Trump is scarcely the first president to resort to tariffs. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama regrettably succumbed — but muted their overall effect by simultaneously pursuing trade pacts. Reagan talked free trade but — in the midst of a severe recession — protected American autos, steel and semiconductors.Why, oh why do we elect hypocrites to the Presidency? Why can't we elect single-minded straight forward types, who believe in one policy and act accordingly, rather than wavering back and forth like Obama and Bush and even Reagan?
My answer is it's the art of politics, trying to maintain majority support by tacking back and forth to convince people you respect their concerns and listen. In other words, hypocrisy in a politician is good.