The speech, which was probably written for him because "deep" and "thinker" are likely not the first two words that spring to mind when you hear the name Trump, set out an agenda for what he promises to do should he be elected president.
Trump's promises were divided into three sections. The first action, he said, would "clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in
He'd start by proposing a constitutional amendment to limit congressional terms. One can safely predict that isn't going to happen because in order for a constitutional amendment to be considered for ratification by the states, it must first pass
Trump would impose a hiring freeze on all federal employees, reducing the workforce through attrition. The military, public safety and public health would be the exceptions. That's possible.
For every new federal regulation, Trump would ask that two existing federal regulations be eliminated. That might work if Trump could persuade
Trump wants to institute a five-year ban on
Trump also proposed "seven actions to protect American workers." These include his familiar promise to renegotiate NAFTA, or withdraw from it. As for the
Trump wants to list restrictions on energy producing entities and finish the Keystone pipeline, which has been blocked by the Obama administration, despite numerous studies showing there would be little or no environmental impact.
Trump would also cancel billions in payments to U.S. climate change programs and use the money to fix America's water and environmental infrastructure. Good. Polls show climate change is not high on the list of public concerns and many believe the "science" to be manipulated, even bogus.
On national security, Trump promised to "cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama." Why not? Obama did the same with many of
Trump again promised to name judges to federal benches, including the
He would cancel all funding to sanctuary cities where illegal aliens are being sheltered. And Trump would capture and deport illegal aliens who commit crimes and cancel the visas of countries that refuse to take them back. That would be popular and difficult for Democrats to oppose. He again pledged "extreme vetting" of people from countries where terrorism is a major export.
There's more, including tax cuts for corporations to create jobs and bring back companies and their tax dollars from overseas, as well as school choice to help especially poor children escape failing schools.
Like them, or not, these are substantive ideas. Is it too late for voters to digest them and possibly for those undecided, or against Trump, to swing toward him and away from the big government promises of