If you didn’t happen to catch Bill Maher’s interview with Steve Bannon on Friday, it’s worth going out of your way to check out. For one thing, Bannon is always a fascinating person to listen to, and when he holds court, it’s always a good listen for anyone interested in politics. For another, there were several times in the interview where Maher was playing his usual, “Trump is terrible” routine and it occurred to us…it just doesn’t make sense anymore. The audience cheered and whooped, of course, because the media continues to act as though that narrative is true. But the reality is that nothing – NOTHING – could be further from the truth.
The economy is roaring, tax cuts and tariffs are bringing jobs back to the United States, and we aren’t neck deep in some random foreign war. This IS the winning that Trump promised, and the storyline of “oh, he’s so corrupt and fascist” just isn’t getting it. Not sure if or when the majority of the American people will see through the lies, but you would almost have to be blind at this point not to.
Case in point: NAFTA. Against all the predictions, Canada buckled on Sunday and agreed to sign on to the deal that Trump already made with Mexico. This is huge. We encourage every reader to go back in time and read the op-eds and “experts” who said Trump was never going to get this deal done. That it was an exercise in futility, and that he was embarrassing himself on the world stage. Well, just as we suspected all along, these experts don’t know a damn thing. They know history, and that’s about all. They don’t know about a guy like Donald Trump. They can’t see beyond the “accepted theory” that has led us astray economically, culturally, and internationally for so long. They just can’t.
“It is a great deal for all three countries, solves the many deficiencies and mistakes in NAFTA, greatly opens markets to our Farmers and Manufacturers, reduce Trade Barriers to the U.S. and will bring all three Great Nations closer together in competition with the rest of the world,” Trump tweeted on Monday.
The president has said he will dispense with the NAFTA name, preferring to call the new deal the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA for short. But no matter what you call it, the new agreement is a win for American workers who are likely to see their wages soar as a result of the regulations.
It is, of course, not over yet. Congress still has to vote on the new agreement, which will likely hit the legislature next year at some point. Depending on how the midterm elections go and who controls Congress at that time, hammering out the international negotiations could be the easy part. Now we’ll see if the party in power – whomever it may be – really wants to do what’s right for the American voters.