Why Donald Trump is not a fiscal conservative. 1/2
After defying the political norm perpetrated by the mass media, Businessman Donald Trump won the United States Presidential Election. In his defining campaign promise to make America great again, Mr. Trump broke from traditional conservative notions, more than enough times. In this analysis, I’ve chosen to omit the stances that Mr. Trump stood upon prior to the 2016 election for the sheer fact that he was once an outspoken liberal and supporter of Hilary Clinton’s 2008 Democratic Presidential campaign and has, according to his campaign, altered his political leanings significantly since 2008. The issues spoken here are only dealing with his political ideology since announcing his campaign in 2015.
In Mr. Trump’s message on the economic recovery of the United States, he perpetrates a massive decrease in the United States’ industrial sector jobs to the ultimate slowing down of our economy. Along with the rally cry for industrial worker’s rights, shared with Senator Bernie Sanders, Mr. Trump has also called for a raise on the minimum wage, similar to his Democratic counterparts. Although Mr. Trump doesn’t favor a federal minimum wage standard, quoted in May of 2016 as having said ”I would like to see an increase of some magnitude, but I’d rather leave it to the states. Let the states decide.” his support for an increased minimum wage standard defies the basic conservative issue that the government shall not dictate a private business. Along with his stances on how much government should be in our economy, Mr. Trump is also critical of the free trade policies of the past.
While Mr. Trump has criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement multiple times, he has also criticized one of the most key issues of conservatism, free trade. Mr. Trump has constantly criticized the deals that allow free trade with little government regulations as being “very, very bad deals.”. Most importantly, Mr. Trump advocates for a substantial tax increase on those who manufacture abroad, as opposed to the average conservative belief of lessening regulations and inviting them back to the country instead of threatening the companies.
Mr. Trump has also approached greatly the use of government interference in the marketplace as president-elect. In what Trump-supporter and former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin calls “crony capitalism”, Mr. Trump used government power to allow Carrier Corporation to keep jobs in the U.S. instead of allowing them to follow through on their plan to move manufacturing to Mexico. In a move that can qualify as socialism, Mr. Trump levied the use of corporate welfare to the Carrier Corporation in a show of favoritism that has already backfired on some fiscal conservatives, such as Mrs. Palin.
While these reasons have a generalized view, they still present the basic evidence that Mr. Trump is not a fiscal conservative and has the record to prove that.