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Trump Inherited a Mess? A Presidential Walk-Through Proposal

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donald trumpDonald Trump says that he inherited a mess at home and abroad from the last administration. I as a ordinary citizen and supporter of the previous president take offense to that, because it was plainly President Obama who in 2008 inherited the mess. In 2008 the economy was tanking with the highest loss of jobs since the Great Depression, a collapse of the stock market was already in play, the auto industry had its hand out, and American families were losing their homes to crooked bankers. Americans were losing their lives fighting in two wars, one of which was discretionary, and America had lost much of its luster abroad.

The administration of Barack Obama turned all of that around. It handed off a much improved economy and a dialed-down war situation, though still with a dangerous terrorist threat. But what you gonna do when the white boys in Congress won’t work with you?

Now to have this orange clown say that he inherited a mess is highly offensive when the facts are plain: The United States had seen 72 months of consecutive private-sector job growth, rising corporate profits, and stabilized stock markets under Obama’s watch. Twenty million more Americans have health care insurance than before Obama. The wars may still be going on, but it’s difficult to tell judging from press coverage. Trump didn’t inherit a mess, he is creating many messes. What allows him to lie to us about something that we all can see is wrong?

Trump’s bizarre behavior may lead to some new rules for the presidency; a congressman from California is considering proposing legislation that would require a White House psychiatrist, presumably to monitor the mental condition of the this and future presidents. I have a plan (see below) to end dishonest claims about the state of the union at hand-off time. And before long there will be other fixes that would prevent the outrageous claims being make by Trump.

Anyway, I have a solution to the problem of false claims about the condition of the government at transition time. I propose what I’ll call a presidential walk-through of the state of affairs at the time of transition, much as when someone leaves an apartment or condominium the owner and tenant walk through the property listing the conditions and all damages so that it is clear who is responsible for what.

A presidential walk-through would work like this: The outgoing president and his department heads would meet with the incoming president and his proposed department heads to survey together the state of all aspects of the government, the economy, national security, etc. They would evaluate the condition of the country matter by matter to reach an agreement on the condition of each aspects. When they agree on a condition, the new president will sign a statement that this is how that condition is. When they can’t agree on a condition, the new president will have a place to note his dissatisfaction. The outgoing president and the new president will hold a brief joint news conference to publicly acknowledge a document that details the condition of the country at the time of the transfer of leadership – no more bullshit.

The biggest guessing game in America today is the one where everyone is trying to figure out what makes Donald Trump tick; is he a con man, is he mentally unstable, is he simply immature?

My take:

I’m a former longtime New Yorker. I think I recognize Trump’s stripe. He is a hybrid between a Garment Center factory boss and a street-level wise guy. His instincts are those of the factory boss who lies to a client that an order left the factory hours ago, and then goes to the process room to hurry the completion of the order. His mannerism is that of the tough New York wise guy trying to make his bones. Not many New Yorkers voted for Trump because they recognize him and they can distinguish Trump’s character from what they want in a president – it’s the rest of the country that lacks this ability. Or maybe not. Trump once famously said that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue (I’ll continue to remind you of this statement until it happens) without losing any support. That appears to be a true statement, but it still should be tested – any volunteers?

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  • Dr Joseph S Maresca

    Clearly, Potus Trump is talking about the composite mess; wherein, the debt doubled by Potus Bush 43 and again under Potus Obama from $10 trillion to nearly $20 trillion by the end of his term. Compare this statistic to a circa 5% growth in the national debt under Potus Clinton.
    Source: {https://www.thestreet.com/story/10959884/1/national-debt-a-look-at-presidents-tabs.html}

    The debt ballooned under Potus Bush 43 due to the dual wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Under Potus Obama, the debt grew in part to preserve the social safety net during the Great Recession and thereafter. Actually, the net national debt would be lower if students had the financial ability to repay their student loans which are nearing a trillion dollar federal writeoff. In the time of the baby boomers, student debts were paid off because college students acquired jobs more easily.

    The current Patient Protection Act does have vital protections which Potus Trump has committed to preserve. The challenge is to find cheaper ways to deliver the health care service. Interstate competition for pharmaceuticals is part of the answer. Taxing junk food is another possibility. More rigorous funding of the Federal Hill Burton Act of 1946 is yet another possibility.

    The Hill Burton Act of 1946 provides free health care to the poor; whereupon, medical schools and facilities agree to take on free healthcare obligations to serve the local poor. Under Hill Burton, the lower middle class can get substantial discounts on health care delivery in local medical schools and neighborhood medical clinics.

    Another change could produce cheaper medical care delivery. For example, physicians could receive a premium for keeping patients well. The current system rewards disease management rather than patient wellness.

    The Bush/Obama administrations deported approximately 5 million people. The Potus Trump call for 10 million deportations is going to be virtually impossible to achieve for a whole host of reasons. First, local police forces are not chartered nor budgeted to remove large numbers of illegal aliens. Second, the Constitutional issues are considerable. Potus Candidate Jeb Bush indicated that a much smaller deportation is doable in practice.

    Potus Trump ( to his credit) has begun seeking ways to keep American jobs here. i.e. Carrier
    And so, time will tell whether or not his Administration is successful in growing the economy and jobs well into the future. A 4% growth in GDP would provide significantly more tax revenues to make the national debt less prominent in the overall scheme of things. So far, two Presidents have balanced the national budget with resources to spare. i.e. Potus Nixon and Clinton

    Potus Trump has affirmed our commitments to Nato but he wants each member to honor their fair share. Germany is contributing approximately 1.2% of their equivalent GDP instead of the required 2%. And so, the battle lines are drawn. The USA will either withdraw approximately 30-40% of its commitment to Germany or Germany will pay its fair share. Stay tuned to see how it all ends.

  • horace Mungin

    I can’t see comments.

    • I can see yours!

      • horace Mungin

        Hey Christopher, there is a comment by a Dr. Joseph S Maresca which appears briefly on this post, then disappears. If you see that comment, could you somehow get it to me, either by pasting and reposting, or emailing it to me horacemungin@aol.com. Thank you buddy.

        • Horace, there really isn’t such a comment in the system, sorry.

          • horace Mungin

            Thank you.

  • Dr Joseph S Maresca

    The thrust of my original comment was on the roll forward of the national debt which stands at $20 trillion right now. The government holds some assets like the student loans which are nearly a trillion in default. Potus Clinton balanced the last budget into a small surplus before leaving office.

    Part of the national debt is due to the government incremental spending necessitated by the post ’08 crash and the social safety net for the recovery from the Great Recession. POTUS Trump is currently trying to normalize spending in the various governmental departments with a $54 billion increase in spending for the military-mostly to modernize existing equipment and increase troop strength as needed. (And more robust military involvements could happen proximate to the Korean Peninsula.)

    The most difficult task will be to tackle enhancements to Obamacare or its replacement. Obamacare could be strengthened by taxing junk food in the same way we tax alcohol, tobacco and firearms. The other choices would be to strengthen the Hill Burton Program of 1946, expand Medicaid or universalize Medicare. The other problem is that the health care costs have grown because the population has increased to over 320 million – a 140 million increase since 1960.

    Some privatization could be introduced into the healthcare system by encouraging health savings accounts from birth, assembling regional pharmaceutical cooperatives, streamlining the FDA approval process and giving physicians complete discretion in choosing treatment modalities for patients.

    Potus Trump has said that he will simplify the regulatory process by eliminating many regulations. Some regulatory consolidation is needed; however, the US government still needs robust auditing of its operations, as well as, superior internal accounting control systems and processes. Stay tuned for how this first term evolves.