Originally Posted by Hardtop Hero
And yet, latest polls show him with a 36% approval rating. That should be unheard of under a solid economy. but is shows a few things:
A. Most people who aren't blindly partisan, or idiotic understand that Trump is riding the wave of the Obama recovery.
B. That being said, wages aren't where they need to be and have been flat for 40 years for all except the super wealthy. Student loan debt, healthcare costs, cost of living, etc. is crushing for too much of this country. Trump will do nothing about this.
C. People really really dislike Donald Trump.
D. People really really really really disliked Hillary Clinton
I'm glad you mentioned student loans and healthcare. Those are great examples of big gov't doing what it always does.
Who in their right mind would be anti-education?
The gov't offered, and continues to offer, giant 200k+ student loans to people, even if they wanted to waste 4 years sitting inside of a brick and mortar classroom learning about art history. Good idea right? People in charge of the schools lobbied the gov't
and then the big money is automatically transferred to them. Now those administrators are retiring on multi-million dollar pension plans, while students (and parents) are sky high in debt. But at least they know art history. THANKS BIG GOVERNMENT!
Gov't has also been increasingly involved in healthcare for the past 40 years. Depending on how you define it, 65 to 80 percent of healthcare spending is government funded. I wonder why the prices are so high?
Medicaid started as a small program to help the 2% of people who could not help themselves. Of course, only a person who is anti-healthcare could argue with that.
A kid with down syndrome.. or a paraplegic.. well, 99% of our population (yes, including Trump voters) wouldn't mind spending a little bit of their tax dollars to a program that helped them, even if it meant some of the money would be pocketed by the people running the program.
But the high cost of good intentions followed, like it always does with gov't programs. "If person A is eligible, why not person B?" And 40 years later we have person ZZYZX eligible and.. wait for it..
Medicaid spending in 2016 was $553,453,647,756 (source)
Mylan lobbied the gov't to keep brand name Epipen in every "school" in the United States (I put school in quotes because our public schools are a f'ing joke). I know that several public schools don't allow students to bring the generic epinephrine pen to their public school, so they were forced to buy the brand Epipen. Well, if you're selling an Epipen to the gov't you might as well charge TOP DOLLAR and make record profits (which they did). THANKS BIG GOVERNMENT!
If you're selling a Hep C drug like Solvadi to the gov't, you might as well
charge $8400 per treatment.. or $84,000
Keep voting for bigger government. I'm sure they'll do the right thing with our money.