Candidate’s gleeful plan to shake things up risks destabilizing the economy and our national greatness
By MICHAEL W. DOMINOWSKI
Donald Trump’s plans for the first 100 days of his presidency describe a nation in perhaps unprecedented domestic turmoil. Says Trump: “I know everyone won’t like everything I do, but I’m not running to be everyone’s favorite president.”
That is quite an understatement. If and when Mr. Trump ascends to the White House, you’d best have your investment portfolio converted to something you can stash in a pillow case, because the economic shockwave trailing him will likely be near-catastrophic.
A dangerous to-do list
Here are a few things he has said he intends to accomplish during his first 100 days in office:
- Affordable health care: Gone. He has vowed “I would absolutely get rid of ObamaCare.” He opaquely says he will replace it “with something terrific.”
- Supreme Court: Antonin Scalia resurrected
- Muslims: Banned from entering the United States
- Southern border: Sealed and militarized
- Mexican border wall: Designed and ready for construction
- Oval Office: Turned into a high-powered board room
- Cabinet members: All “strong willed people.” (This is code for handing national parks, forests and other environmental resources to corporate interests.)
- Foreign policy: Guided by military generals
- Closest advisor: His daughter, Ivanka
- Existing trade deals: Scrapped (That will be reciprocal; other countries will treat us the same way.)
- Tariffs on imports: Greatly increased (Sorry, Walmart – the nation’s biggest importer of foreign domestic goods.)
- Planned Parenthood: Defunded (This would require a major overhaul of the Medicaid law, which could lead to untold other changes.)
100 days of clueless change
Despite the fact that no federal money can be spent on abortion services and Planned Parenthood does not spend a cent of federal money on abortion counseling, Mr. Trump, bowing to religious zealots, says he would return us to the bad old days when abortion was strictly outlawed – a time when abortions were arranged through contact with organized crime and performed in cheap hotel rooms.
Mr. Trump’s intention to meddle in health care is not limited to women’s’ choices. For example, he wants to require that vaccines be reduced in potency and effectiveness because he believes the utterly unfounded and dangerous notion that they are somehow linked to autism.
Science in other areas would continue to be disregarded under a Trump administration.
He has cluelessly derided the very concept of climate change as a “hoax” and, as he politically incorrectly put it, “bulls—”.
He also claimed climate change was a scheme “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” When that whopper blew up in his face, he walked it back, saying he was only kidding.
Appealing to the poorly educated
Make no mistake. These plans to replace our greatness and national interests with his narcissistic version will appeal to a lot of people, especially the low-information voters who tend to follow national politics as if it were a seasonal blood sport.
Years of Republican obstructionism have created the feeling that progress is impossible in Washington. Donald Trump taps into that feeling of defeat and inevitability by constantly talking about his forceful “my way or the highway” style of negotiation and “doing deals.”
His supporters draw hope from that. They want this inaction fixed, and do not care if the president who promises it is a bully, a bigot and a boor, or that his approach has landed him in bankruptcy court at least four times.
The trouble here is that in the real world, the president has only limited influence over such matters. Congress has much more to say about how the nation actually works.
America’s greatness imperiled
The New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman recently observed that America does indeed face problems such as misguided trade policies and unskilled immigrants.
But in tackling the big problems of the day, we must not lose sight of who we really are and where we came from.
Mr. Friedman continued: “We got strong as a country through democracy and capitalism. We got rich as a country through trade. We got smart and powerful as a country through immigration. We got fair as a country through Social Security, Medicare and Obamacare. They all lead to vastly more winners than losers. This is no time to lose confidence in what got us here. If you’re running for president and are not for all these things, you’re wrong — and I hope you lose.”
Mr. Trump sells a bright red hat bearing a slogan that suggests America is not such a great place. It is his tacit claim that our ideals are liabilities and our strengths are weakness.
We reject that notion. America is great and, with a progressive White House and a Congress that can once again work together to do great things, our national greatness will soar.
Michael W. Dominowski is the editor of Not For Hire Media.