WB, IMF “phát sốt” vì chính sách của Trump

Thứ Sáu, 21/4/2017Print

Tuy nhiên, những khuyến cáo của IMF rất có thể sẽ bị chính quyền Trump phớt lờ…

WB, IMF “phát sốt” vì chính sách của Trump

Tổng giám đốc IMF, bà Christine Lagarde – Ảnh: Reuters/BI.

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Kỳ họp mùa xuân khai mạc vào ngày 20/4 tại Washington, Mỹ của Ngân hàng Thế giới (WB) và Quỹ Tiền tệ Quốc tế (IMF) sẽ tập trung tác động nhằm dịch chuyển chính sách còn đang hình thành của chính quyền Donald Trump khỏi chủ nghĩa bảo hộ, đồng thời thể hiện sự ủng hộ mạnh mẽ đối với thương mại tự do và hội nhập quốc tế.

Hãng tin Reuters cho biết, kỳ họp của WB và IMF sẽ đưa 189 quốc gia thành viên của hai định chế đa phương này lần đầu tiên có cuộc “đối mặt” trực tiếp với chủ trương “nước Mỹ trên hết” của ông Trump. Nơi diễn ra cuộc họp chỉ cách Nhà Trắng một quãng ngắn.

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Vì sao đến giờ này Trung Quốc vẫn chưa vỡ bong bóng tín dụng?

BÁ ƯỚC

17:34 13/04/2017

Bằng việc phớt lờ vấn đề bong bóng tín dụng, Bắc Kinh đang đánh đổi rủi ro trong dài hạn để lấy tăng trưởng kinh tế trong ngắn hạn.

Với việc phớt lờ vấn đề bong bóng nợ, Bắc Kinh đang đánh đổi rủi ro trong dài hạn với tăng trưởng kinh tế trong ngắn hạn. Continue reading

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Tập Cận Bình và tự do mậu dịch giả hiệu

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Khu phố tài chính Phố Đông ở Thượng Hải. Ảnh chụp ngày 09/03/2017.REUTERS/Aly Song

Trong bài bình luận mang tựa đề « Ông Tập Cận Bình, có đúng là ông nói ‘tự do mậu dịch’ hay không ? », nhật báo Les Echos nhận định, dù chủ tịch Trung Quốc tại Diễn đàn Davos lớn tiếng kêu gọi tự do thương mại, nhưng nước ông vẫn tiếp tục đối xử tệ hại với các nhà đầu tư ngoại quốc. Và ông Tập cũng vừa tung ra một kế hoạch công nghiệp quy mô để chống lại hàng nhập khẩu. Continue reading

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So far, Trump has been mercifully incompetent

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Opinion writer March 17

“The world is laughing at us. They’re laughing at the stupidity of our president.”  Donald Trump, October 2016

Stupid is as stupid does.

Here’s how the White House has been defending Trump’s wiretapping claims

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has been repeatedly defending President Trump’s unproven claims that former president Barack Obama ordered a wiretap on him in 2016.(Video: Bastien Inzaurralde/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

 

The House and Senate intelligence committees said they saw no evidence for President Trump’s wild claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, and Britain protested that the White House falsely alleged that British intelligence was involved. White House press secretary Sean Spicer has been arguing that Trump didn’t mean wiretapping when he said Obama had Trump’s “wires tapped.” Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway suggested that eavesdropping could have been accomplished using microwave ovens.

Trump’s fellow Republicans pronounced his budget dead on arrival in Congress — “draconian, careless and counterproductive” were the words used by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), former House Appropriations Committee chairman — because it recklessly cuts (slashing the State Department by nearly a third and targeting Meals on Wheels for the elderly) yet still adds to the debt Trump promised to eliminate.

Legislation to replace Obamacare stalled in Congress and had to be rewrittenbecause of a rebellion within Trump’s own party.

A judge halted Trump’s second attempt at a ban on travel from several Muslim countries.

And Republican lawmakers probing Trump’s ties to Russia threatened subpoenas over the executive branch’s stonewalling.

In one of the presidential debates, CNBC’s John Harwood asked Trump if he was running “a comic book version of a presidential campaign.” Now Trump seems to be running a cartoon version of a presidency, and he’s Elmer Fudd. His proposals could, if successfully implemented, be ruinous. But so far, at least, Trump has been mercifully incompetent.

He and the GOP-controlled Congress have been on the job two months, but he has signed only nine bills into law, none major. The only law so far this month: a bill naming the Veterans Affairs facility in Butler County, Pa. A McClatchy-Marist poll last month found that a 58 percent majority of Americans reported being “embarrassed” by Trump. For good reason:

Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, lasted just 24 days on the job after misrepresenting his contacts with Russia. Attorney General Jeff Sessions falsely testified that he’d had no contacts with the Russians, forcing his recusal from Russia investigations once the truth came out.

Trump’s nominee to be labor secretary withdrew in the face of broad opposition. His education secretary, who suggested that schools need guns to defend against grizzlies, was confirmed only when the vice president broke a tie vote.

Trump blamed a “so-called” judge for striking down his first travel ban and proposed blaming the court system if there was a terrorist attack; his own Supreme Court nominee called such remarks disheartening.

Trump conducted sensitive diplomacy over a North Korean missile launch with the Japanese prime minister surrounded by diners at his Mar-a-Lago country club, one of whom posted online a photo of the man carrying the nuclear football.

Trump, after inflating the crowd size at his inauguration and embracing a conspiracy theory that 3 million to 5 million Americans voted illegally, falsely accused the media of not covering terrorist attacks. The White House then produced a badly spelled list of attacks, most of which had been covered. Conway invented one attack, the “Bowling Green massacre.”

Conway pitched Ivanka Trump’s fashion line on Fox News. Taxpayers have subsidized millions of dollars’ worth of expenses related to Mar-a-Lago and the Trump sons’ foreign travel.

Trump marked Black History Month with remarks suggesting he thought abolitionist Frederick Douglass was still alive.

Trump opened a rift with Australia in an angry phone call with that ally’s prime minister. He provoked the Mexican president to cancel a trip to Washington, and he baffled the Swedes by alluding to fictitious refugee-related violence “last night in Sweden.” Britain postponed a visit from Trump in hopes that anti-Trump protests would cool.

Trump’s closest aides have leaked several accounts of him raging about the White House. His team is frequently caught off guard by his Twitter attacks, which have included shots at Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nordstrom and misinformation Trump heard on Fox News.

This tragicomedy adds irony when you consider that the main character is the same one who campaigned by saying “they laugh at our stupidity” and “we are led by very, very stupid people” and “I have the best words, but there’s no better word than ‘stupid.’ ”

Now the world has reason to laugh at us — because we’re with stupid.

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Trump’s budget makes perfect sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why

March 16

Get pumped, America, for the hard power budget!

The hard power budget: Never weak, never soft, always STRONG. (Adriana Usero, Dalton Bennett, Dani Player/The Washington Post)

This post has been updated.

Some people are complaining that the budget proffered by the Trump administration, despite its wonderful macho-sounding name, is too vague and makes all sorts of cuts to needed programs in favor of increasing military spending by leaps and bounds. These people are wimps. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has called it a “hard power budget” which is, I think, the name of an exercise program where you eat only what you can catch, pump up your guns and then punch the impoverished in the face. This, conveniently, is also what the budget does. Continue reading

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A Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Explains How We’re Innovating in All the Wrong Ways
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, economists weighed in on the state of the European Union–and how to move forward in uncertain times.
Joseph Stiglitz is a Nobel Prize-winning economist.
CREDIT: Inc.

Globalization is much maligned these days for job losses and wage stagnation. But technology bears some of the blame.

That was a key takeaway from a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum this week entitled “Fixing the European Disunion,” which featured prominent economist Joseph Stiglitz and Pierre Moscovisi, the head of European and Financial Affairs with the European Commission.

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President Trump’s Inaugural Address, Annotated

January 20, 201710:13 AM ET

Trump ran on a nostalgic slogan of “Make America Great Again.” But it was never clear what, precisely, that meant. By many basic measures and statistics, the country is better off than eight years ago. The country was on the precipice of a potential Great Depression and more than 100,000 troops were overseas, entangled in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, the economy has improved; the unemployment rate is below 5 percent. And the number of troops in conflict is drastically reduced. There has, however, been some permanent damage to some after the recession — some have had to take jobs for less money and struggled to retrain for new careers. Many retirement plans were decimated. And the red tape and cost to some for Obamacare caused a backlash against President Obama and his party. For more on the country Trump is inheriting, check out our post, by the numbers.

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