Trump’s da man!

(The following is an editorial from the Investor’s Business Daily. For an even more detailed list of President Trump’s many accomplishments, go here.)

AFTER WEEKS and months of fixating on tweets and Russia, someone in the press decided to have a look at what the Trump administration has been up to since January. Lo and behold, they discovered that it’s getting a lot done.

serveimage“Trump Has Quietly Accomplished More Than It Appears,” reads the headline in the Atlantic.

“With the Trump administration’s chaos sucking up all the attention,” the article begins, “it’s been able to move forward on a range of its priorities … It is remaking the justice system, rewriting environmental rules, overhauling public-lands administration, and greenlighting major infrastructure projects. It is appointing figures who will guarantee the triumph of its ideological vision for decades to come.”

It goes on to detail these achievements, many of which we’ve highlighted on these pages.

Border crossings, for example, have plummeted, even though all Trump has done so far is promise to enforce existing laws.

The Supreme Court approved parts of Trump’s travel ban, a success made possible by Trump’s appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the bench.

Trump is busy filling lower court positions with conservative justices. Ron Klain, a White House aide to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, said that Trump “is proving wildly successful in one respect: naming youthful conservative nominees to the federal bench in record-setting numbers.”

What else? Well, Trump pulled out of the Paris climate change deal, which as we noted in this space is a yuuuge win for the economy.

The EPA, meanwhile, is dismantling Obama’s coal-killing, growth-choking Clean Power Plan, and draining the heavy-handed Waters of the United States rule. When a veteran EPA official resigned this week, she complained in a letter to her former colleagues that “the new EPA Administrator already has repeals of 30 rules under consideration,” which the New York Times described as “a regulatory rollback larger in scope than any other over so short a time in the agency’s 47-year history.”

Trump promised to kill two regulations for every new one enacted, but in his first six months the ratio was 16-to-1.

Trump also approved the Keystone XL and other pipeline projects held up by Obama. He’s also rolled back a ban on coal mining on public lands.

To be sure, Trump hasn’t scored a major legislative achievement on signature issues like ObamaCare and tax reform.

The Atlantic writer describes the administration’s achievements as something akin to a shadow government. But these actions aren’t in the shadows. They’re just being ignored by a media that is obsessed with digging up dirt on Trump.

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(Note: An excellent way to get correct information on the Trump Administration is to go to the White House website and subscribe to the 1600 Daily, which is a brief wrap-up emailed to you of what’s actually happening every day in the administration.)

12 thoughts on “Trump’s da man!”

  1. 16-to-1 sounds like a good start. Beating the media at their own game. I probably would not like this guy much if I had to deal with him every day, but he is getting some progress where it has not existed for years. Bravo. Keep moving right. Give encouragement and support to those less fortunate in ways that truly help them (stay off the Gov’t plantation).

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    1. Ricardo: The regulatory rollbacks cannot be overpraised. If there is one principal thing bringing America down it’s the ever-expanding regulatory state, rules made by people who were not elected to anything, people who see their purpose as continually making up rules.

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  2. Felipe: At your behest I read the Atlantic article, and although it says that Trump has accomplished more than it seems, it also points out his administration is somewhat of a looney-bin:

    “The actual government, the administration of Donald Trump, is coming off the worst week of his presidency, although there haven’t been any smooth weeks. Trump’s top legislative priority, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, seems dead for the moment. (Tax reform? Forget it.) His administration has set a new standard for chaos and dysfunction, rolling through staffers the way other administrations run through, well, legislative initiatives. Trump’s foreign policy remains inchoate and ineffective. Meanwhile, a special counsel investigation looms over the entire administration, threatening both its legitimacy and legal jeopardy for some of its members.”

    It’s a matter of the glass being half-empty or half-full.

    As far as directing people to the WH website to get news about Trump, that’s like telling people to check out blogs, or news releases put out by our wives or husbands, to find out what a couple of geniuses we are. Talk about Fake News…

    al

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    1. Señor Lanier: Don’t know why your feedback went to the moderation pile. I did not do that.

      As for the editorial in the business mag and the entire Atlantic yarn, which I have not read: Alas, Atlantic has, like so many formerly respectable, even-handed, news sources, flown off the leftist deep end. I used to be a subscriber, but no more. But it was heartening to see they at least made a feeble effort, and that was what the Investor’s Business Daily was focusing on. That the Atlantic piece went on to drub Trump is to be expected. Same ole, same ole. One part of your Atlantic quote caught my eye, that Trump’s foreign policy is inchoate and ineffective. I would say quite the contrary. So would other intelligent and sane observers.

      But I repeat: The 1600 Daily is a good look into the great works of the Trump Administration. Pithy too, and delivered free into your email pile. Or you can simply continue reading the NYT, WP and Mother Jones.

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  3. It makes me ill to hear talking heads analyze what they think is happening/has happened as if they have an inside track directly to Oval Office. Now they can talk about North Korea being an imminent danger to the US. I think it’s clear that the little dumpy NK leader with the weird haircut is a danger only to his own people.

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    1. Carole: The pudgy leader of North Korea who was lucky enough to inherit his dictatorship, something I imagine he lacked the smarts to do himself, has been a danger to his own people from the get-go and from his daddy’s and granddaddy’s get-gos too.

      Putting nuclear weapons in his hands, however, makes him a threat far beyond the borders of his loony-tunes nation.

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      1. The Chinese will keep him in check because his domain would implode and everyone would run to China. Chinese don’t want that although they are “supporters” of the NK regime.

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  4. The idea that Kim Jong Un is considering attacking Guam seems to show an INCREDIBLE lack of strategy development on his part, if that is true. While there are important military assets on Guam, such an attack would create prompt and massive retaliation from every other US base in the world. This would ensure that KJU’s one shot at the U.S. wouldn’t even be particularly lethal.

    If he wants to go out with a blaze, he needs to nuke San Fran or Los Angeles, or some other big, mainland city. Most Americans know nothing about Guam.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Which has the advantage of being on no one’s target list.

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