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[trumpəˈdāSH(ə)n/] (noun): 1. A feeling of fear or agitation about the possible election of Donald J. Trump to the U.S. presidency.
Example: “The Democrats went to the polls in fear and Trumpidation.”
Synonyms: Trumpophobia, Dystrumpia, Trumplosion, Trumpublican, Trumpification.
Voting for Trump? I suspect that a majority of voters in El Paso County will do just that on Nov. 7, despite The Donald’s all-too-obvious flaws. David Brooks, for years the lonely conservative on The New York Times editorial page, has often skewered Trump. Here are a couple of excerpts from recent columns.
“[Mr. Trump is] an overflowing soufflé of crazy incompetence … Once facts are unmoored, everything else is unmoored, too. People who value humility and kindness in private life abandon those traits when they select leaders in the common sphere. Hardened by a corrosive cynicism, they fall for morally deranged little showmen.”
Right now, a Trump victory seems unlikely. According to recent polls, Trump and Clinton are tied in Utah, the reddest of red states. People from Utah may be conservative, but many of them are repelled by Trump’s character. Yet despite Trump’s many issues, he can still win.
Running against Dwight Eisenhower in 1952, then-Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson was addressing a crowd of supporters when one called out: “Governor Stevenson, you have the vote of every thinking person!” Without missing a beat, Stevenson replied, ”That’s fine, Madam, but I need a majority.”
Eisenhower and Stevenson were likely the two best-qualified presidential candidates ever to oppose each other. Ike was a great president, and I suspect that Adlai (also the Democratic nominee in 1956) would have been great as well.
So what happens to Colorado and Colorado Springs if Trump wins?
Given that Trump has no experience in government, no apparent political convictions, little knowledge of foreign affairs, military budgets, intergovernmental relations, tax policy or international trade, it’s hard to guess.
He’s apparently been willing to push the envelope on taxes to the extent that he pays little or no federal income tax — but absent full disclosure of his tax returns, we’ll never know. Does this mean that he’ll ease the tax burden on rich folk, and stick it to the 99 percent? Only Trump knows.
But let’s assume that President Trump adopts GOP policies. Here’s what might happen:
The military. The Pikes Peak region should see a surge in military spending. That could mean more active-duty personnel, more business for military contractors and more dollars circulating through the community.
The environment. Trump doesn’t believe in global warming, so if the GOP retains control of both houses of Congress he may agree to gut the Clean Air Act, remove subsidies for wind and solar power generation, revive coal and encourage oil and gas development on federally owned land.
That might delay the shutdown of the Martin Drake Power Plant, to the detriment of long-term core city development. It’s possible that Colorado’s booming wind/solar energy sector could take a big hit, but other industry sectors might benefit from less rigorous regulation.
Infrastructure funding. Tax cuts may force cuts in federal funding, as may GOP efforts to balance the federal budget. Federal transportation funding will be directed away from mass transit, but easing auto mileage standards may lead to higher gas tax revenues.
Putting the government on a diet, as Republicans dream of doing, will necessarily reduce the routine federal outlays that local governments love — matching and non-matching grant money for airport runways, homeless outreach, transportation and whatever the current administration favors.
Health care. The GOP and Trump oppose Obamacare, but it’s not at all clear what they’ll put in its place. Expect years of turmoil and uncertainty — in other words, wait two or three more years before you get sick!
Marijuana. Under Obama, the feds have generally ignored Colorado’s rapidly growing, lucrative marijuana industry, but a Trump administration might end this benign neglect. Goodbye, thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions in tax revenue, but no worries: The cartels stand ready to respond to consumer demand.
Sounds bad, but not unbearable — so why do I feel such Trumpidation? I guess it’s that Supreme Court/nuclear war/Mexican wall/unqualified buffoon/end-of-days feeling.
And to end with another Adlai Stevenson quote, “Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.”