Currie’s support makes no sense

Published 9:36 am Friday, March 4, 2016

Rep. Becky Currie’s endorsement of Donald Trump is no big surprise. He will likely win Mississippi on Tuesday — and Lincoln County as well.

But what might surprise Currie is that a House resolution she co-authored this session runs counter to several of Trump’s policies and, in general, his entire campaign.

Currie co-authored House Resolution 35, which calls for a convention of the states to propose constitutional amendments that would require the federal government to adopt a balanced budget.

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Currie’s resolution includes language Trump might want to read: “founders of the Constitution of the United States empowered state legislators to be guardians of liberty against future abuses of power by the federal government;” “the federal government has invaded the legitimate roles of the states through the manipulative process of federal mandates;” “it is the solemn duty of the states to protect the liberty of our people, particularly for the generations to come by proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States to place clear restraints on these and related abuses of power;” “the federal government has created a crushing national debt through improper and imprudent spending.”

So how does Currie’s resolution fit with Trump’s candidacy? You be the judge.

Trump’s proposed budget cuts equal about $86 billion, according to the Washington Post. The Congressional Budget Office projects this year’s deficit at $544 billion. That’s hardly a balanced budget.  Sure, he’s made claims about eliminating waste and killing off the Department of Education and EPA, but has offered no specifics on how he would do that. At Thursday night’s debate, he said he would balance the budget by negotiating down drug prices. Trump says the country can save $300 billion, but his math is a bit off. Medicare only spent about $77 billion on prescription drugs last year.

Most of Trump’s proposals and half-witted ideas are clear abuses of power. For example, he has said he will “open up” libel laws to make it easier to sue news organizations. How exactly will he do that? He says he doesn’t really know. Someone should tell him there’s no such thing as federal libel law, those suits are handled in state courts. But seeking to limit the First Amendment is a clear abuse of power.

Trump’s entire appeal to voters is that he’s strong enough, smart enough and savvy enough to “make America great again.” It’s as if he believes — and his supporters as well — that he can single-handedly correct America’s problems. But that’s not how our democracy works. Many of Trump’s ideas, if carried out, would be an egregious abuse of executive power.

“He has pledged to rebuild our military and treat our soldiers and veterans with the respect they so generously deserve,” Currie said about Trump.

But Trump has said he would have no problem getting the military to execute his orders, even ones that might be illegal. Trump has advocated killing the families of terrorists.

“If I say do it, they’re gonna do it,” Trump said Thursday night. “That’s what leadership is all about.”

That doesn’t sound like rebuilding our military and treating soldiers with respect. Maybe Currie should have looked closer at Trump’s policies — and her own resolution — before endorsing him.