While president Trump is being stymied legislatively so far in seeking to dump Obamacare and fix the tax code he is having great successes in other areas that the president can affect without the approval of Congress.
In short he is using ‘the power of the presidency’ or ‘the bully pulpit’ to great effect, like this:
*He has changed “the tone” of the country. Under Obama it was dark and defeatist and the economy was stagnant. Under Trump it is optimistic and forward-looking. President Trump is energizing the economy with his very presence in the White House including rolling back the regulatory albatross that decades of Democrat power have saddled us with.
*He is exposing and fighting back against the Fake News media skunks who have been arrogant and offensive for so long. This has never happened before and will have long-lasting effects on our country. He has personally helped to drive CNN ratings way down. Trump followers are abandoning the NFL, ESPN, Hollywood and other left-wing media sources by the millions. Good.
*President Trump is closing our borders and expelling bad illegal aliens from our country. This will continue and grow until January 2025 when president Trump leaves office and will continue under president Pence.
*He respects our police and military while Obama disdained or hated them. Obama ‘threw away’ our hard-fought victory in Iraq by pulling our troops out before Iraq was ready.
*Trump has acted presidential and proud of America on his foreign trips while Obama shamefully bowed before foreign leaders and highlighted America’s faults to foreign audiences.
*President Trump is saying “Merry Christmas” and has referred often to our Christian founding while Obama said “happy holidays” and told us that the mention of the word ‘Christmas’ makes people unhappy. Obama maligned Christianity dozens of times in statements.
Obama even hung on the White House ‘holiday’ tree an ornament with the image of the genocidal, atheistic Chinese communist dictator Mao Zedong on it. One of Obama’s top advisers Anita Dunn once said that Zedong is one of her inspirations in life.
*But it is in the judiciary that president Trump is making perhaps his most long-lasting imprint. He got conservative Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court and is remaking the judiciary at all levels in a big way. CNBC reports:
(Iowa Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Charles) Grassley decided not to honor a Senate tradition of holding up hearings for judicial nominees who aren’t cleared by their own home state senators.
That tradition is known as the “blue slip courtesy” born out of time before nationwide communication technology when a given state’s senators had access to much more information about nominees than their colleagues from the rest of the country.
Grassley correctly noted that Democrats were now trying to use the blue slips tradition to replace the filibuster (to block nominees), and he’s having none of that.
… (Republicans) were able to freeze the Obama nomination process in its tracks, most notably by delaying and eventually killing Merrick Garland’s nomination for the Supreme Court.
That long period of confirmation obstruction (from 2013 until January 2017) has given President Trump a huge number of seats to fill; twice as many as President Obama’s also large number of vacancies when he took office in 2009. The Christian Science Monitor reports this is likely the most vacancies for a president to fill in 40 years. And the Trump team hasn’t been wasting much time.
… as of November 3rd, thirteen Trump nominees to the courts have been confirmed this year. The big name is Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, but we also have eight new federal appeals court judges, and four new U.S. district court judges. President Trump has now already surpassed the last four presidents’ records for first-year judicial confirmations. And he’s even tied President Ronald Reagan number of appeals court confirmations in year one.
But this isn’t just about sheer numbers, it’s about ideology too. While President Trump and conservatives have diverged in matters of policy several times over the past year, the judicial nomination process is decidedly not one of them. The nominees sent to the Senate from the White House are more conservative and even younger than what we saw during President George W. Bush’s two terms in office.
… Now fast forward a couple of years where the Trump judicial appointment surge will have set in across the federal system. Just for this administration alone, that could make a huge difference. And for conservative causes and cases over time, it will be even more significant.
… And unless the Democrats win control of the Senate in 2018, there’s nothing they can do about it.
Wonderful, and Democrats are not going to win back the Senate in 2018. Virtually no political prognosticators think that that is going to happen. Over two terms Trump could get to appoint up to three more Supreme Court justices.
Now let’s look at what president Trump wants to do to scale back the massive welfare-state boondoggle that has been hamstringing the economy for decades and insulting the hard-working people of our nation. Associated Press reports:
… President Donald Trump wants to put his stamp on the welfare system, apparently in favor of a more restrictive policy. He says “people are taking advantage of the system.”
Trump, who has been signaling interest in the issue for some time, said this past week that he wants to tackle the issue after the tax overhaul he is seeking by the end of the year. He said changes were “desperately needed in our country” and that his administration would soon offer plans.
… Paul Winfree, director of budget policy and deputy director of Trump’s Domestic Policy Council, told a recent gathering at the conservative Heritage Foundation that he and another staffer had been charged with “working on a major welfare reform proposal.” He said they have drafted an executive order on the topic that would outline administration principles and direct agencies to come up with recommendations.
Trump said in October that welfare was “becoming a very, very big subject, and people are taking advantage of the system.”
… Administration officials have already suggested they are eyeing anti-poverty programs. Trump’s initial 2018 budget proposal, outlined in March, sought to sharply reduce spending for Medicaid, food stamps and student loan subsidies, among other programs.
Budget director Mick Mulvaney said this year, “If you are on food stamps and you are able-bodied, we need you to go to work.”
Fantastic. Nikitas3.com estimates over the last 60 years that the United States has spent $120 TRILLION or more in federal, state, local and private handouts to “the poor”. This would be equal to $2 trillion this year in our $20 trillion annual economy, which sounds rational. Yet we have more “poor people” than ever. How can that be?
Answer: Handouts subsidize, and thus increase, poverty and dependency. We always get more of what the government subsidizes.
Merkel, European Union are Sinking Fast
German chancellor (president) Angela Merkel has long been considered “the most powerful woman in the world” but that perception is going away quickly. First elected in 2005 the allegedly conservative Merkel destroyed her legacy with three political steps to the left:
*She signed onto the shutdown of Germany’s nuclear power industry for generating electricity. This is leading to a disaster for the German people and the German economy which today is growing at less than 1%, which is a horrible figure. The US economy is growing 3% to 4% under Trump.
*Alex Alexiev writes on the American Thinker website:
As the German minister of the environment (1994-1998), Merkel was an early and enthusiastic supporter of a wholesale transition to renewable energies in a country not known for either much sun or wind, and became a key organizer of the Kyoto Protocol. By the time she first became chancellor in 2005, the renewable energy law (EEG) was in full swing and its disastrous implications soon manifested themselves . In 2017 German households paid 30 cents per kilowatt hour compared to 9 cents in the U.S. and 16 cents in France. This led to 300,000 German families unable to pay their bills and having their electricity disconnected. A large portion of their bill (6.88 cents) was made up of renewable energy surcharges. It is estimated that in ten years the average household will pay euro 440 per annum for electricity, while the cost of the Energiewende would explode to euro 520 billion by 2025, to be borne once again by the German taxpayer. Despite these huge expenses, Germany continues to rely on lignite coal to avoid blackouts and will be unable to meet its CO2 emissions promises for years to come. No wonder a prominent former green executive calls the Energiewende “a disaster in the making.”
*Merkel created her most significant and legacy-destroying catastrophe in allowing into Germany more than 1 million unvetted muslim refugees who have gone on a violent terror spree and who are largely living on welfare. This has enraged the German people like nothing else in the last 70 years.
The coming fall of Merkel will coincide with the slow collapse of the bureaucratic super-state known as the European Union which essentially told Europe that it must accept these muslims, among dozens of other things that it has told Europe to do. This is why Britain voted to leave the EU, which was just established in 1993. Many Europeans are furious about the arrogance of the EU.
PJ Media reports about Merkel, who was recently re-elected to a fourth four-year term:
Angela Merkel’s worries continue as the latest polls reveal the majority of Germans did not want her to run as a candidate for Chancellor again. The survey, carried out in the coalition talks breakdown, makes worrying reading for Angela Merkel. While Mrs Merkel said yesterday she wanted to stand again in any new snap election the German people appear to be turned off by the prospect. Of those polled, 54 per cent said she should not run for office, according to the polling institute Civey for t-online.de. Only 38.5 percent of Germans would welcome a renewed candidacy of the chancellor.
If you’re wondering why Merkel — who just recently “won” her recent-re-election — is thinking about running again so soon, here’s the reason: while her “conservative” party, the CDU/CSU (Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian counterpart, the Christian Socialist Union), emerged again as the largest party in the Bundestag, she can’t form a functioning government without some sort of tactical alliance with one or more of the other parties. And that isn’t happening.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany faced the greatest crisis of her career on Monday after negotiations to form a new government collapsed, shaking a country that is Europe’s political and economic anchor. The breakdown abruptly raised the prospect of new elections in Germany. It came less than two months after the last elections seemed to assure that Ms. Merkel, an icon of Western democracy and values, would remain Germany’s leader for a fourth term.
The chancellor said she remained hopeful about forming a majority government. But if forced to choose, Ms. Merkel said, she would prefer to go through new elections rather than try to lead a minority government.
Of course she would: since allowing into Germany (and thus Europe) more than a million unwashed, unvetted Muslims, largely illiterate in Western languages, ways, and mores, Mutti Merkel and her stock have sunk among the German voting public, which made the anti-invasion fringe party, the AfD (Alternative for Deutschland), the third-largest party in parliament. The chancellor is now toxic, as long-repressed Germans finally cast off the last of their guilt over World War II and come to understand that foreign Muslims are in no way analogous to German Jews during the National Socialist period, and that laws meant to protect Jews and other peoples undergoing actual suffering do not apply to a horde of cultural aliens seeking “a better life” while trying to impose their savagery on the land of Luther.
The collapse of talks reflected the deep reluctance of Ms. Merkel’s conservative bloc and prospective coalition partners — the ecologist-minded Greens and pro-business Free Democrats — to compromise over key positions.
“There is no coalition of the willing to form a government,” said Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, director of the Berlin office of the German Marshall Fund. “This is uncharted territory since 1949. We’re facing a protracted period of political immobility. Not only is this not going to go away soon, there is no clear path out.”
The European Union did two sensible things at its inception – it created a common currency for Europe (the euro) and it eliminated national borders within Europe to make travel and commerce easier, just as the US has no state borders to impede travel and commerce.
The EU should have dissolved itself after doing these things. But it has grown massively in power and overstepped its bounds in many ways like all bureaucracies do. Example: The EU even dictated to European member states the size and shape of the vegetables that they could sell in their private markets.
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