Q&A Debate About President Trump
by Brent Regan
A close friend was having a debate about our President with a liberal relative. He sent me on a list of their talking point questions. I took the liberty of answering them. The questions and my answers follow. Enjoy.
Q: Rolling back clean air and water standards – why? Why do we need to go back to 1960’s to ease those restrictions?
A: They were rolled all the way back to 2008. The EPA was over-regulating to the point of bankrupting people who made and maintained a pond in their backyard. The EPA wanted to regulate every seasonal creek that eventually connected to a navigable waterway. This was clearly excessive regulation.
Q: Why was it necessary to roll back almost 100 EPA regulations?
A: Again, over-regulation was causing more harm than benefit. There were over 4,000 NEW EPA regulations under Obama. It would be absurd to think that 2.5% of those did not need to be rolled back.
Q: Why should I support a President who is trying hard to ban abortion only to please the religious right?
A: Why do you want a government that sanctions killing it’s own people? Killing of the weak and helpless for the convenience of the powerful is the argument used to justify every genocide in history. Abortions are barbaric. Abortions are not a choice, they are a way to avoid the consequence of a choice.
Q: Why did Trump block subpoenas, what was he afraid of? Why didn’t he testify as all other Presidents have before?
A: As he stated, he was preserving the Separation of Powers between co-equal branches of government. The Executive is not subservient to the Legislative branches. This is by design.
Q: Why did he block the clean vehicle emission standards put in place in CA? Republican Party is suppose to be about States rights.
A: These CA standards effect interstate commerce and had a cost greater than their benefit.
Q: Why won’t he release his tax returns?
A: His tax returns were released to the IRS and have been reviewed. Is your position that the IRS would not prosecute any tax offenses they found? Has that EVER happened? The demand to release his tax returns to the democrats is a political demand, not a legal demand.
Q: The deficit increased significantly under Trump and why aren’t Republicans concerned about this? The Republican Party is suppose to be about fiscal responsibility.
A: Yes it is a concern but what is the alternative? Wouldn’t deficits go up much faster under Bernie or Warren or…..any democrat?
Q: Why is Trump/NRA so afraid of background checks and fights so hard to allow military grade assault rifles to be available to the pubic?
A: Universal background checks establish a national database for gun owners which is a precursor to gun confiscation. In the 20th century ~150 million people were killed by their own governments (Democide). In EVERY case, gun confiscation was a precursor. “military grade assault rifles” is a myth, there is no such thing. A hunting rifle has 5X the killing power as an AR-15. The AR-15 round is designed to wound, not kill because a wounded soldier is more of a liability than a dead one.
Q: Why is it okay to belittle others in office? When is it okay to have a president make up nicknames for public officials?
A: Is it OK to have the national media constantly belittling the President? The President treats others as they treat him. The belittling started from the media since day 1.
Q: Why did Trump protect the Navy Seal and interject himself into that case?
A: The President is the Commander in Chief of the military. Shouldn’t the boss have an interest in his employees?
Q: Why is the military okay with part of their budget being allocated to a wall that Mexico was suppose to build?
A: The military is responsible for national defense and to defend against foreign invaders. A wall helps perform that function.
Q: Why is Trump/Barr interfering with the Stone case? Reeks of corruption to me
A: It was not interference to give an opinion as to appropriate sentencing. The judge agreed. Trump has the absolute power to pardon.
Q: What about fixing healthcare – something that he campaigned on?
A: You mean the legislation that the democrats and McCain blocked? He has made progress in eliminating the individual mandate and requiring price transparency, two needed steps in returning market forces to healthcare to improve quality and lower prices.
Q: Why is he eroding support for public education? Charter schools are not the answer, IMHO.
A: He supports school choice and education savings accounts. These ARE the solutions as competition is the best way to improve any system. Pumping more money into an unaccountable and failing bureaucracy where 80% of the money does NOT go to teachers is NOT the answer.
Q: Why is he tarnishing the image of the US held by our allies?
A: Did you see then rally they held for him in India? Packed stadium of 110,000 Indians all very happy to see him. They are naming streets after him in Israel. You shouldn’t let your opinions be programmed into you by the main stream media
Q: Why is it okay to run the SOTU like a daytime talk show?
A: The president listed his accomplishments and gave examples. Unless you are a fan of “The View”, the SOTU was inspirational, exactly what it should be.
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