In an article by the National Review entitled “Against Trump,” the bombastic Republican presidential candidate is, according to the author, “a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones.” Unsurprisingly, when a reporter asked Trump about the article at a fundraiser, he claimed, “the National Review is a dying paper…they’re down in publications.” True Trump tactic, of course.
Though, the NR’s attacks do have merit. For example, Trump did support a single-payer healthcare system years ago when he was considering a third-party run for the White House. He has since changed his opinion on the fact which is laid out in his latest book. Trump explains that government-operated healthcare systems work very well in smaller countries just like in Europe. However, such federally-mandated, tax-payer based institutions do not work well in larger countries like America.
Larger nations simply have too many citizens to cover equally. Typically, major medical insurance companies have a less than two percent margin of profit. Consequently, there is little room for risk. The way in which the federal budget has been laid, there is not enough invested in the life and health of the citizens.
Due to America’s influence and investment in nearly every corner of the globe, the funding of an absolutely free federal healthcare program is impossible without crashing the system. Such an event could cause a major market bubble and causing the debt to rise astronomically if the necessary amount of tax dollars for a full federally-funded healthcare system that will be first-world appropriate.
I don’t believe you can brand Trump as “philosophically unmoored.” As a first-time politician, at least as a member of the Washington mob, a candidate will flip-flop a bit on some big ideological views such as healthcare, immigration, and abortion. The legislator has no solid political asset, but is building a portfolio that most identifies with their constituency. Though, it’s not like he changed his vote on the Senate floor for corn subsides to look more favorable in the Iowa primary.
Trump is more like Mitt Romney after drinking a couple pots of caffeinated coffee. Both appeal to left-of-center voters and to working-class conservatives who want tax reform and Washington gridlock to cease. As well, both attract Democratic voters due to the lackluster performance of the Obama Administration.
This “huckster” of sorts is a supporter of what works. As a purveyor of “New York values” he is a dealer. As a business mogul he depends on coming to agreements over assets, liabilities, and other microeconomic sorcery driving the economic engines of Wall Street.
Politics works very similar to the market. For example, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has political assets, insofar as his seat in office. However, since he is running for the Republican nomination for president, being a sitting member of Congress is essentially a liability on the political economic market.
Within the Republican establishment Cruz has an immense amount of political capital stuffed under his mattress. Considering there is a Republican majority in Congress and a shift from the love of the president’s progressive politics to a generation frustrated by bureaucratic skulduggery and mischief, the political market is fluctuating.
On the other hand, Trump is a skilled wheeler and dealer. The Manhattan magnate sees this change in the political market and has capitalized on the frustration of the public. As his stock rises with voters around the country there will be an increase in Trump’s acquisition of trust to assist him in his excursion to secure the Republican presidential nomination.
This will lead to a major shift in conservative politics as the Generation-Y voting pool is being flooded with new political stock. The market share of new young, more moderate voters will be up for grabs during the nomination process as the initial public offering of the public’s trust begins after the debate season comes to an end.
Cruz has been a very calculated throughout his tenure in office – with a nearly psychotic attention to detail in congressional strategy. If he wants to stay competitive during the Iowa debate then he will insure the audience he has been a strong supporter of federal subsides for corn production for ethanol. Quite precarious for a constituency that bathes in oil.
Moreover, Cruz needs to expound upon his view on major domestic policies. Trump is drawing his red line of what share of the political will help him the most.
Trump has been out of the constant antagonizing and gridlock atop the Hill. Therefore, his risk of fluctuating political stock is nearly zero since he has no political asset that binds him to a narrow-minded political spectrum. Thus far, Trump has a fairly wide portfolio of supporters.
The establishment is worrisome that the futures on their political assets are grim. The changes in the political market will force the major players out of their holds on voter trust, considering some of the GOP rank-in-file would probably vote for Clinton if it meant their McMansion inside the beltway is preserved.
The NR presumably grasps the leg of the senator from Texas, just as a scared child holds on to his mother. The author of the piece is right, Trump is not the man the most conservative voters will want in the Oval Office. Though, would the most conservative president man the desk the best?
Written by Alex Lemieux
Source: National Review