Crippled America, How To Make America Great Again - Book Review
What About the Man?
Some say he's brash. Others criticize his hair. Beyond the outspoken nature of this presidential hopeful, the man has a record of success in business that bears a closer look. He identifies the issues that are facing our nation in today's volatile world of continuous war on terrorism, the need for a return of good paying jobs, the need to improve our infrastructure and to improve our educational standards. He addresses the issues in a frank, and sometimes offensive, manner.
Many criticize his proposed plans for improving our nation. Some judge him for his harsh words and direct way of speaking his mind. But there are things to be gleaned from his ideas as presented in the book, Crippled America - How to Make America Great Again.
Donald J. Trump
About The Author
Right from the start, you have to admit, the man speaks his mind. In fact, he is one of the most outspoken of the potential candidates, Republican and Democrat. He's not afraid to be politically incorrect. He excels at this. Perhaps it's his best attribute. It certainly distinguishes him from the other candidates.
Known as a celebrity from fourteen seasons on his show, "The Apprentice", "one of the most successful reality series ever on NBC," his season finale had the highest ratings on television, after the Superbowl, with twenty-eight million viewers.
Many people recognize the billionaire from his extremely profitable real estate ventures, his best selling books, including The Art of the Deal, and the impressive list of interviews, write-ups and awards he has received including the "Green Space" Award, Hotel and Real Estate Visionary of the Century, from the Historical Society and a host of other awards attesting to his philanthropic nature and economic success.
Trump Place, New York
Love and Hate
Face it, you either love the guy or you hate him. But that doesn't impinge on his ideas to turn this country around. For many, the slowly creeping demise of what we remember as the American ideal: top notch education and schools; the best built cars; a manufacturing giant in multiple industries; jobs and employment opportunities; in fact, a land of endless opportunity is now, saddled with increasing debt, budget deficits, and ongoing wars that seem to be unwinnable. Countless lives have been ruined by the terrorism that has infiltrated our country, with increasing concerns on our financial credit rating along with the unrestricted immigration of people whose needs drain our resources without adding to the coffers.
Trump International Tower, Chicago, Under Construction
He's Too Rich
There's an old joke about the best way to make a million dollars. The answer: Start with ten million. Donald Trump admits to receiving a loan of a million dollars from his hard working mentor and father, Fred. But unlike many who win the lottery and end up in debt, this entrepreneur used his skills to turn that million dollars into an empire of over ten billion dollars. How did he do that? He explains this in his books and it involves hard work, a subject he understands.
Not only is he successful financially in real estate, he also amassed a fortune in book sales and he shares those secrets. To those who say he's too rich, check the net worth of our current President 2, Mrs. Obama 3 and the other candidates. 4
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What Does He Propose as Solutions?
Trump says, this country "needs someone with common sense and business acumen, someone who can truly lead America back to what has made us great in the past." How does he plan to do that?
He proposes a tax plan that "gives the middle class and those with lower incomes a chance to keep more of what they earn."
He commits to "a more powerful military, one prepared and equipped to stand up to any and all of our foes. When we draw a line in the sand, it needs to mean something..."
He plans to fix the healthcare system by "creating competition in the private sector between insurance companies, and by allowing patients to choose the family doctors they want."
He sees the immediate need to "undertake a massive rebuilding of our infrastructure" saying that "too many bridges have become dangerous" with our decaying roads creating lost time and income due to congestion and delays. He says our airports can't begin to compare with those in other nations whose technology and infrastructure has far surpassed our own.
He claims expertise in negotiations that resulted in successful business deals and intends to transmit this experience into better deals in our foreign trade agreements. He says that we lose to Mexico and China in trade and at the border. He talks about turning that around to make deals that profit both sides, including the US.
How will he do it? Mr. Trump says, "I find the people who are the best in the world at what needs to be done, then I hire them to do it, and then I let them do it."
He speaks of how his investments created thousands of jobs and how he can translate that to the unemployed millions in this country who want to return to work.
Trump Tower, Toronto
What About Foreign Policies?
Trump identifies why few world powers respect us. He believes that building up our military is essential to be seen as a world leader; a super power as we once were. He says, "The best way not to have to use your military power is to make sure that power is visible." He believes that building airplanes and ships will put thousands of people to work.
He also says that the protection and military forces that we deploy to fight the wars in other countries should come at a price, in particular, when defending oil rich nations like Saudi Arabia which earns between a half a billion and a billion dollars every day. At present, they pay us nothing. He wants that to change.
He wants South Korea to pay us for the 28,500 soldiers who protect their country every day without paying us a cent.
Our cost of defending Iraq was two trillion dollars while they sit on an ocean of oil and contribute nothing to our expense.
"The point is we're spending trillions of dollars to safeguard other countries." He believes they should pay their fair share of the cost and we should have a tangible objective for the outcome before we intervene in a conflict that does not affect us directly or threaten our national interests.
Donald Trump believes that to announce our strategy to our enemies ahead of time is foolhardy. The Iran deal is, in his opinion, the worst deal he has ever seen with the US getting nothing and giving away everything including the release of billions of dollars in sanctions. From a negotiating standpoint, it forced us to give huge concessions and allowed huge loopholes in enforcing anything meaningful.
He discusses China's trade agreement and their global economy and says they need us as much as we need them. He talks about the danger of China devaluing their currency.
Trump Tower Manila, the Philippines
The Donald Has Many Ideas
The book goes into impressive detail about the changes that need to happen to improve our educational system, global warming, gun control, health care reform, tax code reform and much more. His particular advantage is not having to bow down to special interest groups or have ties to them for donations to his campaign since he is self-financed.
He loves our country and is not afraid to say so. There are many reasons people dislike and disrespect Donald Trump. He's made bold statements about immigrants and crime. He's spoken harshly to women reporters. He's made jokes that fall short of being funny when it comes to the appearance or demeanor of other candidates.
Pushing all that aside, his ideas have merit and give hope for a brighter outcome for America, placing emphasis on the real issues of our national security and placing our people first. This book explains how he plans to do that.
Whether he can do these things or not if elected is not in my power to foresee. This is a book review. Comments and opinions are welcomed.
Donald Trump's Speech, Fort Dodge, Iowa 11-12 15
© 2015 Peg Cole
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