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The Trump Effect One Year Later

Updated on December 27, 2017
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Jack is a volunteer at the CCNY Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years. As of 2/2020, Jack has over 100,000 views.

Time Person of the Year - 2016


The Trump Presidency is starting out with some major shifts. From economy to the stock market to immigration to foreign policy and to social and cultural...and even sexual harrassment. Here is a one year summary.

To be totally transparent, I did not vote for Trump in 2016. I sat out this election because I could not vote for either person on the top ticket of both parties. They were both very flawed individuals with lots of baggage.

- Dec. 2017

What Were the Predictions?

When Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017, there were many predictions made by celebrities, and media and politicians. Most of them were negative and dire warnings. Some celebrities have vowed to move out of the country but none did. The most dire prediction was for the stock market to tank. One year later, none of the dire predictions have come to fruition. In fact, just the opposite. How did it happen?

Here are a small list...

  • Climate change will get worse
  • stock market drop
  • LGBT lose rights
  • Women will lose the right to choose abortion
  • Undocumented immigrants will be deported en mass
  • Moslems will be banned from traveling to the US
  • Our country will lose prestige in the international stage
  • our right to protest will be taken away
  • the sky will fall
  • armagedden is here...
  • He will be impeached
  • He will resign in shame...

The Actual Results...

In December of 2017, none of the dire predictions about Trump came true. In fact, many were just the opposite. This happened despite the attacks by the Democrats and the main street media.

  • The stock market are reaching all time high rising 20% this year.
  • ISIS has been decimated
  • Jobs are coming back to the US with reduced regulations, 40,000 manufacturing jobs created in the first year.
  • Tax reform finally passed
  • illegal immigration from our southern borders has slowed
  • sexual harrasser are ironic turn of events
  • GDP rose above 3% first time in 8 years
  • Some GOP insiders are leaving Washington DC, drain the swamp...
  • America is respected again on the world leading
  • America is moving in the right direction for a change
  • American consumer confidence is on the rise
  • most importantly, no Americans lost any rights they had on Jan. 1 2017

Latest Reports...

Nov. 2017 jobs report - Gained 228,000 Jobs.

Official unemployment rate at 4.1%

An Appeal to Never Trumpers...

This is a serious question for all you never Trumpers on both parties. What specific item have you encountered this past year that was negative and directly attributed to President Trump‘s policies?

I realize Trump is not your average politician. He plays by his own rules. His tweets are at times frustrating and seem non presidentIal. He does get results. In a climate where fake news are reported by all types of outfits, and the Trump haters are out there spewing lies and exaggerations, he is able to counteract them directly to his followers. No Presidents in the past has been able to do this. The closest is probably Ronald Reagan during the 1980s where he would give speeches directly aimed at the American people. He was popular with the people and conected with them. The politicians in DC could not win over Reagan. He was the great communicator.

I look forward to reading your responses to my question in the comment section. It does require some deep thinking and soul searching...

A Test Question? Or Two

Name one Trump policy or accomplishment that you agree with or think it has a positive effect on America. If you can’t name even one, then you are a hopeless sufferer of TDS. You are insane and need professional help.

If Hillary had been elected President instead of Trump, how many of the positive results would you see today?

It’s a Wonderful Life...2017

Let me take a detour and ask what if? In the popular classic movie, “Its a Wonderful Life”, the angel showed George what happened if he had not been born...

What if in 2016, Hillary had won the Presidency instead of Trump. What do you think would happen now?

Would we have the stock records breaking day after day?

Would we see all these sexual harrassers exposed everyday?

Will we learned about the slush fund in Congress to pay off victims of sexual harassment by Congressmen?

Will we learn of the corruption at the FBI and the Department of Justice?

Will we have all the manufacturing jobs created?

Will we get tax reform done?

Will Judge Gorsuch be sitting on the bench at the Supreme Court?

Will the US move its embassy to Jerusalem?

Will the Clinton Foundation be exposed as the corrupt pay for play happenings with the Russian Uranium One deal?

You can probably come up with your own list...


As someone who is an independent thinker, I go by reality and not wishful thinking. I also don’t take reports by news organization at face value. In many incidences, they got it wrong. They certainly got the 2016 election wrong and they are wrong about President Trump.

After one year in office, most Amercans have done better and are wealthier under a Trump Administration. Our confidence is on the rise and our wishes are being taken seriously by our elected officials. What a refreshing idea. Democracy works.

An added bonus, sexual predators and harrasers from Hollywood to Media to Politics are being exposed left and right. All this is good for all women in the work place. The big question remains, Why Now? Why are all these women coming out now about being harrassed after so many years of silence?

Time Person of the Year 2017

© 2017 Jack Lee


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    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      2 years ago from Yorktown NY


      We debated before. I hate to disappoint you but I am not a Republican. I don’t always agree with the GOP leadership. In fact, that is why Trump’s win this past year is so unique. He did it inspite of oposition from both parties.

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      2 years ago

      You said I was wrong and a day later Fire and Fury came out. I did not know this was going to happen in this fashion but now the radicals are eating the radicals. My other Predictions will happen eventually not because of wishful thinking. The FBI is loyal to only one thing, the FBI. Nunez did not get his request on the same day but Ryan got a visit by Rosenstien. He came in his office with a smile and left nothing but a smile. You people who deny the truth and scream false news all day have only angered the 70 percent of people who actually believe in something. If it came from Trumps lips and his picture is on TV you claim he never said it because it was shown on a channel you dissaprove of. Those Republicans are going to need the Russians to win anything in the mid terms. I guess they better get colluding and stop pretending they are not the traitors they are. You our horribly under estimating the resolve of ordinary Americans to put up with crazy. You better get down to the nut house and start registering the mentally ill because you our going to need the votes. I am not in this politically, I just intend to defend our democracy from a party that stopped representing you a long time ago. I hope something better eventually shows up. Thanks to Trump we now know who really is no longer an American. He got bored just reading the Constitution. Thats right someone else was actually reading it. Mean while he was thinking how he would tell a widow of a Service member that her husband is dead because he sighned up. I knew a guy who critisized every person he thought was getting a government hand out. Then he got cataracks and so many hand outs he lost nothing. I wonder if the man he worshipped will take his safety net away because he is expected to do just that. I wonder if he finally realized that the Republicans have not done one thing to help those to poor to make the tax cut he gave the rich. He will find out after the first year when his taxes increase. Smart poeople vote for people who help their income brackett. One percent of the population just out voted the other 99 percent and still you vote against yourself and convince yourself its just false news. Thats when you know you our a loser. We need support groups to convince you there is a real World out their and to break your Republican addiction before you end up a slave in an oligarchy. Trump loves Russia because he hopes America will be Russia one day and you can Worship Ivanka or Jared in the future. You will wake up one day working for 25 cents and unable to pay the taxes on a bankrupt dictatorship. Don't worry us real Americans will die before we let them do this to you and your family.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Trump did one more thing that cannot be understated. He showed how a “non politician” can come to Washington and accomplish things that seasoned politicians can’t do. That is huge... Imagine we don’t need these deadwoods any more...

      They have shown how screwed up Washington has become with all the lobbyists and donors and arcane rules.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Yes, Session was a disapppointment. The FBI and DOJ have been compromised under the Obama administration. We need someone like Rudy Guiani who is tough and fair minded to clean it up. Mueller needs to finish his investigation this year and provide closure to this Russian collusion affair. It is not helpful to the American people to have this go on...

    • Readmikenow profile image


      2 years ago

      I believe there is probably enough evidence to proceed with an investigation into the Hillary Clinton campaign for collusion. I also believe Jeff Sessions is not doing his job because Trump bruised his fragile ego. I believe that is the bottom line. Sessions is proving to be an incompetent AG and Trump is right to call him an idiot.

      "Trump has often cut down Sessions in public and private. He has openly complained about Sessions recusing himself from the investigation into Trump's campaign—which led to Mueller's appointment—since Sessions had his own undisclosed contacts with Russians. Trump told The New York Times the recusal made him regret appointing Sessions to lead the Justice Department. The Times also reported that Trump yelled at Sessions in the Oval Office and called him an "idiot" after Mueller's appointment, which Sessions considered the most humiliating experience in his decades-long political career. Trump told Sessions to resign during the tense meeting, but the former Alabama senator ultimately said he was committed to the job.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Sanxuary, wishful thinking on your part. Your TDS is showing. The real crime was commited by the Obama administration, spying on an incoming administration without cause. Also, by the DNC and the Hillary campaign of collusion. I will not be surprised if she is indicted over the next year for the email scandal. The more they investigate the Russian connection, the more they will find the uranium one collusion and the Clinton Foundation. Let the investigation proceed...

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      2 years ago

      There is good news you missed in your blog. More indictments including several Republican House Members running the RNC. The Republican Party splits between moderates, Trump fools and Bannonites. Fox News members are indicted. Trump Family members are indicted. Democrats sweep both houses and take control. The first order of buisiness is a gag order on the President. Further charges continue. Impeachment proceedings begin. Every idiot to include Religous leaders who embraced evil are reminded daily until they die. The real truth is far worst then anyone could imagine and no American will ever allow the rich or one man to hold such power in our Democracy again and demand reform. The President is impeached and within 8 years the Republican Party no longer exist.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      By the way, the comment I made to Oz about the blackouts is related to our other discussion on climate change and how converting to wind power in Australia has lead to many blackouts... we disagree strongly on the theory of AGW or man caused climate change. I have written extensively on this topic here at HubPages. I point out many discrepancies in the current projections and actual data...

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Mr. Bryno, thanks for the long response. Oz. and I go back quite a while in a discussion on other topics and therefore I knew where he was coming from...

      I am focusing this article on Americans because the topic is regarding what some Americans impression of Trump and his policies have been distorted by the media and this was a reality check... Also, one of Trump’s catch phrase was to make America Great Again. The focus therefore is on America. I fully realize the US has influence on the whole world being a super power and that our policies like trade and foreign policies and tax reform and war on terrorism all will mean changes in the global stage.

      Getting back to the article, I ask a few simple questions and yet to receive any satisfactory answers.

      You seem to focus on fox news and breitbart as the source of my news...and yet ignore the vast main media like the NYT and NBC and CNN...which have a much larger audience and yet have been the source of numerous fake stories on Trump.

      Just look at how the recent FBI investigations and the difference Hillary was treated vs. the Trump administration, you will have to admit that the deep state is alive and well and why they need to be drained.

      As for me, I call it as I see it. I rely on my own judgement and I read and follow multiply news sources and make my own determination as to the truth. Every outfit is biased to some extent. That by itself does not invalidate the whole outfit. It becomes troubling when they distort or make up stories repeatedly...Not being in America, and watching news outside of US, you are getting a distorted picture. I know this because I traveled all over the world and my personal experience is that many international news is anti American in their posture. I do welcome any opinion from anywhere. Just answer my question and I will gladly consider them.

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      Mr Bueno 

      2 years ago from Cambridge, UK

      Now Jack, I am not an American either, (but I did live in Texas for some years) however, Trump's actions are affecting the whole world (as do any U.S. Presidents actions) so however wilfully ignorant you wish to remain of that fact, people are going to comment regardless and replies such as:

      "You, not being an American, and not living in the USA, would have nothing to contribute,"

      ....just come across as plain rude, and:

      "Good luck with your blackouts..."

      .... comes across as the sort of childish name-calling that has become unfortunately mainstream on the internet since the rise of Trump (and Trump has contributed to that bigly) and the alt-right. So that is one way in which the world has altered and it isn't for the better is it?

      And before you mention "leftists" or liberals abusing Trump and his supporters, remember two wrongs don't make a right and whataboutism is not the argument of a winning position. It's the refuse of those who either can not win an argument or don't really have a coherent position in the first place.

      Now, with regard to Hillary Clinton and Uranium one, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said of it:

      "there is insufficient basis to launch a special investigation of Hillary Clinton"

      The wording there is important. He said not enough basis, not, not enough evidence.

      This implies there was not actually any evidence of criminal wrongdoing, as if he had used the word evidence without there being any at all, he may have landed himself up in a very tricky legal situation.

      It is quite telling that the Trumpkins pre-emptively threw up the Uranium One deal as it turns out one of the major lines that Mueller is following is a plan by Michael Flynn and the Trump administration to build twenty or so nuclear power plants across the middle east before they were in power. Which "evidence" suggests was highly illegal.

      You may not know about that yet because it probably hasn't been reported on Fox news, but give it a couple of months and come back to it.

      Lastly, I know it isn't of much good discussing anything that contradicts the talking points raised on Fox News, Infowars or Breitbart with you, but be aware that Fox News and Rupert Murdoch's news organizations exist elsewhere in the world. You might not know that as you are an American and a Trump supporter to boot (low shot, I know.) Everyone knows Murdoch doesn't support truth and he is a sycophant to power who has a long history of being on the wrong side of history. His media organizations were instrumental in drumming up support for the Iraq war for one. I could continue ad nauseum but if you really want to check it out just google "Rupert Murdoch lies," (it actually may be best for you if you don't, as the cognitive dissonance it may cause you could lead to a breakdown.)

      A grubby little man with no ethics whatsoever.

      Remind you of anyone?

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      In addition, the Mueller investigation has been exposed as a sham. The lead FBI investigator had to be fired for bias... There is no Russian Collusion unless you count what the DNC and Hillary and the Clinton Foundation did with the Uranium One deal...

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Oz, you didn’t really answer my question but a litany of talking points and class warfare non sense...

      You, not being an American, and not living in the USA, would have nothing to contribute. Good luck with your blackouts...

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      Andrew Petrou 

      2 years ago from Brisbane

      The effect is the rich are getting richer but the poor poorer, the environment is being vandalised, the nuclear threat has increased exponentially, russian influence in the usa has increased, nepotism is rife in usa halls of power, bullying is now acceptable, muellers unvestigation is being misrepresented as "fake news" by blind followers, trumps dementia is growing and on public display etc etc...the list is almost endless.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Sharon, I hear you but I wrote this for the benefit of some of my liberal friends. They have been brain washed by the liberal media and NPR and I just want to make them stop and think for themselves. I am waiting for any answer to my pointed question. The silence is telling...

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      2 years ago

      I am elated in his progress. Let me count the ways... No I won't count the ways, because I have become weary of listing the positive only to have my comments responded to with worn out insults of the president. Seems so useless.


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