Politicians often say they want to hit the ground running. President Trump did it yesterday in a sprint at 6:30 AM and never stopped until late into the night. The man does bring energy and a stamina we haven’t seen in the White House in a long time.
A lot has occurred already. An executive order on Friday began the action that said no new regulations are to be issued. This is bigger than the MSM covered. Regulations have driven up costs and slowed U.S. business, and some believe, hurt as much as taxes. Obama (I have a pen and phone) in 2016 oversaw 3,852 new federal regulations, costing billions of dollars in both implementation and losses to businesses. There was also a record number of pages of red tape, with 97,110 pages printed on the 2016 Federal Register. If you’re a business this activity just caused too much time and effort while driving up costs. Now watch how they get reversed and cut. Trump is going to unleash U.S. business.
He started today with a business meeting and promised them tax cuts. Why? U.S. business taxes are among the highest in the world. He wants to cut them to make us competitive and bring jobs back. Seems logical right? That’s conservative thinking. Liberals thought raising taxes would increase revenue so we could spend more. The key now is to see if lower taxes drive increased revenue and not the debt.
Then he pulled us out of the TPP. This was akin to NAFTA for the Asia region. It was a bedrock of Obama’s policy involving 11 nations in the region. American workers will benefit from this. John McCain said this was bad. Isn’t he the man who had no clue about economics when he ran in 2008 against Obama? Listen to McCain on military matters, listen to Trump on jobs and business.
Here’s a stark example on the difference between liberal and conservative philosophy. Liberals like Obama, Hillary, and Bernie want to help people by increasing the minimum wage to $15. Conservatives like Trump want to create economic opportunity and expansion with jobs.
His next order, put a hiring freeze on the government, with the exception of the military. So, no one is being fired but as people leave or retire there jobs are not being filled. Believe me agencies will figure out how to do this and we will shrink the government. President Obama set a record for the size of the basic federal workforce, leaving office with more than 1.4 million people collecting government salaries in the civilian agencies in 2017. A 10 percent jump from the time he took office in 2009.
His third order was to reverse The Mexico City Policy. This was originally announced by President Reagan in 1984 and required nongovernmental organizations to agree as a condition of receiving any federal funding that they “would neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations”. Bush 41 kept it in place. Clinton rescinded it. Bush 43 put it back in place. Obama rescinded it. “Elections have consequences”.
By mid afternoon he was meeting with union leaders who then met with him for a photo session and seemed to be supportive. And, other than he is a Republican why shouldn’t they be? Isn’t he promising to bring jobs back and doesn’t that increase their ranks? Well, they stepped outside and the union leaders called it the most “incredible” meeting they ever had with a leader. They better be careful before they cause a political realignment and we end up with their people voting for their interests.
Sean Spicer had his first official press briefing, and first meeting with the press since Saturday’s blow up. The conference was very professional and few questioners went back to Saturday. The network that went after him about Saturday was ABC. Their coverage has been so anti Trump that it is was not a surprise. They asked four questions all about Saturday, nothing about anything else. CBS accused Trump of stacking the front of the CIA briefing room with his people to get applause. Turns out no one from the Trump team was seated at all. Another MSM media attack for no reason. Maybe the CIA likes the idea of a President who will support their actions?
What made the day successful was the actions, leadership and two other things. He kept his comments under control and his tweeting focused.
One negative at days end. Still just three cabinet appointments approved as only CIA Director got through today.
Now Rubio, McCain and Graham are on board with Rex Tillerson. Like we’ve said before, they will all be approved.
Closing thought on day one.
Obama boasted that he had a pen. Trump brought an eraser with him.