Saturday, April 30, 2016

Trump: Cut Corporate Welfare First

The reason the left is horrified by Donald Trump is they know he will cut welfare. Hence the rock-throwing fear and loathing.  For my part I agree, cut every dime of all welfare, but don't cut a dime of personal welfare until every dime of corporate welfare is cut.  When all corporate welfare is cut, there won't be any need for personal welfare, and what tragic circumstances emerge for any given individuals,  true charity can handle that.

The left knows there is no personal welfare without the warfare state, for where else can you get the credit to fund people voluntarily unemployed?  (I realize there are no jobs, but there is plenty of work to do.) To its credit, the left carved out an income stream for itself from the warfare state, for ostensible good, but it is all just rent-seeking.

Trump made his foreign policy speech last week.  Here is a summary:
Billions of dollars in “defense” spending are tied up in NATO contracts: the power and prestige of Washington’s foreign policy “experts” are inextricably linked to maintaining the Atlanticist bridge that binds us to our free-riding European client states. And now the candidate most likely to win the GOP presidential nomination is threatening to take it all away from them. No wonder they hate his guts and will do anything to stop him.
OK, so first cut welfare payments to Europe.  And that is just the thing... if you cut any of the warfare/welfare state sinecures, you threaten them all. That is why no government program ever ends, they just get new names and new people.  If a Pres. Trump cuts Belgium off, then all the people in Belgium making fabulous USA-funded salaries saying nice things about USA war-machine and nasty things about Putin will go back to selling snake oil and people of some probity will begin to get heard.

And it is not just in the provinces. This is a replay of Kennedy's "best and brightest" gambit that got derailed by the deep state:
That is why I will also look for talented experts with new approaches, and practical ideas, rather than surrounding myself with those who have perfect resumes but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies and continued losses at war.
But wait, Trump also said:

We will spend what we need to rebuild our military. It is the cheapest investment we can make. We will develop, build and purchase the best equipment known to mankind. Our military dominance must be unquestioned.
But we will look for savings and spend our money wisely. In this time of mounting debt, not one dollar can be wasted.
 Yes, and earlier Trump said at once "China's good, I make a lot of Money with China" and "China is cheating."  So which is it?  Well, the the Chinese leaders hear the first sentence, the unemployed Americans hear the second.  "Rebuild" - "cheapest".  "develop" - "savings".  OK, which is it?  Both? Wipe out the politically-motivated "defense" array now in place and replace it with the most fearsome array at 20% of the cost today?  And if any foreigners want in, they can lease systems from us with their own cash, not our credit?

A Trump quote:
We should seek common ground based on shared interests. Russia, for instance, has also seen the horror of Islamic terrorism.
I believe an easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia – from a position of strength – is possible.
(No kidding, since USA has been the bully to which only Putin has stood up...) I've said here countless times if we pull out of the Middle East tomorrow, China will move in.  Let them. They have a far greater Islamic extremist problem than we do, and it is smack dab in the middle of China's hopes and dreams for the future: reopen the Silk Road between London and Beijing.  Let them be the hegemon, and we trade.

Whereas the USA has to move massive resources to pick a fight where people once loved us, China has the problem on its front lawn now that is has put its address on the West Side of the Country instead of the East.

Again:  USA needs to announce we are pulling out all assets (on whatever workable timetable... say 90 days) worldwide to within the bounds of Cape Wrangell, Alaska to West Quoddy Head, Maine and anyone messing with us on the way out gets nuked.  Talk about refugee crisis, processing all those unemployed (and probably unemployable) Americans coming home would pale all other refugee crises. But it is work we need to do.

When both democrats and republicans loved NAFTA, that was all I needed to hear back in '90.  It has been a disaster.  When both democrats and republicans hate Trump, well, what more do we need to hear?  Anything else only confirms if he is not stopped, good things might happen.

Trump says:
Although not in government service, I was totally against the War in Iraq, saying for many years that it would destabilize the Middle East. Sadly, I was correct, ...
Fact is, I think most Americans were against it.  We vote for peace, get war.  We vote no bailouts, get bailouts.  We vote no taxpayer-funded domed stadiums, we get them good and hard.  25 years ago Perot was talking about "government coming at people, instead of for people."  In spite of being smeared by the usual suspects, he picked up 20% of the vote (and got Clinton elected).  Today Trump and Sanders represent the vast majority of Americans who are sick of being treated like Syrian refugees.  Doesn't feel nice, does it?

Am I pro-Trump?  Ahem, I am an anarchist.  I think the state needs to be dissolved, for there is not a single function of government, of democracy, or a republic, that cannot be better provisioned by the market and charity.  And don't tell me defense is an exception, I was just examining in a museum last week the original wholesale letters of marque written by President Madison to defend USA.  And don't say that was early 1800s, because it was American farmers who defeated the most powerful military in the world back then and do it today: Vietnamese, Iraqi, Afghani, you name it, farmers all, have defeated the USA playing the king.

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