8 major Trump wins, the media HATES this
Jan 15, 2018
President Donald Trump has followed through on dozens of his campaign promises — and this list of eight of his major accomplishments is sure to enrage liberals.
During his first year in office, Trump has successfully overhauled the country’s tax system, changed the U.S. posture abroad and upended the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants. He has also won confirmation of a conservative Supreme Court justice and other federal judges — everyone of which he promised to do.
With all of his outstanding accomplishments during his first year in office, America awaits what is to come during his second year.
For all his rogue tendencies, Trump has shaped up as a largely conventional Republican president when measured by his promises kept and in motion.
The Twitter version of Trump may be jazzed with braggadocio about the size of his nuclear button and his “very stable genius.” But the ledger of actions taken is recognizable to Washington: mainstream Republican tax cuts, pro-business policy, curbs on environmental regulation and an approach to health care that’s been in the GOP playbook for years.
A look at some of his campaign promises and what’s happened with them:
#1 — TAXES
Trump and congressional Republicans delivered on an overhaul that substantially lowers corporate taxes and cuts personal income taxes, as promised. He 21 percent tax rate for corporations, a major drop from 35 percent. He did not eliminate the estate tax or the alternative minimum tax. but fewer people will be subject to those taxes.
#2 — TRADE
Trump made good on his promise to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and to reopen the North American Free Trade Agreement in search of a better deal.
He’s let China off the hook, though, on his oft-repeated threat during the campaign to brand Beijing a currency manipulator, a step toward potentially hefty penalties on Chinese imports and a likely spark for a trade war.
“We’re like the piggy bank that’s being robbed,” he said of the trade relationship, which has tipped even more in China’s favor since. Trump now threatens trade punishment if China does not sufficiently cooperate in reining in North Korea.
Trump promised to impose a 35 percent tariff on goods from U.S. companies that ship production abroad. Instead, his tax plan aims to encourage companies to stay in the U.S. with the lower tax rate and to entice those operating abroad to come home by letting them repatriate their profits in the U.S. at a temporarily discounted rate.
#3 — IMMIGRATION
Candidate Trump rocked the political landscape when he proposed a temporary ban on all non-U.S. Muslims entering the country. While he’s long backed away from such talk, Trump has worked since his first days in office to impose new restrictions on tourists and immigrants, signing executive orders that would have made good on his anti-immigration promises had those orders not been blocked by courts.
He’s now succeeded in banning the entry of citizens from several Muslim-majority countries and in severely curbing refugee admissions. He’s tried to deny certain federal money for cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Trump is now deep in negotiations over an immigration deal that could deliver on other promises, including money for the border wall with Mexico and overhauling the legal immigration system to make it harder for immigrants to sponsor their families. That’s in exchange for extending protections for hundreds of thousands of young people brought to the country illegally as children.
#4 — ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Trump promised aggressive action on the energy front and has pursued that.
He announced his intention to take the U.S. out of the Paris climate-change accord. He gave swift approval to the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines stalled by President Barack Obama, moved to shrink protected national monument lands in Utah and Arizona, and acted to lift restrictions on mining coal and coastal drilling for oil and natural gas.
A provision in the new tax law opens the long-protected Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.
As other countries turn harder toward green energy, Trump is making fossil fuels the centerpiece of his drive toward energy independence — a benchmark that Obama closed in on during an era of surging natural gas development.
#5 — HEALTH CARE
Probably nothing exemplifies frustrated ambition more than the Obama health law Republicans have been trying to dismantle ever since it was enacted in 2010.
Republicans took several runs at repealing and replacing the law last year, only to fall short. The December tax law, though, is knocking out a pillar. As of 2019, the requirement to carry health insurance or pay a fine will be gone.
Trump has come out with a proposed regulation to promote the sale of health plans across state lines. The goal is to make it easier for associations to sponsor plans that are cheaper than Affordable Care Act policies but don’t have to meet all consumer protection and benefit requirements of that law.
Insurance industry groups, patient groups and some state regulators are wary of the idea and see little chance it can make more than a dent in the ranks of the uninsured (nearly 30 million). Easing restrictions on the sale of health insurance across state lines has been a longtime mainstream conservative goal.
#6 — ‘AMERICA FIRST’ ABROAD
Trump promised swift victory over the Islamic State group. Over the past year, U.S. and coalition-backed local forces in Iraq and Syria did deal a crushing blow to IS, ousting the militants from most of the territory they once held. The success built on the strategy of the Obama administration to work with and through local forces. Trump did relax restrictions on the number of U.S. troops who could be deployed both to Iraq and Syria, and that aided the final push.
The Pentagon has yet to see the massive increase in military spending that Trump has promised. That still might come, but the protracted struggle to pass a Pentagon budget of whatever size has hurt U.S. military readiness, defense officials say.
More broadly, Trump’s “America First” ethic has been reflected in his pressure on member NATO countries to step up their own military spending, in his wariness of international accords and in the seeming drift from a diplomatic tradition of promoting U.S. democratic values abroad.
Past presidents made common cause with authoritarian figures, and their promotion of values could be cursory. But Trump has lavished praise on select strongmen, from the Philippines to China to Russia and beyond.
Despite railing against the Iran nuclear deal as a candidate, Trump has so far passed up opportunities to get the U.S. out of it. On the other hand, he rolled back part of Obama’s opening to Cuba. He also moved forward on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a goal that both parties have embraced in their platforms for decades but never acted on.
#7 — INFRASTRUCTURE
Trump pledged a $1 trillion effort to rebuild the country’s airports, roads, bridges and other infrastructure. As with his tax plan, it’s shaping up to be significant. Trump’s idea appears to involve using federal tax dollars to leverage state government and private spending, not to mount a New Deal-era explosion of federal projects.
#8 — VETERANS
Having previously criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs as the “most corrupt,” Trump delivered on one campaign promise by signing legislation to make it easier for VA employees to be fired for misconduct.
At least for now, its impact in bringing accountability to the department remains unclear. The pace of VA firings during Obama’s last budget year was higher than during Trump’s first, which covered the first nine months of his administration.
Other Trump initiatives announced with fanfare in 2017 remain far from complete or have been limited because of questions about rising government costs: a multibillion-dollar overhaul of electronic medical records, expanded access to doctors to reduce wait times and a goal of hiring 1,000 additional mental health counselors in the first year. The VA has been clouded by a 2014 scandal at the Phoenix VA hospital in which employees manipulated records to hide appointment delays.
Leftist Toilet Mouths Condemn Trump as They Corrupt Nation
Jan 15, 2018 by Selwyn Duke
President Trump denies having used a vulgar term last Thursday to describe dysfunctional Third World countries. Yet there’s no denying that the leftist media, believing he did, responded by repeatedly disgorging the term in a childish orgy of decadence. Of course, the media no doubt think they’re damaging Trump — but they’re actually damaging society.
Let’s be clear: Leftists certainly object to the substance of Trump’s comments, that we shouldn’t continually absorb poor, unskilled, often functionally illiterate and unassimilable people from Third World nations. But they also object to his alleged style, labeling as obscene the use of s***hole (toilet) to describe such places. So to show us how bad such language is, the Crude News Network (CNN), for example, used it at least 36 times on Thursday. It’s sort of like inveighing against animal abuse and then bludgeoning dozens of dogs to death on air to prove your point.
Let’s be clear about a few other matters:
1. You probably wouldn’t lose money betting that all the leftists now complaining about the toilet term use vulgarity themselves off air.
2. In reality, most media leftists actually have mouths resembling sewers.
3. It’s the Left that, mainly via entertainment, has coarsened society, defining deviancy downwards and normalizing vulgarity. This is why the younger generations now use profanity, publicly, as a matter of course.
4. This is very, very destructive to society.
Why it’s destructive I’ll explain momentarily. Note, however, that this article isn’t about immigration, which I take a hard line on. Something else we should take a hard line on, however, is our increasing tolerance for public crudity.
Let’s begin with what the Father of Our Nation and first president, George Washington, wrote about vulgarity in a 1776 order:
The General is sorry to be informed that the foolish, and wicked practice, of profane cursing and swearing (a Vice heretofore little known in an American Army) is growing into fashion; he hopes the officers will, by example, as well as influence, endeavour to check it, and that both they, and the men will reflect, that we can have little hopes of the blessing of Heaven on our Arms, if we insult it by our impiety, and folly; added to this, it is a vice so mean and low, without any temptation, that every man of sense, and character, detests and despises it.
In point of fact, few of us had great-grandparents who wouldn’t have been at least somewhat appalled at today’s tawdry tongues. And whatever a few of them might have occasionally uttered in private, they certainly wouldn’t use bad language in polite company (does this even still exist?) or around children. Now note that every time we use profanity publicly — on the Internet, for example — we are using it in front of children.
This raises the matter of the blessed asterisk and its cloaking cousins. Many will ask what the point is, since kids have already heard every vulgar word we’re obscuring. Yet this is a bit like saying: If children know about serial killers, what’s the big deal about inundating them with snuff films?
We (should) use asterisks in print, bleep out words in broadcast and generally obscure the obscene because doing so sends an important message:
The obscured things are wrong.
Opening up the closet of the coarse, crude, and carnal sends the message that such things are okay. Sure, kids have heard bad language. But the point is to not normalize and legitimize it through continual and cavalier adult use. The point is to instill in the young virtue, good moral habits, not the bad ones called vice. And habits are created via repetition — a fact that should make us think twice about on-air repetition of vulgarity.
Instinctively, many of us still sense vulgarity’s ugliness. This ugliness is best illustrated by putting it in the prettiest of mouths: Would you find a group of nine-year-olds cursing like a drunken sailor an uplifting scene? Would you think they were on a good moral path?
Well, as poet William Wordsworth put it, “The Child is father of the Man”; a youth’s well-learned dark lessons become adult transgressions. Yet some will still wonder why this matters, maintaining that vulgarities are “just words” (actually, they’re unjust words). For an in-depth exposition on this, I strongly urge you to read “Cussing & Cultural Decay,” a magazine piece I penned last year that I believe is the definitive short work on the subject (it’s hard to find online but is available here).
Put simply, though, an immoral society cannot yield a moral government. Echoing many great thinkers, British philosopher Edmund Burke warned, “It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” (The Founding Fathers often expressed the same principle in different words.) Now, do people who habitually disgorge vulgarity — not to mention indulge decadence in general — strike you as men of temperate minds? Or do you think such habits reflect fetters-forging passions?
Too many suppose we can compartmentalize our virtue and vice. Like believing we can continually pollute one side of a lake yet swim in pure waters on the other, we act as if impurity intensely indulged in certain areas won’t bleed over into areas we’d like to keep pristine. But just as former labor secretary Lynn Martin said in 1992 that “[y]ou can’t be one kind of man and another kind of president,” we can’t be one kind of people and have another kind of polity. Do you really think we can embrace profound vice in language, entertainment and sexuality but then enjoy that for which profound virtue is necessary: fiscal restraint, respect for rights, honesty in government affairs, dutiful law-enforcement agencies, a Constitution-limited judiciary, sound schooling and truth-oriented media? As our second president, John Adams, put it, “Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private [virtue], and public virtue is the only foundation of republics.”
Thus is it distressing that even some conservative media outlets now lower standards, using terms such as a**, c**p, s***storm and WTF (with everyone knowing the acronym’s meaning). Perhaps they’re not mindful that it was yesterday’s leftists who normalized such vulgarity. Perhaps they don’t care. But it’s why I’ve long said that conservatives are the caboose to liberals’ engine of cultural decay. It’s why, ultimately, they lose political wars. For politics is downstream of culture, and conservatives never saw a culture-war battle they couldn’t lose.
As for Trump, his alleged potty-mouth moment was reported by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a scoundrel with a history of lying about White House meetings, according to Daily Wire. But whatever the president said, he said in private. This is far different from Durbin, who helped make the story public and prominent. It’s far different from ex-California Democratic Party chairman John Burton, who led a “F*** Donald Trump!” chant at California’s Democratic Party convention in Sacramento early last year. And it’s far different from CNN and the rest of the effluent-stream media, which, like an exhibitionist, just revel in the chance to flaunt publicly what excites them privately.
They are despicable. May they be the first to drown in the wave of tyranny they invite.
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Restoring the American dream isn’t nuts, and neither is our president.
Someone tell that to liberals still suffering from “Trump derangement syndrome” and left-wing media whose airwaves were chock-full of anti-Trump segments again this week, telling us – in an all-time low – that our duly elected president is mentally unstable and unfit to hold the highest office in the land.
Clearly, Democrats and their friends in the media have run out of bullets when this is all they’ve got to try to derail the current administration.
If President Donald Trump is indeed mentally unfit, how did he build a multibillion-dollar empire and create tens of thousands of jobs throughout his remarkable business career? How did he become a top TV star with his hit show, “The Apprentice”? Or perhaps progressives can explain how an outsider like Trump – with zero political experience – beat 16 well-qualified Republican opponents and did so with only a fraction of the money and resources available to the Clinton and Bush dynasties.
Even the most gullible among us know that it just doesn’t add up.
Unhinged politicians aren’t able to add $7 trillion in value to the stock market, create more than 2 million new jobs and pass significant tax reform as President Trump has done over the past 12 months. Nor do psychotic politicians possess the ability to crush the Islamic State, rebuild our military, reduce illegal border crossings by 40 percent and implement such fiscally sound policies that the Dow Jones and other indexes spike to historic levels. It’s no secret that while partisan pundits were assailing the president’s mental fitness on TV this week, the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed above 25,000, 2,700 and 7,000, respectively, for the first time.
If only every politician could be this “crazy,” we’d actually solve our nation’s problems and restore the American dream.
We could restore that dream for African-Americans, who, under Trump’s leadership, have seen a 6.8 percent unemployment rate, the lowest level since the Labor Department began tracking the statistic in 1972. And Latinos and hundreds of thousands of other American workers across industries received bonuses and other work-related benefits this past Christmas thanks to Trump and congressional Republicans’ tax bill. All of this doesn’t even include the tax breaks on the horizon for working families.
It’s worth noting that scores of Democratic lawmakers, including Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, told voters the Republican tax plan would benefit the rich. Then, on Thursday, Walmart announced that because the tax-reform legislation cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, it’s raising the minimum wage to $11 an hour for all entry-level employees, expanding maternity and parental leave, and giving out bonuses – benefiting 1 million workers.
But that’s not all our “deranged” Republican president has accomplished.
On the human side, every parent from Bangor to Seattle knows that raising smart, grounded and philanthropic children who are highly successful in their own right is not an easy feat by any means. Yet Trump has somehow managed – in all his media-proscribed “craziness” – to raise five exceptional children.
If only all parents could be this “unhinged,” we’d all raise such equally impressive offspring.
That’s something the morally bankrupt media – which refuse to give Trump any credit for his achievements – can’t understand. But no matter. Americans know that fatter paychecks, increased opportunity and keeping our homeland safe from gangs, drug dealers and other criminals via smart immigration reform aren’t loony, despite the political noise and nonsense coming out of Washington’s echo chamber these days.
It’s all the more reason Republicans are on track to maintain their congressional majorities in the November midterms.
Punditry be damned.
FULL: President Trump’s Doctor Gives Results of His Medical Examination 1/16/17