Majority Says Trump Hasn’t Kept Promises

Donald Trump made a LOT of promises out on the campaign trail. I can’t begin to even think of naming them all, but I can tell you that a majority of Americans have said that after his first 100 days in office, that they don’t believe he’s kept them.

 

If you go back when Gallup asked this question in February, 62% said he was keeping his promises. Ah, but the honeymoon has worn off. I personally think it has to do with Trump’s inability to repeal Obamacare right off the bat. That 62% number (which was higher than his vote percentage in November), has dropped to 47%. That’s not a terrible number, but it IS a 15% drop in just two months, and if you look at it, there are really only three things that Trump has promised he would “get right on” in the first year: Obamacare; Tax reform; and “The Wall”.

 

Well, Obamacare isn’t apparently dead yet. The GOP in Congress are still wrangling over how that thing is supposed to look with the Freedom Caucus wanting to gut the whole thing and start over. The more mainstream Republicans like Paul Ryan want to see the thing tweaked, and replaced, but not necessarily repealed. Oh, they’ll have to defund most of it, because they don’t have the votes in the Senate to just repeal the whole thing (unless they wait until next year and sweep out about 13 or so Dems from office, which I’m hearing could happen). But that seems to be what America is angry about. And they should be.

 

If I’ve learned one thing in life it’s that you under-promise, and over-perform. When you do that, you get all sorts of praise and kudo’s. When you over-promise and under-perform, it doesn’t matter what the reason, you’re a liar and a cheat. And let’s face it…Trump over-promised, and so far, he’s under-performed on Obamacare. That’s not to say that he hasn’t done a good job staffing his cabinet, and making appointments. That’s not to say he’s restored some of the luster to America’s image overseas after Bobo the Clown totally trashed foreign policy without a whit of a thought. But it IS to say that when you campaign heavily that you’re going to demolish Obamacare, and 75% of the country WANTS you to destroy Obamacare, and you don’t do it? Well, that leads to 47% thinking you’ve kept your promises.

 

Overall, after the first 90 days or so, I’d give Donald Trump a C. He’s performed well at times, but he’s stumbled. It’s a tough job. I can’t recall anyone, not even the most seasoned politician who doesn’t stumble somewhere along the way early on. I know Trump’s predecessor did. Hell, he had like 18 different scandals in the first three years. The worst Trump has had so far is his Secret Service detail for Melania in New York, his trips to Florida, and the infighting between Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner. That’s peanuts comparatively speaking!

 

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

So What If Bannon Goes?

There is this ongoing fight in the White House between Jared Kushner, who happens to be the president’s son-in-law, and Steve Bannon, formerly of Breitbart, and now a “strategist” in the White House. And apparently one of them is going to leave. Let’s play a little game called, “Who gets to leave The Apprentice?”

 

On the surface, Steve Bannon has one thing going for him. He is closer politically to Donald Trump. That said, he has a lot of stuff going against him. Kushner is Trump’s son-in-law, and he really, REALLY likes Ivanka Trump. I don’t think Donald is going to be doing anything against Ivanka any time soon. Second, Kushner is a lot more liberal than Bannon. That has sparked a lot of speculation that Trump is moving left on a lot of issues and is waffling on a lot of conservative campaign promises. It’s no secret that Kushner is behind it, and Ivanka seems to be backing her hubby on this one. The thing I think is the most damning for Steve Bannon is the fact that he isn’t nearly as well “polished” as Kushner. Kushner is a Wall Street guy. He dresses a ton better than Bannon. He knows how to act in political circles. He gets a haircut more than once a quarter (hey…I’m not faulting Bannon for that one…that’s what I do!). He just presents a nicer picture to the world.

 

Trump has told Reince Priebus that if the two of them can’t work it out, he’s going to call them both into the board room, where sadly, one of them will be fired. They’ll state their cases, and Trump will launch into his monologue first with Jared, then with Steve, and he’ll end up looking Steve in the eye, saying, “Steve, you have been a tremendous talent for the White House, and are a very good guy. I’ve loved what I’ve seen of you thus far in my administration, but I have to tell you, and it’s no secret really, that blood is thicker than water with me. Steve…you’re fired!”

 

And then you’ll see a picture of Steve leaving Trump Tower, or the White House, getting into a limousine, and driving off with a camera in his face as he says stuff like, “Well, I gave it my best shot. Obviously I don’t agree with Mr. Trump’s decision, but he is the boss. I think he’s going to live to regret the decision he made today!” And then the music swells, the credits roll, and the rest as they say, is ready for reruns, or Netflix.

 

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Everything Seems To Be Coming Up Trump…Except The Left!

For those anti-Trump folks out there, I have a question…the guy has been in office a little more than two months now, and so far the stock market is up, the trade deficit is down, and there are more REAL jobs (not the part-time jobs Obama was counting) in mining, manufacturing, construction, etc. being created across the country. The economy is moving forward faster than it had in the past eight years altogether. Trump has straightened out some nasty relationships that were foisted by his predecessor on many of the world leaders, and has garnered a lot of positive press around the world (even though the left everywhere hates him). And that’s what I can’t figure out!

If they guy is doing such a great job, in such a short time, and the numbers all prove that is the case, then why in the world would the left…the very people who depend on these jobs (at least those that are working, and not living in their parent’s basement), be for the guy…or at the very least give him a break or two?

The reason is clear. Donald Trump could be the second coming of Jesus Christ and the left would still want to re-crucify him. They don’t like him regardless what happens to the economy, regardless what happens to the world, regardless what happens to anything to do with human kind. It doesn’t matter because they can’t get over the fact that Hillary Clinton lost the election. I got news for them…Donald Trump has done more for this country in just about every category that matters, than Barack Obama did in eight years. That is the problem the left faces.

And that is the problem that will haunt the left for the next three and three quarter years (at least). The economy is booming, jobs are coming back, housing prices are on the way up, every economic indicator is moving in the right direction, and while there are threats in the world, and there are problems in the world, Trump is at the very least not “leading from behind” like Obama did. Trump is out there meeting with the foreign leaders, making a stand, and making a difference.

I’m not saying the guy is perfect…far from it. And I’m not saying he is going to keep up the pace, and keep batting close to 100% because he’s not (and he hasn’t…remember the healthcare debacle!). But I am saying that you gotta give a break to a guy that has outshone his predecessor 100 to 1 in just a matter of a couple of months. And either the left is so addled-minded that they don’t understand the difference, or they just don’t care, and they’re hell-bent on destroying the country regardless what it takes.

There’s the problem in a nutshell. And it’s not up to Trump, nor the Republicans to do anything about it. They are moving forward. Hell, Trump’s favorability numbers jumped 10% in less than a week. What would happen if he actually DID manage to redo Obamacare and tax reform, and build a wall and fix immigration?

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Trump Wins Back Gravitas

Think back for a few minutes to when Syria was claiming they didn’t poison their own people with chemical weapons, and all of the evidence was pointing to the fact they were. Remember what the then-president said? He said something, and I’m paraphrasing here, that “If they used chemical weapons, that’s a game changer. That would cross the red line in the sand.” And then of course, it came out with proof that Syria had indeed used chemical weapons. So what did the then-president do?

Nothing.

He sat on his hands and did absolutely nothing. He let the Russians of all people go in to their buddy, Assad, and ask him to remove the chemical weapons from his stockpile…which he said he did. And of course, Obama came out unscathed without having to get into a nasty war in Syria which he was totally against, even if it was justified…being the girly man that he was.

Fast forward to today. There is again proof that Syria is once again using chemical weapons against its own people in its civil war. There is an especially gruesome picture that happens to make its way to now-president Donald Trump’s desk. What does he do? Does he threaten? Does he draw meaningless lines in the sand? Does he sit on his hands and hope that Russia will come to his aid so he doesn’t have to make a decision?

Nope.

Donald Trump shows the world that you’re not going to screw with him. He sends in cruise missiles to take out an air base. He did it with the warning that this was the opening shot and if it continues, the damage from the United States would be compounded several times over. Now, Bobo is probably losing sleep over this because it means pissing off another country, and that was something he just didn’t have the Cajon’s to do. But Donald Trump is not Bobo Obama (thank God!). He doesn’t make threats only to never carry them out. He does what he says…or at least that has been his modus operandi so far.

And this is what happened in the aftermath. The Middle Eastern nations, with the understandable exception of Syria and Iran applauded Trump’s move. The Russians were semi-upset, but according to people that understand their statements a whole lot more than I do, they said the response was very measured and not at all threatening to the US. The world has gained some respect for America again. And it’s all because someone had the guts and the fortitude to stand up and say that they weren’t going to allow this to happen, and here’s a taste of what will happen if you do.

Can I get upset about that? Nope. Not a bit. In fact, unless you’re Russia, China, Syria, or Iran, I doubt you can get upset about it either. In fact, most Democrats in congress were actually applauding Trump’s move. Now, they said that if it continues, they want to be apprised of the situation and have the ability to “declare war” if necessary…that’s fine…that’s their job. But overall? It cleared both sides of the aisle, with the exception of Rand Paul who is against going after anybody. But then he’s probably more of a girly-man than Bobo Obama ever was.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Snowflakes Throwing Around The “I” Word

Representative Keith Ellison, the uber-lib Democrat from Minnesota, who got crushed in the fight for the head of the Democrat party this past week was the first to officially throw out the “I Word”. Oh, it had been bandied about by the snowflake minority ever since Trump was elected, but no one of power had said it…probably because most realized it was a rather stupid thing to say. Not Ellison. He bared his soul to the world when he said that when Trump didn’t divest himself of his businesses by putting them into a blind trust, he violated the constitution.

See, no president is supposed to accept payment from a foreign government. That’s the sort of thing that can lead to blackmail. And that of course, is a bad thing. The fact that Donald Trump didn’t put his companies into a blind trust while he’s in the White House upset the snowflakes. And Ellison called him out on it saying that the foreign dignitaries that visited Washington and stayed in the Trump International Hotel, were in fact, paying him. It’s a stretch, but I get it.

I also get that Keith Ellison is totally from another planet.

Let’s examine what really needs to happen in order for the “I Word” to be thrown around in earnest, shall we? First let’s examine what IS an impeachable offense. Treason, bribery, and “high crimes and misdemeanors” are what’s listed in the constitution. What does that mean? Former president Gerald Ford gave the best answer ever when he said, “An impeachable offense is whatever two-thirds of the House of Representatives says it is on any given day”. And so, that’s where it begins and ends… with the charges.

So, when Ellison says that Trump has committed “an impeachable offense”, he’s really not telling the truth. Only 2/3 of the House of Representatives can define that. And somehow I don’t see how that quite works. It takes 291 votes in the House to impeach someone (and it can be any civilly appointed or elected person). The GOP currently has the majority with 246 members. The Democrats have 188 and there is one vacant seat at this time. So, ALL Democrats would have to vote for impeachment PLUS 103 Republicans. Somehow that seems unlikely.

Add to that the ability to actually remove a president from office requires 2/3 vote to convict in the Senate. Currently, the GOP has 52, the Democrats have 46 and there are two independents who caucus with the Democrats. So, you would need 67 Senators to agree in order to convict. Again, the likelihood of that happening is beyond reason.

Keith Ellison is doing nothing more than stirring the pot. He’s pissed because the snowflakes lost the election. He’s pissed because he lost the chance to lead the Democrats after it looked early on he was the favorite, and he’s trying to stir the pot to show the world he has power. He has very little power. In fact, Keith, you probably need to realize you are going to be sitting on your hands a lot in the next few years, and you are no longer a player in Washington DC. Realize it now, and stop the theatrics. We all know better.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Need A Seat?

Are you thinking of attending today’s inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States? If so, you may think you’re out of luck unless you have some really good DC connections. Fear not! As a public service…I’ve procured some 50 seats on the dais that may not allow you to sit there, but they will most definitely be open. That’s because there are 50 un-American representatives in congress who have deemed themselves unworthy to attend such a gala, and have given up their seats. Want to know who they are? Here you go!

John Lewis (D-GA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Don Beyer (D-VA), Mark Takano (D-CA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Ted Liu (D-CA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), John Conyers (D-MI), Mark Desaulnier (D-CA), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jos Serrano (D-NY), Judy Chu (D-CA), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Katherine Clark (D-MA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Karen Bass (D-CA), Keith Ellison (D-MI), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Al Green (D-TX), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Anthony Brown (D-MD), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), John Yarmouth (D-KY), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), Adam Smith (D-WA), Darren Sotto (D-FL), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Mike Doyle (D-PA), Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Donald M. Payne (D-NJ), Alma Adams (D-N.C.), Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA), Robert A. Brady (D-PA), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR).

Of course, it is their God-given right not to attend…after all, it’s not in their job description that they HAVE to attend inaugurations. But it does seem to show a certain degree of immaturity, a lack of decorum, a, shall we say, cry-baby attitude that is prevalent in this day and age with some (not all) liberal factions in our country.

So, if you’re looking for a seat at today’s inauguration, you’ve got two choices; you can do what I’m going to do and sit and watch the thing from the comfort of a chair, MUCH more comfortable that any available at the Capitol, or you can fight the crowds and try and get one of those fifty seats, which I’m told will be filled by others and not allowed to go unused.

Isn’t it funny that all of those seats will be vacated by Democrats? Is it just me, or does the left show this unyielding propensity to want to cry and kick and scream every time they don’t get their way? It’s ok for you to agree with them, but when you don’t, you’re branding “illegitimate” or some other stupid made up phrase that their wordsmiths have coined. Why can’t these people just grow up and act like the adults they are supposed to be? It seems to me that for a party that wants to “unify America”, they are off to a pretty poor start. Maybe that’s because they aren’t in it for America? Maybe that’s because they are only in it for fame and fortune for themselves? Maybe that’s because they really are the frauds they accuse others of being? Just sayin’!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Doing Trump’s Job For Him

The air is so much clearer and most people think a whole lot better in the desert. We just seem to have a more simpler and more sane way of looking at things. So, with that in mind, I’m going to make it easy on Donald Trump and give him the solutions to some pressing issues he faces in a couple of weeks.

OBAMACARE: There have been all sorts of rumors about dumping all of it, or keeping just the pre-existing conditions and 26 year old clause, or keeping most of it and dropping the individual mandate. Here’s what needs to happen. On January 21st, you announce that Obamacare is history. Current enrollees who have already signed up stay signed up. If they choose to drop out (like about 45% of those that sign up do), there is no penalty. If you haven’t signed up and don’t want to, you don’t have to. Insurance companies will be told no later than March 31st what the new rules are from Congress, but they will include tax credits instead of subsidies. They will include the ability to buy insurance across state lines (you need to be able to be licensed in the state(s) you’re interested in. And they will be portable and cost effective, meaning you aren’t going to have to get new insurance when you get a new job, you keep what you currently have, and costs will be capped at a certain percentage per year for an increase. All NEW provisions and policies must be ready to roll out on October 1st, for 2018.

IMMIGRATION: There has been a lot of back and forth about immigration. Democrats want the votes of the illegals, Republicans want the cheap labor. Here is the solution. First, build the wall. There will be a one-mile buffer with guard towers every so often, and they will be manned 24-7, with orders to shoot to kill. Now, that seems harsh, I get it. But after the first week or so, there won’t be any shooting. People will understand we are serious. Current illegals will be able to remain in the US (it’s WAY too expensive to deport them all!), IF they haven’t ever committed a crime; IF they pay a $50,000 fine to the government; IF the learn English and become fluent in it; and IF they perform one month of community service for every year they’ve been in the US illegally, and they have to be able to prove when they came in (which they probably won’t be able to do). If they can’t prove it, they’ll do five years community service, or a five year stint in the US armed forces. After that, they can apply to become citizens with certain exceptions. They can NEVER receive food stamps. They can NEVER receive any sort of welfare, social security, or Medicare/Medicaid, and they can NEVER vote. If they EVER try to receive any governmental assistance illegally, they will immediately be deported, never to return. If they do return, we have a nice fenced in facility in southern New Mexico where they can live in tents for 10 years. Oh, on Sanctuary Cities? Easy…their STATES are denied any federal funding as long as they exist. That alone could take care of the federal debt in 10 years! And we can say goodbye to Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, and California!

EXECUTIVE ACTIONS: On January 22nd, take a pen and spend the day undoing all (or at least most) of Obama’s executive actions. This would include the Iran Nuclear Deal, all of the stupid little liberal crap he couldn’t get through congress and tried to do himself, and basically, all EPA regulations for the past eight years. If there is time…start unraveling the millions of pages of additional regulations that serve no purpose but to limit freedom, grab power, and cost the US taxpayers money. As Obama had a “regulation czar” to write the regulations, I would employ someone of equal stature to dismantle them. Get congress’ approval before-hand, so you don’t run into problems with the Supreme Court (you’ll own them in a few months anyway), and then tear apart the meaningless gobbledy-gook that Obama threw at the American people. As a further note, have congress pass a law that ALL regulations MUST be approved by congress before being implemented. They are, after all, the legislative branch, not the various agencies and administrators.

Well, that’s a good start. That will probably keep Trump busy for a few weeks. And of course, that will all guarantee a landslide victory in 2020.

Happy New Year, and…

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!