The scene begins with a still shot of a two story house with a white picket fence. After a few seconds to set the mood, it quickly cuts to an older smartly dressed smiling gentleman, who looks at his watch and becomes serious, establishing him as a figure of authority and head of the household. Joining him at his side is a beautiful woman, who brings him his hat and suitcase, while the next cut shows three smiling children framed by the rail of the banister. The man and woman look at the children, look at each other and smile. This was, as the TV announcer tells us, is “The story of a man, his home and his family”. Now, if you haven’t seen the TV show, Father Knows Best, shot in glorious black and white, then you would be of a younger generation. Father Knows Best was a hit TV show back in the 1950s and aired for nearly a decade. Some say it depicted the “typical or ideal American post-war family”. The lead character was a strong male figure who although had faults, was seen as someone to look up to. Contrast that with today, where males on TV are portrayed as bumbling idiots, who more than likely, don’t have a job and can’t seem to do anything right.
Now, if you have been paying attention to recent news, you would have noticed that President-elect Trump has caused a stir, not only on Twitter, but in the real news as well. Not once, not twice, but many times. And what has he said that has brought not only discomfort to some, but outrage from many?
One of Donald Trump’s campaign promises was that he would bring jobs back to America, to make America great again. To this end, CNBC noted that-“Trump team and United Technologies reach agreement on keeping close to 1,000 factory jobs in Carrier plant in Indiana”. That’s right. Trump, through whatever means, has been able to save some jobs from leaving America. This comes in stark contrast to what President Obama had said back in June that — “… because some of those jobs … are just not going to come back.” In fact, if we look even closer, Obama was caught on tape mocking Trump, when he said — “(Trump) just says, ‘Well, I’m going to negotiate a better deal.’ Well, how — what — how exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And usually, the answer is he doesn’t have an answer.” With hindsight being 20/20, however, it seems that once again, Donald Trump did have the answer and the last laugh.
Of course, there are some that didn’t take the Trump win off the bat very well, and there was a flurry of news reports suggesting that somehow, Trump wasn’t as successful as he was. A quick search of google news reveals headlines like the one that Forbes wrote-“Carrier Corp.: Donald Trump Potentially Destroys Millions Of Jobs To 'Save' 800”. Or as the Los Angeles Times noted — “Trump’s Carrier jobs triumph looks more like a sham everyday”. That’s right. Not Trump the champion of the little people who gives them hope and the chance to live a better life, but Trump the destroyer.
Not one to take it on the chin without punching back, Trump tweeted — “Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!” That’s right. Donald Trump took the fight to the man who supposedly was representing the little guy. Going for the one-two, Trump then tweeted — “If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana. Spend more time working-less time talking. Reduce dues”. Which is interesting, considering that, as everyone who has been in a union knows, dues come out of the paycheck whether you want them to or not, thus reducing your take home pay and that the big union bosses get a salary many, many times bigger than the average worker. Couple this with the fact that union bosses rarely lose their jobs when downsizing, it seems as if America finally has an adult in the house, someone who is not afraid to say-“Curfew is at 10 and you will be home, or there will be heck to pay!”
Changing it up, a few days later, Donald Trump tweeted –“Masa (SoftBank) of Japan has agreed to invest $50 billion in the U.S. toward businesses and 50,000 new jobs.” That’s right. Not content with just saving jobs, Trump has somehow waved his magic wand, and poof! Just like that, considerable sums of money are to be invested and jobs will be created. In fact, Trump then tweeted-“Masa said he would never do this had we (Trump) not won the election!” Of course, the Washington Post had to somehow downplay the situation, since, as we now know, they too were summoned to Trump Tower and given a good talking to over their bad behavior during the presidential campaign. Wapo wrote that day about the-“The dubious claims about SoftBank’s investments in the U.S.” The keyword there is dubious, as in, not to be relied upon, suspect.
But, Trump didn’t stop there. He also tweeted — “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” Now, on the face of it, and for those who don’t follow these things, maybe the 4 billion dollar price tag seems ok. It is a government program at all, and it is for the President of the United States. But, let’s compare it to something else the government is building; say a state of the art B2 bomber. The B2, arguably one of the most cutting edge and yet secretive airplanes in the United States military arsenal, costs 2 billion dollars each. The B2 can fly around the world, drop bombs on unsuspecting targets and return home, all without anyone knowing about it. So, what can the new Air Force One do? Why should there be a nearly 100% increase of costs? Is the President of America flying in his new plane going to be leading the charge? Taking the B2s into battle?
And what is the left’s response to all of this? Some great intellectual debate, perhaps? Or a serious look into cost overruns? Or maybe why Trump could save jobs while Obama couldn’t? Nope, not at all. Just like a teenager throwing a temper tantrum after being told they can’t do something, Time reported that- “65 Million Americans Should Threaten to Not Pay Taxes”. That’s right. Their suggestion is to break the law. The text reads — “The approximately 65 million Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton should pledge… We won’t pay taxes to the federal government. No taxation without representation!” In that article, Time basically pitches a hissy fit, and you can almost hear the writer shrilly shouting-“when I turn 18, I am doing to do whatever I want! As he stomps off to his room, slamming his bedroom door.” Of course, the legality of paying taxes to the Federal Government is hotly debated on the internet, but just look at how well that worked out for the actor Wesley Snipes, who served 3 years for basically not paying taxes. Of course, the Democrats do have a somewhat valid point. When the US Federal Government runs out of money, it just sets the debt ceiling higher, so why should American citizens pay taxes at all?
As America enters the Christmas season, many are wondering if Donald Trump, who will be the oldest President of America when sworn into office, will be the boss he played on TV, firing those who he disagreed with or better yet, play the part of the stern yet loving authority figure that America has been yearning for, instead of the smart alec teenagers slash politicians who only have a shallow, superficial knowledge of the world.
So, what do you think, dear listeners — “Will Donald Trump be the Father that America needs?”
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