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It’s nothing personal

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I love Sean Spicer: White House spokesman Sean Spicer tried to clarify Trump’s comments Monday, saying the president wasn’t using the word wiretapping literally, noting that Trump had put the term in quotation marks. “The president used the word wiretap in quotes to mean broadly surveillance and other activities,” Spicer said. He also suggested Trump wasn’t accusing former President Barack Obama specifically, but instead referring to the actions of the Obama administration. Only an unhinged Trump critic could have thought that Trump was specifically referring to President Obama: Clearly when he said “Obama” he was referring to the entire administration: Notice he says “a sitting President” which could refer to anyone, including the President of the local chess club. The bad (or sick) guy might seem like an attack on Obama, but it you look closely it directly follows his reference to Nixon, who was indeed a bad or sick guy.  And in any case, Trump said “tapp my phones” which has a completely different meaning from “tap my phones”  Trump was sending a subtle signal of support for an organization that promotes online commerce in emerging markets.  People are reading way too much into these tweets.  Scott Adams showed that Trump’s tweets are actually a form of esoteric writing that only real Americans can understand.

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I love Sean Spicer:

White House spokesman Sean Spicer tried to clarify Trump’s comments Monday, saying the president wasn’t using the word wiretapping literally, noting that Trump had put the term in quotation marks.

“The president used the word wiretap in quotes to mean broadly surveillance and other activities,” Spicer said. He also suggested Trump wasn’t accusing former President Barack Obama specifically, but instead referring to the actions of the Obama administration.

Only an unhinged Trump critic could have thought that Trump was specifically referring to President Obama:

It’s nothing personalClearly when he said “Obama” he was referring to the entire administration:

It’s nothing personalNotice he says “a sitting President” which could refer to anyone, including the President of the local chess club.

It’s nothing personalThe bad (or sick) guy might seem like an attack on Obama, but it you look closely it directly follows his reference to Nixon, who was indeed a bad or sick guy.  And in any case, Trump said “tapp my phones” which has a completely different meaning from “tap my phones”  Trump was sending a subtle signal of support for an organization that promotes online commerce in emerging markets.  People are reading way too much into these tweets.  Scott Adams showed that Trump’s tweets are actually a form of esoteric writing that only real Americans can understand.


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Scott B. Sumner is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, the Director of the Program on Monetary Policy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and an economist who teaches at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. His economics blog, The Money Illusion, popularized the idea of nominal GDP targeting, which says that the Fed should target nominal GDP—i.e., real GDP growth plus the rate of inflation—to better "induce the correct level of business investment".

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