You are SOOO right on that one!
I love this guy, Trump. He's a lot like me. Or, maybe I'm more like him. What an honor either way....
Sure is nice that nobody is accusing me of crap I ain't done on a nationwide venue... That'd be a distinction betwixt the two of us.......
Trump just looks like a conservative because the left is so Progressive today. Like Regan, Trump is a Democrat who watched his party leave him.
I used to feel the same way, and was quite vocal about it during the primary. Since he has been elected, he has not really governed that way, which leads me to believe that even his left leanings in NY were simply a matter of doing what he needed to do to get things done in the environment that he lived in (i.e. a pragmatist).
"There is nothing that Trump has done that has a Democrat lean to it..."
This is false. If you do nothing more than follow the posts here on the CF, Trump has successfully managed to anger the right on a number of occasions...and from an ideological standpoint, rightfully so.
I would go one step further and add populist to the mix. In my mind, Trump is a pragmatic populist.
BTW... PISS OFF PutZ !! ... go play with yourself on a major interstate ....
I agree, but to say "There is nothing that Trump has done that has a Democrat lean to it..." is simply not true. Credibility is lost when we aren't honest with ourselves and others.
President Trump is indeed a pragmatist, but most of his moves conservative. That’s why he’s rated the most conservative President in modern times, more so than Ronald Reagan. That according to the ACU and Heritage Foundation.
We'll see what Trump does as time goes on...especially if he gets a second term. Even "conservative" presidents tend to get more liberal as time goes on, owing more people more things, and eventually thinking about their legacy and wanting more to be liked than governing based on what got them elected.
I think Trump has a real chance of not succumbing to the first trap, as he doesn't owe anyone much of anything but the second trap (wanting to be liked) might be a problem for him.
I hope and pray he remains relatively immune to the political trappings that are Washington, and prove to gobble so many up.
If he changed to a Democrat tomorrow but presided the same way he'd still get my vote.
Regarding President Trump, I am not a fan of how he leads or his communication style. Not a fan of his environmental policy approach to this point. Not convinced that the tax plan (though it should nicely benefit me the next few years financially) will work long term, at least not enough to off set the debt end of things. I could go on... But Ill get crushed enough for those points.
Now, the NK thing... Lets see how this shakes out. Did he do something perfectly, or did the North Korean's actually play him like a fiddle? Sure appears like it's going a good direction right now, fingers crossed it stay's that way. If he pulled it off, and a year from now things are progressing positively on the Korean Peninsula Ill feel better. 2 years and it's still going, cool. Ill be taking that into consideration as I enter the voting booth.
People arguing President Obama or President Trump are "greatest ever" level presidents, to me, are suffering from "what I see now I believe" thinking. It's like a 14 year old today being 100% sure LeBron is better than MJ. I mean, we have had presidents lead us out of the great depression, through WWII, through the civil war, etc. Heck, President Regan working to end the cold war - Whoa! I remember watching the video of the wall coming down and people reaching across the line... A HUGE (pun not intended) moment in world history!
Are either of them (President Obama or Trump) Calvin Coolidge? You guys would say President Obama. I wouldn't. I'm not ready to put President Trump there, or near the top either...
Sorry Will but that is a red herring. The debt has more to do with expenditures than revenue. If the federal government collects 3 trillion dollars in revenue and spends 4 trillion, collecting 5 trillion and spending 6 trillion won't help.
Let's not kid ourselves. Nothing, repeat NOTHING will change unless and until we stop spending more than we collect. How much we collect has never been the issue.
I have clients that never made more than 50k per year and yet they have retired millionaires. I also have clients that make ten times that amount or more and can't stay ahead of their bills.
It's really not that difficult.
His communication style is rough and seemingly amateuristic. It is also authentic, refreshing, and extremely effective. I love his environmental common sense approach to policy. The tax cut was needed, although not quite big enough. It also should have been combined with major spending cuts, but not all is under the president’s control. We’ve risked nothing in North Korea. Their dictator has risked everything. President Trump has gotten farther than any president in history in terms of the Korean Pennisula. It certainly looks like a major accomplishment is at hand. We will know soon. Now explain it to us how in any way we could have been played like a fiddle? The fat little gargoyle Un had two choices. To live and enjoy guaranteed peace with trade agreements and a new relationship with not only the USA but all the world. Or die. You mention Calvin Coolidge. With obvious complete ignorance. Reagan kept a portrait of Coolidge in the Oval Office for good reason. We only have a bit more than one year with President Trump. What I said is based on that one year, so far, he is on the path of greatness. He certainly is.
At the most basic point, that's certainly true. We have to spend less. In an organization as massive as the government accomplishing that is a lot more complex than at the home or business level. How does that change the equation? The time course it works across? The input? The output? I'm confident you know more about the financials than I do. That's a serious question above! When you consider the breadth of government, how do the ripples of financial decisions move? Compared to a home or business, the layers upon layers of systems and functions seems complicated enough that it would not function in quite the same way... and that simply changing the math may "work" mathematically in the shortest time span, but is it the best way for the complex system to function? At it's best for the people it serves? I do not know!???
Makes me think of that Einstein quote, paraphrasing, "make things as simple as they should be, but no simpler."
Apologies in advance, about to shut my phone and may not be online for a day. So I'll be slow in response.
The Heritage Foundation right after the presidential election comprised a list of over 300 things a president would do if he were truly a conservative. President Trump in a little over one year has accomplished over 60% of them. He is a pragmatist no doubt, but leads with conservatism.
While no where near as likeable a personality as Regan, Trump is doing many of the things we have asked for over the last decade plus things we didn't know enough to ask for.
Certainly you can call him a pragmatist, a populist also, if you wish, but I will call him effective!
And, for the record, I am registered as an independent because the Repugs and Demons are both way too far left for me.