It was clear long before he announced his bid for the presidency that Trump has always been a deceptive, manipulative crook. Nothing in his personal history has ever suggested otherwise. No one should be surprised, therefore, that his crooked ways have continued into his first months in office.
“We should give him a chance,” his supporters have urged. Okay, he’s had four months to reveal some other side of his character. What we’ve seen so far makes him seem much worse than the most pessimistic among us had anticipated.
His budget proposal, announced during his absence from the country, leaves us no more room for giving him the benefit of the doubt. He remains a crook, an anti-Robin Hood, stealing massive sums from the poor and giving it to the rich in the form of huge tax cuts. by no coincidence, he happens to be one of the rich who will benefit at the expense of the majority of Americans.
Americans after the presidency of Reagan should never again trust the obviously misguided view that government favors to the wealthy at the expense of the poor and the middle classes will ultimately benefit all alike because the wealthy will spend more. In the first place, the wealth of the top 5% or so is so very great that they can hardly spend more than they already do. They are not limited by lack of capital. In the second place, it is not lack of spending by the the wealthy that is hurting American jobs — it is a wide variety of factors, including the growth of technology and the patterns of international trade.
Republicans — who now see their views in a grotesque form in Trumps budget — have blindly chanted the manta of reducing taxes for so long they have lost the ability to think clearly about what they are saying. As Socrates used to say, the unexamined tax cut is not worth a vote. But the necessary examination appears to be a task beyond the capacity of today’s conservative politician.
It takes only a moment to look at economic charts of the last 40 years, years that include large tax cuts under Reagan and W, to see that tax cuts achieve none of the goals intended. Each, in fact, has contributed directly to severe abuses on the part of the wealthy, the ones who were promised to be the saviors’ of the poor and middle classes.
Trump’s budget, like everything else about his “leadership,” reveals his ignorance of history but he is not alone — The whole Republican party seems blinded by an out-of-date ideology. When the dominant party is unable to deal with or even recognize reality, all America pays the price.