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Donald Trump’s Four Good Ideas — and Four Bad Ones — in ‘Crippled America’

November 12, 2015

By Diana Furchtgott-Roth

Donald Trump thinks big.

He got his start when his father lent him “a small amount of money ... around $1 million,” which he used to begin developing properties in Manhattan. Now he wants to be president, and Threshold Books has published his policy platform, “Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again.”

It’s hard to believe that someone who indiscriminately insults people from Sen. John McCain to Fox anchor Megyn Kelly, among others, can be leading in the polls. But this is Trump’s position a year before the election, to the mystification of everyone except Trump.

Why the gross behavior? Trump explains: “I learned a long time ago that if you’re not afraid to be outspoken, the media will write about you or beg you to come on their shows. … If you say outrageous things and fight back, they love you.” Rather than spend over $100,000 on a full-page ad in the New York Times, he says, he can get a story written about him for free.

Trump blends mainstream Republican positions such as school choice and lower taxes with Democratic positions such as not fixing Social Security and expanding public infrastructure spending. Here are four good ideas and four bad ones from the 208-page “Crippled America.”

Read the full article at Economics 21: Donald Trump’s Four Good Ideas — and Four Bad Ones — in ‘Crippled America’