Commentary: If Hillary were president

By John Guy

I. The White House would not vilify and embarrass individuals.

II. The Affordable Care Act would not be attacked: significant amendments would be proposed to expand coverage and increase efficiency.

John Guy is a wealth manager and the author of “Middle Man, a Broker’s Tale.”

III. The Iran nuclear agreement would continue.  State department and foreign affairs associations would begin to propose changes to acknowledge Israeli concerns and to plan for end of the agreement.   Actions and beliefs of co-signers would be respected.  Foreign companies would not be penalized for noncompliance.

IV. The North American Free Trade Agreement would have been amended producing a modified agreement having many if not all of the provisions of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

V. Investigation of possible Russian interference in our elections would have continued but with little bluster and obstruction.

VI. The human needs of Palestinians would be acknowledged, at least tacitly, by continuing or even expanding economic support and continuing quiet diplomacy. The United States embassy might have moved, but I doubt it.

VII. Immigration would continue to be our nation’s most vexing problem. A serious effort would be made to alleviate problems that cause persons in other nations to embark on high risk, long, and possibly unproductive migrations. A wall would have been considered with other alternatives such as expanded electronic surveillance. Electronic supervision and surveillance of persons arriving legally, with visas, would have been stepped up to assure timely departures.

VIII. Tax policy would place greater burdens on persons and corporations with the greatest resources; debt and deficit would be considered.

IX. Creative persons and events would be supported, including cultural events in the White House. The White House would honor artists and performers; funding for the arts would be maintained or increased.

X. Ways to reduce costs of complying with regulations would continue to be explored and evaluated, but comprehensive, blanket cancellation of regulations would not be pursued.

XI. Protecting land for human enjoyment would be explored whenever possible, and previous protections would not have been cancelled.

XII. Venezuela still would be crashing down, but Mrs. Clinton would not argue it is the fault of a predecessor, recognizing the real history of what happened there. If Russia flew a military plane in to Caracas, the United States would have landed 100 troops and several planes at the airport, surrounded it, and forced it to leave or be confiscated.

XIII. Mrs. Clinton would make perhaps a half dozen misstatements in public, including errors of fact. Like mine, her memory is getting better. (I am increasingly able to recall things that never happened.)

XIV. With broad diplomatic experience in her life, Mrs. Clinton’s White House would not consistently resort to confrontation, intimidation, and ultimatums.  She would recognize the weird absurdity of asking other nations to keep their people in, an impossibility as proven by the failure of The Berlin Wall.  She would know the limitations of sanctions, and their viability.  She would attempt to avoid the inevitable anger and resentment when one nation tells another nation, and its private companies, to follow orders.  She understands that “grounding a child” is more difficult for the parents to enforce than for the child to avoid. 

John Guy is an investment advisor.  His recent book is Middle Man, A Broker’s Tale.  His podcast with Morton Marcus is at

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