A BIGGER idea piece from Daniel W. Drezner over at the Washington Post….(He, he, he)
If the 45th president really wants to think big, he should make an offer for an even bigger, richer, more strategic and more passive-aggressive Arctic ally. I speak, of course, of Canada.
Here’s my proposal: The Trump administration offers Canada and the Queen of England the following deal:
- $20 trillion in cold, hard cash — $10 trillion to the Crown, $10 trillion to be distributed among the residents of Canadialand.
- A one-for-one exchange of the loonie for the greenback.
- Each of the 13 Canadian provinces and territories would be admitted as a state in the union, with representation in the House and the Senate.
- While we’re admitting new states, D.C. and Puerto Rico get statehood as well, bringing the United States to 65 states in total.
This is one of those rare win-win-win-win-win deals in international politics. The United Kingdom would win from the cash reserves it would receive from relinquishing sovereignty — and, let’s face it, it’s going to need the money. Canada would win from unification with its Southern neighbor, combining forces for an economic and Olympic powerhouse. No longer would Canadians have to truck with this “middle power” nonsense, they’d be part of the hegemon, baby! Finally, they would have some proper security forces for their strategic maple syrup reserve.
I listed five wins, however, and the remaining three are in the United States. The Trump administration could secure multiple wins with this deal. In acquiring the second-largest country by geographic size, Trump would cement his name in the history books. He would also engage in some bank-shot expansionary monetary policy. See, if the $20 trillion was just printed, Trump would have discovered a way to inject massive amounts of liquidity into the system at the exact moment when markets have been getting jittery. He would not acknowledge this, but the reduction of trade barriers between the two countries would be another boost for economic growth.
What is great about this deal, however, is how even in a polarized moment, both Republicans and Democrats would enthusiastically endorse it…..
This IS what Trump thought of from day one of his Presidency ….
A REALLY BIG real estate deal using taxpayers money that HE could claim was ‘his deal’….