Donald trump stance on economy

Donald Trump on the Issues
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(Click on topic for excerpt & citation) Opposes topic 1:Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale) Ban the late-term abortion of babies: Strongly Opposes topic 1
End medical research that uses tissue from aborted fetuses: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Cherish innocent life instead of ripping babies from womb: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Completed conversion from 1999 pro-choice to 2019 pro-life: Strongly Favors topic 1
Reinstate Mexico City Policy: end abortion funding abroad: Opposes topic 1
Unpredictable abortion funding good; Planned Parenthood bad: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Not acceptable to rip baby from womb in 9th month: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Overturn Roe v, Wade and return abortion laws to the states: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supports birth control without a prescription: Favors topic 1
Millions are helped by Planned Parenthood, but defund it: Opposes topic 1
Defund Planned Parenthood: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Planned Parenthood is important, but abortions must stop: Opposes topic 1
Ban late abortions; exceptions for rape, incest or health: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Stress importance of a strong family, & a culture of Life: Opposes topic 1
Undecided on embryonic stem cell research: Neutral on topic 1
I am now pro-life; after years of being pro-choice: Strongly Opposes topic 1
I changed my views to pro-life based on personal stories: Opposes topic 1
I am pro-life; fight ObamaCare abortion funding: Opposes topic 1
Pro-choice, but ban partial birth abortion: Favors topic 1
Favors abortion rights but respects opposition: Favors topic 1
Opposes public funding for abortion services: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supports parental notification for abortions by minors: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supports judges who strictly interpret Constitution: Strongly Favors topic 1 Opposes topic 2:Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale) Skeptical of use of affirmative action in college admissions: Opposes topic 2
Rebuild our black inner cities, which are so sad: Opposes topic 2
Racial disparities in law enforcement? Maybe or maybe not: Opposes topic 2
Women act feminine & needy, but inside, they are killers: Opposes topic 2
Political correctness is country's problem, not my problem: Strongly Opposes topic 2
I seem to bring out either the best or worst in women: Opposes topic 2
I did a good job getting Obama to produce birth certificate: Strongly Opposes topic 2
More jobs for women; now we will help women outside US too: Strongly Favors topic 2
Sued in 1970s for racist rental policy, but same as everyone: Opposes topic 2
Minorities in disaster cities: what do you have to lose?: Neutral on topic 2
Pushed town council to allow blacks & Jews into Mar-a-Lago: Favors topic 2
Promoted gender equality in a male-dominated industry: Favors topic 2
I'm "fine" with affirmative action, for now: Strongly Favors topic 2
Well-educated blacks have advantage over whites: Opposes topic 2
I'm no misogynist; I put women in charge of construction: Favors topic 2
Obama's presidency has done nothing for African Americans: Opposes topic 2
Created first club in Palm Beach open to blacks & Jews: Strongly Favors topic 2
Women are far stronger than men; don't believe "weaker sex": Opposes topic 2
Bad students (like Obama) shouldn't go to Harvard: Opposes topic 2
After Ivana, never let wife run business again: Opposes topic 2
Mocks opponent as "Pocahontas" at Native American event: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Create a military court system to deal with sexual assaults: Favors topic 2 Favors topic 3:Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale) Bar transgender troops from enlisting in military: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Ban on transgender people serving openly in the US military: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Put the Confederate flag in a museum, not on statehouses: Strongly Favors topic 3
Global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality: Strongly Favors topic 3
1980s: personal lawyer gay & closeted & Trump kept secret: Favors topic 3
2000: extend Civil Rights Act to apply to gays and lesbians: Strongly Favors topic 3
Sexual orientation is invalid reason for firing workers: Strongly Favors topic 3
After Supreme Court vote, gay marriage is a reality: Favors topic 3
Same-sex marriage is a state issue: Opposes topic 3
No gay marriage; no same-sex partner benefits: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Tolerate diversity; prosecute hate crimes against gays: Favors topic 3
Denounce Iran's human rights record via focus on LGBT issues: Favors topic 3 Strongly Favors topic 4:Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale) Constitutional right to pray in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Happiest people have great families & God in their lives: Favors topic 4
Teach citizenship; stop dumbing down: Favors topic 4
End creative spelling, estimating, & empowerment: Favors topic 4
Let "saints" help teen moms; restrict public assistance: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports religious liberty, and the motto, "In God We Trust": Strongly Favors topic 4
Fiercely defend religious freedom and terms like "Christmas": Strongly Favors topic 4
Our media culture often mocks and demeans people of faith: Favors topic 4
Cherish and defend our Christian heritage: Strongly Favors topic 4
Repeal LBJ law: let preachers talk politics, tax-exempt: Strongly Favors topic 4
Who in the world is offended by "Merry Christmas"?: Strongly Favors topic 4
I love God, and I love having a relationship with Him: Favors topic 4 Strongly Opposes topic 5:Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale) Eradicate AIDS epidemic by the end of this decade: Neutral on topic 5
Trump reverses course on vaccinations; now in favor: Favors topic 5
FactCheck: Sued to end pre-existing condition protection: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Medicare for All is really Medicare for None: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Why can't Medicare simply cover everybody?: Favors topic 5
Expand Health Savings Accounts but not forced by government: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Lack of mental healthcare is greatest tragedy today: Favors topic 5
Focus on greatest bang for the buck, not public health: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Create V.A. mental health division to reduce veteran suicide: Favors topic 5
Removing cross-state barriers solves many insurance issues: Opposes topic 5
Insurance companies love a lack of competition: Opposes topic 5
Don't cut Medicare; grow the economy to keep benefits: Favors topic 5
Make health insurance premiums tax-deductible: Opposes topic 5
Save Medicare & Medicaid without cutting them to the bone: Favors topic 5
Increase insurance competition across state lines: Strongly Opposes topic 5
We must have universal health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Socialist healthcare would take away from 180M patients: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Decided not to kill ObamaCare, but still it's not good: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Republicans will always support Pre-Existing Conditions: Favors topic 5
FactCheck: Opposed ObamaCare's pre-existing condition law: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Strike down ObamaCare as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Lower the cost of health insurance, instead of mandates: Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare collapses under its own weight if we don't repeal: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare will never work; repeal it and replace it: Strongly Opposes topic 5
The whole of ObamaCare was a fraud: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is government control over our everyday lives: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Keep pre-existing condition coverage; not individual mandate: Opposes topic 5
Chief Justice Roberts: a disaster who gave us ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Replace Obamacare with Health Savings Accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 5
We didn't have a free market before ObamaCare: Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed & replaced: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare deductibles are so high that it's useless: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Kill ObamaCare before it becomes a trillion-ton weight: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Supports repealing mandated health insurance: Strongly Opposes topic 5 Favors topic 6:Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale) FactCheck: Yes, "privatization would be good for all of us": Strongly Favors topic 6
I'll give up my Social Security; leave it to each person: Favors topic 6
Cannot change Medicare or Soc.Sec. and still win elections: Opposes topic 6
Social Security isn't an "entitlement"; it's honoring a deal: Opposes topic 6
Pay off debt; put $3T interest savings into Trust Fund: Opposes topic 6
Let people invest their own retirement funds: Strongly Favors topic 6
No government investment of retirement funds: Strongly Favors topic 6 Strongly Favors topic 7:Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale) I may cut Department of Education: Favors topic 7
Dept. of Education runs top-down one-size-fits-all system: Opposes topic 7
Cut Department of Education and Common Core: Strongly Favors topic 7
We spend more per student than any other nation: Favors topic 7
Common Core is a disaster: Strongly Favors topic 7
Opposes Common Core: Favors topic 7
Common Core means Washington tells you what to study: Favors topic 7
Opportunity Scholarships for 1M trapped in failing schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
School choice is civil rights issue of our time: Strongly Favors topic 7
Call them vouchers or scholarships; I call it competition: Strongly Favors topic 7
Disadvantaged students are trapped in failing schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Money follows student to public, private or religious school: Strongly Favors topic 7
Let schools compete: charters, vouchers, and magnets: Strongly Favors topic 7
Bring on the competition; tear down the union walls: Favors topic 7
School choice will improve public schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports vouchers to let parents choose public or private school: Strongly Favors topic 7 Strongly Favors topic 8:Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(-5 points on Social scale) Join the United Nations' "One Trillion Trees initiative": Strongly Opposes topic 8
2008: pushed Scotland golf course despite enviro fragility: Favors topic 8
Green energy is just an expensive feel-good for tree-huggers: Strongly Favors topic 8
Cut defense budget, & entire EPA & Dept. of Education: Favors topic 8
Get rid of the regulations that are just destroying us: Favors topic 8
Won't go to circuses that cut elephants due to animal rights: Strongly Favors topic 8
Good development enhances the environment: Favors topic 8
Make desalinization affordable; rebuild water infrastructure: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Don't micromanage every rain puddle and drainage ditch: Strongly Favors topic 8
WOTUS 2018: limited definition of protected waterways: Strongly Favors topic 8
Cutting overbearing regulations helps farmers & builders: Strongly Favors topic 8
Overrule Fisheries Commission and allow more fish harvesting: Opposes topic 8
We're going to put regulation industry out of business: Strongly Favors topic 8
Regulations by unelected officials reward special interests: Strongly Favors topic 8
Cut the EPA; what they do is a disgrace: Strongly Favors topic 8
Asbestos got a bad rap from miners & mob-led movement: Strongly Favors topic 8
Bureaucratic land use reviews make projects unbuildable: Favors topic 8 Strongly Favors topic 9:Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale) FactCheck: yes, second chance with criminal justice reform: No opin. on topic 9
Think of the VICTIMS and keep the death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 9
Keep death penalty; don't forget the victims: Strongly Opposes topic 9
First Step Act: criminal justice reform & fairer sentencing: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Stop-and-frisk works in high-crime cities like Chicago: Strongly Favors topic 9
Execute drug dealers to fight opioid epidemic: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opposes Catch-&-Release laws; throw criminal aliens in jail: Strongly Favors topic 9
Unify behind law enforcement; support the victims of crime: Strongly Favors topic 9
New agency VOICE: Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement: Strongly Favors topic 9
Throw immigrant criminals out of U.S. and keep them out: Strongly Favors topic 9
FactCheck: Stop-&-frisk unconstitutional but NYPD disagrees: Strongly Favors topic 9
Stop-and-frisk worked very well in NYC: Strongly Favors topic 9
Without law and order, we don't have a country: Strongly Favors topic 9
Considers stop-and-frisk useful and tremendous beyond belief: Strongly Favors topic 9
Settling Central Park jogger case was "a disgrace": Strongly Favors topic 9
Police can't act due to disrespect; but weed out bad ones: Favors topic 9
The police are the most mistreated people in America: Favors topic 9
Black lives matter, but we need strong police presence: Favors topic 9
Capital punishment isnt uncivilized; murderers living is: Strongly Favors topic 9
Death penalty deters like violent TV leads kids astray: Favors topic 9
Hold judges accountable; dont reduce sentences: Favors topic 9
For tough anti-crime policies; not criminals rights: Favors topic 9 Strongly Favors topic 10:Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale) Remove weapons from dangerous individuals, not all Americans: Strongly Favors topic 10
Arm public school employees to prevent school shootings: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes arming school teachers against school shootings: Opposes topic 10
Teachers with gun training should be allowed to carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
End gun-free zones in schools & military bases: Strongly Favors topic 10
We need Supreme Court to stand up for the 2nd Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 10
Appoint Supreme Court judges who respect 2nd amendment: Strongly Favors topic 10
No guns for people on terrorist watch-list: Opposes topic 10
Buying lots of ammunition & body armor should be a red flag: Opposes topic 10
No limits on guns; they save lives: Strongly Favors topic 10
Keep enemies of the state away from guns: Favors topic 10
Make concealed-carry permits valid across all states: Strongly Favors topic 10
Gun-free zones are target practice for sickos: Strongly Favors topic 10
Gun ownership makes US safer, not more dangerous: Strongly Favors topic 10
Laws are ineffective in preventing gun violence: Favors topic 10
Gun violence is inevitable; regulations won't help: Strongly Favors topic 10
Protect the Second Amendment, but address mental health: Favors topic 10
A very strong person on the Second Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 10
I am against gun control: Strongly Favors topic 10
Dems and Reps are both wrong on guns: Neutral on topic 10
For assault weapon ban, waiting period, & background check: Opposes topic 10
Opposes restrictions on right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10 Opposes topic 11:Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale) Doubled the child tax credit: Favors topic 11
1999: one-time wealth tax on top 1% to reduce national debt: Strongly Favors topic 11
Comparison of Warren wealth tax to Trump wealth tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Historic tax cuts and reforms for American businesses: Strongly Opposes topic 11
People want tax cuts; don't understand tax reform: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cutting corporate taxes will be a great job creator: Strongly Opposes topic 11
U.S. 1% growth is almost no growth, and due to high taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Get rid of carried interest and cut taxes big league: Favors topic 11
Reducing taxes from 35% to 15% will be a job creator: Strongly Opposes topic 11
I'm gonna cut taxes and regulations big league: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Tax cuts for the wealthy, who will create tremendous jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Help those in need by massive tax cuts & cutting regulations: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal estate tax; it's double taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Estate tax is unfair double taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Do away with carried interest; it's unfair: Favors topic 11
OpEd AdWatch: Trump more liberal on taxes than Democrats: Favors topic 11
FactCheck: Proposed 14% tax on wealthy in 2000, but not now: Neutral on topic 11
No net increase in taxes, but increases on wealthy: Strongly Favors topic 11
Raise graduated taxes on hedge fund managers: Strongly Favors topic 11
One-time 14% tax on wealthy to pay down national debt: Strongly Favors topic 11
Raising business tax causes businesses to move jobs overseas: Strongly Opposes topic 11
4 brackets; 1-5-10-15%; kill death tax & corporate tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal the inheritance tax to offset one-time wealth tax: Opposes topic 11
Simplify tax code; end marriage penalty & other hidden taxes: Opposes topic 11
Opposes flat tax; benefits wealthy too much: Strongly Favors topic 11
High tax rate encourages investment risk: Strongly Favors topic 11
Any business of any size will pay no more than 15% tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Personally avoids sales tax, but knows many people like it: Opposes topic 11
One-time 14.25% tax on wealth, to erase national debt: Strongly Favors topic 11
Predicts 35% boost to economy from eliminating national debt: Favors topic 11
Tax assets over $10 million, paid over 10 years: Strongly Favors topic 11
FactCheck: Paid income taxes for 3 years out of 5 in 1970s: Opposes topic 11
Opposes increasing income tax rates: Opposes topic 11
Supports eliminating the death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11 Strongly Opposes topic 12:Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale) Didn't start family separation but ended it: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Cut off aid $700M to Central American Northern Triangle: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Coyotes out of business on very dangerous southern border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Powerful wall in San Diego stopped nearly all crossings: Strongly Favors topic 12
3,750 troops to prepare for onslaught of Mexican caravans: Strongly Favors topic 12
ICE guards dangerous southern border against criminal aliens: Strongly Opposes topic 12
End birthright citizenship, despite 14th amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Melania's parents & Trump's grandparents did chain migration: Opposes topic 12
Deporting drug dealers, murderers, and "bad dudes": Strongly Opposes topic 12
Amnesty is unfair to people waiting on line for years: Strongly Opposes topic 12
We have some bad hombres here; I'll get them out: Opposes topic 12
Border agents endorsed me because I understand the border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
People pour into US and citizens lose jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 12
10-point plan: wall; zero tolerance; biometrics; E-Verify: Strongly Favors topic 12
Vatican has massive walls; Pope is wrong about open borders: Strongly Opposes topic 12
We must stop illegal immigration; it hurts us economically: Strongly Opposes topic 12
351,000 criminal illegal aliens in our prisons: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Cut off federal funds to sanctuary cities: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Illegal immigrants populate many criminal gangs: Opposes topic 12
This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish: Opposes topic 12
We need strong borders; we need a wall: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Citizenship for illegal immigrants is a GOP suicide mission: Strongly Opposes topic 12
351,000 illegal aliens are in our prisons; costing $1.1B: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Anchor babies were NEVER the intent of the 14th Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Control borders; even legal immigration should be difficult: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Use threat of tariffs to get Mexico's cooperation: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Restore integrity at borders instead of lawless chaos: Strongly Opposes topic 12
We've been badly hurt by Mexico both at the border & on jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Mexico will pay for wall, but not through tariffs: Opposes topic 12
Building 1,000-mile wall is possible, if we make commitment: Strongly Opposes topic 12
I can get Mexico to pay for border wall; politicians can't: Opposes topic 12
The border wall will be well-managed and built correctly: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Building a wall will save money because it stops bad dudes: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Make Mexico pay for wall with severe economics: Opposes topic 12
Mexico & Latin America send us drugs, crime, and rapists: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Triple-layered fence & Predator drones on Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Democrats refuse to change asylum laws & loopholes: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Refugees can't come in; sorry, we're full: Strongly Opposes topic 12
FactCheck: No, Obama didn't separate families at the border: Opposes topic 12
Merit-based immigration system instead of lower skills: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Let college grads stay but H-1B only if jobs can't be filled: Favors topic 12
I take advantage of H-1B visas; but stop them: Opposes topic 12
Let the good ones come back in; that's not amnesty: Favors topic 12
Invite foreigners graduating from college to stay in US: Favors topic 12
Limit new immigration; focus on people already here: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Supports additional border infrastructure: Strongly Favors topic 12 Strongly Opposes topic 13:Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale) Companies will pay dearly for moving jobs out of US: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Let US companies work in China with proprietary technology: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Two core principles: buy American, and hire American: Opposes topic 13
Trade deals should be one-on-one that US can terminate: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Bernie Sanders and I agree: no big quagmire trade deals: Strongly Opposes topic 13
US open for business: keep Carrier AC in Indiana: Opposes topic 13
We're dying at 1% GDP growth; we don't make things anymore: Opposes topic 13
I disagreed with Ronald Reagan on trade; we need better: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Our jobs are fleeing to Mexico; China uses us as piggy bank: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Trade pacts are no good for us and no good for our workers: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Renegotiate tougher & fairer trade agreements: Opposes topic 13
President should be nations trade representative: Favors topic 13
World views US trade officials as saps: Opposes topic 13
Foreign companies are taking jobs from US: Strongly Opposes topic 13
European Union is a foe in trade, & in lack of NATO payments: Strongly Opposes topic 13
USMCA delivers dreams shattered by catastrophe of NAFTA: Favors topic 13
Tariffs force EU, Mexico, & Canada to re-negotiate: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Renegotiate NAFTA; they charge us 16%; we charge nothing: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NAFTA was worst trade deal ever; TPP is a close second: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NAFTA has cleaned out manufacturing in many states: Strongly Opposes topic 13
35% import tax on Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Tariffs on Chinese goods forced them to negotiate: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Tariffs on $250B of Chinese goods: Treasury gains billions: Strongly Opposes topic 13
FactCheck: China has 25% car tariff, but only 10% on parts: Opposes topic 13
China is no longer a currency manipulator: Favors topic 13
End TPP; make American pipelines with American steel: Strongly Opposes topic 13
China is dumping steel all over & killing steel companies: Strongly Opposes topic 13
It's not free trade with China; it's stupid trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
TPP is a horrible deal; no one has read its 5,600 pages: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Repatriate jobs that China has been stealing: Opposes topic 13
Says China is paying BIG TARIFFS, but U.S. consumers pay: Strongly Opposes topic 13
The Reciprocal Trade Act lets us respond to unfair tariffs: Opposes topic 13
FactCheck: No, tariffs won't "make America rich again": Strongly Opposes topic 13
Country built on tariffs; they'll lead to new trade deals: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Trade wars are good; tariffs on steel and aluminum: Strongly Opposes topic 13
US companies pay high tariffs abroad; let's change that: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Protection will make America strong: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Two simple rules: buy American, and hire American: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Tax imports when U.S. companies manufacture abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Identify every violation of trade agreements, and prosecute: Opposes topic 13
Restrict free trade to keep jobs in US: Strongly Opposes topic 13
20% tax on all imported goods: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Embrace globalization and international markets: Strongly Favors topic 13 Strongly Favors topic 14:Support American Exceptionalism
(+5 points on Economic scale) We rebuilt military; America stronger than ever: Strongly Favors topic 14
Postpone meeting with Denmark if no Greenland discussion: Favors topic 14
America will never be a socialist country: Strongly Favors topic 14
Nominates opponent of World Bank to lead World Bank: Strongly Favors topic 14
America's unique destiny is to be the beacon amongst nations: Strongly Favors topic 14
Iran is a terrorist regime, so withdrew from nuclear deal: Strongly Favors topic 14
Defend our American legacy & seize our glorious destiny: Strongly Favors topic 14
America is once again ready to lead: Strongly Favors topic 14
Meaningful engagement with allies paying their fair share: Opposes topic 14
Put American citizens first, to make America great again: Strongly Favors topic 14
Respectfully check mosques; we have to look at profiling: Strongly Favors topic 14
Make America great again: Favors topic 14
U.S. has become dumping ground for everybody else's problems: Strongly Favors topic 14
Ignore career diplomats who insist on nuance: Favors topic 14
American interests come first; no apologies: Strongly Favors topic 14
Things change; empires come and go: Opposes topic 14
Use force to stop North Korean nuke development: Strongly Favors topic 14
Reject ideology of globalism; embrace doctrine of patriotism: Strongly Favors topic 14
Foreign aid only for allies with shared values: Strongly Favors topic 14
Don't surrender to the false song of globalism: Strongly Favors topic 14
Withdraw from Paris Agreement, to put America first: Strongly Favors topic 14
Radical violent Islam that must be feared, not Islam itself: Neutral on topic 14
Replace a Muslim ban with an extreme vetting of Muslims: Strongly Favors topic 14
I don't want to be politically correct: Islam hates us: Strongly Favors topic 14
Jerusalem is Israel's capital but Palestinian capital open: Strongly Favors topic 14
Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital: Strongly Favors topic 14
Opening gates to Syrian refugees invites in ISIS: Favors topic 14
Provide economic assistance to create a safe zone in Syria: Opposes topic 14
Stop sending aid to countries that hate us: Favors topic 14
More sanctions on Iran; more support of Israel: Favors topic 14
2012: Get tough on Pakistan; 2016: lavish praise on Pakistan: Opposes topic 14
Reverse Obama's opening of Cuba until freedoms are restored: Strongly Favors topic 14
China should make Kim Jong Un disappear: Strongly Favors topic 14
Diplomacy & respect crucial to our relationship with Russia: Opposes topic 14
Russia wants to defeat ISIS as badly as we do; work together: Opposes topic 14
It's good that Putin says nice things about me: Opposes topic 14
We have a problem with radical Muslims: Favors topic 14
No apology for banning Muslims from entering America: Strongly Favors topic 14
Syrian refugees are a Trojan Horse: Strongly Favors topic 14
Supports standing with the nation of israel: Favors topic 14 Favors topic 15:Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale) $400B more from NATO members for military expenses: Favors topic 15
Countries hosting US troops should pay for them: Strongly Favors topic 15
Withdraw from INF and develop Missile Defense System: Strongly Favors topic 15
Russia violates the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty: Favors topic 15
Space Force: sixth branch of the armed services: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strong military is essential for national security: Strongly Favors topic 15
Unmatched power is key to defense, including more nukes: Strongly Favors topic 15
Negotiate prices for the fantastic new F-35 jet fighter: Favors topic 15
More tools so our military can fight and win: Strongly Favors topic 15
Wants one of the greatest US military build-ups in history: Strongly Favors topic 15
F-35 program out-of-control; cut billions in military costs: Strongly Opposes topic 15
FactCheck: US spends more than NATO, but only 22% on NATO: Favors topic 15
We defend Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia: they need to pay: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Let vets see private doctors or VA: that's not privatization: Opposes topic 15
South Korea and Japan should pay 100% of US military costs: Opposes topic 15
Charge rich countries like Germany more to defend them: Opposes topic 15
Building up military is cheap when you consider alternative: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strengthen military, but act defensively: Strongly Favors topic 15
Our nuclear arsenal doesn't work; it's 30 years old: Strongly Favors topic 15
All freedoms flow from national security: Strongly Favors topic 15
3% of GNP for military is too low: Strongly Favors topic 15
US cannot afford to be world's police; let NATO allies pay: Opposes topic 15
We've spent $5T in the Mideast and gotten nothing: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Fix veteran's hospitals, and pay private doctors for them: Favors topic 15 Opposes topic 16:Make voter registration easier
(-3 points on Social scale) Afghanistan war made a mess, but troops need to stay: Opposes topic 16
Electoral College brings you to many states: Opposes topic 16
Many things can go wrong when early voting goes on too long: Strongly Opposes topic 16
It's scary that people can vote without ID: Strongly Opposes topic 16
There are millions who should not be registered to vote: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Maximum representation & maximum voter participation: Strongly Favors topic 16
Reject the elite election system; infuse popular will: Strongly Favors topic 16
SuperPACs are a disaster and cause dishonesty: Favors topic 16
Candidates should disavow PACs: Favors topic 16
Supports same campaign finance rules to all organizations: Opposes topic 16 Opposes topic 17:Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale) My good relationship with North Korea has prevented war: Opposes topic 17
If Venezuela unravels, why can't we invade?: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Consider all options to restore Venezuela's democracy: Opposes topic 17
Treat foes of US worse than they could ever imagine: Favors topic 17
North Korea has no economic future if they retain nukes: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Trillions have been wasted on protecting other countries: Strongly Favors topic 17
Disallow North Korea from developing nuclear delivery system: Opposes topic 17
2011: Knock out Ghadafi; 2016: Libya war was a mistake: Favors topic 17
I would be slower to go to war than Hillary: Favors topic 17
Criticized Buchanans view on Hitler as appeasement: Favors topic 17
Post-Cold War: switch from chess player to dealmaker: Strongly Favors topic 17
No humanitarian intervention; only to direct threats: Opposes topic 17
Afghani settlement: great nations do not fight endless wars: Strongly Favors topic 17
We've beaten ISIS in Syria; bring US troops home: Strongly Favors topic 17
2016: secret plan to defeat ISIS; 2018: caliphate gone: Opposes topic 17
To eradicate ISIS, we need action, not talk: Opposes topic 17
ISIS are lawless savages; extinguish them from our planet: Strongly Opposes topic 17
If we overthrow Assad, we could end up with worse than Assad: Strongly Favors topic 17
Military and cyberwar to prevent ISIS genocide of Christians: Strongly Opposes topic 17
I have a plan to defeat ISIS, but I won't broadcast it: Opposes topic 17
I opposed Iraq War in 2004; it destabilized entire Mideast: Favors topic 17
2003: lost respect for Bush over handling of Iraq War: Strongly Favors topic 17
Get rid of ISIS, quickly: dry up their oil & their money: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Blunder to announce withdrawal timetable from Afghanistan: Opposes topic 17
Bomb the oil fields in Iraq to take on ISIS: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Hit ISIS hard and fast: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iraq won't be a democracy when we leave; it'll be a mess: Favors topic 17
All of the reasons for Iraq war were blatantly wrong: Strongly Favors topic 17
Be tougher: bin Laden should have been caught long ago: Opposes topic 17
Defeat ISIS and stop Islamic terrorists: Opposes topic 17
Willing talk to Iran but they can't have nuclear weapons: Opposes topic 17
FactCheck: Would shoot Iranian warships too near US warships: Strongly Opposes topic 17
When we defeated Iraq, we didn't know what to do after that: Favors topic 17
Current leadership hurts military; need change to beat ISIS: Opposes topic 17
Assad is a bad guy, but his replacement could be worse: Strongly Favors topic 17
Let Russia make moves in Syria; it's a quagmire: Strongly Favors topic 17
I'm pro-military but I opposed invading Iraq in 2003: Favors topic 17
Opposed Iraq war in 2004 & predicted Mideast destabilization: Strongly Favors topic 17
I said "don't hit Iraq," because it destabilized Middle East: Strongly Favors topic 17
Walk away from Iranian nuclear talks; increase sanctions: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Take $1.5T in oil from Iraq to pay for US victims: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iraq should pick up the tab for their own liberation: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Support Israel, our unsinkable Mideast aircraft carrier: Strongly Favors topic 17
Not looking for war, but Iran cannot have a nuclear weapon: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Support goals of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Opposes topic 17
Recognize 1967 Israel's annexation of Golan Heights: Opposes topic 17
Unite civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism: Opposes topic 17
Better to have Mideast strongmen than Mideast chaos: Favors topic 17
Great relationship with Kim Jong-Un, but I had to walk out: Favors topic 17
Iran has power over North Korea, as their trading partner: Opposes topic 17
Let Russia bash ISIS; let Germany defend Ukraine: Favors topic 17
Support Russia, but with strings attached: Favors topic 17
Cannot allow beachhead of radical Islamic terrorism: Strongly Opposes topic 17 Strongly Opposes topic 18:Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale) Green New Deal does not fulfill America's energy needs: Strongly Opposes topic 18
EPA is killing energy companies; 1,000 years of clean coal: Strongly Opposes topic 18
America invested in solar panels and it was a disaster: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Wind energy projects are industrial monstrosities: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Windmills are destroying shorelines all over the world: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Solar hasn't caught on because it has a 32-year payback: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Maybe some climate change is manmade, but not all: Opposes topic 18
We need nuclear energy, and we need a lot of it fast: Opposes topic 18
Green buildings take 40 years to get investment back: Opposes topic 18
Expand sales of corn ethanol year-round to 15%: Favors topic 18
Establish panel devoted to challenging climate science: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Climate change isn't a hoax, but don't spend trillions on it: Opposes topic 18
OpEd: US is only country out of 197 to reject Paris accord: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Focus on disease & clean water, not "climate change": Strongly Opposes topic 18
Climate change is a hoax: Strongly Opposes topic 18
FactCheck: US has been #1 producer of oil & gas since 2013: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Net exporter for the first time in 65 years: Strongly Opposes topic 18
End war on coal: it's important for our defense: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Revive the coal industry; end efforts to curb carbon: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Stop threatening the livelihood of our coal miners: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Fracking will lead to American energy independence: Opposes topic 18
We have 2 trillion barrels of oil; enough for 283 years: Strongly Opposes topic 18
No Cap-and-Tax: oil is this country's lifeblood: Strongly Opposes topic 18
It's incredible how slowly we're drilling for oil: Strongly Opposes topic 18 Favors topic 19:Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale) Opposed allowing vets access to legal cannabis: Strongly Favors topic 19
Unfair to serve a life sentence for a nonviolent drug crime: Strongly Opposes topic 19
MS-13 gangs in 20 states smuggle in meth & opioids: Strongly Favors topic 19
Death penalty for drug dealers: Strongly Opposes topic 19
2016: let states decide on pot; 2018: feds over state law: Favors topic 19
Stop drugs pouring into country & poisoning our youth: Strongly Favors topic 19
Crime and gangs and drugs have created American carnage: Favors topic 19
Apply resources to stop the inflow of opioids into America: Strongly Favors topic 19
Study legalization, but don't legalize now: Favors topic 19
Yes to medical marijuana; otherwise, decide state by state: Opposes topic 19
1990: Drug enforcement is a joke; 2015: only medical pot: Opposes topic 19
1991: Illicit drugs should be decriminalized: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Legalize drugs and use tax revenue to fund drug education: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Never drinks, smokes, nor does drugs: Favors topic 19 Strongly Opposes topic 20:Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale) Unemployment at record low, including women & disabled: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Economy was ready to collapse in 2016; now it's the best: Opposes topic 20
FactCheck: No, steel & auto investments aren't skyrocketing: Opposes topic 20
Worst recovery since Great Depression; we're in a bubble: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Strong on debt limit; ask for a pound of flesh: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Grow the economy at 6% annually by ending inversions: Opposes topic 20
Government must cut spending more: Strongly Opposes topic 20
0% corporate tax would create millions of jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Cutting tax rates incentivizes a strong national work ethic: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Previously supported wealth tax; now supports Bush tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 20
One-time 14.25% tax on wealth, to erase national debt: Favors topic 20
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Trump's stance on US dollar is 'short sighted,' economist says

US President Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, July 5, 2019.

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U.S. President Donald Trump's comments that call for a weaker U.S. dollar are "short sighted," an economist told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Friday.

Trump has often said the U.S. dollar is too strong against foreign currencies what he describes is a result of other countries unfairly devaluing their currencies against the dollar.

A stronger U.S. dollar makes American exports more expensive and offshore imports cheaper, worsening the U.S. trade deficit. To Trump, that puts America at a "big disadvantage" globally.

"I think it is certainly true that Donald Trump would like a weaker dollar. But I think that's really kind of short sighted," said Bob Baur, chief global economist of Principal Global Investors.

Baur noted that changes in the U.S. dollar are natural responses to the global economy.

"Over the last year or so, as the world slowdown had gotten worse, then the dollar strengthened."

"But I think we're kind of in a period where the dollar is going to get a little weaker, just naturally. That's part of the flow of global growth," he said.

As of Thursday, the U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, was up 2.32% from July 11, 2018, when it was at 94.72. It was at 96.92 on Thursday.

Baur predicted that the economy could moderate a little more, but the slowdown was heading to an end.

"The signs are that we'll get a little better growth this quarter and next quarter, and that would tend to bring the dollar just a little weaker," Baur said.

However, he said direct intervention in the dollar from Washington isn't in the cards.

"That really gets you in some dangerous territory when you've got a reserve currency and you're trying to manipulate the value of it yourself," he noted.

That comes on the back of a Bloomberg report on Wednesday, which said Trump reportedly asked aides to find a way to weaken the U.S. dollar.

Donald Trump's Economic Plan and How It Is Changing the Economy

Republican Donald John Trump is the 45th president of the United States, defeating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on November 8, 2016. His first term is from 2017 to 2021. Trump'seconomic plan focuses on "making America great again." He negotiated "the biggest deal of my life" with those voters who felt they had lost the American Dream. Trump's policies follow economic nationalism.

'America First' Energy Plan

On June 1, 2017, Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.?? The 195 signatories had pledged to cut their greenhouse-gas emissions to a level that's 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025.They agreed to reduce emissions to zero by 2100, and committed$3 billion to the poorer countries who are most likely to suffer damage from rising sea levels and other consequences ofclimate change.

The accord's goal is tokeepglobal warmingfromworsening to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. A 2018 study found that temperatures above that level would pass a tipping point.?? For example, the Arctic tundra would thaw, releasing 45,000 years' worth of trapped greenhouse gases.?? It would create catastrophic warming of 5 degrees Celsius or more, and increase sea levels by 200 feet.??

The United States is responsible for 20% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. The other signatories can't reach the accord's goal without U.S. participation.

Trump said he wanted to negotiate a better deal, but leaders from Germany, France, and Italy said the accord is non-negotiable. China and India joined the other leaders in stating they remain committed to the agreement.Some have argued that America's withdrawal from a leadership position creates a vacuum that China will readily fill.

Business leaders from Tesla, General Electric, andGoldman Sachs said Trump's action would give foreign competitors an edge in clean energy industries. U.S. companies will lose government support and subsidies in these industries.

It will take four years to withdraw formally, making it an issue in the 2020 presidential election.

Trump also promised to eliminate the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of U.S. rule.?? He pledged to allow more drilling on federal lands of shale oil and natural gas.

On October 9, 2017, the Trump Administration announced it would repeal the Clean Power Plan.?? The repeal would withdrawObama-era limits on carbon emissions at U.S. power plants.??That was part of Trump's campaign promise to revive the coal industry while remaining committed to clean coal technology.Trump claimed this would raise wages by $30 billion over seven years.

On August 2, 2018, the Trump Administration announced it would allow automakers to keep fuel efficiency standards at 36.9 miles per gallon.?? It rescinds the Obama Administration's deal with automakers to increase to 54 miles per gallon by 2025. It would also revoke states' rights to set their own more-stringent standards. It would increase U.S. oil consumption, increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

On September 10, 2018, the administration planned to allow oil drillers to emit more methane into the atmosphere.?? It also began opening up more federal land to oil drillers. But a federal judge blocked the auction because the administration did not take into account the impact on climate change.??

In March 2019, House Democrats drafted a bill to require the United States to honor its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.?? The bill passed the House a few weeks later, but the Republican-controlled Senate has yet to take up the bill.??

Smart Trade, Not Stupid Trade

Trump's trade policies promotemercantilism. He uses protectionism to defend U.S. industries from foreign competition. His goal is to reduce the U.S. trade deficit. In theory, the wealthier companies then generate higher taxes to fund military growth.

On September 2, 2017, Trump instructed aides towithdrawfrom the U.S. trade agreement with South Korea.?? He wants the country to import more U.S. goods.

On January 23, 2017,Trump signed an order towithdraw fromfurther negotiations on theTrans-Pacific Partnership. He promised to replace it with a series ofbilateral agreements. As a result,Japan and the European Union announced their own trade deal.?? On July 6, 2017, theyagreed to increase Japanese auto exports to the EU and European food exports to Japan.

On January 22, 2018,Trump imposed tariffs andquotason imported solar panels and washing machines.??OnMarch 1, 2018,he announced a 25% tariff on steel imports and a 10% tariff on aluminum.?? Steel users, like automakers, will see higher costs, which they likely will pass onto consumers. The stock market fell, as analysts correctly forecast that Trump's actions might start atrade war.

On April 3, 2018, Trumpannounced 25% tariffson $50 billion in Chinese imported electronics, aerospace, and machinery.?? The administration wants China to stop requiring U.S. companies to transfer their proprietary technology to Chinese firms in order gain access to their market. China retaliated hours later, announcing 25% tariffs on $50 billion of U.S. exports to China.

On April 6, 2018,Trump announcedtariffs on $100 billion more of Chinese imports.?? Four days later, China saidthat trade negotiations had broken down.?? The United States demanded that China stop subsidizing the 10 industries prioritized in its "Made in China 2025" plan.??Later that day,Chinese President Xi Jinpingsaid he would reduce tariffs on imported vehicles.?? Although it allowed Trump to save face, it wouldn't affect trade very much. Most automakers find it is cheaper to build in China, regardless of tariffs.

On May 15, 2018, China agreed to remove tariffs on U.S. pork imports, and allow Qualcomm to acquire NXP.In exchange, the United States will remove tariffs on Chinese telecom company ZTE.Many countries seeTrump's removal of tariffs on ZTE as a weakness they could exploit.??

In the midst of all of this back-and-forth with China, Trump announced on May 8, 2018, that he would withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal.

Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Trumpstoppedreimbursinginsurance companiesfor costs they incurred helping low-income customers.??As a result of Trump's threat,many companies forced states to allow premium increases in exchange for remaining on the exchanges for 2018.

Reduce the Debt

Trump promised to reduce the national debt by eliminating wasteinfederal spending. Heemphasized cost containment in his book, "The Art of the Deal."But in practice, the national debt has exploded under his administration, going from just under $20 trillion in January 2017 to more than $24 trillion by April 2020.??

Trump promised togrow the economy by 6% annually to increase tax revenues, but economists worry this would betoo fast forhealthy economic growth. The concern is that such a fast rate of growth would create inflation, aboom-bust cycle, and then a crash. His tax plan forecasts a more modest 3% growth rate.

Trump said he could continue to "borrow knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal. TheU.S. will never default because you can print the money."?? Economists warn that this is a dangerous sentiment as taking this approach could result in a major financial crisis.?? Excessive printing of money would send thedollar into a collapse, which would send the entire world into anotherGreat Depression. Interest rates would rise as creditors lost faith inU.S. Treasurys.

Send Illegal Immigrants Back

Trump's immigration policiesfocus on blocking illegal immigration, and raising new barriers for legal immigration.?? He promised to deportthe two to three million immigrants in the United States illegally who havecriminal records. On October 8, 2017, he asked Congress to withhold federal funds from"sanctuary cities," which are cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities in enforcing federal immigration laws.

A crucial part of Trump's plan is tobuild a wall along the 2,000-mileU.S. border withMexico.?? He estimated the cost at between $10 and $20 billion. But Congress did not includefunding in theFiscal Year 2017 budget, and only added $1.6 billion to the FY 2018 budget, with House Democrats arguing that Trump had not lived up to his promise that he would force Mexico to pay for the wall. Trump threatened to change a rule under the USA Patriot Act that would confiscate Western Union money transfers to Mexico fromimmigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, but as of 2020 he has not convinced Mexico to fund the wall.

Trump wants to ensure that open jobs are offered to American workers first.CEOs inSilicon Valleyworry that he might restrict the H-1B visa program. It allows hundreds of thousands of foreign workers to fill many Silicon Valley jobs. In 2014, 65% of all these visas were for computer-related jobs.?? If the H-1B visa program were threatened, experts worry these companies could lose market share and valuable employees.??

Cut the Red Tape

DuringTrump'sfirst 100 days,heaskedfederal departments for a list of wasteful regulations to be eliminated. He also canceled all prior executive orders. TheU.S. Chamber of Commerce reportedthe Trump administration had issued 29 deregulatory executive actions.??Federal agencies promptly issued 100 more directives.Congress introduced 50 pieces of legislation, and 14 Obama regulations were repealed. That includes a Consumer Finance Protection Bureau regulation that allowed consumers to sue credit card companies. The administration also made significant efforts torescind Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act rules.??

In many small ways,Trump has chipped away at regulationswithout involving Congress. For example, theLabor Department delayed a fiduciary ruleto July 1, 2019, that would allow financial planners not to have to keep their customers' interest first when offering certain exempt financial products.??

The rollback meansthe Fed can't designate these banks as too big to fail.?? They also no longer have to hold as much in assets to protect against a cash crunch, and may not be subject to the Fed's "stress tests."?? In addition, these smaller banks no longer have to comply with the Volcker Rule. Now banks with less than $10 billion in assets can, once again, use depositors' funds for risky investments.

The National Association of Manufacturers said that industry regulations cost the economy $2 trillion a year.??Its studies show thatU.S. manufacturingcosts are 20% higher than in other countries. Trump hopes reducing regulations will helpbring back some American jobs.

Cut Government Spending

Trump promised tocut waste, and has reduced the number of federal employees with a hiring freeze and promised budget reductions.?? Many appointed positions remain unfilled.

On the other hand, Trump increased FY 2018 budgetto $4.094 trillion. Three years later, the proposed FY 2021 budget had ballooned to $4.8 trillion.??

Trump promised to eliminate the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Administration. Instead, Trump cut funding for the Education Department by $10.4 billion and cut the Energy Department budget by $2.2 billion.But cutting these small departmentswon't do much to reducegovernment spending.

Be the Greatest Job-Producing President

Trump has said he would like to create more jobs than any other president in U.S. history, but he would have to create more than 18.6million jobs to take that title, which is how many jobsPresident Bill Clintoncreated in the 1990s. To create the most jobs percentage-wise, Trump would have to beat President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who increased jobs by 21.5% during his tenure. Trump would have to create at least 32.7 million jobs to beat FDR's record.

Specifically, Trump has indicated three specific policies that he argues would boost job creation.

Policy No. 1: Spend $1 Trillion to Rebuild U.S. Infrastructure

In January 2018, the administration released its infrastructure plan.?? It provided details lacking in theJune 8, 2017, "Rebuild America" plan.?? That plan outlined $200 billion in spending over 10 years to leverage $800 billion in business spending, and would reduce permit process time by eight years. It would create one million apprentices in two years. However, critics argue the plan is not realistic.??

Trump's plan aims to boost growth, claiming that construction is the most efficient use of federal dollars to create jobs.?? A study found that each $1 billion spent on public works creates 19,795 jobs. That's better than defense spending, which created 8,555 for the same cost.??

Policy No. 2: Eliminate Outsourcing and Bring Back Jobs

The United States lost 34% of itsmanufacturingjobsbetween 1998 and 2010. Many were outsourced by U.S. companies to save money. Others were eliminated by new technology, including robotics, artificial intelligence, and bio-engineering. Trump has said that he wants to punish companies that outsource and bring back jobs that have gone to Asia and Mexico.

Policy No. 3: Don't Raise the Minimum Wage

TheU.S. minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since 2009, despite the fact that inflation has risen 19% in the decade since.?? Many states with higher costs-of-living mandated higher wages. Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, and six European Union countries have a higher minimum wage than the United States. However, the Trump Administration argues that a lower minimum wage makes U.S. businesses more competitive.

Make the U.S. Military so Strong No One Will Mess With Us

Trump promised to increase the Department of Defense budgetby 10%.?? He added that3% of gross national product (GNP) for militaryspending is too low, and should be 6.5% instead. The FY 2020 budget authorized $738 billion in national security spending, far above the $606 billion in the FY 2017 budget.??

Trump made other specific DoD promises:

  • Get more equipment
  • Bomb the Islamic State group and send troops to Syria, and use Russiaas an ally in Syria
  • Add more U.S. Navy ships and expand the Air Force
  • Develop a state-of-the-art missile system to defend from Iran and North Korea.
  • End the defense sequester??

At first, Trump approved of waterboarding.?? However, he later said he no longer supports waterboarding.?? He said he based his change of heart on a conversation with retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis.

On May 11, 2017, Trump fulfilled a campaign pledge toask the Defense Department to develop a plan toprotect the nation's infrastructure from cyber attacks.?? He signed an executive order to review the federal government's online vulnerabilities and adopt upgraded security practices.

Trump promised toreform the Department of Veteran's Affairs.?? He said he would increase funding for battle-related mental and chronic illness.On January 9, 2018,Trump signed an executive orderthat expands mental health care for veterans returning to private life.?? Then-Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said suicide among veterans was top priority, as 20 veterans take their own lives each day.

Trump also promised many specific changes to the VA:

  • Give veterans vouchers to use either with the VA or their doctor, in the hopes that competition would give the VA an incentive to improve service
  • Provide transitional benefits, such asbusiness loans, job training, and placement services to help veterans find employment
  • Add OBGYN and other women's health services to every VA hospital
  • Fire corrupt VA executives
  • Change the culture of the VA to reduce inefficiencies

Trump's Criticism of the Yuan

After meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 7, 2017,Trump dropped the claim that China was a currency manipulator. He had saidthat China artificially undervalued its currency, the yuan, by 15-40%.Part of China's cost advantage is its cheaperstandard of livingthatallows lower wages, and the yuan has afixed exchange ratethat'spegged to the dollar. In 2000, the yuanwasundervalued by 30%, but much has changed since then.

First, formerTreasury Secretary Hank Paulsonconvinced the People's Bank of China to increase the yuan's value against the dollar. It increased 2-3% between 2000 and 2013.

Second, thedollar strengthenedby 25% in 2014, taking the Chinese yuan with it. As a result, China's products cost that much more than its Southeast Asian competitors. In August 2015, the PBOC tried letting the yuan/dollar exchange rate float in the free market. Right away, the yuan plummeted, contradicting Trump's claims that the yuan is undervalued.

Trump Drops Health Care Promises

Trump made some health care promises on the campaign trail that have been dropped. He promised to:

  • Allow health insurance companies to operate across state lines
  • Expand Medicaid to all states by making it a block grant program.
  • Allow consumers to purchase drugs overseas.??

At one point Trump suggested a "universal" market-based plansimilar to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.??He has not mentioned it since being elected. The universal plan is whatObama proposed and Congress rejected.

Other Presidents' Economic Policies

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