A lot of Trump supporters are all upset because Trump yesterday said he won’t pursue putting his opponent Hillary Clinton in jail. Many of his supporters are voicing huge disappointment over that announcement.
However, if you really want to know the truth, that is probably the least egregious broken promise on the horizon. The rest of his broken promises will affect you, your parents, your grand parents, and the country as a whole.
Remember when Trump said that he wants to make sure the working class has a chance to get a head? That he is going to bring back millions of jobs? And, that he will make sure that people get a pay raise?
Trump announced a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. People are licking their chops of getting one of those millions of jobs surely headed their way. Only, it isn’t an infrastructure plan, it is a tax cut for construction companies. This plan will create no new jobs.
The way it works is that companies can “invest” in construction jobs on the infrastructure, and then get a tax cut to recover up to 84 percent of the money. Republicans are claiming this is a huge “jobs” bill. Only, there is no requirement that any “new jobs” be created.
In fact, there is nothing that says that our roads are to be rebuilt under this plan. What it really does is ensure that roads that would turn out as Toll Roads and Bridges that turn out as Toll Bridges might get built, but the rest of our roads and bridges will fall by the wayside. The only way to rebuild our infrastructure is for the government to invest in rebuilding it. Not waiting for some “company” to see an opportunity to make money off of tolls and take advantage of the tax breaks they would get.
Last May the Department of Labor issued an order dealing with overtime. Today, if you make over $23,000 and are listed as a manager, assistant manager, or supervisor, the company can force you to work more than 40 hour weeks without paying you any overtime.
The new rule which is supposed to start on Dec 1 makes that threshold about $47,000. Of course Republicans and the Chamber of Commerce went nuts, as usual. It means that about 4 million people would have to be paid overtime if they worked more than 40 hours in a week.
23 Republican controlled states sued over the new rule. Yesterday a judge in, where else, Texas put a temporary stay on the rule. Additionally, the Republican controlled House has a bill ready to go to overturn this rule. They don’t want the American people getting any kind of raise because that means it cuts into the profits of their donor class. Trump has said he is in favor of this repeal.
So, “I will rebuild our infrastructure” and “help the working people”. Promise broken. No new jobs will come from his “plan” nor any overtime for the workers who make more than about $23,000 per year.
Remember when Trump said that Social Security would not be touched? Well, the Republicans in the house already have a privatization plan ready to be introduced as soon as the new Congress takes office. That means Social Security will be touched.
Remember when Trump said that Social Security would not be cut? Well, the “experts” on his transition team are already floating the idea to cut Social Security benefits. They believe that you always balance the budget on the backs of the needy and elderly. So, “Social Security won’t be touched”. Promise broken.
Remember when Trump said that Medicare would not be touched? Well, once again, Republicans in the House are ready to roll out their privatization plan for Medicare. Under this plan, seniors would be given a “voucher” for a certain amount of money and told to go on the open market and buy their own insurance. Trump supports this idea. He now says that “Medicare should be modernized” which means privatized.
There are several problems with this “plan”. First, they aren’t saying if the “voucher” would cover the entire cost of the insurance they would need. Second, there are no provisions for these vouchers to be automatically raised each year with the cost of insurance premiums. Third, there are no requirements about how much “out-of-pocket” money seniors would have to pay out. Fourth, there are no protections to keep prescription drug costs down for seniors either.
Then there is the idea that they want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That means the provision of protecting people with “preexisting conditions” will go away as well. How many seniors do you know that do not have “preexisting conditions?” Which means they will either be denied coverage, or forced to pay far more than the “voucher” promised by Paul Ryan and his gang. So, “I won’t touch Medicare”. Promise broken.
Remember when Trump said he would place his companies in a “blind trust”? Or, rather would let his children run them? Well, there is no sign yet of that happening. As a matter of fact, it appears that he is trying to curry favors with foreign leaders already.
When speaking with Farage, a leader of a British Party, he talked about stopping the wind farm electrical sites, especially next to his golf course in Scotland. He even admitted that he brought that up.
Then we have Ivanka in a meeting with the Japanese Foreign Minister. There was no reason for her to be there except that she heads up the company’s foreign purchase department. There is a report, denied by both parties involved, where Trump asked the head of the Argentine government to help him get the right permits to build his building there.
Trump took time out from putting together his cabinet to hold a meeting with his business partners from India. He has basically shown no interest in divesting himself from any of his business interests. Yesterday, he said “the law is on my side. There cannot be a conflict of interest if it involves the President.”
That sounds an awful lot like Richard Nixon saying “if the President does it, it is not against the law.” Remember what that led to?
So, “I will not be interested in my businesses”. Promise broken.
The real problem with the last broken promise is that we may never know just how far his conflict of interest goes when dealing with foreign countries. We still don’t know which government-owned banks he owes money to or how much money.
In one sense he is right. There is nothing that says he must remove himself from his businesses. Yet, there is the “emolument” clause that discusses conflict of interest and “receiving payments” from foreign countries as an expressed impeachment offense.
There are a lot of disappointments still to come from Donald Trump for his supporters. The question is will they recognize that they were lied to and taken advantage of by a snake oil salesman, or will they continue their blind obedience to him?
His appointments so far and string of broken promises are not something that makes us confident in his Presidency. He promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington. Yet, his actions so far haven’t done anything to “drain the swamp” but rather make it deeper than before the election.
He is showing everyone that his campaign was exactly what we thought it was. A series of falsehoods, lies, fantasies, and fraud just to get elected. He is not interested in governing our country. He is only interested in enriching himself by using the Office of the President to enhance his businesses.
If you voted for Trump because of what he promised you, you better get ready to be sorely disappointed. To keep your promises you must have integrity. Trump has proven throughout his 70 years on this planet he can’t spell the word much less live by it. I predict there will be a lot of whining and complaining about Trump very soon. And, it will be from his supporters.