Post by Josh Rosenbluth
Post by max 232 Post by El Castor
I would be glad to list Trump's positive accomplishments, and there
are many. I support his economic and foreign policies, but the man's
out of control ego destroyed him and his presidency. I give him an A
policywise, but an F for his appalling lack of presidential behavior.
Both are a product of his populism.
I support some of Trumps policies too Beav, but it was Bannon's populist message that
people were voting for, while Trump's name was on the ballot. I think Trump may have not
had his heart in it, because he can't related to most of the people he said he was going
to represent. So he let many things he campaigned on go by the wayside. Had Bannon been
president, the course would have been more steady and Elaine Chao would not have been Sec of Trans.
In Trump's defense he was really defeated by McConnell who's passive-aggressive support meant that
the populist legislation never came up for vote. Trump must have known he had no choice with McConnell.
There were only two issues Trump seemed to care about: immigration and
trade. He took Bannon's position on both, the former which put him at
home in part of the GOP (opposed by almost all Democrats) and the latter
which put him at home in part of the Democratic party (opposed by almost
all Republicans). In both cases, you have positions that have very
strong popular appeal among a minority, but are much, much less strongly
opposed by the majority. And, the minority think the majority are
arrogant elitists who only care about themselves, while the majority
honestly believe they have the correct position for the good of the
country (arrogant, yes - but right on the merits). What a mess!
The GOP will now have to decide post-Trump if it wants to embrace
Bannonism (aka economic nationalism). I'm skeptical the party can do
that given they would be an even further minority party than they are now.
In any event, on immigration, Trump was all hat and no cattle. On trade,
he went to war with China with little to show for it in my opinion.
I know it seems that way. But those were things that as executive Trump could
do so those are the ones that got most of his attention. McConnell was no help.
Repeal and replace ACA was another. He had talked a lot of that while campaigning.
The repeal failed because McCain let his emotions determine his deciding vote. And the replacement
part that Trump had wanted was never mentioned after he was elected I believe for two reasons.
First of all McConnell had Trump convinced it would have be after ACA was repealed and then once
that vote was over, McConnell said it would have to wait until Trumps second term.
Its too bad because I believe a lot of independents voted for Trump on that issue. However, Trump
learned he could do nothing without McConnell and 2) medical costs I believe were not personal for Trump.
So Trump was reduced to doing executive orders over the summer on this issue.
He campaigned that foreign wars would be de-escalated and troops brought home. He mostly lived
up to his promise on that. Had another Bush been in office I would have bet big money we
would have war escalating in the mid-east.
He also campaigned on term limits. Cruz introduced a bill but it went no where because of McConnell.
Pulling out of the Paris agreement was also part of Trump's campaign. As executive this
was something he could do and US emissions have been dropping since 2004 while
China and India emissions have skyrocketed and won't peak for another 15 years.
Trump should have conditionally rejoined on the grounds that the other nations
acknowledge that this is not on the US to do something, but other nations would have to
do more on emissions.
Immigration may have appealed to the minority, but I think a lot of people
believed trade was very important, either because of loss of US jobs or farm trade.
Trump did not start a trade war, China started that one a long time ago.
I have often said that Trump had the temperament of a 6 yr old boy and the
emotional insecurity of a 14 yr old girl, but I do believe he had a good understanding of
how the trade imbalances are hurting our economy and indirectly our tax revenues.
Even a fifth grader understands that if you have more money going out to someone
to buy things and you turn around and borrow from them to buy more, that it is a
downward spiral that doesn't end well.