Trump: A Year In Review

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Today marks the one year anniversary of Donald Trump’s election win over Hillary Clinton. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of Trump’s early presidency. We hear plenty of negativity from the mainstream media, so let’s start with the positives:

 

ISIS

ISIS is on the run! Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II claims that the terrorist group has about 5% of their Syrian and Iraqi land remaining from two years ago.

Raqqa, the so-called ‘ISIS Capital,’ was seized by US forces last month.

Military action from the US and its allies is forcing ISIS to abandon their martyrdom and surrender.

 

Gorsuch

The open Supreme Court seat was a critical factor in the 2016 election.

Donald Trump’s first appointee, Neil Gorsuch, was successfully approved thanks to the nuclear option applied by Senate Republicans. This was a major victory for conservatives, as Gorsuch has a tremendous reputation of constitutional originalism .

 

Economy

The economy has exceeded expectation under President Trump. Despite massive hurricane damage, the third-quarter GDP grew 3% – outperforming its prediction of 2.5%.

The unemployment rate is at a 17 year low, while consumer confidence is at a 13 year high.

In terms of investing, the DOW reached an all-time high of 23,000.   

Critics tie this economic growth to the positive global trend, while others see it as a result of the Trump administration’s massive deregulation effort.

In January, President Trump signed an executive order requiring two regulations to be cut for every new regulation installed.

The American Action Forum found that in comparison to Obama’s regulatory actions within the first six months, the Trump White House has inflicted 1/20th of the lifetime costs and 1/11th of the yearly costs

President Trump has more than delivered on his deregulation promises and the economic results are simply glorious. The rapidly growing US economy can be somewhat attributed to the global growth, but to deny the positive effect of President Trump’s massive deregulation effort is ignorant.

If Congress can pass a legitimate tax reform, then the economy will continue its growth. President Trump is far from perfect, but if the economy is booming, the Democrats don’t stand a chance in 2020.

 

Now onto the negatives:

Healthcare

The GOP’s numerous attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare have been nothing but an utter failure. This, of course, does not fall completely on Trump, because it is the job of Congress, but these failures raise a peculiar question: Did Trump have an actual plan to repeal and replace or did he simply expect to sit at his desk and sign a bill?

When the American Health Care Act passed through the House of Representatives in June, President Trump called it “a great plan,” yet went on to call the bill “mean” as the Senate attempted to pass it.

This contradiction was of no help, as the bill eventually died in the Senate. Later repeal and replace bills followed the same fate, leaving the American people with the burden of Obamacare.

 

Wall

Do we have a “big beautiful wall?” No. But at least we have prototypes!

When negotiating DACA with Senate Democrats, President Trump failed to ask for wall funding as a compromise. Rather, the president used this golden opportunity to agree with Democrats over potentially legalizing DACA in Congress – something Obama attempted but failed to do.

 

Distractions

Why work with Congress on healthcare when you can tweet about Mika Brzezinski’s bloody face?

While President Trump’s tweets can be wildly entertaining, they are nothing but a distraction from his agenda. The president’s twitter habits have done far more harm than good since he has moved into the White House.

November 8, 2016, was a remarkable win for Republicans. President Trump will have his ups and downs, but above all, we must hold him accountable to push through a conservative agenda that will truly “Make America Great Again.” This means praising President Trump’s successes and criticizing his wrongdoings.

Patrick is the Vice President of Lone Conservative and a journalism major at the University of Maryland. He has written in the Washington Free Beacon, Washington Examiner, Media Research Center, Townhall, FEE, and more. Outside of politics, he is a devout Catholic and passionate Baltimore sports fan.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Patrick Hauf

Patrick is the Vice President of Lone Conservative and a journalism major at the University of Maryland. He has written in the Washington Free Beacon, Washington Examiner, Media Research Center, Townhall, FEE, and more. Outside of politics, he is a devout Catholic and passionate Baltimore sports fan.

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