John Bolton

John Bolton


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Share Your Thoughts: Trump's Biggest Accomplishment in 2017

Things are looking up for 2018!

There are a lot of columns out there listing Trump's accomplishments in 2017. See 1,2,3,4 for examples. Everything from the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and the withdrawal of the environmentally worthless Paris Climate Accords.  But which is the most important?

Some might argue that it was the passage of the Trump Tax Plan which united House and Senate Republican factions which gave Democrats chills over what might happen in 2018 with a united GOP.  But I think it's more than that.

I read Peter Baker's column in the New York Times. At first reading it's just a litany of the tired complaints about Trump from a news media that Pew Research found was overwhelmingly negative as compared to Obama or even George W. Bush.

Baker complains that Trump broke the mold for how Presidents were expected to act in office.  Any other President endlessly attacked by a viciously partisan media would slink away and hide. Not Trump. He took on the endless fake news that sought to undermine him and turned it to his advantage.  In short, his greatest strength is that he didn't knuckle under to the negative barrage and he did break the mold of the establishment way of doing things in Washington, DC.

In doing so, he demonstrated faith with his supporters many of whom now refer to him as President Promise Keeper. Trump has shown he isn't just another politician who says one thing to get elected then caves to the establishment when the heat gets turned up.  Maintaining that outlook on leadership in the wake of the several major achievements he has had this year sets him up well for 2018.  And as the economy improves faster following the tax plan both Trump and Republicans have the best chance to do well in the 2018 midterm elections.

Most of all, I'm thankful for a complete change in tone in leadership from the feckless, reckless Obama economic, foreign and energy policies. Good things are coming in 2018!

UPDATE: Best thing about Trump is "His name is not 'Hillary Clinton.' "

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