It has become something of a game as each day I read more news reports, blogs, posts on social media, on the topic of Donald Trump. The fact that it is another day and Trump is still the presumptive nominee of the Republican party is a fact that sends ripples throughout the entire political establishment, most especially the GOP. Trump still makes little sense and his statements are often confusing and contradictory, taking a page out of the Sarah Palin playbook.
It is no secret that Trump, like Palin before him, has no real firm grasp on positions, shuns the reading of policy papers, and pretty much changes his mind about everything, all while claiming it makes him “open-minded.” What is surprising is one of his most recent flip-flops. He has been firmly against raising the minimum wage, claiming in November of last year that it harms the economy. However, in appearances on Sunday, Trump stated on “Meet the Press”, “I have seen what’s going on, and I don’t know how people make it on $7.25…with that being said, I would like to see an increase of some magnitude, but I’d rather leave it to the states.”
When pressed by George Stephanopoulous about his apparent reversal of position, Trump stated, “Well, sure it’s a change. I’m allowed to change.” No one disputes that a candidates positions can evolve and be flexible. What is in dispute is that Trump has any kind of a coherent plan at all.
Trump also spent the weekend discussing his tax plan. In an attempt to clarify his position from Sunday, Trump on Monday said, “Now, if I increase [taxes] on the wealthy, they’re still going to pay less than they pay now.” What? Is he saying that if he increased taxes on the wealthy, they’d actually end up paying less? Trump went further by insisting his tax plan will bring “lower taxes for everybody.” Apparently, he is attempting to use Donald-speak to explain his tax proposal which will be negotiated with Congress.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Donald Trump could articulate his policy positions so that the American people can make an informed choice? I guess that is wishful thinking.