DONALD TRUMP - 100% correct on border, 100% correct on trade.
wrong on banning by religion, EVEN on a temporary basis. He could have
and should have accomplished the same purpose by other VASTLY more
intelligent and pragmatic means.
As an American who happens to be Jewish, this triggers every warning bell in the SINGLED OUT FOR ANY REASON alarm system.
Glad he knows WHO is responsible for terror, but get smarter.
that his attitude about Putin as someone he can DEAL with is almost
PRECISELY the attitude LBJ had about Ho Chi Minh in 1965. It’s not all
business. Sometimes it’s about the naked result of what all the business
generates, and the means of its achievement become lost.
Gets the Chinese economic issue, and how that relates to military and other hard power 100%
how to handle control of issues, leadership, and while he is a poll
watcher it seems to be as justification that what he says and how he
says it IS EFFECTIVE
But it may turn out to be impossible to vote for him based on his singling out a religion.
CRUZ - the conservative bona fides are attractive, without any doubt.
However, during the govt shut down he euchred the House Repubs into
voting that way based on him telling them he had senatorial support for
the same thing and it just was not correct (to put it politely).
also voted AGAINST BOTH the TAA, and then the TPP. This shows he
understands the economic issues, at the same level, if not the same
expertise as Trump. It’s on this issue I have a problem with
conservative orthodoxy candidate tests.
My judgement therefore is that Cruz is conservative and PRAGMATIC.
Trade (the ideological position for orthodoxy) has TURNED OUT to be a
system whereby modest gains in price, VERY MODEST GAINS in terms of
reduced price increases have been paid for by the shipping of jobs and
careers overseas to the lowest production costs, where working
conditions are horrific because the poorest will tolerate them. The gain
in production costs have gone to the boards, upper management,
financial instruments, and LARGE stockholders. Arguments that this has
benefited millions of 401k’s fall short because the people investing in
those are the people hurt as those careers dwindle.
We have now
reached the state where R&D, product design and engineering is going
overseas along with advanced degree education in Asian nations
The TPP could only be advanced be cause
the TAA represented a one year security blanket of payments and
retraining for the jobs ALL ACKNOWLEDGED would have disappeared to some
Kuala Lumpur or Sri Lanka, and was supported by the Democrats as a sop
to the unions, but in fact represented another payoff of SOME KIND to
the political class …. i.e. Wall Street Democrats and and Corporate
Republicans - which is why I have a very hard time with -
MARCO RUBIO - who supported the TAA and the TPP.
agree with him on NEARLY every foreign policy issue. But his hard
stances on this might turn the United States into a modern version of
18th century Spain, with a huge set of self imposed foreign
responsibilities, and an economy no longer able to support them because
the disposable income and profits (and therefore govt revenue) have
migrated JUST ENOUGH to Asia.
While I have opinions on everyone else, unless something happens, THAT’s not going to happen.
I have NO IDEA who I’m going to vote for in the primary right now, and I might not until I stand in the voting booth.