December 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm #25628VitalogyParticipant
Exxon Mobil: Leading State Dept.
Goldman Sachs: Leading Treasury Dept.
Fast Food: Leading Labor Dept.
Anti-gay: Leading Attorney General.
King of Bankruptcy: Leading Commerce Dept.
Public education enemy: Leading Education Dept.
WWE Wrestling: Leading SBA.
Climate Change Denier: Leading EPA.
Mitch McConnell’s wife: Leading Transportation Dept.
And…a Twitter-addicted, reality TV president with zero relevant experience.
(this is not mine by the way)
But Bernie!!December 16, 2016 at 7:08 pm #25630AndrewParticipant
Trump will do awful things and appoint terrible people to run some of the cabinet departments.
Why worry about things you can’t stop?
It’s better, as soon as you can get your mind around it, to start thinking about 2018 and 2020. That’s when the Democrats have their next real chances to start to turn things around. And we’d better hope Trump stumbles and/or the next recession happens before 2020 or he’s going to get re-elected, history shows, unless the Democrats can come up with another super-candidate like Obama by then. I don’t see it myself.
The more important thing is to be prepared in 2018 and 2020 to win if the opportunities come. Worrying about 2016 much longer is a waste of time.December 16, 2016 at 7:45 pm #25634
A million things could go right.December 16, 2016 at 7:59 pm #25635paulwalkerParticipant
999,999 things could go wrong…in fact I think we are already at about 900,000. And that is before he even takes office.December 16, 2016 at 8:12 pm #25638
I think he has assembled an all-star team.
He’s off to a great start even before he takes office.
He’s inspiring confidence in the private sector which will lead to the growth and jobs we need.December 16, 2016 at 8:47 pm #25640
The election of Donald Trump marks the third great effort to break free from Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal system that has dominated American government for more than 80 years.
The first effort to overturn this bureaucratic establishment was Ronald Reagan in 1980.
The second was the Contract with America in 1994, which resulted in the first Republican majority in the House in 40 years.
As I argued in my speech at the Heritage Foundation this week, the third great effort is the movement that Donald Trump now leads.
In all three cases, the elites were contemptuous, the polls were wrong, the propaganda media was relentlessly hostile, and the American people threw out the establishment and the Left to their great shock.
In the first two waves–Reagan in the 1980s and the Republican Revolution of the 1990s—the insurgents accomplished a great deal in a short time but the left-wing, bureaucratic establishment outlasted the popular surge and the old order took back power.
The Trump surge is larger, deeper, and more energetic than the first two waves. It really began in 2010, and although it was undermined by an anti-populist, unaggressive presidential campaign in 2012, it grew stronger again in 2014 and 2016.
At its core this movement is about the American people reasserting control over an arrogant and corrupt political establishment that is both failing and failing to be held accountable.
The Trump surge has the potential to profoundly shift government and society from the New Deal-era big government, bureaucratic, redistributive model to an America based once again on decentralized power, work, optimism, and the effort of individuals, communities, and small groups.
Movements of big change require many activists, but they tend to be built around one personality: George Washington in the American Revolution, Andrew Jackson in the first era of populism, and FDR in establishing big government.
If Trumpism succeeds in replacing the 80-year-old bureaucratic model of government, there is no question who will be the defining figure.December 16, 2016 at 9:04 pm #25641Andy BrownParticipant
Success in the private sector does not necessarily translate to great or even satisfactory performance in public service.
Also some of his choices like Sessions are just angry old white male bigots that haven’t ever gotten their way on certain key issues where they previously have been rejected by their own party.
Saying he’s off to a great start is without circumspection. For example, what drumpf has said about the F 35 sent Lockheed Martin’s market value down 2 billion dollars. What he has said about many other topics has changed considerably creating both economic uncertainty and social anxiety. Also to date as pres elect has had no tangible results. For you to call that a great start lacks credibility.
Finally, as shown above, he has not been a universal confidence builder across the private sector.
Your post is just more cheerleading, Vern.
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