Donald Trump is looking for publicity again. The real estate mogul/reality television host trekked to Iowa
this weekend, to speak at the
evangelical Family Leader Conference. And he told ABC News’ This Week he was willing to spend big on a presidential
campaign if he decides to run for real this time.
“If I did it, I’d spend whatever it took,” Trump told ABC’s “This Week.”
While “The Donald is promising to spend what it takes, many Republicans are wondering what it will take to make Trump simply go away; at least thos who want to see a GOP-controlled White House in 2016.
If by some horrible unlikely twist of fate Trump does get the GOP nomination he
would lead the party to the biggest loss in its history. Besides his
silly belief in the birther conspiracy, until he decided to
promote himself for political office Trump’s positions were decidedly progressive:
- “We must have universal healthcare”:
We must have universal healthcare. Our objective [should be] to make
reforms for the moment and, longer term, to find an equivalent of the
single-payer plan that is affordable, well-administered, and provides
freedom of choice. (Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump,
p.206-208 & 218)
- Donald Trump favors a massive tax hike on Americans that would kill jobs and investment:
I would impose a one-time, 14.25% tax on individuals and trusts with a
net worth over $10 million. For individuals, net worth would be
calculated minus the value of their principal residence. That would
raise $5.7 trillion in new revenue, which we would use to pay off the
entire national debt [and shore up the Social Security Trust Fund].
(Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p.170-74)
- Trump wants a 25% tax on all Chinese imports:
“Twenty-five percent tax on China, unless they behave,” he told
O’Reilly. “You’re threatening China with a trade bill. Twenty-five
percent tariff. That’s big,” O’Reilly retorted. “No, they’re
threatening us. They’re going to make a three hundred billion dollar,
let’s call it profit, this year on the United States.” (Source: Fox
News, 4/1/11, http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/04/01/trump-tax-china-25-0#ixzz1JKlujJYV)
- Trump: “I’d love to have a trade war with China. If we did no business with China frankly we’d save a lot of money.”:
In a Fox News interview, Trump said “I’m a big free trade believer by
the way.” A few minutes later he said “I’d love to have a trade war
with China. If we did no business with China frankly we’d save a lot of
money.” (Source: http://www.therightscoop.com/donald-trump-id-love-a-trade-war-with-china/)
- In 1999, Trump opposed NAFTA: “KING: You
shared Mr. Perot and Mr. Buchanan and Mr. Nader’s belief with regard
to NAFTA, right? You were an opponent of NAFTA? TRUMP: I am. And the
reason NAFTA looks OK now is because the economy is strong, but when
the economy is not strong, which, unfortunately, will at some point
happen, NAFTA is going to look like a disaster.” (Source: http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/stories/1999/10/08/trump.transcript/)
Along with his positions—his four bankruptcies does not instill confidence in his ability to run the economy.
The truth is as a politician Trump is a joke, his candidacy in 2012
was a joke. As he got more exposure, voters decided that they were not
happy with a cussing, birther whose GOP credentials were at best
suspect. Perhaps the Donald has nothing to do now that his show isn’t taping.
Let’s face it, “The Donald” has his head so stuck up his ego that he doesn’t get the
fact that he hurts rather than helps the part.
In the end Trump’s rhetoric will not be taken seriously by potential voters, “We won the Iraq war. We take over the oil fields”
does not represent the preferred foreign policy of most Americans.
Telling China to go shove it sounds nice, but since they hold so much of
our debt, we may need a policy that shows a bit more finesse than that.
The only ones helped by his self-aggrandizing flirtations with
running for President are the Democrats use will use Trump to say that all
Republicans are anti-trade, pro-tax and believe that Obama was born in Kenya.
Please Mr. Trump if you truly want to help this country— just go away!