Breaking Down Trump’s Plans
A look at what’s to come under our 45th President
Intro by Alejandro Ramos Staff Writer
After a long and divisive campaign, Donald J. Trump is officially the 45th President of the United States, which means it’s time for him to get to work. Will he be able to accomplish the goals he talked up in his rallies? Will the American people benefit from his plans? We take a crack breaking down his plans for a couple of issues so you can be informed of what is to come.
On Inner Cities
By Matthew Gozzip Athletics Editor
Trump‘s campaign was widely effective due to his ability to continually highlight regional issues with scathing critique and consequently offer aggressive solutions. One of Trump’s more notable campaign promises involved remedying gang violence, crime and poverty in the “inner cities”. He wants to infuse nearly $1 trillion dollars into the country’s infrastructure, civic works and education in metropolitan areas expected to get a fair share of this sum. From a non-partisan view, the plans appeared to be made with good intention to improve underserved communities and foster stability in all lower income areas across the nation.
However, many pundits were quick to acknowledge that Trump’s comments are propositions are a little near-sighted. Numerous times during his campaign when he attempted to address his thoughts on inner city issues, Trump indirectly likened the problems that plagued these regions to the ethnic demographics of the area (“I’m going to help the African-Americans. I’m going to help the Latinos, Hispanics. I am going to help the inner cities”). According to a study conducted by the Brookings Institution, more than half of the African-American population resided outside of inner cities as of 2010. Assuming that minorities primarily populate inner cities not only is inaccurate but also sets a precedent of doubt on whether the new POTUS is truly knowledgeable enough of socioeconomic structures of metropolitan locations to solve a complex issue.
To assist with understanding urban communities, Trump appointed Doctor Ben Carson, a renowned surgeon and politician who grew up in Detroit, as the head of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD). After graduating from Yale, Carson was appointed the position of chief of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, providing healthcare for urban communities for nearly three decades.
Logically speaking, nominating an advisor who has personally experienced the struggles of living in poverty in the inner city seems like a reasonable decision for Trump. Unfortunately, Dr. Carson lacks experience in the political side of things. During his presidential campaign, Carson struggled to build a viable platform for proposed policies. In fact, Carson has very limited experience overall in policymaking, let alone in the nuance of housing and urban development. The HUD is responsible for distributing billions of dollars for not only the urban housing and the communities but also to reduce veteran homelessness, protect housing for Native Americans, allow lower income citizens to purchase and own their properties and even clear up residential segregation, a growing problem fueled by increasing gentrification. This staggering list of responsibilities seems overwhelming for someone who has never served on any sort of advisory board.
Trump believes that his influx of money can make Caron’s job a little easier but the means of how this money will be accrued is a bit alarming. In a direct quote from his website, Trump said that he will attempt to “cancel all wasteful climate change from Obama-Clinton, including all global warming payments to the United Nations.” By draining funds from a crucial department to fund a separate department, Trump is creating a standoff between choosing to live with the current conditions in the urban communities or to deny climate change. Unfortunately, climate change quite possibly will affect those in the low-income communities and minorities the most since they wont be able to afford proper clothing, supplies and access to necessary resources.
By Christopher Orozco Distribution Manager
Trump’s overall immigration policy is to control the flow of immigration into this country in order to alleviate the stress of job competition and homeland insecurities as well as redirect federal funds to lawful immigrants and American citizens rather than illegal aliens. In order to do this, he has developed 10 Point Plan.
The first thing on that list, he wants to build an “impenetrable physical” wall along the US-Mexico border, which he has been talking up throughout his campaign. He includes a PDF file called Pay for the Wall, in which he details how he’s going to make Mexico pay for the wall whether President Enrique Pena Nieto disagrees or agrees.
The Pay for the Wall outlines a plan Trump’s administration will use to warn Mexico with a series of trade tariffs and economic sanctions if they refuse to comply. Trump’s economic sanctions will place restrictions on wire transfers and fee increases for visas on Mexico if they fail to meet his demand to make a one-time payment of $10 billion.
The logic behind this scheme is that the United States can coerce Mexico into paying due to the threat of economic sanctions, which would affect the flow of money from the former to the latter. According to a report by the Pew Research Center, Mexico received $24 billion from the United State in 2015 in the form of remittances, ahead of every other country in listed. Trump’s plan makes the claim that Mexico needs this money because it acts as welfare for poor families given the lack of a social safety net from the state.
If the plan were to be fully executed, there must surely be some repercussion for the United States. How does this speak to the rest of the international community? What is not to say that other countries will start increasing the fee for Americans to travel abroad? It is strange to say but we probably have illegal American overstaying their visas in Mexico. I am no doubt that we do. In the end, I hope that Trump’s administrations sees the consequences of their actions on a global level. We are not the superpower that we were once were.
By Matthew Gozzip Athletics Editor
Over the past decade, members of the LGBTQIA+ community have been granted an unprecedented amount of social and political support from the Obama Administration. Equality in marriage, employment and education were many of the liberties granted as well as many other protections.
Under Donald Trump, the future appears to be more grim than optimistic. Though Trump did not directly campaign on LGBTQIA+ discrimination (he is socially liberal), many of his appointments and proposed policies appear to target the community. As of now, 52 Republicans occupy seats in the Senate. They most likely will not be able to pass legislation restricting LGBTQIA+ rights without full consensus and the help of eight other Democratic senators. However, legislation that did have a sizable amount of resistance before they were passed could be repealed. The Violence Against Women Act, a law that bans discrimination against in LGBTQIA+ people in services provided by the Department of Justice, could be rescinded since it had a large amount of opposition form Republicans when it was a bill.
Trump’s appointments and use executive powers could be even more influential in affecting the LGBTQIA+. Nearly all of the new cabinet opposed LGBTQIA+ rights. Vice President Mike Pence has attempted to undermine LGBTQIA+ rights several times of the years, the repealing of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the rejecting of Obama’s directive on transgender bathrooms just to name a few. Ben Carson can potentially rescind protection for LGBTQIA+ people in federally funded housing programs. With an empty Supreme Court seat, Trump can continue the conservative trend. Trump also plans to overturn Obama’s executive orders, though it’s unknown which orders specifically. Obama was generous with submitting orders that supported LGBTQIA+ peoples.
On Civil Liberties
By Karrie Comfort Staff Writer
After shouting down CNN senior correspondent who tried to ask a question, some are fearing that civil liberties will not be protected in “Trump’s America”. While Trump seems to be weak on several issues, there are reasons to be confident in some areas, like free speech.
The president elect has quite clearly stated on various occasions that he is open to mass surveillance, in it’s current form, and even approves of its enlargement over time.
“A database is okay and watch list is okay and surveillance is okay.” Trump said.
He has even gone so far as to say that he would specifically watch mosques; not exactly the words the muslim community wanted to hear.
Amplifying this unsteady opinion of Trump on surveillance is his pick for the CIA chief, Mike Pompeo. Pompeo also has a verbal disrespect for previous reforms to the surveillance programs, like collecting large swaths of phone records
“The intelligence community feels beleaguered and bereft of political support,” Pompeo said. “What’s needed is a fundamental upgrade to America’s surveillance capabilities.”
Needless to say, there would be no pardoning of whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.
However, in regards to free speech, Trump’s transition team has gone so far as to meet with the libertarian-conservative group Young Americans for Liberty, and discuss upholding free speech on college campuses.
Although Trump has not spoken widely on issues of the first amendment, there seems to be positive indicators that that he is interested in upholding such civil liberties.
By Karrie Comfort Staff Writer
Although the president-elect has been largely silent on many aspects of education, he has repeatedly declared Common Core a “disaster”, and seeks to remove or replace the federally mandated standards, and instead leave education up to local governing bodies.
Whether or not this is something that Trump can accomplish is really yet to be seen. However, his pick for Secretary of Education has already drawn sharp criticism from people on both sides of the aisle.
Betty DeVos, a Michigan billionaire, is most well-known for her strong support for school choice, and has lobbied for years to expand charter schools, especially for low-income families.
However, she has never attended a public school, or sent her children to one, and seems to lack experience in higher education circles. Some view her nature as more of an “outsider” of the education establishment as a good thing, while others see it as a lack of experience.
As far as whether or not guns belong in schools, DeVos has not taken a stance, and neither has she on continuing the aggressive sexual assault campaign that Obama started.
Donald Trump’s personal campaign website has declared that they plan to shift $20 billion of existing federal dollars toward school choice, most likely charter schools. He also has said that he plans to pressure higher education into using money they already hold to keep tuition rates low.
Again, it is difficult to say what President Trump will be able to get accomplished with a divided Republican party, but only time will tell.
On Fiscal & Monetary Policy
By Karrie Comfort Staff Writer
One of the most striking parts of Trump’s overall policy upheaval is his tax plan, which collapses the current seven-level individual income tax into a three-level income tax. It divides individuals into brackets by those making less than $75,000, less than $225,000, and those making more than $225,000.
Along with the death tax and most business taxes, Trump is planning to slash government income in various places. The Financial Times has indicated that this would raise the national debt by $7.2 trillion within a decade.
Whether or not one agrees with cutting taxes, the logical thing to do if one does do so, would be to cut government programs as well, but instead, according to the Financial Times, Trump’s transition team has “pledged to invest $550bn in infrastructure and has spoken of ramping up defence spending.”
It doesn’t appear as though financial restraint is really applicable to the Republican party, or at least Donald Trump. Although it may not be cut and dry like the fiscal policy, the monetary policy has many investors treading lightly as they wait for Trump’s reaction, considering his comments during campaign.
After repeatedly blasting Janet Yellen, the current Federal Reserve Chairman, it appears as though he will not reappoint her when her term ends in 2018. Additionally, there are two board seats that Trump will most likely fill as soon as possible.
While the Republican party would tend to lean toward a “hawkish” monetary policy, including raising interest rates to curb spending, Donald Trump previously stated that he did not.
“And I must be honest, I am a low-interest-rate person.” said Trump. “If we raise interest rates, and if the dollar starts getting too strong, we’re going to have some very major problems.”
Although he acknowledges the national debt, which he describes as “tremendous”, it does not appear as though his policies will rein them in.