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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Reviewing Trump's contract with America

Donald Trump unveiled his Contract With America in hos Gettysburg Address on Saturday. There was good and bad. Let me sort it out.

The things in boldface are what he said he will do in his first 10 days, followed by my comments.

Day One.

FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.
A nothing burger. Congress is not for limiting its terms. Besides you need approval from 38 states; Republicans control only 31 legislatures.
SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health).
Absolutely. He outdid Reagan on that one.
THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;
That will be wonderful. As chief executive, he does not need congressional approval.
FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service.
Two problems. One, Congress won't do limit itself. Two, it reduces the pool of job applicants. However, do we really want the FLA (Future Lobbyists of America) running the White House?
FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
Won't be enforced except on conservatives.
SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
Already the law. It goes unenforced. Hillary dodged it with her foundation.Pelosi has a foundation. Obama is getting one.
Trump then said, "On the same day, I will begin taking the following seven actions to protect American workers."

FIRST, I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205.
Good. NAFTA has not worked as advertised. Mexico got our manufacturing jobs. We got retail.
SECOND, I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Good. Negotiated by anti-American globalists with anti-American globalists for anti-American globalists.
THIRD, I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator.
Good. This will trigger possible sanctions, 
FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately.
Good. Very Reaganesque.
FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
Good. The enviros will delay this through the courts. A battle royale that is long overdue. However, some of those restrictions (offshore drilling) are popular and a few may be necessary.
SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.
Good. End Warren Buffett's monopoly on North Dakota oil transport,
SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.
Good. But I doubt that will generate much money.
Five other actions:

FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.
Proof is in the pudding.
SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Good. If you cannot think of a better reason to vote for him.
THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities.
Nice try but it will not happen. Congress is too chicken to impose sanctions.
FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back.
Wall? Not all? However, this may be meaner, and hence, better.
FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.
Your "Muslim ban."
Finally, he offered a ten-item shopping list for Santa Congress.
  1. Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act. An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.
  2. End The Offshoring Act Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.
  3. American Energy & Infrastructure Act. Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. It is revenue neutral.
  4. School Choice And Education Opportunity Act. Redirects education dollars to gives parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.
  5. Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.
  6. Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act. Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-side childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.
  7. End Illegal Immigration Act Fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.
  8. Restoring Community Safety Act. Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.
  9. Restoring National Security Act. Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values
  10. Clean up Corruption in Washington Act. Enacts new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.

Trump is the most policy-driven presidential candidate in the history of this nation.

He's upfront about his agenda. I like that.


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16 comments:

  1. The Donald sounds ambitious. I could think of a few more. About the term limits, how about this: "After serving one term in an elected office the officeholder will be mandatorily retired with sufficient benefits to a tropical island for the rest of his/her natural life with no communications to or from the outside world." - Elric

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    1. Equivalent of ostracism in ancient Greece and banishment in Rome.
      I read a letter from Seneca to his mother written from the place where Scipio had been banished to. The most remarkable thing I remember about it was that he seemed shocked that the people who lived there only bathed once a day.

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    2. Solitary confinement on a desert island, huh?

      After six months of that, Donald would've started a deal, Hillary would've started a sexual harassment case, and Al Gore would've started a fight.

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  2. I predict the adjective"Dangerous" will be used by the media to describe every single one of these proposals. It is the go to word for the left today, possibly to influence women. The WaPo will be especially foam flecked given its readership.

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  3. Not salacious enough to make the evening news. Let's hear more about Gloria Allred's latest find who says Trump sexually harassed her. That's what the viewing public wants, not policy discussions.

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  4. I agree completely with a lot of your points, especially regarding the eunuchs in congress self-immolating, but...

    It's the art of the deal...come forward on the high side and expect to back up on a few. Like you said, no one, and I mean no one, can say that they don't know what's in that grab bag at this point. That's something that the Hillpromo is not providing and it's obvious. And, if you think the person in front and behind you in the checkout line at Dollar General doesn't see exactly that...ask them.

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  5. The stuff Trump mentioned that Congress will not do, ie, term limits or sanctuary cities is important that he, as President, is setting a table to negotiate FROM. So Congress pushes back, whatever, but IF Trump wins, he will have a enormous mandate and highlighting these issues, even if not acted on by the Congress, will be stupifying for progressive Washington circles. I think , all by himself, he, through the DOJ, and other agencies could put a huge ding in the sanctuary cities. He can make it very hard for these cities to ignore Federal law even without the Congress, and Congress will be hard pressed to explain why they don't want to enforce laws they themselves passes and that they could try to change.... but they don't. Good times ahead.

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    1. Once again, he's moving that window of what can be proposed and contemplated.

      He's done a lot of that and will do more.

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    2. Moving the Overton Window off Overton Mountain to where WE can get at it. (I know, it was Wolverton Mountain, but it didn't rhyme.)

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  6. FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back.

    Wall? Not all? However, this may be meaner, and hence, better.

    I think we're just talking convicted criminal illegals.

    The wheels may need a little more time to get to the rest.

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    1. Let's start with the worst, and work our way up.

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    2. Illegal aliens. If Obama succeeds in closing Guantanamo, he'll probably schedule the return the whole kit and caboodle to Fidel or Raul. If so, just before we turn it over, we can move all the illegals in jail to GTMO so they're available for release to the communist paradise when turnover actually happens.

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  7. "Trump is the most policy-driven presidential candidate in the history of this nation."

    There is no evidence that this is true - or that it can ever be true. Trump is driven by self-love, protecting his tattered, dishonest reputation in his speeches and his thousands of tweets sent after hours, every night. As a result we hear nothing substantial, only petty adolescent pouts. There really isn't time allotted for personal time required to research and develop the list he presented.

    This Contract for America is in many ways a contract against Americans, but Donald's helpers developed the list and everyone knows the he throws underlings under the bus without notice as he has done several times with Pence and Melania.

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  8. Hillary's policy platform, on the other hand, does have the virtue of simplicity.

    "Now give me money (that's what I want)
    That's what I want (that's what I want)
    That's what I want (that's what I want) yeah
    That's what I want
    Well, now give me money (that's what I want)
    Whole lot of money (that's what I want)
    Whoah yeah,…"

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    1. Dave sets ANOTHER brick in the wall, with precision and elan!

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  9. hillary will require all future bribes be directed to chelsea so she has deniability.

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