Maybe “All You Need Is Love” will be one of President Trump’s themes going into the 2020 election. Trump has emphasized this at rallies including most recently in South Carolina. This contrasts sharply with the Democrats who seem to stress anger and resentment.
Trump believes that except for the young voters, Americans are fed up with the hostility of the last three years. In spite of every Democrat consistently voting against his policies, the mainstream media’s coverage of Trump which has been more than 90% negative. Even with some members of his own party resisting him, he has remarkable accomplishments.
Trumps touts his achievements in foreign policy, having essentially eliminated ISIS. Recall when he entered office, ISIS had control of thousands of square miles in the Mideast. They were beheading Americans.
Iran, flush with cash from a lopsided nuclear-arms deal, was sponsoring terrorism in the region. Iran also captured a U.S. Navy boat and forced the sailors to their knees. Trump pulled out of the deal with Iran, which he could do since the prior administration didn't get the deal ratified by the Senate, simply because the Senate wouldn't approve the deal.
Trump imposed crippling sanctions on Iran, causing its economy to collapse. Eventually Iran will be forced to negotiate with Trump. This is especially true because Iran knows Trump will use the power of the rebuilt military against them if necessary.
Peace through strength always seems to work.
Trump also invigorated a decade-long, stagnant U.S. economy. The prior administration’s policies of raising taxes (the Affordable Care Act had 21 new or increased taxes), over-regulating and concentrating on curing perceived social injustices instead of growth, caused the stagnation.
Trump eliminated burdensome and counterproductive regulations, repealed the harmful parts of the Dodd-Frank bill and cut taxes for all Americans and corporations. The tax cut for the middle class stimulated demand in the economy, while the tax cuts for upper-income earners and corporations increased capital formation, providing new capital to stimulate growth.
Had the Federal Reserve not raised interest rates eight times from the end of 2016 to the end of 2018, economic growth would have easily exceeded 3% in 2018 and 2019.
Fortunately, they realized their mistake and cut interest rates three times in 2019.
Trump also had prison reform passed, allowing those convicted of minor offenses to be released from prison. He increased aid to historically black colleges, many of which were on the verge of closing.
Trump’s economy has done more to help minorities and low-income Americans than any Democrat. Trump realized that low-income people really don’t want welfare, food stamps, free healthcare and public housing. They accept those things because they have no choice.
Trump gave them what they really want: opportunity. Opportunity to earn enough income to pay for their own food, shelter and healthcare. With record low unemployment and increasing wages, lower-income earners are leaving welfare rolls and are requesting fewer food stamps.
With all of those achievements, the president isn't enjoying the overwhelming support that those achievements should bring. The reason is because he isn't a politically correct, reserved and eloquent president, contrasting sharply to the prior administration.
He is a businessperson from Queens, New York. Business people tend to be more direct, more to the point and understand the urgency of solving problems. Trump concentrates on the long game, meaning he is not as concerned with winning battles in the short term but only concerned with winning wars in the long term. Politicians tend to concentrate on winning each battle.
People raised in Queens, 50 or 60 years ago, tend to be very direct, to-the-point and very proud, often exaggerating some accomplishments.
As a result, many people are simply turned off by Trump’s actions. To change this perception, he wants to show his softer side, which he is doing by emphasizing the love that is felt by his supporters. He contrasts that with the anger and resentment felt by the supporters of Democrats.
Trump believes that except for the young people, the majority of Americans are fed up with the anger, the constant finger pointing, the hate and divisiveness offered by the Democrats, who then blame Trump. He knows he isn't a racist or bigot or any of those names used by the Democrats. The problem is that the Dems are very good at portraying Trump in this manner.
For 2020, while he continues to accomplish much more for the country, he will emphasize his softer side, showing that he really does care for all Americans, even if he often has to use a "tough love" policy to get there.
He hopes that all we need is love.
Dr. Michael Busler, Ph.D., is a public policy analyst and a professor of finance at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in finance and economics. He has written op-ed columns in major newspapers for more than 35 years.
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