As I’ve said many times, Donald Trump was not my first choice for the Republican nominee for President of the United States.
When Donald Trump became the nominee, I supported him fully. Through the months of campaigning against Hillary Clinton, I really started to like him and felt that he just might be the best candidate for the United States at this point in history.
Having said the above, we’re still moving into unknown territory. Donald Trump is one of the planet’s great businessmen, but can he adapt to the public sector. The public sector and the private sector are two completely different “animals.” Not only do they operate differently, behavior in one is not necessarily acceptable behavior in the other.
Democrats have attempted to make hay by pointing out the number of lawsuits and bankruptcies filed against and by Trump business entities. Because Democrats generally gravitate to the public sector for jobs, rather that the private sector, many of them know nothing about business. Even the smaller companies have lawsuits filed against them, sometimes, depending on the nature of the operation, on a regular basis. Bankruptcies are filed by companies and subsidiaries of companies for various reasons. It doesn’t necessarily mean the owners have run the company into the ground financially. So when I hear that the Trump companies have lawsuits filed against them and have at times declared bankruptcy, that’s just a day in the life of big business.
President Trump is used to getting his way. When he says jump, those under him say, “How high?” It doesn’t work that way in government. It’s no secret that the Democrats in Congress are going to fight him tooth and nail on everything. They are not interested in working together to get things done, and Republicans are wasting their time and energy by asking them to do so. Furthermore, many Republicans fought him while he was campaigning for the nomination and many refused to support him for the presidency.
President Trump has now been in office a week and has signed many executive orders, many of which are purposed to un-do the toxic executive orders of former president, Barack Obama. These orders are related to Obamacare, foreign policy, the environment, and immigration. In addition to implementing many executive orders, President Trump is taking steps to implement legislation as relates to Obamacare, the economy, foreign policy, etc. Most of his actions are delighting the right and pushing the left into further depression following their big losses in November 2016.
President Trump is keeping his promises and attacking a media that has historically been sympathetic to the left. But how good will he be as a president? Will his plans for taxes, trade, and the economy create jobs and give birth to prosperity among the middle class? Will the wall that he promises to build on the Mexican border effectively diminish the flow of drugs and criminals into the United States from Mexico? Will his programs such as the wall and the revitalization of the country’s infrastructure add to the deficit and the national debt in the same manner Obama’s stimulus packages and Obamacare did? Or will the jobs he hopes to create with lower taxes translate into increased revenue to the Fed allowing the additional spending to be covered without creating a deficit?
These answers are left to be seen. As I indicated earlier, President Trump is a businessman and he is going to operate like a businessman. He will call things as he sees them, political correctness be damned. I like the initial way he’s dealing with the media. I certainly believe in a free press and don’t want any sort of filters put on the information that is released to the public. But, if the media lies and makes up news in order to be first to release a story, and that news is wrong, it should be called out.
Donald Trump was right to call out the media on Sunday after taking office on Friday for the lie about him removing the bust of Dr. Martin Luther King from the Oval Office. He was also correct in calling out the media for the crowd size comparison between Barack Obama’s first inauguration and his inauguration. These two rather simplistic incidents should serve to put the media on notice that lies and half-truths will not be tolerated in this administration.
No one knows what the stock market will look like six months from now, nor will we know what the price of gas is going to be, what the unemployment rate is going to be, or the status of ISIS and other Islamic terrorist groups. What we do know is that the policies being put in place by President Donald Trump are diametrically opposite to the policies of former President Barack Obama. The left has consistently trashed conservatism and claims that any tax cuts, even if they affect everyone who pays taxes are tax cuts for the rich. Let’s see if they try that with the new president.
We have bold new leadership in the Oval office. Let’s see who’s right.