The Art of the Deal? For Reagan, Yes. For Trump, Not so Much…
Finally, Donald Trump and the Republican Congress are on the verge of a legislative victory, but without any support from Democrats the benefits will, unfortunately, only be temporary, just like the tax cuts enacted under George W. Bush. We like tax cuts because they put more money in the pockets of hard-working Americans and can provide critical incentives for employers to grow their investments in our economy. Ask yourself, however, just how aggressive those investors will be knowing that a few years down the road those tax cuts will expire and rise back to current levels? Ronald Reagan won permanent and meaningful tax cuts because he was able to negotiate and earn support from Democrats as well as Republicans. Now there's your art of the deal!Read the Full Article
Perhaps We Really are Science Deniers
The Trump Administration's reported plan to prohibit the Centers for Disease Control from using certain terms and phrases, such as "science-based" and "evidence-based", gives the impression that the liberals are right. Republicans really are science deniers! Either that, or the President is playing into his opponents' hands by acting like the Nazis who rarely saw a book that didn't deserve burning. I've never understood people's fear of words and our insistence on continually repeating the mistake of attempting to censor the ideas of those who don't agree with us. In any event, is anyone really surprised that this would be the preferred tactic of our current fearless leader?Read the Full Article
Regular Americans Still Unsatisfied With Trump’s Greatness
To hear Donald Trump tell it, everything is amazing in America thanks to him. And yet, nearly 70% of us disapprove of his performance as President, making him the most unpopular first year President in history. How could that be? Is it possible that we are already tired of winning so much? More likely it is that we are smarter than he thinks and can see quite plainly that positive developments have little to nothing to do with any actions he has taken.
America has always been great, and part of that greatness is its resiliency and ability to achieve great outcomes despite the actions of less-than-great leaders,
I Still Believe in a Better America
This great article captures a key notion behind my decision to challenge Donald Trump for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2020. Especially the concluding paragraphs:
"Every Trump scandal further alienates younger voters. They may be pleased about individual policies, but they recognize that any Republican would do most of what Trump has done. They simply don’t buy the notion that we can’t have decency and conservatism at the same time."
"You don’t have to choose between decency and conservatism. The election of countless high-character Republicans proves as much. The elections of Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Bush prove as much."
You don't have to believe that Reagan and/or the Bush's were perfect in everything they attempted to do to see and agree with the point here. Whatever anyone may think could possibly be good about the Trump presidency could certainly be had with a leader of far better character. This is America, and we should NEVER have to settle for such a false choice.
Now is the time to look to ourselves for the answer. I will be a President who will promote common-sense ideas and solutions that make sense to most of us, and I will do so in a way that is dignified and honorable. I can make this promise with all the confidence in the world because I am a regular American just like the people I aim to represent, and I have no allegiance to any segment of our ruling establishment that has long forsaken us. While my motto - One of Us for All of Us - may be derided by some as trite and contrived, to me it absolutely reflects the truth of what I am about and the cause I am determined to advance. America was made to be led BY regular Americans FOR regular Americans. The big question for now is, do we still believe that, or have we given up and become resigned to the notion that we will get what the establishment gives us and we will damn well like it?
I still believe in America, and I intend to keep fighting for her. What are you going to do?
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The Donald Trump GOP Generation Gap Is Very Real
Since the rise of Trump, the existence of a GOP generation gap has been painfully clear to anyone who spends any time around Republican voters. In my experience, the mid-forties are the cutoff. Republicans I meet who are younger than me are far more likely…