So if you read a fact check article (and as I have noted or commented before: who checks the fact checkers?) it kind of spoils President Trump’s grand boasts of his first couple of months as president because it seems he exaggerated or misused statistics and in some cases just fibbed during his speech to congress and the nation earlier this week.
But in this case I’ll give him a pass because really what would you expect? I mean at least stretching the truth or misusing statistics is the stock and trade of politicians.
Is unemployment as high as he said? Is the crime rate really going through the roof? Are large numbers of illegal aliens really running amok and murdering and raping? Has he really begun to take measures to “drain the swamp” in Washington? The answer to these and other like questions is probably “no” but perception is everything.
And if you ask me, unemployment is way too high, crime continues to rage, and as far as criminal illegal aliens, I don’t know the numbers, but I know of one case fairly close to home where two policemen were killed and left widows and families at the hands of someone who had been twice deported. We all have heard of that poor woman being shot and killed by an illegal alien in San Francisco by a man who had at least once been deported. One might believe that if immigration laws were enforced this would not happen. I doubt Trump has done anything that will really drain the swamp in Washington and in fact he is adding to it no doubt. The fact checkers claim that measures by Trump to restrict lobbying by former officials are weak and in some cases weaker than that of the Obama administration.
Nonetheless, Trump presented a rosy vision along the same lines as Ronald Reagan. Reagan was no genius but he had a talent in presentation. Trump I guess does too, even if I don’t see it. He has shall we say a different style than Reagan.
In his new call for cooperation between Republicans and Democrats in congress in some strange way he may have more power to get Republicans to bend a little than Hillary Clinton could have. Being elected president as a Republican with a solid majority in congress carries a lot of weight. Clinton boasted she could work both sides of the aisle and that she had as a senator. But to the extent that was true, for her to do so she had to bend I imagine more than her adversaries did (she did support that misguided Iraq War), sometimes betraying her own party (in the name of compromise). Trump is not tied to orthodox Republicanism. To the extent he has any ideology at all it is more in the populist vein.
Trump can call for big and costly infrastructure programs and for replacing Obamacare while preserving that law’s safeguards, namely on pre-existing conditions and on protecting the disadvantaged through Medicaid. Also, sometimes Trump signals that he is more liberal on some social issues than most Republicans. But the Republican party is tied to his power and his ability to move the base.
And on enforcing immigration laws, it has been an eye-opener for me to read and realize that it has been for all intents and purposes an official policy all these many years to not actively enforce some immigration laws and regulations. I think that has done a disservice to both immigrants and U.S.citizens. On the one hand, knowing that they might have a good chance of slipping through, immigrants come into the country and begin a new life only years later perhaps getting caught up in a net and having their families disrupted and separated. And, meanwhile, we as citizens have been duped, thinking that our borders were being actively protected by enforcement of our immigration laws. And while statistics may indeed show that our own citizens are statistically much more likely to commit crimes than illegals, most of whom came here simply to seek work and make a better life for their families, it is no comfort to know that people come here illegally and are even deported numerous times and still come back to commit crimes.
Finally, Trump is a strange and scary person to have as president. It seems rather odd that he beat out such a large number of what was put up to be the Republican’s best to be that party’s nominee. The glitch in our Electoral College system that allowed him to win the presidency with a minority of the votes is a little easier to understand, and now that we understand it, maybe we need to change it.
We seem stuck with Trump.
He might do something good yet, but I think more by accident than anything else.
The man seems clueless. Caught making an obviously untrue claim about his election margin, he lamely said that it was something he was told. And then, running into snags in his promise to immediately rescind and replace Obamacare he came up with the astounding (to him maybe) conclusion that health care coverage for all Americans was a complex subject.
It may be a long four years, or eight years? OMG!
Even in this age of the internet and social media with seemingly no secrets Trump as candidate and now president uses the old political trick of saying one thing for the benefit of one audience and then the opposite to another, and he seems to do it well. You see, the way that works is that you make each audience feel that you are actually on their side but are just lying to the others to trick those others.