America’s Next Leftist President: Donald Trump - The Objective Standard

Another leftist has won the White House.

Yes, President-elect Donald Trump is a leftist. He advocates policies that violate individual rights. That’s what it means to be a leftist.

Granted, Trump may not be as far left as Hillary Clinton on certain issues. But, then, neither is President Obama. As Marc Thiessen points out, Trump’s presidency will be in many ways “a third Obama term.”

Consider the evidence:

Trump promises to spend “at least double” what Hillary would have spent on new infrastructure projects. How will government pay for these projects? It will forcibly seize funds from citizens (via taxation or inflation), thus violating their rights.

Trump aims to increase the federal minimum wage by “some magnitude” so “the people” will have more money. This, of course, will increase rights violations by increasing the extent to which government forbids employers and employees to contract by mutual consent to mutual benefit. It will also increase unemployment by making more would-be employees unaffordable to employers. Wage control is a staple of the left.

So too is maintenance of entitlement programs. Here Trump promises to stop Republicans from tampering with Social Security, Medicare, or even Medicaid. He will “save” these coercive Ponzi schemes and unfunded liabilities from those who seek to wind them down. In regard to Social Security, for instance, Trump says that whereas “other people want to cut the hell out of it, I’m not going to cut it at all. I’m going to bring money in, and we’re going to save it.” Thus he aims to maintain the status quo in which government forces some Americans to pay for the retirement and health care of other Americans. In addition to perpetuating this massive violation of rights, Trump’s leftist approach to entitlements will drive today’s Americans and future generations ever deeper into debt.

As for Obamacare, Trump says he will replace it with a new scheme in which “Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now”—and “The government’s gonna pay for it.” In other words, he aims to replace Obamacare with government-funded universal health care. Whereas Obama’s gang of statists could not make socialized health care work, Trump’s gang “somehow” will. Move over, Barack—The Donald’s got this. . . .

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