One of the reasons he was elected was because of the perception of his being a successful businessman. But one of the reasons that you know that America isn’t yet owned by Trump is that it’s still in business.
Yet as Trump continues to play the American people and the world, the
question has to be asked: are we more willing now to be conned? Do we
invite being played; even expect it?
Donald Trump spent his entire campaign railing against the
establishment and promising to “drain the swamp.” But now that he has
begun announcing his cabinet choices, many liberty-loving people are
getting increasingly uncomfortable with the Wall-Street-studded,
war-loving picks. Instead of draining the swamp, it seems like he may be
repopulating the swamp with bigger predators than before.
I really hoped the President-Elect proves me wrong, but we have a
responsibility to speak the truth, regardless of how unpleasant it is.
The question has to be asked…did Donald Trump just run the biggest con game in history by telling us all what we wanted to hear?
Many people voted for a man who boasted of sexual assault, a man whose
“university” defrauded thousands of people, a billionaire who thought
the minimum wage was too high. You switched from Barack Obama in 2012 to
Donald Trump in 2016 many were white working-class voters because
you they thought he was on their side.
You don’t mind the lying. In fact, you’re all in with the biggest lies,
the baseless claims that three million people voted illegally, that
Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower, and on, and on. The lying is
disruptive. Yay for disruption!
You don’t mind the flip-flops. Last year, Trump said the unemployment
rate was “one of the biggest hoaxes in American history.” This year,
because he’s president, it’s very real. Last year, Wall Street was a
puppeteer for the Democrats. Now your man has brought in Goldman Sachs
puppeteers to run the economy. Last year, a golfing president was lazy.
Now your guy has paid 14 presidential visits to a golf course.
You’re not bothered by the foreign policy incompetence, the siding up to
gangster regimes and human rights violators, the snub of the rest of
the world in the name of America First. You don’t mind unleashing
polluters. If the job creators want filthy air and foul water, give it
You shrug at all of this hypocrisy and craziness, because you still
think he’s going to help you. But you’ve been played, sucker-punched,
duped. You can continue to believe Trump has your back, but the evidence
is already overwhelming that the people his presidency will hurt most
are those at the bottom who gave him their trust.
Trump acknowledged as much when told that the health care plan he pushed
would significantly harm his base.
Given that Trump’s approval rating, which is at a historic low, given that a majority of Americans believe that
Trump is not honest and does not care about average people, it’s easy
to think Democrats can abandon the voters who abandoned them last year.
White voters without a college degree, who went
for Trump by almost 40 points, are never going to come around no matter how
much this president turns his back on them.
The condescension, like the opioids, may feel good as well, but it won’t
do anything to help the forces of reason and progress. The way to bring
around the forgotten men and women is to remind them, every day, that
Trump has forgotten them. And to give them something say, Medicare for
all, being pushed by the energized Bernie Sanders base to back words
Trump is banking on the ignorance of voters who took a chance with him.
His budget proposal — a cruel, Dickensian document — offers nothing but
pain for these people. An Appalachian economic partnership that helps
workers in 420 of the nation’s poorest counties would be abolished.
Seniors who need Meals on Wheels for food and social contact would lose
the service. Cancer victims, waiting for something miraculous to come
from the extraordinary work of the National Institutes of Health, will have to
wait longer, as Trump cuts cancer research to fund his Mexican wall.
If you’re a poor kid in Georgia looking for that college break that
will get you somewhere, his budget slashes tuition grants for you. If
you’re a single mom living in Baxley trying to hold onto a job, he could force you onto
welfare by eliminating the after-school program that enabled you to work
He promised “insurance for everybody” and then supported the ill-fated
Republican plan that would have added 24 million Americans to the
uninsured. Those in their 50s and early 60s, and the working poor, would
have been hit hardest. And Medicaid recipients, many of whom didn’t
realize they had coverage for the first time in their lives thanks to
Obamacare, would have been left out.
Oh, but Trump is bringing back jobs that’s why many in the midwestern states such as Ohio, Michigan put him in office.
About those jobs: The coal mining initiative is a hoax. Let's be real here. This is because of the free market, turning to cheaper natural
gas for power, and energy alternatives because they are the future.
The bottom line is that America elected a con man to the White House
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