Despite the continual attacks from the corporate media, President Donald Trump is aggressively pursuing and completing the policy priorities that he was hired to implement, on behalf of middle-class Americans.
On the domestic front, the president has signed over 40 pieces of congressional legislation, including the Veterans Accountability Act, which removes the obstacles, and authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to terminate agency employees for cause, and action that, prior to the passage of this legislation, was virtually impossible.
Since the President’s swearing-in, the stock market value has risen 17%, reflecting an additional $4 trillion dollars in market value. This huge increase in value is a direct consequence of the president’s reduction in business regulations, and the anticipation of a dramatic reduction in both business and individual taxes, likely to occur later this year. The US labor participation rate is now lower than it has been in 20 years, as a result as greater than projected job growth.
Over the past few months, dozens of US manufacturers, including IBM, Ford, Lockeed-Martin, Exxon-Mobil, Intel, US Steel, and some foreign companies, including Foxconn, the Chinese company which produces Apple’s I-phone, Softbank, and others, have made commitments to invest hundreds of billions in US manufacturing, which will create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the manufacturing sector. In addition, contiguous to the president’s first foreign policy visit, to Saudi Arabia, the Saudi government announced it would spend almost $400 billion dollars on defense goods from US defense industry manufacturers.
In the energy sector, the President signed executive orders commencing both the Keystone, and Dakota pipelines, reversing the approval delays by the Obama Administration. Moreover, the president withdrew the United States from Paris Climate Accord, pursuant to his campaign promise, as in his judgment, this agreement was not in the best interest of the United States.
The President, by executive order, effectively terminated the Johnson Amendment, which bars pastors from engaging in political speech from the pulpit, without jeopardizing their respective churches from losing their IRS tax exempt status. He also reinstated the so-called “Mexico City Policy,” which bans US tax dollars from being used to fund abortions in foreign countries.
President Trump nominated, and the Senate confirmed Appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch, to the US Supreme Court. He has already announced over a dozen other judicial appointments in the effort to fill more than 130 vacancies in the federal courts. After several lower court rulings staying the president’s executive order banning non-US citizens from six Islamic countries for 90 days, the US Supreme Court effectively reinstated it, impliedly recognizing the president’s authority on national security and immigration policy. In addition, the president’s immigration policy, effectively restoring the authority for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, and the Border Patrol, to enforce the current laws have resulted in a 73% reduction in illegal immigration across the Southern border.
Mr. Trump has informed the Canadian and Mexican governments, that the US will renegotiate the NAFTA trade agreement, in the interest of fairness to the US; and if that cannot be accomplished, the US will withdraw as a partner in the agreement.
The US House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, which repeals and replaces Obamacare. A similar bill is currently being developed in the US Senate, and there will likely be a vote on it this month.
President Trump’s foreign policy endeavors have been remarkable, in their scope and achievement. By virtue of his visit to Saudi Arabia, and meeting with heads of state from 50 Middle-East countries, he has effectively united these countries in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism, telling them that they must “Drive them (I.e., the terrorists) out” of their countries. His more recent trip to Central, and Western, Europe, specifically to Poland; to Germany, for the G-20 economic conference; and to France, as the honored guest to the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille during WWI, all served to reestablish US leadership in the world.
Despite very little coverage by the national media, the US military, in concert with our allies in the region, have decimated ISIS in Iraq, and are likely within weeks of doing so in Eastern Syria, having isolated and surrounded ISIS in the city of Raqqa.
North Korea continues its belligerent posture, which is to be expected. Notwithstanding, the president is directly confronting this threat by beginning to take economic action against nations providing financial support to North Korea; and by increasing US military strength in the region; reflecting that the military option for addressing the growing missile threat remains “on the table.”
In listening to, and watching, today’s corporate media programming, one might conclude that the president and his administration are accomplishing very little, given that most of what you see, read, and hear, from the media is, “Russia, Russia, and more Russia.” Despite this constant refrain about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, for which there is no evidence that any laws were violated, President Trump is “getting the job done,” for middle-class America.
By Allen Sutton