Donald Trump is one of the greatest trolls to perhaps ever walk the Earth, and that’s one of the things that his fans love most about him. If the news is ever slow, just wait for a new Donald Trump tweet that takes shots at his opponents on Capital Hill or in the media. Last week Americans witnessed a flurry of tweets attacking The Morning Joe, only to be followed up with a graphic depicting the President literally beating up CNN. His comments on Mika Brzezinski were called “sexist”. His shots at CNN were taken as “encouraging violence against reporters”. The media, the left, and the establishment squirms, and Trump’s fans love it.
Unfortunately for those of us who want actual change in government, Trump’s trolling is really the only trick he has in the bag. While I too enjoy seeing liberals lose their minds over the President’s unpresidential behavior, the issues that are most pressing are not merely heckling SJWs, Black Lives Matter, feminists, and millennial snowflakes. Millions of people voted for Trump solely because he pissed off the left, but millions more want real change in government, and Trump’s presidency promises little in the way of reigning in government spending, ending an outrageous foreign policy, or fixing America’s healthcare system.
For instance, take a look at the salaries of the few hundred people who work as a part of the administration. Not only is 40% of his team making six figure incomes, but the administration is loaded with redundancy and repetition and waste. There are literally dozens of personnel with the title “Special Assistant”. Trump’s team also includes draconian employees such as multiple stenographers. Each year the administration spends $262,000 on calligraphers. (Calligraphers are people who specialize in artistic handwriting.)
Many of those welcomed into the Administration have been Wall Street banksters and Washington insiders. In a shocking display of hypocrisy, Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs veteran of 17 years, was brought on as Treasury Secretary. Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, and considered by some to have the closest relationship of any American to Vladimir Putin, was named Secretary of State. In April Trump made it clear that he would again go back on his campaign rhetoric and renominate Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. The swamp is alive and well, and shows no signs of being drained under this president.
Both Trump-care and the Senate’s own version of an Obamacare replacement plan were hardly replacements. In most ways, the plans keep the roots of Obamacare, while merely trimming a few of the branches back. Worse still, is that the plans increase the deficit because they remove one of the key elements of Obamacare – the individual mandate. The idea was that mandating young healthy people to buy insurance would help offset the costs of insuring anyone regardless of preexisting conditions. What Trump-care does is remove the mandate on individuals, but keep the mandate on insurance companies. This policy is certainly popular with many, but will only lead to either a) higher premiums for just about everyone and/or b) an increase in the federal deficit.
By only providing an Obamacare replacement, Trump has purposefully neglected to take on America’s biggest problem regarding both healthcare and its finances – Medicare. According a 2016 report from the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees, the Medicare “trust funds” will be completely depleted by 2028. This is two years sooner than predicted the year prior, revealing that the problem isn’t just looming, but is picking up momentum. It is with this in mind that those interested in actual reform were disappointed when Trump took the position on the campaign trail of being completely “hands off” when it came to these two entitlement programs that threaten to bankrupt our nation. Like most other cowardly politicians, Trump insists on kicking the can down the road.
The foreign policy campaigned on was one of nonintervention, which spurred a campaign from Walter Block called “Libertarians for Trump”. Block recognized that the biggest threat of an ever expanding state comes from an out of control foreign policy. Trump, at least in his campaign speeches, seemed to want to reign in America’s role as world police. However, since taking office, we’ve witnessed missile strikes on a Syrian airbase (an attack which killed only noncombatants), the dropping of the MOAB in Afghanistan, and the go-ahead from Trump to Defense Secretary Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis to determine troop levels there. Reports are emerging daily regarding increased boots on the ground in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. This comes alongside expanded presence in the South China Sea, the Yellow Sea, and the Sea of Japan.
Even Trump’s flagship legislation – build a wall and make Mexico pay for it – has been weakened significantly. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has promised NOT to pay for a wall. The solution? Tax Mexican imports. This gives the illusion of hurting Mexican businesses, but because Mexico is in fact America’s third largest trading partner, tariffs on these imports may hurt Americans as much if not more than Mexicans. Should this plan come to fruition, it would only be through a budget passed by Congress, and Trump’s own proposal hit a road block before it was even revealed. Trump promising to build a wall is worth as much as Barack Obama promising to close Guantanamo Bay.
If the only thing voters wanted in a president is someone who trolls the media, then Trump is more than fulfilling his position. For Americans who wanted to balance the budget, fix healthcare, pull out of the hell-hole known as the Middle East, build a wall, lower taxes, and drain the swamp – don’t hold your breath.