Donald Trump
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Some people say that Donald Trump has been politically successful so far because he captures the zeitgeist of the country, but I just can’t figure out how it can be that the people want more “real-estate investors, hedge-fund managers and bankers” in charge of the economy. But that’s who Trump named today as members of his economic advisory team. They’re all men, too. Probably all white men, although I am not familiar enough with all of them to say that for certain.

I don’t think it’s the case that whatever is good for hedge fund managers is good for the country, and I don’t think people are in love with real estate investors or trust big time bankers as far as they can throw them. There’s nothing populist about Trump’s economic team, nor is it inclusive or broad. Are there any academicians at all? Anyone from “Main Street”?

How about the guy who takes his hats off the boat from China?

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Martin Longman

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