World Transition In Motion? Yes! Are We Going To Continue To Lead? Not With Trump’s Retrograde Plans

By Donald A. Collins | 12 May 2024
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Are Americans hopelessly divided and is the US a democracy in decline as NY Times opinions columnist David Brooks recently claimed on WETA’s April 18th Evening News interview?

Despite the daily reports about domestic and worldwide turmoil, most Americans are experiencing a good economy and the US holds a strong world strategic position, when compared to other major countries.

Unemployment low, average wages high, freedom governed by laws vs China and Russia seems a worthy difference to keep.

Now Trump wants to take us back to isolationism, to not face the need to keep our economy progressing with government policies that create jobs and technology that enhances efficiency and environmental protection. Watching corporate embrace of AI, one knows Trump’s historical rantings against the Biden’s performance are part of his lying to get reelected and stay out of jail.

As for personal freedom, the attack on women’s health with the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision in June 2022 stemmed from Trump’s appointment of 3 ideological justices who ignored 50 years of the Roe decision and threw the country into turmoil.

The May 11th Barron’s Magazine cover story compares what creative government legislation can accomplish despite Trump’s conservative opposition which claims government intervention is socialism.

Read these quotes carefully as this a conservative paper basically saying Biden’s program is vital to maintain and will be maintained even if Trump is elected.

Heading into the fall campaign, Joe Biden needs to convince voters that the economy is looking strong and hope they look past a blight on his presidency: higher inflation and interest rates that seem here to stay.

As Donald Trump sees it, things couldn’t be worse: “On day one we will throw out Bidenomics” and reinstate “MAGAnomics,” he said at a recent rally in Freeland, Mich.

Voters in November will settle the debate over Biden’s legacy. No matter who wins, though, Bidenomics won’t be easily dismantled. And it will ripple through the economy for years.

Chalking it all up to Biden’s policies would be a stretch. His term coincided with the rise of artificial intelligence, unleashing a wave of tech investment, and the economy benefited from pent-up demand after the pandemic-induced slowdown. The economy has also proven remarkably resilient and dynamic, overcoming higher interest rates and financing costs for consumers and businesses.

Even if Biden loses in the fall, his legacy will persist. A big reason is the IRA, a law Democrats hail as the biggest climate bill in history, both for the scope of its ambition and hopes it will create long-lasting economic and environmental gains.

Despite its name, the IRA wasn’t about taming inflation. It was a climate package meant to supercharge the U.S.’s clean-energy transition. It is now benefiting many battleground and heavily Republican states—making it hard for GOP politicians to chip away or repeal it. And it is fueling growth in industries from autos to energy, subsidizing capital-intensive projects that will last well beyond the next presidency.

His lies never cease on any subject he opines about.

I know many readers don’t get Barron’s but the entire article makes clear that the retrograde mouthing of the MAGA GOP about socialism is bogus in light of the progress Biden has achieved, still largely unrecognized by too many voters who hopefully will wake up in the 6 months remaining before November 5.

Read Barron’s full vital analysis here.

In 1932 as President Hoover did nothing to help the country in deep recession, President Roosevelt took historically important steps which saved capitalism even though WW II was the engine that lifted his programs into fuller effectiveness.

Rather than fall out as the major leader of the free world and into the growing authoritarianism offered by Trump and his MAGA GOP colleagues American voters need to wake up.

If you are not mortified and frightened by Trump’s moral turpitude, you should be aware of his lack of understanding of today’s world realities. His MAGA party simply can not govern as the record so clearly shows.

Trump is the Hoover of today and while Biden will not be perceived as another FDR, historians will give him high marks if our democracy survives by not electing Trump again.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”, “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”, “On the Precipice of Political Disaster in 2024” and “Democracy at Red State Risk”.

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