A few days ago, the Boston Globe published this hypothetical, satirical front page dated April 9, 2017, which would be three months into a Trump presidency.
I’ll be the first to admit that some of the kinds of things that Trump has proposed – the same things I’ve advocated for years – a drastic reduction in immigration (especially illegal immigration) and a total overhaul of trade policy that would rely on the targeted use of tariffs to restore a balance of trade – is scary stuff to a lot of people and to the media as well.
In fact, the April, 2017 edition of the Boston Globe could actually look very much like what the Boston Globe has proposed, at least in terms of the headlines. (I didn’t bother to read the accompanying articles, not having that much time to waste.) No doubt, deportations would begin – as they well should. And we could very well witness a drop in the stock market – “Markets sink as trade war looms.” Big deal. The market sinks about every other day for one reason or another, usually followed the next day by a headline that reads “Markets jump as … ” The headline about ISIS? That’s a ridiculous stretch.
But this satire begs the question as to what the same front page might look like otherwise? So I took a little time to have some fun with this. Suppose there were to be a third term of Obama, or perhaps someone like him who would continue the same policies. Here’s how that front page might look:
(I only altered the headlines.) The point is, is this any less scary? Some of it may sound a little over-the-top, just as the original Boston Globe satire did, but it’s merely an extrapolation of where we’re headed if we keep pursuing Obama’s policies on immigration and trade.
Or maybe it would be more helpful to ponder what a Trump presidency (or any presidency willing to tackle illegal immigration and trade policy) would look like a year down the road, on Monday, April 9, 2018 after all the hysteria has settled down. Maybe then the front page of the Boston Globe would look more like this:
(Again, only the headlines have been altered.) Wouldn’t you love to see those kinds of headlines? That’s the kind of news we haven’t read in a long time – for decades. It’s the kind of headlines that could only be made possible by a president with the backbone to tackle the trade and immigration issues.