Yesterday on MTP, Andrea Mitchell was lambasting Trump for his foreign policy views i.e. making Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia pay more for their defense; threatening to pull out of NATO unless other NATO countries started paying more, etc. While she was trying to show how ill informed he was, all she did was to identify why Trump appeals to so many people!
"America is paying the cost to be the boss" should be changed to "America is financing the cost to be the boss". America can't afford to be the boss and should look to our partners to share more of the cost or we should cut back on the protections we provide. For example, why should America pay to keep the South China shipping lanes open when other countries also benefit?
Americans might feel differently if we weren't so squeezed financially. All of the talk about increasing national debt, crumbling infrastructure, cut backs in social programs, etc. rightfully causes us to want to save money. And, recasting our role as "world protector" seems to be a great place to start.
Republicans and democrats have conspired to put us in the fix that we are in. Republicans refuse to raise revenue from those most able to pay and democrats refuse to allow social programs to be cut. As a result, we end up borrowing money to finance our lifestyle and to maintain our role as "world protector".
Trump is partly right. Our allies and friends need to pay more for their defense but so must our international corporations.