We’re rapidly reaching the end of 2017–fourteen months since Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States. According to Mr. Trump he has accomplished more during his first year than any of his predecessors. I did hear that correctly, didn’t I?
I have been wracking my brain for a way to respond to Trump’s ardent–no, die-hard and delusional–supporters.
The wall along the Mexican border? Well, it was the grand promise made at every Trump rally. Trump always added, “And mark my words, Mexico will pay for the wall!” Thank goodness, we don’t have the wall, and Mexico hasn’t paid for it.
According to Mr. Trump, the Affordable Care Act was doomed. It would be dead on his first day in office. But, try as they will, the Republican Congress has failed to give the president a bill repealing and replacing “Obamacare.” The ACA is still very much alive–and working!
I recall, Trump promising to give the middle class a tax break. He called it “tax reform.” Congress did have a tax bill on his desk by the end of 2017…a tax bill few people read or understand! Moreover, it won’t be a “tax break for the middle class.” If you have done your homework, you know the “promised” tax reform is a giveaway to the rich at the expense of the middle class.
Candidate Trump talked a lot about rebuilding the country’s infrastructure. At a Cincinnati rally, according to CNN Money, he said “We will create the first class infrastructure our country and our people deserve. It’s time to rebuild our country to bring back our jobs.” So far I haven’t heard much more about rebuilding infrastructure.
Although some inconsequential spending bills have passed through the Congress during the year, just hours before the Trump budget reached the Hill, Senator John Cornyn (R-Tex) was quoted, saying “Almost every president’s budget proposal that I know of is basically dead on arrival.”
The president has twice attempted immigration bans, i.e. disallowing Muslim refugees to enter the country. Both times his plans were stymied by federal judges. Again, thank goodness!
President Trump is apparently confused about the differences between executive orders and legislation. He once asserted “no president has passed more legislation,” conceding once earlier this year that he trails Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom he notes “had a major Depression to handle.” He claimed “to have bested all of his predecessors in turning bills into law. We’ve signed more bills–and I’m talking about through the legislature–than any president, ever.” Mr. Trump said at a Made in America event at the White House.
Trump did manage to appoint a conservative justice to the Supreme Court. That would be a plus if it were not that his appointee only replaced Antonin Scalia, one of the most conservative justices ever!
On one point President Trump has been extremely successful. Clearly, he has exceeded all of his predecessors as the most boastful liar ever to occupy the Oval Office.
[This article first appeared in the Huntington, WV Herald-Dispatch, December 25, 2017. Milt Hankins lives with his wife Deborah and their furry buddy, Jose, in Catlettsburg, Kentucky. Milt is a weekly contributor to the Huntington paper and Deborah is involved with the local Resistance movement.]