Rolling Stone just published “Trump’s Presidency Is Shaping Up to Be an American Tragedy“.
Want more bad news? Trump has appointed more big money donors to his administration than any president in history. The presidency has been bought. Trump made a big deal complaining that Hillary Clinton met with donors to the Clinton Foundation, but Trump just gave a cabinet post to the largest donor to his (fake) foundation.
I have to admit that I’ve been pretty depressed the last few days over what is about to happen to our government. However, the thing that is depressing me the most is a report that the American people are falling for this con man, hook, line and sinker.
Trump announces that he is saving over a thousand jobs in Ohio. Never mind the fact that he totally exaggerated the number, and that they bribed the company (Carrier) with millions of dollars of corporate welfare. Or that now plenty of other companies can threaten to send jobs to other countries in order to cash in. Heck, even Sarah Palin attacked Trump’s ploy as being “crony capitalism”. Not to mention real conservatives, including the Wall Street Journal. So you might think this ploy would flop.
The depressing thing is that it worked. According to a new poll “Trump’s Carrier deal is wildly popular”. Sixty percent of Americans say their opinion of Trump went up because of the deal. Yes, that includes a bunch of Democrats.
As Electoral Vote points out, this is governance by photo op. Trump posts a photo of him shaking hands with some CEO with a big headline about him saving jobs, and we fall for it.
So what’s next? Convincing people that it is a good thing to cancel Obamacare? Or after that, canceling Medicare and Social Security? Or that warmer climate is a good thing? Or that making us more dependent on oil make sense? Will we fall for those things too?
We are being played for fools. Unfortunately, we are acting like fools.
Also published on Medium.