Original Question: Is Donald Trump doing a good job or bad job as President, and why do you think that?Thank you for the A2A, Tom HandyAs I have said recently, it is utterly incomprehensible to me that anyone could have voted for someone who is so completely narcissistic and willing to harm others for his own personal gain as Donald Trump is willing to do. To me, people who are willing to do that suffer from tremendous lack of empathy—at best. It is quite possible that many of those who voted for him did so from outright malice against certain groups.Having said that, though Donald Trump is absolute excrement as a human being, it is at least theoretically possible that he has been an effective President.I am going to do my best to be objective.And in being objective, let’s consider the evidence.First let us consider what are cited to be his successes so far:His tax cutThe state of the economyAs I have said, and this applies to any President, and for that matter to Congress and even to the Federal Reserve:Government cannot effectively manage the economy. If government could effectively manage the economy there would never be a recession.Let me repeat that:If government could effectively manage the economy there would never be a recession—hence the government cannot effectively manage the economy.There are no “buts” here. Anything anyone says to the contrary is bloviating crap.Government can create the basic conditions that will allow an economy to flourish: by that I mean: the rule of law, property rights, basic infrastrucure, and an orderly society.When politicians say anything about the economy, they are talking out of their asses. They are idiots at best—and more likely, any politician who is talking about the ability of the government to manage the economy is lying.But we know what people say about politicians moving their lips.So Donald Trump cannot take credit for the economy. Nor can Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, or any other President.There are no “buts.” Nope. Talk to the hand.So what about Trump’s tax cut? What is it doing for the economy?Mostly it is allowing executives to buy back shares of their company’s stock—which primarily benefits those executives—because their bonuses are often tied to share price, and buying back shares tends to cause the share price to rise—but those tax breaks really do not seem to be benefiting anyone else very much. Maybe a little. But at what cost?It is clear that unless there are sharp increases in revenue, these tax cuts will result in huge deficits.Repeat after me: Supply side economics is bullshit. Supply side economics is voodoo economics.There are no “buts.” Nope. Talk to the hand.So on his tax cuts? Not a benefit.And we have run out of the “good stuff.”Now we look at the bad side of the ledger.Let us start with the fact that Don Trump is the most divisive President since James Buchanan, if not of all time.Let’s not mince words here: the people who believe that President Obama was divisive are people who believe that no minority person should be President. President Obama did nothing to offend anyone. If anyone was offended by President Obama, it was because they wanted to be offended.With Trump it is different.Trump makes fun of people. He refuses to distance himself from known hate groups. He equates legitimate protestors with murderers. He treats victims of sexual assault with extreme disrespect. He offered to pay the legal expenses of those who assaulted protesters at his rallies. He has baselessly accused his opponents of being violent, while himself threatening violence if his party does not win in the midterm elections.Trump is also causing immense chaos—without any purpose for doing so.He has repeatedly and publicly berated his Attorney General because Jeff Sessions has not shown Trump sufficient personal loyalty. Trump does not seem to grasp that the AG is not supposed to be personally loyal to the President. In that regard Trump may have even berated Sessions publicly in such a way that it could be construed as obstruction of justice.Trump has caused chaos with our NATO allies—and to what end? If he felt that our NATO allies were not paying enough of their GDP for defense, the way to do that through negotiation—not publicly weaken the alliance. Of course, there is the question of whether the Russians have compromising information on Trump and that the Russians are using Trump to weaken NATO.Trump has caused chaos in our trade relations. Perhaps he was able to extract a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, but he has started a fundamentally unwinnable trade war with China that is far more likely to result in a global recession than it is a new trade agreement with China that is more favorable to the United States.Trump is ripping asylum seeking families apart with no plan to reconnect parents and children.Trump is playing nice with dictators.Trump is turning a blind eye to Saudi Arabia’s murder of a journalist.And Trump has run the most chaotic and demoralized White House in memory. There are civil servants and cabinet members who are actively thwarting Trump’s incompetence, as one of them revealed in a New York Times op-ed.In short, there is so much wrong with Trump’s Presidency-regime, really—and nothing to recommend it.There is a reason why people who know are calling Trump the worst President in American history.They are calling him the worst President in American history because Trump is the worst President in American history.