Similar position either side of the pond

While we’ve been doing Brexit and Jo Cox, the Donald’s been having his issues according to the hostile press.

First he has Lewandowski “escorted to the door” according to the Beeb, after manhandling Michelle Fields and screaming at someone. Needless to say, the normal press sees it quite differently.

Breitbart notes that there was talk of Corey L not being able to take the nomination further as campaign manager. The Donald is till being sniped at by the GOP, despite the most delegates and votes ever but he has been pretty cutting. Therefore, donors are not coming to the party unless he changes some things to make him electable.

That might be behind this but the way it comes over to me is that he came into this ready to spend a large amount of his own money because he was disgusted by both the GOP and Dems in Washington and saw the country going down the gurgler.

So while he of course wants the kudos of being Pres, it’s more that he wants to be loved by people for doing as the people have been screaming about for years now, whilst the treasonous leadership sends the country down the gurgler.

And to get to the White House, being a practical man, everything is subordinated to the task, including old colleagues. Part of that task is to have the money to make the WH. He’s struggling there.

On the other hand, he feels he can skirt around that by having a set of policies people want. Then the GOP can either claim him or not, as is their wont. He will deal directly with the people.

Hence the policies:

“We’re going to save your Social Security without killing it like so many people want to do. And your Medicare,” Trump said this weekend at a rally in Phoenix, which followed a rally in Las Vegas where he also highlighted Social Security. Trump is only starting to focus on the issue, but he’s been aware of its political potential at least since the Wisconsin primary, when he taunted conservative-movement candidate Ted Cruz and establishment rival John Kasich: “If we don’t make the country rich again, you’re going to have your Social Security cut by Cruz and Kasich.”

This is a major opportunity for Trump. Both parties have attacked Social Security and Medicare in recent years, causing panic among middle-aged Americans. 51 percent of people who have not yet retired — including 64 percent of people under 30 — doubt that they will ever get any Social Security benefits at all, even though they’re paying into the system. 66 percent of all Americans think Social Security is plagued by either “crisis” or “major problems.” 79 percent of Americans during the 2014 midterm elections wanted Social Security to be increased. 79 percent!

Trump plans to bring back revenue by reversing trade deals, which he says can bring trillions of dollars back into U.S. government coffers practically overnight. He’s also looking for revenue from other sources: He wants to keep companies in the United States by fighting corporate inversion. He wants to dig up $300 billion by allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices. He wants to cut waste, fraud, and abuse, and eliminate the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. And he wants to help small companies generate more taxable revenue by easing their federal regulatory burden.

The trouble is that half the country doesn’t want him, including the left and the establishment on both sides and as his policies are centrist, he satisfies neither GOP nor Dems, nor his own supporters by some backtracking. The theory’s good – give everyone a little of what they want, but most want everything they want. And granting concessions to those who hate him, e.g. Sanders’ supporters, is not going to bring them across.

His policies are pretty sane actually but that counts for nothing in this corrupt race, which is all about patronage and money. You can see he wants to be as fair as possible to as many as possible. That’s not really what got him the nomination – if he has it, by the way. It was bulldozing his way through, insulting the detested and so on.

Brexit would boost him, losing it makes it all the harder over there. The forces of evil will be heartened. He might just not have the money to take the race further.

Trump’s tax plan, which he rolled out during the primaries, is without question the most conservative tax reform plan since Woodrow Wilson and Congress gave us the federal income tax in 1913 — but it still rankles establishment Republicans because it goes after loopholes and tax havens for politically-connected corporations.

The Trump tax plan wipes out income taxes for poor people making less than $25,000 or married couples making less than $50,000, which exempts “nearly 75 million households,” according to the campaign, from losing a dime of wages to the federal government.

For everybody else, you get three tax brackets: 25 percent, 20 percent, or 10 percent. And for businesses, the ceiling is 15 percent for everyone.

Compare that to Ronald Reagan’s tax reform bill of 1986, which conservative hero Grover Norquist’s group Americans For Tax Reform was literally created to help push. Reagan kept the corporate tax rate at 34 percent and the top individual rate at 28 percent. Trump’s plan is much more conservative.

Trump’s plan is also markedly different than George W. Bush’s tax cuts, which gives Trump another advantage: it nullifies the biggest Obama-era criticism of Republican tax policy, that tax cuts favor the wealthy and drive up the deficit in ways that lead to disaster, like the 2008 financial collapse.

The policies are not bad – or at least they’re an attempt to be fair. UKIP’s policies are good too in areas as well as immigration. Trouble is – no one’s looking through them, Nigel is overshadowing everything and is attracting really quite appalling negative attention, personally, which means for UKIP in turn.

And that’s where it is. A certain naivety as to how to play the corruption game to advantage puts both the Donald and Nigel up against it and the only hope for both is that the people come to the rescue, circumventing the nasties. But will they do that the people? Or will they squander their chance?