Marking the two-month point in the Trump administration, there is little doubt that the Trump presidency has been beset with controversy. Pundits on both sides of the aisle have criticized him, and many conservative and alternative media outlets have praised him both effusively and with reservation. Judging the real effectiveness of our new president with all the crosstalk can be a challenge as so much of what is said about him is misleading.
One thing, however, that both sides of the political spectrum can agree on is that Donald Trump has made a historic effort to fulfill his campaign promises, and has achieved more in his first fifty days than most presidents achieve in a year. CNN rued about this, calling him obsessed.
But many more believe that a president who actually wants to come through with the promises that got him elected is something to celebrate- even for those who do not agree with his policies. It is clear that Trump is a straight shooter.
So for clarity, something that’s in such rare supply these days, we thought it appropriate to list Trump’s accomplishments so far as president.
Restore the Job Economy
Employers have added more jobs than expected in January (238,000) and February (235,000), dropping the unemployment rate to 4.7% and boosting wages by 2.8%. Bloomberg reports, the labor market is improving “by any metric.”
Exxon is set to spend $20 billion over the next 10 years to build 11 plants on the Gulf Coast, creating an enormous 45,000 jobs. Trump famously prevented Carrier, the Indianapolis air conditioning plant, from exporting hundreds of jobs to Mexico. The toy manufacturer, Hasbro is coming back to the U.S. and will manufacture their popular children’s modeling clay in Massachusetts rather than in China. These are just a few examples of companies that have decided to reinvest in America since Trump took office.
Reduce the National Deficit
Since the inauguration, Trump has eliminated $68 billion from the national debt, which had soared to $19,947 billion under the Obama Administration. This fact utterly surprised pundits and economists alike who expected it to take much, much longer for Trump’s policies to have any real effect on the national deficit.
Restore America’s Manufacturing Infrastructure
The Philly Federal Index, a survey indicating how manufacturers are faring, reached its highest point since 1984. Samsung plans to invest $300 million in expanding its U.S. production lines, creating roughly 500 jobs. Fiat Chrysler is making plans to spend $1 billion to build two factories in Detroit and Toledo, adding 2,000 jobs to the market.
Trump also signed an executive order terminating Obama’s burdensome coal regulations- putting thousands of miners back to work in an industry which Obama and Clinton tried to bankrupt. Today, Trump is revitalizing it.
Restore Entrepreneurial Confidence
The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index has reached its highest point since 2004, and economic confidence is at a 15 year high. President Trump has approved both the Dakota Access and Keystone Pipelines. The long-anticipated approval of these vital pipelines will generate employment, reduce gas prices- and give Trump an avenue to breathe new life into U.S. Steel.
Boost the Economy
The Dow closed at over 20,000 for the first time in its history just a few days after the inauguration, and it has not stopped rising since then. The Dow has risen by over 2500 points since the election- a 12% increase. President Trump has terminated the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal- which would have given even more power to unelected international powers by creating a global regulatory scheme that would further drain our economy.
Remedy Illegal Immigration
Border crossings have dropped by 40%, according to DHS as Donald Trump makes moves to fulfill his promise to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. He has ordered Homeland Security and the DOJ to withhold funds from sanctuary cities which harbor criminal illegal aliens.
These are just some of his more memorable campaign promises. There are many less headline-worthy promises that Trump is moving to keep. For example, Trump has cut funding for propaganda which promoted internationally abortions. American taxpayers will no longer pay for unborn babies to be killed by international NGOs.
He has also given states back the authority to make decisions on “transgender bathrooms and locker rooms.” President Trump ordered the DOJ to withdraw a motion filed by Obama seeking to force public schools to allow transgender students to use whichever bathroom and locker room they wish.
With Trump, not only are we seeing the steely-eyed rejection of politically correct identity politics, but we are also seeing the reinforcement of our national borders. Most importantly, we are witnessing an unprecedented return of the opportunity to work for a fair wage as Trump restores not just the number of jobs available- but the number of high quality, full-time jobs.
~ Conservative Zone