Friday, December 9, 2016

6 Ways Trump Makes Being A Democrat Great Again in Time ‘Person Of The Year’ Interview

(President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, on Nov. 10, 2016. Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP Photo )
Donald Trump’s greatest supporters during the election cycle continually assured conservatives that he would govern as a consistent super-duper conservative; his greatest critics complained that he would be at best an ad hoc policymaker with strong Democratic big government leanings.
Someone had to be wrong.
Here’s Trump speaking to Time magazine in his interview as person of the year:
1. His FDR-esque Definition of American Greatness. If you ask most conservatives why America is great, they will talk about the Constitution, about God-given rights and liberties protected by a limited government, about a moral and religious people seeking freedom to build their families. Here’s Trump on greatness: being big. “As somebody who loves this country — it’s a very large country but it’s also an even more powerful country than the numbers. Because if you look at China and India and you have others with more people, but when you look at what we do in this country, it’s the most incredible place on Earth. Most incredible place ever.” We build big things, presumably, and we have lots of stuff, and we have factories for the “forgotten men and women…great people, these are people that built this country, and they’ve been forgotten.” He also said he represented “the workers of the world.”
Here is FDR in April 1932: “These unhappy times call for the building of plans that rest upon the forgotten, the unorganized but the indispensable units of economic power, for plans like those of 1917 that build from the bottom up and not from the top down, that put their faith once more in the forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid.”
2. Backing Democrat-Style Stimulus. Here’s Trump on the economy: “well, sometimes you have to prime the pump. So sometimes in order to get the jobs going and the country going, because look, we’re at 1% growth.” This is Paul Krugman’s plan. This is Barack Obama’s plan. This is the stuff Republicans laughed out of Congress for years. Now Trump is pushing stimulus boondoggles Republicans spent years labeling soft-core socialism. ...
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