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Report Card on President Trump’s First 12 Days

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Hate him or love him, you must admit that President Trump has been working overtime to do the things he believes will make this country great again.   In his first 11 days,  he has signed more executive actions that any other president in modern history.  In addition, he rounded out his cabinet, held meetings with business and union leaders, spent hours in person or on the phone with world leaders and gave us a Supreme Court nominee.

President’s can’t make law.  Therefore, Trump will have to depend on Congress to see that his major policy proposals become reality.  However, presidents have wide discretion how our laws are implemented and many of his moves have already changed the status quo.

Some initial actions are perfunctory and done by every president.   Therefore, for this report card I am focusing only on those that have a direct bearing on policy.

Cabinet Picks —  Tells us a lot about how serious a president is about keeping his campaign promises.  Trump’s picks, unlike Obama’s policy wonks, have real world experience.  They have achieved tremendous success and are willing to give the agencies they run the benefit of that experience.  Others such as Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos have spent years working to advance the policies on which Trump campaigned.

Grade A+

Executive Order 13765  —   Minimizes the economic effects of Obamacare by directing federal agencies to give states, insurance companies and consumers the maximum amount of flexibility in complying with the law.  Trump is laying down a marker that he intends to see Obamacare repealed and replaced.

Grade A

Presidential Memorandum:  Withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership — Trump is making good on his promise to negotiate trade deals to make sure they are both fair and profitable.

Grade A

Presidential Memorandum:  Mexico City Policy — Trump not only reimplemented the policy put in place by President Reagan that prevents our tax money from going to overseas family planning agencies that perform abortions, he expanded it.

Grade A+

Presidential Memorandums on the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines — Ordered agencies involved to expedite these projects.  Also ordered the Department of Commerce to review ways to mandate the use of American-made steel in all pipeline projects in the U.S.

Grade A+

Executive Order 13766  — Expedited Environmental Reviews for Infrastructure Projects.  Remember all those “shovel-ready” jobs that Obama promised?  By the time they saw the light of day they were loaded down with millions of dollars of bureaucratic waste.

Grade A

Presidential Memorandum:  Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing — The first step to bringing manufacturing back to the U.S.

Grade A+

Executive Order 13767:  Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements —

Build the wall and hire more border security officers.

Grade A+

Executive Order 13768: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior — Cuts off federal funds to Sanctuary Cities and gives immigrations officers the authority to deport any noncitizen judged to be a threat to pubic safety.

Grade A+

Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States  —  Immediate travel ban for the seven countries judged to be most dangerous for 90 days until we can reform the vetting process. Despite what you may have heard, the threat from refugees is real.  Since September 11, 2001, at least 40 people admitted to the U.S. as refugees have been implicated in terrorism. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/08/10/jeff-sessions-highlights-20-vetted-terrorist-refugees-obama-ramps-admissions-terror-hot-spots/ Trump was criticized for not giving our security agencies time to thoroughly brief all those involved with implementing this order.  However, this would have leaked and given those intent on doing us harm an opportunity to sneak in before the ban.  There was no perfect way to do this without inconveniencing the people affected by the ban.

Grade B

National Security Presidential Memorandum 1: Rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces —Pentagon and Office of Management and Budget are to come up with a plan to bolster the military, examine our nuclear arsenal and missile-defense capabilities.

Grade A

National Security Presidential Memorandum 3 — Plan to Defeat ISIS to be delivered in 30 days

Grade A

Executive Order:  Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs —  Requires agencies to rescind two regulations for every new one.  Total cost of all new regulations for 2017, including those repealed, to be 0.

Grade A+

The Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court —  Another campaign promise delivered.  He picked this nominee from the list he presented to the voters which he compiled with the help of the Federalist Society.  Indications are that Judge Gorsuch is a strict constructionist in the mold of Antonin Scalia but only time will tell.

Grade Incomplete

Written by Jane Chastain

February 1st, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Immigration Question Fox News Won’t Ask (Every Voter Needs to Know)

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Immigration is one of the most important issues, if not the most important issue, in the 2016 presidential election.   However, most debates, including the Thursday debate on Fox News, will leave voters largely in the dark on just how the candidates will handle the matter.  There likely will be questions on securing the border and what to do with the 11-20 million people who are in this country illegally, but here are the all-important questions that likely will go unanswered:

  •  Currently there are 71.8 million working-age U.S. citizens and immigrants who are either unemployed, not in the labor force, or forced to work part-time.  Does it make any sense to continue admitting over one million permanent residents a year, and several hundred thousand guest workers since so many Americans and legal immigrants need full-time employment? Read the rest of this entry »

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March 2nd, 2016 at 5:30 pm

The Syrian Refugee Grinch in the White House

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Cold, heartless, cruel, callous, merciless, hard-hearted!  Those are just a few of the words that have been used to describe Republicans and others who want to put the brakes on President Obama’s plan to resettle thousands of Syrians fleeing their war-torn country here in the United States.

Resettling those people constitutes a grave threat to our country given the fact that it is impossible to adequately vet them.  Nevertheless, our hearts go out to these people and quite naturally we want to help.

So here is the question for bleeding-heart liberals who want to throw caution to the wind and bring plane loads of these people here to the United States:  Would you like to help 10,000, which is Obama’s plan for the current year, or 610,000 of them? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jane Chastain

December 16th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

STOP!

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“Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motive.” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

 

President Obama still is refusing to dip more than a toe in the water to defeat ISIS in Syria.  Nevertheless, he wants the rest of the world to open its doors to the Syrian population as it flees the war-torn country.

Worse still, he is doubling down on his plan to bring tens of thousands of Syrians here to be resettled among our population, even though our intelligence chiefs have informed us there is no way to adequately screen out radical Muslim terrorists hell-bent on our destruction.

Compassion is one thing: Stupidity is quite another.  In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, many countries are rethinking their plans to take in these Syrian migrants, since at least one of the attackers was among the recent arrivals and others were never successfully assimilated into the French population. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 18th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Illegal Immigration Problem: A Four-legged Stool

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Our  nation’s problem with illegal immigration can be compared to a four-legged stool.  If one of those legs is cut off or wobbly, it isn’t going to stand, at least for very long.

While some of our presidential candidates have address two or three of those legs, unfortunately none have address all four.  I’m waiting!

The first leg is obvious:  Seal the border.  Almost all candidates have vowed to do that in one way or another.  We are the most powerful nation on earth, though not likely to remain so if the present administration’s policies are not reversed and quickly.  We need to put all our available resources on the southern border while a wall is being built and we need to stop tying the hands of our border patrol agents.   However, we must not neglect our northern border. The use of drone technology and electronic surveillance should be used to maximize the effectiveness of our personal there.   Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jane Chastain

September 16th, 2015 at 5:30 pm


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