Trump And His Betraying Makeover

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Attention workers who voted for Trump, either eagerly or as a vote against  the hawkish, Wall Street favorite, Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump, less than a month after the election, has already begun to betray you.

You can often see where a president-elect is going by his nominations to high positions in his forthcoming administration. Across over a dozen crucial posts, Mr. Trump has chosen war hawks, Wall Streeters (with a former Goldman Sachs partner, Steven Mnuchin, as his pick for Treasury Secretary) and clenched teeth corporatists determined to jettison life-saving, injury and disease preventing regulations and leave bigger holes in your consumer pocketbooks.

In addition to lacking a mandate from the people  (he lost the popular vote), the president-elect continues to believe that mere showboating will distract from his breathtaking flip-flops in his campaign rhetoric. Remember his last big TV ad where he blasted “a global power structure” responsible “for robbing the working class” with images of Goldman Sachs flashing across the screen?

Fast forward several weeks and he has selected cabinet secretaries who want to dismantle the public school system with your taxes going to private schools, reduce regulation of banks, cut consumer protections and weaken labor laws and job safety standards. Other appointees say they want to privatize Medicare, which has led health insurance company stocks to soar, and some want to transfer Medicaid to even more hostile state manipulations.

Regarding national security, his White House advisors are advocates of imperial intervention and bombing Iran. Trump wants to renege on the Iran nuclear agreements the U.S. made with a dozen leading nations and risk escalation of hostilities.  Granted, Trump did talk about the Iran deal, with little knowledge of its careful safeguards and ongoing implementation. He also told voters that he didn’t believe in the U.S. policing the world with costly military might.

Perhaps the best sign of where Trump is heading comes from the major surge in the stock markets, the booming bank stocks anticipating looser regulations so they can speculate more readily with “other peoples’ money” and industries looking forward to more easily emitting pollutants into your air, water, and soil.

As an accomplished sleight-of-hand specialist – a failed gambling czar who always jumped ship with his gold and left his workers, creditors and shareholders stranded – Trump recently traveled to Indiana to brag about the decision by Carrier to keep intact 800 of the 2000 jobs it plans to ship to Mexico. You’ll recall Trump made Carrier, a subsidiary of giant United Technology (UT), his poster-child for showing how the U.S. is losing jobs under NAFTA.

Well Trump’s boast, for starters, will cost Indiana taxpayers $7 million for Carrier to agree, with presumably, additional goodies for United Technologies coming later. Already, UT and Carrier have long been loaded up with tax and other “incentives,” subsidies and all the complex corporate welfare that defense companies receive from the Pentagon.

Being a long-time recipient himself of crony capitalism, Trump hopes that his working class supporters will never catch on to this kind of back room “deal-making” when he is in the White House. Big corporations are drooling at the prospect of further tax cuts, weaker law and order (e.g. deregulation) and the many sub-visible freebies of the corporate welfare state.

Guess who gets left holding the bag? Why, you, of course, the workers and small taxpayers. Stay tuned, for more corporatists, Wall Streeters and militarists are on their way to Trump’s Washington.

A French writer once said, “the more things change, the more they remain the same.” Then there is Trump’s highly bruiseable and dangerous ego, as he gets up at 3am to tweet his mad impulses and false assertions.

Trump doesn’t like to be accused of disloyalty by workers who supported him. Therein lies some leverage. Laborers, who were crucial to the Boaster’s Electoral College victory, will have many opportunities to laser-focus on Trump’s betrayals in very personal ways. They should take them.

  • Robert H. Stiver

    Vintage Ralph Nader — but where was he before and during the election campaign? Why does he not here, there and everywhere rail against our disastrous “entangling alliance” with the Zioentity so-called Israel that has such far-reaching, negative implications for the ground-zero hapless Palestinians, the Mideast region, the world, and our domestic economy and affairs (blowback aka “terrorism” from kneejerk support of the Zioentity, trillions in lost economic ventures past, present and future, etc., etc. — and a small item: loss of respect for our “democratic” values, morals, and humanity)?

  • Aquifer

    Hmm – did Nader ever write a similar piece about O, his betrayals were rather clear at a similar point in time … even before .. both parties wag their fingers at WS with one hand, while reaching behind their backs to accept cash from it with the other …

  • DHFabian

    I think people knew from the start exactly what Trump is. In his supporters’ minds, Trump will “get tough on” anyone they consider “those other people,” whether by race, class, etc. They believe this will give them, personally, some advantages. Americans overall have no concept of how the things that happen to one segment of the population have a direct impact on another.

    It appears that many still think of the US in terms of its glory days, following WWll. They want to reconstruct what they imagine was a time of widespread security and middle class prosperity, the McCarthy era that protected them from unpleasant realities.

  • DHFabian

    What stunned me about your first sentence is that for many years, he was subjected to extraordinary criticism for speaking up during election seasons.

    Your Zio-etc. comment is simply routine bigotry. Ignorance is curable. Educate yourself. Israel is a tiny country, roughly the size of New Jersey, one of our tiniest states. It’s the sole Jewish nation — the historic and modern Jewish nation. It is surrounded by vast, oil-rich Arab nations that seek a 100% Moslem Mideast. These Arab nations are armed to the teeth by Russia, China, and Israel’s “ally” the US. It takes everything Israel has got, just to survive day to day.

    “Palestinians” are Israeli Arabs. Many Arabs live and work in peace in Israel. The “Palestinians” are those recruited to destroy Israel. As we learned in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack on the US, people get rather touchy about efforts to annihilate them.

  • Jon

    Put “5 dancing Israelis”* into a search engine and see what you find! (speaking of 9/11) and then watch “Experts Speak Out,” a documentary by people who understand building structures, namely architects and engineers, that proves conclusively that the government narrative cannot be true and that pre-planted explosives, not impact nor fires, is what brought down all THREE buildings that awful day.

    *Hint: arrested on the spot and later deported back to Israel where they said on TV they had been there “just to document the event.” Hmmmm!

  • Helen4Yemen

    David Ben-Gurion: “The fellahin are not descendants of the Arab conquerors, who captured Eretz Israel and Syria in the seventh century CE. The Arab victors did not destroy the agricultural population they found in the country. They expelled only the alien Byzantine rulers, and did not touch the local population. Nor did the Arabs go in for settlement.

    Translation: The Arabs did not expel the natives of the land and take their place, they did not settle on the land, they were there only to convert the people into Islam, therefore, the current Palestinian population are the descendants of those who were already there before the arrival of the Arabs.

    David Ben-Gurion: “Even in their former habitations the Arabs did not engage in farming…their whole interest in the new countries was political, religious and material: to rule, to propagate Islam, and to collect taxes…the Jewish farmer, like any other farmer, was not easily torn from his soil…Despite the repression and suffering the rural population remained unchanged.”

    Translation: The Palestinian Jews (who later converted to Christianity and then to Islam) never left their land nor were they replaced by the Arabs. The Arabs did not come to settle on the land but rather “to rule, to propagate Islam, and to collect taxes”. The Jewish farmers were attached to their land. “was not easily torn from his soil” and the current Palestinians are in fact the descendants of the people who were already there on that land before the arrival of the Arabs.

    Question: Is that not your understanding? If no, give me your translation. Interesting that European Jewry, vividly European, are not shy when they make silly statements such as white Europeans having ancestry on the land of people of color!

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