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Watching Trump on the Road Ahead

November 15, 2016
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The experts were wrong about Donald Trump. Most said he would not win. They said the way he talked about women and minorities was offensive. Many said he was done as a candidate.

He is now the President-elect of the United States. So now what is the problem? The problem is that the experts still believe they are experts. Should readers believe them anymore? There is an old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

Donald Trump will not be the same as Barack Obama.

What does Donald Trump begin with?

How will the people know the difference Trump has made? Some people will look at their paycheck. That is a fair measure. President Obama faced a deep recession when he took office. After eight years things have gotten better in America. Trump starts with a growing economy.

The effect of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is still not clear. Medicaid was to provide health care to many of the poor in this country. But some states voting for Trump decided not to include the program in their state. Still, millions have health insurance who did not have it before. Trump starts with a health insurance program in place.

Immigrants were a big issue during the campaign. Will the government round up the undocumented and send them elsewhere? President Obama did so. He deported millions during his years in office. Border crossings from Mexico into America are down. They are the lowest they have been for years. Trump starts with a stable Mexican-American border.

President-elect Trump’s views on foreign policy are not clear to the rest of the world. The world wants peace and the resettlement of people in their homelands. The Middle East and global migration are crises. Will Trump make a difference? Trump starts with real problems.

It is more important to see what he does than to listen to experts say what they think he will do.

Resource: The New York Times November 13, 2016

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