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Trump At The Helm: America First

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Trump at the helm: America First
  • By Mike Krauss
  • 7 hrs ago

Gore Vidal is a celebrated author who wrote fiction and essays that interpreted American history and politics. He once observed of President Richard Nixon that “he [Nixon] fixed every wagon that ever crossed his tracks, but with a ‘boffo’ laugh.”

I thought of that as President Trump cut his deal with the Democratic congressional leadership for the debt ceiling, government funding and Harvey relief. He did not do it in behind the backs of the Republican leadership. He did it with them sitting in the room.

Memo from the President of the United Sates to the GOP establishment: “You opposed me in the primaries, gave me lukewarm support, at best, in the general election and little help since then. I owe you nothing. I’ll get things done, with or without you.”

Then Trump flew off to North Dakota to pitch tax relief and energy independence with North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heitkamp somewhat uncomfortably in tow, marshaled the federal resources and response to two extraordinary natural disasters, cleaned up the constitutionally untenable Dreamers’ situation of his predecessor’s making, and is addressing the unbearable possibility of a nuclear armed North Korea capable of blackmailing the American nation and its allies.

Like the captain of a newly commissioned warship, Trump has put his administration to sea on a “shake down” cruise, in rough seas with very strong headwinds. He is finding out who and what works on that ship. Some of the crew have been relieved of their duties and the course is being corrected.

Clearly, Trump thinks and moves strategically. You may not like his policies or where he has headed the ship of state; that’s fair. But that there is a competent captain at the helm cannot any longer be denied. Trump haters, blinded by partisan passion, will never admit it, but they are becoming background noise.

Trump is different than any American president in recent history, in that he brings to the job a skill set and experience different than any of those presidents; with the possible exception of Eisenhower, who in the crucible of World War II demonstrated an extraordinary capacity to marshal and focus resources -- people, materiel -- in an unparalleled feat of execution of strategic policy, to get things done.

Or as Trump might put it, “To win.”

The American people need to take a deep breath and take a moment to feel good about themselves and their nation. The response to the two extraordinary disasters, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, has been equally extraordinary. What other nation on earth could bring to bear and coordinate the immense resources Americans are throwing at those challenges; which includes a nationwide outpouring of assistance from its people?

Most other nations, especially in the old world of Europe and the countries it colonized, are accustomed to highly centralized governments and depend on those central governments to respond to challenges. Not the United States, where our federal system empowers the people and their huge diversity of skills for independent action.

I have done business and traveled widely abroad and I have been hearing from friends and colleagues outside the U.S. There is an oft repeated observation, formed as a question. “You Americans are very religious, aren’t you?”

Yes, we are. And if you watched any of the news coverage from Texas and Florida, you can’t have missed it. The people enduring and responding to these disasters routinely express themselves in the language of faith. Not boastfully, but modestly, matter-of-fact, plain spoken.

I suppose it’s in the nation’s DNA. But wherever it comes from, it is distinctly American, hopeful and powerful.

Americans are also industrious. A German friend made this observation. He said he liked the America after World War II, when Americans were busy building their own nation: the interstate highways, skyscrapers, bridges, ports, water and mass transit systems and modern, suburban communities. He compared the United States of that time to a great battleship moving through the seas.

When the captain puts the helm over, it takes a while for the ship to change course, on account of its mass and speed. But when the ship begins to respond and changes course, it draws the other, smaller ships in its wake. “It’s the pull, not the push,” observed my German friend.

Or as Trump puts it: America First, to Make America Great Again.

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Mike Krauss writes on the American experience and is the author of the forthcoming fiction, "Pursuits of Happiness." Email: MikeKrauss2016@gmail.com

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I've been saying this for a while now. Trump is NOT your garden variety politician. We've been trying that for decades and only get deeper and deeper into the hole. Trump may not get us out but he sure makes things at the bottom of the hole entertaining.
 

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Canadian friend is happy Trump won. Said a strong American is good for Canada. Has nothing good to say about sissy boy in charge there now.
 

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Trump raised the debt ceiling, he gets a F- in my book.
 

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Trump raised the debt ceiling, he gets a F- in my book.
When the captain puts the helm over, it takes a while for the ship to change course, on account of its mass and speed.
It ain't going to happen overnight, but it is going to happen.

From July 30.
Serious Winning: President Trump Has Actually LOWERED The National Debt…
Posted on July 30, 2017 by sundance

Many people don’t call President Trump the Tea Party President for nothing. For the first time in our lifetime President Trump’s fiscal policies, targeting growth in the economy, actually have the cumulative effect of lowering the national debt as measured by the U.S. Treasury. –SEE DATA HERE

When President Trump took office January 20th the total national debt was $19,947,304,555,212, or nearly $20 trillion. While there are fluctuating cycles of increase and decrease the debt reached a high of $19,959,593,604,841 on February 28, 2017, stalled, and since March 14th 2017 continually dropped:



Total U.S. National Debt has now decreased by over $100 billion. *Note: That’s five times more than is needed to build the Southern Security and Border Wall.

And yes, this decrease is real and represents a long term reversal. During same 6 months in 2016 the U.S. National Debt grew by $450 billion (from $18,941,406,899,252.15 -to- $19,391,704,027,667.12). [DATA HERE] The Trump trend is not connected to a temporary lowering of debt during tax collection season. The ACTUAL ‘federal’ debt clock is now running backwards.




By instituting common sense “Main Street” economic policies of: pro business, pro investment, pro manufacturing, expanded jobs growth, lowered regulation, enhanced energy development, enlarged exports and reductions in actual federal spending, President Trump has reversed the debt clock and eliminated $100 billion in debt.

This is, yet again, affirmation of what can happen by shifting policy from focusing on Wall Street’s economic engine and emphasizing Main Street’s economic engine.

https://theconservativetreehouse.co...trump-has-actually-lowered-the-national-debt/
 

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Decreased $100 billion?


The U.S. federal government's gross debt surpassed $20 trillion on Friday, according to a daily Treasury Department statement.

The limit was capped, we would have had to stay within our limits. The ship would not have crashed, but some decisions would have had to been made, and due to in part mr Trump, we all get more debt cakes to eat.

He was handed a golden situation, the people would have understood; he instead made a deal to mortgage our children's future.

F-
 
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