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A proposed three team trade

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Here’s my proposed trade: Denmark sends Greenland to the US, along with a future second round pick. The US gives Alaska back to Russia. Russia sends Kaliningrad and two star hockey players to Denmark. The US (i.e. Trump) gets bragging rights as the second biggest country, surpassing Canada. Plus a neat new vacation spot. Alaska cruises are getting boring—Greenland’s a new toy to play with.  With global warming, it might eventually become as interesting as Iceland.  And there’s oil! Russia gets to reverse the embarrassing decision to sell Alaska to the US.  Russia gets even bigger (macho Putin will like that.)  And they aren’t really giving up any Russian territory, as Kaliningrad is actually the old German city of Konigsberg. Denmark gets to dump an area that is heavily

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Here’s my proposed trade:

Denmark sends Greenland to the US, along with a future second round pick.
The US gives Alaska back to Russia.
Russia sends Kaliningrad and two star hockey players to Denmark.

The US (i.e. Trump) gets bragging rights as the second biggest country, surpassing Canada. Plus a neat new vacation spot. Alaska cruises are getting boring—Greenland’s a new toy to play with.  With global warming, it might eventually become as interesting as Iceland.  And there’s oil!

Russia gets to reverse the embarrassing decision to sell Alaska to the US.  Russia gets even bigger (macho Putin will like that.)  And they aren’t really giving up any Russian territory, as Kaliningrad is actually the old German city of Konigsberg.

Denmark gets to dump an area that is heavily subsidized, and was falsely marketed to them as being “green”. In any case, the Danes are probably too environmentally progressive to ever exploit the oil. And they get to recreate the really neat Hanseatic League, creating a free port that will become the Singapore of the Baltic.

A proposed three team tradePS.  Japan might want to get involved, to get its islands back from Russia.

PPS.  I stole this idea.


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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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