Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Trump: Counting On Chickens Before They're Hatched

Good Day World!

"Counting chickens before they're hatched" is a universal phrase meaning wait until something actually happens before you count on it.

Watching Trump strut around like a rooster in the Flower Garden in the back of The White House yesterday was a good example of how he takes a nothing-burger, and serves it up like a Trump endorsed steak.

I'm talking about the tentative agreement that Canada, Mexico and the US, signed yesterday. 

Trump crowed to reporters, "This new deal will be the most modern, up to date, and balanced trade agreement in the history of the country." 

This is a typical Trumpian blast, boasting about anything he does as being the "biggest, or the greatest in history." I see this habit of wild exaggeration as a "tell" signaling he's lying.

Let's take this great non-moment of a real deal for what it is...something for the Republicans to wave around as a victory before midterms.

Here's the facts:

*The tentative deal was rushed for optics. A midterm infusion to rally the base.

* This "deal" has to be approved by Congress next year and guess who'll (at the very least) will have The House back? Yes, the Democrats. 

*The claim (for rushing) was the deal was supposed to be completed before the outgoing Mexican president, Enrique Pena Nieto left office in December. It was really Trump's excuse for pushing a timeline on the agreement (think midterms).

* As it turned out, the incoming president already said he wouldn't overturn any deal his predecessor makes. In any case, the Mexican congress still has to vote on it.

* Lawmakers will be digging into the fine print of the deal and chances are it won't be voted on until the next session of Congress in 2019 (as I mentioned earlier).

Thus far, the Democrats haven't commented on the tentative agreement that Trump is ballyhooing as a major victory and redo of NAFTA.

To be clear, it's showtime right now for Trump and his minions with the elections coming up. 

For Trump, counting on chickens before they're hatched is merely part of the art of bullshitting, and blurring reality.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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