How magical is The Donald?

by Jim Hightower

Donald Trump, the Amazing Wunderkind of Global Luxury Living – and now Our Nation’s Phantasmagoric, Fast-charging President – is proving to be a legislative magician.

In his campaign, Trump’s number one promise was that he would “immediately” repeal the entirety of Obamacare, then – hocus-pocus and abracadabra! – simultaneously replace it with “great health care for a fraction of the price.” Wow – that’s why his White House media operation calls him “President Action, President Impact.”

But – oops – it seems that the Amazing Donald has abruptly learned that what magicians do is not magic, they just perform illusions. In other words, it’s fakery. So, Trump is now caught in the spotlight of reality, unable to produce a workable plan to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, as he had so glibly promised. In fact, the GOP replacement scheme he’s been backing would leave millions of people with no health care coverage, while reducing the benefits and jacking-up insurance payments for millions of others.

Frustrated, President Action recently whined to a meeting of state governors that “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” Of course, by “nobody,” he meant that he didn’t know, therefore no one could’ve known, since he knows everything.

But wait – in a truly amazing magical act, The Donald has now pulled a rabbit out of his hat! His new Trumpcare plan, he brags, will guarantee that every American will have access to health coverage. Before you erupt in applause, however, notice the trick word he’s using: “Access.” That doesn’t mean you’ll get coverage, you’ll just get access to coverage – if you can afford it. It’s the same as promising that everyone will get “access” to owning a private jet and living in a fabulous Florida golf resort, just like Trump.

See, he truly is magical!


“A Fake Savior’s Betrayal,” The New York Times, February 26, 2016.
“The G.O.P. Health Hoax,” The New York Times, January 5, 2017.
“The Mirage of the President’s Populism,” The New York Times, March 1, 2017.
“Ryancare: You Can Pay More for Less!” The New York Times, February 20, 2017.
“A Republican Plan for Medicare Is Experiencing a Revival,” The New York Times, January 31, 2017.





Trump’s hokey “mandate”


Trump & Company claim to have a sweeping mandate from voters – but wait:

• Almost half of the electorate chose not to vote last November.

• Only 25% of voters eligible actually cast their ballots for Trump; 26% chose Clinton.
• 60% of those who did vote for Trump said they don’t trust him.

Some “mandate.”

Here’s another fact: Those of us fighting for populist justice are stronger than we’ve been in decades. But how can that be, since Trump is in the White House? Because the vast majority of people agree with the ideals and ideas of progressive populism, not with Trumpism. Even most of his supporters were not voting for what they’re getting – a plutocratic/autocratic agenda that’ll steamroll the working class and poor.

Trump was not elected on issues, but on anger. A lot of Trump voters simply heard him speaking one truth repeatedly: The system is rigged by and for the elites. That’s true – so the riggees, furious at being flattened by the corporate and political powers, saw Trump as a big bois d’arc stick they could grab to thump the whole smug establishment upside its collective head.

However, far from alleviating their anger and despair, Trump is already betraying them, as revealed by the actual proposals he’s made and the people he’s brought inside the White House. Remember his promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington? Instead, he’s filled it with a new slew of creepy-crawly swamp creatures – like Jeff Sessions, Steve Mnuchin, Rex Tillerson, Tom Price, Scott Pruitt, Betsy DeVos – and a mess of Wall Street insiders. These are career-long corporate hacks, not working class champions!

Progressives not only need to resist the plutocratic agenda of these fraudsters, but also to put forth our true people’s agenda and start rallying voters around it. Now!