Accomplishment is a subjective term. Still, I question the ability of “experts” who are also touting the brilliance of 266 blank pages and people buying such to make it the #1 bestseller on Amazon. Many of these experts argue that President Donald Trump has had “unprecedented” success in the early days of his administration. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer agrees with that assessment of the administration. The forgotten individual is supposedly represented and championed unlike ever before in our history.
Yet it’s difficult to find anyone who gives specific examples that one can connect directly to this success. Stock market, jobs? Obviously, there’s a seemingly unlimited scope of variables with some areas, but I have no issues giving whomever the president might be credit for favorable job reports and stock market increases. Admittedly I am bothered more when whomever is president is blamed for unfavorable reports or problems in the markets. Still, the imagery exists as to who gets credited and blamed regardless of their connections, but that doesn’t necessarily equate to meaningful involvement.
What could be cited as direct actions of success are 16 Executive Orders and hodgepodge of additional memoranda, but neither Spicer nor supporters discuss these. Why not? Among those was the rollout of a travel ban that did not go smoothly to say the least and quickly faced legal hurdles. The justification for the immediate rollout was a safety argument. It would seem, however, that the revised order would have been issued more quickly and without a 10-day delay before attempted implementation since it would have been too “dangerous” and counter-intuitive to announce and delay the first for even a 24-hour period.
New guidance for immigration enforcement has been implemented. Instead of focusing resources to apprehending the most dangerous which sometimes required the cooperation and tips of those who have committed no crimes to provide assistance and information to law enforcement to help locate those who have already committed violent crimes, we have moved to a first-seen, first-apprehended practice. Instead of talking a rifle and firing a couple of rounds at a target, we have begun firing shotgun shells at the same target regardless of distance in the hopes of multiple strikes by the pellets. We might get more marks on paper, but we do not pierce the bullseye. Also, anything near the target is often struck by the shot as well.
Financial advisors are no longer required to work in the best interest of the client paying for their services. If that advisor receives an incentive to push a riskier investment or one that will likely result in a loss for that specific client, it is the client’s responsibility again to discover the motives of the professional.
Small interior waterways no longer have federal government regulations that would require specific businesses to divert runoffs and pollution from entering. Responsibilities for cleanup and damages to the surrounding environment and wildlife falls upon those who want to enjoy that environment or say hunt or fish in that area.
If companies such as ATT or Verizon have their accounts hacked and the personal data of customers compromised, the FCC may not be able to demand accountability since the bar of expected security has been lowered to “reasonable measures.” The chances that your internet searches will be available for purchase from the largest providers has increased tremendously.
Foreign companies can use eminent domain regulations to take private property from citizens for “just compensation” in the eyes of the business. Rights granted by the Fifth Amendment and later expanded to provide protections from entities other than the government have been curtailed in the name of capitalism. Despite promises on the campaign trail and more importantly despite provisions written into the disputed legislation from the previous administration, US products are not required for usage of this usurped land as for all intents and purposes foreign products have been grandfathered in.
We do not know yet what will become of healthcare. If the current proposals do not pass Congress, the blame will be upon Speaker Ryan. If the proposals do pass and prove disastrous the blame will be upon Speaker Ryan. If we remain at the status quo, all efforts will be made to harm individuals with blame then being cast upon the previous administration and minority party.
We do not know yet of budget suggestions from the Executive, but we do know that one proposal to finance the construction of the border wall is to cut anti-terrorism activities and training for the US Coast Guard and the TSA. FEMA and other disaster aid will also be cut to fund this wall.
We still do not know if Congress will ever pass any legislation as they have yet to do so. Attention has been focused on potential Russian hacking and connections to control our government. Attention has been focused not on the non-disputed results of the election and Electoral vote count, but to prove that millions of illegal votes changed the popular vote tally. Attention has been focused on crowd size on inauguration day and that of various marches following inauguration. Attention has been focused on merchandise with the Ivanka Trump name.
Perhaps accomplishments can be read in the #1 bestseller on Amazon, “Reasons to Vote for Democrats.” The text need not be changed, and the title could be “Ways the Presidential Administration Has Assisted the Forgotten American.” Many people argue that’s why they voted for Donald Trump, and political rhetoric aside forgotten remains forgotten despite what the experts spew.