President-Elect Donald J. Trump's Campaign Promises ... Can He Keep Them? (updated 11/27/16)

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11/22/16: At a on-again, off-again, on-again meeting with the New York Times, Donald Trump admitted that 1) Climate Change is Real and 2) there Might be some human element to it happening. This is a reversal of his position during the campaign.

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Keeping Your Campaign Promises

THE POLITIFACT ORGANIZATION COUNTED OVER 500 PROMISES during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns. To-date he kept either in full or through compromise 71%. He failed (most of them because he was blocked by the GOP) 22%. In the works, which probably can't be kept, is 5%. 1% are stalled. Will Donald Trump be able to do better even an Opposition Party that HASN'T PROMISED to make you fail?

It would seem that Trump should get close to 95% of promises kept given he will have a Congress and Supreme Court their to do his bidding. (Remember, he said that ONLY HE can make America Great again. We will see shortly whether he can do it alone or will need the help of others, like Congress. I think this is first broken promise.)

It will be a tough start even though he will have a Congress and Supreme Court on his side. In opposition should be the current military leaders of the Army, Navy, and Air Force (he gets to pick the civilian leaders), the National Security apparatus, the entire civil service that he doesn't appoint. Why? Because he made each of those large groups of bureaucrats targets of his vitriol, insults, and disparagement. A determined unified bureaucracy can bring down any appointed leader, especially if he or she is incompetent or outright political.


(To offer full-disclosure, I am a liberal Republican by orientation (yes, we still exist), but registered Democrat so I can vote in primaries. I have voted for Nixon, Ford, Reagan, H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Gore, Kerry, Obama, and now Hillary Clinton. My bias is to sensible fiscal conservationism and social liberalism. This translates to a believe that the gov't has a roll in helping its citizens but shouldn't break the bank doing it. While I do not personally like Donald Trump nor most of his policies, I will take a wait-and-see attitude toward his performance as President.)

So, What Are Trumps Promises from the Campaign Trail?

Here is the starter list, we will discuss these in more detail later:

Immigration

Promise 1: To round up undocumented immigrants and deport them en masse,

Promise 2: To create a deportation force to do it.

Promise 3: To have police racially profile Arab Americans to deter terrorism

Promise 4: To build a solid "great" wall along the 2000 mile along the US-Mexico will build a "great wall" on the US-Mexico border to prevent illegal immigration

Promise 5: To make Mexico pay for.the wall

Promise 6: To "Temporarily" ban Muslims from America. Does this include current citizens

Promise 7: To stop all Syrian refugees from coming into America and kick out those already here

Promise 8: To surveil Muslim Mosques

Promise 9: To create of database of Syrian refugees

Promise 10: To block federal funding to "Sanctuary Cities" within his first 100 days. The cities have vowed to fight Trump and to accept the consequences. He said in August 2016, I will "Block funding for sanctuary cities. We block the funding. No more funding,"

Terrorism

Promise 1: To have the United States will "bomb the s--- out of ISIS.". I count this one as Kept, so long as he keeps up what President Obama is doing.

Promise 2: To target and kill the relatives of terrorist

Promise 3: To shut down parts of the Internet so that Islamic State terrorists cannot use it to recruit American children.

Promise 4: To Bring back waterboarding

Justice

Promise 1: To direct the US attorney general to indict Hilary Clinton - BROKEN: On 11/20/2016 Trump, through his campaign manager, said he won't pursue new legal action against Hillary Clinton and her personal email server.

Promise 2: To drop that "dirty, rotten traitor" Bowe Bergdahl out of an airplane into desolate Afghanistan without a parachute.- already BROKEN

Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Promise 1: Sign the bill from Congress to "immediately repeal and replace" Obamacare

Promise 2: To reinstate ability of Health Insurance companies to sell across state lines that was caneled as a result of the repealed Obamacare

Trade

Promise:1 To renegotiate TPP

Promise 2: To renegotiate NAFTA

Promise 3: To Impose tariffs on Mexico and China

Jobs

Promise 1: To bring manufacturing jobs back

Promise 2: To rebuild the nations infrastructure at 1/3 the current cost

Economy and Finance

Promise 1: To kill the Dodd-Frank law which is designed to protect America from another Great Recession

Promise 2: To reinstate the Glass-Steagal Act which puts a firewall between commericial banks and investment banks back in place. (The Gingrich-Clinton repeal of this Depression-era Act in1999 was the harbinger of the Great 2008 Recession)

Promise 3: To break-up big banks

Promise 4: To audit the Federal Reserve

Foreign Policy

Promise 1: To renegotiate Iran Nuclear Deal

Promise 2: To find an "out" clause in the Iran deal

Promise 3: To seize Iraqi oil fields, using ground troops if needed, and take the oil as repayment for our help (which makes the US military mercenaries, doesn't it)

Promise 4: To refuse to call Iran's leader by his preferred title.

Promise 5: Allow Russia to deal with the Islamic State in Syria and/or work with Russian President Vladimir Putin to wipe out shared enemies.

Promise 6: To leave a lot of troops in Afghanistan

Promise 7: To reverse President Obama's Cuba initiatives.

Social Benefits

Promise 1: To leave Social Security alone and leave benefits and retirement age as is.

Promise 2: To save Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security without reducing benefits

Promise 3: To defund Planned Parenthood

Promise 4: To invest more heavily in programs that help military veterans transition back to civilian life

Promise 5: To have the government continue to provide health coverage to the poor, e.g. Medicaid,

Taxes

Promise 1: To cut taxes for all

Education

Promise 1: To kill Common Core.

Promise 2: To kill the Department of Education

Promise 3: To let local governments control local schools

Environment

Promise 1: To kill the EPA

Promise 2: To kill President Obama's Clean Power Plan which is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by 2030

Promise 3: To "cancel" the Paris Agreement on Climate Changestop all US payments to UN programs aimed at fighting climate

Promise 4: To stop all US payments to UN programs aimed at fighting climate change

Military

Promise 1: To create a much larger military

Promise 2: To find great generals (implies our current generals are poor) and do not allow them to go onto television news shows to explain their military strategy: "I don't want my generals being interviewed, I want my generals kicking a--." Trump likes generals who are rough, foul-mouthed and beloved by their troops

Character

Promise 1: Be unpredictable. "No one is going to touch us, because I'm so unpredictable."

Government

Promise 1: To fire "the corrupt and incompetent" leaders of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Promise 2: To dramatically reform the VA
Promise 3: To allow veterans to take their military identification card to any medical facility that accepts Medicaid patients to receive care. (This is already policy)
Promise 4: To embed satellite VA clinics in rural hospitals and underserved areas, and ensure than every VA hospital is permanently staffed with OBGYN doctors.
Promise 5: To cancel the Space program until pot holes are fixed (until infrastructure is properly funded)

Miscellaneous

Promise 1: To ensure that Iowa is the first in the Union for primaries. - BROKEN; he has no authority to do that, it belongs to the Parties and the States.

Promise 2: To turn regulation of Pot over to the States and remove Federal restrictions

Promise 3: To oppose the killing of journalists

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Donald Trump Lays Out His First 100-Day Plan

First 100 Days In Office

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP HAS LAID OUT in a the broad strokes of what he intends to do in his first 100 days in office. They are, in no particular order:

  • Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
  • Cancel restrictions on the production of American energy, including shale energy and clean coal; which means kill President Obama's Clean Power Plan which is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by 2030
  • In order to reduce regulations on business he wants to eliminate two regulations for every one created
  • Direct the Department of Defense to develop a compreensive plan to protect vital American infrastructure from cyber and all other attacks
  • Begin investigating all abuses of the American visa system
  • Prohibit Executive branch officials from becoming lobbyists for five years after they leave so that they can't enrich themselves from government service

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11 comments

Wild Bill 3 weeks ago

I don't think anyone expects a politician to keep most of their campaign promises. If so, we are setting them up for failure. I think we already see Trump going back on many campaign promises as I knew he would, but as long as he stabilizes the economy and helps to squash ISIS, I don't care because I am pretty much middle of the road.

I don't worry about:

-who uses what bathroom

-who marries

-Roe vs Wade because it will never be eliminated. I focus more on late term abortion reform.

-legalization of pot. let people smoke whatever they want to smoke. I will stay clean while they turn their brains into mush.

As for Obama not being able to keep his promises. First four years he blamed Bush. The second four he blamed Congress and Bush, but none of these are excuses. Now Clinton blames Comey, Obama, and Jill Stein. A President has to be able to convince and work with others. They are supposed to be the leader, so if their is a failure, they should accept it as their own. Liberals can't seem to do that. They want to bully and intimidate with violence and PC.


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My Esoteric 3 weeks ago from Keystone Heights, FL Author

The Right seems to think, Wild Bill, PBO had to keep all his utterances, no now the shoe is on the other foot; live with it.

The economy is stable! Wages finally growing for the last 12 months, 73 straight months of employment growth, highest GDP in history, unemployment equivalent to Bush, and on and on' what more to you want. Stick with facts, not hyperbole

PBO kept 71% of his promises vs 22% not kept, but not for the lack of trying for most of them. What % do you think Trump will keep? 22%? Less?

Bush was blamed because his administration caused the mess PBO fixed.


Wild Bill 3 weeks ago

Well, the left thinks that if things don't go their way then they can use violent protests and McCarthy Cold War fear tactics to get their way but they can't. The people know that Obama has done nothing so they didn't vote for Hillary and it wasn't just the right that did it. It was the left and independents. Trump won so live with it.

Bush didn't cause the recession. That housing bubble started before he took office. Read a book and learn something. Anyone with an education knows that.


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My Esoteric 3 weeks ago from Keystone Heights, FL Author

Wild Bill, it would help if you 1) knew your history (the Cold War fear tactic was a Conservative pogrom against anything that smack of liberalism), 2) the tactics used private and government persecution, not protests, of anyone not toeing the conservative line, 3) your "done nothing" comment simply means your are far-Right, not down-the-middle as you assert, and 4) know your history (the housing bubble started in about 2003 - 2004) about how and why the Great Recession came about in the Bush Administration that allowed, even encouraged (unknowingly) it to happen by their economic philosophy. See the soon to be published in book form http://hubpages.com/politics/A-Short-History-of-Si...


Wild Bill 3 weeks ago

My Esoteric said: "he Cold War fear tactic was a Conservative pogrom against anything that smack of liberalism"

Yes, which is why it is ironic now that Liberals are using it. This is why I brought it up Einstein! lol Thanks for walking right into that one.

My Esoteric said: "your "done nothing" comment simply means your are far-Right, not down-the-middle as you assert,

No. It means I am an American who is not blinded by ideology like yourself. America agrees with me and voted against Hillary, who would have kept up the status quo; do nothing and hopefully the economy will keep slowly growing. Keep in mind this was not a vote for Trump. It was a vote against Hillary and Obama. States that voted for Obama twice did not want to make the same mistake for the next 4 years. Blame it on racism all you want. Change was what we wanted and we did it the right way; by voting, not using violent protests to intimidate.

My Esoteric said: "know your history (the housing bubble started in about 2003 - 2004) about how and why the Great Recession came about in the Bush Administration that allowed, even encouraged (unknowingly) it to happen by their economic philosophy. See the soon to be published in book form http://hubpages.com/politics/A-Short-History-of-Si..."

Seriously??? You used a Hub for a reference??? ROFL. Try reading a book sometime. Anyone with common sense knows that a bubble (recession, financial crisis) cannot start and end within a couple of years. You need to go to business school.


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My Esoteric 3 weeks ago from Keystone Heights, FL Author

Actually, I turned that hub into a book on the subject with sources and everything. And yes, I read the most definitive book on the Great Recession, "The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report, Authorized Edition: Final Report of the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the United States"

And since Liberals, Moderates, and even a few Conservatives overwhelmingly think PBO 1) did much of what he set out to do and 2) what he did was good for America. You, sir, are in a distinct minority as to how PBO did.

Yes, these people wanted change, but hardly any of them asked him "How" he is going to do it; they were simply satisfied with the broad platitudes he dodged the questions with. They also ignored 1) Trump's despicable behavior which will now be the embarrassing face of America to the world and 2) his inability to hold his temper and desire to strike back at real or perceived criticism; instead of campaign opponents that he used a scorched earth policy on, it will be leaders of other nations who combined can hurt the US tremendously.


Wild Bill 3 weeks ago

My Esoteric said: "And since Liberals, Moderates, and even a few Conservatives overwhelmingly think PBO 1) did much of what he set out to do and 2) what he did was good for America. You, sir, are in a distinct minority as to how PBO did."

Well, the polls do say he has a 55% approval rating, but we know how reliable polls are now don't we? lol If people overwhelmingly approved of the job Obama did then they would have elected Hillary, who promises the same agenda.

Thanks to extreme public shaming by Liberals in the news and social media, people are afraid to publicly express their opinions. The people spoke; no more Obama agenda. Case closed. You lost. Get over it or move on.


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My Esoteric 3 weeks ago from Keystone Heights, FL Author

Again Wrong Bill. Let me point out a few things to you.

1. Clinton did not get the turn out she was expect by A LOT; I attribute that primarily to her focus on large population centers rather than going out everywhere. That mistep cost her the election even given how many people didn't like or trust her.

2. Trump got many less votes than Romney and almost a million votes less than Clinton, so he does not have a mandate.

3. Probably 25% of the people who voted for Trump are people of the same bad character as Trump and Bannon.

4. The rest are people who voted for Trump are a) wanted change at ANY cost and b) didn't care to know how Trump was going to do what he said he would like build a wall or kill the families of terrorists

So no, the fact that they voted for a disaster doesn't reflect what they thought of Obama's job. They voted for Trump for entirely different reasons.


Wild Bill 2 weeks ago

myesoteric said; "Clinton did not get the turn out she was expect by A LOT; I attribute that primarily to her focus on large population centers rather than going out everywhere."

I really don't know what to say about that statement. On one hand, it is mind blowing that a grown man thinks like you do. On the other hand, I actually feel sorry for you now, so I will take it easy. I imagine old age is a pain in the tail.

Let me break this down in a simple way that you can understand. Hillary got the same amount of votes that Obama got in 2012;

http://elections.nbcnews.com/ns/politics/2012/all/...

About 62 million +

Hillary now:

https://www.thenation.com/article/hillary-clintons...

62 million +

Your use of the word 'turnout' is just another way of saying that people didn't vote for her. Yes, that is obvious, but it was not only in key swing states that changed, NC, OH, FL, MI etc (sometimes yes to dems, sometimes no). Off of the top of my head, I cannot remember how they voted in both 2008 or 2012, but I digress. What most people don't look at is the districts inside those key states. The majority of districts in theses states performed just like they normally did, but the important democrat are the ones that flipped. These had roughly the same voter turnout, but instead of voting for Obama like they normally did, they voted for Trump or either it was a really close loss. Even is states that Trump lost like PA, some of the districts that were overwhelming Obama did not vote as much for Hillary.

Regardless, Hillary lost and Trump won. We can keep arguing over which party is more violent and deplorable, but I don't think either party has the sole patent on hate, plus you nor I will give in. We will just keep providing article to bolster our opinion. Why don't we just quit while we still have a life? Truce??? (my hand is extended).


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My Esoteric 2 weeks ago from Keystone Heights, FL Author

Your insults make you look extremely stupid and childish, you know, sort of like Trump, if you ask me.

Instead of throwing out preliminary numbers, you might try using the FINAL numbers. 2008 - Almost 70 million for PBO, 2012 - Right at 66 million for PBO, 2016 - 62.4 million and still climbing pic.twitter.com/x41cyyy2XI

In any case, shake.


Wild Bill 2 weeks ago

Well, speaking actually makes you look stupid, so I guess I am ahead of the game.

Shake

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