Trump vowed to bring back jobs to America and start repairing an aging infrastructure. He also vowed to eradicate Islamic terrorism from the face of the earth. And at one point, he put the Washington Cartel on notice.
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.
For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
This statement, in essence, is a direct challenge to how DC runs. Public servants go in as normal citizens and come out as millionaires. President Obama and his family spent more than $85 Million of taxpayer money on family vacrations during his eight years. Others in DC also have used their power and influence to enrich themselves, and even entrench themselves in the political elite.
Trump earlier vowed that he wouldn’t even take the salary for the Presidency and also said vacations were not something he would be doing.
Trump also said “a nation exists to serve its citizens”. The nation has seen the exact opposite in recent years. Obamacare was forced through against the desire of citizens, and more and more Americans have been saddled with debt they didn’t agree. The government has assisted in bailouts for big banks and left the citizens holding the bag. George W. Bush expanded the debt from $5.8 Trillion to $10.6 Trillion. Barack Obama expanded the debt an additional 68%, to $19.9 Trillion dollars.
If Trump is serious about giving America back to Americans, the debt is just as important as jobs and securing the border.
Otherwise, the debt is not only being shouldered by this generation, but by future generations as well. Trump must commit to looking into the Federal Reserve, the holder of America’s monetary policy. This is a private bank right now that does not have any of the transparency like other government institutions. Further, when the debt ceiling comes up as a function of government, Trump must act in the interest of the country and not of politics, if he is to stay true to inaugural address.