In just 1½ years as President, Donald Trump already has achieved more than Obama in eight years, including:
- Economy: Unemployment has fallen to 3.8% in May 2018, which is effective full employment. Worker productivity increased 3% in the third quarter of 2017, far above the 1.2% average of the Obama years. The number of manufacturing jobs in November 2017 was the highest recorded increase in 15 years.
- Welfare: Food stamp enrollment has fallen to its lowest in 8 years. In January 2018, Trump’s letter enables states to require Medicaid recipients to work.
- Foreign policy and affairs:
- We don’t hear about the Islamic State in the news any more, do we? Just months into the Trump presidency, the ISIS caliphate was crushed by the US-led coalition forces. Some of the world’s oldest Christian communities in the Mideast are able to worship freely at Christmas. (RealClearPolitics)
- North Korea: Trump achieved something all previous administrations did not: He met with North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-Un and negotiated a promise from the communist regime to return the remains of American POWs from the 1950s Korean War. North Korea has also erased most of its anti-US propaganda.
- In December 2017, the Trump administration negotiated a $285 million cut to the UN’s budget.
- In June 2017, President Trump got the U.S. out of the bad-for-America Paris Climate Accord.
- Illegal migrants and refugees: In December 2017, Trump pulled the U.S. out of the UN global pact on migration. Illegal crossings across the US-Mexico border have plunged as much as 60% vs. pre-Trump levels. ICE Director Thomas Homan said President Trump “has done more for border security and public safety than any of the six presidents I’ve worked for.” (RealClearPolitics)
- Judges: In 2017, President Trump fulfilled a campaign promise by getting conservative judges seated, including Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court and a record pace of 12 Circuit Court confirmations. See “President Trump is rapidly reshaping America’s judiciary ‘to end the progressive state as we know it’”.
- Taxes: Congress conceded to Trump’s comprehensive tax reform, resulting in record savings for businesses, many of which rewarded their employees with pay raises and bonuses.
- Energy: The U.S. will be the world’s top oil producer next year. See “How President Trump’s energy policy is making America great again“.
- Regulation: Little reported by the MSM, in just one year President Trump reduced federal regulations that choke small businesses and enlarge an already bloated government by almost 50%.
- Pro-life: On his first official day in office as POTUS, President Trump signed an executive order defunding International Planned Parenthood. In April 2017, he ended $75M in funding for the UN abortion agency and signed a law restoring states’ right to defund Planned Parenthood.
Despite all that, writing in the Washington Post last Friday, June 23, supposedly-conservative and supposedly-pro-life Catholic columnist George Will, 77 — one of the Never-Trump Republicans in the 2016 presidential election — urged Americans to vote against Republicans in this November’s midterm elections, not because Congressional Republicans are still too timid, but because they have acceded to President Trump’s “family separating” border policy.
It must be noted that what the jackals of the Mainstream Media call “separation of families” is actually the Trump administration enacting a measure that flowed from the Clinton-era Flores vs. Reno Supreme Court decision allowing unaccompanied illegal border-crossing minors be held “in the least restrictive setting appropriate to the minor’s age and special needs.”
Rachel Koning Beals reports for Market Watch that Will calls lame duck House Speaker Paul Ryan and others the “president’s poodles,” and Trump’s “zero tolerance” border policy “the most telegenic example of misrule” and “fresh if redundant evidence for the principle by which” independents and moderate Republicans should vote in the November midterms.
Will even says a GOP majority’s position to fill any upcoming Supreme Court vacancies is too high a price to pay for the Trump administration’s executive and legislative “dysfunction”. He writes:
“the congressional Republican caucuses must be substantially reduced. So substantially that their remnants, reduced to minorities, will be stripped of the Constitution’s Article I powers that they have been too invertebrate to use against the current wielder of Article II powers. They will then have leisure time to wonder why they worked so hard to achieve membership in a legislature whose unexercised muscles have atrophied because of people like them. Not because James Madison’s system has failed but because today’s abject careerists have failed to be worthy of it. Congressional Republicans . . . have no higher ambition than to placate this president.”
Earlier this week, longtime Republican strategist Steve Schmidt also called for a Democratic wave in the midterm elections, blaming Trump for a “coarsening of this country” and calling the president a “useful idiot” for Russia.
So Schmidt actually believes in the Russia-Trump 2016 electoral collusion, despite not a shred of evidence? But this guy gets big bucks as a Republican strategist?
Hmm, I can’t help but wonder what dark secrets are in the closets of George Will and Steve Schmidt which they are so terrified would be exposed by “zero tolerance” Trump….