Trump’s Accomplishments Before the Virus…

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APPROACH:  It’s advisable that you read my summation of President Obama’s accomplishments first before reading Trump’s.

Just as I did with Obama, I have searched the Internet to find lists of accomplishments for President Trump.  My approach was not particularly scientific as I felt that supporters of each President would put their own propaganda on the web to make their President look as accomplished as possible.  Further, as I did my Internet searches, I sought out lists of accomplishments that were as long as possible giving each the benefit of small and large accomplishments. 

TRUMP:  To evaluate Trump’s accomplishments, one must wade through all the results from his accomplishments.  In other words, “cutting taxes” led to lower unemployment.  The accomplishment is not lower unemployment, but rather mustering the political capital to get legislation passed to “cut taxes”.  Unemployment will go up and down.  Cutting taxes stimulated the economy and in turn lowered unemployment.  I will list the consequences of Trump’s accomplishments but will not give him credit for an accomplishment. Nor did I give Obama credit.   In addition to separating Trump’s actions into “accomplishments” and “consequences”, one has to add an additional category for “good judgement”. Good judgement is where I believe he made the right decisions. Admittedly, my opinion is mine and mine only. You as a reader can differ with my opinion, but “accomplishments” and “consequences” should track closely among people that read the list. The same would apply to my list of Obama accomplishments.

GUIDING PRINCIPLE: Unlike any President in my lifetime which spans 60 years, Trump puts America first when he views the world.  He does this just as every other nation in the world does except until recently the United States.  For some reason, this “America first” approach upsets the liberal left.  I cannot begin to fathom why the liberal left seems to disagree with this approach… except that they have a “global citizen” view of the United States.   And since the United States dwarfs every Country in the world in terms of GDP or “gross domestic product”, the liberal left feels a need to share even more of our hard-earned resources than we already do.  That said, the people that espouse this “global citizen” bullshit, don’t follow it in their daily lives. 

In any event, to my way of thinking, we are first Americans and second “global citizens”.  That’s the logical and thoughtful way of viewing the world. 

Below is the tally for Trump based on my view of the world. And let me add accomplishments come in all sizes, some I list might be small but are accomplishments nonetheless. The same would be true of Obama

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 23 – GOOD JUDGEMENT: 11 – CONSEQUENCE: 14

Note: List is in no particular order.

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Trump signs VA accountability act into law promises better care for veterans

President Donald Trump made good on a campaign promise Friday, signing into law legislation that gives leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs more power to fire failed employees and protect those who uncover wrongdoing at the agency.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT.  Obama struggled with this issue and found it difficult to fire failed employees

The United States Liberated All ISIS Controlled Territory

American and coalition forces have had one military victory after another over the last two years against ISIS, including the retaking of both Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria. We’ve liberated more than 20,000 square miles of territory.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT

Trump signs new defense policy bill that rebuilds military boosts troop pay

President Trump signed a $716 billion defense bill Monday that authorizes hundreds of new planes, ships and tanks — and delivers a substantial victory to the administration by watering down penalties on a Chinese telecom company.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT although depending on your political orientation this could be considered a mistake in policy.  Personally, I believe we need to have the most elite and most powerful military in all the world in order to be able to force compliance with international law by rogue nations.

Trump Secures Historic Phase One Trade Agreement with China

We have agreed to a very large Phase One Deal with China. They have agreed to many structural changes and massive purchases of Agricultural Product, Energy, and Manufactured Goods, plus much more. We have agreed to a very large Phase One Deal with China. They have agreed to many structural changes and massive purchases of Agricultural Product, Energy, and Manufactured Goods, plus much more.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT and one that will put nearly ½ trillion dollars back into the U.S. economy to create jobs and wealth for American’s.

Trump signs Agriculture and Digital Trade agreements with Japan

Oct. 7 (UPI) — U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday announced the signing of a pair of trade deals with Japan regarding agricultural exports and digital trade.

Trump announced the deals in the Roosevelt Room of the White House describing them as a “very strong and groundbreaking achievement” for the United States and Japan.

“These two deals represent a tremendous victory for both of our nations,” Trump said. “They will create countless jobs, expand investment in commerce, reduce our trade deficit very substantially, promote fairness and reciprocity and unlock the vast opportunities for growth.”

The United States-Japan Trade Agreement will eliminate or reduce tariffs on about $7.2 billion in United States agricultural exports including beef, pork, poultry, wheat, cheese, wine ethanol and more.

Upon implementation, more than 90 percent of U.S. agricultural imports into Japan will be duty-free or receive preferential tariff access.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT

African American Unemployment Rate Hits New All Time Lows

A separate household survey released by BLS shows that the unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent in August, making August the 18th consecutive month at or below 4 percent. All Americans are benefiting from the strong labor market. The African American unemployment rate hit its lowest rate on record since the series began in 1972 at 5.5 percent (figure 2), the African-American adult female unemployment rate dropped to its lowest rate on record at 4.4 percent, and the African-American teen unemployment rate hit a new series low yet again, beating its record low from July. The Hispanic unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent, matching its series lows from April and May 2019.

COMMENT: CONSEQUENCE

U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls to 50-Year Low; Trump Economy adding over 6.4 million jobs

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its monthly Employment Situation Report, which shows robust employment growth in September. Job gains are particularly noteworthy considering that the United States is in the midst of the longest economic recovery in its history. The Trump Administration’s pro-growth agenda provides job creators with the framework they need to expand their businesses and offer more opportunities for workers. Since the President’s election, the economy has added over 6.4 million jobs—more than the population of Maryland. Steady job growth in combination with sustained year-over-year wage increases are not only positive signs for the economy: They also improve workers’ quality of life and incentivize previously left-behind Americans to join the labor force.

COMMENT: CONSEQUENCE

US job openings rise outnumber the unemployed by 1 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted nearly 7.6 million open jobs in January, near a record high set in November, evidence that businesses are still hungry for workers despite signs the economy has slowed.

The Labor Department said Friday that hiring also rose and the number of people quitting their jobs picked up. Quits are a sign of a healthy economy, because people typically leave a job for another, usually higher paying, one.

The tally of available jobs now outnumbers the unemployed by roughly 1 million. Openings began to outpace the unemployed last spring, for the first time in the 18 years the data has been tracked.

COMMENT: CONSEQUENCE

LARGEST DECLINE IN DRUG PRICES IN NEARLY 50 YEARS

President Donald Trump touted the “single largest decline” in drug prices in 46 years during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

“Already, as a result of my administration’s efforts, in 2018 drug prices experienced their single largest decline in 46 years,” Trump said according to STAT News. “But we must do more.”

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT

RECORD 155,965,000 EMPLOYED

The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics says a record 155,965,000 people were employed in July, the 11th record-breaker since President Trump took office 19 months ago.

COMMENT: CONSEQUENCE

Middle Class income rises to HIGHEST on record

The middle-class American family is on the rise with the median household income for 2017 reaching a record high, a Census Bureau survey has shown. The median income rose to $61,372, from $60,309 a year earlier, when adjusted for inflation. President Donald Trump celebrated the news on Twitter on Sept. 13, saying middle-class income “will continue to rise (unless the Democrats get in and destroy what we have built)”—alluding to the significance of the upcoming midterm elections that will decide the power balance in Congress.

COMMENT: CONSEQUENCE

America is now the world’s largest oil producer

For the first time since 1973, the United States is the world’s largest producer of crude oil, according to preliminary estimates published on Wednesday by the Energy Department. The feat demonstrates how the US shale oil boom has reshaped the global energy landscape. American oil output has more than doubled over the past decade.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT

Jobless claims lowest level since 1969

The four-week moving average of claims, which smooths out weekly volatility and is considered by many economists to be a more reliable gauge of conditions, fell by 1,500 to 212,250. That is the lowest level since December 1969, according to the Labor Department.

COMMENT: CONSEQUENCE

Consumer Confidence Highest in 18 years

Consumer confidence rose in August to its highest level since October 2000, building on July’s solid result. The Conference Board’s index climbed to 133.4 in August, despite expectations from a survey of Reuters’ economists that it would fall to 126.7. The measure rose slightly last month to 127.4, up from 127.1 in June as consumers reported better feelings toward the economy in the near term but less optimism about long-term growth.

COMMENT: CONSEQUENCE

BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT RECORD LOW

Unemployment among black workers is at its lowest since at least the early 1970s, when the government began tracking the data. The black unemployment rate of 6.8 percent in December was the lowest since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking it in 1972, a year in which the rate ranged from 11.2 percent to 9.4 percent. In the 45 years the data has been tracked, the unemployment rate for black or African American workers aged 16 years and older has never fallen below 7 percent.

COMMENT: CONSEQUENCE

Black Business Ownership Under Trump Jumps 400 PERCENT in ONE YEAR

A recent survey has found that black business ownership has skyrocketed over 400 percent in one year. According to a survey conducted by the Lending Club and Guidant Financial, among the 2,600 entrepreneurs surveyed, 45 percent of the small business owners in the country are owned by minority ethnic groups, with the most being owned by African Americans at 19 percent. While 63 percent of the business owners are men, 38 percent are owned by women.

COMMENT: CONSEQUENCE

Worker pay rate hits highest level since 2008

Compensation for workers rose to a nearly 10-year high in the second quarter as inflation pressures continued to percolate in the U.S. economy.

COMMENT: CONSEQUENCE

Black and Hispanic Unemployment rates hit record low in April

The unemployment rate for black workers hit the lowest on record in April, according to the latest jobs figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. The unemployment rate for black workers dropped to 6.6 percent, beating the previous record low of 6.8 percent set in December. The jobless rate for Hispanics fell to 4.8 percent, tying the record reached last year and in 2006. Meanwhile, unemployment for white Americans stood at 3.6 percent.

COMMENT: CONSEQUENCE

Apple to Invest 350 BILLION in US citing Trump Tax Plan

Apple on Wednesday made a slew of announcements about its investment in and contribution to the U.S. economy in part because of the new tax law. The headline from Apple is that it will make a $350 billion “contribution” to the U.S. economy. The company also promised to create 20,000 new jobs.

COMMENT: CONSEQUENCE

China US reach trade agreement on beef poultry and natural gas

China will finally open its borders to U.S. beef while cooked Chinese poultry is closer to hitting American supermarket shelves as part of a U.S.-China trade agreement.

Trump administration officials hailed the deal as a significant advance toward boosting U.S. exports and close America’s trade gap with the world’s second-largest economy.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT

Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP TERMINATED

President Donald Trump has fulfilled a campaign pledge by signing an executive order to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The 12-nation trade deal was a linchpin of former President Barack Obama’s Asia policy.

“Great thing for the American worker what we just did,” said Mr. Trump as he dumped the pact with a stroke of a pen.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT &  GOOD JUDGEMENT

Welfare Participation Hits 17-Year Low

The data shows that WIC participation dropped to 7,283,000 in 2017, its lowest level since 2000 when 7,192,000 participated in the program.

COMMENT: CONSEQUENCE

US Factories Expanding at 13 Year high

A closely watched measure of manufacturing activity in the U.S. reached a 13-year high in September, as strong demand and order growth rode out a severe hurricane season.

COMMENT: CONSEQUENCE

US Job Satisfaction Highest Level Since 2005

Almost 51% of American workers were satisfied with their jobs in 2016, according to new survey results from business research group The Conference Board. That’s a slight uptick from the 49.6% satisfaction rate found by a Conference Board survey for 2015 , and the highest satisfaction rate since 2005.

COMMENT: CONSEQUENCE

Slashing job-killing regulations left and right

 “Any regulation that is outdated, unnecessary, bad for workers, or contrary to the national interest will be scrapped.” – Donald J. Trump

On Monday, President Donald J. Trump signed four bills under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), in one of the few times the CRA has been used to cancel Federal regulations. Enacted in 1996, the CRA has been used to cancel a Federal regulation just once. With yesterday’s actions, President Trump will have used this tool six times to eliminate unnecessary, burdensome, and job-killing rules.

COMMENT:  GOOD JUDGEMENT

Trump Signs executive order protecting Medicare

Shortly after Trump’s speech, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the president has “directed HHS to take a number of specific, significant steps that will meaningfully improve the financing of Medicare, advance the care American seniors receive from their doctors, and improve the health they enjoy.”

Azar said those steps including lowering costs in Medicare Advantage, allowing those beneficiaries to create savings accounts and accelerating access to the latest medical technologies after being approved by regulators.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT

Trump meets Kim Jong Un at DMZ and becomes first sitting US President to enter North Korea

President Trump on Sunday shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as they met at the demilitarized zone that has divided the Korean peninsula for 66 years, in a remarkable, impromptu meeting that appeared to come together in less than 48 hours.

Their 53-minute get-together was more than the “handshake” Trump had planned and ended with both men agreeing to resume talks. But the imagery alone was historic: An American president met Kim on his own literal turf.

Kim, who greeted Trump warmly through an interpreter and made him aware that he was about to be the first sitting U.S. president to enter his country, called it “a historic moment” and “a very courageous and determined act.”

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT

Trump signs Russia sanctions bill into law

US President Donald Trump has signed into law new sanctions against Russia that were passed overwhelmingly by Congress last week and that run counter to his desire to improve relations with Moscow.

COMMENT:  GOOD JUDGEMENT

Trump signs Space policy directive

President Donald Trump signed his administration’s first space policy directive yesterday (Dec. 11), which formally directs NASA to focus on returning humans to the moon.

President Trump signed the order during a ceremony in the Oval Office, surrounded by members of the recently re-established National Space Council, or NSC (which provides recommendations to the president on space policy), as well as active NASA astronauts Christina Hammock Koch and Peggy Whitson, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and retired astronaut Jack Schmitt, who flew to the moon on the Apollo 17 mission.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT

Trump signs First Step Act criminal justice reform into law

Prison and sentencing reform bill will give judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders.

US President Donald Trump has signed rare bipartisan legislation addressing concerns with the criminal justice system.

Trump called the bill “an incredible success for our country” and “beyond bipartisan” during an Oval Office signing ceremony on Friday.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT

Trump signs Historic USMCA trade agreement replacing NAFTA

President Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement — or USMCA — in Buenos Aires Friday, using the backdrop of the G-20 Summit to resolve a trade dispute between America and its closest neighbors.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT

Justice Kavanaugh SWORN IN to Supreme Court

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and former Justice Anthony Kennedy swore Brett Kavanaugh in as an associate justice to the Supreme Court in a private ceremony Saturday evening only hours after the Senate confirmed him in a 50-48 vote. Kavanaugh was very controversial and was appointed by a slim margin. And just as I said in my review of Obama, Trump was exercising his constitutional right to appoint a justice. Yes Kavanaugh is of Trump’s political persuasion the question you have to ask is whether he was a good candidate considering all other candidates. Personally, I do no believe he was the top candidate, but he was among the top candidates. Therefore I believe good judgement was shown.

COMMENT:  GOOD JUDGEMENT

Trump signs “Right to Try” drug bill

President Trump signed a bill Wednesday allowing terminally ill patients access to experimental medical treatments not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dubbed “right to try,” the law’s passage was a major priority of Trump and Vice President Pence, as well as congressional Republicans.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT

Trump secures release of American Prisoners from North Korea

 (JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md.) — Three Korean Americans who were detained in North Korea for more than a year were greeted by President Donald Trump beneath a giant American flag after they returned to the mainland U.S. early Thursday.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT

Trump Negotiates Peace between North and South Korea

The leaders of North and South Korea have promised after a landmark summit to bring “lasting peace” to the peninsula with a commitment to denuclearization and to ending decades of hostilities.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT

Individual Mandate of Obamacare REPEALED

Wednesday during a cabinet meeting, President Donald Trump discussed the Republican’s tax bill and said the repeal of individual mandate in the bill meant Obamacare has “essentially” been repealed.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT & GOOD JUDGEMENT

Trump Admin is a Deregulation Machine Eliminating 22:1

The administration has cut 22 regulations for every new rule introduced President Donald Trump announced at the White House Thursday. This took political courage and capital as lawmakers saw some of their prized pieces of regulation removed from the books.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT

Trump Declares Jerusalem the Capital of Israel

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” President Trump said in a controversial address from the White House on Wednesday afternoon. He also directed the State Department to “begin preparation to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.” The significance of this move is that Jerusalem is split between the Palestinians and Israel. Both lay claim to Jerusalem and therefore Internationally it has not been recognized as a capitol city. By Trump establishing Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol it does 2 things. First the Palestinians now become occupiers and second slowly Countries will move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem cementing Jerusalem’s position in the world. This initiative by Trump admittedly is politically charged and others may disagree with my assessment.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT

Senate Passes Sweeping Tax Reform – Largest in 31 Years – 20% Corporate rate

Senate Republicans have passed the most sweeping overhaul of the US tax code in three decades, a significant step that moves Donald Trump closer to achieving the first major legislative victory of his presidency. The Senate passed its tax plan in a 51-49 vote early on Saturday morning, with Vice-President Mike Pence presiding over the chamber and after a frantic rewrite. Bob Corker was the sole Republican to vote against the bill.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT

Iran Deal DECERTIFIED

Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump sharply criticized Iran and the international agreement aimed at curbing its nuclear program Friday, refusing to certify Tehran’s compliance and warning the United States could pull out at any time. For details of why this was so important read my discussion in Obama Reprise.

COMMENT:  GOOD JUDGEMENT

800 Obama regulations cut Saved over 200 billion

He may not have drained the swamp, but President Trump sure is slashing some red tape. The Trump administration has canceled more than 800 regulations that were proposed under former president Barack Obama’s regime and is now getting rid of 16 rules for every new rule proffered. In a new White House report, the Trump administration says it has “withdrawn 469 planned actions” that had been part of the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda published last fall. Officials also reconsidered 391 active regulatory proceedings by reclassifying them as long-term or inactive “allowing for further careful review,” Reuters reports.

COMMENT:  GOOD JUDGEMENT

Appointed conservative Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

President Trump’s nominee, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, was confirmed Friday for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, filling a 14-month vacancy after a dramatic Senate showdown. Judgement on this appointment is in the “eye of the beholder”

COMMENT:  GOOD JUDGEMENT

Report Trump plans to cut foreign aid merge State and USAID

President Trump reportedly plans to merge the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), according to a Monday Foreign Policy report . The White House budget proposal released in March previewed a proposed one-third cut to the U.S. government’s financial assistance to developing countries, without providing many details of what would be slashed.

COMMENT:  GOOD JUDGEMENT

US to make at least $285m cut to UN budget

The US government has announced significant cuts in its United Nations budget obligations for 2018-19 in what will be interpreted as a further ratcheting up of pressure from the Trump administration wanting the organization to pay more of its own expenses.

COMMENT:  GOOD JUDGEMENT

Trump calls out NATO for not paying their agreed share of expenses. 

NATO has begun increasing payments to their own defense and within 5 years will have contributed ½ trillion reducing American contributions. This is not only good for the United State’s budget, but is in keeping with treaties signed decades ago. Each European Country was supposed to contribute 3% of their GDP to the fund, but in recent years some Countries had ceased payments altogether. Trump infuriated Democrats when he made the announcement that NATO was either going to pay their share or the United States would have to rethink it’s almost 70% contribution. Only God knows why the Democrats and the liberal media were so incensed.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT &  GOOD JUDGEMENT

Trump pulls out of Paris Accord on Climate Change

The accord was signed by dozens of nations, but India and China chose not sign the agreements in large part because they are emerging economies and as such are using 3rd world technologies to power their Countries.  These technologies spew large amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. Given this, without their cooperation and agreement, Trump felt that the United States could not be held to reducing carbon emission standards thus harming our economy while China and India were not required to make similar changes.  And since nearly 3 billion people live in just these 2 Countries, without their participation, the Accord was largely ceremonial.  Further, failure to meet standards by any Country that signed the Accord could trigger an American bailout to those Countries to assist them in meeting standards.

COMMENT:  ACCOMPLISHMENT & GOOD JUDGEMENT

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