Donald Trump penned an op-ed for the Washington Post wherein he described his first 100 days in office. Apparently, masturbating privately just isn’t as satisfying for him as when there’s a crowd watching. Not wanting to break with his norm, his speech was filled with what can only be called lies and damn lies, if I can be forgiven lifting from Mark Twain.
Donald J. Trump is the president of the United States.
One hundred days ago, I took the oath of office and made a pledge: We are not merely going to transfer political power from one party to another, but instead are going to transfer that power from Washington, D.C., and give it back to the people.
In the past 100 days, I have kept that promise — and more.
For a quick rundown, he’s got a Wall Street mega-millionaire in Mnuchin who failed to disclose $100 million in assets during confirmation. He also has a congressman turned Health and Human Services Secretary who has helped to create legislation that would favor his own investments, with full knowledge that it would do so, directly after a privileged stock purchase. He put Ben Carson in charge of Housing and Urban Development directly after Carson proved to everyone that he should only be in charge of an operating room. Rick Perry is in charge of a department he forgot, and he didn’t even know that the department was in charge of the country’s nuclear arsenal. He’s done the exact opposite of putting power into the hands of the people.
Given the fact that candidate Trump made every promise he could, to everyone he talked to, even when they conflicted, he surely can’t have kept all his promises. So, let’s explore a bit further, shall we?
Issue by issue, department by department, we are giving the people their country back. After decades of a shrinking middle class, open borders and the mass offshoring of American jobs and wealth, this government is working for the citizens of our country and no one else.
The middle class has been shrinking for decades due in large part to tax and economic policy brought on by Republicans like Reagan and his voodoo economics. Our borders are not open. Everyone who gets into the country as a refugee is vetted for years. The population of illegal immigrants in the country has steadily shrunk for the last six years and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Trend lines tend to trend, right? Offshoring has cost American jobs, but automation has killed (and will continue to do so) far more jobs than trade.
The same establishment media that concealed these problems — and profited from them — is obviously not going to tell this story. That is why we are taking our message directly to America.
He’s right. Most of the establishment media in this country has decided to fact check him and present reality fairly close to the way it actually is. So, unlike Faux News, they won’t be stroking his ego while Toby Keith sings a song filled with jingoistic pandering in the background.
We have opened the White House doors to listen, engage and act. We’ve invited in labor leaders, factory owners, police officers, farmers, veterans and Democrats, Republicans and independents.
How can we forget all the people he dragged to Trump Tower for a photo op? Even Kanye got in on the action. Also, meeting with Tulsi Gabbard so she can tell you all about her shady field trip to meet Assad doesn’t mean he’s including Democrats.
The change began with the termination of the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a 12-nation pact that would have shipped millions more jobs to other countries.
I have to be honest and say I’m not 100% sure this was a bad thing. Many voices objected to the TPP, but one thing is for sure, trade pacts will have to be made quickly to ensure that we don’t lose our prominence in Asia-pac trade.
But leaving the TPP was only the beginning. We have also launched an investigation into foreign trading abuses and taken steps to protect the production of American steel and aluminum. After years of federal contracts going to foreign bidders, we are ensuring that government agencies enforce “Buy American” rules and give preference to American companies — and that American companies hire American workers.
Trump abandoned his promise to make the Keystone XL builders use American steel. His daughter, who is now an official White House staffer and has the gall to stand in front of a crowd and call her father a champion for women, still sells overpriced clothing manufactured in China and Hong Kong.
Crucially, to bring back our jobs, we are going to pursue a complete renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement: We’ve lost nearly a third of our manufacturing jobs in the 23 years since that terrible deal was approved.
Again, most of those jobs are done by robots. There is also an interesting note here that Justin Trudeau had to explain NAFTA to Trump before he killed our economy by taking an ax to it. It was an echo of Angela Merkel having to explain to Trump numerous times that he couldn’t negotiate a trade deal with Germany individually. Who would have thought international trade could be so hard?
At the center of our economic agenda, we’ve undertaken the most far-reaching effort in history to remove job-killing regulations. I’ve ordered that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated. We’ve signed a record 13 Congressional Review Act resolutions to scrap job-crushing regulations, and I’ve signed 29 pieces of legislation in total — a mark not surpassed in the first 100 days since Harry S. Truman.
Those newly enacted laws include Veterans’ Choice legislation — which became law while at the same time we’ve increased by 42 percent the number of veterans approved to see the doctor of their choosing. And we’ve provided transparency by publishing all wait times at the Veterans Affairs health system online, backed up by a new Veterans Affairs Office of Accountability.
Setting aside how stupid and oversimplified it is to think you can arbitrarily cut two regulations for every new one, this one is telling. Those, “job crushing regulations” that he’s axed? How about allowing coal companies to dump sludge in rivers again. How about gutting the protections we put in place last time Wall Street almost killed the entire global economy with their suicidal obsession with profits. He hasn’t killed Dodd-Frank just yet, but he is signaling his intent. Another job killing regulation that his administration is looking to eliminate is title II classification for internet service. This means killing net neutrality, which is needed because rent seeking telecom companies should be able to make even more money off the people who subsidized the building of internet infrastructure in the first place.
It’s also important to note that he’s whiffed on most of his campaign-promised legislation. They failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, because the Freedom Caucus didn’t think it was evil enough. The tax reform package that they put out was essentially a copy and paste job from their campaign webpage.
On energy, the change has been profound. We’ve canceled restrictions on the production of oil, natural gas and clean coal.
What we’ve accomplished on immigration and criminal enforcement is nothing short of historic. After decades of unending illegal immigration and mass uncontrolled entry, we’ve turned the tide as never before — illegal border-crossings are down 73 percent. Visa processes are being reformed to substantially improve vetting and screening, and we’ve launched prototypes and bidding for the border wall to stop the scourge of drugs, human trafficking and illegal immigrants from coming into our country.
Clean coal is an awfully stupid thing to say. It’s coal. You burn it. It’s not clean.
His claims regarding illegal immigration are ridiculous. We’ve covered the massive downturn in illegal immigration at length. The trend is downward, has been for a long time, and the fact that it will continue has nothing to do with Trump.
Federal law enforcement has begun a crackdown on sanctuary cities that harbor criminal aliens — because we know the first duty of government is to protect American citizens.
The Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State, and the director of national intelligence, have formed an inter-agency group for the express purpose of dismantling transnational criminal cartels. The handcuffs have been removed from our prosecutors, and they’re targeting the drug dealers and gang members who prey on our citizens — and they’re working to eradicate the violent cartel MS-13.
If by crackdown on sanctuary cities he means deporting dreamers, then yes he’s done that. I don’t know what world he lives in where prosecutors weren’t allowed to pursue drug dealers and gang members. It’s also strange that he’s learned about MS-13. At any rate, if he wants to go after the people currently fueling the drug epidemic in America, he might want to look to the gangsters running big pharma companies.
The change on defense has been profound as well. The Defense Department has begun to rebuild and restore our military readiness. We’ve reasserted American leadership by holding the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria accountable for its monstrous use of banned chemical weapons against helpless, innocent civilians. Our successful missile strike enforced the red line that the previous administration drew but ignored, thus restoring our credibility with our friends and our deterrence with our foes. Finally, NATO countries are starting to pay billions of dollars more since I have made clear that the United States expects all of its allies to pay their fair share.
He has indeed sought to add massive amounts of money to the already bloated defense budget. Of course, they no longer want to fund things like NPR, Meals on Wheels, and many other things we do that make America great, but at least we’ll buy more bombs. He’s also taken the reckless course of action to bomb another country’s military without declaring war, and then his administration had the gall to say it wasn’t an act of war. Last but not least, we can’t forget his admission that he said NATO is obsolete, because he didn’t know anything about NATO. This is the person we elected President. Take heart, if you don’t want to kill yourself yet, you probably never will.
I delivered on one of my biggest promises, appointing and confirming a new justice to the Supreme Court who will be faithful to the U.S. Constitution. This is the first time a new justice has been confirmed in the first 100 days in 136 years.
Okay, that one is true. He did appoint a Scalia clone just like he promised. It’s important to note that originalism is ridiculous as the Constitution originally provided for slaves to be counted as 3/5 of a person.
As we’ve made these changes — on the border, on our economy, on our security — confidence has soared. And a survey of manufacturing reveals record-breaking optimism in the future. Consumer confidence hit a 16-year high . Thousands of new jobs are being re-shored back to America — including jobs at Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Sprint, Intel and so many more.
This is a bit of a rapid fire combo of lies. It’s hard to keep up. Confidence is not high in all areas. Economic growth is quite slow for the first quarter of his administration. He is just flat-out lying about being responsible for jobs at Sprint, car companies, and Intel. All he’s doing is taking credit for things he finds happening. It is also important to remember that a President should be influencing the economy from a macro level to be effective. Every month in the US, the number of jobs that are created and vacated is a six figure number.
We are proving that Buy and Hire American isn’t just a slogan — it’s now the policy of the U.S. government. It, along with the many other things we are doing, will Make America Great Again.
No longer will we listen to the same failed voices of the past who brought us nothing but war overseas, poverty at home and the loss of companies, jobs and our wealth to countries that have taken total advantage of the United States.
Trump is currently saber-rattling at North Korea, turning a problem we had years to solve into something that could likely wind up in a war that would destabilize Asia. He certainly shouldn’t be talking about people who create war.
The White House is once again the People’s House. And I will do everything in my power to be the People’s President — to faithfully, loyally and proudly champion the incredible citizens who love this nation and who call this God-blessed land their home.
There’s the closing note. After all that chest pounding, he signs off with some pandering. He certainly won’t be the people’s President, unless you mean the rich, white people. Then, he will certainly be their President. Trump’s op-ed was nothing more than what his campaign, and so far his Presidency has been; an exercise in ego, paranoia, hatred, lies, and ignorance.