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Trump in the Rear-View Mirror

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Donald Trump has begun appearing in the rear-view mirror. Economic Principals last week compared Trump to Aaron Burr, an eighteenth-century scoundrel who sought to overturn a presidential election in the early days of the Republic. In 1800 Burr took advantage of a tie vote with Thomas Jefferson in the Electoral College that required 36 ballots to resolve in Jefferson’s favor.  (The Twelfth Amendment, ratified in 1804, assured that something similar wouldn’t happen again). Starting in 1804, Burr sought to invent around US elections altogether, hoping to foment a breakaway-nation that he could govern in North America’s Spanish southwest. No other