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Issues on which I absolutely agree with Donald Trump

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I certainly don’t agree with Donald Trump on everything, but some of the positions he’s taken I strongly endorse and find myself in complete agreement with him.

I totally agree with his statement that we should have a national healthcare system that covers everybody (his emphasis) with more benefits than the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) delivers and at a lower cost to the insured. I think that is a worthwhile goal, and I believe it was achievable (which, presumably, is why he made the promise).

I also endorse his initiative to rebuild America’s aging infrastructure, which is in terrible shape (according to an analysis done by the American Society of Civil Engineers, which gave U.S. infrastructure a grade of D+). His specific promise was Rebuild the country’s aging infrastructure — especially bridges and airports that look like they belong in a third-world country — for one-third of what the United States is currently paying for such projects.

I agree with his position that he will save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cutting benefits.

I was also impressed by his statement that he will never take a vacation while serving as president.

His promise to make medical marijuana widely available to patients, and allow states to decide if they want to fully legalize pot or not. I think that’s definitely long past due. Right now medical marijuana is legal (by state law) in 27 states, and recreational marijuana is legal in 7, so we’re moving in the direction Trump advocated. I think his decision to make marijuana legalization a state and not a federal matter makes a lot of sense: that is how we handle alcohol, another popular drug.

I think he’s right to oppose the killing of journalists: “I hate some of these people, but I would never kill them.”

I like his promise to invest more heavily in programs that help military veterans transition back to civilian life, including job training and placement services. Also increase funding for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and mental health issues. Veterans who apply for a job at a VA facility will have five points added to their qualifying scores.

I am impressed by his statement that he will grow the US economy by 6% a year. (That more than triples the current growth rate.)

His promise to fix the background check system used when purchasing guns to ensure states are properly uploading criminal and health records is an excellent idea.

His position that he will provide more funding for police training (a really good idea, because many police departments are underfunded and thus have many officers whose training has been shortchanged for lack of funds.

And I think his position that he will provide more funding for drug treatment, especially for heroin addicts, makes a lot of sense given the terrible opioid epidemic that is killing hundreds of Americans.

This is not to say that I agree with President Trump on all his positions, but I think those listed are really excellent. (I do not, for example, support his promise to bring back systematic torture of prisoners and make the torture much worse.)

In some cases, President Trump seems to now oppose his previous promises. For example, the healthcare bill he strongly supports fails to achieve what he promised—by quite a bit, in fact: it will cover fewer people than Obamacare, it will greatly reduce the benefits, it will cost more, and it will significantly add to the deficit because it includes a big tax cut for the wealthy. Here’s Trump commenting on it:

Written by LeisureGuy

20 March 2017 at 10:21 am

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  1. I agree with these positions 100% as well. Too bad Trump doesn’t mean any of it.

    He’s not just a con man, he’s a cipher, a screen, someone with no ego in the technical definition — he has no truly developed sense of self. He has literally been an actor his whole life playing the role of Donald Trump. That is what makes him so dangerous. His only value is self-promotion. His only goal in being President is to be a Kleptocrat. That is why he admires the Russians (and Putin in particular) so much.

    As a result, Trump is being used by other more sinister forces to wreak havoc on the system. To understand this, read about the Mercers. Bannon is their instrument. You referenced the Jane Meyer piece. There’s another one that just came out under the Highline section of the Huffington Post. Very instructive as to how this all happened.

    Alex

    20 March 2017 at 12:14 pm


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