Trump or Cruz?

Perhaps it’s silly to analyze whether Trump or Cruz would be the better presidential candidate. At the moment, Donald Trump seems to have the Republican nomination sewed up just as Hillary Clinton is almost assured to be the Democratic nominee. In a face-off between the two in the general election, Hillary Clinton would almost certainly win. When making such predictions, it pays to be humble and acknowledge that in the past, political predictions that seemed almost certain ended up being very wrong. However, absent some unforeseen calamity, it’s hard to see anyone but Hillary Clinton wining the presidency.

However, let’s pretend for a moment that Trump and Cruz still have a chance of winning the presidential election. in the race for the Republican nomination, Ted Cruz has become the last hope of the Republican “moderates.” I put the word moderate in quotes, because anyone who would back Cruz is anything but moderate. His policies are as right-wing and as anti-middle class as they come. His senate colleagues hate him, and as a senator he has hit a new low in political morality.

Donald Trump, the likely nominee, is very unpredictable. His  views  shift depending on who he is talking to. It’s impossible to predict what sort of a president he would be. He is a loose cannon, but sometimes a loose cannon can come to rest in a convenient spot. There is a chance, albeit unlikely, that he would be a good president.

Ted Cruz on the other hand is a hard-nosed right-wing ideologue and would unquestionably be a lousy president who would have no one’s interest at heart except his own and that of his rich buddies. The idiotic Cruz  economic plan consists of cutting taxes to the advantage of the very rich at the expense of you and me. His tax plan is not only biased toward the rich, it seems to have been designed by someone who doesn’t know enough economics to balance a check book. “The current tax system will be abolished, while maintaining full funding for Social Security and Medicare.” Really? Where will the money to maintain Social Security and Medicare come from if their main source of funding is eliminated? Cruz doesn’t answer that question. Perhaps funding will magically appear out of the air. Maybe if I overdraw my checking account, money will magically appear from somewhere pay off the overdraft.

Donald Trump’s tax policy isn’t much better, unless you are one of the very wealthy. For example, he would eliminate the estate tax, which he refers to as the “death tax.” Only the very largest of estates pay that tax. Eliminating it would insure that wealthy families could accumulate even more wealth generation after generation at the expense of the rest of us. Of course, Donald Trump is one of the very wealthy, so it should come as no surprise that he favors tax policies that would benefit his own class. At least Trump’s tax plan has some logic to it, even if that logic is take money out of our pockets and give it to the rich.

If either of these servants of the very wealthy becomes president, average Americans can expect to their already shrinking piece of the economic pie to decrease even more rapidly.

Both of these men have in effect declare economic war on middle-income Americans without overtly saying so. Are we so dumb that we would vote for a presidential candidate whose policies would do us harm? Apparently a large minority of us are. However, I am optimistic enough to believe that most voters can see through the smoke and mirrors of the Trump and Cruz economic policies and will have the good sense not to vote for either of them.

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