You’re welcome.

So I wound up watching the first third of the Trump-Clinton debate on Monday, and listened to the next third of it on radio. Truth be told, it wasn’t hugely exciting to me–only an idiot could fail to see the obvious jabs Clinton was throwing at Trump, but luckily for all of us, Trump is indeed an idiot. But I’m enough of an old fart to remember when Republicans were terrified that Donald Trump would wind up ripping up their precious wealth-defending ideology. They need not have worried. Debater Trump defended it to a tee, hitting all the de rigeur talking points:

We cannot let it happen. Under my plan, I’ll be reducing taxes tremendously, from 35 percent to 15 percent for companies, small and big businesses. That’s going to be a job creator like we haven’t seen since Ronald Reagan. It’s going to be a beautiful thing to watch.

Companies will come. They will build. They will expand. New companies will start.

Man of the people, Donald J. Trump, cutting the tax on corporations. Woulda made Woody Guthrie change his tune on the Trump family, were he alive today. And while Trump is still not quite a traditional Republican on trade, the days where he would talk about threatening and punishing businesses who relocate overseas are long gone (remember back when the Fonzi of Freedom sniffed so mightily):

HOLT: Back to the question, though. How do you bring back — specifically bring back jobs, American manufacturers? How do you make them bring the jobs back?

TRUMP: Well, the first thing you do is don’t let the jobs leave. The companies are leaving. I could name, I mean, there are thousands of them. They’re leaving, and they’re leaving in bigger numbers than ever.

And what you do is you say, fine, you want to go to Mexico or some other country, good luck. We wish you a lot of luck. But if you think you’re going to make your air conditioners or your cars or your cookies or whatever you make and bring them into our country without a tax, you’re wrong.

And once you say you’re going to have to tax them coming in, and our politicians never do this, because they have special interests and the special interests want those companies to leave, because in many cases, they own the companies. So what I’m saying is, we can stop them from leaving. We have to stop them from leaving. And that’s a big, big factor.

“Stopping them from leaving” via the carrot of smaller corporate taxes, and the mighty stick of a new reciprocity tariff? Sure, it ain’t Mitt Romney, but aside from the tariff, it’s well within what Republicans usually propose, more goodies for “job creators” and nothing for the rest. And it’s good to know that, like most Republicans, he doesn’t give a shit about clean air or workplace safety:

You are going to approve one of the biggest tax increases in history. You are going to drive business out. Your regulations are a disaster, and you’re going to increase regulations all over the place. […]

When I go around — Lester, I tell you this, I’ve been all over. And when I go around, despite the tax cut, the thing — the things that business as in people like the most is the fact that I’m cutting regulation. You have regulations on top of regulations, and new companies cannot form and old companies are going out of business. And you want to increase the regulations and make them even worse.

I’m going to cut regulations. I’m going to cut taxes big league, and you’re going to raise taxes big league, end of story.

Admittedly, he’s not good at this. Republicans are generally good at finding some regulations that sound silly, insidious, or damaging, and are usually able to name some corporate executive or other who can back them up. Back before going full wingnut, someone like Jack Welch could be counted upon to lend credibility to this cause. Alas, Trump cannot name a single businessman or a single regulation, and his usual bluster reigns. The amazing thing is that Trump himself is a businessman and he could have just used himself as a source. He could have just named one regulation that bothered him and it would have been enough. Sad!

Donald Trump: a normal Republican who supports a tariff, which basically makes him a normal Republican from 1938. And when it came to women and minorities, he probably wouldn’t even have been the most progressive Republican on the subject back then either.

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  2. Joanna says:

    everyday, I hate him just a little bit more.

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