During his address to the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Thursday, Donald Trump pulled no punches in his portrayal of America’s current state of affairs. The Western Center for Journalism is covering the three-day gathering in Washington, D.C. and is reporting the analysis by Trump and many other prominent speakers.
Real unemployment, the famed entrepreneur and former Republican presidential candidate estimated, is as high as 22 percent. Dishonest calculations, however, suppress the real results of Barack Obama’s disastrous economic policies.
“When you give up looking for a job,” he explained, “it’s like they consider you employed.”
Americans are waking up to the truth, however, as Obama’s approval ratings hit all-time lows.
“I’d love to see him do a great job … but we all know it’s not going to happen,” Trump said, concluding that “we’re getting into Jimmy Carter territory.”
America does have incredible untapped potential, he insisted; but it will take a concerted effort among patriotic Americans to secure a bright future for this nation.
“Somebody said, ‘Who is your audience?’ These are people that love the country, that want to see it be great again. It’s that simple,” he said.
As a pivotal midterm election approaches, Trump expressed confidence that the Republican Party will win back the U.S. Senate. He is also optimistic about the 2016 presidential election; however, he said the years following that cycle will be very trying for the country.
“If you look and study it like I do,” he said, “all of the problems are being deferred to the year 2016 after the election. I don’t know how the Republican leadership is allowing that to happen.”
He shared a common concern among economists that the years of 2017 and 2018 could usher in an “economic catastrophe” as the policies of the Obama administration are fully implemented.
“Whoever’s president, good luck,” he said. “You’re going to have to be smart.”
America currently has a surplus of problems, he said, and a dearth of leadership. He pivoted to Obama’s abysmal foreign policy, touching on the upheaval in Ukraine. Just as Russian President Vladimir Putin targeted the economic center of the Crimean peninsula, he said attacks on American economy are threatening this country.
Instead of “rebuilding and rebuilding” schools and roads in Afghanistan, he concluded the money would be much better spent on similar projects in the U.S.
“We’re becoming a third-world country,” he said.
Trump mentioned several issues that must be addressed immediately, including America’s porous borders and lax immigration policy.
“We either have borders or we don’t,” he said.
While he conceded that “ObamaCare has to be changed,” he criticized some Republicans who want to strip Social Security benefits — as well as those who are targeting Medicaid and Medicare.
“I want to make this country so strong and so rich and so powerful,” he continued, that those programs remain solvent for those who need them most. Polling suggests, he said, that even the most conservative Americans want to maintain these programs, even as some GOP leaders are campaigning on a platform to radically decrease their funding.
“How the hell do you get elected when you want to do that?” he asked.
He insisted that addressing and preventing fraud within those programs, however, should be a priority.
In the end, he said America’s future is in the hands of its leaders, urging voters to support those who will fight for our constitutional values.
“We have so much potential,” he said. “We need to use it.”
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