My cat’s foreign policy

March 21st, 2016 at 8:06 am

Apropos of nothing (and sorry for a cat anecdote vs. hard-hitting econ analysis – a strong dose of that is on its way), I’ve noticed something of late that I’ve found interesting. My cat supports the TPP but opposes comprehensive immigration reform.

That is, she doesn’t mind when neighboring cats hang out in our yard. She appears to have negotiated trade agreements with them. But she hates it when cats from outside the neighborhood come around. I’m sure she’d build a wall, but one that allowed partner countries cats to pass through.

So, I guess she’s not quite there with Trump as per trade, but uncomfortably close re immigration. I’d have a talk with her about the latter but she doesn’t listen to me, again suggesting a discomforting Trump affinity.

OK, time to get to work.

TPP, yes. Immigration reform, NO!

Stripey, the cat.

Stripey, the cat.

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2 comments in reply to "My cat’s foreign policy"

  1. Amateur says:

    Poor Stripey! He/She has it backwards, I think. I think dogs are more in favor of immigration and less in favor of the TPP. Dogs like new people and they don’t like it when they leave. But to let a new dog in to their yard to share food is a very long process, and it comes with the stipulation that it means they are friends forever.

    We have cats. They’re more convenient than dogs, but I still prefer dogs to cats. If you’re going to come here, I think you should stay and take a stake in the country or the yard, but it comes with the condition of friendship!

    • Jared Bernstein says:

      Interesting–a new difference between cats (pro trade, anti-immigration) and dogs (tough on trade, pro-immigration) I hadn’t thought of before.