• Michael McGowan

I Promise You'll Enjoy This!

Donald Trump was right, "the American Dream is dead." Then he promised something that only Jesus could do. He'd revive the dead. Trump declared in his inauguration speech, "We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams." He further promised, "Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families."

Are these promises being kept?

Trump's trade deals have hurt the general welfare of the people, at least on the short-term. But short-term problems for a particular person will not necessarily form into long-term success. Let's say Frank the Farmer loses his farm because he can no longer sell his soy beans or the price of milk is plummeting. Farmers are operating on razor-thin profits as is. Frank is no longer a farmer, but now is a bus driver by day and Uber driver by night. Is Frank better off in the long run? Probably not. Generally, any kind of barrier to free trade is hurtful to all parties.

Taxes: Middle-class Shirley can now afford a Costco membership with her tax cut. The big money goes to corporate America. And those dollars are not finding their way into the pockets of the American worker. They are being banked by huge companies waiting to scoop up other huge companies.

Immigration: Does the wall really benefit American workers and American families? I don't know, but incoming immigrants looking for a way to contribute labor certainly doesn't hurt me. At least the money will no longer be diverted from the Defense Department. A judge declared that unlawful. Maybe Mexico will chip in.

Foreign Affairs: His foreign policy is benefiting ONE American.

Broken promises all around.

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