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And You Thought Obama Was a Marxist? Trump Just Declared Himself CEO of Your Business

First some fake news, from an alternate universe:

Washington, DC, August 23, 2011: President Barack Obama today ordered all American companies to work exclusively with suppliers and site their factories and stores exclusively in locations approved by the White House. “I hereby order all American companies to stop all trade with China and to move all of their production operations to the United States.”

Ridicule came swiftly from both sides of the aisle.

“Who does he think he is—Stalin? Chairman Mao?” mused Senator John Thune (R-SD) while clocking seven-minute miles on a Sioux Falls bike trail. “This isn’t the Soviet Union. This isn’t Red Book China. The President has no authority to ‘order’ any business to buy, build, or sell what he wants, where he wants it.”

Speaking at a Chamber event in Vermillion, Senator Tim Johnson said sheepishly, “Sure we have issues with China’s unfair trade practices, but, well, no, the Constitution does not grant the President the CEO-ship of any private business. Michelle needs to get him back in line.”

Snap polling by Gallup showed Republican candidates Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, and Ron Paul all climbing to double-digit leads in hypothetical match-ups with the incumbent President [Jonathan Ellis with Spock goatee, “President Lays Bare Marxist Soul,” Mirror Universe Times, 2019.08.23].

Now real news from our real world and the all-too-real child in the White House pretending to be king:

Real Tweet from real Donald Trump, 2019.08.23.
Real Tweet from real Donald Trump, 2019.08.23.
Real Tweet from real Donald Trump, 2019.08.23.
Real Tweet from real Donald Trump, 2019.08.23.

There you go, great American companies. Donald Trump has hereby ordered you to stop doing business with China. No shipping soybeans or pork to the Chinese, no buying iPads or any of cheaper electronic goods from the myriad tech manufacturers in China, no accepting orders from China for any goods and services, no hiring engineers from China, nothing. Cancel your contracts and your factory-building plans. Donald Trump just gave you an order, and there’s no saying No to an order from the White House, is there?


  1. Donald Pay 2019-08-23 12:56

    When will Republicans put a straight jacket on this mentally ill man? Of course Trump and family are exempt from his own orders.

  2. John Tsitrian 2019-08-23 13:53

    Pay, do shirts come sized 17 x 88?

  3. Buckobear 2019-08-23 14:42

    I’m SO tired of winning.

  4. mike from iowa 2019-08-23 14:56

    Fort Dodge Tent and Awning could sew something up that will fit like a glove.

  5. jerry 2019-08-23 16:30

    Chubby trumpy, your the one,

    you make fascism so much fun,

    Oh Chubby trumpy your the very best fascist indeed.

  6. jerry 2019-08-23 16:32

    Guess we are now gonna offshore all manufacturing to Greenland. Make Greenland Great Again!!

  7. mike from iowa 2019-08-23 16:36

    The Dow Jones industrial average closed with a loss of 2.4 percent, a 623-point drop, while the Nasdaq composite and S&P 500 ended Friday down 3 percent and 2.6 percent respectively.

    Drumpf reinstated new tariffs on 300 billion in Chinese products. Fed chairman Powell says he can’t fix Drumpf’s easily winnable trade war with China.

  8. John Kennedy Claussen, Sr., 2019-08-23 16:57

    Such Tweets by our President suggest Fascism more than Marxism, I would suggest. Marxists are concerned about the means of production, and who controls it. While Fascists just want the means to be directed for the sake of the nation-state. But then again, given our continual situation in the current White House, this is not new news, is it?

  9. jerry 2019-08-23 17:11

    Now you’re getting it Mr. Claussen, the GOP has completed it’s circuit and is now the party of fascism. They support it completely and absolutely. Check out the SDGOP, sites and tell me differently. They’re all in on this.

    Meanwhile, China will continue to move forward with Turkey and the European Union as well as the rest of the world leaving us to figure out that we have gone completely off the track. Invest in China for a safe bet.

  10. TAG 2019-08-23 17:37

    oops. I was reading about the Ethanol exemptions, and forgot what this blog post was about. Funny thing is: it still applies. He will downplay and backtrack his tweet, trumpsplain it ridiculously, and his followers will agree.

  11. happy camper 2019-08-23 19:17

    Ha, when I read this quickly I first thought Thune had found a backbone!!! Not that I’m defending him, but I suppose he thinks he’s negotiating. The way he holds his head…. Mussolini.

  12. jerry 2019-08-23 20:56

    TAG, great link. Now, chubby trumpy is gonna have to deal with the oil companies who are gonna be left holding the bag. Hey, I know, let’s continue down the same road to ruin. Hope no one has committed a lot to energy stock as Iranian oil will now be put on the market for a “limited amount of time”.

  13. Debbo 2019-08-23 23:58

    Remember, this is the GOP Recession as much as Economic Eunuch’s. They could stop it at any time, but Moscow Mitch is following Pootie’s orders.

  14. mike from iowa 2019-08-24 09:48

    How many of Drumpf family businesses have been repatriated to our shores? Anyone care to guess? So why does anyone else get labeled unpatriotic for doing what Drumpf is doing, leaving his businesses where sweat shop labor makes him more money?

  15. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-08-24 10:24

    From Reason, a conservative magazine I perhaps should read more often:

    I mean…c’mon. “American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China.” Even coming from the most powerful elected official on the face of the Earth, that comes off as a tantrum of petty tyranny.

    It’s also a sign that even the American presidency is largely impotent in the face of the market mechanisms Trump imagines he can alter with a tweet. Indeed, if the tariffs were working the way Trump claims, there would be no need for him to “hereby order” American businesses to do the very thing the tariffs are supposed to be compelling them to do.

    The president can’t reorder global supply chains with the snap of a tweet, but his trade policies are continuing to damage global markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 500 points after Trump’s “hereby ordered” tweet—a signal, perhaps, that the stock market understands the effectiveness of central planning [Eric Boehm, “As Trade War Escalates, Trump Has Impotently ‘Ordered’ American Businesses out of China,” Reason, 2019.08.23].

    Petty tyranny—ain’t that America?

  16. Porter Lansing 2019-08-24 10:50

    That particular tweet was meaningless. President Trump was leaving for a time zone where his tweets become untimely. He said something outrageous to control the conversation while he’s away.

  17. Debbo 2019-08-24 15:58

    The Economic Eunuch/GOP economy continues to tank. From National Memo:

    The U.S. manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index), a key indicator in the industry, dropped to a level indicating a contraction in the industry. It is the first time the PMI dropped to such a level since September 2009.

    Further, new orders received by American manufacturers dropped to a 10-year low and export sales “tanked to the lowest level since August 2009,” CNBC reported.

  18. mike from iowa 2019-08-24 18:06

    Why drumpf freaked out at Powell for not lowering interest rates?

    President Donald Trump has a personal conflict-of-interest that may be impacting his decisions in his public feud with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.

    “President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding, according to public filings and financial experts,” The Washington Post reported Saturday.

  19. Debbo 2019-08-25 12:25

    A point of interest for the anti-immigrants among us……..

    Dallas, Texas, is doing quite well socially, economically, culturally and by most any other metric you might consider. Why?

    The Dallas Regional Chamber believes it’s because 1/3 of their businesses are immigrant owned; immigrant entrepreneurs account for $495 million in business income; and are responsible for 55,000 jobs in Dallas.

    Would SD like half a billion dollars of business income with 55,000 jobs? Follow Dallas’ lead. Welcome, enable and encourage immigrants.

  20. John Dale 2019-08-25 14:57

    This is just such a fantastic move .. we have been at war with China for decades. Now, it’s public knowledge.

    This isn’t as much a mandate as a warning.

    Get out of China. Things are about to go down there and you don’t want to be collateral damage.

    The sociopath CEO’s and their Psychopath investors will not quit making a buck at the expense of The United States on their own. They need a spanking. A nice, good, hard spanking for what they are doing.



  21. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-08-25 15:39

    So, John, you endorse the Marxist nationalization of all businesses and the subjugation of all business owners to the orders of the White House?

  22. mike from iowa 2019-08-25 16:28

    Drumpf Dale, how many of Drumpf’s business holdings has he repatriated from China/Southeast Asia region to the US? Notice, I did not ask you how much dog food your cat eats. I asked a simple, easy to answer question, the answer being none, but you can’t bring yourself to admit the truth about the phony occupant of the kremlin annex. You’re a nut!

  23. jerry 2019-08-25 16:42

    Looks like Airbus will be a solid investment after Boeing moves out of China. Unsolicited financial advice, dump Boeing and buy Airbus.

    “Boeing opens first 737 plant in China amid U.S.-Sino trade war. … Boeing invested $33 million last year to take a majority stake in a joint venture with state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) to build the completion center, which installs interiors and paints liveries.Dec 14, 2018” Ouch, this will leave a mark.

  24. John Dale 2019-08-25 16:46

    jerry – “Airbus will be a solid investment”

    I thought Lockheed was Boeing’s biggest competitor?

    Imagine 6 months ago having the foresight to divest in any of the companies about to take a hit in the stock market!

    If only there was somebody who knew all of this was going to happen.


  25. jerry 2019-08-25 17:03

    Airbus for the China business. Their A380 is the perfect plane for the Chinese market and as long as Chubby trumpy is ordering American business out of China, well then, that leaves a big market for Airbus and much employment for European workers in Europe and Chinese workers in China.–china-assembly-facility-marks-10-years-of-quality-manufa.html

    How long before America wakes up from this is anyone’s guess, but me thinks 2020 will be late…but, still workable.

  26. John Dale 2019-08-25 17:32

    As they were watching the computers of engineers and innovators in the US, do you think they thought we didn’t know what they were doing?

    China is a big polluter because their cultural and governmental system is based on theft and control. Not good for innovation ..

    China needs us. We do not need China. In fact, we need to do some domestic healing and repatriate businesses and funds to reward the US citizen for enduring the poop show of the last 50 years.

    Divest, because it’ll get worse for their economy and better for ours. Chinese pride is not good .. for China.

  27. John Dale 2019-08-25 17:35

    mike from iowa – “Nearly every group of people, except wealthy wasicus”

    Trump supporters are being attacked financially and physically by Obama’s leave behind network and the deep state .. for supporting Trump.

    What a mess. I’ll vote for whomever has the guts to try to fix it.

    Right now, that’s President Trump

  28. John Dale 2019-08-25 17:36

    “way out there man”

    Now wait a minute .. let me take a moment to defend myself ..

    Oh, nevermind.

    It’s mike from iowa.

  29. jerry 2019-08-25 17:55

    Way out there indeed man. “U.S. stock futures fell sharply on Sunday night following the latest escalation in the U.S.-China trade war by President Donald Trump.

    Dow Jones Industrial Average futures traded 311 points lower, indicating a drop of 256 points at Monday’s open. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures pointed to drops of about 1% for both indexes.”

    Chubby trumpy recession marches onward.

  30. Debbo 2019-08-25 19:33

    Jerry, let me make one correction to you comment closer.

    “Chubby trumpy [and GOP] recession marches onward.”

    It is urgent that Moscow Mitch and the boys must be held responsible for this too. You know the GOP is going to claim innocent bystandership to this entire debacle and the Traitor Party must not be allowed to do that.

  31. Anne 2019-08-25 20:42

    I believe an inspector general’s report was that bureaucrats appointed by Trump were harassing and undercutting career people and holdovers from the Obama administration, not that the observation I refer to has much to do with Trump’s dictator fetish.

  32. John Dale 2019-08-25 20:53

    jerry – “trumpy recession marches onward”

    You say that like Trump’s enemies wouldn’t drive this into the ditch to win the election.

    Heck, Bill Maher said as much on his show.

    The people who support President Trump understand this. We know what’s goin on. It will take more than the recession boogie man to scare us off of this.

  33. jerry 2019-08-25 21:06

    It’s Chubby trumpy’s recession and good you and the rest of the dummies are not spooked, that gives a feller like me more of a chance to clear out.

  34. Porter Lansing 2019-08-25 21:48

    If JDale wasn’t here, how would we know how much of a victim President Trump really is? Trump’s enemies – Deep state – Leave behind network – Sociopath CEO’s – Psychopath investors
    No wonder our President has to put on an act like he’s a racist, homophobe, traitor, and criminal.

  35. John Dale 2019-08-25 22:10

    Porter Lansing – you get that virus situation resolved? Or was it a rash? :)

    I’m sure my presence here has generated a lot more knowledge about the present situation with POTUS.

  36. mike from iowa 2019-08-26 07:23

    I’m sure my presence here has generated a lot more knowledge about the present situation with POTUS

    If only any of it was actually true and factual. Not alternative caca del toro.

  37. John Dale 2019-08-26 08:02

    mike from iowa – “caca del toro”

    So, you would claim that DFP comment sections are fair and balanced?


    Nothing is as one sided as you represent. Cory’s strategy is unbalanced punditry. That is no secret, he doesn’t hide it, and that’s what I like about him.

    I also think it’s smart to let a guy like me test your assumptions. It’s good for business.

  38. John Dale 2019-08-26 08:04

    jerry – “mooch”

    Mooch smack?

    Maybe Mooch will tip the balance of power. We’ll see .. wanna bet?

    Probably a better bet than China right now.

  39. mike from iowa 2019-08-26 08:19

    Drumpf Dale… here experts explain just how bad Drumpf’s economy is in comparison to economies from legally elected, legitimate Potii…..

    Not pretty.

    mike from iowa – “caca del toro”

    So, you would claim that DFP comment sections are fair and balanced?

    Once again you skip the point and deflect. I clearly stated the garbage you yourself spew is caca del toro. I said nothing about DFP commenters.

  40. John Dale 2019-08-26 08:23

    mike from iowa – “here experts explain just how bad Drumpf’s economy is”

    Right .. it’s always negative.

    An impossibility.

    A red flag for intellectual honesty.

    But that’s okay, actually, since that is a stated goal (punditry).

    I’m not seeing how Trump loses. If he does, that person will be my President, and none of my personal policies will change.

    If he wins, at that point I suppose life gets really fun for the truth seekers while the naysayers will keep making fun of an 80 year old man for being overweight.

  41. mike from iowa 2019-08-26 08:24

    Goldman Sachs has downcast GDP growth to 1.8% for the fourth quarter. Far cry from the 3-5 or 6 % growth Drumpf claimed we would have with tax cuts and deregulation.

  42. John Dale 2019-08-26 08:34

    mike from iowa – “Goldman”

    It’s an election year. We all expect shenanigans. Trump started the trade war more than a year out. Is this plenty of time to win?

    He will claim victory no matter what heading into a the election. There is still a LOT of time left. Dude never stopped campaigning.

    Politically speaking, setting aside the fact that my guy won, this is the most interesting time in national politics in a long time.

    Meanwhile, back at the Ranch, municipalities across the nation are set to do their pre-Christmas spending.

  43. Debbo 2019-08-26 16:21

    Reliable sources indicate that the Economic Eunuch/GOP Recession is heading this way like a runaway train. I wouldn’t mind so much if it was going to run down the despicables who are causing it, but such is not the case. The greatest pain will be felt by the people least responsible. That’s common Economic Eunuch/GOP playbook.

  44. John Dale 2019-08-26 17:21

    Debbo – “Economic Eunuch”

    As if it doesn’t take huge brass balls to take on China economically.

  45. mike from iowa 2019-08-26 17:58

    Drumpf has no balls. He risks nothing in his stoopid trade war with China. None of his personal businesses overseas are affected by tariffs. The thing is drumpf is so stoopid he does not know American businesses and consumers are paying the tariffs Drumpf claims China is paying. He knows nothing and yet claims to be the best at everything. His full of caca del toro just like Drumpf Dale and is sadly in position to destroy the US economy with people like the Troll here aiding and abetting his orangeness.

    You can bank on this, when the deal goes completely south, Drumpf will not take any blame for the damage he does.

  46. John Dale 2019-08-26 18:33

    psyche mikey – “Drumpf has no balls”

    On national television he called Rosie O’Donnell a pig.

    You have to admit, that takes some bolas masivas.

  47. Debbo 2019-08-26 20:40

    Dale, I cannot express the depths of my disinterest in any aspect of Economic Eunuch’s anatomy. 🤢🤢🤮 It’s a metaphoric expression. When it comes to economic understanding, he has nothing. I hope this clears that up for you. I’m sure your hero appreciates your concern for and admiration of his testicles. 🤮🤮

  48. Debbo 2019-08-26 20:46

    Economic Eunuch is not merely destroying the ag economy. He’s ruining the livelihoods of New England lobster fishers as well.

    “New tariffs have jeopardized a once symbiotic trade between Maine lobstermen and Chinese palates that love those crustaceans. America exported 2.2 million pounds of lobster to China through June for $19 million, down from about 12 million pounds over the same period of 2018. The big winner? Canada, which is right next to Maine and catches those same lobsters. Through June, Canadian lobster exports to China hit 33 million pounds, which is about the entire weight exported in the whole of 2018. The value of that export was nearly $200 million (USD), meanwhile the American export is $70 million behind what it was last year by June 2018.”

    Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press, via Numlock News, Walt Hickey

    Incompetent Ignoramus is determined to ruin every aspect of the US economy before he’s booted out next year. Thankfully, every Democratic candidate knows how to manage the national economy and will actually appoint highly skilled people to fill positions.

    I nominate Sen. Elizabeth Warren for the job of cleaning up the GOP-enabled mess.

  49. John Dale 2019-08-26 22:15

    Debbo = “Economic Eunuch”

    Who has two thumbs and realizes that Eunich is a man without testicles? This guy.

    So, in reality, ma’m, you brought it up.

  50. John Dale 2019-08-26 22:17

    Debbo – although, as I was submitting that last post, I realized that it might be the case that you believed a Eunuch was simply a Monk.

    Trump, the economic Monk?

    Although, in Manchuria, the Eunuchs were servants to the Emperor. So, perhaps you meant that Trump was a humble servant to the Economy?

    But that wouldn’t make sense, anyway, whether you understood that Eunuchs have no balls or not.

    Because Trump’s balls are huge. Like. Elephantine.

  51. Debbo 2019-08-26 23:01

    And Dale continues to fixate on Economic Eunuch’s testicles. Creepy, like … sick. 😖😖🤢🤮

    I’ll just leave you to your obsession while I address comments pertinent to the topic.

  52. John Dale 2019-08-27 12:07

    Debbo – “Eunuch’s”

    Is the irony lost on the fact that you refer to testicles de facto in the same post you use to criticize me for referring to Trump’s titanic brass bowling-for-balls?

  53. Debbo 2019-08-30 16:17

    Bad news from the Incompetent Ignoramus/GOP trade war keeps growing:

    “Chinese tourists spent $277 billion over 150 million international trips in 2018, about $36 million of which went to the United States. For reasons beyond my understanding, the number of visitors to the U.S. from China has recently taken a serious hit, dropping 8 percent since the start of some trade war in 2017. Though the number of China’s students studying abroad in the U.S. has seen declining growth for the better part of a decade, the number of visitors who are here just for fun actually fell year over year 10 percent in 2018 and about 5 percent in 2019 through June. Outbound travel from China remains up, growing 5.5 percent in 2018.”

    Natasha Frost and Dan Kopf, Quartz, via Numlock News, Walt Hickey

  54. John Dale 2019-08-30 16:45

    Meh .. FUD.

    Let’s roll.

    USA! USA! USA!

    Anybody that bet on China will lose whether the US loses or not.

    Because it was a bad bet.

    USA! USA! USA!

    Did you see those Honk Kongers taking down the soft kill mass murder poles? AWESOME.

  55. mike from iowa 2019-08-30 16:50

    John Fraud, exactly how many testes does a eunuch have? How casn one refer to something not there? You’re nuts. Give him some.

  56. mike from iowa 2019-08-30 17:21

    Consumer confidence in the United States plunged in the month of August down to its lowest level since late 2016, according to the University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index.

    As MarketWatch reports, consumer confidence dropped by nearly ten points in the index, plummeting from 98.4 in July down to 89.8 in August.

    Way to go Drumpf and Drumpf Dale. Make America Groan Again.

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