Thursday, November 10, 2016

Preview of the Trump Presidency

A year ago, I said this clown would fade into irrelevancy once the Iowa caucuses came around. I have never been more wrong in my life. His make it up on the fly policies will truly work wonders for this country.

Side Note: Being critical of Trump does not necessarily imply prior support for Clinton or Obama. Not everyone is confined to the false dialectic.

In some regards, Trump is more Hawkish than both Hillary and Obama. All of his pre-election speeches indicate that he plans to dramatically increase defense spending and revamp both the army and Navy. Although he is not as hostile to Russia and Syria, he is the only candidate that supports a ground invasion of Libya and Syria. On top of this, he supports all seven drone wars currently being carried out and will probably expand the CIA program to more countries. A man who talks openly about murdering non-combatant civilians (i.e. 'take out their families') and invading sovereign nations is not an isolationist by any stretch of the imagination (the term itself is a strawman). He is also the only candidate that holds the frightening belief that nuclear weapons should be used liberally.

Trump has shown as much disregard for our constitutional rights as he has shown for human life. His police state will be several fold worse than Obama's police state. Trump has voiced support for bringing back torture, even if it doesn't work, and believes that Americans citizens accused of terrorism should be tried in military courts. He is on record as supporting the continuation of the PRISM program and wants to re-authourize the Patriot Act. He has no qualms with using the terrorist watch list and no fly list to restrict our liberties without due process and a chance to appeal, and has suggested that people who appear on the no fly list and terrorist watch list should be prohibited from buying firearms. His reflexive authoritarian appeals to expediency, and consequently, absolute police power, only gets worse because he is the only candidate to propose a national stop and frisk. Only God knows what else lies at the bottom of the Pandora's box that is this man's twisted mind.

Most of Trump's domestic policy proposals indicate that he will be a bigger spendthrift president than both Obama (-10T) and Bush (-5T), even though he has promised to reduce the federal deficit. He will, in his own words, double the amount Hillary would have spent renovating national infrastructure, from $275B to $550 - 500B and perhaps even more. He will also dramatically increase defense spending, expanding the army and Navy, which Forbes estimated will cost an additional $500B to 1T. His proposed block grant for school vouchers will cost an additional 20B. This is just the tip of the iceberg. He has proposed to do much more while also cutting taxes. This is the same man that thinks imposing high tariffs on imported goods from China will bring back manufacturing jobs even though manufacturing has shifted to automation. Tariffs are ultimately a tax on wages; the brunt of his boneheaded trade policies will be felt by the working class who spend the greatest proportion of their income on consumer goods. Even the Chinese labor force, who presumably 'stole our jobs', are being displaced by automation.
The Changying Precision Technology Company factory in Dongguan has automated production lines that use robotic arms to produce parts for cell phones. The factory also has automated machining equipment, autonomous transport trucks, and other automated equipment in the warehouse.Previously, there were 650 employees at the factory. With the new robots, there's now only 60.
The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000, thanks to the introduction of robots. It has tasted success in reduction of labour costs,” said the department’s head Xu Yulian. As many as 600 major companies in Kunshan have similar plans, according to a government survey.

His promise to bring back a manufacturing based economy is pure fantasy. If he was truly concerned about chronic unemployment he would address the skills gap and not attempt to turn back the clock 40 years.

The fact that he supports the Kelo vs. City of New London decision only further shows that he is unprincipled. His precept is the law of the jungle. Whatever benefits him is permissible at any cost, even if it means seizing someone's home because it stands in the way of potential profits. If he abused his power as a real-estate mogul with political connections, which he used to get generous subsidies from NY city (885M to be exact) and tried to seize a widow's home, then we cannot begin to imagine the nightmare that lies ahead.

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