100 days of Hillary not being our President
100 days of Hillary not being our President. Does Donald J. Trump amass 100 Days points just by not being Hillary? He absolutely does. Look at the bullets we dodge with each passing hour because he attracted a coalition that prevented her victory—additional years of a sluggish economy, unreliable global leadership, the guarantee of more years of disastrous spending, a parade of activist tyrants in judicial robes— whatever kind of President Trump will be, it is instantly light-years better than the fate we could be enduring had November 8 gone differently.
I was born in the year of Dwight Eisenhower’s second inauguration, 1957. These first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency are the best opening 14 weeks of any presidency since I’ve been alive.
Mr Trump has promised the biggest tax cuts since the Ronald Reagan era. He has pledged reductions across-the-board, promising working and middle-income Americans “massive” cuts. His plan includes reducing the number of tax brackets from seven to three, cutting corporate taxes, eliminating the estate tax and increasing the standard deduction for individual filers.
This is his signature issue. Despite critics who call it unaffordable and unrealistic, the Republican has stood by his call to build an impenetrable wall along the 2,000-plus-mile US-Mexico border.
In his first days in office, Mr Trump signed a pair of executive orders designed to fulfill that campaign promise.
Mr Trump has been warning that the US policy of admitting refugees from certain regions – the Middle East or, more generally, Muslim nations – presents a serious threat to US national security. He has called for the US to suspend resettling refugees until “extreme vetting” procedures can be implemented, including ideological tests to screen out extremists.
Once upon a time, Republicans were the party of unfettered free trade. Donald Trump has changed all that. While he says he is not opposed to trade in principle, any trade deals have to protect US industry.
Trump has issued no position statements on environmental issues on his website. In speeches and debates, however, he has said he opposes what he views as economically damaging environmental regulations backed by “political activists with extreme agendas”.
The Republican said last March that abortions should be illegal and he supported “some form of punishment” for women who had them. His campaign quickly backed down from that statement, however, and asserted that the candidate believed the legality of the procedure should be left up to individual states, with any criminal penalties being reserved for abortion providers.
Obamacare is one of the outgoing president’s signature policies – and Mr Trump made repealing it one of his major campaign promises.
LAW AND ORDER
Violence and lawlessness is out of control in the US, according to Mr Trump. He says law enforcement agencies are unable to fight crime because of runaway “political correctness” and says they should be allowed to get tough on offenders. He says police profiling is necessary to prevent terrorist attacks on US soil.
Rejecting Republican orthodoxy, Mr Trump has called for six weeks of paid maternity leave, which would amount to what the mother would receive in unemployment benefit. But this would not apply to fathers. There are no details though on how this policy would be paid for.
He has blamed some shootings on lax gun laws, saying armed people could have intervened and saved lives. He frequently accused his former rival Hillary Clinton of wanting to eliminate gun rights during the campaign and promises his supporters that the Second Amendment would be safe. On the other hand, he has expressed support for preventing individuals on the federal no-fly list from purchasing firearms.
The president has fulfilled his campaign promise to his conservative base by nominating federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for the open seat on the high court, which has been vacant since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Mr Trump has signed an executive order issuing a five-year ban preventing officials from lobbying the agency they worked in for five years after they leave, but allowing them to lobby other parts of the government.
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