[By: Elliot S. Schubin, Esq.]
When Donald Trump first announced he was running for President; the highest and most powerful position in the United States, most people thought it was a joke. He had no team, no platform, no political background, and no ideas as to how to “make America great again.” None- the-less, in the past few months he has truly become a force to be reckoned with.
Shortly after Mr. Trump announced his presidency he climbed to the top of the polls, even more surprisingly he has been able to maintain that lead up until the present day.
What is the problem with Donald Trump as nominee for president?
A recurring statement in an attempt at the media’s debunking of Mr. Trump’s run for the Republican nomination for President, it that he is not “presidential”… What exactly does this term “Presidential” mean? According to the Free Dictio nary the definition for “presidential” is “befitting a president, especially the office of the President of the United States.”
Why has the public placed such importance on this one fact? One popular reason is, that when meeting and dealing with world leaders there is a type of decorum that the president needs to exude to be taken seriously. Currently we have an administration that is “presidential” and how are they treated? It is essentially fact that America’s current foreign policy platform has not worked, America is no longer taken seriously, look at our relationship with the “Middle East” or our relationship with Russia…
When the president of the United States goes anywhere he exudes the power of the office – just think about the motorcade heading down the street or the power of them military which he controls… An individual’s own quirks are not what makes one presidential or not…
Furthermore, if you ask me we have had too many leaders who meet the “presidential” definition but do not have the requisite characteristics required to lead a nation.
The United States of America has been in a downward spiral – the economics of the country are floundering. Good jobs are not being created because economic expansion has stalled. The current administration’s punitive tax and regulatory policies have caused businesses to slow down capital investment and have essentially destroyed small business creation. To help put this in perspective when Ronald Reagan was in office he cut taxes and reduced regulations and the economy expanded at an annualized rate of 3.37% over eight years. At the end of the Reagan administration the US economy had expanded by a cumulative rate of 33%. During the first six years of the current administration they have generated a growth rate of 1.8% which amount to a cumulative growth of 15% over 8 years. Furthermore, during the current administra tion the US population growth has been projected to grow by 6%, so per capita growth is closer to 9% or just over 1% annually. At this rate it would take 40 years to double the economy, which means that if the current administration’s business policies are not reversed workers will have to wait until 2049 to see a major improvement in their standard of living.
Additionally, it must be noted that the current administration has not helped the poor like they claim, the poverty rate was 13.2% when the current administration took office and has increased to 14.55 in 2014.
The US infrastructure ranked 14th in the world this year, a full 7 slots lower than it was in 2008 according to the global Competitiveness report for 2012-2013. This news is based on the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge in Washington State which fell in to the Skagit River. Public construction spending as a percentage of GDP is lower than it has been in over 20 years. The primary rea son for this is because the Federal and State government has decided to pull back on the infrastructure spending to help balance the budget and has yet to make up the different.
Years ago we were at the forefront of the world, now we have taken a back seat.
We as a country have become complacent with the idea that we are the most powerful country in the world – but in recent memory what have we accomplished?
People do not like Donald Trump because he has all of these outlandish bold ideas, such as building high walls, slowing down illegal immigration, improving our economy, but what did the people think when JFK announced in 1961that we would be in space within a span of 10 years – for that time period that was an outlandish idea. What did people think before Elon Musk created a 100% battery powered electric car, what did people think before Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook? These were all outlandish big ideas that people thought we re crazy until they were a reality. Now look at how they are doing?
People are threatened by Donald Trump, they are busy saying he doesn’t really own real estate, he really doesn’t have as much money as he says, he doesn’t know how to run a business organization, etc… The reality is that he has been part of some major developments, he owns real estate throughout the world, and he has built a profitable organization, and most recently he has become a top contender in the race for republican nominee for president…
America has been stagnant for too long and the people are tired. Someone once told me if we are not moving up then we are moving down – we do not naturally stand in one place. Unfortunately America is standing still and regressing as opposed to progressing.
We need a president with big bold ideas not scared to go against the grain. We need action, not a president who thinks that because we were so great we can now sit i dle and enjoy the view from the oval office.
Maybe America needs a president who is not “presidential,” we need a president who is not scared to fight for what is right. Mr. Trump keeps making comments with regards to renegotiating every deal America has entered into – why is this a terrible concept? Why shouldn’t the Free trade agreements be updated to reflect the current climate? Why is it any worse than Ted Cruz’s statement that he would shut down the IRS…
Our current government does not know how to negotiate. We “negotiated” the Iran deal, and what did America benefit by it? Currently, when there is conflict between Republicans and Democrats, both sides hold their ground and refuse to work through the issues. The office of the president is responsible for bringing together the two parties to work together so that Americans can prosper- unfortunately America has been stagnant for so long, we have forgotten this objective.
The American people want leadership; we want and deserve to see results. Electing another leader from the political establishment will not lead us to the results we as Americans deserve.
We need someone out of the box, someone out of the political establishment, someone who is not bound by party lines. We need someone who understands that digging our feet in the ground and not making any progress by standing still is not what will make America great.
At this point in time, for America to be great again, we need a new type of leader.
By: Elliot S. Schubin, Esq.
Elliot Schubin is an associate at the law firm of Schubin & Isaacs handling all of your real estate and corporate tax needs.