Sunday, April 30, 2017

FIRST 100: One Big Promise Kept, Plus The Two Biggest Broken Promises In Modern American Political History

We’ve reached Day 100 of the Trump administration – a nearly-meaningless designation that tells us little about the direction of a presidency. If the First Hundred Days meant something, Bill Clinton would have been one of the great failed presidents of the modern era, Barack Obama would have been one of the most effective, and Abraham Lincoln would likely have been the worst.
Trump has done some good things – most obviously, the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and the use of the Congressional Review Act to knock over some of President Obama’s more ridiculous regulations.
Trump says no new administration has done as much as the Trump administration. This is patently false. But more importantly, it’s now becoming apparent that two of the biggest promises promulgated by President Trump during his campaign are falling by the wayside as his presidency continues.
First, Obamacare repeal.
It looks like repeal of Obamacare is dead. This is indeed the greatest broken promise in modern American political history. President Trump said on the stump hundreds of times that he would repeal Obamacare, calling it a disaster. Every Republican campaigning across the country said the same for the last seven years. And they won’t do anything to kill Obamacare, because they’re cowards. As one Congressman told Byron York of The Washington Examiner, “we have members in the Republican conference that do not want Obamacare repealed, because of their district. That’s the fundamental thing that we’re seeing here. I thought we campaigned on repealing it. Now that it’s our turn, I’m finding there’s about 50 people who really don’t want to repeal Obamacare. They want to keep it.”
That group includes President Trump, who has boxed in Republicans by insisting during the campaign and after that coverage numbers would expand in the aftermath of an Obamacare repeal – and insisting that repeal was not enough, that replace would have to occur as well. Here is the bottom line: --->
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