In my last post, “Donald Trump’s Best Chance to Win in November,” I said that the best way for Mr. Trump to broaden his appeal beyond working-class whites and to have any chance of winning the presidential election is for him to endorse the reform plan, “A Better Way,” recently developed by the Republican House of Representatives.
Here is a brief and positive summary of the Trump platform so far:
- His tax plan is highly pro-growth and will not cost nearly as much as the previously advertised $10 trillion over a decade.
- He supports legal immigration and simply wants to solve the illegal immigration problem, one way or another.
- He is not opposed to foreign trade per se but wants to negotiate, from a position of strength, with countries that manipulate their currencies, steal intellectual property or compel companies to disclose trade secrets as a condition of entering their markets.
His policy proposals so described are completely compatible with the House’s “A Better Way” reform plan whose planks are:
- Poverty. Reward work. Tailor benefits to people’s needs. Improve skills and schools. Demand results.
- National Security. Defeat the terrorists. Protect the homeland. Defend freedom.
- The economy. Regulate smarter. End bailouts and cronyism. Put students and workers first.
- The constitution. Make government more accountable and more representative. Restore constitutional checks on spending.
- Health Care. More choices and lower costs. Real protections and peace of mind. Cutting edge cures and treatments. A stronger Medicare.
- Tax reform. Simplicity and fairness. Jobs and growth.
These guiding principles are being fleshed out into complete policy documents. They do indeed represent a better way forward for our national government. Donald Trump could do far worse than to endorse this comprehensive reform plan developed by the House Republicans. It would show that he is serious about “Making America Great Again.”