Two Americas

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, Reuters found at least a dozen publicly-traded companies that received bailouts under the Paycheck Protection Program even though they pay no taxes. It's like we've subsidized them twice.

Meanwhile, the Institute for Supply Management says American manufacturing is no longer contracting because of the coronavirus, but it has stabilized at a semi-permanent depressed level because there's no consumer demand.

Finally, although Trump spoke to his boss Putin as recently as this morning to invite him back to the G7, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says they're not welcome.

“Russia was excluded from the G7 after it invaded Crimea a number of years ago, and its continued disrespect and flaunting of international rules and norms is why it remains outside of the G7, and it will continue to remain out,” Trudeau said during his daily news conference.

Trump said on Saturday he would postpone a Group of Seven summit he had hoped to hold next month until at least September and expand the list of invitees to include Australia, Russia, South Korea and India.

You know, it's really not the "Group of Seven" anymore if you add four more countries. Does Trump even know what "G7" stands for? Probably not.

In any case, I doubt the G7 meeting will happen. Trump won't be able to resist blowing it all up just two months away from the election. The whole reason you delay it to add more guests is to make a spectacle, right? It's not as if Trump is adding more names for some substantive reason.