Tuesday evening the race for the GOP nomination for President unofficially ended. Six weeks earlier, Arizona voted and the billionaire outsider Donald Trump received 46 percent of the vote while Ted Cruz received 28 percent. Before Tuesday, a contested convention was a distinct possibility. Now that Ted Cruz and John Kasich have ended their campaigns, that's no longer true.
It's unprecedented that Trump, a complete non-politician, would be the Republican nominee, as nobody in the chattering class of political punditry gave him any chance. His remarkably successful candidacy is only part of the story, however. Of the final six candidates in the race only two, Kasich and Rubio, were considered part of the Washington "cartel." Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham and others couldn't even get above 3 percent in the vote. So in 2016, the year of the "Outsider," Donald Trump's dramatic victory points to one crucial fact: Americans are REALLY UPSET with the political games in Washington. Nowhere was that more evident than in our own Mohave County.
Our citizens traditionally display strong distrust of the political process. Our voter turnout is consistently (and frustratingly) lower than the statewide average. Not so this year. In the presidential primary, our turnout exceeded 55.5 percent. In Mohave County Trump's vote reached almost 65 percent, by far the highest margin in the state.
Furthermore, in my Golden Valley precinct, an unprecedented 62 percent of Republicans voted; almost 70 percent selecting Trump. In electoral terms, it was the basketball equivalent of a 100-point victory margin in a high school game.
So when I go to Cleveland for the national convention, I will support Donald Trump for the nomination. Further, when I return I will work tirelessly to get every citizen registered and make certain they all vote, either early or at the polls. That is my commitment to Mohave County and Arizona.
Donald Trump faces the challenging task of opposing the well-established Clinton machine, but they don't stand a chance when you have an extremely angry electorate disgusted with "business as usual." He will win because the people are fed up with a broken economy; no amount of political footwork will change their minds. They know better.
So what will it take for Trump to fulfill his commitment to "make America great again"? I'm not arrogant enough to "advise" the billionaire, but here are a few ideas that would make an instantaneous impact on the American economy.
1. Allow businesses to bring $3-plus trillion back into America tax-free. The impact of that much capital investment would spur job creation everywhere.
2. Protect those jobs for Americans by shutting down the border and criminalize hiring of illegal aliens. We're sick and tired of seeing them working here, committing fraud, and taking good paying jobs from legal citizens and residents.
3. Cut the corporate tax rate and lower the top individual rates. 35 percent is outrageous and the consumers pay the higher tax in the cost of goods and services. Drop it to zero - it's simply a hidden tax on consumers. Cutting the top personal tax rates will also put more money into investment, thus spurring more job creation.
4. Repeal the outrageous Dodd-Frank banking bill that strangles all banks' effort to make legitimate business loans.
5. Last, reverse the extreme onslaught of government regulation on businesses and individuals, under the guise of "protecting" us. It's a complete lie. Nanny state regulations create huge barriers to entry for startup businesses and expansion; they strangle the greatest generator of new employment: small business.
If Donald Trump is the smart businessman I believe he is, he's already considering these ideas. He won't succumb to D.C. Think. Rather, he'll recruit the best business minds in America to fix the problems hurting everyone. Creating more jobs and improving freedom and opportunity, will ultimately "Make America Great Again."
Robinson is the Republican Party District 1 director and a delegate to the national convention.