By Roger Stone I find it amusing when groups like the Club for Growth blast New York developer Donald J. Trump over his conservative credentials. The Club for Growth shapes its' criteria around entirely economic issues. In fact, Donald Trump was in on the ground floor of the most significant political victory American conservatives have won in this century; the election of Ronald Reagan as President of the United States. I know because I was charged with organizing former Governor Ronald Reagan's campaign in New York State, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut. To a man, the New York business establishment and significant Republican contributors were supporting either Ambassador George H.W Bush or former Texas Governor John Connally for President. Well heeled Reagan donors with the ability to raise significant funds for Reagan were hard to come by in the Northeast. Donald Trump is among the handful who really stepped up to the plate for Reagan. Trump made arrangements for the Reagan campaign to obtain campaign office space on West 52nd street and raised over a quarter million dollars (in 1980 dollars) for the Reagan campaign coffers. Trump also set up meetings with numerous private sector union officials he was friendly with, and encouraged a number of them to bolt from Jimmy Carter and endorse Reagan. In 1988, Trump strongly supported George H.W Bush, Reagan's Vice President in the hopes that the Bush Administration would stay on the course Reagan had set for us. Trump held a fundraiser for Bush at the Plaza hotel. The New York Developer was livid when Bush broke his "no new taxes" pledge. After looking seriously at the possibility of seeking the Reform Party for president in 2000 and like many libertarian Republicans, Trump came to regret his 2000 support for George W. Bush because of the unfettered federal spending of the Bush Administration and the trillions of dollars and thousands of lives racked up paying for two wars in which our own national interest is unclear. Trump has strongly repudiated some of his public policy proposals of ten years ago when the economy was much different. Trump, for example, no longer favors a surtax on the super wealthy dedicated specifically to debt-reduction. In fact, today Trump opposes any federal tax increases and has indicated that he will take the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge if he becomes a candidate. ************************ Get the latest political news from the STONEzone
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