The most powerful man in the world is back in Washington and Speaker of the House John Boner has insulted him by refusing an invitation to dinner at the White House. The significance of this is deeper than it would seem to be at first glance. The invitation was extended by the second most powerful man in the world, the President of the United States for a State dinner in the honor Hu Jintao the premier of China.
Speaker Boner is seemingly unconcerned with the governance of the country he claims loyalty to and that he is unfortunately only two heart beats away from being in charge of. President Obama is said to be pressing Mr Hu on improving the trade balance. You can snicker at that but Obama has been winning at the WTO on trade cases where Obama has slapped China with 99% tariffs for dumping subsidized goods into the US market.
The most recent win has been over tire imports where US tire companies have been enjoying tariff protection for two years now. They have hired thousands of new workers and invested millions in new production capacity as a result. Hmmm, maybe we could do that with other things we used to make. Alexander Hamilton thought so and George Washington and the first Federal Congress agreed, creating a system of tariffs, trade and manufacturing policies that stood for nearly 200 years. (until Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton)
Speaker Boner’s memories of Alexander Hamilton have probably faded away as he no longer needs to pay his own bar tab (that’s what lobbyists are for). Obama also invited Boner to fly with him on Air Force One to Tucson as he is the Speaker of the House and a member of Congress has been shot down. Despite Boner weeping about it for the cameras he couldn’t miss a Republican cocktail party to make the flight. Is Air Force One dry? No need to part with any Hamiltons to take the trip so maybe the corporate jets he normally flies on make AF-1 seem beneath his standards of accommodation.
Of course Boner really just snubbing Obama just for petty political advantage but now he has crossed the line. Snubbing the most powerful man on the planet can have consequences and China keeps track of who shows them respect. This could cost boner some Hamiltons. www.prairie2.com