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The president can’t snap his fingers & do all that much. Congress really has much more power. Any action that the president does on his own can be changed back by the next guy.
[/quote]So why is it imperative we vote for Trump then? Also if he’s so awesome, shouldn’t we want him to succeed? Shouldn’t we vote for a guy who can succeed in implementing his vision? Why would we want to rely on Congress to control his undefined policy ideas? Why not elect a guy who actually shares ours?
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So it seems logical to me that while all of you might have a good idea why you might dislike Trump, the more important question you should be asking is why does the RNC hate him so much?
[/quote]A variety of reasons, the same reasons lots of other folks can’t stand Trump. Trump confuses vulgarity and insult with political incorrectness. He’s a thin-skinned blowhard.
He’s anti-trade and anti-capitalist. While the RNC and the Democrats are no friend of free markets, they’re actually not as terrible as Trump on the economy. They like to make money, and it has to flow at some level in order to reach their pockets and have any real meaning. Trump intends to seriously damage our economy with crippling trade wars. Until Trump and Sanders, the establishment hasn’t been in favor of such terrible policy.
Trump has zero respect for private property, probably even less than the RNC.
As of today, Trump apparently thinks tax cuts are awesome, but he’s got a plan for healthcare and doesn’t preclude government-run healthcare except when he says something else in a different interview. Federal spending will continue unabated. He believes in debt. He uses debt. He uses bankruptcy to manage debt. Not sure what he plans to do to erase the deficit and pay back our debt.
“Alright. Well, what we’re going to do, I mean we do, and by the way it’s not $18 trillion, it’s now $19 trillion. So we have now $19 trillion in deficits. $19 trillion, you know if you look, we owe! When I say that, we owe, this is what you’re talking about, we owe $19 trillion as a country. And we’re gonna knock it down and we’re gonna bring it down big league and quickly, we’re gonna bring jobs back, we’re gonna bring business back, we’re gonna stop our deficits, we’re gonna stop our deficits, we’re gonna do it very quickly.”
“Oh, how! Are you ready? Number 1, we have tremendous cutting to do. You have a Department of Education that is totally out of control, massive costs. And, you know, most of the, and some of the Republican candidates like Common Core. I’m totally against Common Core. I want local education. When I’m in New Hampshire and Iowa and South Carolina, I want – so important. So we’re gonna have that.
We’re gonna save on Department of Environmental Protection, because they’re not doing it. They’re not doing their job, and they’re making it impossible for our country to compete. And many, many other things. Hundreds of billions of dollars is going to be saved, just in terms of running government.
In addition to that, I’m gonna bring millions of jobs back into this country. Okay, darling? Thank you.”
Donald Trump on the Deficit and Debt
Oh, cutting the Department of Education? That’s $87 billion. The deficit will be $616 billion this year. That’s a heck of a lot better than Obama’s 2009 $100 million spending cut described in this video:
It’s 217 1/2 pennies in that context, $2.18. If that’s an accomplishment, then Obama is an accomplished deficit cutter too. He’s got it down by something like $400 billion per year now. Good job, Trump. Trump just has to find another half a trillion dollars now. Oops, I forgot to address the EPA’s $8.3 billion budget. Never mind, that’s within the rounded figure of half a trillion dollars. He calls $95 billion hundreds and hundreds of billions in savings, but it’s just $95 billion.
He’s also said he’d just not pay it back if worse came to worse and America couldn’t afford its debt. He’d make a deal with bond holders, but 55 percent of government debt is owned by Americans. How many retirement plans get screwed then? If not that, then “You never have to default because you print the money," Trump said. Subscribers to that debunked school of economics, modern monetary theory, will tell you this too. Trump’s just thinking about inflating his way out of debt, while MMT adherents will tell you it won’t cause inflation at all. That’s just semantics for someone like Trump. And if it doesn’t work?
Doesn’t matter. He’s got more to his solution.
Bringing jobs back into this country? Really? By implementing a 45 percent tariff. We might get jobs after the economy adjusts to the smaller fish bowl, but everything will be radically more expensive. Demand for products will fall even after the completion of the adjustment, and demand for labor will fall, which will drive down wages, but not to worry, Trump is now open to doing something with the minimum wage, and it’ll slow our descent into poverty. Exciting times.
Never mind that “bringing jobs back” and “creating jobs” are not really part of our government’s mission. That purpose has more to do with protecting our rights (you can read about it in the Declaration of Independence, the reason we went to war with England), like our right to trade our own property and labor with other people rather than prohibiting us from trading with other people. Never mind that our government is terrible at “creating jobs” but exceptional at costing us jobs because its primary area of expertise is killing people and breaking things.
As insane as the RNC and Democrats are, Trump is at least as insane in different ways, but he does it with so much more open, embarrassing, shameless and narcissistic style. He’s a different sort who doesn’t go along perfectly with the existing crooks, but in the end most of them are showing up for him anyway because they have no character either. Their lack of character is the only reason they can.