Re: Speculation on what to expect now
I will go on record and say it. I believe Trump will govern like the New York Business man he is, and a guy who backed Hillary 12 years ago. Pretty much a moderate Democrat.
Meaning he will favor business and be somewhat conservative when it comes to wall street.
He probably won't balance the budget but will give lip service to it, and do some things late in his term if he lasts 8 years when he doesn't have to get re-elected. Kind of like Clinton did, and NJ Governor Christy is doing now. (If we stay on this course the budget will be balanced in 20 year, knowing full well no one has any intention of staying the course). No one with any power will care.
He will favor wall street about the same as Hillary would have, less regulations, allow more corruption as long as it doesn't get out of hand and people are making money.
He will be more liberal when it comes to social issues, gay right and such and will probably mostly stay away from them.
He will not touch any of the Republican's holy grails though such as gun control.
We may get a late term abortion ban which from what I hear is pretty common in Europe. The media will act like it is a full ban on abortions. Non-Conservative Woman will be worried for about a week.
No Muslim Ban, but will talk tough and be called racist. Muslims though rarely affected, except for the unlucky ones who bump into the mentally ill, will be scared, the media will have many interviews with them talking about their fears, Americans by and large won't care.
Obamacare will be repealed but the things people like about it like preexisting conditions will still exist. The rest will be health savings accounts and such, this will won't work in the long run also. This won't matter though because this will only affect the poor and Americans only care about the poor as much as it affects their wallet. So as long as working Americans premiums don't go up too much they won't care.
There will be no wall except for some symbolic area, but we will have comprehensive immigration reform of the kind that moderate republicans are proposing. The far right will rail against this for about 3 months, and vote for him again.
No large scale wars.
No tariffs though better deals for USA as far as treaties go. This will last for a few years then the House and Senate will slip something in a bill at the last minute to change it back for there business friends when no one is looking. People will complain, life will go on.
The deficit will go up. A very few people will complain, eventually this will come to a head, I hope after I am gone from this earth. Whomever we owe money to is never getting paid. Ever.
No major government reform like term limits for example (the swamp will stay just as swampy as it ever was and grow).
No pulling out of NATO, though we may not have to pay as much for it.
He will favor the police and be "tough" on crime. (he will be called a racist for this but most Americans want to support cops and this will not hurt him at all, also most white Americans have little empathy for black Americans reasonable ambivalent relationship with police, nor do they care). It also won't effect anything one way or the other, just like Obama hasn't effected anything when it comes to this. It's just posturing.
Conservative Judges but not as conservative as the far right wants. Roberts who didn't stop Obamacare comes to mind. Though every judge will be presented by the media as as far right as Hitler.
Far left progressives will be in the streets for the next 4 years calling him a racist and stupidly also anyone supporting him by proxy, they will generally look weird and occasionally riot. Because of this unless we get another recession or a scandal (not talking about divorcing his wife because he has a mistress kind of scandal) he will win a second term.
So the only difference from Hillary will be Obamacare, Late term abortion, judges who are not as left as Ginsburg (but not Scalia either), and giving lip service to the Cops as apposed to BLM. Because he is not Hillary there will be no blatant double standards, less arrogant or better at hiding braking the rules. No Bill Clinton sleaziness. No identity politics and Social justice bragging ever 10 minutes. Much less media cheer leading and phoniness. Instead we will get to see the media in full on progressive hate mode without the pretense of being fair and balanced, unless it's Fox or Bretbart who will be the opposite. Trump will lash out and put his foot in his mouth about once a week. And everything he says no matter how irrelevant will twisted as sexiest and racist by the media. The few racist and sexist things he does say will be totally ignored by most of the country who could care less about that or will just get used to it.
So mostly the same.
Last edited by sokillme; 11-12-2016 at 04:21 PM.