By Papa Doug Manchester
America has spoken and the people’s desire for change has triumphed over the predictability of the status quo. Now, for the first time, a true capitalist is in the White House, an incredibly smart man with a big heart and an amazing family. His entire focus is on doing what is right for America, not what is politically correct.
Too many citizens of our wonderful country have felt neglected. They’ve become disenchanted with the executive government and bogged-down Congress. They’ve felt their voices have fallen on deaf ears with regards to the economy and healthcare. They don’t feel safe in a world faced with increasing terrorist attacks and want an America that’s respected worldwide. At home, they want opportunity and potential for their children and future generations to come.
For the Americans who felt secure with the status quo — including Republicans as well as Democrats — it’s time to reevaluate what the people have voted for. That includes not just the change that will occur in this nation, but the effect it will have in other countries throughout the world.
In the first 100 days, Trump will take action to make significant modifications. When it comes to the global economy, he will find ways to keep jobs in America, and encourage new industries to look to America first as a home for business and opportunity. He sums this up in two words — “Good Deal” — and is resolved to make sure agreements are beneficial for all sides.
What this means is a comprehensive reconsideration of trade policies, off-shore tax benefits and tax havens that make it profitable for companies to locate outside the United States. Trump is dedicated to reevaluating regulations in banking, fossil fuels, utilities and refining industries that make us more efficient and competitive. The President and his cabinet have a significant amount of discretion on how laws are enforced, and Trump’s executive appointments represent a clear and positive change in how the United States will conduct business.
President Trump’s vision for jobs is focused on creating a dynamic, booming economy that will create 25 million new jobs over the next decade. This includes reforming policies with a pro-growth tax plan, a new modern regulatory framework, an America-first trade policy, an unleashed American energy plan, and the “penny plan,” which seeks to reduce discretionary spending by one percent per year. The goal is to boost economic growth to 3.5 percent per year on average, with the potential to reach a 4 percent growth rate.
These are not arbitrary numbers, but concrete goals based on new, out-of-the-box practices from America’s first true capitalist President. We have already seen this in action on a small scale with mega-companies like Ford, Boeing and Sprint.
For those of us in San Diego who have a personal stake in the military, and a passionate, unwavering commitment to those who serve, and the families who support them, a re-investment in the military means a safer nation, an assertion and affirmation that we are the most powerful international country in history, and a huge boom to all of the industries and businesses who support the military.
As for healthcare, we deserve the best and most affordable healthcare in the world, and we’re in the process of identifying the most effective method to make this happen. In education, we deserve the brightest teachers, and top schools and curricula to offer the best opportunities for students, because our children who will step forward and continue our legacy are our most valuable assets.
Overall, we deserve leadership that listens to the will of the people and acts on their behalf to benefit all. As President Trump stated in his inaugural address, he is now “giving the power back to the people and putting America first.” I pray that we come together as a nation to support our leader, as a citizenry that’s passionate and understanding of the greater good, and as tolerant, loving and united individuals. Let’s work together to make the Trump presidency successful. Let’s make America great again.
Douglas “Papa Doug” Manchester is chairman of San Diego-based Manchester Financial Group, which is developing office and hotel properties in San Diego and Austin.