Crashing markets increase the odds of a Trump presidency

Why? Mainly, the real and obvious public angst that always accompanies economic uncertainty — which we have in spades these days, as witnessed by three successive drops of between 300 and 600 points in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, as well as continued lackluster economic growth that could get dramatically worse just in time for the 2016 presidential election.

You’d think that in such tenuous times, voters would opt for the steady hand to guide them. But history teaches us voters often take chances when times get rough by electing candidates who challenge the status quo.

Sometimes they get lucky, as they did when they elected an agent of change named Ronald Reagan. Sometimes they don’t — and they get a Barack Obama.

Either way, as the economy becomes ever more speculative, Trump’s chances of becoming president grow. I personally like The Donald and admire his ability to rebuild and rebrand himself and his business from near ruination when, in the early 1990s, he was best known for a messy divorce and lots of underwater real estate.