Would a Republican restrict free trade by raising tariffs? Would a Republican oust TVA members for trying to offshore jobs? Would a Republican threaten to break up big tech monopolies? Would a Republican demand $2,000 checks for every American?
A decade ago: that would’ve been a definitive no — but Donald Trump did all four as President. He’s quick to call his opponents ‘Republicans in name only,’ but he seems like the real RINO — and that’s a good thing!
Economic Populism Helps Americans
Raising tariffs protects domestic industry and jobs, even if it does come at a monetary cost.
Trump’s washing machine tariffs…helped create about 1,800 manufacturing jobs, the Fed concluded, but the cost to the U.S. as a whole was about $817,000 per job.Evan Tarver, Investopedia
Offshoring puts Americans out of work, leaving them unemployed or forced to take a lesser-paying job — while the ultra-wealthy profit from sending jobs overseas.
Monopolies (and oligopolies) are always bad, and should be immediately destroyed wherever they emerge, in order to protect workers, consumers, and competition. This is especially important when said monopolies abuse their power to censor information and bend the narrative.
I was ecstatic when Trump came out in favor of $2,000 checks. Putting money in the hands of Americans would benefit the working-class and small businesses massively! My family and community are dirt poor, so it’d be a God-send.
Furthermore, I didn’t vote for Trump (I voted third party) — but I would vote for him if I lived in a swing state.
Trump is Pulling the GOP to the Left
Trump is pulling the GOP’s economic policy to the left, back to the populist positions it once held under Theodore Roosevelt — but he’ll have to drag the party kicking and screaming.
When Trump came out in support of $2,000 checks: most of his support came from Democrats — Nancy Pelosi, AOC, and Bernie Sanders, for example — with establishment Republicans like Mitch McConnell standing in the way.
He has made some progress, however. Marco Rubio voiced support for Amazon workers who were trying to unionize in Alabama and Josh Hawley introduced a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for businesses making over $1 billion a year.
Furthermore, 65% of Americans support $2,000 checks — including 54% of Republicans. When the checks failed: 47% of Americans blamed congressional Republicans and 32% blamed congressional Democrats — but only 15% blamed Donald Trump.
A recent poll found that 58% of Republicans would vote for Trump in 2024, with the second-place candidate being Mike Pence, at 13%. It goes without saying that the GOP is quickly becoming the party of Trump — and hopefully the party of populist economics.
Donald Trump is pulling the GOP to the left on economics, towards populist policies that benefit the American worker. Although establishment Republicans are pushing back, the Trump-wing is quickly taking over.
Donald Trump may be a RINO, but that’s a good thing, and I hope he continues to make the Republican Party great again, like it was under Theodore Roosevelt. I have plenty of disagreements with the former President, but it’s time to end Reaganomics once and for all.
Don’t expect me to change my party affiliation anytime soon, though, as I’m still a staunch supporter of the Conservative Worker’s Party.
Read about why Conservatives should ditch Capitalism.
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Paul Wiseman, Jill Colvin, and Joe McDonald. “Trump raises tariffs on Chinese goods as trade war escalates”. AP News, 24 Aug. 2019, https://apnews.com/article/economy-donald-trump-ap-top-news-international-news-global-trade-eb7990e10d6549c3a92d773b0ae62a4e. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.
Kevin Breuninger. “Republicans ramp up threats against Big Tech after Trump Facebook ban upheld”. CNBC, 5 May, 2021, https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/05/republicans-ramp-up-threats-to-big-tech-after-trump-facebook-ban-upheld.html. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.
Jeff Mason and Andrea Shalal. “Trump ousts TVA board members over outsourcing jobs, targets CEO salary”. Reuters, 3 Aug. 2020, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-tva-idUSKCN24Z2A4. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.
Dom Calicchio. “Trump’s call for $2,000 stimulus checks hailed – by critics Pelosi, AOC, Sanders”. Fox News, 22 Dec. 2020, https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trumps-call-for-2000-stimulus-checks-hailed-by-critics-pelosi-aoc-sanders. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.
Charlie Spiering. “Donald Trump Calls Out ‘RINO’ Republicans at CPAC: ‘Get Rid of Them All’”. Breitbart, 28 Feb. 2021, https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/02/28/donald-trump-calls-out-rino-republicans-cpac-get-rid-them-all/. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.
Dareh Gregorian. “McConnell blocks Senate Democrats’ move to pass $2,000 coronavirus checks”. NBC News, 29 Dec. 2020, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/mcconnell-blocks-senate-democrats-move-pass-2-000-coronavirus-checks-n1252483. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.
Data for Progress. “65 PERCENT OF AMERICANS SUPPORT MONTHLY $2,000 CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PAYMENTS”. Data for Progress, 4 Jan. 2021, https://www.dataforprogress.org/blog/2021/1/04/65-percent-support-monthly-2000-checks. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.
Data for Progress. “AMERICANS BLAME REPUBLICANS FOR $2,000 CHECKS FAILURE”. Data for Progress, 1 Jan. 2021, https://www.dataforprogress.org/blog/2021/1/01/americans-blame-gop-on-2000-relief-failure. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.
Americans for Tax Fairness. “THE PROMISE: IT WILL BE A MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUT”. Americans for tax Fairness, 14 Sep. 2020, https://americansfortaxfairness.org/promise-will-middle-class-tax-cut/. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.
Ronn Blitzer. “Trump administration rolls back water regulations”. Fox News, 23 Jan. 2020, https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-admin-rolls-back-protections-for-waterways-aiding-developers. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.
Annie Palmer. “Marco Rubio endorses Amazon unionization effort, bringing bipartisan support”. CNBC, 12 Mar. 2021, https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/12/marco-rubio-endorses-amazon-unionization-effort-in-alabama.html. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.
John Binder. “Josh Hawley Plan Would Require $15 Wage for Employees of Billion-Dollar Corporations”. Breitbart, 26 Feb. 2021, https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/02/26/jjosh-hawley-plan-would-require-15-wage-for-employees-of-billion-dollar-corporations/. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.
Max Greenwood. “Poll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field”. The Hill, 20 Sep. 2021, https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/573040-poll-trump-dominates-2024-republican-primary-field#bottom-story-socials. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.