This is the second post in a series on Donald Trump‘s book, Donald Trump’s book, Crippled America: How To Make America Great Again. The first was THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES: A WORLD CLASS MERCENARY FORCE?
In the first post we focused on the chapters that speak to Trump’s proposals on immigration and foreign policy. National defense is the primary job of the president. Although the Constitution gives the Federal Government other responsibilities, national defense falls squarely on the Federal Government, and the president has the leading role. If the president gets our foreign policy and national defense wrong, he can do horrendous damage. Just look at the mess President Barack Hussein Obama is making.
Here we will take in a more sweeping view of Trump’s book, Chapters 5 – 9.
5: Education: A Failing Grade
Unlike some Republicans, Trump does not promise to be the “education president.” He promises to scrap Common Core. He will try to scrap the Department of Education and return education back to the local governments. Furthermore, he advocates school choice. Trump clearly does not like the teacher unions and their relentless opposition to school choice.
Trump’s position on the role of the Federal Government in college-level education is ambiguous. He sort describes the problem, but he does not explain why the cost of a college education is rising out of reach. He has next to nothing to say about a solution.
6: The Energy Debate: A Lot Of Hot Air
Trump clearly does not believe that global warming is real or man-made. He also does not think alternative energy sources are viable. So he supports oil and gas development. That’s good, but, curiously, he has nothing — NOTHING — to say about coal.
7: Health Care Is Making Us All Sick
Trump wants to repeal and replace Obamacare. He cites Obama’s lies (You cannot keep your doctor.), the increasing costs, the fact doctors are quitting, and the enormous paperwork as reasons to get rid of it. Trump emphatically rejects a single-payer system, admitting his earlier support. Trump uses the supposed success of such a system in Scotland to justify his earlier support.
So what does Trump want to replace Obamacare? That’s not clear. Trump wants to cover those who cannot afford health care, and he wants to permit interstate competition between health insurance companies. His plan for replacing Obamacare comes down to negotiating a deal with Congress.
8: It’s Still The Economy, Stupid
What this chapter says loud and clear is that Donald Trump is the solution for fixing the American economy. How will he fix the economy? He will make good deals.
To give Trump credit:
- He does advocate the free market.
- He advocates reforming a tax code that is biased towards the rich (what he means by biased towards the rich is not clear). Here is his tax plan.
- He advocates reduced regulation.
- He is seriously worried about the national debt and cites $20 trillion as a threshold we must not exceed.
- He does not want to give illegal aliens “entitlements.”
- He promises to keep jobs from going overseas.
On the other hand, his “solution”:
- For social security and medicare spending is to grow the economy.
- For jobs going overseas is to fight for them with better trade agreements and by preventing currency manipulation.
9: Nice Guys Can Finish First
The chapter is all about how Donald Trump is a great guy who fights fearlessly and gets thing done. It includes at the end a section that says Trump is now a true Conservative. He compares himself to Ronald Reagan.
Is Trump a Conservative? This video certainly suggest that at one time not too long ago he was not.
Others have considered his assertion.
- Is Donald Trump Conservative? Here’s the Rundown (www.breitbart.com)
- Trump Doesn’t Represent the Conservative Base (www.nationalreview.com)
- Donald Trump Is No Conservative (www.theatlantic.com)
The problem? Trump does not have a record. Other than the fact he says he is a Conservative, how do we know?
Trump is selling himself as the solution. From time to time he will speak of a philosophy, but he is selling himself, not a philosophy. He is selling the idea that he is a winner, that he knows how to win.
Does Trump have a conscience? I hope so, but make no mistake. Trump’s emphasis is on winning, not virtue. The man spends a bunch of time whining about a rigged system. Meanwhile, when compared to the percentage of the vote he has earned, he has a hugely disproportionate share of the delegates, and he has gotten a ridiculous amount of news media coverage.
Do you want to vote for someone with a track record, someone we can trust to govern as a Conservative, someone who actually is outside of our increasingly corrupt political system? Then do your homework. Check out Ted Cruz, and look at where he stands on the Issues.