Posted 1/9/2019 06:52 (#7231400 - in reply to #7231319) Subject: RE: You mean,.....
He loves farmers' votes, don't you. There's no evidence that trump loves anyone but himself.
But trump is actually a great example of how a politician could be successful if they apply a strictly "transactional" approach. That is, you vote for me and I will deliver for you specific clearly defined results (aka promises).
The problem is that trump was a little stupid in his choice of promises and incredibly ham-handed and clumsy in his delivery. Take for instance, "coal jobs" in West Virginia. Everybody understood clearly that coal can no longer compete with natural gas to generate electricity. It's just too expensive. But trump could have promised "coal jobs" and then after the election switch to just "jobs". And then married that with his tariffs to push manufacturing jobs in West Virginia. After all, there aren't all that many coal miners anyhow, only, what 50,000. With very little effort, trump could have come up with enough tax incentives and sweeteners to lure enough manufacturers to the areas in question to mute any disappointment over the loss of "coal jobs".
Take Wyoming for instance, after adamantly opposing the expansion of wind power in Wyoming for years, the Wyoming legislature has finally realized that coal is dead. Now, they are embracing the build-out of wind power. Why, because Wyoming has ample wind resources, building wind turbines makes construction jobs and maintaining wind mills also provides long term maintenance jobs. And it doesn't hurt that California is only one state removed from Wyoming.