Good, then we can forget the part where we try arbitrarily assign success to him like this.
Stock markets are a spurious indicator, are highly indulged in unnatural economic subsidies, and even if Trump is helping them, it’s no indicator he’s doing anything that helps the wider economy.
Which, we should lay out right now, is something he cannot do anyway. He cannot help the economy, the economy helps itself, the only thing he can do is not hurt it. Or hurt it.
Yes it is, because it only calls for protectionist policies. Tariffs on foreign goods, punishing corporations who have part of their operations overseas, picking fights with countries we have free trade agreements with, etc.
“Made in America” isn’t important, because it was never in trouble. Manufacturing capacity has grown year after year; jobs decreased because machines took over, and the goods America made went further up the value chain.
China is experiencing the same trend right now.
Also, and I cannot stress this enough, Populism does not = economic rectitude. Trump being elected on it, says nothing of substance.
In both Greece and France right now, economic populism means more benefits and subsidies for everyone, along with nigh-permanent job security. The popularity of those agendas, doesn’t change that it’s economically infeasible, and that they won’t be getting it no matter who they elect.
Indeed, it’s precisely because economic cycles can outlast human lifespans, that we can say political agendas are frequently mismatched against economic realities.
You can do things for decades that will turn out to not be sustainable or helpful, and Joe Schmoe will be none the wiser as he’ll have been lied to about it all his life by rent-seeking politicians promising bigger pies.