President-Elect Donald J. Trump's Campaign Promises ... Can He Keep Them? (updated 11/27/16)
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.
President-elect Donald Trump
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:
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,"
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
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
Promise:1 To renegotiate TPP
Promise 2: To renegotiate NAFTA
Promise 3: To Impose tariffs on Mexico and China
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
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.
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,
Promise 1: To cut taxes for all
Promise 1: To kill Common Core.
Promise 2: To kill the Department of Education
Promise 3: To let local governments control local schools
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
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
Promise 1: Be unpredictable. "No one is going to touch us, because I'm so unpredictable."
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)
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