Class Warfare Blog

May 2, 2017

Please Stop with the “Trump This …” and the Trump That …”

Recent articles have crowed about the GOP cave-in on the budget by talking down Mr. Trump’s vaunted “negotiation skills,” as if the President actually negotiated budget agreements (none do). These headlines are part of a long series of headlines claiming the source of this or that activity by “Trump …” when clearly they are not Mr. Trump’s ideas or initiatives.

To wit: can you name one idea that is Mr. Trump’s and Mr. Trump’s alone? The Wall? Remember John McCain’s campaign stop in Arizona at “the Wall?” Heck, it was being built before Mr. Trump even mentioned it. How about tax reform? (Please, this is as common as there are people with tax axes to grind.) Money for the military? Get tough on NATO … the Chinese (currency manipulators?) … the Russians? All pre-existing ideas.

Can you name one initiative of the GOP that Mr. Trump has tried to husband through? (Hint: There is only one.) The GOP health care initiative? (Got it in one! Good job!). Mr. Trump actually picked up the phone and called some fence-sitting legislators about this one, but clearly this was not Mr. Trump’s plan, it was a mishmash of whatever the GOP thought it could get away with and call it “health insurance reform” or rather “The Repeal of Obamacare!” Mr. Trump did blurt out that he was releasing a tax reform plan within a week, which resulted in that bizarre one page memo that was anything but. Where is the vaunted organizational skills of the GOP on display. Can’t they enroll their usual allies in the Think Tank World to crank out some of these plans, on topics they know they want to address? How could they not come up with a decent tax reform plan? (I can understand the health care miasma (It’s complicated; who knew?), but tax reform is low hanging political fruit.)

I know it is traditional to put the president’s name on all initiatives of his administration, but this is giving our president too much of what he clearly craves: attention. If he deserves it, fire away. Otherwise direct your comments where they belong, at the people leading the charge.

I can’t wait for some foreign leader, when asked to respond to one of Mr. Trump’s tweets or one page memos, to say: “Mr. Trump says many things. We will wait until he actually does something to comment.”

What he has done so far can be described as “a number of things done in the last administration have been undone.”

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6 Comments »

  1. Don’t be so harsh, it’s harder than anyone could have ever expected.

    Comment by john zande — May 2, 2017 @ 9:46 am | Reply

    • It’s really complicated. Who knew?

      Comment by Ruth — May 2, 2017 @ 9:50 am | Reply

    • De plane, boss, de plane!

      On Tue, May 2, 2017 at 9:46 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 2, 2017 @ 10:01 am | Reply

  2. “…some foreign leader, when asked to respond to …..Mr. Trump, to say: “Mr. Trump says many things. We will wait until he actually does something to comment.”

    This.
    I’m bathing in this right now.

    Comment by persedeplume — May 3, 2017 @ 8:58 am | Reply

  3. Honestly the man is perhaps the biggest buffoon I have ever seen. Only wealth/greed/ability to trample anything in the way, and the ability to blow dog whistles has got him this far.

    Every time he opens his mouth he displays his ignorance. Disgusting little man.

    JZ, the meme king strikes again!

    Comment by shelldigger — May 3, 2017 @ 9:14 am | Reply

    • This is what happens when people of wealth are given privileges by their parents, such as positions in the company firm. Because they are the Boss’s kid, they don’t get corrected, neither are they mentored. When they make mistakes, the consequences befall others. Mr. Trump shows all of the signs of this kind of upbringing … and now he is doing it to his children.

      On Wed, May 3, 2017 at 9:14 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 3, 2017 @ 12:29 pm | Reply


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