What do you make of President Donald Trump?

What do you make of President Donald Trump’s style and agenda? Do you view him as an ally, a breath of fresh air in a capital that needs to be shaken up? Or as volatile, dangerous and out of his depth? Or something in between? What would your role be in working with or against him?

President Trump may have good intentions.  Many of the promises he made on the campaign trail sounded like his commitments were for all of us.  But in this chaotic approach to governance more basic priorities seem to have won the day.  Those priorities are enriching the wealthy at the expense of the poor and middle class.  His refusal to disclose his taxes and his income keep the public from knowing how he may be enriched by the tax reform that he is signing into law.  The White House should not be used as a place to enrich one’s self.

His lack of confidence in the intelligence community is an insult to some of our best and most dedicated public servants.  If there is nothing to hide, there should be an open book approach to these investigations.  More officials have compromised themselves when they have tried to avoid scrutiny than when they have faced investigations openly.

Where President Trump is willing to work on programs that offer real support to working Americans, middle class Americans who are sacrificing for a better future for their families, poor and vulnerable people who look for opportunities to get ahead, children who have a better, brighter future when they have help with healthcare like the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Early Childhood Intervention, offering support for vocational, college, and university tuition,  affordable access to healthcare so that people can take responsibility for their health and well being, and continuing support for hunger programs that help veterans and the elderly have food that sustains them, I will work wholeheartedly with him to see that these things are done.  My opponent, on the other hand, would oppose every one of these measures, even if promoted by the President, and fights hard against every program that doesn’t in some way singularly enrich his wealthy donors.  As we support the working men and women of the United States, we will all prosper, rich and poor alike.

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