Week one is over. Let’s summarize what really happened:
- Obamacare: He allowed more flexibility on Obamcare, to relieve the burdens on companies and individuals. I understand he has also pushed the replacement part to the front of agenda for Republicans in Congress. This is a good thing. Historically Republicans get tarred as anti-little-guy by showing so little concern for the losers of their war on the welfare state. Obamacare at least has 2 or 3 times as many losers as the status quo ante, so it shouldn’t be hard to do something better, cheaper, without a hugely negative outcome.
- Trade: He got us out of TPP. As with NAFTA, any trade deal needs to keep American jobs here, avoid massive trade deficits, and retain vital industries.
- Mexico: He showed Mexico’s president–who conspires with his consular officials to break our immigration laws–who the First World Power is, announcing his intention to support a renegotiation of NAFTA. Peso fell massively. They have forgotten who needs whom.
- Faux Outrage on CIA Visit: He made some media flacks unhappy during his CIA visit, as if people who want to flood us with Syrian refugees, give two figs about national security. Did they miss the news from Berlin and Paris? As with their “Trump will start WWIII” nonsense, their endangerment of America and the West is not a bug but a feature of their Marxist repopulation scheme.
- Smaller Govt. Where it Counts: He vowed to deregulate and shrink the government, along with immediate regulatory and hiring freezes, echoing his inaugural address theme that the government has become divorced from its “customers” and become a permanent, out-of-touch, and parasitic elite. The burden of regulations is so massive and not particularly on radar of anyone since Ronald Reagan, whose regulatory agenda did a lot to spur massive economic growth. The never-been-in-private-sector Obama could care less, and our anemic growth made it plain.
- Pro-Life: He ended US funding for NGOs that promote abortion overseas. So much for him not being a conservative. Abortion is bad enough, but it’s disgusting our taxpayer dollars are used to promote and pay for it anywhere.
- Energy Independence: He greenlighted the Keystone Pipeline, which, like so many infrastructure projects, has become lassoed by a combination of ordinary environmental regulations and the lunatic Global Warming Theory, a tool to destroy the wealth of the Western World.
- Immigration Security: He announced “extreme vetting” on immigrants from unruly countries like Somlia, Yemen, and hostile nations like Iran. He also said we would be building a wall, and directed DHS and other relevant agencies to implement these rules. Restrictions on immigration are well within the presidential bailiwick–see generally 8 U.S. C. Sec. 1182(f)–even Obama did it to Iraq when a couple of them turned up in Kentucky working for al Qaeda. Of course, there were no Soros-funded rent-a-mobs that time, but this time everyone knows the policy’s motive and goal is different; it’s a declaration that we’re a real nation, not just an idea, and we get to decide who can visit and live here.
- Strong-Arming Sanctuary Cities: Even better, Trump announced funding would be yanked from “Sanctuary Cities,” who take a lot of federal funds, but don’t cooperate with U.S. deportation of felons and others on whom there is an immigration detainer. I’m all for federalism, but Immigration has always been decided at a federal level. Ask Elian Gonzalez. Cities taking federal money but defying federal law in one of the latter’s core areas of responsibility is a joke. And it has been tolerated under Republican and Democratic presidents because, until now, no one was serious about addressing illegal immigration.
All in all an amazing week full of activity, energy, and a unifying theme: the good of the country and the American people. While there were some needless forays into a pointless debate on Inaugural crowd size, it was overall a focused pro-business, pro-labor, and pro-conservative agenda in all of its particulars.
It was a reminder of the tremendous power of the presidency; he, after all, controls the enormous armies of workers and bureaucrats in myriad federal agencies.
And, perhaps not surprisingly for an unconventional candidate, it showed a lack of the usual “thanks for your vote and now I’m going to do the opposite” stuff we saw from Bush and other Republicans. Historically, elected Republicans have forgotten the interests and desires of their core constituencies on so many issues, especially immigration. Or they have embraced the unpopular parts of the culture war and agenda–indifference to workers, sexual purity spirals–while ignoring the low hanging fruit on the national question, where the policy and the views of the majority are largely in alignment.
This really was a special week, and, in some ways, a pleasant confirmation of all the reasons I supported Trump from the beginning.