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I’ve often compared the reality of the economics on display in Washington to the reality of the physics on display in Road Runner cartoons. However, after reading about Marco Rubio’s latest pontifications on trade and corporate strategy, I fear that I have been mistaken: a person watching Road Runner cartoons will never encounter physics as false and as detached from reality as is the economics that one encounters when listening to politicians.

It is inconceivable to me that a human being can be as uninformed, as illogical, and as confused – in short, as utterly mindless – as Rubio now regularly reveals himself to be.

I’ll not bother to point out any of the many howlers in Rubio’s latest. They reveal themselves readily and horrifyingly enough.


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