March 1, 2017

Trump's State of the Uniom

Many are giving President Trump high marks for his state of the union address. It was both well organized and delivered. The question is whether a speech should be considered a great  oratory if it is full of "false promises". President Trump has been known to create facts on the spot to make a point or dodge an issue.

President Trump often uses the phrase "fake news" when talking about something in the media he does not like. The question is did President Trump fill his state of the union address with fake objectives and promises so his audience, the American people, will like it and him. We have all been around people who will do or say anything to be liked or to avoid a awkward situation. Based on his history we should not take what he says at face value.

Drug addicts will say or do anything to get there next fix. There is no question he delivered the speech well. Time will tell whether much of it was just fake rhetoric. In the long run he will be judged by his actions and results. When I was grown up a phrase often used in politics was "Guns and Butter". Trump is promising both. Per Wikipedia

"In macroeconomics, the guns versus butter model is an example of a simple production–possibility frontier. It demonstrates the relationship between a nation's investment in defense and civilian goods. In this example, a nation has to choose between two options when spending its finite resources."

Trump is promising a big build up in our military, a reduction in taxes, a heavy investment in infrastructure and other expenditures to "make America great again". All of us must ask where is the money going to come from.

Jerry Maguire heard it well!



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