As we have noted elsewhere, Americans are obsessed with sex, and that includes sex in politics. So when the 2005 “Access Hollywood” recording surfaced recently, people have found it hard to talk about anything else. But if the election were about real things—policies—PJ Media says Trump would win by a landslide—because of his “Gettysburg Address.”

If the 2016 presidential election were actually about genuine political policies, Donald Trump would defeat Hillary Clinton in one of the biggest landslides of all time. . .

That speech put forth some of the more intelligent and creative ideas to be before the American public in years. These proposals, contained in what Trump calls his “Contract with the American Voter,” deserve to be heard and seriously debated in these last weeks before the election. . .

Let’s first examine what the Daily Mail calls Trump’s “anti-corruption to-do list” from the “Contract”:

1. Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress

2. Hiring freeze on federal employees to reduce the workforce through attrition

3. Requirement to eliminate two federal regulations for every new one

4. Five-year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists

5. Lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying for foreign governments

6. Complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American election

Term limits is nothing new, of course, but Trump’s packaging it with these other proposals undermines the longtime criticism of such an amendment — that Congressional term limits would leave the unelected lifers in the bureaucracy with all the power, able to wreak more havoc than they already do. Trump wants to cut back their numbers through a freeze, diminishing their strength through attrition. More than that, he adds a stricture that for every new regulation they propose, two must be eliminated. How smart is that!

Trump’s own site gives more details.

On the same day, I will begin taking the following seven actions to protect American workers:

FIRST, I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205
SECOND, I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
THIRD, I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator
FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately
FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward
SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure

Additionally, on the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:

FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama
SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States
THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities
FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back
FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.

Next, I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:

1. Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act. An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.

2. End The Offshoring Act Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.

3. American Energy & Infrastructure Act. Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. It is revenue neutral.

4. School Choice And Education Opportunity Act. Redirects education dollars to gives parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.

5. Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.

6. Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act. Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-site childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.

7. End Illegal Immigration Act Fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.

8. Restoring Community Safety Act. Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.

9. Restoring National Security Act. Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values

10. Clean up Corruption in Washington Act. Enacts new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.

That’s a refreshing list of substance. If he had delivered this speech months ago, the race could, indeed, have been very different. Items such as these could have been disseminated and discussed at the debates. Is there time to get the word out now?

49 COMMENTS

  1. Some of these ideas are good and could even be adopted bypresident Clinton. If not Mike Pence could takes some of these under his platform for 2020. Of course some of the ideas are stupid, but some are really intelligent.

  2. He was so desperate to run against Hillary prior to his nominations. It appears she will bust his fat ass & balls on November 08, 2016

  3. I remain unimpressed. Many of these points contradict statements he has made, leading me to ask which is true. Others are downright dangerous for a variety of reasons, and still more are in opposition to issues that are very important to me personally. As to ” the obsession with sex” that is mentioned in this article. I give just a little credence to that statement, being that people do seem to love a good scandal. However, that is a small part of why people are so focused on T. Rumps escapades of abuse, and infidelity. All of the above, show a lack of character, a lack of respect for women, a complete inability to be faithful, and top that off with a YUGE helping of racism, and even sedition. How can he speak of the constitution when he mocks our democracy by hinting that he may not accept the results of the election.

      • Tahimik , I almost just passed your comment by, because we were having a discussion (cordial) about Trump when the tape came out. I made a comment about his mistreatment of women, and you mocked me for my “innocence” and laughed about it bothering me. I believe I replied ” how dare you, you know nothing about me” I left Discus at that point for a couple of weeks. I’m going to tell you something, I was sexually assaulted from the time I was 5-10 years old , maybe younger than that, so I , and many others out there, have a bit of a different view because it has happened to us. It does sicken us because it brings back feelings we would like to forget.

        I do not care to discuss anything with you, if you attempt to answer this you will waste your time, you are blocked

        • Well said. His words and actions should sicken everyone, everyone with a modicum of humanity, but, sadly, some are too indoctrinated to see how vile he really is.

          • Thank you! You know I do understand having differences of opinion and political philosophies. People can discuss, and disagree without personal insults and mocking. That agreement to disagree seems to have been more possible in previous campaigns, however, I have made a promise to myself that I will not attack anyone for their political stance, unless they come at me first. Please let this election end quickly.

            • Colleen: Bless you. Wish others were as civil.

              But it would be nice if people also knew how to “turn the other cheek” when they are attacked.

              Remember the quote (attributed to both George Bernard Shaw and Mark Twain):
              “Don’t wrestle with pigs. You’ll get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it!”

              I’ve also heard someone adding on, “and onlookers can’t tell which is which.”

            • Thank you and love the quotes. Most of the time I succeed in turning the other cheek, just don’t like who I become when I don’t, but to be honest , I don’t succeed all the time. I WILL try to remember not to wrestle with the pigs from here on in.

            • Well shoot! I thought I had answered you. Thank you ! And I love the quotes. From now on I will most definitely not wrestle with the pigs. Really good advice.

            • Sorry, but this is a counter-productive silencing tactic. Republican, sadist bigots won’t stop striking until their victims run out of cheeks. The Republican dogma is entirely eliminationist. Quietly accepting endless abuse hasn’t ever led to positive change. That’s simply not how progress works.

  4. Clinton has been mum on what she is going to do except for a few vague things. This list put out by Trump is very detailed and addresses many current problems. True if it were released earlier it would have much more impact, but there are still over two weeks to election day.

    Unfortunately there are many in the American electorate who concentrate on JUVENILE TITILATION to the exclusion of things that are of greater relevance. To these people the ACCESS HOLLYWOOD tape is the be all and end all as far as they are concerned.

    No president, regardless who it is will implement all of the changes they would like to. But for me I will much rather vote for someone with a plan then someone always testifying before Congressional Committees, for this misdeed or that misdeed.

  5. Trump cannot win without personality, humanity, empathy, intelligence and eloquence transplants. Issues make no difference to that.

      • I guess if you mean taking a million dollar handout from his father, filing bankruptcy multiple times, welching on paying contractors and workers and tax evasion then, sure, he is successful at that. In other words, successful at failure and moral/financial bankruptcy, yes.

        Even if he were as successful as you imagine him to be, then he STILL would not be presidential material for his abject failures in every other regard. You simply cannot be a hateful, obnoxious despot with no measured approach, no sense of diplomacy, no even temperament and expect to be voted into office. Add to that his racism, misogyny and xenophobia and you have a recipe for disaster.

        • How many people have won the lottery, sometimes multiple times, and are soon broke. Yes, broke. They win A lot more, A lot more than Trump received from his inheritance.

          He’s a successful businessman. This just can’t be disputed. He knows how to work with money. The lottery winners couldn’t handle money.

          Did he welch on paying contractors or pay according to the value of the work? Contractors sign a contract which outlines exactly what must be done and the compensation for completing the job.

          Was Truman, FDR, or even JFK according to your standards presidential? How about Bill Clinton?

          • Like I said, business acumen, even if you accept it, is irrelevant. He is still entirely unfit to be president based on every other criteria. Criteria which are of far greater importance, such as basic humanity, empathy and temperament. All of which he fails miserably in. So, he was dead in the water before he even ran.

            • A) Truman isn’t running in this election.

              B) This isn’t 1945. Our sense of justice and social mores is different now so senseless to hold him to modern standards.

              Trump however IS running and he is an obnoxious, racist, xenophobe, Islamophobe, misogynist who is entirely opposed to fundamental American values and basic freedoms afforded by the constitution. Which denies him any chance of office. It is as simple as that.

            • I bet if you lived on the AZ border and you had a daughter that was raped by an illegal that you might feel differently. But maybe you’d feel the rancher should have moved. Besides why should you care about the rancher and the daughter.

              Will the US really elect a crook? Probably. They did before.

              I guess I should have spelled out that IF Truman was running today would he meet your standards.

            • Argument from emotion fallacy. It is no excuse for racism or xenophobia.

              They won’t be electing crooked Trump, that’s for sure.

              The Truman analogy is still irrelevant. If he were spouting the same hateful BS that Trump is now, then no, he would not be elected. Trump is the antithesis of American values. Anyone spouting the same would be equally unelectable.

            • Emotional fallacy? It’s Fact. Fact. Your statement is really cold. If a liberal can cast aside a rape then you are heartless. Here liberals claim to be so pure and care so much.

              It is conservatives that really care.

              The Truman analogy is very relevant. Had Harry said he would drop a bomb you so called caring people would have cried bloody murder. But as you’ve proven your cries are merely for show.

            • If you really cared about sexual attacks and misogyny then you would denounce Trump, so your actions speak louder than your words.

              And again this is fallacy. No one is treating rape as insignificant. Your comment regarding it is straw man fallacy and insulting. It merely illustrates the black and limitations of the Republican brain. You were trying to justify racism and xenophobia through an appeal to emotion falacy in theatre manner as those who try to justify death penalty in the same fallacious fashion. Isolated Texas Sharpshooter fallacy of rape and appeal to emotion does not justify racism or xenophobia. Truman’s actions then are in an entirely different context to the current situation. It simply does not apply here. You can’t excuse Trump’s despicable racism and misogyny through an appeal that begs for clemency by trying to equate him to someone acting during World War II. It does no apply.

              Now, if you truly care about misogyny and rape, then d bounce Trump. Whilst you align yourself with White Supremacy and misogyny, then you are tarred with the same hateful brush.

            • I’m sick of the false “Mexicans are rapists” rant. If an Evangelical raped someone, would you feel the same way about all Evangelicals?

              Wall Street Journal:

              “The incarceration rate for foreign-born adults is 297 per 100,000 in the population, compared [with] 813 per 100,000 for U.S.-born adults,”

              http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-mythical-connection-between-immigrants-and-crime-1436916798

              Cato Institute:

              With few exceptions, immigrants are less crime prone than natives or have no effect on crime rates.

              https://www.cato.org/blog/immigration-crime-what-research-says

            • Great links.

              It could be anybody. Got it. Anybody. My point was that ranchers on the AZ border, where I lived and taught, are feed up with the destruction caused by illegals. If your offended that those illegals happen to be from south of the border so be it. But facts are facts.

              And Yes if an Evangelical raped someone I’d feel that person was horrible. Like Trump I never accused all Mexicans of being rapists. But you seem to think I did. Please tell/show me where I accused All Mexicans of being rapists.

              PS. My wife is from Mexico. She came here legally. She supports Trump.

  6. Short answer: no.

    Long answer: he wouldn’t even have made it out of the primaries without diverting attention from his lack of substance.

    Medium answer: he can’t win and there’s no way in which he ever could’ve won.

      • If it’s paid for, it’s by definition not free. This “free stuff” nonsense is one of the stupidest Republican buzz words.

        • That’s why when HC, or even Bernie, says free college, health care, whatever it isn’t free at all. In fact if you want something expensive try supposedly free.

          Supposedly Free stuff comes from Democrats not Republicans.

          • Free college tuition is not the same thing as saying it’s free to run a school. Similarly, free health care services doesn’t mean that it’s free to run a hospital. I would think only Republicans are dumb enough to not understand this.

            The idea is that necessary functions of government are funded by society as a whole, rather than letting the free market run amok and bankrupt citizens for the crime of being sick or needing an education.

            There’s no reason why young people and people with health problems should be forced to provide for rich people who want to make money off their problems. Single payer systems are infinitely less expensive for all citizens.

            So, while “free college” is not free, it’s actually a lot cheaper than free.

            • Go live in those countries where health care and all education is paid for by the tax payers. My friend pays 62% of his salary for government run HC and education.

              I pay 20% while my friend pays 62%. So it is a lot more expensive in government run countries where HC and education are provided.

              Lol. The rich don’t even bother with public hospitals. They can afford the finest hc/hospitals/doctors. Doctors come to them its not the other way around.

              Remember the rich, actors/actresses/big business owners/etc., don’t think/act the way we do.

            • I already live in one of those countries, and my total income tax rate is 24%.

              Which country does your friend live in, and what’s his or her salary? I have a feeling I should fact check your claim. You know, just a hunch.

            • Yep. I would also fact check that claim. I originate from the UK (now live in the US before the xenophobes start their BS) and these figures are very wrong. And tax for healthcare is essential. You pay less for it than you do for health insurance here. US ppremiums and healthcare costs are ridiculously high here compared to the low cost comprehensive, world renowned service offered in the UK. And that is because it is not subject to market forces. And less people are off sick and serious illness is caught quickly because you aren’t getting screwed every time you go to see a doctor for basic stuff. Ibis economically better for healthcare to be as socialized as street lighting, etc. Invisible a tax that people should be glad to pay given the societal benefits and low costs. The US healthcare has been a worldwide laughing stock for many years and won’t improve until Republicans stop resisting change and improvement. But, sadly, that is precisely their thing.

            • Why fact check the claim? I was talking to the individual who said he paid 62% in taxes. He said they’d lowered it recently to 42%.

              I’m not about to get into a debate about which is the better system. Why?

              I know in the US the insurance companies rule. They aren’t going to allow any health care related bill to pass unless it benefits them.

    • That’s what I’ve been saying. In the past week or so, since he’s told himself to “stay on message,” he has been impressive. Probably would be far ahead by now.

      The problem is, after the election, with no fear of losing, wouldn’t his frivolous, petty nature re-emerge unchecked?

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