Out of Election Anesthesia – Reading the Tea Leaves

Donald Trump will be the president. What does that really mean? He isn’t particularly attached to any ideology, which is a first for any president. Maybe this will make him a great president?

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His appointments and actions so far seem to be in line with his business background. It’s like he’s arranging his own stock portfolio, with a good mix of steady and high risk investments. For instance, his appointment of Stephen Bannon of Breitbart has gotten a lot of attention as a conservative bellwether. Mike Pence is also a pretty conservative guy. However, he also appointed Reince Priebus, former head of the Republican National Committee (RNC), and met with Mitt Romney, both of whom can be considered ultra-Establishment. Unlike other politicians of late, he seems eager to work with the opposition. He had the traditional President and President Elect meeting with President Barack Obama, and has had kind things to say about Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), one of the more liberal members of Congress.

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Trump has made a lot of promises though, and probably won’t follow through on everything, either because of Congressional opposition, or the reality of some things is not practical. The truth is that at this point, nobody knows what kind of president he’ll be, and how much of his rhetoric was only rhetoric. Here are my predictions:

  • He’ll follow through on fostering a good relationship with Russia.
  • There will probably be some kind of wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
  • He won’t deport the 11 million here illegally, but maybe the 3 million with criminal records.
  • I truly hope he follows through on his vow to renegotiate or withdraw from NAFTA, the legislation that has hurt our country so badly in so many ways.

If Trump really does impose term limits, I will submit an official request to the Vatican to canonize him – St. Patrick may have cast Satan out of Paradise, but if St. Donald can cast the Career Politician out of America, it will be a close second.

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