I’m not sure either party is going to survive, and I don’t know that I think they should. Can the Rs survive Trump? Right now, he has his worshipful followers, but if he actually does some of the things he’s talking about in finance, governance and international relations, we’re in for a world of hurt. Add to that the fact that he obviously cannot focus, which means that Congress and advisers are going to be doing a great deal of the actual governance second hand, and you’ve got a real mess.
As a for-instance, if he actually does fire most of the people who make the trains run on time in government — as he has sometimes said he would (nothing he says except his worshipful support of Putin goes past 5 o’clock on any work day) he will cripple the government in a way that will take a long time to fix. Given the nature of the people in charge right now, it won’t get “fixed” in a way that will work for the benefit of the people. Then, there’s the talk of firing up to 20% of federal workers, post haste. If he does that, not only will it maim government a bit (how much depends on which workers) it will affect the overall economy. That’s a lot of people to just toss out of work.
What happened here in Oklahoma was not a housecleaning, it was cronyism and shifting the government treasury to the favored few. They fired people who’d been doing the job competently for decades and replaced them with party loyalists (at much higher salaries, I might add) who couldn’t wipe their own noses. Then, they added other positions at even higher salaries. The net sum was a large increase in government spending.
I expect that to happen on the federal level now that frank and open corruption juxtaposed with holier-than-thou Bible waving no longer embarrasses anybody. Trump will take good care of Trump, but he’ll also hand the pork around to the right people, give them a taste to keep them loyal. Aside from the morality of that — and I hasten to remind everyone that, as of this election, politics is now a morality-free zone unless, of course, it has to do with the opposition’s moral failings — the people they put in these positions aren’t just incompetent, they’re mean.
The total of these policies have bankrupted Oklahoma. I mean that literally. The state cannot pay its bills. We’re closing schools and laying off teachers, among other things. The reason we can manage to skate along is the federal government. Oklahoma is such a small state that we can go down to the bottom and not take anyone else with us. We are also part of the good ‘ole USA, and that keeps us afloat; kind of like a rowboat with a leak that’s tied to a freighter.
But if these corrupt clowns do to the USA what they did to Oklahoma, well, the whole world is in a mess. Can the Rs survive this? I doubt it.