ERIC CARTER, a Draft Trump Volunteer, contributed the following research on Trump's positions on issues. Send your research to:
Rules for Military Intervention (comments made circa Year 2000)
My rules of engagement are pretty simple. If we are going to intervene in a conflict it had better pose a direct threat to our interest- one definition of “direct” being a threat so
obvious that most Americans will know where the hot spot is on the globe and will quickly understand why we are getting involved. The threat should be so direct that our
leaders, including our president, should be able to make the case clearly and concisely, which has certainly not been the case regarding the terrible events in Yugoslavia.
At the same time, we must not get involved in a long-festering conflict for humanitarian reasons. If that’s our standard, we should have troops stationed all over Africa, and
much of Asia as well.
Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p.141-42 Jul 2, 2000
(Editor's Note: Trump has stated to the press that we must bring our troops home from Iraq. "I think we should get out of Iraq as quickly as possible," he told The Daily News
in February 2006.)
Tolerate Diversity; Prosecute Hate Crimes Against Gays
One of our next president’s most important goals must be to induce a greater tolerance for diversity. The senseless murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming-where an
innocent boy was killed because of his sexual orientation- turned my stomach. We must work towards an America where these kinds of hate crimes are unthinkable.
Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p. 31 Jul 2, 2000
Violent TV Leads Kids Astray
I can’t believe that executing criminals doesn’t have a deterrent effect. To point out the extreme, 100% of the people who are executed never commit another crime. And it
seems self-evident (we can’t put numbers to this) that a lot of people who might otherwise commit a capital crime are convinced not to because they know there’s a chance
they could die for it.
Young male murderers, we are constantly told, are led astray by violent music and violent movies. Fair enough. I believe that people are affected by what they read, see, hear,
and experience. Only a fool believes otherwise. So you can’t say on one hand that a kid is affected by music and movies and then turn around and say he is absolutely not
affected when he turns on the evening news and sees that a criminal has gone to the chair for killing a child. Obviously capital punishment isn’t going to deter everyone. But
how can it not put the fear of death into many would- be killers?
Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p.102-4 Jul 2, 2000
I put people together, and when I feel I have the right team, I let them show me what they can do. When the bottom fell out of the real estate market, I survived because of the
people I assembled.
What saved Trump Organization was my willingness to step back and to let the people who work for me do their thing.
I’ve taken the same approach in refining my political agendas. I’ve talked to people who seemed to have the right talent and ideas. I’ve read until I found authors who saw
problems the way I do. I’ve based my political programs on this research. I’m also bringing a perspective to politics that most politicians don’t have. I’ve built a multi-billion
empire by using my intuition. Here I’m letting my instincts tell me how we have to work together to build the America we deserve. I stand for getting things done.
Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p. 33-35 Jul 2, 2000
Opposes flat tax
I object to the flat tax:
• It is unfair to the poor; eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit [hurts] taxpayers at the lowest rungs of the ladder.
• It is unfair to workers by taxing them for health insurance and other benefits.
• Only the wealthy would reap a windfall, because a flat tax would allow them to cash in interest payments and capital gains without paying personal income taxes.
• I don’t believe that a flat tax could raise enough revenue to keep the government operating.
Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p.186 Jul 2, 2000
"I stand for getting things done."
- Donald Trump
Source: The America We Deserve , by Donald Trump