Meet the new boss

Trump follows the Bush-Obama playbook

By Mark Luedtke

Anybody naive enough to believe the Trump administration would change anything meaningful from the administrations before him was mistaken. Now that he’s in office, President Trump sounds like warmonger Clinton, the candidate American voters, tired of perpetual war, rejected.

Trump adopted several of President Obama’s worst habits. Obama lied pretty much every time he opened his mouth, and so does the Trump team. Former CIA agent Philip Giraldi highlights one whopper:

“The United States is adding new sanctions on Iran over that country’s alleged misdeeds, and nearly all of those allegations are either out-and-out lies or half-truths. It has a familiar ring to it, as demonizing Tehran has been rather more the norm than not since 1979, a phenomenon that has included fabricated claims that the Iranians killed American soldiers after the U.S.’s armed interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. This time around, the administration focused on the perfectly legal Iranian test of a non-nuclear-capable, medium-range ballistic missile and the reported attack on what was initially claimed to be a U.S. warship by allegedly Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi fighters. The ship was later revealed to be a Saudi frigate.”

The U.S. has no business killing people in Yemen, or anywhere else, but it gives our rulers a phony excuse to continue escalating aggression against Iran.

Trump’s lies aren’t limited to foreign policy. Ryan McMaken observes, “Donald Trump appeared deeply confused this week as the president declared today that ‘the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years.’ Perhaps Trump confused the word ‘highest’ with ‘lowest’ since he would be far closer to the truth if he said the homicide rate in the U.S. is ‘the lowest it’s been in 47 years.’”

Both lies have the same purpose: to expand the power and spending of government, and to empower and enrich rulers at the expense of everybody else. Trump also rules by executive fiat, like Obama.

Justin Raimondo explains Trump’s foreign policy looks a lot like the fifth term of the Bush-Obama neocon warmongering, the same advocated by Clinton, whom Trump defeated by promising to reduce foreign aggression.

“Since taking office,” he writes, “Trump has proven beyond a shadow of doubt that it is indeed business as usual. The drone strikes continue. Navy SEALs have murdered dozens of civilians including an 8-year-old American girl in Yemen. Instead of withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria, Trump touts escalation of American involvement with the establishment of ‘safe zones’ to corral war refugees. He’s even turned on his supposed friend Vladimir Putin, promising an extension of sanctions against Russia on behalf of Ukraine’s regime. Time to take off the rose-colored glasses. Donald Trump is the War Party’s dream president.”

David Stockman has a message for Trump, but don’t expect him to heed it. Stockman points out that Americans are far more likely to be struck by lightening than killed by a terrorist, noting, “Trump was elected because flyover America is hurting economically. The voters of Racine, Wisconsin and Johnstown, Pennsylvania are imperiled not because of some refugees, they’re imperiled because their jobs have all been disappearing for decades.”

If this reminds you of the Reagan administration, when Reagan’s small-government rhetoric failed to become policy, you’re not alone, and the reason is the same. The Corbett Report observes, “With promises to ‘drain the swamp!’ still ringing in our ears, we have watched Trump appoint nothing but Goldman banksters, Soros stooges, neocon war hawks and police state zealots to head his cabinet.”

The same thing happened to Reagan. He appointed his handful of people to top positions, but to the lower level positions, the positions with day-to-day power, he appointed far more Bush people, because he didn’t know anybody else. Regardless of who gets elected or from which party, the same rulers and their millions of minions—the federal government officially acknowledges over four million employees, but some estimates surpass 20 million—run the government for their own benefit. That’s why elections change nothing of significance.

The only way to rein in government is to abolish entire departments wholesale, and any president who tried that wouldn’t survive long. We’re stuck with predatory government until the money runs out, but that’s coming soon.

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