A year ago Trump stated there would be a “Deportation Force” to remove illegal aliens en masse. Recently he stated that again, though he said he would go after the “criminal” ones first (drug dealers, rapist, etc.), followed by mass deportations of other undocumented aliens. Paul Ryan just recently said that there would be no “Deportation Force”. He is Speaker of the House, which controls the money and the laws.
So what happens here?
As for “Obamacare”, Trump and the GOP stated a year ago that they would completely get rid of it. More recently, Trump has stated he would keep the parts for people with pre-existing conditions to be able to get “affordable” coverage, and for keeping people under 26 eligible to be on their parents’ medical coverage. These are two of the most important and costly (to insurers) parts of Obamacare which the GOP has been saying they would get rid of. Now Trump says he will keep them. Ryan states that Congress has a plan for a $25B pool for those people and is rather evasive about how that would be paid for.
“We can have a health care system in America where everyone, regardless of income or health condition, can get affordable health insurance, get affordable health care.”
Note the word “affordable”! “And you can have this system without a costly government takeover, like Obamacare, that is cranking up premiums, that is making the deductibles so high it doesn’t even feel like you have insurance.” Obamacare does not set premiums of deductibles. That is the insurance companies, and what Ryan proposes turns them loose to do even worse. So the new administration will keep parts of Obamacare that Trump supporters wanted gotten rid of, and put in new, worse rules that will cost the insured even more.
As for the Supreme Court, Trump can make many changes to laws even before appointing a new Justice, with just the stroke of a pen. Executive orders, such as those requiring health insurance plans to include birth control coverage, can be rescinded, as well as requirements for clean energy. Trump is one who has continued to call the scientifically proven fact of human contribution to global warming, accepted by almost every scientist in that field, a global hoax. So to allow the energy companies to continue to endanger our lives for their own profit, he has made it clear he will get rid of requirements for clean energy production. And this will likely kill the worldwide effort to clean up our air, which has so far been effective in bringing even the most contentious countries on board up till now.
And his list of likely nominations include justices that are known to lean farther to the right than the already right leaning Supreme Court Justices. The Court was right leaning before the latest opening, but his choices will send it farther to the right.
Another likely victim to these Court changes will be the limitations on corporate contributions to political parties which are basically buying the elections.
There are laws requiring no conflicts of interest exist between duties and personal financial concerns for employees of the executive branch. The law excludes the president and vice president because of situations that require their attention without recusing themselves. But Trump claims he is turning over the running of his businesses to a blind trust, which is a person or group that has no personal interest in the decisions. Rudy Giuliani insists that Trump has accomplished this. How? He turned the running of his business over to his children, who are also part of his transition team and trusted advisers on political matters. How many are foolish enough to believe he has turned the businesses over to a real “blind” trust?
While I have hope for a "fair" presidency, and there have been some indicators that Trump is backing down from his terrible declarations of his early candidacy, there is still much uncertainty. What happens when he takes office? And what follows? I fear that his arrogance will cause him to openly do many impeachable offenses, but that a Republican Congress, so deep in his pockets, will refuse to do anything to hold him to the law. I am curious how you see these evolving matters and what you think will happen in the next few months.
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Trump's campaign was based on harnessing the anger of America by making false and grandiose claims. These false claims included what he said was wrong with America, and also what he would do to fix it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCP3b_a2Zoohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60KtCDJAf30
American isn't declining because of foreigners.
America is declining because they are lazy as fuck.
Of course I don't mean everyone. I am referring to the bottom half of the population (low income) who are able-bodied, but refuse to work and feel entitled to a lifetime of welfare. The government systems are in a financial shithole because politicians feel compelled to continue these programs to gain votes. All the while, millions live below the poverty line on purpose because they think it is better than working. You end up with millions who have never worked a single day in decades, but able to afford basic food and housing... nothing extravagant. But it gets them by. And then they blame the government that they aren't given more (see videos for examples).
The problem that Trump is encountering now is that he is realizing that all of his grandiose claims are actually not legal to do. In business, there are few rules to restrict a person. However, in politics, progress is slow because it requires the approval of not just the president, but the House, Senate and the American people. Because Trump has no political experience, he did not know that everything he proposed is likely impossible to achieve. Now that he is elected, the GOP is explaining to him why they can't do the things Trump promised, and this is the reason he is backing off of almost everything he said he would do.
He can't build a wall. The ecological disaster to wildlife alone would stop such a project. He can't "Stop and Frisk" for no reason because it is against the constitution and illegal. He can't deport all the illegal aliens because he has no idea how to find and identify them. He can't ban all Muslims from entering the US because there is no way to identify a person's religion unless that person tells you. There are also repercussions of such actions like the retaliation from the UAE, Saudi Arabia... etc. He can't renegotiate NAFTA because the US has already signed the Act. He can't do anything about China's currency either because China has so much financial leverage that China essentially holds a royal flush (China can set the US in recession if it wanted to by selling US bonds).
Your arguments sound great, EXCEPT...
He does not care about ecological disasters. He is already setting up to get rid of the watchdog for that, the EPA, so he can continue to ignore science and go back to harmful energy policies.
He is not worried about constitutionality because he has lined up choices for the Supreme Court who will redefine what is constitutional. His first pick will be in shortly and will tilt the Court to the right. Wait a bit and the next choice will send it farther right.
And he does not worry about sharing the playground with other kids. He has already made it clear he has no qualms about dumping our allies and isolating us.
Really, I see your points, but his messages of hate and bigotry have incited many to support his views and unless a lot of those people in high places realize how badly that direction can take us, he will be able to put things through that we would not have believed possible before.
The answer is in the details. Even if the EPA is distracted, the eyes of the 300 million Americans is not. When a pipeline can't be built between a few states, neither will an impenetrable wall across the entire country.
The constitution cannot be changed easily and it is not decided by the courts exclusively. Even with the house and the senate in the hands of Republicans, a change to the constitution requires 3/4 of the votes from Congress. Such a change would need to be favored by both republicans and democrats, and it very very rarely changes. The last time the constitution changed was 1992.
@meowcow Perfectly stated. Not to mention the cost, manpower, and legal challenges such a mass deportation would cost. It's not feasible, but was just campaign rhetoric for votes. Both sides use rhetoric and make promises they break or keep. When Obama campaigned against Hillary, one of the major differences was he wasn't going to have an individual mandate to purchase health insurance. As we all know, he went back on that campaign promise, along with the anti war promise. True we significantly drew down in Iraq, but we are entangled in Syria and Ukraine. We will see what the next four years bring us, only time will tell.