Most people are asking, “Does Trump actually have a plan if he’s elected?” As a matter of fact, Trump has put forth a 7 step plan to make America great again. The following is a breakdown of his positions according to his website, DonaldJTrump.com, and his policy statements throughout the campaign.
1) Build the Wall!
Donald Trump made headlines while announcing his candidacy when he made illegal immigration the focus of the 2016 GOP primary by promising to build a wall along our entire southern border. As we later came to learn, The Donald wasn’t done making headlines. Trump has promised to make Mexico pay for the wall! Here’s how he plans to make it happen:
- Propose a financial rule that would not allow aliens within the United States to send money to their home nations without first providing documentation to prove their lawful presence in the U.S.
- Mexico receives approximately $24 billion a year from illegal aliens working in the US who send their wages back to their families in Mexico, according to Trump’s website. Mexico will protest the rule from step 1 as they need the money to serve as their “de facto welfare.”
- The Trump administration will then tell Mexico that the rule will not go into effect if Mexico hands over the money to pay for the wall.
- Enact trade tariffs and/or enforce trade rules already on the books. In short, Trump plans to even the trade deficit between Mexico and the United States. Trump’s website claims that we will have all of the leverage in any negotiation because Mexico depends on Americans buying Mexican-produced goods.
- Begin canceling Mexican visas to increase our leverage in the pay-for-the-wall negotiations.
- Increase visa fees to increase our leverage in the pay-for-the-wall negotiations.
Obamacare is universally hated by Republicans and is largely unpopular among independents. It was sold on a lie — “if you like your doctor then you can keep your doctor” — and it has violated Americans’ freedom to choose as well as increased the cost of healthcare and forced doctors out of business. Trump has a plan to not only repeal, but also replace the Affordable Care Act with something that will “will broaden healthcare access, make healthcare more affordable and improve the quality of the care available to all Americans.”
- Congress must fully repeal Obamacare, including the individual mandate.
- Allow health insurance to be sold across state lines. Free-market competition will lead to lower prices and better service.
- Trump’s plan will “allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the current tax system. Businesses are allowed to take these deductions so why wouldn’t Congress allow individuals the same exemptions?” He also promises to “make sure that no one slips through the cracks simply because they cannot afford insurance. We must review basic options for Medicaid and work with states to ensure that those who want healthcare coverage can have it.”
- Allow the use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) which allow people to save up money for healthcare tax-free. This money can be used by family members and passed on through inheritances.
- Require price transparency from insurance providers and hospitals.
- Block-grant Medicaid to the states. “Block-grant” means giving money to states earmarked for healthcare in a lump sum without telling them how to specifically use it (as long as it’s used for healthcare). Each state has unique needs and knows its citizens better than the federal government does.
- Introduce free-market competition into the pharmaceutical industry.
3) China, China, China!
Trump LOVES to talk about China. Here’s his plan to balance the raw deal that America currently has with China:
- Declare China a currency manipulator to force them to come to the bargaining table.
- Force China to start obeying intellectual property laws (China is famous for stealing private technology which greatly hurts U.S. companies who put the time, energy, and resources into developing it). Hacking is the primary avenue by which China steals intellectual property. Trump promises to put America’s best tech minds on defending against Chinese hackers. A Trump administration will also demand that China obeys World Trade Organization policies which it frequently ignores.
- “Reclaim millions of American jobs and [revive] American manufacturing by putting an end to China’s illegal export subsidies and lax labor and environmental standards.” Trump plans to accomplish this by aggressively pursuing cases against China through the World Trade Organization.
- “Strengthen our negotiating position by lowering our corporate tax rate to keep American companies and jobs here at home, attacking our debt and deficit so China cannot use financial blackmail against us, and bolstering the U.S. military presence in the East and South China Seas to discourage Chinese adventurism.”
4) Reforming the VA
In 2014, the Veterans Administration scandals broke and it was revealed that VA facilities in Phoenix, Arizona and across the country were mistreating veterans (including putting them on wait lists until they died) to make the VA administrators’ statistics look favorable. Since then, President Obama has replaced the Secretary of the Veterans Administration and Congress has made some progress, but the job of reforming the VA is far from over. Our veterans deserve the best medical care America can offer. Here is how Trump plans to do it:
- Allow any veteran to receive care from any doctor or facility that accepts Medicare. This will reduce wait times and force the VA to compete with other medical facilities for veterans’ business; competition always leads to better prices and better service.
- Increase funding in PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and suicide prevention treatments and research. PTSD, TBI, and suicide affect veterans at a much higher rate than it does civilians.
- Increase funding for veterans’ job placement services, provide incentives to encourage businesses to hire veterans and help to provide business loans to aspiring veteran entrepreneurs.
- Equip the VA to deal with injuries common to the 21st-century veteran, as well as equip the VA to better treat female veterans.
- Trump will fire VA administrators not doing their jobs and end waste, fraud, and abuse in the VA budget.
- Increase the number of veterans who work for the Veterans Administration.
- Place VA clinics within existing non-VA hospitals in rural areas to increase access for veterans across the country.
5) Tax Reform
According to the Washington Examiner, the United States Federal Tax Code is 74,608 pages long. A code this long and complex is how we have a system where all manner of big businesses and special interests receive special favors and tax breaks while the rest of us get robbed. James Madison, the father of the U.S. Constitution, said, “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” Luckily, the Republican nominee for President has a plan to restore sanity and fairness to the tax code:
- Decrease taxes for the middle class. Higher taxes just leads to more wasteful government spending. When the people are free to keep the money they earn, they will save it, pay down debts, and spend it to fuel the economy.
- Simplify the tax code and reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to four: 0% (for those making under $25,000, or under $50,000 if you are married), 10%, 20%, and 25%. Trump claims that these are the lowest tax rates since before World War II.
- Lower the corporate tax (an income tax on businesses) to 15% for all businesses big and small. America currently has one of the highest corporate taxes in the world. Lowering the corporate tax will make America one of the most competitive places to do business across the globe which will lead to a growing economy; in other words, JOBS.
- Eliminate the death tax. The death tax is a tax on the inheritance that you leave for your family. That money was earned by you and taxes were already paid on it. You have a right to leave what you earned to your family without the government dipping into it a second time.
6) The Second Amendment
The Second Amendment to the Constitution states in part that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” The Trump position is to do everything it can to make sure that this sacred right of the people to defend themselves is protected:
- Revive Project Exile nationwide. Project Exile was a successful Virginia program that mandated five years in prison (no parole or early release) for any violent felon that uses a firearm to commit a crime.
- Reform the broken mental health system in America. Hopefully, a more effective mental health system will prevent more mass shootings committed by disturbed individuals.
- Oppose any bans on semi-automatic rifles and gun magazines as they are always based on aesthetics rather than functionality.
- Strengthen the existing background check system. A background check is required before purchasing a firearm in most cases. These background checks can work! The problem, Trump claims, is that the states are failing to input their criminal and mental health data into the system. If the states do this, the system will work far more effectively.
- Allow your concealed carry permit to be valid in all 50 states, just like a driver’s license.
- Eliminate gun free zones on military bases and recruiting centers.
7) Immigration Reform
- Build the wall (obviously).
- Enforce the laws already on the books (unlike President Obama and his unconstitutional “deferred action” executive orders) by tripling the number of ICE officers, implementing a national e-verify system to prevent businesses from hiring illegal aliens, deporting all criminal aliens, defunding sanctuary cities which harbor illegal immigrants, and ending birthright citizenship.
- Control the influx of legal immigrants coming into the country to protect American jobs.
- Strengthen the vetting process of immigrants to prevent a terror attack from radical Islamic terrorists.
Well, there you have it: no rhetoric, just a solid plan with specific ideas to make America great again. You may not agree with everything in the plan, but there is no longer any denying that Trump has a plan. If Trump happens to land in the Oval Office in January of 2017, it seems that he knows exactly what he will be doing for his first four years in office.
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***Disclaimer: Any non-attributed quotes are from DonaldJTrump.com.***