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A hollow showman who can’t govern at all.

The real state of the American economy is pretty good, but not nearly as good as Donald Trump made it out to be in his State of the Union Address Tuesday night. Nor should he take as much credit as he does for a labor market that’s finally turned around after years of recovery.

But more troublesome than Trump’s braggadocio or anything he did say Tuesday night is what he didn’t offer — a remotely plausible solution for any of the major problems facing the country.

Trump’s big ideas about national problems are mostly to ignore them. He gave Ivanka’s call for affordable care one line, with no actual path to achieving it. He made no mention of falling life expectancies and health outcomes in America, compared to other developed nations.

On prescription drugs prices, he simply reiterated promises he’s spent the past year failing to make good on. There’s still no infrastructure plan, no Afghanistan strategy, and no actual policies to back up vague exhortations about the value of job training and vocational schools.

To the extent that there are any ideas here at all, it’s to blame immigrants.

Trump has concocted a fake version of the existing US immigration system in which family unification visas allow people to “bring over unlimited numbers of distant relatives” and proclaims this the source of both economic woes and threats of deadly violence from MS-13 gangs.

Trump wished away the self-induced crises that have dominated his administration, by neither naming the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program nor the Russian nesting doll of constitutional conflicts touched off by his decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey.

The closest he came to acknowledging a real source of trouble in American life was his Read More Here