Forums - Politics Discussion - 21 Broken Promises of Donald Trump

1. Cut taxes for middle class and make the rich pay more.

Reality - After passing the new tax laws, he told a group of rich friends at Mar-A-Lago, "You all just got a lot richer."
According to the Tax Policy Center, by 2027, the top 1% will receive 83% of all the reduced taxes while the bottom 53% of all Americans will pay more in taxes.

2. Cut special interest loopholes.

Reality - His tax laws retained all of them.  Including the infamous "carried interest" loophole that benefits real estate developers and hedge fund managers.

3. Replace Obamacare with something "beautiful".

Reality - It was replaced with nothing and now 13 million people will lose healthcare this year and 23 million by 2026 according to the Congressional Budget Office.

4. Invest $1 trillion in infrastructure.

Reality - After the tax cuts, no money was left to invest.  His current plan is just $200 billion.  1/5th what he promised. 

5. Drain the Swamp.

Reality - He has brought in more billionaires, lobbyists, corporate lawyers, CEOs and Wall Street investment bankers than any administration in history.  He's also heavily populated departments and regulation agencies with former heads of companies from the very industries they are supposed to regulate.

6. Run government like an efficient business.

Reality - More departures in the first year than any president in history by far. The dysfunction and internal mistrust are at historic levels.

7. Bring down prescription drug prices.

Reality - Not only have prices not gone down but most have gone up.  20 major prescription drugs have even seen a 200% increase in price since Trump took office.

8. Ban on foreign election financing.

Reality - Not only has this not changed but he literally solicited foreign financing.

9. No cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Reality - All 3 are now fair game to help pay for the tax cuts.

10. 6 weeks of paid maternity leave for mothers whose job does not provide it.

Reality - Tax cut killed this initiative and what is left is being pushed onto the states to handle..

11. Label China as a "currency manipulator".

Reality - Not only has he rescinded this designation but he's bow starting a trade war all while praising their new law to make Chinese president Xi Jinping president for life.

12. Promised not to bomb Syria.

Reality - He bombed it just a few days after saying he wouldn't.

13. Mexico will pay for the southern border wall.

Reality - Then he said Mexico will pay for it with increased tariffs on goods exported to the US.  Then he said Congress will fund it.  Now he wants the military to pay for it with the increased funding he gave them.

14. Sue his sexual misconduct accusers.

Reality - He's not suing them because he knows the truth will come out. And we've all seen how this has played out with new accusers and affairs.

15. Claimed he'd be too busy to take vacations/go golfing.

Reality - 1 out of every 4 days has been spent on one of his golf properties and at great expense to tax payers which he profits from.  This cost to tax payers is exacerbated by the security required for his family that travel a lot.

16. Force companies to keep jobs in the US and apply consequences for offenders.

Reality - Even companies he campaigned from like Carrier and GM have still sent jobs to foreign nations with no consequences and a massive tax break.  Further, Carrier's parent company has been awarded 15 new federal contracts since announcing plans to move 1,000 jobs to Mexico.

17. Bring thousands of jobs to the coal industry.

Reality - 6 coal based power plants have closed/converted to other fuels since Trump took office and there are filings for another 40 plants to do the same in the next 3 years.

18. Protect and add jobs to the steel industry.

Reality - Steel imports were up 20% since he took office.  And his steel tariff is expected to hurt dozens of other industries thereby doing for more harm than good.  China just announced billions in response tariffs.

19. Make America safer.

Reality - 3 of the worst mass shooting sin US history took place in his first year.

20. Said he'd release his taxes.

Reality - We're still waiting.



Bonus: Eliminate national debt in 8 years.

Reality - His budget is now at a $1 trillion per year deficit.  Our debt will now reach nearly $30 trillion in 8 years.

Last edited by SpokenTruth - on 02 April 2018

Massimus - "Trump already has democrat support."

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I do appreciate the sentiment of this thread, but I think it'd be much better if you linked to his quotes, along with the news of the broken promises.



SpokenTruth said:

10. 6 weeks of paid maternity leave for mothers whose job does not provide it.

Reality - Tax cut killed this initiative.

Don't know about any of the rest, but Americans don't have paid maternity leave by default? That really sucks for you guys, it's just a standard thing here in the UK.



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VGPolyglot said:
I do appreciate the sentiment of this thread, but I think it'd be much better if you linked to his quotes, along with the news of the broken promises.

That's coming.  Had to separate it out for now.



Massimus - "Trump already has democrat support."

Ka-pi96 said:
SpokenTruth said:

10. 6 weeks of paid maternity leave for mothers whose job does not provide it.

Reality - Tax cut killed this initiative.

Don't know about any of the rest, but Americans don't have paid maternity leave by default? That really sucks for you guys, it's just a standard thing here in the UK.

In the USA it's up to the employer on whether they want to give their workers paid maternity leave or not.



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Ka-pi96 said:
SpokenTruth said:

10. 6 weeks of paid maternity leave for mothers whose job does not provide it.

Reality - Tax cut killed this initiative.

Don't know about any of the rest, but Americans don't have paid maternity leave by default? That really sucks for you guys, it's just a standard thing here in the UK.

There are many things that Europeans have by default that Americans don't.  Maternal leave, paid vacations, medical care, etc...



Massimus - "Trump already has democrat support."

'run government like an efficient business' -
in my three year experience working with major coorperations, terrifyingly few of them are effeciently, let alone proffessionally run.

Most of them seem to be mainly run by crippingly insecure people, who get their little power trips by trying to control and boss around everyone around them, with little to no actual oversight or planning involved.
Then any good Idea they ever have get's discussed in a multitude of meetings with equally insecure people. all striving to dominate each other, until it is diluted down to the most boringly commom denominator, and becomes barely reconizable shell of itself.

While it is a pretty mortifying, growing up and realizing that basically everyone is just winging it and that a large amount of the people running this shit are morons, it's also a little comforting to know that you're not the only person winging it.

Anyways, running a government like any business sounds terrifying to me.



Trump made some very grand promises. He has to deliver on some of the bigger ones eventually. I know he'll blame congress but he has the benefit of a same-party congress so that won't deflect everything.

Right now, he's spending money on his pet projects while cutting taxes and with no real way to replace that revenue. He's got to do something about that, balancing the budget is a major point for his presidency.

"Draining the swamp" was as empty a campaign promise as has ever existed. This one can't be defended at all.

The bottom line is that Trump has a bunch of pivotal campaign promises that it doesn't look like he'll keep. Most of those can't be called "broken" yet but they are certainly trending in that direction. It's still possible for some of them, assuming legislation is being worked on behind the scenes.

It's going to be interesting to see if he's able to turn things around before the next election.



The one that gets me more than it should is the border wall. He damn near built a campaign off of Build the Wall and Mexico's gonna pay for it, and his silly base fell for it. How did he actually believe the words that were coming out of his mouth?



All your whining changes nothing. HE is YOUR President. Not one of your 'findings' affects your life in the least. Your blind hatred actually hurts your own country. We survived Obama, and you'll survive Trump.