You know, for some people, the most concerning thing about Donald Trump's whole speech today regarding his economic plan, about which more details will be forthcoming, because that is what you get when policy is actually an afterthought, is that he said "titties". Which is great, by the way. I can imagine his campaign team worked with him to stay on Teleprompter and advised him "Don't say anything off script, you know. Be cool." "Cool like how?" "I dunno, don't say something like 'titties'" Then, you know. Boom went the dynamite.
People think that Donald Trump is a really knowledgeable guy about business, because who isn't when one inherits oodles of cash and a real estate empire and kind of gets an Ivy League business education (although I want to see his transcripts--amirite?) and then has the benefit of favorable credit/bankruptcy laws to tide you over when you've fucked it up? He's written great books that involve business and economic things, like The Art of the Deal which was kind of written by Tony Schwartz who thinks Trump's a psychopath, and others that were partly written by Meredith McIver who is so a real person and I am not giving up on you, Meredith! You are real--it's social media that's fake. And this campaign. (But you are real!)
But there's just something about his economics speech today, demonstrations by mostly female protesters aside, that just itches to be all kinds of fact-checked. He repeated his bullshit claim that Hillary Clinton wants to raise taxes on the middle class. He tried to front that the coal industry is dying out because of regulations, when fracking is really doing it in. (Yep, just linked to the Washington Examiner. Feeling reckless today.) He tried to claim that NAFTA nearly killed Detroit, but Detroit was losing jobs throughout the 70's and 80's already and that might not even be true. He also tried to say Detroit was always controlled by Democratic politicians, but you know the Governor there is a Republican, Rick Snyder, right now, and the state legislature of Michigan is majority Republican? You know that--good for you--he didn't. (This lie-filled trash was vetted by his campaign, people. And it is absurdly sloppy.)
He claimed that the US taxes on business is absurdly high--nope, never was true. It's amazing something debunked so many times still squeezes out of his lie-hole. He inflates the jobless numbers based on some crazy metric that implies kids in school and retirees should still be considered in the workforce. Small businesses are picking up--he isn't acknowledging that trend.
If this is his argument for how his economic acumen means he is exactly the guy we need right now--then I really understand why Hillary Clinton just accepted the three debate schedule as is. If that ain't some "Come at me, bro" shit, I don't know what is. And she means it.
UPDATE: Shit, did I weirdly not omit stating that his plan is a GOP establishment wet dream of 1%-er tax cuts, ending the death tax (ahem--inheritance tax, and what's the saying? That's right, "you can't take it with you.") Also he has exactly zero job creation plans--although he said some rubbish once about doing stuff with the US infrastructure by raising bonds. Wow. As if there was no fund that had something to do with people voluntarily complying with legislation involving them contributing money to the civil welfare. Hmph. A scholar regarding the government, he is not.