Donald Trump just delivered a speech on foreign policy. I think it's his first prepared speech of the election. I was quite impressed, what are your thoughts?
Didn't we used to criticize Obama as TOTUS? Trump wasn't even doing a good job here at reading someone else's words. He struggled at some of those biggies with over 2 syllables.
He's not very polished at giving canned speeches, that shouldn't be all that surprising. The content is what's noteworthy.
Even if you consider pure BS content it still isn't noteworthy.
"No country has ever prospered who failed to put it's own interests first. Both our friends and our enemies put their countries above ours. And we, while being fair to them, must start doing the same. We will no longer surrender this country or it's people to the false song of globalism. The nation state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony. I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down, and under my administration we will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our affairs."
"The world is most peaceful and most prosperous when America is strongest. America will continue, and continue forever, to play the role of peacemaker. We will always help save lives, and indeed humanity it's self, but to play that role we must make America strong again. And always always always, we must look at it from every angle, we have no choice, we must make America respected again, we must make America truly wealthy again, and we must, we have to, and we will make America great again. And if we do that, perhaps this century can be the most peaceful and prosperous the world has ever, ever known."
What's noteworthy about that?
It's all bullshit.
When have we ever not put our (corporate) interests first?
He'll make America great again? What does that even mean? Denying Muslims entry? Building a wall?
Punishing women? Privatizing everything?
Is that your idea of great?
"When have we ever not put our (corporate) interests first?"
Multinational corporations have no loyalty to the US, they manipulate the US government system to give themselves an advantage at everyone else's expense. One of their favorite tactics is to INCREASE regulation. Why? The more complex they can make the regulatory environment, the more resources are required by businesses to comply. Large corporations can employ dozens of people to file paperwork if necessary, but small corporations find it impossible to comply, end up facing heavy fines for non-compliance, and are driven out of business. One of the things I expect Trump to do is streamline regulation, so reasonable environmental and labor standards are maintained without unduly burdening business, especially small business.
The American system used to be very business friendly, but the US has gradually become a difficult and expensive place to do business, mostly due to regulation, and Obamacare has added a new layer of regulation and expense. Under the ACA, businesses must provide coverage for full time workers. Did it get people coverage? Nope, it got their hours cut back. So now a lot of people who had one full time job now have 2 or more part time jobs. BUT, if you have to work 2 jobs instead of one, that counts as double the jobs in government calculations. Yay! Job creation!
I understand how the system works and you're absolutely right.
The question is: what is Trump's solution and it still doesn't make anything in that sperech noteworthy.
He never mentions how he will accomplish anything just that it will be "great".
Trump's healthcare plan:
Congress must act. Our elected representatives in the House and Senate must:
1 Completely repeal Obamacare. Our elected representatives must eliminate the individual mandate. No person should be required to buy insurance unless he or she wants to.
2 Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines. As long as the plan purchased complies with state requirements, any vendor ought to be able to offer insurance in any state. By allowing full competition in this market, insurance costs will go down and consumer satisfaction will go up.
3 Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the current tax system. Businesses are allowed to take these deductions so why wouldn’t Congress allow individuals the same exemptions? As we allow the free market to provide insurance coverage opportunities to companies and individuals, we must also make sure that no one slips through the cracks simply because they cannot afford insurance. We must review basic options for Medicaid and work with states to ensure that those who want healthcare coverage can have it.
4 Allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Contributions into HSAs should be tax-free and should be allowed to accumulate. These accounts would become part of the estate of the individual and could be passed on to heirs without fear of any death penalty. These plans should be particularly attractive to young people who are healthy and can afford high-deductible insurance plans. These funds can be used by any member of a family without penalty. The flexibility and security provided by HSAs will be of great benefit to all who participate.
5 Require price transparency from all healthcare providers, especially doctors and healthcare organizations like clinics and hospitals. Individuals should be able to shop to find the best prices for procedures, exams or any other medical-related procedure.
6 Block-grant Medicaid to the states. Nearly every state already offers benefits beyond what is required in the current Medicaid structure. The state governments know their people best and can manage the administration of Medicaid far better without federal overhead. States will have the incentives to seek out and eliminate fraud, waste and abuse to preserve our precious resources.
7 Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper products. Congress will need the courage to step away from the special interests and do what is right for America. Though the pharmaceutical industry is in the private sector, drug companies provide a public service. Allowing consumers access to imported, safe and dependable drugs from overseas will bring more options to consumers.
The reforms outlined above will lower healthcare costs for all Americans. They are simply a place to start. There are other reforms that might be considered if they serve to lower costs, remove uncertainty and provide financial security for all Americans.
Sounds good as long as you don't think about it.
First, He's just putting responsibility on congress so nothing will change
Second, it wouldn't reduce health care costs.
Third, Drug companies will never change the law that prevents govt from negotiating price.
Forth, price transparency? Good luck with that.
What would really reduce cost is universal health care.
The paperwork alone would save billions not to mention equipment redundancy.
There are 5 MRI machines within 15 minutes of here that sit idle much of the time because each hospital has their own.
If you want to run the country like a business then you want totalitarian rule. That's what private business is.
And he still has proposed nothing that resembles a workable plan to accomplish anything.
It's like saying he'll get Mexico to build a wall. It's bluster and bullshit.
In theory, universal healthcare is great, and it definitely has it's good points, but it has it's bad points too. The overwhelming majority of medical advances are developed by private business, so a true, government operated medical system will always tend to lag behind in terms of medical progress.
If you allow private businesses to provide medical services on the government's dime, there is little pressure or ability to hold down costs, so they tend to spiral out of control.
Only when the free market is allowed to function do you get the best medicine at the best price, because without government intervention, there is strong motivation among businesses to develop better treatments at a price that people can afford.
Medical treatment is like any other type of product, in that the newest stuff is rare and expensive, then over time the price drops as competition enters the market. Before long, it's cheap and common.
A good example is corrective eye surgery, insurance doesn't cover it, so while it was expensive in the beginning, providers were compelled to bring the price down to a point where practically anyone can afford it. At the same time, better techniques are constantly being developed by companies as they compete for customers. If the government decided to start paying private businesses to provide universal corrective eye surgery, the cost would increase exponentially. If the government hired the doctors directly, there would be little motivation to improve, so development would stagnate.
"But what about the poor?"
Well, that's what charity is for. If you want to help the poor, open your wallet, don't get the government to force it's way into someone else's wallet.
Medical advances are more often the result of govt funded research. Drug companies should be paying royalties to the public.
The same goes for high tech and almost every other industry. Apple may have invented the iphone but everything inside it was developed with public funds. Usually through military spending a.k.a. corporate welfare. The transistor for example.
The notion that govt can't do anything right or that private industry is more efficient is bullshit as is the idea that actual competition exists in the market.
Private corporations driven by profit are the most destructive force on the planet. If they can't crush competition they buy it or merge.
It isn't competition in the market that brings the price down. It's the end of govt protection and cheap overseas labor/slavery.
Eye surgery is cheaper under private industry? Are you serious? Name one thing that has gotten better or cheaper after being taken over by private industry.
Who would you want inspecting your food?
USDA or Cargil?
New tech will be developed regardless of who is paying. It's not the inventors and workers who reap the lion's share.
Profit alone does not drive innovation.
The poor? Sure that's someone else's problem. Just because we're the richest country in history is no reason to think we should take care of the less fortunate.
Not while the Walton's need another mansion.
We spent nearly $600 billlion last year on our military - reportedly more then the next 7 countries combined. How can this not be enough money?
I guess I should be impressed he didn't say anything about disregarding International Law or the Geneva Convention.
Japan shouldn't be counted on that chart, because we're the ones who provide for their defense, so naturally they spend very little. I agree though, we spend too much.
"We spent nearly $600 billlion last year on our military - reportedly more then the next 7 countries combined."
That's one of the issues Trump talks about. America outspends the rest of the world because the US military is providing defense for half the world without receiving much in the way of compensation.
I'm in favor of taking $1 billion to care for our vets
AFTER they have provided that defense.
The US government spends $154 billion per year caring for veterans.
Considering the VA scandal,the homeless rate and the suicide rate among vets,it's
not enough IMO.Add to that the recent
firing of 2 top execs from Wounded Warrior Project who are accused of spending over $26 million on trips,catered parties for staff
etc...Our vets deserve every dollar to be spent on THEM.
As Trump said "we cannot afford to waste one dollar."
I think a lot of vets feel used and abused, like they weren't fighting a righteous war that was being conducted in an ethical way for leaders who care about them. That makes the rest of the things veterans deal with harder to bear. When you risk so much, and give up so much, you want your actions to result in an improved situation. WW2 vets went through hell, but they liberated Europe, bringing back peace and prosperity, and in the years that followed they could take comfort in that. After 15 years of war, America's actions have destabilized the Middle East, made life difficult and dangerous for people there, and created a massive refugee crisis in Europe, so today's veterans have no such comfort.
The Middle East is in worse condition since
Iraq,but IMO it was and is a haven for dictators,genocide,and civil war....Thanx Maze..:)
Just slightly right of Libertarian. I liked what I heard. Not one insult!
Don't worry - I'm sure it'll be "terrific".
Thats the conservative plan at the moment. It's Obama sucks and AMERICA WILL WIN!!(tm)
Basically we are little kids saying we'll defeat the baddies. One kid says We turn them good the other kid says we kill em all and they can draw their little crayon drawings of what happens but in the end its hot air
Just more Hawk talk. Not surprising. The only part I really liked was when he said Democrats and Republicans working together. Words needed to be said but in different context. This stupid game of lockout between both parties blocking eachother is wasting our money and our time
Impressed? By what? It's the same crap that always comes out of his mouth. He doesn't say anything about how any of it will actually be accomplished.
Just more BS like the wall Mexico is going to pay for.
Using a teleprompter and someone elses words ...Trump has NO plan,no clue,and kile I said before,the diplomacy skills of a rabid skunk.
"kile" should have read "like"..damn I hate when I find a typo...lol