As expected, the so-called “mainstream media” is going out of its way to deny President Donald J. Trump his due credit for a busy first 100 days. Instead of pointing out his accomplishments so far, the media is focusing on his failure to sign Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation and harping about his tax and budget cuts.
But the reality is, Trump has been far less successful than he might have been only because the competing factions within his Republican Party have thus far been unable to come together on the most fundamental pieces of legislation, especially getting rid of the Affordable Care Act – leading its namesake to wrongly claim in a speech last week that the law was “more popular than ever.” In fact, only recently have more Americans begun to favor Obamacare over a prospective GOP replacement bill, in large part because it is an unknown and people tend to be more suspicious of unknown quantities. Also, the GOP replacement legislation was a horrible bill that didn’t really repeal very much of Obamacare.
In any event, Trump as president – doing what he can in the Executive Branch – has indeed been busy. As noted by The Gateway Pundit, what he’s done so far has been nothing short of monumental, and moreover, his executive actions are making it easier for Congress down the road to send him legislation that will solidify in law much of what he’s accomplishing as policy:
— Wall Street was gaining anyway, but beginning the day after Trump won the presidency the stock market began a meteoric rise to newer heights. That means millions of Americans’ retirement accounts are growing by leaps and bounds.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) has risen more than 15 percent since the Nov. 8 election; it closed Nov. 9 at 18,332 and closed March 1 at 21,115. Between Inauguration Day Jan. 20 – March 1, the DJIA rose 6.5 percent. It closed at 20,940.51 on Friday.
— Since Trump was inaugurated, overall the market has gained $2 trillion in value, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 broke $20 trillion for the first time in its history.
— During Obama’s first 100 days, the U.S. national debt grew by more than $560 billion; during Trump’s first 100 days, the debt decreased by about $100 billion. Meanwhile, the U.S. manufacturing index has skyrocketed to a 33-year high, as some 298,000 jobs have been added to the economy since November.
— Simply by enforcing the immigration law, illegal border crossings are down an astounding 67 percent across the board, with potential illegal aliens figuring out it isn’t worth giving a human smuggler thousands of dollars only to be caught and sent back home right away. (RELATED: Great again: Illegal border crossings drop to 17-year low in Rio Grande Valley)
— As promised, Trump has begun taking on the vast federal bureaucracy with executive orders requiring two rules to repealed for every new rule implemented, and ordering agency and department heads to find ways to reduce regulatory burdens on businesses, industry and the private sector in general.
— After making an issue of the fact that NATO countries, by and large, do not pay their required share of expenses, the alliance’s military spending, collectively, has risen by $10 billion.
— Trump nominated, and the Senate – by adopting the nuclear option for all judicial nominees – confirmed Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a constitutional originalist (who was taken from his pre-election list of conservative judicial candidates).
— In all, the president has signed 66 executive orders, including regulatory reform, rebuilding the military, getting the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership globalist trade agreement, requiring so-called “sanctuary cities” to follow the law in order to continue receiving Justice Dept. grants, approving oil pipelines and calling for ways to extract the federal government from local education. (RELATED: America, We Have A YUUUUUGE Opportunity To Get Government Off Our Backs)
Also, Trump has managed to meet with leaders of most major allies and potential adversaries, lay down the law in Syria, and begin to build an international consensus aimed at thwarting North Korea’s maturing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. The leaders he’s met with include Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
As The Gateway Pundit noted, however:
The President [has] also pointed out numerous times that the MSM (Main Stream Media) reports only on a made up Russia conspiracy story and ignores these accomplishments. These actions are making the majority of Americans aware of the tremendous bias in the media in the US and abroad. This too is another major Trump accomplishment.
President Trump is Making America Great Again, 100 days at a time. Imagine what he could have accomplished if the GOP Congress was on board with his agenda as well.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.