THE DONALD FINALLY PIVOTS: RIGHT INTO THE SAND TRAP OF REPUBICAN BULLSHIT ECONOMICS
WELL EXCEPT FOR THE ANTI-TRADE, RE-SET GATT AND NAFTA, PARTS
For the first time during this election season, I actually feel sorry for Donald Trump. And this, as you might understand, is not a feeling I come lightly too given that the man is a few cards shy of a full deck in my humble view. But I do. Trump’s entire appeal, his entire campaign and his entire success thus far has been grounded in the “I’m gonna’ shake things up” theme that has so appealed to a swath of White voters. A narrow swath to be sure but a rock solid slice of American “White Pie,” so to speak. Ever since he snagged the Republican nomination, the Establishment (the hoary, old dinosaur RINO’s to use the Tea Party/Trumpettes’ description) have been begging The Donald to pivot toward wining the general election now that the primary season is over. What they mean is that he should stop saying really dumb things about Gold Star Families and Mexican American judges and begin acting more reasoned, calm and rational: you know more “Presidential,” you could say. His wild chatterings and crazy Twitterings, according to RINO strategists, don’t endear him to any American who lives outside Trumpette world and they logically conclude that he cannot win the Presidency even against that evil Clinton who should be locked up in jail rather than running for President without expanding his narrow base of dedicated supporters.
So, Trump’s big reveal of the details of his Economic Plan was at long last his accession to the RINO’s pleas to pivot. You could tell because he was reading from a printed piece of paper he was holding in his hand that he kept looking at while he spoke in front of a teleprompter at the Detroit Economic Club, which is something he never does except when he’s attempting to “pivot.” His last “pivots” didn’t go all that well since he wound up talking off-script, into the weeds, and managed to destroy whatever successful pivoting he might have achieved by letting his mind speak freely to his mouth and thus to the wildly admiring attendant audience.
But this time he managed to pull it off. Pretty much, at least. So absent the crazy, whack jobs and scary nuclear missile comments, we are able to focus on his Economic Plan policies. Well, sorry to say that Trump did obey the RINO’s but forgot that the very reason he was presenting his economic agenda up there on the podium at the Detroit Economic Club (the irony of Trump speaking about economics in bankrupt Detroit is delicious on many levels!) is because the Trumpettes are so pissed off about how everyone else has gotten rich because of “trickle down” economics but them. This is also the ranking sentiment among a whole lot of non-Trumpettes across the country as well. The proposals he laid out – huuuuuge tax cuts for the wealthy (tiny ones for the Middle Class), shredding every job killing government regulation in existence and a moratorium on new ones, restarting the Keystone pipeline, withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, reviving the coal industry, withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership and renegotiating NAFTA, all of which would allow money to “pour into the United States like Noah’s Biblical Flood” is the thrust of Trump Economics.
Oh, there was a child care tax credit as a sop to America’s working women that would greatly benefit upper income women, but poor and middle class women, not so much.
But, all in all, Trump’s economic proposals were simply ripped from Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) “A Better Way” economic agenda that, in typical Republican fashion, triples down on trickle down economics despite the failure of such policies over the past couple of decades and despite the fact that these economic policies have created the wealth gap and pretty much crushed working and middle class American families. Yes, there was that child care tax credit thing and the anti-trade proposals, both anathema to main line Republicans, but nothing else that deviated from the tired, old conservative economics Republicans have been pushing for years. For Trump though, the guy who’s supposedly not beholden to old timey Republican principles and RINO philosophy, I think his folks are going to be disappointed. They’ve trusted him, believed in him, to go against the grain, to espouse policies that are not acceptable to the RINO Class, to speak out about their economic plight. It could be his biggest mistake yet and could lose some of his ardent Trumpette supporters.
Then again, Trump seems to be able to say any crazy old thing, upend existing dogma, attack anyone and everyone who gets in his way or disses him with no fallout from his supporters. Maybe this time too he won’t suffer either. But I suspect that those "on the fence" folks, may not fall on the Trump side.
On the other hand, if Hillary and the rest of the Democrats can stick to their newly “socialistic” economic agenda, (Thanks Bernie!) this year’s election could be a total rout.
AND THEN THERE'S THIS FROM TODAY'S DAILY KOS:
Have A Good “A Better Way” Day!