Trump’s First Week

I suppose that the lesson from Trump’s first week in office is that he’s going to do exactly what he said he’d do. Which is rather refreshing for a politician. Although, given that he’s never held any political office, he’s not really a politician.

I still see him as primarily a businessman, who has just become CEO of America Incorporated. For him the American people are shareholders in a corporation, and his primary duty is to them. So I watched his first presidential address yesterday as his first report to the shareholders: a terse 2-minute summary of progress to date.

Also yesterday he barred entry into the USA to people from a bunch of Middle East countries. I think it’s just for 3 months. There have been the usual howls of protest. But again, that’s what he said he’d do. And, once again, he’s doing exactly what he said he’d do. People from other countries aren’t shareholders in America, and they’re not entitled to anything at all from it.

This, along with an announcement earlier in the week about Building The Wall, is a re-assertion of national identity. We’re not all “citizens of the world.”: we’re citizens of one country or other. Or, as Trump would see it, shareholders in one corporation or other.

If Trump carries on in this manner, every country in the world is going to want an energetic CEO that does what he said he was going to do, and reports weekly to the people how he’s doing.

Lots of people don’t really like Trump. But my own opinion of him has been rising steadily. If nothing else, I think he’s an extraordinarily courageous man. Particularly given all the brickbats that have been thrown at him for the past 18 months, and which will carry on being thrown at him. People describe him as being “thin-skinned”, but I’m amazed how thick-skinned he is. The way I see it, he’s covered in rhino hide. Whatever is fired at him just bounces off.

I don’t think he’s racist, sexist, homophobic, or fascist either. Nor even a new Hitler. The shareholders in America come in all colours, and all sexes, and all ages – and they all count, every single one.

I wasn’t bothered when he said that Mexico was sending its rapists to America. Quite clearly some of them were rapists. And that needed to be recognised, and something done about it. And even the “pussy-grabbing” thing didn’t bother me. As far as I could see, he’d merely been stating the obvious, which is that fame allows considerable licence. Girls didn’t throw themselves at the Beatles when nobody had heard of them, but they did once they were famous.

But his advocacy of the use of torture was too much for me. Yet I can well imagine that that there are plenty of less tender-hearted men than me who would have agreed with him. And even if I disagreed, I could at least applaud his brutal honesty. He wasn’t going to pretend to be something that he wasn’t.

What I’ve always liked most about Trump, I suppose, is that he’s not in the least bit Politically Correct. And I am so, so sick of political correctness. I am so, so sick of the prison of political correctness, in which everyone must think and speak the same way about everything. Trump is a new Gulliver, breaking the ropes tying him down. And every time he crosses some boundary, breaks some taboo, there’s something refreshing about it, and also something invigorating about the accompanying wails of horror. Madonna detests him. Bruce Springsteen loathes him. Wonderful! Can we have some more, please.

I’m vaguely hoping that he’ll start tearing up smoking bans as well. But there’s no sign of anything like that happening. It wasn’t part of his platform. It wasn’t what he said he’d do. But smoking bans are another example – perhaps the prime example – of political correctness, and somebody who seems to have a vocation for being outrageously politically incorrect will surely manage to break that taboo as well, some time or other.

I wonder if Trump the non-politician has been teaching the professional politicians a thing or two about politics. He has, after all, run rings around all of them. Perhaps one or two of them will begin to consider changing the habits of a lifetime, and learn to speak their minds freely, and do what they say they’ll do, in the Trumpian manner.

It remains early days. Maybe one day he do something or say something that really will shock me out of my complacency. He just hasn’t done so yet.

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35 Responses to Trump’s First Week

  1. Harleyrider1978 says:

    I just heard trumps going to undo so much government from the inside out with the heads he’s putting in them that’s where the change will come the machine in government behind the bans will be quietly fired dumped or abolished but by bit until theirs no tobacco control left!

  2. garyk30 says:

    Trump can undo the ban on smoking in govt buildings; but, the bans on smoking in restaurants, taverns, and parks are all either state or municipal bans and he can not change those.

  3. nisakiman says:

    I’m very much of the same mind as you, Frank. “It does what it says on the tin”, to quote an advertising strapline.

    And I have to admit I’m really enjoying seeing all the Liberal Twitterati having fits of the vapours over what he’s doing. They’re squealing like stuck pigs about how he’s going to destroy the world.

    And as far as they’re concerned, I suppose he is. He’s going to destroy their carefully constructed PC world, where up is down, right is wrong, black is white and lies are truth. Where Newspeak is the norm, and the thought police are in the ascendancy. Where offence is there for the taking. Where Islam is the ‘religion of peace’ and transgenderism is celebrated.

    They think he’s going to bring Armageddon crashing down on our heads with his pugnacious approach, but I don’t think so at all. The Putins of this world respect strong leaders, and I think it much more likely that Trump will preside over a lessening of hostilities in those parts of the world in which the US has become embroiled.

    Yes, I think we’re in for interesting times. I look forward to seeing how his tenure in the White House unfolds.

    • Frank Davis says:

      They think he’s going to bring Armageddon crashing down on our heads with his pugnacious approach

      Well, I think that he’s probably going to bring Armageddon crashing down on their heads – i.e. the heads of the liberal progressives. He’s going to dismantle their upside down PC world. And they know it. They can see it coming.

  4. Frank, it isn’t often I agree 100% with one of your ‘political’ posts (as said my politics are that i am a smoker) but this one I do, even down to what you said about Trump and torture (that may yet cause him more problems with the EU than even banning people with beards that talk funny from entering the US).
    I have never been a fan, although, as said, had I been American I would have voted for him simply because he wasn’t Hilary, but after his first week I am indeed beginning to wish he’d run for PM here! A ‘politician’ who tells the truth (as he sees it) and does what he says he will?! Dear God…it will never catch on!

  5. garyk30 says:

    The ban on smoking in airliners is a govt(FAA) ban.

    He could rescind that one. 👍👍👍👌

    • waltc says:

      But individual airlines could keep it as their policy, and I believe they would. Back when the air ban was still a gleam in tne Dept of Transportation’s eye, I believe it was said that 14% of the seats were occupied by smokers. Today it might be less and the brainwashed majority might boycott the whole airline (which would likely face PR uproar) even if only a few scheduled flights accomodated smokers.

      • nisakiman says:

        Airlines are also looking at the bottom line, Walt. They like the smoking ban because they can run cheaper air recycling systems, and also the time taken to clean the cabin between flights is reduced. No, now they have the ban, they will keep it, law or no law. Dealing with the rise in air-rage incidents is cheaper than allowing smoking on planes.

        It’s a great shame, because I used to enjoy being able to have a drink and a smoke when flying, particularly on long-haul. I even flew Aeroflot once, because it was one of the only airlines left that still had a smoking section!

        What rather surprises me is the fact that all the airlines have banned e-cigs as well, given that they only produce water vapour. I would have thought they would see vaping as the ideal compromise to keep their smoking customers happy. But then, where smoking (or anything that resembles smoking) is concerned, there is no compromise available, only ideological dogma.

  6. garyk30 says:

    I enjoy being treated like a share holder much more than being treated like a cash box.

    I feel that all govt actions should be based on an accurate evaluation of the bad that might happen as well as the good or wished for good.

    Politicians usually do not consider the flip side of an action, a successful business man will always do so.

  7. castello2 says:

    He’s not doing much of anything he promised. He is surrounded by right wing radicals and torturers, bankers and oil mavens. http://www.cc.com/video-clips/i9tog6/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-trump-lets-the-truth-come-out-post-election

  8. Frank Davis says:

    Anti-Tobacco Groups Worried About Trump, Congress
    Lawmakers considering efforts to weaken FDA’s regulatory power

    January 28, 2017

    The federal government and most states continued to receive mostly failing grades from the American Lung Association (ALA) for efforts to reduce tobacco use among adults and teens during 2016, despite the enactment of the long-awaited “deeming” rule giving FDA regulatory authority over all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and cigars.

    The failure to require graphic warning labels on cigarette packaging and to move toward banning menthol cigarettes earned federal administrators and lawmakers an “F” grade from the ALA for tobacco regulation, according to the group’s annual State of Tobacco Control report, released late this week.

    But despite these shortcomings, anti-tobacco advocates who spoke to MedPage Today say there is no question that regulatory and other actions taken at the state and federal level during the Obama administration’s 8-year tenure helped spur the record decline in tobacco use among adults and teens.

    And they expressed concern that many of these hard-fought gains will be rolled back by the new administration and Congress.

    “There is no question that what government does makes a big difference,” Matthew L. Myers of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids told MedPage Today.

    “During the last eight years we have seen tobacco advertising restricted through the FDA, there have been sustained (anti-tobacco) mass media campaigns, tobacco taxes have increased and internet sales have been curtailed. All of these things contributed to the dramatic decline in tobacco consumption,” Myers asserted.

    Speaking with a group of corporate leaders on Monday, President Trump vowed to do away with 75% or more of government regulations and he repeated his campaign promise of massive tax cuts.

    Myers said Trump’s views on specific tobacco regulations and taxes are not known.

    “President Trump has not spoken about this, so it is still unclear what position he will personally take,” Myers said. “To date, the physical manifestation of our concern comes from the cigarette and e-cigarette industries urging Congress to curtail funding for successful mass media campaigns and critical regulatory measures.”

    The ALA’s Erika Seward said two specific attempts now before Congress to weaken FDA’s regulatory authority over tobacco are of particular concern.

    On Jan. 13, Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) reintroduced a bill in the House to exempt premium cigars from FDA regulation. The agency’s deeming rule announced last May extended its authority to cigars, e-cigarettes, pipe tobacco, and hookah. Posey first introduced the legislation in 2015, but it failed to pass under the previous Congress.

    Congress is also considering legislation to grandfather flavored e-cigarettes and other non-traditional cigarette tobacco products, which would allow them to stay on the market.

    “This is especially troubling because the Surgeon General has found that these flavors are particularly attractive to kids,” Seward said, noting that flavorings are believed to be a major driver of the more than 10-fold increase in e-cigarette use among high school-age kids between 2011 and 2015.

    She added that there is “real concern about what lies ahead for reducing tobacco use and, specifically, whether the FDA’s existing authority will be weakened.”

    While President Trump has not yet named a new FDA director, past actions by his pick for Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary have not lessened this fear.

    Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-Ga.), was one of the few members of Congress to vote against giving FDA authority over tobacco, and he also voted against continuation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is largely funded by tobacco taxes.

    As head of HHS, Price would have authority over the FDA, the CDC, the National Institutes of Health, and other major health agencies.

    Myers said lobbyists from the e-cigarette industry are working to convince lawmakers to effectively prevent the FDA from regulating the products, as are groups that oppose government regulation on ideological grounds.

    On Jan. 17, a coalition of a dozen free-market and anti-tax activist groups opposed to e-cigarette regulation, including FreedomWorks and Campaign for Liberty, sent a letter to Congress urging that all products on the market before the regulations went into effect last August be exempt from key provisions of FDA oversight, arguing that regulation “is depriving smokers of a demonstrably safer alternative (to traditional cigarettes).”

    “While everyone’s focus seems to be on the White House, the tobacco industry has made it clear that it intends to urge Congress to dramatically curtail what has been working to reduce tobacco use,” Myers said.”It may feel like we’ve been back this year for a really long time, but it’s still early.”

    • nisakiman says:

      Oh, they’re worried, are they?

      Good.

      I dearly hope that all their worst fears are realised. In triplicate. Or better still, quadruplicate.

      The failure to require graphic warning labels on cigarette packaging and to move toward banning menthol cigarettes earned federal administrators and lawmakers an “F” grade from the ALA for tobacco regulation, according to the group’s annual State of Tobacco Control report, released late this week.

      Let’s hope they get a ‘Z’ grade next year. That would indeed be progress.

      • Harleyrider1978 says:

        More than worried the last time we had these bans it was midnite oil that got them repealed left and right!

        One goes they all go

  9. waltc says:

    A friend sent me this: Clinton saying the same thing Trump is about immigration. Please remind me of the mass protests and Nazi analogies at the time. I seem to have forgotten them

    • Manfred says:

      waltc, many thanks for this. Just what I needed. I was recently sent the UK ‘petition to ban Trump’. Forwarded the link to a clutch of libtards, challenging them to put it up on their website.

  10. Oi you says:

    The lefties on my FB page are in meltdown, such is the outrage. I can feel the fury lifting off the screen of my laptop, as I’m reading it. It’s quite fascinating and wholly entertaining. Truly, we are seeing history being made, in our lifetime. But I think Trump ought to step up his security, as I think someone will take a pot shot at him soon. Let’s hope they miss…

    :o)

  11. jaxthefirst says:

    As you say, Frank, Trump’s a businessman first and foremost. This might lead him into some sticky situations whilst he comes to terms with the fact that there are some quite significant differences between running a business and running a country. But I think he’ll learn fast – just like he would learn fast if he’d taken the helm in a totally different field of business from his normal one that had to be run very differently. But, as a businessman, he surely, surely can’t be unaware of the damage done to the US hospitality industry through smoking bans of all varieties. Even if he himself dislikes smoking (which he may or may not – he hasn’t really said), as a businessman there must be lots of things he’s had to do/say/sign off on which he’d rather he didn’t have to, but for the good of the company ….

    Whilst acknowledging the fact that smoking bans in the US are a State matter that he can’t directly do anything about, there are, I’m sure, lots of things that he can do to hinder the onward and ever-more-hysterical demands of the anti-smoking lobby, like, as Harley says, invoking massive internal “re-organisations” which specifically cut out the unproductive, deadwood parts of public institutions that keep the anti-smoking movement (and other nannying single-issue campaign groups) running through funds and support. It would just take one little thing. If, for example, he rolled back the ban on smoking on aircraft, and the airlines choosing to take advantage of this by providing some smoking flights showed an immediate and sudden rise in profits (which I believe they would), his business instincts would kick in and he’d start thinking: “That’s interesting. Now, I wonder what would happen if ….” And we’d be off. Would the wails of protest from the right-on crowd bother him? Not a chance!

    To me, if Trump starts to slide the carpet away from under the feet of the anti-smoking movement, that would be the final proof that he is genuinely immune from the brainwashing which the vast majority of other politicians (and most of the public) seem to have fallen for, not just in respect of smoking, but in respect of all of it. Anti-smoking was the first, and is thus the most deeply-entrenched of beliefs of the brainwashed. If he’s resisted that, he will have resisted all of it.

    • Harleyrider1978 says:

      Jax right there with you he’s lighting so many fires the Nazis can’t figure out what to protest

    • Rose says:

      Trump: Atlantic City casinos should sue over smoking ban – 2008

      “Donald Trump called on 11 casinos Thursday to sue over a new smoking ban approved by the Atlantic City Council, arguing that it created a competitive disadvantage, according to a report in the Associated Press.
      The real estate magnate, chairman of a company that owns three casinos in Atlantic City, said he would not file his own suit but wants the Casino Association of New Jersey to stop the ban from taking effect in October.

      “I’m not a smoker, and I don’t personally like what smoking does to people,” Trump told The Associated Press in an interview in his Manhattan office. “But this puts us at a huge disadvantage.”
      http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2008/04/trump_atlantic_city_casinos_sh.html

  12. Gato Gordo says:

    It didn’t bother you when Trump said that Mexico was sending its rapists to America because you are not in the receiving end. If you accept that Mexico has been sending its rapists to America then you are not going to be fair when dealing with legal migrants from Mexico (they may be sent rapists, watch out). Trump is treating Mexico with the same contempt and lies as anti-smokers treat smokers. It will backfire.

  13. waltc says:

    In a lovely variation of the Old White Guy as villain theme, the Comptroller and former Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer (himself white and near 60) yowled on the 11 o’clock news tonite that the new administration is “too male, too pale and too stale.” Doncha wish you wuz that clever?

  14. Clicky says:

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