Charlie Gengler | USA
With his biggest success of the year, Trump’s presidency is turning out to be a dream come true for the small government types. He gave to his country the biggest reform of our wretched tax system in decades, saving U.S. citizens thousands. But the most important part of his tax plan is by far his cut for corporations. He lowered their taxes down to 21%, still higher than that of the socialist Europeans. Many a pundit of the left claimed that this was stealing. Yet, with the bill passed, they are proven wrong, and libertarians across the country rejoice. After all, less taxation is less theft. This comes off the back of a slew of free market-oriented decisions.
He started off manning a blitzkrieg on Obama-era regulations, freezing all regulations until expressly approved by his administration. He also provided aid to those negatively affected by Obamacare, both of these on his first day in office. He enacted a small review of federal regulations, studying there impact on domestic manufacturing, but the big one came just six days later, on January 30. He wrote in executive order 13771, which decreed, “Unless prohibited by law, whenever an executive department… publicly proposes… new regulation, it shall identify at least two existing regulations to be repealed,” and at the end of the next month, he began enforcing this order. This was, and still is, huge. It has, over the course of eleven months, eliminated 800+ regulations. He went on to eliminate regulations in matters of climate, education and other matters.
Reducing regulations is only a slice of the pie, Trump has gone for nearly the whole shebang. He has taken more libertarian stances on climate change, backing away from global pressures, and taking a hard stance on climate laws. His trepidation with global politics shows his hesitations towards global government, the nightmare of many a small-government individual. His stances on climate change are also inviting. Libertarians, by principle, are against laws concerning climate in almost all circumstances, therefore we should implore Trump to continue this path.
Moreover, his stances on firearms are consistent with libertarian values. He is against regulation on guns in every instance so far. Trump is not only consistent with liberty valuing people on the 2nd amendment though, for his views on LGBT issues tend to fall in line with us. He supports gay marriage, one of the few Republicans to do so, but also, by proxy of the DOJ, supports the baker in the controversial case yet to come to the supreme court, Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The president’s approval of the store, in this case, is vital to our republic. Without it, the 1st amendment is under serious threat.
The only real complaint against Trump from libertarians came during his campaign, about the time when he was threatening libel laws. The only problem? He has yet to pose any threat to not only free speech but all major values consistent with our beliefs. You might have qualms about his military policies or his stance on immigration, but, so far, he has been the smallest government president since Reagan.