Here is the essence of this site’s recent CliffNotes summary of the Trump presidency: “The president is more of a conservative than many of his detractors, even though his conservatism is based upon his business experiences and instincts. He is anti-regulation but not anti-government. He is pro-markets but willing to provide governmental assistance. Do his critics miss the point because they are too distracted by matters of taste and manners?” (from http://www.mecmoss.com/small-government-vs-stingy-government/ )
And here is an excerpt from Christopher DeMuth’s Wall Street Journal essay (November 18, 2017) on “Trump v. the Deep Regulatory State:” “Many readers may be puzzled that our tempestuous president should preside over the principled, calibrated regulatory reform described here . . . (that) he is comfortable and proficient in managing his own enterprise, which is now the executive branch . . He may even understand that modern presidents have become too powerful for their own good and can benefit from sharing responsibility with Congress.” Great minds think alike.
The first – and to date, the latest – U. S. president to grasp and support the Milton Friedman/William F. Buckley agenda of reduced regulation and reduced tax rates was Reagan. Remember, it was George H. W. Bush, the nation’s dirty-old-man emeritus, who set in motion the dismantling of the wondrous Tax Reform Act of 1986, and it was the winner of the Y2K Yalie v. Yalie election, “W,” who, after a promising start, ended up giving us a government so bloated, a national debt so severe, and an economy so devastated that the most leftist president in U.S. history was elected under the bizarre expectation that socialism was the key to economic recovery. And now, finally, the Deplorables have said, enough of government by Skull & Bones or Marx, how about somebody who actually knows something about real-world economics, about what it takes to grow an economy, even though he scorns political-correctness, has vulgar tastes in women, hotels, and haircuts, and communicates with the public through un-presidential tweets rather than evasive press conferences?
Turns out the most animated, vicious political battle of our time is not Democrats v. Republicans, it is Trump v. the left and right wings of the Republican Party. The president v. the flaccid Bush/Flake/McCain cabal, and the president v. the Paul/Cruz libertarian orthodoxy. Trump has offered his love to Republicans, and if they are foolish and snobbish enough to decline the offer, he will dump them and look for another bride.