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Wed Mar 1, 2017, 09:24 AM

Media: His optimism is presidential.

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Salesman-in-chief
Last night Trump promised America could have all the cake it wants, and lose weight too.
What happens when he needs to deliver?

By MICHAEL GRUNWALD March 01, 2017


President Donald Trump basically told Americans last night that he’s going to make sure we can have our cake and eat it, too—and by the way it will be a spectacular cake, it won’t cost much, and it’s going to help us lose a lot of weight.

Trump used his first speech to Congress last night to lay out a heroic vision of an America where “every problem can be solved.” He promised to ensure clean air and water while getting rid of environmental regulations. He vowed to ratchet down taxes on corporations and the middle class while jacking up spending on the military, immigration enforcement, infrastructure and veterans—and at the same time somehow rescuing America from its crushing national debt. He suggests that he'll increase tariffs on foreign goods, and that foreign countries would respond by lowering tariffs on U.S. goods. And he pledged to replace Obamacare with terrific reforms that “expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and provide better health care.” He didn’t explain in much detail how those reforms would work, or whether they would also do something about those embarrassingly skimpy gowns patients have to wear in the hospital.


The media takeaway was that Trump’s speech sounded optimistic, which was true compared to his dyspeptic inaugural address, and also true in the sense that infomercials promising baldness cures or eight-minute abs are optimistic. But there’s a fine line between optimism and magical realism. Politicians routinely deploy sunny rhetoric about “cures to illnesses that have always plagued us” and “American footprints on distant worlds,” but Trump was playing a high-risk game by promising just about everything to just about everyone—especially when he also declared that “above all else, we will keep our promises to the American people.”

In the real world, policy choices have tradeoffs. For example, Trump vowed to kill Obamacare’s individual mandate, but he also complained that insurers are abandoning the Obamacare exchanges—a problem that would only intensify if the mandate went away, and young and healthy consumers weren’t required to buy insurance. He suggested he could fix the problem by lowering the overall cost of health care, but in fact Obamacare has already helped bring health care inflation down to its lowest level in half a century. As for the big goal of "repeal and replace"? He handed that ball to Congress, where some Republicans want to eliminate many of the subsidies that have helped Obamacare cover 20 million additional Americans as well as the new taxes on the wealthy that helped pay for it, and other Republicans hope to preserve some of Obamacare’s benefits for the working poor. It’s not clear how they’ll pass anything, much less how they could pass - or even think up - a cost-cutting, tax-cutting, coverage-expanding, care-improving plan that squared Trump’s various circles.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/03/donald-trump-salesman-214845

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kpete Mar 2017 OP
Cha Mar 2017 #1
get the red out Mar 2017 #2
Cha Mar 2017 #5
LisaM Mar 2017 #3
BeckyDem Mar 2017 #4
ananda Mar 2017 #6

Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 09:25 AM

1. The US media is sickening.. let them know

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Response to Cha (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 09:36 AM

2. They seem desperate to normalize

One speech without a complete melt-down is enough to make this guy "presidential". The bar is so low that they had to dig a ditch to put it in.

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Response to get the red out (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 09:45 AM

5. They always dissected President Obama's manufacturing flaws.. which

were masterpieces in comparison..

We'd be hearing a great speech but you couldn't watch the m$m after.. they'd ruin it if you let them.

And, now this with trump's Lie Infested Roach Motel. They're so shallow and hollow as if they were all of a sudden struck with a stupid stick. and I can see them out there digging that ditch to accommodate.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 09:38 AM

3. This worries me, actually.

They thought Reagan was presidential too and my instinct every time I saw that oily geezer on TV was to run from the room.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 09:39 AM

4. They're delusional. What is wrong with them?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 09:48 AM

6. Cable news sucks right now.

Except for Rachel Maddow maybe.

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