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Donald Trump For President?
Donald Trump For President?
I do not know if it is because of the Clinton Presidency in light of what went on during his tenure in the Oval Office with Lewinski and cigars, but it seems that the time is nigh when anyone now is capable of winning the modern-day job of being Caesar. Perhaps, it is because a junior, junior Senator won the White-house and the bedlam consequences are being felt, resulting in many pundits, and apparently, a growing swath of the electorate convinced that there is a dire need for a non-traditional politician to get us out of the miry clay. This is where Trump comes in – he is a successful business man and has the business pedigree to be a formidable force in the pending 2012 Presidential elections.
Yes, it is true that Trump has had multiple marriages and as much as he protests about the dangers of foreigners, all of his wives were imported ((borrowed from Saturday-Night- Live). Nonetheless, the truth is that if you listen to what Mr. Trump is saying… much of it makes sense. Let us take Trump’s take on America’s posture of going in and rescuing people from their despotic rulers, Ala Iraq under Saddam and the Afghanis under the Taliban and al Qaeda. Trump believes that those rescued denizens, like the Iraqis, should compensate the United States for its blood and treasure lost in those theatres -- think of all the oil that is in Iraq and the current price of petrol here. Incidentally, over a month ago, the ungrateful Iraqis, with straight faces, were saying that they want the United States to pay for the damage done to their infrastructure during the wars.
I hope if we have to pay penance for the Iraqis freedom, then I hope that Saddam is resurrected and given the powers he had before the wars - lest we forgot why this man was called “The Butcher of Baghdad.” Trump insists that the Iraqis pay us for their rescue, which, of course, would finally give the idiot mantra – ‘no war for oil’ - uttered by the “Far Left,” credence. Trump also believes that all the coalition members who also lost blood and treasure to rescue the Iraqis twice should share in the spoils of war on a per capita basis. One of the most salient points Trump is positing, while he is unofficially stumping, is reminding us that Saudi Arabia is not our friend – no mater how much our current President genuflects to the king of the House of Saud. Trump’s point is that most of the 911 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia and that, although we have our troops stationed there and protecting Saudi oil reserves, we still have to pay over $100.00 a barrel for said oil that cost our “friends” a little over a dollar to bring to market.
As for Trump’s economic policies, the Donald believes that the Chinese shouldn't have the power they have over us due to their appetite for buying our bonds and being our debtors. At best, Trump believes the relationship between the two countries should be one of mutually assured destruction. Yes, they own most of our debt, but they need us to purchase their cheap goods for them to maintain their march of a up and coming Hegemon. Trump would put substantial tariffs on Chinese goods, conditional on whether the Chinese floats their currency and allowed equal access to their markets to have a semblance of a trade balance vis-a-vis imports/exports. It all sounds good, but from a practical point of view, I do not know how Mr. Trump’s unique political take on the issues would play against the Chinese who hold such economic leverage over us. Mr. Trump reminds me of President Teddy Roosevelt without the comb over and another marked difference form Roosevelt is that Trump will not be walking softly and carrying the big stick – the world will see it coming a mile away. In these trying times, I could make a cogent case for America to have Trump’s political posture….