Threshold Editions, 2015
Review by Robert Wenzel
I have never quite seen a policy book like Donald Trump's new book, Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again.
On the cover Trump writes, "This book is my blueprint for how to Make America Great Again."
Yet, the book has a photo section of family pictures, and of buildings and golf courses he owns.
The family pictures include one of Trump dancing with his daughter Tiffany, There is a picture of his family, including his wife Melania and all the kids, which seems to prove nothing other than that he probably has more kids than are in most illegal Mexican families.
And, oh yeah, the family picture includes his daughter Ivanka, but not her husband, Jared Kushner.
The book also includes a list of all the buildings and golf courses Trump has an ownership stake in. He also includes a financial statement.
As far as policy proposals, there is nothing new that even a casual follower of Trump wouldn't already be aware of.
It's includes a proposal to build a wall "that the Mexicans will pay for." He has a plan to fix healthcare, but not return it to the private sector. And he tells us this about US fighting overseas:
We can't be afraid to use our military, but sending our sons and daughters should be the very last resort...We are apparently near the last resort when it comes to ISIS:
There are some places in the world where massive force is necessary. The threat from ISIS is real...Unfortunately, it may require boots on the ground to fight the Islamic State.He may have dropped his idea of deporting the 11 million illegals that are currently in the country, though. There is no mention of that earlier Trump proposal in his book.
There is also no mention of the Federal Reserve, monetary policy or interest rate policy, and no mention of price inflation.
Bottom line, there is nothing new in this book except the pictures, which also include a picture of Trump with his confirmation class, a picture of Trump as a child, and a picture of Trump in military school garb, with his parents . As far as policy books are concerned, these type pics are a policy book breakthrough.
Trump's overall pitch seems to be that he is a can do guy and that he will get things done. This is, of course, exactly the type Hayek warned us about in Chapter 10 of The Road to Serfdom.
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He is also author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics