Trump's Year Of Winning
Donald Trump's first year should not be judged by his inability to wrangle the GOP or Washington establishment into passing legislation he supports and endorses, his first year should be judged by the accomplishments he was able to single-handedly achieve. Trump should never have been expected to win the hearts and minds of the swamp so easily, and the things he has been able to accomplish without them are remarkable. 2017 was a good year for Donald Trump and America, no matter what they try to tell you.
Winning On National Security
Trump's travel ban on entrants from six Mid-East nations was eventally approved by the Supreme Court and his later ban that included North Korea was also approved and passed through the Supreme Court. Despite activist judges trying to block his executive orders, Trump has succeeded at securing America's borders from potentially dangerous and homicidal migrants.
A more inadvertent effect of Trump's presidency has been the 25% decline in illegal border crossings. Without any legislation or executive orders to stop illegal immigration across the Mexican border, Donald Trump has succeeded in dramatically reducing illegal immigration just by being Donald Trump. The Washington Post had this to say about it:
The number of people caught trying to sneak over the border from Mexico has fallen to the lowest level in 46 years, according to Department of Homeland Security statistics released Tuesday that offer the first comprehensive look at how immigration enforcement is changing under the Trump administration.
During the government’s 2017 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, U.S. border agents made 310,531 arrests, a decline of 24 percent from the previous year and the fewest overall since 1971.
The figures show a sharp drop in apprehensions immediately after President Trump’s election win, possibly reflecting the deterrent effect of his rhetoric on would-be border crossers; starting in May, the number of people taken into custody began increasing again.
Some estimates have put the number of illegal immigrants living in the United States as high as 13 million. A 25% decrease is very welcome by Trump supporters and voters who were looking to secure America's borders. Overall, decreasing illegal immigration improves national security on many fronts.
Winning On Deregulation
Since taking office last year, Trump has single-handedly deregulated more things than any other sitting president in 365 days. One of his first executive orders called for the repeal of two regulations for every new regulation that is enacted. Trump then signed two executive orders that sought to seek out and destroy red tape in the agricultural and labor sectors. One of these orders requires all US agencies to identify and eliminate burdensome procedures and regulations.
Immediately upon entering the Oval Office, Trump implemented a federal hiring freeze.
Despite the media claiming Trump has had no legislative victories, in Spring he signed several pieces of legislation sent to him by Congress that undo Obama-era regulations in the energy sector and other industrial sectors in America. Trump's favorite newspaper, The New York Times, had this to say about it:
An obscure law known as the Congressional Review Act gives lawmakers 60 legislative days to overturn major new regulations issued by federal agencies. After that window closes, sometime in early May, the process gets much more difficult: Executive orders by the president can take years to unwind regulations — well beyond the important 100-day yardstick for new administrations.
So in weekly meetings leading up to Jan. 20, the Trump aides and lawmakers worked from a shared Excel spreadsheet to develop a list of possible targets: rules enacted late in Barack Obama’s presidency that they viewed as a vast regulatory overreach that was stifling economic growth.
The result was a historic reversal of government rules in record time. Mr. Trump has used the review act as a regulatory wrecking ball, signing 13 bills that erased rules on the environment, labor, financial protections, internet privacy, abortion, education and gun rights. In the law’s 21-year history, it had been used successfully only once before, when President George W. Bush reversed a Clinton-era ergonomics rule.
This vast amount of deregulation within Donald Trump's first year has paved the way for big league winning in economics. Corporations have reconsidered leaving America and they have increased hiring and operations across all 50 states because of the Trump Administration's loose regulatory policies.
Winning On Economics
The Republican tax reform bill has been Trump's most important legislative victory of the year. Immediately after it passed through Congress, American businesses and corportions began to act by giving their employees bonuses and raises. Immediately after the bill's passage, AT&T announced that it would pay each of it's 200,000 employees a $1,000 bonus. CNBC reported on the tax bill and AT&T's surprise move:
Telecom giant AT&T was quick to respond to news of U.S. tax reform, announcing it would give some employees bonuses once the legislation is signed into law.
AT&T said in a press release Wednesday that it would give more than 200,000 of its U.S. workers who are union members a special bonus of $1,000. The company also increased its capital expenditures budget by $1 billion in the U.S.
"Congress, working closely with the President, took a monumental step to bring taxes paid by U.S. businesses in line with the rest of the industrialized world," CEO Randall Stephenson said in a statement. "This tax reform will drive economic growth and create good-paying jobs. In fact, we will increase our U.S. investment and pay a special bonus to our U.S. employees."
AT&T had previously said that it would invest $1 billion in the U.S. if "competitive" tax reform legislation was passed, and has said that the tax reform framework could increase demand for AT&T's services.
The concept behind welfare is that when people are given money to spend, it helps boost the economy and a country's economic output. The same not only applies to tax cuts but to bonuses and salary increases. As a direct result of Trump's tax reforms, more than 200,000 Americans will have an extra $1,000 to spend in the American economy. Comcast also announced plans to pay its employees special bonuses following the tax reform bill.
From the moment Trump took office, the Stock Market began to soar. This was the opposite of what phony economic experts like Mark Cuban had predicted. To its own chagrin, Trump's favorite newspaper had something to say about this year's strong market performance:
The major stock market indexes broke countless records in 2017, rising consistently throughout the year. Investors were heartened by President Trump’s promise to cut taxes and regulations. Strong economic growth around the world and nary a sign of inflation also contributed to investors’ cheery mood.
American investors have earned enormous profits in 2017, which also helps increase the cash flow within the American economy. Big spending and sunny economic news have also increased consumer confidence to some of the highest levels in years. USA Today reported on these numbers, calling them a 17-year high:
On Wednesday, the Conference Board announced the December reading of its closely watched consumer confidence index. The measure hit a 17-year high in November, riding strong job and income growth, still-affordable gasoline and record stock prices. Alexander says the sturdy labor market — which features a low 4.1% unemployment rate that has given job-seekers more leverage — will lead to just a marginal dip in the index this month. The reading can signal future consumer spending, which makes up about 70% of economic activity.
Holiday retail sales also jumped 4.9% in 2017. USA Today:
U.S. year-end holiday retail sales rose 4.9% compared to the same period last year, a welcome gift to U.S. retailers amid new signs of consumer confidence.
Online retail shopping similarly increased 18.1%, while overall consumer buying during the holiday period set a record for dollars spent, according to the sales report issued by Mastercard SpendingPulse.
"Overall, this year was a big win for retail," Sarah Quinlan, senior vice president of Market Insights, Mastercard, said in a statement issued with the report. "The strong U.S. economy was a contributing factor, but we also have to recognize that retailers who tried new strategies to engage holiday shoppers were the beneficiaries of this sales increase."
All in all, Trump's first year in office has been a success in more ways than one. It wasn't just a success for Donald Trump, it was a success for America. Trump's promise to make America great again has come to fruition in just the first year and despite what America's media wants everyone to think, Americans are noticing the positive transformation.
There is still much work to be done, so we will have a lot to look forward to in 2018 as America continues its return to greatness.