Previously on Earth, we’ve all lost our minds, well, that’s what it seems to me, here in Britain we voted for Brexit, over in the good ol’ US of A, they voted, somehow, for Trump, leaving me to question what’s next, Elmo for President of France, the Count to run for Chancellor of Germany, (these are ridiculous suggestions to prove how stunned I feel).
The world has developed from one of confusing sense to one where I won’t even try to make sense of things, its simple really, for example, if you take the Popular Vote for the US Presidential Election, never mind the ultimately confusing Electoral College system that the Americans use, then here is the result as it stands as of the 23/11/2016:
Clinton: 63.7 million Trump: 62 million
That’s votes by the way, Clinton’s leading the way as far as the Popular Vote is concerned, which is leading many, as Trump prepares to settle his Cabinet, to call for the American Democratic System to alter from the Electoral College vote version to the Popular Vote, as Clinton is apparently the third most popular candidate in history, though she was ranked as the second worst candidate to run, the worst being the President Elect.
My fascination with this has led me to question when the Electoral College system first started running, thanks to certain sites I found that the Electoral College system came about as a by-product of the 12th Amendment, here are the details:
The Twelfth Amendment requires each elector to cast one vote for president and another vote for vice president. In each state and the District of Columbia, electors are chosen every four years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and then meet to cast ballots on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December. The candidates who receive an absolute majority of electoral votes among the states are elected President and Vice President of the United States when the Electoral College vote is certified by Congress in January.
Confusing huh, anyway, with that question answered I had to wonder why the country that prides itself on being the bringer of Democracy was using an archaic system that ignored, in this case, the mass feeling of support for Clinton and not the President Elect (I am saying this phrase instead of Trump to get used to the fact that he is going to be President).
Now, I turn my focus to Trump’s initial actions, In the first 100 Days of his Presidency Trump has promised to do the following:
- Remove up to 2 million Criminal/Illegal Immigrants: This idea that he is only going to target Criminal immigrants, especially if they are illegal is a Tautology, if they are Illegal they have already broken the law, so therefore they are criminal, so he is defining a difference when there isn’t one, enacting such a deportation, on this scale especially will be a mammoth task, though it has been suggested that Trump could employ more Border Agents to undertake this task.
- Build A Wall between the US and Mexico: This is probably his most famous policy, he is still going ahead with this, some thought he would ditch it after becoming President but apparently not, he has already conceded that the wall may be a fence in some sectors, like the one that exists now in some sectors, that’s not really going to prevent anything or anyone from getting across, if you are determined enough, then even the largest wall Trump could build would be seen as a hurdle and let’s not forget, there are tunnels, numerous tunnels under the ground between the two nations.
- To Appoint a New Supreme Court judge: After the passing of Anthony Scalia, Obama has nominated a replacement but the Republican controlled Senate refuse to even glance at this suggestion, Trump will be able to fill this space as he will not be seen as the Enemy at the Gates, with the other Supreme Court judges approaching or over 70, there is a feeling this appointment could be the first of many for Trump.
- Repealing EVERY Executive Order Obama made: It would be possible, Obama made 32 Executive Orders in his time as President, lifting sanctions on Myanmar (Burma), his most controversial one however will probably be the one that is targeted first, the plan to lift the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented migrants and giving these individuals the right to work.
- Scrapping Obamacare: This is apparently the first thing Trump will do, he has been quoted as saying on ‘Day One’ he will get Congress to repeal this reform of the Healthcare system, reversing it from a close relative of the NHS here to the system America had before.
- Restrictions on White House Officials becoming lobbyists: This one will be the one he will have to fight with his own colleagues about, the Republican controlled Senate may baulk at this idea as it will have an impact on their future earning potential.
- Cancellation of all payments to the UN Climate Change: This is one that has widespread support at home but this is international law so even if he manages to get this idea passed by the two Houses that the US have, then it would take up to 4 years to withdraw from this idea.
- Using the money from No:7 to fix US infrastructure: Trump may think this is a fantastic plan but considering, in the last days of the campaign he ran, he promised a whole raft of changes, improvements and additions, he will need every penny to reach the £800 billion price tag that his plans intend to cost.
- Cut Taxes: This is the one that made me laugh, I have to admit, Trump hasn’t paid tax since the nineties, he is living the life of Reilly and quite honestly, it will never be easy to accept that he is now President, this is traditional Republican territory but coming from a man that DOESN’T pay his taxes, its laughable.
- Label China a Currency Manipulator: This will make the Chinese shake in their boots won’t it, it will do little to affect the largest economic powerhouse in the world, if anything it will probably do one of two things, tickle them or annoy them.
So that’s the 10 things Trump wishes to do in the first 100 days of his Presidency, from the ridiculous to the sublimely silly, I hope that these happen because then the world’s stand up comedians will be safely employed for the next four years, it is truly laughable.