Don­ald Trump’s ‘con­tract’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION - Cal Thomas Cal Thomas is syn­di­cated by Tri­bune Me­dia Ser­vices.

Last Satur­day, Don­ald Trump de­liv­ered a speech in Get­tys­burg, Pa., that he should have given much ear­lier in the cam­paign, mi­nus the usual threats against women who have ac­cused him of sex­ual as­sault.

The speech, which prob­a­bly was writ­ten for him be­cause “deep” and “thinker” are likely not the first two words that spring to mind when you hear the name Trump, set out an agenda for what he prom­ises to do should he be elected pres­i­dent.

Trump’s prom­ises were di­vided into three sec­tions. The first ac­tion, he said, would “clean up the cor­rup­tion and spe­cial-in­ter­est col­lu­sion in Washington, D.C.”

He’d start by propos­ing a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to limit con­gres­sional terms. One can safely pre­dict that isn’t go­ing to hap­pen be­cause in or­der for a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to be con­sid­ered for rat­i­fi­ca­tion by the states, it must first pass Congress. Most mem­bers are not about to limit their own power and po­si­tion.

Trump would im­pose a hir­ing freeze on all fed­eral em­ploy­ees, re­duc­ing the work­force through at­tri­tion. The mil­i­tary, pub­lic safety and pub­lic health would be the ex­cep­tions. That’s pos­si­ble.

For ev­ery new fed­eral reg­u­la­tion, Trump would ask that two ex­ist­ing fed­eral reg­u­la­tions be elim­i­nated. That might work if Trump could per­suade Congress that the reg­u­la­tions he wishes to elim­i­nate were in fact fail­ures.

Trump wants to in­sti­tute a five-year ban on White House and con­gres­sional of­fi­cials be­com­ing lob­by­ists after they leave gov­ern­ment service and also pro­poses a lifetime ban on White House of­fi­cials lob­by­ing on be­half of a for­eign gov­ern­ment. He also fa­vors a com­plete ban on for­eign lob­by­ists rais­ing money for Amer­i­can elec­tions. Th­ese pro­pos­als also might work, but will re­quire pub­lic pres­sure on Congress to achieve.

Trump also pro­posed “seven ac­tions to pro­tect Amer­i­can work­ers.” Th­ese in­clude his fa­mil­iar prom­ise to rene­go­ti­ate NAFTA, or with­draw from it. As for the Trans Pa­cific Part­ner­ship, he would pull out com­pletely with no rene­go­ti­a­tion.

China would be de­clared a cur­rency ma­nip­u­la­tor, which it is, but has Trump con­sid­ered the re­sponse from Beijing, which holds an enor­mous amount of Amer­i­can debt?

Trump wants to list re­stric­tions on en­ergy pro­duc­ing en­ti­ties and fin­ish the Key­stone pipe­line, which has been blocked by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, de­spite nu­mer­ous stud­ies show­ing there would be lit­tle or no en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

Trump would also can­cel bil­lions in pay­ments to U.S. cli­mate change pro­grams and use the money to fix Amer­ica’s wa­ter and en­vi­ron­men­tal in­fra­struc­ture. Good. Polls show cli­mate change is not high on the list of pub­lic con­cerns and many be­lieve the “sci­ence” to be ma­nip­u­lated, even bo­gus.

On na­tional se­cu­rity, Trump promised to “can­cel ev­ery un­con­sti­tu­tional ex­ec­u­tive ac­tion, me­moran­dum and or­der is­sued by Pres­i­dent Obama.” Why not? Obama did the same with many of Ge­orge W. Bush’s ex­ec­u­tive or­ders.

Trump again promised to name judges to fed­eral benches, in­clud­ing the Supreme Court, “who will up­hold and de­fend the Con­sti­tu­tion of the United States.”

He would can­cel all fund­ing to sanc­tu­ary cities where il­le­gal aliens are be­ing shel­tered. And Trump would cap­ture and de­port il­le­gal aliens who com­mit crimes and can­cel the visas of coun­tries that refuse to take them back. That would be pop­u­lar and dif­fi­cult for Democrats to op­pose. He again pledged “ex­treme vet­ting” of peo­ple from coun­tries where ter­ror­ism is a ma­jor ex­port.

There’s more, in­clud­ing tax cuts for cor­po­ra­tions to cre­ate jobs and bring back com­pa­nies and their tax dol­lars from over­seas, as well as school choice to help es­pe­cially poor chil­dren es­cape fail­ing schools.

Like them, or not, th­ese are sub­stan­tive ideas. Is it too late for vot­ers to di­gest them and pos­si­bly for those un­de­cided, or against Trump, to swing to­ward him and away from the big gov­ern­ment prom­ises of Hil­lary Clin­ton? We’ll know in a lit­tle over a week.

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