Friday, November 18, 2016

This Quote From Donald Trump’s Top Strategist Will Frighten Small-Government Republicans

Aaron Blake writes for the Washington Post:
The Hollywood Reporter is out with a new profile of President-elect Donald Trump's chief White House strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, and it features plenty of colorful quotes.
One quote, in particular, sticks out. And it's liable to make House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) choke on his cheese curds:
“Like [Andrew] Jackson’s populism, we’re going to build an entirely new political movement,” [Bannon] says. “It’s everything related to jobs. The conservatives are going to go crazy. I’m the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. With negative interest rates throughout the world, it’s the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything. Ship yards, iron works, get them all jacked up. We’re just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. It will be as exciting as the 1930s, greater than the Reagan revolution — conservatives, plus populists, in an economic nationalist movement.”
That $1 trillion price tag on Bannon's infrastructure plan isn't exactly news...

But Bannon's quote really drives that home. While Trump's policy proposals have been known to oscillate depending on the day and his audience, this appears to be part of Bannon's grand vision for a Trump presidency. Bannon will be driving the bus.
And not only does he talk about spending $1 trillion on infrastructure and borrowing extensively, he's also comparing what they're planning to do to the New Deal, which expanded the role of government in American life greatly. And he says "conservatives are going to go crazy."