Monday, April 24, 2017

Binocular Snapshot for 04/24/2017

Trump has accomplished something more significant in his first 100 days than any president in recent memory has done: the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court,
President Trump's success in placing the 49-year-old Gorsuch on the Supreme Court will affect the direction of our country for a generation, indeed, Trump can count every 5-4 decision over the next three decades that goes conservatives' way as one of his "First 100 Days" a accomplishments, no other modern president can claim to have had that kind of lasting impact in so short a time.
Trump's predecessors' early achievements were not as impactful, case in point President Obama's stimulus (with its false promise of "shovel-ready" jobs) is long forgotten.
George W. Bush's tax cuts were not signed until June and were partially repealed by his successor.
Trump also did something in his first 100 days that his predecessor could not bring himself to do in his entire second term, he enforced Obama's red line against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Trump didn't wring his hands, he acted quickly and decisively, and in so doing restored U.S. credibility on the world stage that Obama had squandered.
He underscored the message by dropping the MOAB (aka "Mother of All Bombs") on an Islamic State hideout in Afghanistan, his decision to strike the Assad regime at the very moment he was meeting the Chinese president may have set Trump on a course to accomplish something three previous presidents failed to do, enlist China in a real effort to pressure North Korea on its nuclear program.
Those things alone make Trump's first 100 days a success, however, he can also point to other accomplishments, such as signing into law an economic stimulus in the form of 13 resolutions of disapproval revoking regulations imposed by the Obama administration, critics say undoing the actions of previous administration is not a legislative achievement, yes, it is!, rolling back the wet blanket of regulations smothering the economy is critical to restoring job creation in the United States and Trump is acting decisively to do so.
George W. Bush did not sign the No Child Left Behind act until January 2002, nearly a year after taking office, Obama did not sign the Affordable Care Act into law until March 2010, about 14 months after taking office.
On Day 101, the Republicans are still in control both houses of Congress, so while President Trump has done big things, he has plenty of time to get more big things done.