Unlike other movements and parties who have chosen to attack Donald Trump at nearly every turn, the Federalist Party looks at each action individually. We will maintain this posture with every political entity; when individuals, parties, or movements do something good, we’ll cheer and when they do something bad, we’ll dissent. It doesn’t matter if it’s Donald Trump, Chuck Schumer, Vladimir Putin, or Mark Zuckerberg. Their actions will be judged on merits, not affiliation.
This is the reason that we have been relatively neutral about Trump’s pre-inauguration actions. Some have been great, including many of his appointments to his cabinet. Some have been poor. One such set of poor actions appears to be forming into a trend which is why we’re choosing to call it out now. If it’s allowed to continue, it can be very dangerous.
Even before he’s in office, President-elect Trump has chosen to insert his perspectives into big business. We are all aware of the crony capitalism that took place in his interactions with Carrier, an action that was lauded by many for saving jobs but that will have long-term repercussions. We’ve seen his first interactions with Boeing which are the least egregious of his meddling, though still worth noting. Then, there was his Tweet yesterday that sent the defense sector reeling.
His next moves for (or against) the economy, while still only rumored, seem to be pretty likely. First, there’s a name being floated as his next victim: Walmart. The second is what we’ll focus on because it’s the clearest example of gray area in our party’s quest to prevent government overreach. Boeing and Iran announced a $16.6 billion aircraft deal that would send 80 jets to the Muslim state. Many conservative publications are calling on President-elect Trump to nix the deal as soon as he’s sworn in. On the surface, this would seem to go against our platform of negating government overreach, but it’s imperative that we keep the bigger picture in mind with all of our choices.
President Obama’s Iran deal is a joke. It doesn’t do enough to prevent Iran from expanding their nuclear capabilities while rewarding them for their aggressive actions. They hate America. They hate Israel. They hate Saudi Arabia. They are a disruptive force in the world oil market that operates with their short-term best interests in mind at all times even when it damages their future prospects as well as the prospects for the world economy as a result. Moreover, they are known to be the top state sponsor of terrorism in the world.
The Boeing deal will put Americans to work and would put a small dent in our trade deficit. It’s an example of free market capitalism and free trade that we normally endorse. However, engaging with a self-proclaimed enemy to everything our nation holds dear is not acceptable. Rather than attacking companies for engaging in free trade the right way, President-elect Trump should be alerting Boeing that he will revoke the necessary licences given to them by the Obama administration to make this sale to Iran.
It’s important to keep in mind that this isn’t just a question of trade with an enemy. It’s trading advanced technology with a country that can use it against us and our allies. Whether as transports for military use, reverse engineering the technology for their air force, or a direct repurposing of the equipment into their military, this is a dangerous deal that should be stopped.
As of this article, we’ve heard from various publications about the dangers of the deal but we haven’t heard from Trump directly. His actions thus far have been worrisome when it comes to handling American businesses, but inaction on this front would be even more dangerous. 99% of the time, this is a black and white issue. The government needs to stay out of the free market economy that once powered our nation’s growth. The 1% comes into play when government action is required to reverse previous government action. It’s a slippery slope to encourage President-elect Trump to get involved with this particular deal because he has demonstrated a lack of discernment about his role in economics. Instead of Tweeting about how bad this company is or that union leader is, he should be leaving most things alone while honing on the real threat.
We’re not sure if his inaction means that it hasn’t hit his radar yet, his meeting last week with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg already covered this issue, or the promise of jobs and trade have clouded his judgment. Regardless of the reason, he needs to reverse course. It would be worrisome if he’s overreaching into areas that don’t need his attention while being silent on issues that do. The Boeing-Iran deal needs to be stopped.