There is no shortage of critics and detractors who lambast and ridicule GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, but it’s time to look at their criticism in context – particularly, how bad would government actually be under a Trump administration, as compared to the kind of government Americans have been getting for decades?
One of the banes of our existence today is government itself – as in, “government,” on all levels (federal, state and local) has grown so large and so powerful it literally touches our lives 24/7/365. Scores of Americans cannot even work without first getting permission from a government agency in the form of a license, which, of course, isn’t free. In fact, some professions require multiple permissions from government, amounting to thousands of dollars a year in fees.
If you are brave enough to want to start your own business, there again government stands ready to stop you rather than help you on your way. Multiple layers of bureaucracy wait to abuse you at every turn, which of course you must pay for in the form of a fee. And should you dare fracture even the most minute of rules, these same agencies stand ready to pounce on you with their full weight, leveling fines and sanctions with an arrogant, sadistic wag of the finger. Meanwhile, too many elected officials want to punish you further by forcing you to pay massively inflated wages and benefits to your employees.
Trump, meanwhile, is the only candidate left in the presidential race who says he wants to reduce the burden of government on our daily lives. As reported by Freedom.news:
To be fair, Trump has provided little red meat for conservatives and the economically beleaguered since he began his campaign, other than some details about his tax plan. But in the back of our minds, most of us knew instinctively that it would take a businessman-turned-president to both understand the massive burden federal regulations place on our economy and the negative effect they have on business expansion and job growth.
Democrat Hillary Clinton and socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, by comparison, have never built a business, hired employees, made payrolls week after week, [given] people an opportunity to earn a living for their families – and all while having to navigate a burgeoning sea of regulatory red tape via a multitude of federal, state and local agencies, each just waiting to pound with fines and other enforcement action for even the slightest infraction of the most miniscule of rules.
Trump, you will recall, has actually built a billion-dollar empire despite the “burgeoning sea of red tape” that is essentially on autopilot at this point. So it stands to reason that a Trump administration would lean heavily towards policies that reduce the burden of government on Americans’ lives, especially those who are trying to build a business.
In short, over the course of decades a governing model has been built that Trump has had absolutely no role in and is actually threatening to dismantle, which is what has so many “establishment” types in the U.S. and abroad so concerned.
What type of system? One that is not simply unresponsive to Americans, but openly hostile and contemptuous of them. As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail last week, a new tell-all book allegedly by a serving Democratic U.S. congressman reveals that most of the men and women we send to represent us not only don’t, but they revile us as well.
“Voters claim they want substance and detailed position papers, but what they really crave are cutesy cat videos, celebrity gossip, top 10 lists, reality TV shows, tabloid tripe, and the next f***ing Twitter message,” the congressman gripes in the book.
“I worry about our country’s future when critical issues take a backseat to the inane utterings of illiterate athletes and celebrity twits.,” he adds.
This is the government we get – perhaps because it is the government we deserve. But none of it is Donald Trump’s fault; he didn’t have a single hand in creating it. Yet he is the only one who seems to make it tremble.