An Optimist’s Outlook
A Trump presidency will not be as
destructive as many fear. BY JIM WOOD
My prediction is that Donald
Trump will become bored as
our president because he won’t
be able to do anything.
Many Republicans — Sens. John McCain
and Lindsey Graham foremost among them
— did not endorse his candidacy and, for
numerous reasons, have a deep antipathy
toward a President Trump.
So my admittedly optimistic vision is that
in today’s Age of Disruption, America’s politi-
cal parties will be, over time, disrupted.
Not only will McCain and Graham oppose
Trump at the slightest provocation, but
look for progressive Republican Sens. Susan
Because of all of the above, I see the Trump
presidency being four years of stalemate, not
four years of radical activism or utter chaos.
That’s my point of view. What’s yours?
IWAS AS TRAUMATIZED as anyone by the lection of Donald J. Trump. Maybe more so, considering I cast my first vote for John F. Kennedy and have lived through the 60 years of humanitarian
progress America has made as a nation. I abhor
the thought of such progress being reversed.
However, I don’t think that will happen.
Let me recall an interview I had years
ago with another tycoon who’d considered
running for president. In it, former Chrysler
Corporation CEO Lee Iacocca told me Richard
Nixon had encouraged him to run. “But then I
talked to Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill and
Tip said I’d go nuts in the job — I wouldn’t be
able to do anything and would be bored out of
my mind. So I passed on it.”
My prediction is that Donald Trump will
become bored as our president because he
won’t be able to do anything. Remember, our
nation is a republic, not a corporation.
To me, Trump is not a Republican or a
Democrat; he’s neither a conservative nor a
liberal. He’s a wild conglomerate. In a postelection statement, he smilingly told Time
magazine, “What amazes a lot of people is
that I’m here in a penthouse the likes of which
nobody’s ever seen. And yet I represent the
workers of the world.” That sounds like a rich
communist to me. And America’s working
class did elect Donald Trump. And he is not
your standard Republican.
While campaigning, Trump proposed an
infrastructure-rebuilding program that would
add an estimated $1 trillion to America’s $19
trillion national debt; he also talked of renegotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership and
NAFTA, two trade agreements that passed
Congress with considerable Republican support; and regarding Social Security, in the
president-elect’s own words: “The Republicans
want to cut it, and cut it very substantially —
and I’m not going to do that.”
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