August 8, 2016, - 3:26 pm
I listened live as Donald Trump delivered details of his economic program in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club, today. And I think he hit it outta the ballpark. A total home run. It was Reaganesque. This is the Donald Trump we’ve been waiting and hoping for. The full video and more of my reaction is below.
I don’t know who wrote Donald Trump’s speech today–he claims it was Ivanka with himself, but I don’t believe that for a second. However, no matter who wrote it, it’s the best speech I’ve heard Trump give thus far. It was his best delivery in terms of speaking ability. He stuck to the script and read it with emotion. I felt like he meant it and believed it. And it was his best speech in terms of content: cutting taxes, regulations, and the size of government (which I’ve never ever seen any Republicans actually do), and issuing an executive order to reverse ObamaCare. These are all things America desperately needs. All the things that will buoy our economy and create jobs. All the things that ObamaHillary oppose. And Trump pointed that out. His attacks on Hillary were well expressed and spot on. This was a Ronald-Reagan-style speech.
I’m not crazy about Trump’s protectionist stuff, as I believe in the free market. But other than that, everything else he said was what you’d want to hear from a Republican candidate for Prez, from a conservative candidate for Prez. As I heard the anti-free-trade rhetoric, I figured Congress will oppose him on that stuff, so it’s not a prob. However, I wondered if he can do executive orders on those things. My friend, San Diego’s KFMB radio talk show host Brett Winterble pointed out to me that Reagan did issue protectionist executive orders to help and shelter Harley Davidson and some semiconductor producers (the latter is important for national security, so it’s legit). I doubt Trump would use the executive orders to hamper free trade. But we’ll see. Still, it’s minor in the scheme of things.
Per usual, Trump was unfazed and unflustered by the many interruptions from Bernie-supporting nutjobs. He had a sense of humor about it, remarking that he admired their “spirit.”
I hope this speech is a turnabout from the piling-on negative coverage Trump has gotten over the Khan job and the resulting downward spiral in polls. If the liberal press covers the speech today–and they have no choice, as it was a major speech for his campaign–I think things will change. There are 90-some days until the election, and he can turn it around.
If Trump sticks to this script until election day, he could pull this thing out maybe. If he does even five percent of the stuff he declared he’d do in today’s speech, we should celebrate.
Did you hear the speech? If not, here’s the transcript, and the video is above.
What do you think?
One other thing: Brett Winterble points out to me that Trump is getting economic advice from Larry Kudlow and Stephen Moore. They are great on economics. Sadly, they are also tight with jihadist Grover Norquist, though Brett believes they will displace Grover in the chain, which would be a good thing. I hope he’s right.
Also a worry, Kellyanne Conway, a total stooge of Norquist, and his chief butt-snorkeler (she owes her entire polling and political advice business to Norquist’s influence on the right), is advising Trump. Let’s hope that ends after election day.
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