By William K. Black
July 24, 2017 Kansas City, MO
Jamie Dimon talked about his personal pain recently using the exact phrase that many of us have used to explain his personal anguish that “It’s almost an embarrassment to be an American citizen traveling around the world and listening to the stupid sh—t we have to deal with in this country.” The Wall Street Journal’s “Market Watch” described Dimon’s fervor.
“J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s outspoken CEO on Friday broke into an impassioned, expletive-tinged rant.”
The WSJ, in the introduction of an online video interview of Paul Gigot, its editorial page editor, termed it a “remarkable diatribe.”
Most United States readers share Dimon’s embarrassment at President Trump’s actions and words and can empathize with Dimon’s rant. Except, Dimon was not ranting about Trump’s actions and words that have dishonored America and everything that once made America great. Dimon launched his diatribe because Trump has been too slow in completing the destruction of those things that once made America great. The WSJ was praising, not criticizing, Dimon when they described his statements as an “expletive-tinged rant” and a “remarkable diatribe.”
Dimon said U.S. growth was held in check by a lack of policy momentum in D.C. that has failed to deliver a spate of pro-growth legislation that could help to boost an otherwise sluggish economy. “We have to focus on policy that is good for all Americans,” Dimon said, speaking Friday morning on a call with reporters to discuss earnings.
When Dimon calls for “policy that is good for all Americans,” one can be sure that he is calling for policies that will be great for Dimon and terrible for nearly all Americans. The context is that Dimon was complaining that U.S. growth was too slow.