Why business people want Trump

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People ask me why so many business folk support Donald Trump. Well, support for any candidate usually boils down to weighing the positives against the negatives. Since the media has thoroughly displayed Trump’s negatives, here’s why so many business people in Florida voted for Trump.

First, he is a sworn enemy against political correctness, professional politicians, and the endless growth of government, and so are most business people. Americans are disgusted with career politicians from both parties who refuse to see how they have nourished a failed political establishment.

America’s confidence in its political leaders has fallen. Deep dissatisfaction exists among business people against the entrenched political class in Washington, Rs and Ds alike, who have all been complicit in allowing, for one example, the federal debt to rise above $19 trillion. People are aroused and revolting against the Beltway Crowd and the self-protectors.

Most Florida business owners and managers believe that America’s strength, leadership and hegemony in the world is declining: A fall from greatness, possibly permanently enfeebled by the current administration.

Trump gets support from many of these folks because they don’t want to take America’s decline lying down. They see the damage, they see that the world has become far more dangerous. They know that many foreign leaders perceive Obama as a feeble negotiator who abandons his allies and is unqualified to be commander-in-chief of the U.S. armed forces.

Conversely, many business people are convinced Trump will not back down from our adversaries and enemies and that he will fight for American exceptionalism. Republican business people are tired of weak national GOP leaders who do not challenge the Obama agenda.

Many Americans are deeply irritated about a lot of things and are afraid. Many are angry and more are highly agitated. After seven years of Obama’s failure to lift the country, they don’t like who’s driving the bus. They see an out-of-control government that’s asleep at the wheel when it comes to recognizing and deterring, for example, the looming threat of attack from ISIS.

Trump has had to live with financial results his whole life. Business people sign the front of checks, not the back, like a politician does, and business people feel kinship knowing that Trump plays by that standard. Business leaders are weary of supporting politicians who promise restrained spending and limited government then do exactly the opposite after they’re elected.

Further, the business community senses that Trump may be good for the markets: That he will reduce the corporate tax to 16 percent, solve the trade deficit, which could add 1½ percent to GDP, and bring about several hundred thousand permanent new jobs. Trump’s brand of “If I can do it, you can do it” is appealing to the business mind as well as the blue-collar worker.

Business people think a business guy like Trump can handle debt problems and can run a complicated and sprawling bureaucracy better than a professional politician. When Trump gets hit by the media or a political opponent, he counterpunches and fights back with a vengeance. The producing class in America likes counterpunchers because, oftentimes, that’s what they must do when the media and the left harangue and demonize them. Trump is not afraid to punch back harder, not hesitant to expose the press’s deceit.

The average business person wants immigration reform. This means deporting arrested illegals, a strong border, and a shutdown of Muslims entering the country unless thoroughly vetted. They don’t want America to be a dumping ground for poor Latin American immigrants with no job skills and whose chief goal is to join the welfare class. Many see Trump as a rough-hewn antiestablishment outsider who’s willing to call radical Islam what it is — a deadly threat — not just a JV team causing occasional “workplace violence.”

In short, Trump says what a lot of people want to hear without promising freebies and entitlements. He says what people are thinking. Trump tells people they’re right; he doesn’t tell them they need to change their minds about gun rights and man-made global warming. [Even al-Qaeda affiliates agree that Trump portrays the hearts and minds of Americans.]

In case you’re wondering, I didn’t vote for The Donald in the Florida primary — but you’ve just read why a lot of people did.

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John R. Smith

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