Is it true? It seems to me that the American people have been drinking the Trump cool-aid. Can Trump do anything wrong at this point? Is he above the law? Does anyone care that he's a crook? Should he be allowed to unilaterally order acts of war against other countries without legal justification? Should he be allowed to withhold security assistance to an allied country until they agree to get involved in the presidents personal or domestic matters? Should he be allowed to do whatever he wants as president without consequence?The Donald said:Where I could stand in the middle of Fifth avenue and shoot somebody and not lose any voters.
Let's look at your political hero and savior for a moment. Putting aside for the moment the accusations for which he is currently standing trial, putting aside his decision to paint targets on US troops serving in Iraq so he could strike down one man with fire and fury despite the recommendations of his own staff and advisors just to settle a personal score. Let's put aside his locker room talk and apparent racism, his tax and charity fraud, and the fact that he's a malignant narcissist, and just look at what he's accomplished to "make America great again".
Trump promised to bring jobs back to the US. What he did was to start a trade war with the world, not exempting allies. Retaliatory tariffs have forced many US companies to downsize, relocate operations overseas, or just fold, resulting in massive layoffs and a huge hit to the US economy (and that of it's allies).
Trump promised a wall along the US/Mexico boarder, swearing that Mexico would pay for it "and like it". What he did was to declare a state of emergency to justify appropriating (a nice way of saying stealing) $8 Billion from pre-existing programs, and of course lest we forget the government shut-down that resulted in over 800,000 government workers being forced to work without pay for over a month.
What about GDP growth over Trump's reign? Well, it's no different than what Obama accomplished before him. So what about the Federal Deficit? Well, Trump follows the trend of Republican presidents and rising deficits, but Republicans would likely argue that it's purely coincidental.
Well surely Trump's fervor to deregulate has had some positive effect. Well since killing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, banks and financial institutions have returned to the same practices that lead up to the economic crisis of 2008. Does anyone remember that? I think the vast majority of Republicans, or maybe Americans in general, have selective Amnesia. The important thing is sub-prime mortgages are back, and even business loan equivalents. Let's really bugger the economy. Oh but wait, what other pesky regulations has he turfed?
- Nullification of a rule prohibiting the possession of firearms by the mentally ill.
- A rule requiring the humane treatment of "certified organic" animals.
- Nullification of a rule allowing class action lawsuits against banks and credit card companies to resolve financial disputes.
- Nullification of a rule to improve federal contractor compliance with labor laws.
- A rule requiring disclosure of chemicals and other details of fracking operations.
- Nullification of guidance prohibiting car dealers from charging higher interest rates based on race.
- A rule requiring financial professionals who work with retirement assets or provide retirement planning advice to act in the best interest of their clients.
- Nullification of a rule requiring resource extraction issuers to disclose information about payments made to the U.S. government or foreign governments for the purposes of commercial development of oil, natural gas, or minerals.
- Withdrawal of policy on prosecuting energy companies that accidentally kill birds.
- Nullification of a rule requiring internet service providers to explicitly obtain customers' approval to use and share their information.
- Nullification of a rule to minimize the adverse effects of coal mining on streams and other water sources.
- Withdrawal of technical support documents on implementing the "social cost of carbon" for regulatory impact analyses.
- A rule requiring coal-burning power plants to reduce carbon emissions.
- A rule establishing expansive definitions of nondiscrimination provisions in the Affordable Care Act.
- Withdrawal of guidance on how the service recommends mitigating adverse impacts of developer actions on species and habitats.
There is your political hero and savior. And you're going to re-elect the a-hole aren't you? Just to spite the Dems, in flagrant defiance of common sense you are going to re-elect him. You guys are just that hung up on party politics that the whole world can go to hell in a handbasket as long as the opposition goes with it. Well when you guys are reliving 2008 and have finally come to your senses, don't look to flee to the North. We're building a wall!