I just read an article on why “Coal Country” and blue collar America are so in favor of Donald Trump. The article starts out by one interviewee stating that Trump speaks straight talk, tells it like it is, and will dismantle the EPA and bring back coal. They say that Obama cares more about Paris, France than Paris, Kentucky, and perhaps he does, I really don’t know what Obama cares about. But none of the reasons given for favoring Trump are at all true and most of the people that are saying those things know they aren’t true just like they knew that coal was already a dying industry for decades.
Trump lies continually, blatantly, and openly and without apology and everyone knows that. He makes stuff up and is ill informed, and his fans simply don’t care about that because he’s saying what they want to hear. He’s saying that the trade deals made by previous presidents took all our jobs, so if Trump promises to dismantle those deals, everything will be better. Trump wants to start a trade war, impose tariffs, and make the US the only player that matters on the global stage. Sounds good on the surface, but if life were only that simple. Wars have losses, typically horrible losses, and a trade war is no different. If the US fires the first shot at every other country on earth, they’ll all fire back. Most people don’t know that Walmart is responsible for the lions share of the US trade deficit because they import so much stuff to sell to the lower and middle classes. A trade war would make Walmart products way more expensive, WAY MORE EXPENSIVE, and would likely close hundreds of Walmarts all over the country. If Walmart goes belly up, so too do the tens of thousands of jobs for their employees. The cost of nearly everything would be way higher, what I might call trickle up economics. We impose tariffs, our trading partners will impose tariffs, then we raise ours, they raise theirs. Did you know that we import more than 50% of our food, steel, lumber, and a lot more. Your grocery bill could double, the cost of housing, cars, and everything else could sky rocket. Trump is saying he wants to bring jobs back, but if he plunks us into a depression, millions of people could become unemployed almost overnight, and the lives of those coal miners will only get far worse.
Obama reads, Trump does not. That alone should be enough to scare people away from Trump. Obama understands that climate change is real, it is here, it is scary, and it can no longer be ignored and if that means shutting down coal fired power plants, then thats what we need to do, and yes, the coal industry will die. Trump is blaming Obama, but he didn’t create climate change and the coal industry was already on the ropes long before Obama set foot in the Whitehouse. The people employed in the coal industry knew all about climate change and the fact that coal would have to go, they simply chose to ignore it and now they’re facing the consequences. This wasn’t Obama’s indifference to Paris, Kentucky; it was a difficult choice that favored the entire planet vs the thousands of people who could have decided to switch jobs before the inevitable end came, and Kentucky coal had long been supplanted by coal from Wyoming and Montana because it was cleaner and cheaper even if it needed to be hauled clear across the country. Most of what Obmama is being blamed for has been in the works from long before he took office, he just signed the documents and tried to make the best of the cards he’d been dealt. It’s easy for the likes of Trump to take pot shots from the outside, there’s no downside for him and no accountability whatsoever.
I can only wonder if the Democrats or even the independents had put forth a decent candidate if Trump would stand a chance. Ms. Clinton isn’t a great choice, only better than Trump, but for wholly different reasons. People are dwelling on Clinton’s dishonesty, but as I said and most people know, Trump lies and lies and lies and lies in nearly every sentence, yet Clinton had been caught at a handful of lies, the sorts of lies every politician tells. She’s being grilled about her damn email server and is lying to protect herself. Most people would do the same thing and most presidents and politicians have told similar lies. Ronald Reagan did, Nixon did, Kennedy did, Johnson did and on and on. Trump is lying to con the American people to elect him so he can feed his ego. He’s lying about his intent and he’s lying about why he won’t disclose his taxes – he doesn’t pay any taxes and if people knew, his numbers would plunge and he knows it. He’s not at all interested in saving the jobs of blue collar workers, his own businesses outsource every single thing they can, so there’s the only proof one should need. He doesn’t believe in made in America and his own actions are the proof. He imports workers to serve as waiters and house maids in his Mira Lago resort, yet Trump supporters don’t want to hear or see that.
Trump has bankrupted a slew of businesses and walked away scott free, leaving taxpayers and investors to foot the bill for his incompetence. Trump claims bankruptcy is a legitimate business tactic, but bankruptcy is the result of massive failure, and by extension, Trump is a massive failure and if he disclosed his finances, we’d see just how much of a failure. It is entirely possible that the man is actually broke. Remember, everyone thought Bernie Madoff was a financial genius only to discover that he’d managed to con everybody. Trump is a con man, his one truth.
Hillary Clinton isn’t a great choice and I’m no fan, but Trump is just plain scary, mostly due to his ignorance and dishonesty and immaturity and massive ego; but the consequences of electing him could destroy this country. The consequences of electing Clinton will be more of the same, but maybe that isn’t such a bad thing. Remember, eight years ago at this time, the Republican’s led the US into the worst recession since the great depression and saddled Obama with dealing with it and the mess in the Middle East and had ignored and denied climate change and favored Wall Street over Main Street as part of their party platform. Obama inherited a country on the ropes and today jobs and wages are up, the economy is humming along, and despite all Trumps bluster, Obama is turning over a country in far, far, far better shape than the one he inherited. Trump claims he could have done better, but its also possible he could have bankrupted the country like he has those many businesses he bankrupted. He doesn’t know the first thing about government, not even as much as most school children, yet he claims to know better than the generals, the businessmen, and the people actually in the arena fighting the fight. Electing him is just too scary.