In the 2016 election, it is clear that not only did a majority of Americans in Flyover Country and in the South reject the rule of the Progressive Elitists, but so too did a majority in the Rust Belt. The Obama years of manufacturing industry suppression and of fossil fuel energy suppression took a big toll on the Rust Belt and led to an upheaval with catastrophic and surprising results for the Democrat Socialist Party. The low percentage of Americans with jobs worth having and the long stagnant wages had finally become too much for many Americans. The ever-increasing expense and inconveniences of ObamaCare played a significant role also in the rebellion. Seeing more businesses go out of business than were created for many years under Obama had its consequences. The loss of jobs due to the vendetta against coal and the threat of a loss of jobs due to the Democrat desire to suppress fracking not only hurt the immediate industries, but hurt those who transported or used the coal, oil, gas, and the products made from them. It would hurt those in the plastics industry, for instance. Meanwhile, many a business and resident either had energy bills higher than necessary already or was facing sharp future increases. Many were sick of the constant stream of Democrat lies and misrepresentations. Many white Americans, especially men, were sick of being discriminated against in hiring and in contracting work. A rebellious upheaval was long overdue.
Donald Trump was the beneficiary of all this and the fact that Hillary Clinton was a very unappealing opponent. Not that Trump himself was an appealing Presidential candidate. He leaves much to be desired as well. But as I have noted, he does have some good policy positions, which if he carries through with them with a Republican House and Senate, might make him a much less undesirable President than Hillary would have been. Trump will now be put to the test.
The actions he badly needs to take are these:
- Repeal ObamaCare as pledged.
- Reduce Corporate and Personal Income taxes, as pledged, so American businesses can compete better in the global markets from American plants and facilities and so multinational companies can afford to return $2 trillion of earnings abroad to the states to make a huge investment in America.
- Protect the Right to Work Laws so Americans are not forced to join labor unions they do not want to join. Also deny unions card check and rapid representation elections.
- Nominate a judge for the open Supreme Court position who has a proper understanding of the broad and many individual rights every one of us has.
- End the federal government role in promoting the false catastrophic man-made global warming hypothesis. Fire the many employees of the EPA, NASA, NOAA, and the National Science Foundation who have insidiously supported this false science and wasted huge sums of taxpayer money on it, while forcing up energy costs in the entire nation in its name.
- Follow through on his pledge to have a government employee hiring freeze.
- Hire good managers for the Veterans Administration and its hospitals, while allowing many more options for veterans to use private sector medical care.
- Stop the practice of government favoring some groups based on their ethnicity or sex. Everyone has equal individual rights and it is the function of legitimate government to protect everyone's equal rights.
- The purpose of a smaller Department of Education should be to end the government monopoly on K-12 education by advancing the widespread use of vouchers to allow all students school choice. Trump is on-board to start this process, but should expand its scope.
- Reopen federal lands and offshore areas for the development of fossil fuel mines and drilling.
- Sell off much of the federal land so it can become more productive, provide more jobs, and generate more local and state tax revenue.
- Reduce the number of regulations and their expense, as he has pledged to do.
- Simplify the tax code as pledged.
- End the death tax as pledged.
- End the IRS practice of discriminating against non-profit organizations who support individual rights and limited or constitutional government.
- Limit federal grants to colleges to work with defense potential. This will largely end taxpayer funding to faculty devoted to expanding the role and size of government.
- End requirements that government pay union level wages.
- End the Obama executive action that raised the salary level at which overtime pay had to be paid.
- Reduce the federal minimum wage so that more Americans of low productivity or in low cost of living areas may be employed. This will be very helpful in allowing the under-educated to get their first jobs and in promoting businesses in both poor city neighborhoods and low cost of living areas of the country.
- Repeal Dodd-Frank, which was a deception to make Americans think the government had no responsibility for the Great Recession. It made it difficult for smaller banks to operate, thereby adding to the number of banks too big to fail.
- End the government monopoly on student loans for college.
- Reduce government spending on infra-structure, which seems to be the opposite of what he wants to do.
- Produce a new immigration law which makes it easier to immigrate to the U.S., while insisting that immigrants enter and stay in the U.S. legally.
- Promote senior military officers based on their ability, not based on the political party with which they are registered to vote. Do not discriminate on the basis of sex or ethnicity.
- Review Obama's Executive Orders and change those which are unconstitutional or wrongheaded. Some right-headed orders may need enabling laws by Congress. The Executive Orders of earlier Presidents may also need review. Mind you, Executive Orders can be a proper exercise of presidential management of the Executive Branch of the government, but they should not affect people outside of the Executive Branch.
- Shut down government-run service organizations. Their work belongs in the private sector.
- Shut down many of the government agencies which number so many that the government cannot say how many exist and which have the authority to issue regulations for which purposes. These agencies are often performing no valid function of government, are poorly managed, have overlapping authorities, or are obsolete.