Why Passing the Torch Won’t Fix our Rigged Broken Economy

January 20, 2017- Millions of women and men throughout the nation and all over the world went out to protest against the presidency of Donald Trump. I understood why - Trump has made lewd remarks about women. He has made threats against Muslims. He said he would torture people. Among many other things, he has also put together a corporate cabinet composed mainly of his billionaire friends.

I also understand the real threat many women face if Trump appoints anti-choice judges to the Supreme Court. I didn't vote for Donald Trump. However, Trump isn't the ultimate problem. To understand the real problem, we need to look at went on before Trump – including the actions of Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton and Reagan. These real problems include a broken and rigged economy, globalism, a huge military industrial complex, a crisis in civil liberties and a group of ed-reformers hell-bent on privatizing our public schools. At this time in history, we should not be silent on these real issues. We cannot afford to focus solely on hating Trump or blaming Trump for problems that were already devastating our nation long before Trump took office. In this article, we will look at one of our most devastating problems - our collective economic oppression.


It's my hope that with greater understanding, all Americans, regardless of who they voted for, or what they party they relate to, can come together and fight for real change with real solutions to our real problems.


The National Debt
One of the first announcements of the new Trump administration was that they plan to reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years. His proposed cuts include $900 million in 2017 achieved by cutting these four programs:

  • the Minority Business Development Agency

  • the Economic Development Administration

  • the International Trade Administration

  • the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.


Trump faces a national debt, which has about doubled under Obama from about $10 trillion to $20 trillion: