Australia's coming to the end of a long election campaign, marked as usual by mistruths and half-truths by both of the main contenders for government.
And in the USA - is it different?
I read today of D. Trump's promises to bring back US industry and then saw this Clinton tweet:
Trump has some interesting things to say, but why does he try to con some of the poorer people in the USA, in this way? Promising something that he is unlikely to be able to deliver. Is he just acting as though he was taking over some badly run business with fake promises to the shareholders.
What he's saying now (about out-sourcing) he defended in 2005, according to a report in a newspaper here.
Quote: in 2005, blogging on a website associated with his now defunct Trump University, he said:
"We hear terrible things about outsourcing jobs – how sending work outside of our companies is contributing to the demise of American businesses. But in this instance I have to take the unpopular stance that it's not always a terrible thing."
He seems to have demonstrated his faith in out-sourcing as a way to make money by buying shirts made with cheap labour in Bangladash and selling them in the USA.
The same newspaper article commented:
"Trump's offering is outlandish – the historical reality is that US manufacturing jobs peaked at 38 per cent of all jobs around World War II and today they represent just 8.5 per cent of the total. It's a cruel pipe-dream to promise to bring back those jobs in those numbers."
That newspaper article can be accessed here: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/world/trump-dumps-on-free-trades-rape-of-our-country-in-pennsylvania-address-20160629-gpujwc.html
Does Trump really stand for anything, except what he may gain as President of the USA?