Steve Martaindale

Author of the JP Weiscarver Mystery Series

Trump’s ‘brand’

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This is what Donald Trump has done to himself.

My daily email from the New York Times of what’s in the news today included these two consecutive items:

“With Congress failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump is ready to go it alone on health care. He plans to sign an executive order today that would relax rules on small businesses that band together to buy health insurance.

“On Wednesday, the president said it was ‘possible’ the U.S. would drop out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. His administration has pushed for significant changes to the deal, but Mexico and Canada say they’re nonstarters.”

I have not studied anything about Trump’s plan to “relax rules on small businesses,” but on its face it sounds like a not-so-bad idea. At least, it doesn’t sound like something that will cause 30 million people to lose health coverage.

However, my gut, my brain and my heart initially reject the idea, because … well … Trump. All my personal alarms cause me to wonder who will be hurt by this.

Seriously, just about anything he’s pushed for in health care – indeed, in just about any field – would have a negative impact on non-rich, more so on non-male, and particularly on non-white people.

So, I read that paragraph and my first thought is, “I wonder who he’s going to screw with this little executive order?”

You see what I’m saying? He’s done this to himself because of his way of doing and undoing things. The vast majority of Americans automatically assume that if he’s going cowboy on an issue to get what he wants, it’s going to hurt a bunch of people.

It’s wrong to do that, but it’s a perfectly natural defensive position.

Now, carry that thought over to the NAFTA headline.

I am certain, in this instance, the leaders of Mexico and Canada are well-informed on Trump’s “significant changes” and are doubtlessly intimately familiar with NAFTA. But what about more general statements that sometimes emanate from the White House?

When another world leader hears that Trump has called for this or threatened that … does he or she give it a single serious consideration?

Why should she, when even his constituents do not trust what comes out of his mouth or off his fingertips? Above all, we have no trust in his character.

Here’s hoping that good news comes from him more often, but I cannot expect it. And, like I said, he’s done it to himself.

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3 responses to “Trump’s ‘brand’

  1. Wiley Thomas October 12, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Actually there are people who, after thinking, support president Trump. I remember reading about one person who went off on a pout the day after he was elected with absolutely no thought or experiential basis for the pout.

    I don’t claim to be a expert on NAFTA but after working 35 years in hospital finance, I do have some basis for commenting on the health insurance scam called Obamacare. Much of the final was written was written as regulation, meaning by presidential fiat. Hospitals suddenly had a new batch of “insured” individuals showing up at their doors. The immediate result was a decrease in charity care – sounds like a good thing. However all of these newly insured had high deductible plans and no resources or intent to pay their portion. At the end of the day hospitals traded charity care for bad debts.

    But you may say, what about those places that expanded Medicaid. Hospitals lose money every year on every Medicaid patient so increasing the Medicaid population is like saying I’m not going to shoot you I’ll just starve you to death. Thanks but no thanks.

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  2. Icarus October 12, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I’m just having a hard enough time believing there are people out there who support his every move without question and think he’s doing good things.

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