An Open Letter to President Trump – From Someone Who Voted For Him

Donald Trump

Author: Michael Bove

Dear President Trump,

Congratulations are in order. After years of Democratic control, you led the Republican party in taking back control of the White House, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate. Not only did Republicans regain control of the federal government, we control a majority of state governments as well.

On the economic front, consumer confidence has spiked since you won the election. Americans have a new-found confidence in our economy, which will almost certainly translate into economic growth as consumers begin spending again. You have also personally intervened to save thousands of American jobs, even before you were sworn into office. During your first few weeks in office, you have also slashed regulations and began work on a new tax code that will encourage economic growth and lower taxes for nearly every American. As a finance major and investor in the U.S. stock market, I must also thank you for winning since after your victory, the S&P 500 has climbed over 10% in just a few months. This has created billions of dollars in wealth for not only the top 1% but also for every american with a retirement account.

Regarding our justice system, you fulfilled a campaign promise of appointing a conservative justice to the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation has ended the issue of having an incomplete Supreme Court. I believe that Judge Gorsuch has demonstrated that he believes in following the Constitution instead of wrongfully re-writing it.

Just a few days ago you designated May 14-May 20 as “Police Week.” In additional to this, you shined a blue light on the White House in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day (unlike President Obama). As the nephew and grandson of several police officers, I am thrilled to see that there is a President that will finally support and defend our police officers who have sacrificed so much to ensure that our communities stay safe.

Mr. President, you have done a number of really good things for this country so far. However, there are a number of things that you really need to work on and change.

Firstly, I want to comment on is your executive order that temporarily banned travel from several Middle East countries. Now while I agree with the idea of temporarily banning travel from terrorist hotspots, this executive order was rushed and not effective. I understand the idea of quickly wanting to protect the country but, in the end, not even our own airport security personnel knew how to implement your order. This caused mass chaos and eventually your executive order was even struck down by the courts who felt that your own administration did not demonstrate an adequate need for such action.

Now, to be fair, I understand that there is a difference between running a company and running a country. When you were the CEO of your company, you were only accountable to yourself and you got to make the rules without any oversight. But as President, there are other factions, such as the court system, that you will need to work with to ensure that your orders are successful and legal. Not everything can just go how you want it to and how you say you want it to, there are procedures that need to be followed.

I am immensely concerned with how you handled the firing of former FBI director James Comey. There is no question that you had every right to fire Mr. Comey, as The Liberty Bell has discussed in a previous blog post however, he and his staff were informed of the firing by seeing a news program on television. Regardless of how effective you believe he was at his job, I believe it is inappropriate and immature to fire someone in a way where they find out your decision from a television report. Although Trump issued Comey a “sick burn”, it was unorganized and demonstrates poor leadership.

While writing this article, it appears that your administration has become embroiled in yet another political misstep. According to several news outlets, “an anonymous source” reported that you revealed classified intelligence on ISIS to the Russian Ambassador. The information was said to be so heavily classified that some of our allies did not even have access to it but now the Russians, who aren’t exactly our best friends, do have access to it. What is even worse is that we do not even know the true scope of the incident. Your National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, made a statement saying that no classified information was revealed at the meeting but you, in a tweet, explained that you had “the absolute right to” reveal classified information to the Russians. Which is it? Did you reveal classified information or did you not?

Mr. President, it seems that your administration is in chaos and not even your top advisors know what is true and what is false. In order to move forward, I think the best course of action is to begin acting as a leader and stop sending vague tweets that can be misconstrued and make the American people question you and your administration. Your tweets, while necessary in communicating with your supporters during the campaign season, are now creating confusion and miscommunication. Also, it might be wise to consider cleaning house. Your advisors (Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon) seem to be wholly incapable of allowing you to make the transition from running a successful real estate empire and a successful presidential campaign into running a successful presidential administration. Furthermore, your Press Secretary (Sean Spicer) is unable to contain and dispel false reports and distortions coming from a variety of news outlets.

Overall, I would give you a solid B- on your administration so far. I hope that moving forward, you learn to take constructive criticism from not only the left but from your own supporters too. After all, it’s difficult to realize you’re not doing an A+ job if you are not taking these criticisms seriously in order to fix the issues at hand. You have done many good things but there are a number of significant areas that need improvement in order for you to run an administration that will “Make America Great Again.”




Trump vs. Taxes: What Americans Should Really Be Frustrated About

Author: Matthew Bird

Donald Trump probably does not pay the federal income tax. So what? Of course this has not been revealed yet, but what other reason does he have to hide his tax returns? He is just one of the many billionaires who choose not to pay the personal income tax that is nothing to blame him for. The tax code sucks. A large percentage of Americans are not paying federal income tax. What can we do about it?

The Tax March Day that is now being organized in over 200 communities that have brought to light something that has been otherwise forgotten since the election. Trump is the first GOP Presidential nominee in 40 years to not release his tax returns. It is not a requirement, but a tradition set by politicians to prove their financial wellness and that they have nothing to hide financially. President Trump claims he can’t release his tax returns because he is being audited. However, there is no law or code that prohibits publishing tax returns under an audit. Trump and his campaign team decided that he would be better off to not release these taxes although, the president has admittedly paid second to nothing. He cheated a system that most politicians admit needs fixing.

The Federal Tax Code is over 4 million words and around 97 thousand pages. It is the most complicated tax system in any modern country. One study had a middle class family’s financial statements brought to 40 different reputable accounting firms, each individual firm had the family paying a different amount in taxes. The fact of the matter is, not even individual experts in the field of taxes understand it in its entirety and there is no possible way to. This tax code grows in size and complexity every single year and no politician’s first concern is total reform of this system. The current federal tax code is way beyond fixing as it is a failed document.

Although I feel like no politician is overly concerned with this matter, I have my own ideas. One is the total elimination of the Federal Income Tax. This tax has outlived its primary purpose to begin with which was to raise funds for the war. World War II to the best of my knowledge is over. Why is this system still in place? It is probably the same reason why the NSA is still in place after the Cold War and why provisions of the US PATRIOT Act are still in place after 9/11. Once you create a monster in government it is ten times more difficult to destroy that monster which is why the Federal Income Tax has long outlived its purpose. It would make much more sense to use a consumption tax. It would make the rich pay more, as they naturally consume more than a lower class citizen. No one would have to take time out of their productive lives to do taxes. I believe the economy would be much more efficient this way.

I think that it is important to look now at Donald Trump. Why should I care if he chooses to pay less taxes? I would much rather pay $10,000 in taxes than $10 billion. I would hope that most Americans would make that decision as well. Society works best when people are greedy. Greedy people create competitive open-market transactions which lowers prices and ultimately benefits consumers like you and I. Why then are liberals getting mad at Trump for not paying/releasing taxes? They do have the right to be angry, but not at a man who is trying to maximize profits. Get mad at the Federal Government!

The Federal Government is the one who allows people, like President Trump, to cheat their taxes. The top income earners are not paying their fair share and the Federal Government is doing absolutely nothing about it. It is finally time that America gets a tax system that works for everyday citizens, makes more than 55% of Americans pay taxes, and makes the rich pay up. When it comes down to it the poor, middle class, and rich should all be contributing their fair share into tax system. This is one of the “elephants in the room” of politics and hopefully Tax Day and the Tax March will finally make Americans reflect on this issue.