What were the accomplishments most meaningful to you?
What were the disappointments?
For me the appointmemt of a conservative justice of Gorsuch was the highlight.
The failure to repeal the ACA was the disappointment which I blame the GOP congress more than Trump. Paul Ryan let us down...
Most important is the conservative Constitutional, Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch. If President Trump never accomplished anything else that would be fine with me.
I just read that Common Core is no more, that is a big win. Now each state is able to set the standard for their state.
That is great news. I have many teacher friends who hates teaching common core.
President Trump's First 100 Days
In his first 100 days, President Donald J. Trump has taken bold action to restore prosperity, keep Americans safe and secure, and hold government accountable. At an historic pace, this President has enacted more legislation and signed more executive orders than any other president in over a half century. With a focus on rebuilding the military, ending illegal immigration, and restoring confidence in our economy, the President is keeping his promises to the American people.
I suppose their are several authors just waiting for the finishing touches to publish their next book.
It is too early to celebrate. As I said in other hubs, the election of Trump is only a start. We have many hurdles to cross as a nation. There are serious problems in our path, one of which is the huge debt.
We can not recover unless we are free of those debt.
The other problem is our Congress which has been stuck and cannot do what the American people elected them to do. We need to enac term limits to change the dynamics of Washington DC.
I've been celebrating since I was sure President Trump would win, although I knew it was going to be a battle. Just the thought of a Obama third term or another Clinton term was reason enough for me to sing and dance before the Lord for a Trump victory.
The plan has never been to recover from the national debt, its all been a big Ponzi scheme. Everyone knows that since 2008 when the banks got bailed out. The best thing that can happen is to watch the unbacked fiat monetary systems burst one bubble at a time instead of a complete crash. I say out with the old and in with the new.
A third of Congress should go to prison. That could happen.
Common Core was a travesty, but so is the thought that entire states will be teaching more religious dogma and belief than actual knowledge or science.
Consider Kentucky, the state that supports a museum where Adam rides dinosaurs and the earth is only 6,000 years old. Or Texas, where ancestors that failed to vociferously proclaim Christianity are slowly being expunged from textbooks.
Some kind of federal oversight seems necessary.
I'll have reread the Every Student Succeeds Act passed in 2015, which is to replace No Child Left Behind Act. Memory isn't what it use to be.
I lost a lot of faith in schools when my elementary child was taken from his "gifted" class (all gifted classes were terminated) and put to work tutoring the "special ed" classes in response to some federal mandate or another.
I've watched as education has slowly slid downward towards a goal of every child exits the system with the same, poor, education. It's not PC to think that not every child should, or even can, learn at a high level and our schools reflect that.
Here's a pretty good rundown of the things Trump promised to deliver in his first 100 days in office.
He described the list as "a contract between Donald J. Trump and the American voter." And it was called "a game-changing plan for his first 100 days in office."
Some things have been delivered. For many of the items though he has either delivered nothing (no action at all), delivered something but not everything promised, or failed to deliver (attempted to deliver something but it has been blocked for legal reasons etc).
If this were a contract with a business, I'd be asking for my money back, or seeking compensation.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/pol … 100571722/
Can we ask for our money back from every politician on the Hill? Because not a single one has delivered on all their promises.
I'm disappointed Wilderness. Did you accidently forget? Donald Trump is different! He's not like every politician on the Hill! If he says he will do something within 100 days, he'll do it! He's a dealmaker! A man who gets things done!
Oh drat! That's right - he doesn't operate in a vacuum any more than any other politician does, and is learning that the hard way. (I figured that out before the election - did you?)
As every President in history has done.
But does that mean I can't have my money back for "forgotten" promises from Congress?
"I figured that out before the election - did you?"
Did he. If he did, then he was lying throughout his campaign, which means he was just like other politicians even before the White House. If he didn't, then he evidently isn't sensible enough to be the president, which is something we are seeing evidence of every day.
You know, I don't think he did. Obama didn't figure out that he know next to nothing about Guantanamo or the fighting in the middle east, even though he already knew he wasn't privy to all the information available, until he sat in that chair for weeks. Only then was it apparent to him that he could not follow through on his promises. Every president, I think, fights this when they first take office; their ignorance and helplessness is beyond anything they had considered. And, given that Trump has been absolute King in his world, it has probably hit him even harder.
But I asked about you - did you know and understand that he was making promises that he would find impossible to fulfill? If so, are you blaming yourself for believing them, Trump for saying things he didn't understand or accepting that he likely meant what he said, but has been unable to follow through despite his every effort. If you didn't understand that, are you blaming yourself for not thinking it through and recognizing a common theme through all presidents? Or blaming Trump because he was as ignorant as you were?
There's a difference between someone not recognizing how difficult a specific task might be until they get into the Oval office, or even evolving after a significant period of time in the role, and someone who simply reverses several key policy positions that formed the basis of their platform almost as soon as they are in power. The latter is what Trump has done:
"NATO is obsolete" (April 4 2016)(1)
"It's no longer obsolete" (April 12 2017)(2)
"I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf." (August 8, 2016)(3)
Number of times Trump has played golf in first 100 days in office: 14 (the equivalent of once a week) (4)
"I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator. China is a currency manipulator" (October 22, 2016)(5)
"They're not currency manipulators"(April 12 2017)(6)
"Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts." (June 16 2016)(7)
"I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid" (May 21 2015)(8)
Trump tries (and fails) to pass a Bill that cuts Medicaid (March 2017)(9)
"Mexico will pay for the wall"(10)
Trump indicates preference to "fund the border wall through the appropriations process. . ."(January 2017)(11) In other words, make taxpayers pay for the wall.
And on it goes . . .
Is it possible that some of Trump's flip flops are due to the reality of office taking hold? Certainly. Can that excuse be used to explain all of them away? No.
Based on his public comments the man is clearly, personally out of his depth, and very heavily dependent on his advisors. The problem is that those advisors are giving him conflicting information, because they are trying to assert conflicting ideological agendas. By most accounts, his advisors are essentially at war with each other. That's a mess that exposes the whole country to unnecessary risk in relation to domestic and foreign policy.
When you also consider the fact that the Muslim ban and the plan to withhold funds from sanctuary cities have both been blocked by the courts, I don't believe anyone could look at the first 100 days and reasonably conclude it hasn't been a mess, and that the current administration is confused and disordered..
Likewise, I don't believe anyone could look at these first 100 days and reasonably conclude that Trump has demonstrated that he knows what he's doing. If anything the first 100 days has proven the opposite. And the fact that hasn't dragged the country into a war within his first 100 days, seems more luck than design.
(4) http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter … ack-obama/
(5) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R4L-Os … p;t=18m50s
(6) http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-t … SKBN17E2L8
(7) http://edition.cnn.com/videos/politics/ … newday.cnn
(9) http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter … -medicaid/
(10) https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/sta … 04?lang=en
(11) http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/05/polit … l?adkey=bn
You're right - reversing decisions is not the same as not understanding how difficult a jobs it. There is no connection whatsoever between the two.
So, in discussing that Trump (and most every president) really had no idea of how difficult it would be to get things done, what is the point of bringing up the things he wanted to do, and tried to do? Just to bash his ideas of what the country needs not being in line with socialism?
Why bring up his personal entertainment? Just to bash the man himself?
But when we get to the end, you're agreeing with what I said - Trump had no real idea of what it would take as President to accomplish anything. Which is what the whole sub-thread is about, and something you seemed to disagree with: "If he didn't, then he evidently isn't sensible enough to be the president, which is something we are seeing evidence of every day.". Minus the mandatory backhand slap at the man, demanded of all good liberals, it seems you think he should have understood all about being a politician and president.
But you still haven't answered the question of whether, during the campaign phase, you thought he knew all this stuff?
Trump chose "personal entertainment" as the measure of how hard a president works. So by his own standard he has done less work in his first 100 days than the last president. He implied that would not be the case. If you don't like using golf as a measure of how hard presidents work, take it up with Trump. He created it, not me.
The reason for bringing up the things he wanted (and failed) to do goes back to my original comment when I said "[Trump is] not like every politician on the Hill! If he says he will do something within 100 days, he'll do it! He's a dealmaker! A man who gets things done!"
I was sarcastically mimicking the belief that some people genuinely had, which was one of the reasons they voted for Trump. I was also alluding to the fact that some Trump supporters still believe it. So much so, they are creating all sorts of justifications for why Trump's failure to do certain things is nothing to do with Trump's failings, or the failings of the policies themselves. But instead because of resistance from the "establishment", or the "deep state", or "erroneous" judges, or even "the jews lead by Jared Kushner" etc. Anything to avoid the cognitive dissonance of holding the belief that Trump is everything he pretended to be during the election, and the reality of his actual first 100 days in office.
Unfortunately you seem to have mistaken my sarcasm for earnestness, which is probably my fault for not being clearer.
"So by his own standard he has done less work in his first 100 days than the last president."
Easy enough to say - now show that he has spent fewer hours working on the needs of the country than other Presidents. Story has it (perhaps true, perhaps not) that he lives with little sleep, and is spending more time in the office than Obama ever did. "Office" being wherever he is, but working on being a President, not golfing.
Yes, I did mistake it, which is why I pointed out that I, and others that actually thought about what was being said knew from the start it wasn't going to happen. That every presidential candidate makes promises that they cannot keep, that the best that can be hoped for is a general idea of the way they think, they way they "lean" and what they might hope to do. And although you give Trump zero credit, he has made efforts, he has tried, and he has made efforts to fulfill his promises. Thinking back to some of the first words of Obama (OK, now I'm elected; you'll have to do it again for me to accomplish what I promised) he's ahead of the game, or at least running neck and neck.
My personal opinion and consideration: Trump has a big, big problem in that he was "King", with a capital K, of his empire. That is no longer true; his empire is not the USA and it has hundreds of "kings". He also has a problem only slightly smaller in that he must work within the system, dealing with people he doesn't like and doesn't agree with. While he has certainly shown that he can work with people (no one with his business acumen is a total failure there), it goes beyond anything he has experienced.
This means the learning curve for President Trump is going to be steep, difficult and uncomfortable. We can only hope that he is up to the task, and in less than 4 years time, but to expect him to climb that curve in 3 months is unrealistic in the extreme. If he accomplishes much of anything (outside of greatly slowing illegals entering the country) in less than a year I'll be surprised.
Any queries about how days-playing-golf can be used to measure a president's performance should be directed at the man who originated that line of reasoning:
"Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf."(Donald Trump, October 13 2014)(1)
I am merely applying Trump's own measure to Trump.
His flip flops are not indicative of someone new to politics grappling with a steep learning curve. They are indicative of someone with no clue, getting advice from people with different ideological agendas. You can even tell whose advice he is acting on by observing the shift in ideology from one position to the next. We're out of NAFTA (Bannon). We're back in NAFTA (Kushner). We don't observe the One-China policy (Bannon). We do observe the One-China policy (Kushner). We're going to "deal with" N. Korea (Bannon?) We're going to talk with N. Korea to work out a solution (every sensible person in the White House).
The last 100 days have been a dangerous, disorderly mess.
(1) https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/sta … 7799067648
The only people who thinks the last 100 days is a disaster are the TDS crowd.
Did you apply the same logic to President Obama during his 8 years of rule?
He is getting $400000 per speech saying what?
Hillary and Bill did the same after they left office...
You are reading the wrong fake news...
Trump is doing what he does best. Confuse and confound the opposition and our adversaries.
He may not know everything, but his judgement is better than you or some here on Hubpages who has been wrong about Trump from the start.
So when will you give up?
When Dow reaches 22,000? Haha
So Trump has changed his position on several significant policy areas since coming into office, and failed to deliver things he said he would deliver in his first 100 days, and your response to that is . . .
- Obama is getting $400,000 for a speech and "Hillary and Bill did the same after they left office..."
- I am reading "the wrong fake news..."
- Trump looks incompetent because he wants to look incompetent, because it's a trick to confuse and confound the "opposition" and our "adversaries".
- Trump's judgement is "better than you or some here on Hubpages"
I thought you didn't have a clue, but boy did you prove me wrong, and how! Those are some of the keenest analytical insights I've seen this side of the beltway! Have you ever thought of writing a book? I think this type of political awareness deserves to be shared, so the rest of the world can benefit! The way each of your points penetrates right through to the heart of the matter is nothing less than astounding! Are you a professional political analyst? Surely you must be! No one else could display this type of political understanding! If not, then you should become one, right now! I know, I'm gushing, but I can't help it! Thank you so much for blessing us with the gift of your political genius! I for one am forever grateful!
[to avoid any and all confusion, yes I am being sarcastic]
I am just a citizen who see clearly what is going on with our country. I predicted a Trump win when no one thought he had a chance - at least the polls and political insiders.
The political class and the media are doing their best to delegitimize him. It is not working.
They don't know what to do...
If the media have done the same reporting during the Obama Admin. They might have some credibility.
Once again, you use the Dow as a metric for presidential success. By your own metric, you must have thought Obama was the second coming.
No, the Dow was artificially pumped up during the Obama years with near zero interest rate by the Fed. Reserve. The current rise of the Dow is happening inspite of rising interest rate.
The Dow is just one forward looking indicator...
The main change is consumer confidence. People are feeling good again and that will translate to better earnings, better jobs report and better sales...
The other change which is long in coming is the cut back in regulations and the EPA ehich has been a drag on energy and related industries.
I fully expect a correction of the dow sometimes this year or next. It will depend on how congress deal with the repeal of ACA and tax reform and spending cuts.
I also predict the GOP will not step up and do the right thing by the American people. They talked a good game before the election and now they are scrambling to stop Trump. They are controlled for the most part by the donor class.
Provide any link that shows the DOW's level is directly related to interest rates. Housing market? There's definitely a relationship. DOW? Not so much. Seems like you're just making up facts to fit your narrative.
I presume you saw the data that shows that US GDP fell to its lowest level in three years during the first quarter? That won't do much for consumer confidence.
Yes I did see that. GDP historically has been weak during 1st quarter. I will wait till 3 quarters to see a trend. Also, watch gas prices. When the price of gas rises, it usually signals an economic recovery...
Crank, the reason low interest rates pump up the stock market is very simple and basic economics. When interest rate is kept artificially near zero petcent, people who are savers and investors have no good place to put their money. They are forced to invest in the stock market. Once interest rate return to a nornal rate of 3-4 percent, the stock market will adjust downward.
Again, provide a link that shows the relationship between interest rates and the DOW. You can say there's a relationship between low interest rates and borrowing, but not between the DOW and interest rates. And your comment about high gas prices signalling an economic recovery is just plain wrong. Tell that information to Jimmy Carter.
Explain this fact:
In 2013, both interest rates and the S&P 500 rose significantly.
Mortgage interest. I believe the federal funds rates started going up third or fourth quarter of 2015.
Exactly...It's a start, a good and positive start.
I'm so tired of the Negative Nancys and the Negative Neds, wringing their hands at every turn, condemning every move, whether it's being discussed or actually being tried. Woe, woe, woe...
I choose to see the glass as half full. We are just getting started, there is so much to do and I remain positive.
His biggest accomplishment has probably been explaining the Civil War to me and how we should appreciate Andrew Jackson more. I also know more about Frederick Douglass. He's been an amazing ambassador for American History education.
The media did do it, they were called Fox News and Breitbart. They did everything they could to undermine Obama. There are different media that appeal to different parties. This should surprise no one.
In my opinion, you're a brainwashed sheep, Jack. Listen to the differences in the media sources, do your own research, then make an informed decision. Trump's claim that liberal news sources are fake is a simply not true. But sheep like you believe it. It's sad.
Speak for yourself. I do follow all news outlets. That is why I can see the bias and you don't. The main street media has been propping up Democrats all along and have a double standards when dealing with conservatives and republicans. What is sad is most people like you don't pay any attention and are willing to sacrifice truth for an ideology, a failed one at that. I am an independent thinker. I value our Constitution above all else. When republicans do wrong, I call them out just as I call out Democrats. That is why I am a conservative.
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