Hate him or love him, the 45th president of the United States of America is here with us and he has a gift for everyone. For his supporters and those who love him, you are all “terrific!” and “fantastic!” The rest wait for his “tremendous” tweets coming live and direct through @realDonaldTrump to know where you belong.
Nevertheless, regardless of which side of the divide you fall you will all be served with the same economic policy changes from the man in the Oval Office; at least for the next 4 years.
In his inaugural speech, President Trump addressed the world; and he had one very clear message to all of us both the developed world and the developing dependents. His message came both as a warning and free advice from a big brother.
This is what Trump told you if you were not listening keenly:
“We assemble here today issuing a new decree to be heard in every city in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only AMERICA FIRST, AMERICA FIRST. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.”
In essence, big brother is saying that you need to toe the line and check your dependency syndrome (a good thing). Trump says enough is enough and its time you grew up to stand on your own feet and not look up to him for free support:
“We have defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own. And spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon…But that is in the past and now we are looking only to the future.”
As a sovereign country, President Trump has the responsibility to protect and develop the US for the benefit of the US people. Knowing that you might start terming him selfish and dictatorial, POTUS had this to add:
“We will follow two simple rules, BUY AMERICAN and HIRE AMERICAN. We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow.”
Big brother does not wish you bad, he only wants you to learn “The Art of The Deal” and sit on the negotiating table as equals. He wants to collaborate with you, but only when he stands a chance to benefit; and that is the perfect thing to do in business. In a meeting with business leaders in the US, Trump made it clear that there is nothing like Free Trade; he advocates for Fair Trade where we have a give and take transaction – another perfect thing in business.
Although in some aspects President Trump has alluded to protectionist strategies to grow the US economy (a flawed economic assumption), much of what he promised in his inaugural speech resonates well with the US people – (assuming it is not pure political rhetoric). He promised jobs, taking back manufacturing to the US, developing infrastructure and ultimately “Making America Great Again!”
Trump’s promise to the American people was:
“America will start winning again, winning like never before. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams. We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.”
While his promise to the US people is “terrific”, Trump seems to be subscribed to the populist ideologies which led to the Brexit in Europe last year. But let’s not get this twisted; like he clarified, “IT IS THE RIGHT OF ALL NATIONS TO PUT THEIR OWN INTERESTS FIRST.”
Meanwhile as we wait to see which economic policy changes Trump makes within his first 100 days in office, let’s be braced for a new world economic order that is pegged on the old fair principle of “YOU DO ME, I DO YOU.”