Of Hockey and Tariffs

The Caps won. Hurrah! Washington has some reasons for joy, because God knows, since Donald, we’ve had little to smile about.

The Post headlines announcing the Cap’s victory were bigger than those heralding the Trump election. Marx was wrong, it ain’t religion that’s the opiate, it’s sports.

I’m not particularly interested in hockey; my taste runs more to European football, soccer to you on this side of the pond, and this year, the US isn’t even in the World Cup.

My first question, seeing this morning’s newspaper, was whether the Caps would travel to the White House to swear fealty. I hope not, but I wonder if the team’s reigning Russian players will be getting orders from Moscow to attend or, perhaps, not attend. Does that sound preposterous? It’s not. Alex Ovechkin, Evegeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov all have friends and family in Russia and Putin, like Trump, is not above threatening players to have his ends met. Remember Trump’s tweet that the football ‘sons of bitches’ should leave the US?

I find it interesting that the Post coverage of the Cap victory has secured more column inches than some other events I believe may be far more important.

Take, for example, the tariff squabble. The White House has already announced that the President will not stay and attend the full meetings in Canada. My read is that his handlers know Trump can take only so much criticism, which he’s sure to get, from heads of state far more intelligent and less impulsive than he is. They don’t want him to blow a fuse in front of the entire world. He plans to leave a day early, taking his ball and going home, so to speak.

The tariffs he has imposed will cost the average American household $2200 annually, according to CNN, and essentially wipe out any gains made by the recent tax cuts. According to Fortune magazine, the tariffs will lead to job losses in the States, increase the price of an average home, and raise retail prices by about ten percent. Many small businesses operating on a slim profit margin will have to close, unable to afford the raw materials they need to operate. This will land more American workers into the crowd of unemployed.

It’s still unclear who will benefit most. The rich? Probably. Large American companies, many of which are already getting sizeable tax breaks? Assuredly. The average consumer? Nope.

I’m not even sure it will benefit the hockey players.




About epiphanettes

Writer, songcrafter, possibly the best French pedal steel guitarist in Virginia.
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