Monthly Archives: June 2019

When the Grown-Up in the Room is Trump

For two years, the grown-ups in the room restrained Trump. He managed to get rid of all of them—an attorney general in Jeff Sessions who wasn’t willing to do all of Trump’s bidding; some White House chiefs of staff such as Reince Priebus who acted to protect him from himself; the traditional generals who served as Secretary of Homeland Security, and National Security Adviser, and Secretary of Defense. Trump managed to get rid of them all. Now he has [...]

By |2019-06-26T23:05:35-04:00June 26th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

Trump: The Wrong Version of the Right Policy, Take Two

As we’ve seen, Trump has moved into the vacuum on trade policy left by globalist Democrats and Republicans who care more about corporate interests than about working Americans. Trump has also made far more of an issue of China’s abusive mercantilism than previous administrations of either party. The trouble is that Trump is royally screwing up the delicate carrot-and-stick diplomacy with Beijing, and may yet roll over for token concessions by the Chinese that he can depict as a great victory. [...]

By |2019-06-22T00:09:28-04:00June 22nd, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

The China End-Game

We are now familiar with Trump’s signature style: Create a Trumped-up crisis, pull back from the brink at the 11th hour, and pose as the hero who saved the day. There is only one thing wrong with this method. When applied to genuinely thorny policy challenges, it only simulates progress and leaves genuine problems unresolved, and often worse for the saber-rattling. Trump’s elaborate dance with North Korea, even if it averted war, did nothing to address that nation’s increasing [...]

By |2019-06-19T23:52:41-04:00June 19th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

Warren, the Incidental and Integral Feminist

Have you noticed that Elizabeth Warren is not quite running as a feminist? Her feminism is, rather, integral to who she is. For instance, Warren’s basic story tells of how her mother had to take a paid job for the first time after her father’s heart attack, and how she kept saying amid sobs, “We will not lose this house, we will not lose this house.” What kind of story could be more quintessentially female? Every woman in the [...]

By |2019-06-10T15:32:12-04:00June 10th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

When a National Champion Crashes and Burns

Many large corporations play the role of so-called national champions. They help their home countries maintain good jobs, technological leadership, and exports. National champions include Toyota, Siemens, Samsung, Apple, Citigroup, Fiat, Airbus, Intel, Volkswagen, an increasing number of Chinese companies, and—until now—Boeing, the source of a huge U.S. trade surplus in commercial airliners that helps offset the rest of our massive trade deficit. But what happens when a national champion crashes and burns? Nothing good. Boeing, having been caught [...]

By |2019-06-08T19:08:21-04:00June 8th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments