This morning, Donald Trump finally actually released a detailed plan. Of course, it was about illegal immigration, the only policy area where he actually takes a position.
In the plan, which was briefly pulled from Trump’s website, he promises to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, triple the number of ICE workers and have them cooperate with local gang task forces, mandate nationwide e-verify, return all criminals to their home countries, install a policy of detention rather than “catch and release,” and defund sanctuary cities, among other measures. To satisfy the “they took our jobs” crowd, he details plans to put American workers first through a series of bureaucratic hoops.
In short, the great conservative savior who wants to “Make America Great Again” primarily plans to do so by creating vast new swathes of bureaucracy and swelling the police state. In short, Trump is starting to reveal his true colors and they definitely aren’t conservative. As Rick Wilson succinctly noted:
Personality cult? Check. Statism? Check. Ignore rule of law? Check. Economic micromanagment? Check. None dare call it fascism.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) August 16, 2015
If that’s your jam, then jam on, but if you want to actually have a smaller state with less bureaucracy and government intrusion, then Trump is not the droid you seek. His plans to make America great again increasingly look like Obama on stilts with a big bag of cocaine and no limiting principles.