TRUMP: Agree or not?

Promised made, promises kept

Despite determined resistance, Trump keeps moving forward

By Heather R. Higgins –
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Most judging President Trump’s first 100 days tend to focus on key policies that have or have not passed. Surely this matters, but equally important is the way Mr. Trump has changed the office of president and the national dialogue as part of his policy initiatives.

Not only is Mr. Trump doing what he promised, but — whether we like it or not — he is doing it the way he promised. How do we know? Overwhelmingly, those who voted for him believe his first 100 days have been successful. Polling consistently shows that many of Mr. Trump’s policies are what the American people, though not the left, actually want.

Democrats and the liberal media are apoplectic over his successes and are pulling out all the stops to engage in unrelenting attacks on his policies and fitness for office. We should expect this to continue.

As in the primary, there is method to what seems (to some) like madness. Here are some ways Mr. Trump offends customary sensibilities — and in short order often accomplishes more in days than predecessors did in years:

  • Disruptor: As promised, Mr. Trump’s dealings with Mexico over the wall and immigration reform (note that illegal crossings are at 17-year low), and his insistence that America’s allies pay their fair share for defense, have already changed the discussion from “if we should do it” to “how we should do it.” No small feat amid the fervent backlash.
  • No more apologies: No longer does the U.S. president deride and apologize for law enforcement over the bad deeds of a few, but rather venerates those who put their lives on the line for us every day. In Syria and North Korea, Mr. Trump is making clear to the world that the United States is a country that keeps its word. Red lines drawn must be enforced. Mr. Trump never apologizes for America’s greatness and prosperity but explicitly demands respect from friends and foes alike (just ask Mexico’s president).
  • America First: Mr. Trump has changed the dialogue on border security and sanctuary cities from “how we can protect those who cross our borders illegally” to “how we protect the American people first.” He has withdrawn from or is renegotiating trade deals (TPP and NAFTA) that will ultimately create a fair and level playing field, and bring jobs back for American workers. With the stroke of his pen by executive order, he has undone President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and put in place measures that will ensure both our long-term energy security and that our industries and workers can compete without onerous regulations that have little to no effect on global environmental concerns.
  • Negotiator in chief: One of the least understood yet most effective skill sets of Mr. Trump is that he is the consummate dealmaker. He makes the big ask and then renegotiates to get what he wants or needs. Typical Washington insiders, pundits and political purists see this as failure or back-peddling. He does not see “failure to pass” as failure, but rather as a “back to drawing board” moment to produce a better outcome, something common in industry and rare in politics. For Mr. Trump, the back and forth on health care, tax and immigration reform, and the budget are where disagreements are aired and all views are welcome as part of the process. To the media this is infighting, to Mr. Trump it’s negotiating.
  • You’re fired:  Mr. Trump has surrounded himself with the best people for the job as evidenced by some great appointments, both within his Cabinet and on the Supreme Court. Those who can’t or won’t deliver are fired, like Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general at the Justice Department. The media will call this chaos and Mr. Trump will continue his tried and true methods — get the right people in the right job at the right time. He remains steadfast in his support of his people despite the unrelenting bashing from liberals that many have taken.
  • Jobs, jobs, jobs: This is constant focus of this administration, one that secures the loyalty and support of so many of his voters. They know it is always top of mind, and made manifest in trade deals, greenlighting permits for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, efforts to roll back unnecessary, job-destroying regulations, and encourage agencies to embrace a cost-benefit analysis approach to regulating moving forward.
  • Promise made, promise kept: This is Mr. Trump’s constant theme, whose most gratifying example was the appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court — from a list offered during the campaign, exactly as promised.

Much more work needs to be done, but of this we can be sure: President Trump will do it his way.

Heather R. Higgins is the president and CEO of Independent Women’s Voice.

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41 Responses to TRUMP: Agree or not?

  1. Well, it’s nothing if not a puff piece….but I generally agree with the underlying theme.

  2. America voted for these changes.

    But I must say that I am not pleased that Trump signed the continuing resolution and has indicated that he would sign the House version of the AHCA. The House version of the AHCA has major flaws.

    Congress is trying “to fix” the ACA. Can’t be done, IMO — according to the underlying principles of what insurance is in the first place.

    Besides, it is not the government’s job to provide health care nor to guarantee individuals “affordable” health insurance. That said, what BHO managed to accomplish is to get the majority of Americans to accept that it is the government’s job to guarantee that individuals have access to “affordable” health insurance. Sooner or later, single payer will be the path. Inevitable, IMO!

  3. Kid says:

    I pretty much agree with that. I can accept that some of the promises had to be made to get the people off the couch to vote and that happened. Like Repeal ocare the first day. So clearly some of it was campaigning, which is what you do during a campaign. I think we get it all eventually, though I’d be disappointed if we end up with ocare light because I know we could do so much better.
    Any one of the other candidates with their milquetoast platforms (create jobs, tweak the tax code, zzzzzzzzz) and we’d be listening to the beast cackling from the WH, a fate worse than death if you ask me.

    If by some miracle, mclame, collins, graham, ryan, and murkowski get replaced with republicans and we get a few more in 2018, 2020, we could do pretty well. (Did you know ryan’s wife is a liberal progressive?)

    This it the totality of my poliotical analysis all things Trump and republcian.

  4. Kid says:

    AOW, Yea, HC needs tort reform, better handling of malpractice doctors (get em out for good), fines for profiteering by drug companies, hospitals, etc. That would make insurance affordable and the government would have no need tobe anywhere near HC. We’ll never get this. I agree, eventually single payer and the destruction of HC will result.

  5. Adrienne says:

    In general, I agree with her.

  6. geeez2014 says:

    I just heard Judge Merrick Garland being suggested as one of the possibilities for FBI Director. Interesting thought…he IS known for being fair-minded, not as left-right as many might be.
    I’d LOVE Trey Gowdy, however!

    TREY GOWDY, FBI DIRECTOR. I love the sound of that.

    CI..”puff piece”..she likes him…I don’t…it’s.her opinion and worth considering. I personally like these pieces because they encourage me and I hope they encourage others here, tho most like Trump WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYY more than I do. I envy them.

    Kid, the ‘lib progressive’ moniker on Ryan’s wife has been true…actually, not quite as leftwing as your term suggests.
    I don’t believe Ryan has become leftwing.

    AOW, I couldn’t agree with you MORE. And I just heard it on FOX, someone saying the ACA has spoiled self-reliant, responsible Americans forever; polls show even Republicans demand government pays their healthcare.
    You guys won’t believe this but I have trouble having Medicare pay for me now. I hate it. I feel like I’m asking AOW or Kid to pay MY health care.

  7. Kid says:

    I’d love to pay for your healthcare. If I had the money. Well, I do pitch in every Friday.

  8. geeez2014 says:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-real-undoing-may-creeping-fatigue-090016754.html

    None of you will like that, and you especially won’t if you don’t read the whole thing, but I sort of agree…Trump Fatigue is BAD already.
    Of course, most of that Trump Fatigue Syndrome is the CONSTANT NEGATIVE DRUMBEAT OF THE MEDIA…..I believe that wholly.

  9. Kid says:

    Do I like Trump? I don’t know, I’ve never sat down with him or played golf with him. I like that he appears to be trying to do good things for Americans. I like that he doesn’t act like a politician.

  10. Kid says:

    Trump fatigue is a mischaracterization of the real problem – the media and the fact he has to deal with RINO’s, and Dems and republicans who are bought and paid for by the lobbyists. I’ve been thinking about this a week now and this is my conclusion.

  11. geeez2014 says:

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/trump-goes-raging-tweetstorm-democratic-133017950.html

    Trump can get very ugly and the fatigue syndrome includes his showing his thin skinned bully behavior. The link info hideous. And, by the way, there is NOBODY who finds Connecticut’s Blumenthall as REPULSIVE as I DO, but for a PRESIDENT to be saying these things?

    Trump; SHUT UP, PLEASE.

  12. Z – Agreed. Blumenthal is a repugnant poseur, but “devised one of the greatest military frauds in U.S. history”????

    Please.

  13. geeez2014 says:

    CI..I know…this is the hyperbole Trump has to learn doesn’t work.

  14. geeez2014 says:

    CI….senate hearings are now including asking why American photogs were not allowed in meeting with Trump and Russian bigshot…FBI says he’s not aware of where the images came from, but TASS was supposedly allowed.
    Curious

  15. geeez2014 says:

    CI, probably some WH Photog took an unflattering shot of Trump and this is punishment 🙂

  16. geeez2014 says:

    Strikes me as funny that a Senate Intel Comm does an open hearing…as if anything really pertinent and educational will be said in public..

  17. geeez2014 says:

    FBI Acting Dir says there was no frustration with Comey in the agency. As the WH had insisted.

  18. I’ve thought the same of House & Senate open hearings…..bread and circuses.

    The head of the FBI Agents Association says much the same as McCabe, with regard to Comey’s reputation within the Bureau.

  19. Mal says:

    The thing that has surprised me is Trump’s stamina! First he campaigned for 18 months at a pace unlike any I’d ever seen, then hit the ground running when he took office and hasn’t slowed down despite all the obstacles thrown at him from the left. He is beginning to show fatigue and wear. I just hope he doesn’t burn out ’cause we really need him to complete his agenda.

  20. Imp says:

    CI…. what else were they supposed to say? I mean I would think they have enough integrity and comaraderie not to kick guy while he’s down… he’s had enough from the demrats not too long ago cause they were denied the prize.

  21. Silverlady says:

    If we’d had these wingeing, whining weasels in power during WWII we would be pulling rickshaws & eating our ‘kraut with chopsticks, that is if we had anything to eat.

    With the rabid irrational animosity towards Trump I hope that none of these pulp-headed idjuts try anything stupid. If anything happens to him, his family, or other high-ranking Republicans the blame can be put on the collective heads of the brain-dead media & their masters.

  22. Imp – Just pointing out the corroboration of Z’s remark on the hearing.

  23. Imp says:

    CI… I know man… I am just starting to feel sorry for the poor guy by now. I also think that Trump could have his great revenge on the Democrats if he turned around and he used the assistant attorney general’s remarks about the investigation on Clinton going sour.
    They should then appoint or have the assistant attorney general appoint an independent counsel or attorney who will then call for a grand jury. It will then come out with an indictment for Clinton. Because if they want to talk about impeachment they don’t know how lucky they are that Clinton so far has escaped what obviously would’ve been impeachment if she got into office.
    Secondly it will distract everyone of those monkeys climbing the walls clamoring for impeachment of a man who’s committed no crime’s. And we know from Comeys own testimony that she did commit crimes. Then he will have had gained one major nuclear come backs against these Disgusting, phony, hypocritical asshats.
    It’s clear they want not only to disrupt and obstruct they want war and Trump could give it to them and far more, by putting Clinton right out there on a hot plate which I hope he does.
    We shouldn’t be finished with Hillary by any stretch of the imagination.

  24. geeez2014 says:

    CI, I have a friend who worked closely with Reagan in DC….and here………I saw her this morning and she said the agents she knows from the bureau couldn’t stand Comey, felt let down, etc.
    McCabe’s are probably statements for his friend Comey…hurting the truth in the meantime….

    Mal, i think it’s less HIS fatigue and most of America’s fatigue with him, sadly.

    Imp; it was important to know the truth on this one because the WH had insinuated a lot of agents were not happy with Comey…that’s been the rumor for a year, suddenly McCabe’s saying different? Naaa And you’re so right about Clinton….she needs to have SOME kind of attention for all she’s done.

    Sadly, this whole gov’t is turning into ONE BIG SENATE HEARING or COMMISSION, etc…just when America’s gov’t ought to be concentrating on threats to our grid and our people….

  25. geeez2014 says:

    I’ve got the creepiest feeling, and did when I heard him, that McCabe will end up with Comey wherever Comey lands. I thought that the minute I heard how wonderful he thinks Comey is.

  26. Mal says:

    Perhaps you’re right, Z. Maybe a combination of both!

  27. It’s certainly not easy to divine what the truth is….as Trump’s own rationale for his actions is…..evolving.

  28. geeez2014 says:

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/white-houses-decision-only-let-173443756.html

    SO…that fear I had yesterday is raising its ugly head….Even the CIA guy says the TASS photogs shouldn’t have brought their cameras in because of security concerns.
    And the WH is saying Russians lied about taking photogs….as if Trump always stands side to side shaking hands, with a big smile on his hand, right?

    THIS is the kind of stupidity Trump’s WH has to STOP. Imagine letting TASS in but fearing there would be American surveillance devices in the room? I mean, REALLY??

  29. The TASS optics are not only poor generally…but more so given the timing.

  30. Mal says:

    What REALLY burns me is the left fights to stop everything he does, then accuses him of not living up to his campaign promises.

  31. Wow. I didn’t think any White House [presuming the talking points weren’t horribly ad libbed], would utter something like this.

    “We want this [investigation into campaign ties to Russia] to come to its conclusion, we want it to come to its conclusion with integrity. And we think that we’ve actually, by removing Director Comey, taken steps to make that happen.” – Sarah Huckabee Sanders

    I’ll keep saying it……this Administration brings down upon themselves, every thing they suffer. No sympathy.

  32. geeez2014 says:

    CI, I think Sarah Sanders’ comment is like kicking someone in the teeth when they’re down. Unnecessary…to be fair, it was at a presser and people don’t do their best thinking when facing 30 barraducas but…it was not good.
    I do think saying that they want to reach a conclusion with integrity is good.

    Watching TV today, a panel of left and right (which you rarely see anywhere BUT FOX), the leftist sounded like a total loon….till, finally, the host rightfully asked “So, you’ll just keep looking UNTIL collusion is proven? For years and years?” he’s right….when do they STOP?

    Mal, if the man grew up, we’d be farther ahead…..As Apple’s past CEO (John Scully, a fabulous thinker, by the way, he was on Cavutor’s show today) said, “If Trump could only stop the self inflicted wounds…he needs a Chief Operations Officer at the White House, like JAMES BAKER.

    What TRUMP needs is someone who TRULY understands the White House, understands the kind of image to be projected, and understands how to SAY THINGS WELL…

    I agree with John Sculley….By the way, I was kind of getting an inkling that he was a conservative, which kind of blew my mind, considering he was with Apple..

  33. geeez2014 says:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/finally-agree-trump-digs-old-rosie-odonnell-tweet-back-comey-firing-201553239.html

    Trump is still twitter-warring with Rosie O’Donnell…this time she called him a #dumblittleman and worse and he wrote back “This time we agree on something, Rosie” because he apparently hadn’t seen that Tweet and didn’t realize she was slamming him for firing Comey.

    The fun never ends…and this is self-inflicted again. Ouch

  34. I’ll give Huckabee-Sanders’ statement the benefit of the doubt…but it treads dangerously into obstruction of justice territory.

  35. geeez2014 says:

    CI….a tiiiiny bit, yes…I see your point.

  36. geeez2014 says:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-intel-bosses-reiterate-russia-meddled-election-155658636.html

    Where’s Trump GET his information? Six intel experts all disagree…including at least 2 of his appointees…good ones, too! OH GOD

  37. Apparently, both the WaPo and the NYT lied about Comey having requested additional funds to investigate the Trump-Russia connection. No such request was made — according to McCabe’s testimony today on Capitol Hill.

    I get home delivery of the WaPo. All the way across the top of the front page blares these words: “Comey sought more resources for Russian probe.” A damn lie according to McCabe’s testimony today.

    Will the WaPo print a retraction? Hmmmmmm?

  38. Z,
    I’ve come to the point that I don’t trust anything the mainstream media prints or says.

    I’ve also come to the point that I don’t trust most of the so-called experts.

    Everything political has become smoke and mirrors.

    Call me AOW the Weary Cynic.

  39. Silverlady,
    It really is tedious to watch or listen to the rabid irrational animosity towards Trump.

    Time for me to tune out and read some amusing novels. Anything but today’s politics and all the screeching. Sheesh.

  40. Will the WaPo print a retraction? Hmmmmmm?

    Good point, but likewise…..will Trump ever issue any retractions for his catalog of lies? His irrational animosity towards the media is equally tedious.

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