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The story in the Washington Post is that protesters in Hong Kong waved "Swole Trump" during a Thanksgiving rally. Some protesters even waved the American flag. The ostensible reason for the gratitude directed at Trump and the US was an act called the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. It "authorizes sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials for human rights abuses and requires an annual review of Hong Kong’s special trade status by the State Department." The House passed the act by a vote of 417 to 1 on November 20. Trump's signature made it effective the day before Thanksgiving.

Though it is easy to see why most Americans and their elected officials would support the act, Donald Trump is not exactly "a man of his word." He also makes friends as fast as he breaks them. The Kurds learned this the hard way. Recent history tells us that as soon as something better comes along, Trump will change his position.

That something will likely not be a trade agreement with China that ends cowboy welfare in deep red states.

The Agriculture Department projects that farm incomes will reach $88 billion in 2019 but nearly 40% of that — $33 billion — will come from trade aid, disaster assistance, the farm bill and insurance indemnities, according to a new report by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

That welfare has been baked permanently into the red-state political economy. Nevertheless, expect this brazen socialism not to bring to an end the blathering about the wonderfulness of small government and what have you.

So, Trump is pressed to stop cowboy welfare because the prattle about awful deficits will remain dead until a Dem is elected. No, the change of heart will occur if Trump has an opportunity to do personal business in China or if Moscow expresses its determination to break the solidarity of US opinion of the protests, which can't be described as conservative or leftist. They are messy and leaderless, and the moment Trump changes his mind on the act (for personal reasons or by order from Moscow—it's in the interest of Russian foreign objectives to continually toss the US political system into confusion), the protesters will be left to face the full brunt of the Communist Party of China as the GOP experiences the sudden splash of mind sunshine (Hong Kong who? or: Trump never said what he said), while the Dems go on and on about supporting US allies and the importance of keeping promises.

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