Opinion – Trump sets stage for trade war with Europe via Twitter rant against carmakers – Slate

Here’s a breaking news story published by Slate. Trump is threatening trade wars with Europe, targeting car companies. Junckner says that Levy jeans and bourbon whiskey would be targets for retaliation. Meanwhile, Britain’s lame duck prime minister, Theresa May, will defend her government’s Brexit plans on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.

It’s time for Trump to face reality. US productivity does not compete with international markets effectively because of deep-rooted problems, including management, quality and trade unions. And Trump needs to fix obesity and the opioid epidemic too. Americans aspire to German cars because of superior quality.  Perhaps Obama should have let US carmakers go to wall? Let’s not forget that US corporations are not paying their fair share of taxes in Europe.

But Angela Merkel, with her fragile political base, will no doubt be quick to protect the interests of German carmakers.

Against this potential global trade war, Brits are expected to believe Theresa May and her supporting ‘Ultras’ that all will come right after Brexit.

Thoughts?

Google Sets Limits on Addiction Treatment Ads, City Safety – New York Times

The NYT reports that thousands of small time operators in the high growth $35 Billion addiction treatment business will face a marketing restriction as Google stops ads on related searches. The only precedent for Google is payday lenders and a verification system for locksmiths. The small addiction treatment centers are largely unregulated, with questionable quality, with services ranging from alternative drugs to yoga. Google makes billions of Dollars in advertising revenue. Surely it’s time for Google to offer greater restrictions on advertising?