A summary of the Trump agenda

Alan Moran has provided a very handy summary of the Trump agenda which follows below.

With Trump leading in four of the most recent seven polls, and Clinton in only one (two being tied), how here’s my take on his policy summaries

ANTI-CORRUPTION TO-DO LIST 

  1. Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress.♥ 
  2. Hiring freeze on federal employees to reduce the workforce through attrition ♥
  3. Requirement to eliminate two federal regulations for every new one ♥
  4. Five-year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists ♥
  5. Lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying for foreign governments ♥
  6. Complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections ♥

IMMIGRATION AND ‘RULE OF LAW’

  1. Cancel Obama’s ‘unconstitutional’ executive actions, memoranda and orders
  2. Pick a conservative replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
  3. Cancel all federal funding to ‘sanctuary cities’ that harbor illegal immigrants
  4. Begin removing the 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the U.S., and cancel visas to countries that won’t repatriate them
  5. Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where incoming people can’t be properly vetted.

PLAN FOR JOBS AND TRADE 

  1. Renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement or withdraw from it. XX
  2. Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. XX
  3. Order the secretary of the treasury to label China a ‘currency manipulator. XX
  4. Use U.S. and international laws to end foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers XX
  5. Lift restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of U.S. energy reserves including shale, oil, natural gas and coal. ♥♥
  6. Approve the Keystone XL pipeline project and other ‘vital energy infrastructure projects’ ♥♥
  7. Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to improve U.S. water and environmental infrastructure ♥♥

BILLS HE WOULD PUSH IN HIS FIRST 100 DAYS

  1. ‘Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act’: Economic plan designed to grow the economy 4 per cent per year and create 25 million new jobs. Involves tax cuts, trade reform, regulatory relief, lifting restrictions on energy production, and encouraging companies with offshore funds to bring them back to America.

  2. ‘End The Offshoring Act’: New tariffs on goods brought into the U.S. by American companies that relocate jobs outside the U.S. XX

  3. ‘American Energy & Infrastructure Act’: Uses public-private partnerships and tax incentives to generate $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years 

  4. ‘School Choice And Education Opportunity Act’: Redirects education dollars to allow parents to choose any public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school; ends the ‘Common Core’ federal standards; and expands vocational and technical education 

  5. ‘Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act’: Replaces the Affordable Care Act with health savings accounts, removes barriers to purchasing health insurance across state lines, allows states to manage Medicaid funds and speeds up drug approval inside the Food and Drug Administration 

  6. ‘Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act’: Provides tax deductions for childcare and elder care and incentivizes employers to provide on-site childcare services 

  7. ‘End Illegal Immigration Act’: Funds a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, ‘with the full understanding that the country of Mexico will be reimbursing the United States’; establishes 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after deportation, 5-year mandatory minimum for felons who illegally re-enter, and 5 years for coming back after multiple deportations; increases penalties for overstaying visas 

  8. ‘Restoring Community Safety Act’:Creates a Task Force On Violent Crime, increases federal funding of police forces and boosts federal support for anti-gang prosecutions

  9. ‘Restoring National Security Act’:Eliminates the federal defense ‘sequester’ to restore military funding, guarantees veterans the option of private health care if VA facility wait times are long, institutes new defenses against cyber-attacks, and establishes new immigration screening based on ‘values’ 

  10. ‘Clean up Corruption in Washington Act’: Enacts new ethics reforms affecting politicians and their staffers 

A score of 23 out of 28 is not bad and hopefully his proposed trade protectionist policies will flounder.  Especially good for Australia is the way forward Trump would show in energy policy, especially getting out of the Paris CLIMATE CHANGE agreement, and arresting the stacking of a Supreme Court which has been steadily undermining property rights.

American withdrawal from the climate treaty will unravel the whole of this fraud, leaving only a crisis ridden EU (and Canada) on the train.  In doing so, this will provide licence for the Australian government to wind back the planned 23.5 per cent share for renewable energy with its threefold cost premium and inherent unreliability imposing debilitating effects on the primary and mining industries that are central to our comparative advantage.

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