Update: The Trump Show is good for business as Fox shatters ratings records. Whether it is CBS and 60 Minutes, Steve Colbert, CNN, or Fox News it cannot be denied that Donald Trump is a ratings star. The electorate is engaged this early because Trump addresses issues voters want discussed. That’s why Trump is tops in polls. Today’s USAToday/Suffolk poll has Trump on top and ten points ahead of his nearest competitors. The latest poll from Georgia has Trump at 31% and 13 points ahead of his nearest competitor. Charles Hurt sums it up:
First they ignored him. Then they mocked him. Then they tried tearing him down.
With each failure to destroy Donald Trump, the political experts and establishment stooges only made him stronger. And now they don’t have a clue what to do.
Those in Washington who still think a Donald Trump presidency is preposterous or absurd have only themselves to blame for creating an environment that has made it so easy for the swashbuckling, smack-talking businessman to rise so effortlessly to the top of the heap. [snip]
The most alarming thing about Donald Trump for these people is that they have, literally, thrown everything they can at the man. And, yet, he is still standing, completely unbowed. In the 3½ months since he launched his campaign, his popularity has only grown with every sling and arrow. [snip]
Meticulously, methodically, patiently, Mr. Trump has morphed into a legitimate candidate.
He just released the latest of three very serious policy position papers, this one on taxes. [snip]
Each paper is deeply sophisticated and principled. And when was the last time a candidate for president got wall-to-wall coverage for releasing a policy paper?
Certainly not when Jeb Bush released his policy position this week on, and I am not making this up, “energy.”
Energy and issues help Trump trump.
The Donald Trump tax plan unveiled on Monday is either Reaganesque, Bushian, or reeks of Obama. In short, it is brilliant. With the publication of this plan Donald Trump puts to rest the “no details” attacks against him by the GOP establishment and Big Media blowhards.
Conservative anti-tax blowhard Grover Norquist thinks the Trump plan is Reaganesque:
“The plan is vintage Ronald Reagan,” Mr. Norquist said. “It is pro-growth, it is pro-fairness.”
After months of bumper-sticker slogans and sound bites, Mr. Norquist said he was pleasantly surprised by the comprehensiveness of Mr. Trump’s plan.
Conservative blowhards at National Review think Trump’s plan reeks of Barack Obama:
Trump’s other big idea—also one of Barack Obama’s big ideas—is to attempt a forced repatriation of companies’ overseas profits, offering a sweetheart rate (10 percent) to soften the blow. This moves in precisely the wrong direction: The United States maintains a counterproductive tax system that presumes to tax the worldwide activity of U.S.-based companies; most advanced countries use a “territorial” system, meaning that they tax activity within their actual jurisdictions. (It is not clear where the U.S. government imagines that it gets the power to take a piece when a U.S. company builds a widget in South Korea and sells it in Switzerland.) This would simply create yet another incentive for U.S.-based firms to move their headquarters abroad to jurisdictions with less insane tax and regulatory environments, or to engage in ever-more-complex tax-avoidance shenanigans.
Other blowhards see JeBush in the Trump plan:
Trump’s plan is not much different in general structure from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s plan, though Trump has lower rates.
Trump pointed out that he is a poster boy for some of his own reforms, as he has stocked “millions” overseas and has utilized tax loopholes. This was because he does not like the way the country’s current leadership spends his tax money:
“I pay a lot of tax but I fight like hell to make it as low as possible. But I would feel quite differently if our leadership was such that I respect their decisions.”
That last paragraph sums up what Donald J. Trump himself thinks of his plan. In two words “common sense”:
Trump said he could do all of this without adding to the deficit, promising to further slash government spending. It’s a pledge that’s sure to raise skepticism among debt experts given that discretionary government spending, as a percentage of gross domestic product, is already at its lowest level since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president.
Trump said his plan reduces or eliminates most of the deductions or loopholes available to special interests and the very rich. “In other words, it’s going to cost me a fortune, which is actually true,’’ Trump said, while rejecting the notion that he is a “populist.’’
“I wouldn’t say populist at all. I would say I’m a man of common sense,’’ he said.
There are a lot of opinions about Trump’s tax plan. But Trump wants it understood as “common sense.” Conservative, liberal, centrist, are all labels for various political tribes. “Common sense” as opposed to “kooky” is the difference Trump wants to emphasize. When Trump says “But I would feel quite differently if our leadership was such that I respect their decisions” he is talking common sense. For instance, a bum is in the street (“homeless person” for this politically correct age). It’s cold. You want to give a some change, maybe a couple of dollars so food can be purchased to warm the tummy. But you realize the money will go to liquor and only make things worse. You walk by.
Or, you work hard all day. You pay taxes. You want your taxes to be used wisely. You see trillions of dollars spent and conditions in the country worsen. You become an anti-tax rebel because it is commonsense not to give drunks money for liquor. But if the drunk stops abusing drink and drugs, you might be willing to help but only if you are convinced your assistance will not go to waste or a ruse or a scam or a lie. It’s common sense. That’s what Trump is going for.
Common sense is why Trump might have just won the third GOP debate. Trump sells his plan as common sense. In the next GOP debate common sense and political tactics come together. Trump haters at the Wall Street Journal see what Trump is up to:
With the tax plan’s release, Mr. Trump is moving to quell criticism that his campaign has been more style and less substance. This tax proposal follows his well-known immigration plan in the summer and one on gun rights last week.
At the third GOP debate Donald Trump will once again be the target of attacks. Some candidates might attack Trump because his plan will exempt millions of Americans from federal taxes. They will argue that everyone should pay something. Trump will respond to that fair criticism with a non-ideological, but commonsensical, “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs”.
Jeb Bush might whine about how his plan is similar to Trump’s or how Trump’s plan is similar to Obama’s plans. In the end every tax discussion at the third GOP debate will be about the “Trump Plan.” The very discussion of the “Trump Plan” will belie the notion that Trump has no plans, just a lot of bombast. In short, the third GOP debate will be a debunking of the notion that Trump’s weakness is his lack of plans. You can’t discuss the “Trump Plan” without acknowledging that Trump has a plan, in detail, made public, with common sense. End of game.
“Common sense” is why Carl Icahn supports Donald J. Trump for president:
Now Carl Icahn is endorsing Donald Trump
The activist investor is totally on board despite once balking at Trump’s mention of him as a potential Treasury Secretary.
It took a few months, but Carl Icahn is now backing Donald Trump’s presidential bid.
The activist investor is set to publicly endorse his fellow billionaire’s campaign to ascend to the nation’s highest office. Bloomberg reports that Icahn — who supports Trump’s stances on overhauling taxation and immigration policies, as well as raising interest rates — officially announced his support for the billionaire real estate mogul and reality television star in an interview that will be published in full Tuesday.
Billionaire smart guy Carl Icahn is very worried about this country and what is happening to the American economy under Obama. Icahn warns of a potential looming catastrophe:
Danger ahead—that’s the warning from Carl Icahn in a video coming Tuesday.
The activist says low rates caused bubbles in art, real estate and high-yield bonds—with potentially dramatic consequences.
“It’s like giving somebody medicine and this medicine is being given and given and given and we don’t know what’s going to happen – you don’t know how bad it’s going to be. We do know when we did it a few years ago it caused a catastrophe, it caused ’08. Where do you draw the line?”
The nation is in danger and there is more danger ahead. That’s why Carl Icahn supports Donald J. Trump. It’s common sense.