Ken Trainor's "Trump dilemma" revisited

What Bowman REALLY thinks . . .

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By Jim Bowman


I missed the boat when I politely declined to be part of Ken Trainor's round-up of Trump supporters etc. Had other things to do, had not sorted my thinking on the matter, though I was surely Trump all the way but was low-energy at the time, to use a Trump-ism I find useful.

But there's time yet to answer his questionnaire on the matter. So:

1) What is your general opinion/assessment of Donald Trump? Savior of the nation.

2) Do you think he has the temperament to serve as president? Yes.

3) Do you have reservations about voting for him? If so, why? Have none but the usual when casting vote for any candidate, and there are a lot of them, which I won't go into right now.

4) If you are considering voting for him, what are the main reasons? #1, he's not the Democrat candidate. #2, he's not Hillary. #3, he broke the laws of political correctness with aplomb and without apology. I love him best of all for that. #4, he made some wonderful enemies, including Bill Kristol, whose time in the right-wing spotlight was already fading, is sputtering, is doomed to be extinguished, the more successful Trump becomes. #5, he's an alarmingly quick learner. #6, I knew from the start he would get the better of Hillary. #7, he's honest and articulate about the challenges ahead, a.k.a. the mess left by Obama, e.g. status of our borders, crime in our cities, severely diminished stature of U.S. in the world thanks to the Boy President's combination of overweening self-confidence and reflexive down-playing of American interests, aided and abetted by the incompetence of Hillary as the emailing queen of world affairs. More, more, more to come.

5) If you aren't planning to vote for him, are you leaning toward a) Voting for a third-party candidate? b) Voting for Hillary Clinton? or c) Not voting at all? DNA (does not apply).

6) How do you react when you hear all of the criticisms of Donald Trump? Bound to happen. He's threatening progressives and other supporters of state (crony) capitalism, for whom politics is their life anyhow. He has unleashed the forces of The Left and so far conquered them. I rejoice at this.

7) Where do you see the Republican Party heading in the future? Have no idea, but if pressed I would say I expect it will get a shot in the arm from the Trump candidacy.

As summary, allow me to offer up for scorn, derision, laughter, and a small bit of keen appreciation the following things I have said as regards Trump or have reported said as worth noting, beginning from long before Ken Trainor wrote his column.

* His economic plans rock:

There was Kennedy, there was Reagan, there's Trump . . .

First two cut taxes and promised growth.

Post-Kennedy: "The U.S. economy grew by roughly 5% yearly for nearly eight years."

Post-Reagan: "The American economy grew mostly between 4% and 5% percent annually for over 25 years."

Post-Trump? "This past week, Mr. Trump went a long way toward joining Kennedy and Reagan . . ."

Read the rest, from Lawrence Kudlow, prolific apostle of free-market capitalism as the way to prosperity and advisor to Trump campaign.

-- This topic to be continued -- 

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Barbara Joan  

Posted: October 5th, 2016 5:38 PM

Mike-i the 1% got richer from WW2 and KNEW who fought and paid the taxes during that period....and the taxes were also paying off the WW2 debt and educating the veterans for free and this created a larger middle class..Lincoln applied it to pay for the Civil War. He also took control of the monetary system. His assassination put everything back into the hands of the private bankers who, in 1913, changed the U.S. Constitution (16th Amendment) then enacted the Revenue Act. Before that, an Income Tax was unconstitutional.Actually under FDR the highest income tax rate was 94% put into effect in 1944 under FDR. In 1946 it went down to 91% under Truman.. Kennedy insisted on lower tax rates that would create much higher rewards for work, saving, and investment. Kennedy argued that his lower tax-rate incentives would so expand the economy that after a few years his tax cuts would pay for themselves.He was right. After his plan went into action, the economy boomed and revenues went up. And there was no inflation because he insisted on a sound dollar that maintained the post-war link to gold. and than he was assassinated Ronald Reagan turned back to the Kennedy approach in the 1980s and thus launched a 25-year prosperity.Today's greatest domestic challenge is to restore economic growth. The trend line used to be near 3.5 percent. Now it's barely 2 percent. This is not the American way.

David Hammond  

Posted: October 5th, 2016 5:28 PM

"Donald Trump, on the other hand, has no record of public service and no qualifications for public office. His affect is that of an infomercial huckster; he traffics in conspiracy theories and racist invective; he is appallingly sexist; he is erratic, secretive, and xenophobic; he expresses admiration for authoritarian rulers, and evinces authoritarian tendencies himself. He is easily goaded, a poor quality for someone seeking control of America's nuclear arsenal. He is an enemy of fact-based discourse; he is ignorant of, and indifferent to, the Constitution; he appears not to read." From the Atlantic. Their third endorsement since 1860. Guess who it wasn't for?

Mike Hanline  

Posted: October 5th, 2016 4:52 PM

"Trump is flawed, yet he will protect the U.S. Constitution and lift up our people and country in ways not seen since Pres. Eisenhower." Since we're inexplicably referencing Marx yet again, it's worth pointing out here that the highest marginal tax rate under Eisenhower was 91%, so...

Robert Wozniak from Oak Park  

Posted: October 5th, 2016 2:06 PM

Ah, yes, let's read the rest from Larry Kudlow, that apostle of free-market capitalism who has been wrong at nearly every turn of his "prolific" (or more accurately, "bloviating") career. Just for kicks, check out some of Mr. Kudlow's comments and predictions prior to the 2008 financial crisis. The first 4 words of this opinion piece are on point though!

Barbara Joan  

Posted: October 5th, 2016 11:32 AM

MARXIST OPINIONS are deeply flawed.The United States of America is a Republic.Read George Orwell's Animal Farm to enlighten yourself. Trump is flawed, yet he will protect the U.S. Constitution and lift up our people and country in ways not seen since Pres. Eisenhower.

Mike Hanline  

Posted: October 5th, 2016 9:30 AM

"...he's honest and articulate about the challenges ahead." Jim Bowman will probably be the first, and the last, person to ever describe Trump as "honest" or "articulate." Thanks for showing us how low you set the bar...

Jim Bowman  

Posted: October 5th, 2016 4:29 AM

Ah, Ray, when man with black father acts boyishly, I must use some other word? You have a suggestion?

Ray Charleston from Oak Park  

Posted: October 2nd, 2016 12:01 PM

Sure Mr. Bowman, I am quite sure that you were referring to the president's boyish charm and were not invoking a term that racists have used forever to diminish the significance of a black male.

Jim Bowman  

Posted: October 1st, 2016 9:54 AM

He has a boyish manner, for one thing, as in the fun-filled baseball-game appearance in Cuba right after the Brussels terrorism last March, which goes with his foolish bowing before foreign leaders and, more substantively, his dreadful deal with Iran. Pertinent comment about the bowing, from, is this: "We need our presidents to appreciate and be polite to other cultures and leaders. But the president of the United States is the leading political figure in the world. He must command respect. Let others bow to him."

Ray Simpson  

Posted: September 28th, 2016 10:20 AM

@DH - Point of order Mr Hammond - Jim didn't imply who you voted for - I did! I assumed that if you applaud our "first African-American Head of state" you probably voted for him - - twice. If I am wrong - sorry. I probably made a deplorable error ( a bit better than "despicable") I am told. Being deplorable seems to have some merit these days - - for those who think positively!

David Hammond  

Posted: September 28th, 2016 6:52 AM

You have no idea who I voted for or why, Mr. Bowman, and I am certainly not telling you who to vote for. I am focusing on your text, your deplorably ill-chosen language; you are seeking to go beyond that by imputing motives to me ?" motives of which you are most certainly entirely ignorant.

Ray Simpson  

Posted: September 28th, 2016 6:28 AM

@ David Hammond - "Head of state" implies leadership, Obama's only successes are in his head. You voted for him because he is black (1/2) and now we are told to elect a dishonest criminal because of gender. Puck had it right "What fools these mortals be"

David Hammond  

Posted: September 27th, 2016 9:47 PM

"Boy President"?! A despicable word choice for our first African-American head of state.

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