Economy Election 2016

Report: Trump Will Call for Adopting Paul Ryan’s Path to Poverty

This is probably as close to a pivot as Donald Trump will ever come, and it's a pivot in the wrong direction if he was hoping to attract disaffected liberal voters.

The Republican presidential nominee's advisers say he will unveil a new economic plan that closely mirrors the Paul Ryan budget of record.

If you like the Paul Ryan plan you’re going to like our plan,” Trump adviser Stephen Moore said at an event hosted by Politico during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Moore said the new Trump plan and the Ryan plan will overlap by about 75 percent.

The plan is likely to be released a couple of weeks after the convention in a speech at the Detroit Economic Club, said Larry Kudlow, another adviser.

There was a time when Donald Trump pretended to be a populist with calls for raising taxes on rich people like himself, but that time has ended now that he has officially been crowned at the GOP convention.

White rage and racism propelled Trump into the nomination, but their motives were cloaked by the press under the guise of "economic anxiety" or whatever euphemism you prefer for white people who blame people of color for all that ails them. That cloak is about to fall, however, as Donald Trump adopts the same supply-side orthodoxy Republicans have been running on for decades.

Trump is just another Republican who is simply more openly racist than others who came before him.

Anyone who genuinely believed in Trump's faux populism is an immense sucker.

  • Draxiar

    So far this is the only detailed policy proposal from the Drumpf camp….it’s horrific but it’s detailed.

  • Aynwrong

    In other words the big difference between Trump and the rest of the GOP that allowed Trump supporters to pretend that “both sides” are the perfect equivalent of one another has just gone poof. Forget Social Security, forget Medicare and let’s turn everything over to the free market.

    So how long before Trump comes out and gives TPP his full endorsement?

  • muselet

    Under different circumstances, it might be amusing that Donald Trump has as economic advisers two men who have spent their careers being unerringly and spectacularly wrong, and that he’s on the verge of releasing an economic plan that is a variation on Paul Ryan’s triple-distilled brew of Republican Economic Conventional Wisdom (presumably the non-overlapping 25% is Trump’s trademark addition of many, many very important adjectives and exclamation marks).

    It’s not amusing, though, because the short-fingered vulgarian is polling at something over 40% at the moment.

    –alopecia

    • Surely 40% of the voting public isn’t racist/xenophobic…surely? I do think there are those who actually believe his economic BS will actually help them. Are they incredibly naive? Yes….but that is also buttressed by the fact that they think Hillary will make things worse for them (even though we know that is demonstrably not true).

      • muselet

        It’s tribal, more than anything. ~40% identifies D, ~40% identifies R, and each of those groups will vote for their party’s nominee, full stop. For most people, there’s no weighing of policy differences, no soul-searching.

        There are some unsavory people who support Donald Trump for their own reasons, but no, 40% of the voting public isn’t racist.

        Also, most people know nothing about economics, so they’re easy to convince that a wildly wrong-headed approach to the economy is a good thing, especially after being told for so long that the GOP is The Party Of Fiscal Responsibility.

        I’d be happier if Hillary Clinton were leading Donald Trump 95%–3% (with the other 2% going to third-party and fringe candidates), but that’s only happening in the good universe, not here.

        –alopecia

  • Victor the Crab

    Yes, but…

    HILLARY!!!!!
    HILLARY!!!!!
    HILLARY!!!!!
    HILLARY!!!!!
    HILLARY!!!!!
    HILLARY!!!!!
    HILLARY!!!!!
    HILLARY!!!!!

    • That’s been about the sum of it for the Convention for the last four days, hasn’t it? And that’s probably all we will hear until November, gods help us.

      • Victor the Crab

        That’s all they have. And, quite frankly, that’s not going to get their messiah a free trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, no matter what whinny bullshit Michael Moore spews out of that sphincter of a mouth it has.