Whither Donald Trump?

by Patrick Liew on January 26, 2017

Whether you’re for or against Trump, please take time to research about him to try and understand him.

More importantly, find out the rationale, if any behind his proposed policies and their outcomes and impacts on the future.

Suffice to say, keep your minds open and conduct your own analyses.

Do not rely on the mass media and their reports, especially because there are powers behind them and powers thereof that are shaping the mass media’s views.

Hence, depending on which side of the fence you’re on, you will either be asking questions that highlights the positive or negatives sides of Trump’s words and actions.

The US needs a major reform, not more of the same.

In this regard, Trump’s proposed policies for improving infrastructure, pro-economy changes, lowering of taxes, and bringing businesses and jobs back are good for the US.

So far, there has been a flight of capital to the US. Businesses and the investment market have been relatively positive.

Many prominent companies such as Amazon, Wal-Mart, Bayer, and General Motors have been “promising” to keep or create jobs in the US.

On the other hand, there are issues that Trump has to grapple with.

For example, where’s he going to get the funds to support his investments in infrastructure and other initiatives?

How will he deal with enemies and dissidents in the Senate, House of Representatives, and the public at large?

If Trump upsets allies of the US and other countries, there may be repercussions. How will he respond to them?

While many of Trump’s personal values are questionable, he’s not a stupid man.

After all, he won the tough and arduous race to the White House.

What he says may just be a bargaining ploy for negotiating better deals for the US.

Let me quote Donald Trump’s words in the book, The America We Deserve. He co-authored the book with David Shiflett in 2000.

He was quoted to have said, “A true dealmaker can keep many balls in the air, weigh the competing interests of other nations, and, above all, constantly put America’s best interests first.

The true dealmaker knows when to be tough and when to back off. He knows when to bluff and he knows when to threaten, understanding that you threaten only when prepared to carry out the threat.

The dealmaker is cunning, secretive, focused, and never settles for less than what he wants. It’s been a long time since America had a president like that .”

In his earlier book, Art of the Deal, Donald wrote, “My style of deal-making is quite simple and straightforward. I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing to get what I’m after. Sometimes I settle for less than I sought, but in most cases I still end up with what I want.”

If what he says is true, then his words and actions during the campaign trail may just be tools in the dealmaker’s toolkit – all for the sake of winning.

What does the future hold with Trump as the 45th President of the USA?

The only certainty is uncertainty. Unpredictability is part of the landscape.

Will TRUMPonomics, or TRUMPOLINE or YOYO Economics bring prosperity to the US and to the world at large or only the US or will it be a zero sum game?

For now, don’t underestimate the man.

The jury is out.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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