I was thinking the other day that historically people have rarely been so interrupted or disturbed by a President, their politics or lack thereof. The policies yes, but not the person themselves. We just go about our lives and complain. I have never seen such conflict or press on a President. So I did a tad bit of research on what is happening currently, it is still ongoing but here are some observations. I know some of you will have huge problems with this but its what I have seen and researched either by person to person interview, or utilizing reliable research.
Promises to the regular guy, a learning curve and broken promises, along with a bad budget.
*After a HUGE tax break by Pence which will cost the State millions and a highly publicized effort on Trumps part, Carrier still cut 600 jobs this month in its Indianapolis factory this month. The parent company is shutting down the Huntington, IN parts facility completely costing another 700 jobs.
*Although GM is going to rehire some of the 1100 employees laid off either at the Lansing MI plant or at the newer plant in 2018, this was a plan Trump took credit for that had already been in the works by the company with its union workers. GM CEO Mary Barra, who is on Trump's economic advisory council, said the firm had no plans to alter their manufacturing plans to please the president.
*The Exxon jobs announcement was something that had been in the works since 2013, by Exxon.
*Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne would not give the President credit for their nearly 2,000 jobs saying “"I wish I could give him credit for this, but the thinking was in place beforehand." He also added he would need clarification about any production statements on Mexico.
*On Lockheed Martin, Trump didn’t seal the deal although he took credit because he was there to ink the deal. The press and tax credits were part of the design. The deal that was signed however had been worked on prior to Trump for quite some time.
*The deal with Intel in Arizona had been in the works since 2011, delayed due to demand of the product. No inside on the sweet spot that made the CEO or board give Trump credit, but they did.
*With Walmart, Trump had absolutely no impact here, the addition of the 10,000 jobs was announced in January but planned in October 2016, according to Walmart representatives.
His budget cuts will hit Americans particularly hard in programs people count on. The top priority is to cut the taxes to the wealthy for 35% to 15%. It will get through w/o Dems but will be temporary and will come at great cost to the Republicans. One of his major promises during his campaign was to coal miners, having them in the Oval office to promise them more even. BUT, unless Congress intervenes by late April (the budget) government funded health benefits will abruptly lapse to over 20,000 retired miners. These are people that worked all their lives and have specific job related diseases. Trump has Said NOTHING to Help them!!!! There are Congressional members trying to raise his attention as well as people he promised. It is immoral to promise tax cuts to Wall Street and not protect miners that have been protected since the days of Harry Truman. The money comes from the abandoned mine fund and into the retiree bill. It should be permanent.
I know in Ohio..the Steel workers who voted for him are turning around. I grew up there...they did not vote for a guy who wants corporate tax cuts, wants to eliminate meals on wheels or low energy assistance or Appalachian Regional Commission to build a wall. Not all areas, but where I grew up that voted Trump for change, is feeling slightly betrayed.
Here’s the thing, is he really running the White House, or is he just delegating the work hoping for a win? Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see him do something to HELP Americans or at least in the best interest of 99% of Americans and NOT in the interest of BIG business. Its arguable I know. But I would like to see him help people first and care about the legislation he is signing. What I see from him is executive orders that eliminate programs except those needed by a friend or acting as President while profiting from the office in business. For example his new tax proposal would help those making more than 500,000 by cutting their taxes to up to 113,000. However, those making 25-50,000 will have a tax increase. Just remember they aren’t my numbers.
I would like to see him as President…do his job, you know the one where he works on legislation with Congress. He needs to get involved. Then maybe Republicans wont get slaughtered in their races in 2018. It will be the least offensive of the bunch that are affected and some of them I actually like. However, like many, I predict a war..it happens with most Republicans on the offensive (about 81 offensive war years vs 64 Dem offensive war years). Hopefully people will understand what is happening by then, I just don’t see a positive outlook for the regular guy here. Now he wants to review the protection of national parks...yeah, put that up to the highest bidder.