Donald Trump was not our choice for president.
We expressed doubts about his qualifications, his temperament, his fitness to lead the free world.
With a recent CNN poll showing Trump about to enter office with a historically low public approval rating, it is clear that others share those concerns. Trump, as he has persisted in using Twitter to lash out at anyone who attacks or angers him, has done little to assuage those concerns.
However, on Friday, Trump will be sworn in as our nation’s 45th president. Although his methods have been unorthodox and at times, grating, if he succeeds in accomplishing some of his goals, Americans will be better off.
Trump has vowed to make better deals for America, to speak for the forgotten man and pressure American companies into bringing and keeping jobs in this country. Changes to the tax code that would lower business tax rates to 15 percent while eliminating most deductions and applying a 10 percent tax on profits held off-shore that are returned to the U.S. are part of this equation.
Another part is increased spending on America’s infrastructure and a potentially problematic pledge to slap a 35 percent tariff on vehicles and some other imported goods.
Trump also has pledged to repeal some federal regulations on business to enable economic expansion. In all, he pledges to create an economic growth rate of 3.5 to 4 percent a year and create 25 million new jobs in the next decade.
After seven years of feeble economic growth after the Great Recession’s end in 2009, we are eager for a real economic expansion. If Trump can deliver it, we suspect that most working people will be willing to look past the things he writes on Twitter.
Trump also has pledged to make immigration reforms that will secure our borders and our safety. His Day One pledge to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it is clearly part of this – though it seems both unnecessary and simplistic when compared with real legislative reforms that could address the problem.
There is also his recent promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act and still offer “insurance for everybody,” a pledge that is at odds with Republicans in Congress.
As we brace for four years of a Trump presidency, we are certain there will be more cringe-worthy moments. However, the American people wanted a political outsider who could deliver results.
If Trump turns out to be as effective as he is unorthodox, we will be better off. As his fortunes are tied, in some ways, to that of our nation at large, we hope for his success.