WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2016 – Donald Trump called his opponent Jeb Bush “weak,” “low energy,” “desperate,” “failed,” and “pathetic.” George W. and George H.W. Bush have, through actions more than words, shown their disdain for the Republican Party nominee.
According to the best laid plans, Jeb Bush is the one that is supposed to battling Hillary Clinton for the White House. Unfortunately for the GOP stalwarts, best laid plans have gone astray.
And the elder Bush family would be wise to listen to the words of the younger generations.
Texas land commissioner and GOP victory chairman George P. Bush has said, “It’s time to put [the primary] aside” and “GOP leaders should get behind the Republican platform and Donald J. Trump.
“From Team Bush, it’s a bitter pill to swallow,” Bush told Republicans, according to video of the meeting. “But you know what? You get back up and you help the man that won, and you make sure that we stop Hillary Clinton.”
Because stopping Clinton, not grabbing headlines with their gripes and grumbles, is not only the right thing to do but it’s the one thing conservatives must do. And to do that, love him or hate him, Trump is the GOP’s man.
The younger Bush is the only member of the Bush family who has called for support of the Republican nominee. And we get it — Trump entered the race and booted the former governor of Florida off the debate stage, despite his position as the favored establishment candidate. His relationship with the Latino community and his massive super-PAC funds became Bush’s liability when voters across the country stood up and said “we don’t want the status quo” anymore.
And down-ticket Republicans might be smart to heed George P. Bush’s call to support the party, if not the nominee.
Trump is not so much a candidate for the Republican Party as the leader of the Trumpism political movement, and that movement, like Bernie Sanders’ Democratic bid, is not based on the establishment politicians, failed policies and dishonest political cronyism.
It’s more those blue collar workers, out of work or making less than they were who are tired of regulations that benefit some while wiping out the many. According to an October 2015 Social Security Administration report, 51 percent of all workers in the United States make less than $30,000 a year and more than half of all workers in this country make less than that each month.
The Social Security Administration report also highlighted that after six years of Obama economic policies, which Clinton wants to continue:
–38 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000 last year.
–51 percent of all American workers made less than $30,000 last year.
–62 percent of all American workers made less than $40,000 last year.
–71 percent of all American workers made less than $50,000 last year.
The federal poverty level for a family of five is $28,410, and yet almost 40 percent of all American workers do not even bring in $20,000 a year.
Like Detroit, decimated as auto manufacturing headed out of the country because of regulations and taxes, is the liberal war against coal, one of America’s biggest natural resources. Clinton wants to eradicate the business of coal and coal mining from the face of the West Virginia mountains.
Coal mining is hard on the earth and the environment.
But the problem is that those coal miners bought their homes, built schools, created towns filled with businesses from restaurants and movie theaters to banks and insurance agents, all of which have been hurt by the war on coal. And neither Clinton or Obama has ever come up with a way to replace one industry with another that would allow coal miners to find work — and not part time at the local box store.
And those people who saw their generational lifestyles destroyed will quickly point to the establishment waste in Washington, like the $32.4 billion the Department of Energy allocated to alternative energy innovators such as Solyndra, which quickly went through $528 million of a $535 million loan guarantee before filing a bankruptcy plan approved in October 2012.
George P.’s decision is an inauspicious one for Republicans who hope this election will discredit Trumpism. Ohio Gov. John Kasich failed to appear at the GOP convention in his own state, saying, “If I weren’t prepared to get up there and endorse the nominee, I thought it was inappropriate to go.”
However, that position may, like Bush’s, may be softening. Kasich recently opened the door to finally endorsing Donald Trump, and, while noting he will win parts of Ohio, he predicts that Trump’s winning his home state will be “really difficult.”
The oft-repeated political meme is that no candidate has ever won the White House without winning the rust-belt state of Ohio. So why would Kasich, who seems to be giddy over his disruption of Trump’s run for the White House, want to be one of the leaders in the Republican effort to lose in November?
Kasich recently spoke about the possibly endorsing Trump “We still have time. That’s something I think about a little bit but not a lot,” he told CNN. “He’s going to win parts of Ohio where people are really hurting,” Kasich told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But I still think it’s difficult if you are dividing to be able to win Ohio. I think it’s really, really difficult.”
Ohio, a battleground state that voted for President Obama in both elections, has 18 electoral votes. Recent polls show Clinton and Trump deadlocked in the state.
Diving south to Texas, where Trump is liked well enough that young conservatives building political careers may be reluctant to oppose the candidate, for fear of backlash if he does or doesn’t win in November. They don’t want to be seen, by not endorsing Trump, to assisting Clinton’s ascension to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
So can the blue-collar billionaire businessman win after some of his seemingly self-destructive actions? Chances are yes. Polls never reflect the silent majority, but their voices are being heard up and down the GOP ticket.
The winds seem to be changing from anti-Trump to anti-Clinton.
An article in the Washington Post by reporter Jerry Markon (as senator, Clinton promised 200,000 jobs in upstate New York. Her efforts fell flat.) says that Clinton’s efforts to create 200,000 new jobs in upstate New York during her tenure as senator failed — bigly. Part of the then would-be NY senator’s platform was a promise to create 200,000 new jobs in that economically depressed region of the state.
But the data does not support that outcome; jobs data show that job growth stagnated in upstate New York during her eight years in office, with manufacturing jobs significantly dropping by up to 25 pertcent.
The author cites a chart from the New York State Department of Labor showing that 117,000 jobs were created in upstate New York during Clinton’s time in office. However Markon also wrote, “Bureau of Labor Statistics has the most authoritative jobs numbers and multiple analyses of its data for New York show that region of the state lost jobs during Clinton’s first term.”
The Washington Post article says, “The Public Policy Institute found jobs in Upstate New York grew by 0.2 percent and manufacturing jobs fell by 24.1 percent during Clinton’s senate tenure.”
“To her credit, she really did focus on economic development upstate as a focus and as a purpose,’’ said David Shaffer, former president of the Albany-based Public Policy Institute, which compiles New York jobs data. But Shaffer and other experts faulted Clinton for setting an unrealistic goal by promising to create 200,000 new jobs in a region struggling to retain existing positions.
“As soon as I heard that, I thought, ‘Okay, some D.C. consultant sat around with focus groups to figure out what would sound good. You wouldn’t make a promise like that if you had seriously looked into it,’’ Shaffer said.
During the 2006 Senate campaign stop, Hillary Clinton was forced to defend her record on job creation and her promise to create 200,000 jobs in upstate New York, blaming her failures on Bush, not on her unrealistic goals.
Trump promises that electing Hillary Clinton means more years of tired political rhetoric that seeks to label us, divide us and pull us apart.
In recent remarks to the Detroit Economic Club, Trump repeated the words of New York Post columnist Steve Cuozzo as an endorsement on how he can and will help revitalize the beleaguered city that was once a center for the automobile industry and American ingenuity.
The Motor City, as it was once named, has suffered from the very same global competition that Donald Trump speaks out against, as most of the auto production has moved out of Detroit in search of more business-favorable environs.
As a result of the loss of the city’s main source of labor and income, the city is in a state of urban decay, local crime rates are among the highest in the United States, and vast areas of the city are in a state of severe urban decay.
Speaking of Clinton’s past record on job creation and urban renewal, Trump said, “Compare that to my record. In a recent New York Post article by Steve Cuozzo, ‘How Donald Trump Helped Save New York City,’ the paper writes that I, and this is a direct quote ‘waded into a landscape of empty Fifth Avenue storefronts, the dust bowl mugging ground that was Central Park and a Wall Street area seemingly on its last legs as companies moved out … almost by force of will [he] rode to the rescue.
“Expressing rare faith in the future, he was instrumental in kickstarting the regeneration of neighborhoods and landmarks almost given up for dead,’” Trump said.
“This is what I want to do for our country. I want to jumpstart America.”