Thursday, April 27, 2017

We’re Nearing Day 100. How’s Trump Doing So Far On Keeping His Promises?

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This week, President Trump reaches the 100-day mark of his presidency. That number has always been arbitrary – there are presidents who have done little during their first 100 days but end up celebrated for their time in the White House. The New York Times, for example, described Bill Clinton’s first 100 days as a mixed bag, stating, “The truth of Mr. Clinton’s hundred days is rather more provisional. There have been several large accomplishments … There have also been many missteps.” The Times encouraged Clinton “not to confuse motion with progress.” And Ronald Reagan didn’t pass any major legislation during his first 100 days, but he did effectively promulgate his agenda, driving public opinion toward his economic viewpoint on smaller government.
How has Trump done?
Trump hasn’t really moved the public opinion needle on domestic policy. He hasn’t used the bully pulpit on taxes; he’s sent mixed messages on health care. On foreign policy, he told his supporters he’d tend toward isolationism, but he’s been muscular in defense of American interests abroad. It’s tough to make the claim that Trump has been cohesive in his approach to shifting the dial toward progress for whatever comes next.
We’ll find out this week whether Trump is able to ram through some sort of Obamacare repeal in the House after his failed first attempt a month ago; we’ll also find out whether a government shutdown is in the works over Democrats’ failure to fund his budget priorities.
But here’s a list of his promises, and how he’s done so far. Trump himself claimed that Americans would be voting for his 100-day plan “to restore prosperity to our economy, security to our communities, and honesty to our government.” He called it his pledge to the American people.
Here’s the list, with notes in brackets on how he’s done. --->
Read the rest from Ben Shapiro HERE.

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