Trump the fool backs the gold standard

Trump the fool backs the gold standard

Made by Athesia Benjamin. Updated, David Kramer

Bringing back the gold standard would be very hard to do, but, boy, would it be wonderful. We’d have a standard on which to base our money.

Donald Trump, Gentleman’s Quarterly

After Cruz exited, I thought Athesia’s beautiful propaganda sign would just become a curious icon kept in the garage. Not that we take single handed credit for Cruz’ demise when we bravely held the sign outside the Cruz rally at MCC while being interviewed by Channel 8 news.

Now it’s Trump who is reincarnating himself as a 19th century Gold Bug.

Recently, the Wizard of Oz told GQ how wonderful it would be if the U.S. went back to days before FDR took us off the gold standard. It would not be a wonderful life at all.

In Would Cruz crucify himself on a “cross of gold?”, we looked back at the last time the gold standard was debated in presidential elections — 1896 and 1900 — saying:

Even writing about the 2016 election and the Gold Standard feels fantastical, anachronistic, arcane and surreal all at once.

Nonetheless, we dutifully took Athesia’s sign to MCC where we engaged with Cruz supporters who now must be cheering Trump’s conversion to their cause.

It’s a spurious cause. As seen in NPR’s recent Trump Favors Returning To The Gold Standard, Few Economists Agree, few economists favor Trump’s folly. Actually, NO economists agree, but the NPR headline writer felt the need to be fair and balanced.

In Donald Trump, the gold standard, Maynard Keynes, and our madmen in authority, that capitalist tool itself, Forbes, speculated;

Will the gold standard come into play in the 2016 general election? It could.

So far Trump has been teflon — or gold plated — when spouting economic (or other) demagogueries.

So far, Hillary is still searching for that zinger campaign slogan.  Maybe she can pull a William Jennings Bryan at the 1896 Democrat Convention:

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About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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