Presidential Election 2016 (was "Debates")

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Re: Presidential Election 2016 (was "Debates")

Post by Turdacious » Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:01 am

syaigh wrote:So, serious question.

I know some of you voted for Trump because you believed he would drain the swamp. Some of you don't care and just wanted a Republican in office.

What do you think of his advisory committee so far?

And also this, what is the main goal of a Republican government? Establishing a Christian theocracy and padding the pockets of the wealthy? (sorry, that's a low blow, but honestly my impression of things) Or what? Trumps 100 day plan looked a lot more like something Bernie Sanders would write, but I don't think he's going to withstand the pressure from all the Washington Insiders and it will be Bush II part two. I'm hoping his ego kicks in at some point. Otherwise, well, I think things are going to go pretty badly for the a large number of the people who elected him.

But, mainly, I'm kind of morbidly curious as to how all of this is going to shake out.
1. I think a lot of people voted for him primarily because he was the most likely to appoint pro-life judges. The Republican Senate will hold him to that. I don't see Republicans making the mistake that Dems made from 08-10.
2. It will be interesting to see what kind of advisors he is going to get (not just the top ones, the lower ranking ones as well). With the lawsuits, uncertainty about his real positions, his disagreements with the GOP in general, and toxicity in liberal areas-- I think he's going to have a hard time filling his bench.
3. His maternity leave policy will be interesting. It's expensive and the offset (reduction of welfare fraud) will be difficult to pull off. The Obama administration and Democrats in general found that out the hard way with Obamacare, and I don't think Congressional Republicans want to take that risk. Fraud reduction is necessary, but can't really be done from Congress-- they are the ones that bear the short term risk though.
4. Obamacare is going to be a difficult issue. The best writeup I've seen so far primarily covers the challenges Trump will face regarding the individual market. The long term care market is also in turmoil, and the post-Obamacare Medicare payment policies are hurting hospitals with sicker (poorer) patients.
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