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Ajeetesh Kumar, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Donald Trump is not a conservative by way of party affiliation, he appears more of an Independent to me but his own core principles have Conservative roots. The history of his party affiliation is: he changed his party registration from Independent to Republican in the last two years, previous to that he switched parties back and forth but has been a registered Democrat the longest, about 30+ years of his life. This is a reminder to some that former President Reagan also changed his party affiliations and famously explained “…I did not leave the Democratic party, the party left me.”
A conservative who is not a member of the Republican establishment also stands out in what constitutes Conservative, is the GOP Conservative? most would say No, they are not Conservative. That would explain the current war between the GOP and Trump where the party is running against Trump’s candidacy under the GOP. Trump erupts at RNC: ‘That wasn’t the deal!’ This embattled relationship has split the party between the “Rinos or establishment elite” vs everyone else–and everyone else appear to be Conservative– and threatened to walk and regroup as an independent party if Trump decided to leave the GOP. So far, the voting block aligns to Trump irrespective of whether they are affiliated to a Conservatively branded group or not.
On policy Trump is known for his pro-business views, he owns the issue on economic incentives such as reducing taxes as a stimulus for economic activity. His proposed Tax Plan released September 2015 was well received by economists in academia. The Tax Foundation reported that Trump’s tax plan would reduce income taxes and create a zero tax for low income taxpayers, the tax cuts would spur spending and investment, increasing demand for labor and goods that would lead to an 11% increase in GDP.Other economic policies he has proposed: retaining automobile manufacturing in the U.S., contemplating a tax on foreign made U.S. automobiles to keep those factories in the U.S. and prevent them from going overseas. Are these policy positions Conservative?