Donald Trump—Who He REALLY Is
by Chuck Yeager
The criticisms of Trump are amazingly missing something. They are lacking in negative stories from those who work for him or have had business dealings with him. After all the employees he’s had and all the business deals he’s made there is a void of criticism. In fact, long term employees call him a strong and merciful leader and say he is far more righteous and of high integrity than people may think.
And while it may surprise many, he’s actually humble when it comes to his generosity and kindness. A good example is a story that tells of his limo breaking down on a deserted highway outside of New York City. A middle-aged couple stopped to help him and as a thank you he paid off their mortgage, but he didn’t brag about that. Generous and good people rarely talk of charity they bestow on others. But as much as all this is interesting, the real thing that people want to know is what Donald Trump’s plan is for America. It’s funny how so many people say they don’t know what it is, or they act like Trump is hiding it. The information is readily available if people would just do a little homework. But, since most Americans won’t do their own research, here, in no particular order, is an overview of many of Trumps positions and plans:1) Trump believes that America should not intervene militarily in other country’s problems without being compensated for doing so. If America is going to risk the lives of our soldiers and incur the expense of going to war, then the nations we help must be willing to pay for our help. Using the Iraq War as an example, he cites the huge monetary expense to American taxpayers (over $1.5 trillion, and possibly much more depending on what sources are used to determine the cost) in addition to the cost in human life. He suggests that Iraq should have been required to give us enough of their oil to pay for the expenses we incurred. He includes in those expenses the medical costs for our military and $5 million for each family that lost a loved one in the war and $2 million for each family of soldiers who received severe injuries.
2) Speaking of the military, Trump wants America to have a strong military again. He believes the single most important function of the federal government is national defense. He has said he wants to find the General Patton or General MacArthur that could lead our military buildup back to the strength it needs to be. While he hasn’t said it directly that I know of, Trump’s attitude about America and about winning tells me he’d most likely be quick to eliminate rules of engagement that handicap our military in battle. Clearly Trump is a “win at all costs” kind of guy, and I’m sure that would apply to our national defense and security, too.
3) Trump wants a strong foreign policy and believes that it must include 8 core principles (which seem to support my comment in the last point):
American interests come first. Always. No apologies.
Maximum firepower and military preparedness.
Only go to war to win.
Stay loyal to your friends and suspicious of your enemies.
Keep the technological sword razor sharp.
See the unseen.
Prepare for threats before they materialize.
Respect and support our present and past warriors.
4) Trump believes that terrorists who are captured should be treated as military combatants, not as criminals like the Obama administration treats them.5) Trump makes the point that China’s manipulation of their currency has given them unfair advantage in our trade dealings with them. He says we must tax their imports to offset their currency manipulation, which will cause American companies to be competitive again and drive manufacturing back to America and create jobs here. Although he sees China as the biggest offender, he believes that America should protect itself from all foreign efforts to take our jobs and manufacturing. For example, Ford is building a plant in Mexico and Trump suggests that every part or vehicle Ford makes in Mexico be taxed 35% if they want to bring it into the U. S., which would cause companies like Ford to no longer be competitive using their Mexican operations and move manufacturing back to the U. S., once again creating jobs here.
6) Trump wants passage of NOPEC legislation (No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act – NOPEC – S.394), which would allow the government to sue OPEC for violating antitrust laws. According to Trump, that would break up the cartel. He also wants to unleash our energy companies to drill domestically (sound like Sarah Palin’s drill baby, drill?) thereby increasing domestic production creating jobs and driving domestic costs of oil and gas down while reducing dependence on foreign oil.
7) Trump believes a secure border is critical for both security and prosperity in America. He wants to build a wall to stop illegals from entering put controls on immigration. (And he says he’ll get Mexico to pay for the wall, which many have scoffed at, but given his business successes I wouldn’t put it past him.) He also wants to enforce our immigration laws and provide no path to citizenship for illegals.8) Trump wants a radical change to the tax system to not only make it better for average Americans, but also to encourage businesses to stay here and foreign businesses to move here. The resulting influx of money to our nation would do wonders for our economy. He wants to make America the place to do business. He also wants to lower the death tax and the taxes on capital gains and dividends. This would put more than $1.6 trillion back into the economy and help rebuild the 1.5 million jobs we’ve lost to the current tax system. He also wants to charge companies who outsource jobs overseas a 20% tax, but for those willing to move jobs back to America they would not be taxed. And for citizens he has a tax plan that would allow Americans to keep more of what they earn and spark economic growth. He wants to change the personal income tax to:
Up to $30,000 taxed at 1%
From $30,000 to $100,000 taxed at 5%
From $100,000 to $1,000,000 taxed at 10%
$1,000,000 and above taxed at 15%
9) Trump wants Obamacare repealed. He says it’s a “job-killing, health care-destroying monstrosity” that “can’t be reformed, salvaged, or fixed.” He believes in allowing real competition in the health insurance marketplace to allow competition to drive prices down. He also believes in tort reform to get rid of defensive medicine and lower costs.
10) Trump wants spending reforms in Washington, acknowledging that America spends far more than it receives in revenue. He has said he believes that if we don’t stop increasing the national debt once it hits $24 trillion it will be impossible to save this country. Even though he says we need to cut spending, he does not want to harm those on Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. He believes that the citizens have faithfully paid in to the system to have these services available and that the American government has an obligation to fulfill its end of the bargain and provide those benefits. Therefore, he wants to build the economy up so that we have the revenue to pay those costs without cutting the benefits to the recipients. He disagrees with Democrats who think raising taxes is the answer and says that when you do that you stifle the economy. On the other hand, when you lower taxes and create an environment to help businesses they will grow, hire more workers, and those new workers will be paying taxes that become more tax revenue for the government.
11) Trump also wants reform of the welfare state saying that America needs “a safety net, not a hammock.” He believes in a welfare to work program that would help reduce the welfare rolls and encourage people to get back to work. And he wants a crackdown on entitlement fraud.
12) Trump believes climate change is a hoax.
13) Trump opposes Common Core.
14) Trump is pro-life, although he allows for an exception due to rape, incest, or the life of the mother.
15) Trump is pro 2nd Amendment rights.
16) Trump’s view on same-sex marriage is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but he also believes that this is a states’ rights issue, not a federal issue.17) Trump supports the death penalty.
Trump believes that there is a lack of common sense, innovative thinking in Washington (Hmmm. looks like he believes in horse sense!). He says it’s about seeing the unseen and that’s the kind of thinking we need to turn this country around. He tells a personal story to illustrate the point:
“When I opened Trump National Golf Club at Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles, I was immediately told that I would need to build a new and costly ballroom. The current ballroom was gorgeous, but it only sat 200 people and we were losing business because people needed a larger space for their events. Building a new ballroom would take years to get approval and permits (since it’s on the Pacific Ocean), and cost about $5 million. I took one look at the ballroom and saw immediately what needed to be done. The problem wasn’t the size of the room, it was the size of the chairs. They were huge, heavy, and unwieldy.We didn’t need a bigger ballroom, we needed smaller chairs! So I had them replaced with high-end, smaller chairs. I then had our people sell the old chairs and got more money for them than the cost of the new chairs. In the end, the ballroom went from seating 200 people to seating 320 people. Our visitors got the space they desired, and I spared everyone the hassle of years of construction and $5 million of expense.
It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a little common sense.” On top of his saving years of construction and $5 million in expenses, he also was able to keep the ballroom open for business during the time it would have been under remodeling, which allowed him to continue to make money on the space instead of losing that revenue during construction time.
Donald Trump’s entire life has been made up of success and winning. He’s been accused of bankruptcies, but that’s not true. He’s never filed personal bankruptcy. He’s bought companies and legally used bankruptcy laws to restructure their debt, just as businesses do all the time. But he’s never been bankrupt personally. He’s a fighter that clearly loves America and would fight for our nation.
Earlier I quoted Trump saying, “I love America. And when you love something, you protect it passionately – fiercely, even.” We never hear that from Democrats or even from most Republicans.
Donald Trump is saying things that desperately need to be said but no other candidate has shown the fortitude to stand up and say them.
Before we criticize someone because of what the media is saying, maybe we should consider what they have to offer. What are they bringing to the table. Researching their background independently of what the news says. What’s their bio?? What’s Obama’s bio? If you researched him prior to becoming President, would you have hired him to work for you or run your business?
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Michael....I have thought the very same.
James..........this blog is an opportunity provide thoughts, comments, etc. When I offer a thought, I fully recognize some may not agree or have thoughts to add...that's fine......I'm not of the defensive mind of every little issue that anyone posts.......you'll generally not find me inflammatory or disrespectful to others......however, I admit to the human tendency to fall short...........
I don't read every comment on PFA, but generally I don't see what I read from you as particularly offensive...so no real reason to get defensive........a response is generally accepted in discussion........
I don't support attacking a person's religion, it's offensive to the person being attacked and demeaning to the person who engages in it. I suspect most PFA members have found some of Trump's language over the top, how each handled any concerns is a private matter. Thin skinned vs thick skinned is also a consideration.
God gives us free choice........Trump is a viable candidate at this time for me........I'm sure you know what is on the surface of all our lives, yours and mine included, is only a glimpse of what's inside.
James, may I, as one of those unequivocal Trump supporters (at the moment), share my thoughts as to your statements above, as I see some flaws in your statements. Contrived? I don't know. Maybe you can clarify.
First, a caveat. As a person of a Christian belief system, I am not overly religious (if that makes sense). I cannot quote scripture, and I am leary of the modern-day Church system. Somewhat unfortunate, I did not grow up with overtly religious parents (although each believed in it in their own quiet, private way).
I can't speak to whether Trump supporters are very defensive when someone judges Trump's Christianity, as I don't follow those alleged offenders closely. But, I will say this, to what level are you judging Trump's faith and why? What level of faith is acceptable to you in order to be President? I thought we were a nation of many religions, including secularists. He appears to attend church on some regular basis and that he has a Bible that his Mother gave him as a young child that appears to be quite used. My point, it is not a Quran and he does not quote verses from that book. He does not defend a culture or religion that does not square with the constitution, as Obama does. So, compare and contrast.
But, are you needing evidence he prays regularly or lives in a certain-Christian acceptable way? And, isn't that judgmental in of itself? I'm not sure God would find that acceptable, would he? I'm just asking these questions honestly, because, as I mentioned above, I am clearly not as religious as you and I am ignorant as to what is acceptable to a highly religious Christian person.
Is Trump pretending to be Christian but surreptitiously, believing in another religion that is the antithesis to the American constitution, such as the questioners of Obama's faith? There is legitimacy in questioning Obama's religion because he has shown contradictory behavior. Trump, to date, has not.
I am not troubled by your skepticism, but I would ask what is the basis for even needing to question whether he is a Christian or is your concern whether he is as devout as you would like him to be? How does that play in his role as President, when all of the tenets of his presidency are swathed in a common sense constitutional foundation (free market, individualism, jobs, capitalism, greatness, a strong skepticism of going to war, a populist and actually a very decent man to all those he has employed, been engaged with in his 4-5 year long decade career and helping others help themselves and has raised 3 hard-working, non-drinking, non-smoking, and non-drug using children). Everyone who has worked for the man, from the janitor to the executive to the body guard, etc have nothing but accolades for the man's decency. There is not one story of some disgruntled or multitude of disgruntled people where they have been used or abused by this man. There is evidence and anecdotes to every one of these things I have mentioned.
I know where, when, and why Trump attacked Carson. Be honest, you know it's because Carson attacked Trump first (or naively answered and got trapped in a gotcha question by the media in order to make Trump look bad and non-religious). Trump then came back swinging, as is his style, like it or not, approve or disapprove. After that, both apologized to the other and made amends. I'm not aware of Trump criticizing Cruz, but my Mother has, referring to him as Elmer Gentry. I was a staunch Cruz supporter up and until I saw his vote on the TPA deal and then subsequent anti-American votes (Gang of 8 supporter, favor of foreign workers to Americans, Corker bill (giving Obama a pass to the Iran Nuke deal). Cruz is endless in his quest for donations and money. He boldly and obnoxiously asks for money at every one of his rallies and even on the stage of the debates. Trump, to the contrary, asks for zero--using his OWN money. Who else has done that--even a little. Cruz has used not ONE DIME of his own money. He got $100 from me 2 years ago when he said he was going to abolish the IRS. How foolish of me. He will never abolish the IRS, but he played on my emotions at the time. I will never be fooled again. The only emotions Trump has played on is the frustration and anger of Americans who see their country slipping away to the oligarchs.
I am now recognizing what my Mom saw in him earlier. Cruz is playing into the hands of the evangelists of this country, and he is laying it on thick as molasses, in my mind. It's become off putting to me the more he uses religion in his political strategy. Religion should be a private matter. I do want a Christian faith-based president who uses that foundation as a precursor to every decision he makes. Will that make him impervious to wrong decisions. It's doubtful. I don't know a Christian alive, no matter how deeply committed, who hasn't made wrong decisions in their life. It's who we are as humans.
We have a very very long road to lead us back to some sort of where we started. This president CAN start that process, but he can't end it. It will take decades of consistent strong pro-constitutional and American loving politicians, not just from the presidency, but from the bottom up, starting with our culture. It's going to take a group effort. I will not expect everything impossible from one man on the first go of trying to go up against a force that most men would fear, unless it's to go along to get along. I personally, will excuse some short-comings if he can reverse an inkling of damage and instill American exceptionalism that will give us the confidence to keep moving the ball forward. It will be a battle as long as humans exist on this planet. Don't use sight of the forest through the trees.
Janet, please review the URL...
Thank you for your heartfelt allegiance to our nation...........while I don't think Trump is a bad as you suggest, what you say is well said. Had the nation turned out for OAS in 2014, we may have satisfied the need for Trump.......
My intentions are in no way to trash anyone for their faith. Not at all, just speaking the truth according to Gods Word and calling false teachings for what it is, just as my Savior did. If you have a problem with that then so be it, sorry. My heart and attitude is not to trash anyone, as you suggest.
Scripture does however tell me to do this, 2TIM 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2TIM 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2TIM 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2TIM 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
That settles if for me, I don't live to please you but my Savior.
We've been getting off the thread topic with all this talk of religious "nit picking". Let's get back to the business at hand of ferreting out as much information as we can on each of the candidates. I really appreciate the article that Chuck Yeager wrote and I also appreciate Col. Riley posting it. Both of these guys take their time to help all of us.
I am also grateful that there are so many Christians on this forum. We are definitely a force against the evil that has come against this Country. We are all brothers in Christ...let's act like it.
freedomfighter.......your post is truly wonderful......so nice that you have taken a lot of your time to research and share it with all of us.