The Progressive Populist: What Is the ‘Trump Fix’?

The following is an excellent article written by Jim Hightower on the Common Dreams website on December 21, 2016 which was published in The Progressive Populist on February 1, 2017 on page 3 titled “‘What is the ‘Trump Fix’?” and I quote:

“What Is the ‘Trump Fix’?”

“Far from ‘draining’ the Washington swamp,” writes Hightower, “Trump is turning it into an exclusive Jacuzzi for the rich.” (Photo: Heinz-Eberhard Boden/flickr/cc)

In Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, it was his frequent, unbridled slaps at Wall Street elites and arrogant, job-busting corporate executives that gave him the “populistic” patina he needed to win. But wait a minute: Who are those guys escorting The Donald into the Oval Office?

Oh, my God, they’re Wall Street elites and arrogant corporate executives! Trump campaigned on the theme of remaking Washington by “draining the swamp” of pay-to-play corporate favoritism and cronyism. But those swamp critters are the very ones who are buying favors from the president-to-be by putting up tens of millions of dollars to pay for his inaugural extravaganza and his transition operation.

The transition team itself, which is literally shaping and staffing our next national government, is a viper’s nest of pay-to-play corporate interests. The teams setting up the various agencies and writing their agendas are dominated by top operatives from anti-worker corporations and from the same Wall Streeters whose casino-style speculation crashed our economy in 2007 and crushed the middle class. Now they are on the inside, deciding who will fill more than 4,000 executive positions and run our government.

Some 850 of these corporate high rollers and lobbyists huddled with Trump early this month for a fundraiser at a posh Manhattan restaurant to pay for putting together his government — and theirs . The room was filled with moneyed elites, such as Paul Singer, the hedge-fund billionaire and extremist laissez-faire ideologue. These are not people who are going to finance any sort of working-class populism; they instead intend to use The Donald’s victory to impose a plutocracy over America.

Pay-to-play is already in full effect, and Trump hasn’t even spent his first day in office. His inauguration is just another opportunity for the plutocrats to buy their way into Donnie’s favor. Of course, Trump had to bring in one of his longtime pals to help him plan such an elite affair. Few Americans have ever heard of Tom Barrack, but he’s going to be a big, behind-the-scenes player in Trump’s Washington.

Indeed, Barrack’s literally in charge of parading The Donald into the White House. He chairs the presidential inaugural committee, overseeing everything from numerous balls to the swearing-in. The four-day affair will, of course, be a Trumpian Spectacular, yet Barrack insists it won’t be outlandishly tacky. “The president-elect,” says Barrack, “wants this to be about the people.”

Sure, Tom — people like you and the other billionaires that serve on the committee.

Barrack is a speculator who runs a myriad of Wall Street funds, real estate ventures, luxury resorts and casinos. Some of the other billionaires who serve on the committee are coal baron Joe Craft, fracking pioneer Harold Hamm, Gail Icahn (wife to investor Carl Icahn) and casino moguls Steve Wynn, Phil Ruffin, Sheldon Adelson and Adelson’s wife, Miriam. Unsurprisingly, their idea of “the people” turns out to be those privileged ones who will buy the premium inaugural tickets that include access to His Excellency, Trump himself. Those tickets start at $25,000. But that only gets you into the bleacher seats out in right field. For the platinum seats up in the luxurious owners’ suites, the price is a cool million bucks.

What does that buy? An “intimate dinner” with the new vice president, Mike Pence; four tickets to a “ladies luncheon” with Melania Trump and Karen Pence; an elegant “candlelight dinner” with The Donald and his sidekick, Pence; admittance to the black-tie inaugural ball with Trump, Pence, Cabinet officials and other governmental big shots; four tickets for priority seats at the official swearing-in; and priority booking at select hotels — so you won’t have to mingle with commoners.

Barrack expects to raise a record $75 million from corporations and fat cats wanting to endear themselves to the Trumpster.

Trump declared in his campaign, “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.” Yeah — and now we know the price for being in on “the fix.” Far from “draining” the Washington swamp, Trump is turning it into an exclusive Jacuzzi for the rich.

Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow. Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be – consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

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(This is a great article and the way I feel as well mainly because I can’t see why he had to hire so many billionaires. There must have been some good millionaires that are better qualified than those billionaires. It takes awhile to make your money honestly without using all those tax loopholes, which is something any good president and Congress must eliminate if they are ever going to bring in enough revenue to run our country and to get out of debt like Bill Clinton did when he left office. Remember what George W Bush said when he took office after Bill Clinton–“we had surpluses, as far as the eye can see.” Since, I believe there is nothing wrong with that, why didn’t an honest conservative keep a rainy-day fund? Rather than giving it back and getting our government right back in debt again. Looks to me like Pres Trump will do the same thing Bush-Cheney did. Rather than draining the swamp, he’ll make it worse because the Republican-controlled Congress will just give those alligators more food so they can eat the 99% quicker. All I’ve ever seen the Republicans do is lie a lot. They say they are going to make the country greater but it ends up a disaster because they are always feeding the billionaires who want to become an oligarchy.

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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I'm a retired dairy farmer that was a member of the National Farmer's Organization (NFO). Before going farming, I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force where I saved up enough money to get my down payment to go farming. I also enjoy writing and reading biographies and I write about myself as well as articles and excerpts I find interesting. I'm specifically interested in finances, particularly in the banking industry because if it wasn't for help from my local Community Bank, I never could have started farming which I was successful at. So, I'm real interested in the Small Business Administration and I know they are the ones creating jobs. I have been a member of Common Cause and am now a member of Public Citizen as well as AARP. I have, in the past, written over 150 articles on the Obama Blog (my.barackobama.com) and I'd like to tie these two sites together. I'm also on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook and find these outlets terrifically interesting particularly what many of these people did concerning the uprising in the Arab world. I believe this is a smaller world than we think it is and my goal is to try to bring people together to live in peace because management needs labor like labor needs management. Up to now, that hasn't been so easy to find.
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