Rebuttals To Celebrities Endorsing Donald Trump, Vol. 3

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“Donald Trump will turn the United States of America around.”

In addition to the sentiment that Donald Trump “tells it like it is” and the allegation that he is best suited for the office of President of the United States supposedly on account of being a successful businessman (though the bankruptcies, labor claims and lawsuits tell a different story), another reason that some voters (including some very famous celebrities) favor Donald Trump is because he apparently is meant to be some agent of change who will “turn the country around after eight years of Obama.”

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Zoltán Báthory, guitarist, Five Finger Death Punch: “He said he will straighten out the country & if u think about it @realDonaldTrump is already delivering that promise by shooting straight (sic).”

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Gary Busey, actor: “I know him personally. I know him professionally. He’s a great guy. He’s sharp. He’s fast. He can change the country after the last eight years.”

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Loretta Lynn, country music singer and songwriter: “Trump has sold me – what more can I say? … When you’re advertising for the best, forget the rest! I just think he’s the only one who’s going to turn this country around.”

Perhaps these three celebrities, despite the fact that they each have a net worth higher than that of most U.S. citizens these days, either do not know how good they have it or perhaps are aggrieved over tax rates on top earners increasing during Barack Obama’s administration.

Of course, none of these three celebrities are taking into account that President Barack Obama, in fact, has already turned the country around. Case in point, when Obama took office in January 2009, the U.S. federal deficit stood at just over $1.4 trillion. By 2013, Obama had reduced it to $680 billion, with a projected budget deficit of $564 billion for fiscal year 2015. As of then, the budget deficit was $438 billion, significantly lower than the projected amount.

Furthermore, during the last three months of the year Obama was inaugurated, unemployment hovered around 10 percent, a little more than two points above the figure at the beginning of the year. As of July 2016, unemployment stands at 4.9 percent. By contrast, Ronald Reagan only reduced unemployment from 7.6 percent to 5.3 percent over the course of his entire Presidential term, and during that time the federal budget deficit rose from $79 billion in 1981 to $153 billion in 1989, nearly doubling in size.

On the other hand, Trump’s proposal to lower the top income tax bracket from 39.6 percent to 25 percent and the top corporate rate from 35 percent to 15 percent would add roughly $10 trillion to the $19.3 trillion national debt. His trade war with China and Mexico, along with his plan to deport undocumented immigrant workers will easily cost the United States millions of jobs.

Though Loretta Lynn, Gary Busey and Zoltán Báthory are all technically correct that Donald Trump would “turn the United States of America around,” the numbers show that staying the progressive course after eight years of growth under President Obama is the better idea rather than letting Donald Trump undo all that through taking this country in the wrong direction.

Images: Donald Trump (public domain), Zoltán Báthory (Stephen Jensen via Wikipedia) Gary Busey (Toglenn via Imgur), Loretta Lynn (Scott Schramm via Flickr).

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