are actually planning on boycotting the store because its co-founder is pro-Trump.

On that note, Marcus actually retired in 2002 and, once again, the left is wasting its outrage on something that won’t hurt the person guilty of wrong-think.

What will likely happen is that Home Depot won’t see any damages from this “boycott.” People who shop at Home Depot do so because it helps them do work and it’s the easiest place to shop for tools and materials. Like Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby before it, we can probably look forward to seeing people enthused to shop there just to spite people being angry about its now retired founder being a Trump backer.

 

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Summer of Crazy: Marco Rubio Recaps the Past Week of Nuttiness and Wonders the Same Thing We All Are

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We’re only a few precious weeks into the summer, but while normal people have already taken the opportunity to ditch their phones and relax by the pool, go on vacation, and/or do other types of outdoorsy things they enjoy, the online outrage machine hasn’t stopped. In fact, it has been cranked up into even higher gears than normal.

The latest example comes from the liberal fauxtrage machine in response to the news that Home Depot’s co-founder announced he would be supporting President Trump’s reelection campaign:

Home Depot shoppers have been threatening to boycott the store after its co-founder, Bernie Marcus, revealed in a recent interview that he’d be donating to President Trump’s re-election bid.

“Never shopping @HomeDepot again,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Cutting up my card,” another said.

Marcus, who retired from Home Depot in 2002, has been a vocal Trump supporter in the past — despite not always agreeing with him.

“He’s got a businessman’s common sense approach to most things,” Marcus told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a recent interview, which has been making the rounds on social media.

Between the Home Depot boycott, Nike’s absurd decision not to sell the Betsy Ross flag-themed shoe, a Tempe, AZ Starbucks kicking out police officers, the disturbing Blue Bell ice cream licking incidents, and others, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) asked the same question Monday many of us are wondering about:

I was asking myself the same thing after finding out this week that air conditioning is sexist. Westlake Legal Group 1f609 Summer of Crazy: Marco Rubio Recaps the Past Week of Nuttiness and Wonders the Same Thing We All Are washington D.C. Starbucks Social Media republicans Politics North Carolina Media Marco Rubio home depot Front Page Stories Front Page Florida Featured Story Featured Post democrats Culture Congress Blue Bell Ice Cream Betsy Ross Flag Allow Media Exception

We are living in some incredibly crazy times.

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I’m Willing to Go to Great Lengths to Protect Blue Bell Ice Cream and So Should You

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I want to be very clear about something.

I like to think I’m a fair-minded, reasonable guy. I’m a live and let live libertarian who doesn’t even believe in the death penalty. I’m a full believer in freedom of expression, even past the point that some are comfortable with.

But then I saw the trend of people walking into grocery stores and heading straight for the ice cream aisle. They open up the freezer and take out a gallon or pint of sweet, innocent Blue Bell ice cream. Then they start to violate it with their filthy tongues and proceed to put it back on the freezer shelf where some unsuspecting person only looking to find joy in one of the greatest things Texas has ever produced picks it up and takes it home.

They get ready to enjoy the Lord’s ice cream when they find it’s been sullied by the unclean tongue of a thirsty idiot with an attention deficit.

If Texas was a religion — and some people nearly consider it such — then Blue Bell ice cream would be a holy object within it, like an ark that when opened makes people smile instead of melting their faces off. It’s not hard to understand why. Blue Bell is perfect in almost every way. It’s just the right amount of sweet, it has a wonderful texture, and its flavors are so balanced that you wonder if the people who develop it are actual rocket scientists. I mean, have you tried the recent cookie cake flavor? It’s flawless.

So you’ll pardon Texans for getting a little defensive when this internet trend started by, what I can only assume, are apes in people suits. I’m in full approval of putting guns, and maybe even swords and spears in front of the freezers to prevent these animals from making an internet trend out of ruining the best part of people’s day. Swords and spears are legal to carry around in Texas.

Am I saying that I’d resort to shooting someone for Blue Bell ice cream? That I’d go Highlander on someone for daring to do it for the gram? Well, let me ask you something.

Is America the greatest country in the world? The answer is yes, and do you know why? Because Blue Bell played a part in making it that way, and as such, cartons of Blue Bell should be able to sleep soundly in their freezers because rough men are ready to do violence on their behalf.

I say God bless those willing to put themselves between the forces of evil and the closest thing they’ll ever get to feasting at the table of Heaven while they live on this Earth.

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AOC Shocked That It Rains in City Built on Swamp

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On Monday, Washington D.C. experienced flash flooding leading to over 100 water rescues, mostly of stranded motorists. A normal person would realize that it’s July, that storms and rain are not a new thing, and that the nation’s capital is built on a low-lying swamp that invites flooding.

But Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not a normal person. Instead, she took the sudden downpour as proof of global warming, because what else could possibly cause it to rain in a swamp?

This is nonsensical for many reasons.

Let’s note that the hysteria over global warming started out with a primary complaint of coming desertification of large swaths of land. This is where we get the left-wing talking points that droughts are driving migrant rushes across the globe. In this case, wouldn’t rain be a good thing?

Did the 3.3 inches of rain in an hour break a record on Monday? Yes, it did. For that single day in recorded history. You can find larger rainfall totals going back into the 1800s and no doubt many, many more before real record keeping started. Were those just flukes while this one was definitely caused by man-made climate change? How is that actually judged? Just AOC’s gut feeling?

What actually happened in D.C. was that a low pressure area producing major convective activity passed through the area. There’s currently more of that building in the mid-west. Even if you believe man is causing the temperature to rise, there was no connection between this specific storm and supposed higher temperatures. Remember, we are constantly told by liberals that weather is not climate. When it’s really cold and snows in the south, that’s not proof of anything. But if it rains in a swamp, that’s global warming according AOC.

Here’s some pictures from prior D.C. floods that were far, far worse.

Also, take her accusation that “places are flooding where they haven’t before.” The shifting of flood plains and rivers is a natural occurrence that has been happening since the beginning of time. The Mississippi River, for example, has changed it’s path throughout its history all along its length. Because rivers are never actually static, this means you can eventually see new places become threatened by floods that weren’t before. There’s also the fact that many, many places in the United States that are inhabited exist because of levies, pumps, and other man made tools keeping the water at bay. That’s never a guarantee to work forever.

If you look at the history of just the United States, what you’ll find going back well before the industrial boom of the early 1900s, is centuries of major disasters, huge death totals from weather events, and massive displacement due to flooding. These are normal weather events that will always be with us. No amount of government spending or taxing carbon is going to change that.

AOC sees this as a opportunity to push her socialist tripe though and far too many people buy into it without any critical thinking whatsoever.

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Have The Obamas Already Chosen Their 2020 Candidate?

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Ever since Kamala Harris’ well rehearsed takedown of former Vice President Joe Biden in the first 2020 Democratic debate, her numbers have soared in the national polls. Her artful but dishonest portrayal of Biden as a racist and his clumsy defense literally doubled her support overnight.

Joe Biden has many shortcomings, but he is not a racist. Many people who have known him over the course of his long political career have spoken up in his defense. Even 2020 rival Tulsi Gabbard defended him on Monday. She tweeted, “But let’s get real…It was a false accusation that Joe Biden is a racist.”

There were two who remained conspicuously silent over the attack. And that would be former President Obama and Michelle. The Obamas, regardless of which candidate they favor, could easily have defended Biden against the accusation of racism, but chose not to. This would make sense if they happened to favor the one responsible for the disingenuous attack.

Fox News‘ Laura Ingraham made a strong case in her opening monologue on Monday night (video below) that the Obamas have quietly thrown their support behind Harris. And “Joe Biden is the only one blocking her from the nomination.” So…

First, she notes the number of Obama administration alums who are currently working for the Harris campaign including Jim Margolis, David Binder, David Huynh, Will Dubbs and Zack Davis.

Next, she points out the connections between Harris and the Obamas. Her younger sister, Maya Harris, was the former head of the Northern California chapter of the ACLU. She is married to Tony West who was a top official in former Attorney General Eric Holder’s DOJ.

Ingraham said she would “bet her bottom dollar that Team Obama is advising her and advising her to go really tough on her opponents and to be the fighter that Hillary Clinton was not.”

Recall Harris’ recent comments about Trump. “I know predators.” Harris pauses, shakes her head up and down. (Has anyone else ever noticed that, after Harris makes a point, she always does that?) “And we have a predator living in the White House.”

Didn’t Harris have a predator on her own staff until last year when she was forced to let him go?

Anyway, in order to win the nomination, Harris has to gain as much of the black vote as she can and to do so, she must peel support away from Biden. Ingraham said “black voters are a core constituency for the Democratic party and that still favors Biden.”

This might explain her proposal, presented at last weekend’s Essence Festival in New Orleans, for a $100 billion plan to boost home ownership among blacks by funding downpayments and closing costs. She believes this will reduce the wealth disparity between whites and blacks by one third. Ingraham notes that Harris had better be careful about this plan. “What about the Hispanic/white wealth gap or the Native American/white wealth gap. There are a lot of wealth gaps out there.”

Ingraham showed a clip of Biden’s comments about his segregationist colleagues. She then presented a clip of Michelle Obama speaking to talk show host and Oprah BFF, Gayle King. Ingraham said Michelle refused “to throw even a short life line to Biden and she did that for a reason.” She explains:

Remember in 2008 when candidate Obama needed Joe Biden on the ticket? He needed this to give him, Obama, some moderate blue collar cred, to make him more palatable to middle America. But that was then and this is now. We’re living in different times. Biden really isn’t needed today to be the heir to Obamaism. No. When you look across the board, Harris is a much more logical fit.

At a Myrtle Beach, S.C. town hall, she spoke to a predominantly black audience. Immediately, Harris began dropping her g’s. (Why do so many politicians do this?) She tells them the only reason anyone says the economy is great is because the stock market has been strong.

“Well, it’s fine if ya own stocks,” she says. But, Harris might be surprised at how many of them actually do own stocks directly or indirectly through pensions and 401K plans.

“They say, well, how else are you measuring the greatness of the economy? And they point to…Fox News.” The audience says it before she does. They all laugh.

Harris is smart, she is tough and she is ambitious. I personally believe she has the best chance of winning the nomination.

Ingraham sees Harris as Obama 3.0. She believes the Obamas do as well.

Let’s keep an eye on them.

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It’s Time To Panic: The Trade War Will Hit Scotch Whiskey Next

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While the United States has ceased escalating its trade war with China for the moment, the Trump Administration and the European Union are preparing to up the ante in their disputes.

According to Reuters, several European commodities are slated to be hit with new tariffs, including Scotch whiskey.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office released a list of additional products – including olives, Italian cheese and Scotch whiskey – that could be hit with tariffs, on top of products worth $21 billion that were announced in April.

USTR said it was adding 89 tariff sub-categories to its initial list, including a variety of metals, in response to public comments, but gave no further explanation. Over 40 individuals testified about products included on the initial list at a public hearing on May 15 and 16.

The United States and the EU have threatened to impose billions of dollars of tit-for-tat tariffs on planes, tractors and food in a nearly 15-year dispute at the World Trade Organization over aircraft subsidies given to U.S. planemaker Boeing Co (BA.N) and its European rival, Airbus SE (AIR.PA).

This is simply unacceptable. Scotch is good, tariffs (which are essentially taxes that get passed on to the consumer) are bad.

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States criticized the Trump administration’s latest tariff threats and warned they would jeopardize U.S. jobs and hurt consumers.

“We strongly oppose the inclusion of distilled products in the proposed retaliation list,” said spokeswoman Lisa Hawkins.

“U.S. companies – from farmers to suppliers to retailers – are already being negatively impacted by the imposition of retaliatory tariffs by key trading partners on certain U.S. distilled spirits … and these additional tariffs will only inflict further harm,” she said.

The U.S. has announced it will hold a hearing in August on the new products that could be added to the tariff lists. However, the Trump Administration and industry officials are holding a meeting at the White House today in response. With any luck, we’ll see a positive response from the White House when it’s all said and done, particularly where the Scotch is concerned.

And I’m not sorry when I attack Trump over this, folks. This is the line. I am running low on my stock of Aberlour A’bunadh, and if it gets any pricier I’ll be cut off from one of the few pleasures life can still provide (I’m only being slightly overdramatic here – after all, in my day job I’m a teacher and this is how I cope).

In all seriousness, though, I have yet to really understand the strategy in these trade conflicts. Punitive tariffs are actually only punitive on consumers, not the countries of origin. They truly are taxes on consumers more than anything else, and at a time when the economy is strong, any new tax on consumers – particularly the middle class, who purchase a lot (not necessarily the Scotch and Italian cheese, but other basic goods) up the products that get slammed hardest by the tariffs.

In all honesty, the trade wars should – at best – have been a second-term strategy (although preferably not started at all). I don’t care if you can say President Trump is “winning” these wars. The fact that our prices are going up when the economy is otherwise making living easier is ill-advised.

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