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The depth of public disillusionment with the status quo.

Updated on December 8, 2017

In his inaugural address, Obama promised “not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.” He promised to “build the roads and bridges, the electric grids, and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.” He promised to “restore science to its rightful place and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost.” He promised to “transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.” And of course he promised to "cut deficit spending in half".

Barack Obama failed to address the tax issues or get a budget passed in his first four years, Obamacare failed to lower Insurance costs to most Americans by the promised $2,400... instead most people's Insurance costs went up at least that much in the past few years, while others have lost coverage all together.

After listening to Obama blame Bush for all our problems the first two years or more, despite the fact that Bush had to contend with 9/11, Katrina, and the Housing Meltdown (which honestly no matter who was President all three of those catastrophes would likely have been beyond the President's ability to alter) all of which seriously impacted our economy during those 8 years...who now do we blame for our problems?

Who now do we blame for another looming recession? For the proposed additional 4 Trillion in national debt for this year's budget? For the 4.5% Unemployment that we all know is really over 20% Unemployment, they've just stopped counting all those people who have for too long been unemployed?

The Nation's working-age population grows by about 163,000 people a month, the young who never get fulltime employment are never counted against Unemployment. In addition, Obama added 1.7 million illegal immigrants to the 'legal' workforce back in 2012. These numbers don't show up in their 4.5% unemployment.

While Hillary Clinton has promised us more of the same, more of the divisionary politics that has ruled the landscape for more than twenty years now. Trump with all his bluster and bravado has promised to remove China's "most favored nation" trade status, which will allow America to 'tax' their imports and that in turn will make 'made in America' more competitive. It would also make it less advantageous for companies to ship jobs to China, and make it more economical for them to keep those jobs right here in America.

Trump has advocated the amendment of NAFTA and CAFTA to reflect today's realities. This to, would stop the bleeding of jobs to other nations, and make it more feasible for companies to keep or create jobs right here in America... NAFTA and CAFTA were supported by the Clintons time and again.

For instance, the economic team and key advisors, including Mack McLarty, Mickey Kantor, and David Gergen, who urged Bill Clinton to use his momentum to push for congressional ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) did so knowing it could take jobs away from American workers. But as an advocate of global economic cooperation, Bill Clinton was drawn to its free-trade philosophy.

That is what Clinton and Obama, have supported, global economic cooperation at the expense of American prosperity and jobs. Mickey Kantor, the U.S. Trade Representative responsible for implementing NAFTA, sat Hillary Clinton down on a bench behind the White House and convinced her to back NAFTA, even though at the time she was pushing for health care reform (later implemented by Obama), Kantor said to her: "'If you want to drop NAFTA, we can kill it, but we shouldn't,'" Kantor recalled. "I said, 'The way to do it is to introduce health care, spend a month on it, and then do NAFTA, then go back to health care.'" She agreed and the devastation of the American industry began.

Trump wants to lower American corporate taxes on businesses which are the highest in the world. And will give incentives to businesses to keep (or create) jobs here in America rather than moving them overseas. Trump wants to rescind 'most favoured nation' status for China, and wants to modify or do away with NAFTA and CAFTA.

If Trump truly accomplished half of those things... America would gain 8 to 12 million jobs for Americans in the next four years. Since Trump is not beholden to lobbyists, foreign powers or really either Party for that matter, he might be able pull it off... vote an 'establishment' politician into office, and these issues will never see the light of day, and the decay of American industry and innovation will continue.

China's GDP now exceeds America
China's GDP now exceeds America

The trade deficit with China directly slices $700 billion off GDP, and about $1 trillion through the multiplier effects usually associated with a permanent boost in spending or a tax cut. The U.S. manufacturing base has lost over 11 million jobs and real wages have sunk back to pre-1990 levels, with China manipulating its currency, and that's what is destroying the middle-class.

There were 47 million American's on welfare when Obama took office and now there are more than 110 million. Clearly you can't cut down on deficit spending when you are more than doubling the millions of people living off of entitlements. A fact all but ignored, and never discussed in the media.

Now let's look at some of Obama's accomplishments during his years in office:

Obama bypassed congressional authority, issuing an executive order to place US coastal waters in the jurisdiction of the UN, and making US coastal states responsible to pay taxes and share revenue with up to 160 foreign nations. Obama placed the UN L.O.S.T. Treaty above the sovereignty of the United States.

Obama bypassed congressional authority, issuing executive order number 13575 to place a large percentage of rural American farmland into the jurisdiction of the UN, and to extend federal control over that portion of our farmlands, driving out the rightful owners with federal regulations. Executive order 13575 agenda 21

Obama bypassed Congress on the DREAM Act, stopping the Federal Government from deporting illegals and granting them the ability to get work permits, adding millions to a workforce that already has tens of millions out of work.

Obama bypassed Congress and issued a policy directive that effectively rewrites the Welfare Reform law of 1996, his change allows the Department of Health and Human Services to waive the work requirement at the heart of welfare reform.

Obama ordered the IRS to ignore fraudulent immigrant claims for refunds they claim for children, who are not even verified to be real, it is estimated that this fraud costs tax payers over 6 Billion dollars a year.

Obama’s stimulus plan cost more than the race to the moon, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Marshall Plan combined — in real dollars — and it did little to improve the economy. Some of Obama's biggest supporters reaped the rewards of the ARRA stimulus, while the promise that it would ensure unemployment would never go above 8% was proven false, as it never went below 8% during his first four years.

And then of course, there was Obamacare, the law that has 21 new taxes in it, even though Obama promised it was not a tax. Which the Supreme Court said is exactly what it was. And of course, we trust our government to oversee one sixth of the National economy and levy taxes for that oversight, after all, they have done such a stand up job with Social Security.

These are the reasons why Hillary Clinton is an unelectable candidate. America by-and-large bought into Obama's Hope and Change, they believed in it, and he didn't come through for them, quite the contrary the Nation is in a more perilous position than it has been since before the Reagan recovery of the mid-80s. And it has been put there directly because of the decisions and actions of the Obama administration and the 'establishment' as a whole.

The majority of American voters no longer trust in the 'establishment' or in those long tenured established politicians that have long been part of it. They want real change, and they will flock to the candidate that they think most embodies change and anti-establishment.


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      3 years ago from upstate, NY

      OK, well let the best man win!

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      Ken Burgess 

      3 years ago from Florida

      The majority of coverage they gave him was because it got ratings, and he said outlandish things that got him that attention. But that was then...

      The coverage he has been getting for over a week now is almost all negative and slanted to turn voters off to him.

      As you said he has been involved with politics to a small degree for a long time now, he has been doing international business for a long time now, he is wealthy and well educated... the comparisons to Hitler are smear campaign efforts, the KKK and Duke issue was a total fabrication to use to attack him, I bet they deliberately cut his earpiece out to get that hedging answer from him... when for decades now, including just the day prior to that interview he had denounced Duke and the KKK.

      He has spoken about the TP, NAFTA, China issues and is the only one telling it like it is where they are concerned, those trade agreements are killing our nation. He is the only one strongly advocating a wall and new border enforcement, the rest say as little as they can get away with about it... and only because he has brought it up.

      There is no other option for any hard working American, middle class Americans, even high end Americans, regardless of race color or creed... the only one talking about taking on China, NAFTA, Mexico, etc is Trump which means he is the only one that might actually do something when in office to alter our continued decline.

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      3 years ago from upstate, NY

      I don't think the GOP establishment on a whole, likes either Trump or Cruz, but will likely take the one they think they can work with. Lindsey Graham said choosing between Trump and Cruz is like choosing to be shot or poisoned and Graham is thought to be an establishment guy.

      Here's a quote from Real Clear Politics;

      "Cruz has made more enemies than friends among his Senate colleagues and other Washington Republicans, many of whom view him as duplicitous and scheming. Trump, for his part, has executed a hostile takeover of the party and its nominating process, with divisive rhetoric and unorthodox tactics propelling his rise."

      As I mentioned before, I don't see Trump as being a complete outsider since he's spent his entire business career buying politicians to garner their favor and because of his belief in their progressive agenda. A case could be made that Cruz is more of an outsider as evidenced from his dislike among his fellow Senators.

      I take what the networks say with a grain of salt although I don't think its prudent to discard everything they say. You could discard almost any source of information because you suspect bias. If the networks hate Trump so much why are they giving him so much coverage? Their free coverage has in a large part contributed to his success.

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      Ken Burgess 

      3 years ago from Florida


      You are completely misinformed, the PACs are spending hundreds of millions right now on anti-Trump ads... the brought Romney out of the closet to speak against him... they are fabricating stories that he has no problem with Duke or the KKK, when he has disavowed them for decades now, long before he ever began this run for Presidency.

      The establishment would rather have Hillary over Trump, Hillary like Rubio, is already bought and paid for, 4 years of Hillary will mean for more years of everything that is wrong will continue.

      Only Trump is an outsider, only Trump is not on the take, only Trump might actually do the things he has promised... everyone else is worthless, they are no different than what we have had for the last 25 years.

      "a recent CNN poll has Trump losing to Hillary by 8 points while both Rubio and Cruz beating Hillary."

      The fact that you take ANYTHING that CNN or Foxnews or NYTimes or any of the corporate propaganda machines put out as fact... just makes you one of their programmable sheep, they say Trump is bad, so you believe it... they say he can't beat Hillary, and you believe it. It's why America is on the road to no-where and has been for more than two decades now... people just won't wake up.

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      3 years ago from upstate, NY

      The Washington established favors Trump over Cruz because they feel they can work with Trump to continue their corporate welfare and cronyism. He's already stated that he's he's willing to make deals with Democrat's and is supporting ethanol subsidies, which is pure cronyism and a sign of more to come.

      Republican Party leaders see Trump as more flexible and pragmatic, Deal-making is something professional politicians understand. Republican politicos hate Cruz’s “no compromise” approach.

      As far as electibility goes, its hard to say, a recent CNN poll has Trump losing to Hillary by 8 points while both Rubio and Cruz beating Hillary. The liberal media has given Trump loads of free airtime since this past summer and hasn't really seriously attacked him. They relish a Trump candidacy because they have tons of dirt they've dug up on him but are waiting till after the GOP Convention to pommel him so that Hillary will coast to victory.

    • Ken Burgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Burgess 

      3 years ago from Florida


      Cruz has only won Caucus States, Trump has won the Primary states. Cruz only wins where the Republican vote is strictly controlled. Where Independants are allowed to influence the vote as well Cruz gets killed.

      Cruz is unelectable as President, but the Republican elitists have decided they would rather lose the Presidential election with Cruz, so that they can keep their corrupt Washington establishment working as usual, and they can keep filling their pockets at our expense... vs. risk Trump actually getting in as President and making any real change in the Trade agreements and WallSt/Gov behind door dealings, that would actually help America and American workers.

      The very gritty bottom line... only Trump offers a true alternate from the same old same old in Washington. The media, the PACs, the elitists are all against him... FoxNews during that debate did everything to assassinate him with their questions, prepared clips, and allowing the other candidates to rip him all night long.

      There is a reason why this is... because Trump is a real threat to the powers that be, that are draining this nation of its wealth and jobs.

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      3 years ago from upstate, NY

      I agree with you that Obama's progressive agenda has gutted Our economy. Although Trump is no doubt better than any of the insane liberals that are running, I believe Ted Cruz would be much better.

      Until very recently Trump spent his entire adult life supporting progressive politicians and causes, he's publicly praised Canada's socialized medical system numerous times, supported Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton in their election campaigns, criticized Mitt Romney's tough immigration stance in 2012, supported affirmative action, planned parenthood, assault weapons ban, and using government power to limit private property rights via Eminent Domain rulings. On top of that his proposals are estimated to add 11 trillion dollars to the debt in a large part because he refuses to face the fact that our current entitlement system is unsustainable and needs to be overhauled.

      Maybe he's evolved on all these issues but it doesn't seem likely. He claims to be an outsider and can't be bought but has spent most of his career buying off politicians (mainly liberals). He changes positions on key issues in months, weeks or even while he's talking. It may be to late to stop Trump but I think we could do much better.

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      People surely are upset with the status quo which is why candidates like Bernie Sanders who is an avowed socialist and Donald Trump are doing so well in the polls. Hillary is now ahead of Sanders with delegates but is not yet a shoe in to get the nomination. Trump seems unstoppable at this point and the establishment Republicans are just about pulling their hair out in desperation. Quite the contest this year! There is much at stake for the survival of our Republic. Many people are worried if we keep going down this path which we are currently traveling.


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