What happened to free enterprise?

Posted on September 5, 2019 by Sonoma Valley Sun

Led by President Trump, Republicans have repeatedly been attacking Democrats as democratic socialists. Now, President Trump has leaped ahead calling for full-blown Soviet-style state socialism! A few days ago, he tweeted: “Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for alternatives to China…” Such core Republican axioms of “free enterprise” and “free markets” have been quickly abandoned  by Supreme Commander Trump. 

Always claiming that only he alone can make American great again, Trump has just replaced Adam Smith’s “Invisible Hand” of competitive market forces with his “Invisible Fist.”  

Where oh where are the Republicans who should be loudly decrying Trump’s embrace of state-socialism as he orders American companies to immediately follow his commands?   Perhaps those Democrats advocating for more democratic socialism, but not Trump-style command socialism, are not so scary after all.

— John Donnelly, Sonoma 


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