You’d never know it if you only get your news from the mainstream media, but president Trump racked up a rather impressive list of accomplishments in his first year in office, and finished 2017 with a flourish- and a historic tax cut. Of course, some of you reading the following list of achievements will not approve of all of them, but you’ll have to admit he kept several campaign promises.
Here’s a taste of what he- and his administration- brought about this past year:
*Created 1.7 million new jobs, cutting the unemployment rate to 4.1 percent
*Saw the stock market reach all-time record highs, due mostly to his election and policies
*Spurred GDP growth of 3 percent or more in multiple quarters, something President Obama never did in his eight-year presidency
*Drove the passage of a tax reform bill providing $5.5 billion in cuts and repealing the Obamacare mandate. The overwhelming majority of middle-class taxpayers will get a tax cut, while corporate (and small-business) tax rates will be significantly reduced, making American companies more likely to stay home…and much more competitive
*Presided over a period which saw consumer economic confidence reach a 17-year high
*Which led to retail sales (excluding automobiles) increasing by 4.9% from November 1st thru December 24th, the highest rate since 2011, a boon to the struggling industry
*Prioritized women-owned businesses for $500 million in SBA loans (Have you seen that emphasized in the mainstream media?)
*Signed an executive order demanding that two regulations be killed for every new one created. In actuality, so far, 16 rules and regulations have been cut for every one created, saving the taxpayers $8.1 billion
*Signed an Executive Order cutting the time needed for infrastructure permit approvals
*Loosened some regulations on the coal industry, dramatically helping mining businesses provide Americans with affordable energy
*Withdrew from Obama’s Paris Climate Agreement- despite intense pressure not to do so- which would’ve ruined the U.S. economy while accomplishing literally nothing
*Worked to improve trade deals for the United States
*Worked to bring companies back to the U.S. Toyota, Mazda, Broadcom, and Foxconn, among others, have all announced plans to open plants in the U.S.
*Prevailed upon the Department of the Interior to open plans to lease 77 million acres in the Gulf-of-Mexico for oil and gas drilling, which will almost certainly save consumers significant money on their energy bills in the future
*Announced plans to end chain migration, which allows a single legal immigrant to bring in dozens of family members
*Is starting to build the border wall with Mexico
*Put a stop to the Obama-era “catch and release” of illegal immigrants
*Increased the arrests of illegals inside the U.S.
*Saw to the removal of over one-third more criminal gang members than in fiscal 2016
*Is putting pressure on the approximately 300 “sanctuary cities” that openly defy the United States’ Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Agency while still receiving federal money to cease and desist their illegal obstruction
*The Department of Homeland Security rounded up 83% more MS-13 members than in 2016, while the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced grants of $98 million to fund 802 new police officers
*The Attorney General created the National Public Safety Partnership, a cooperative venture with cities to reduce violent crimes
*Nominated 73 federal judges and won his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, achievements the importance of which cannot be overstated for the future of the nation
*Ordered various new ethical standards including a lobbying ban
*Ordered an overhaul to modernize the digital government
*Called for a full audit of the Pentagon and its spending
*Declared a Nationwide Public Health Emergency on opioids
*Reinstated and expanded the “Mexico City policy,” blocking some $9 billion in foreign aid that would otherwise have been used to pay for abortions
*Worked with Congress on a bill overturning an Obama regulation that prevented states from defunding abortion providers
*Signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act and the Veterans Educational Assistance Act, to help support American vets. Also signed the VA Choice and Quality Act of 2017 authorizing over $2 billion in new spending for the Veterans Choice program
*Created a VA hotline while also announcing multiple initiatives to expand access to healthcare for veterans utilizing telehealth technology
*Ordered the rebuilding of the military and an increase in defense spending
*Empowered the armed forces to “seize the initiative and win,” leading to ISIS losing virtually all of its previously held territory
*Directed the revival of the National Space Council in order to develop space war strategies and capabilities
*Reorganized and strengthened U.S Cyber Command
*Ordered cruise-missile strikes against a Syrian airbase used in a chemical weapons attack, and warned of further attacks if chemical weapons were used again. They weren’t
*Approved a new strategy aimed at reducing Iran’s influence in the region
*Ordered new sanctions on the Communist dictatorship in Venezuela
*Traveled to the Middle East, Europe, and Asia in an attempt to build new and/or stronger relationships with world leaders
*Secured the release of Americans being held abroad
*Strongly encouraged other NATO nations and allies to help pay for and see to their own protection, at the same time reassuring them of America’s commitment
*Withdrew from the U.N. Global Compact on Migration
*Informed the U.N. that it cannot continue to consistently vote against U.S. interests and still expect the United States to act as its congenial host and personal ATM machine
*After the U.N. promptly singled the U.S. out for condemnation yet again, announced a $285 million cut in its budget for fiscal year 2018-2019
*Instituted a travel ban on nations that lack border security and anti-terrorism measures
*Made good on his campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The same promise his immediate predecessors were too frightened to implement
*Released his National Security Strategy report, a clear-eyed account naming Russia and China as rivals that must be challenged, not necessarily enemies that must be defeated. The communication identifies Iran and North Korea, on the other hand, as rogue states that must be dealt with, while also identifying transnational threats such as jihadists and cyber-warriors. This objective- and sorely needed- report acknowledges that the world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place, an assertion at odds with former President Obama’s stated belief that the world is moving inexorably toward stabilization. And, the NSS report is just the first of a number of reports the Trump administration is expected to roll out over the next few months. Others will reportedly address counter-terrorism, biodefense, nuclear posture, and missile defense. This is what happens when serious adults are in charge
Americans are still wildly conflicted over their president and his performance, largely because of two factors: 1) true leftists will never have anything but disgust and hatred for those with differing opinions, and 2) the mainstream media, as evidenced by The New York Times, CNN and MSNBC, simply refuse to objectively report the news in general and Trump’s accomplishments in particular.
That being said, American’s confidence in the country’s economy is growing daily, as it is impossible to hide the stock-market gains and the dramatic increase in the number of jobs available. Trump is endeavoring to restore confidence in- and respect for- America overseas, as well.
The “Trump Doctrine” is taking shape. As the president himself put it recently: “America is in the game and America is going to win.”
Economically and militarily, the world has, for some time now, appeared on the way to becoming China’s shop.
It is about damn time we put a bull in it.