What do you think of the first 100 days of the Trump Administration?

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  1. jackclee lm profile image81
    jackclee lmposted 6 years ago

    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...

    1. colorfulone profile image78
      colorfuloneposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. jackclee lm profile image81
        jackclee lmposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        That is great news. I have many teacher friends who hates teaching common core.

        1. colorfulone profile image78
          colorfuloneposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          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.

          1. jackclee lm profile image81
            jackclee lmposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            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.

            1. colorfulone profile image78
              colorfuloneposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              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.

      2. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        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.

        1. colorfulone profile image78
          colorfuloneposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          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.

          1. wilderness profile image95
            wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            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.

            1. colorfulone profile image78
              colorfuloneposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              I pulled my kids out of public school when they were young.  Except for the extracurricular activities that they were interested in developing skills and talents in that I couldn't provide.

    2. Don W profile image81
      Don Wposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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/

      1. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Can we ask for our money back from every politician on the Hill?  Because not a single one has delivered on all their promises.

        1. Don W profile image81
          Don Wposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          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!

          1. wilderness profile image95
            wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            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?

            1. Don W profile image81
              Don Wposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              "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.

              1. wilderness profile image95
                wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                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?

                1. Don W profile image81
                  Don Wposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  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.

                  (1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7Yrsl4CTxk
                  (2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao7iLqoLjQw
                  (3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBqB_3j4Qts
                  (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
                  (8) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbiX1asmi04
                  (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

                  1. wilderness profile image95
                    wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    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?

  2. abwilliams profile image68
    abwilliamsposted 6 years ago

    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.

  3. crankalicious profile image88
    crankaliciousposted 6 years ago

    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.

  4. Valeant profile image89
    Valeantposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. jackclee lm profile image81
      jackclee lmposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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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