Trump’s First 100 Days

This is a list from a memorandum produced by the White House, touting Trump’s accomplishments in his first 100 days as President.  I found it on

http://www.cnn.com

Let’s have a look:

•Energy Independence Executive Order
•Revocation Of Federal Contracting Executive Orders
•Reexamination Of CAFE Standards
•Review Of Waters Of The United States Rule
•Creation Of Regulatory Task Forces
•Eliminating Stream Protection Rule
•Eliminating Regulations On Extraction Companies
•One-In-Two-Out Regulation Reform
Hmm, accomplishment?
JOB CREATION

•Buy American, Hire American I would say he tore things down, instead of building them up.
A lot of Trump’s activity is more about dissing Barack Obama than it is creating forward momentum.

•Dakota Access Pipeline
•U.S. Material In Pipeline Construction
•Partnering With Private Sector

I would say that Trump is taking credit for things he didn’t do.  Companies have largely made their choices, regardless of what he says; many things were already in place when he took office.
The Keystone Pipeline was largely finished, except for the stretch through Native American lands.  I don’t know how it got that far without being thwarted, but Trump only contributed the last nail to the coffin.

TRADE

•Withdrawal From The Trans-Pacific Partnership
•Trade Enforcement
•Comprehensive Reports On The Causes Of U.S. Trade Deficits

I’ll give him withdrawal from the TPP.  That was a no-brainer.
ETHICS

•Federal Hiring Freeze
•New Ethics Commitments On Political Appointees

Okay, I have to laugh at this one.  A freeze on hiring has nothing to do with ethics and and “new ethics commitments”?  Yeah.  That’s why we have Bannon, Flynn and Trump’s own conflicts of interests.  Right…

•Strike On Syrian Airfield
•Travel Restrictions On Select Countries
•New Iran Sanctions
•Defense Spending In Budget
•F-35 Cost Savings

Defense spending in budget?  So what else is new????
The only thing in this list would be the F-35 cost reduction.
As for the rest, they caused much more damage than benefit.  As a matter of fact, Trump’s “ban on select countries” is still hung up in court because it violates the US Constitution.  Perhaps worse than that, it alienates people at home and abroad and weakens relationships with allies.
Trump’s “strike on the Syrian airfield was more of a kneejerk reaction than a strategic move.
•Immigration Enforcement, Including Constructing A Wall
•Sanctuary Cities Funding
•New Hiring To Enforce Immigration
•Prioritizing Criminal Immigration Enforcement And Hiring More Immigration Judges

Could we define “accomplishment?”
Trump has not built a wall…yet; may he never succeed.
His “crack down” on immigrants has hurt innocent people and stands to bring down producers of food, meat and meat products and other industries in the US.  IT also strains our relationship with Mexico – I don’t think we want Mexico for an enemy.  By the way, there goes more food supply:  Most of our winter produce comes from there.
He hasn’t succeeded in defunding sanctuary cities yet, either; in fact, two of them have sued his administration.

There is permission to hire more immigration workers; however, ICE has not been able to fill positions that existed before Trump’s order.  Moreover, Trump pretty well emptied out the Department of Justice, so there are no judges to hear all those immigration cases.

I would call these ideas or wishes; not accomplishments

Here’s the rest of the list…before it gets redundant, that is:
PUBLIC SAFETY

•Commission On Opioid Crisis
•Protecting Law Enforcement Officers Crime
•Tackling International Cartels

HELPING WOMEN AND MINORITIES

•HBCU Initiative
•Canada-United States Council For The Advancement Of Women Entrepreneurs
•Promoting Women In Entrepreneurship Act
•Women And Space Exploration

SUPREME COURT

•Nominating And Confirming Gorsuch

Nominating Gorsuch…Trump didn’t confirm him; the Senate did by bending the rules.  Okay, accomplishment, but a bit soft.
“Protecting Law Enforcement Officers Crime”?
What on earth is this about???????

The rest of the list?  Again, more wishes and ideas; more taking credit that Trump doesn’t deserve
But not really accomplishment.

So, what does this reduce his list to?
Ruining a number of people’s lives by deporting them, even though they were contributing to the prosperity of the US and by separating parents and children
Promoting racism and bigotry by villifying Mexicans and Muslims
Withdrawal from the TPP
Nominating Gorsuch
Partially dismantling and weakening environmental research and protection at a time when we really need both
Hurting women and minorities by defunding such programs as Planned Parenthood and wanting to do away with agencies that help honeless and low income Americans
Gutting Federal agencies so that work can’t get done.

I’m not sure I call these accomplishments.

Mr. Trump Wants to Kill These Federal Agencies

There are other sources, but this is from

time.com/money/4639544/trump-nea-sesame-street-budget-cut/

“Some of President Donald Trump’s planned budget cuts appear to be targeted more at undercutting Democratic priorities than at shrinking the national debt.

A host of planned funding cuts to federal agencies, reported last week by
The Hill,
are part of the Trump administration’s desire to eliminate roughly $10.5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years — nearly all of the federal government’s

discretionary spending.

Yet Trump has
vowed not to cut entitlements,
such as Medicare and Social Security, and promised to beef up military spending, which represents the lion’s share of federal spending — making it hard
for him to do more than chip away at the margins of the nearly $20 trillion national debt.  What, then, would the reported cuts accomplish? The answer appears to be defunding a number of projects seen as liberal darlings — including groups aimed
at preserving and supporting the environment, civil rights protections, the arts, minority-owned businesses, and public broadcasting.”

 

The agencies include:

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

Minority Business Development Agency

Economic Development Administration

International Trade Administration

Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

Office of Violence Against Women

Legal Services Corporation

Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department

Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy ReliabilityOffice of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Office of Fossil Energy

 

 

I hadn’t heard of some of these and had no idea about the people they serve or their contribution.  It would be foolhardy to kill some of these, such as the Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy ReliabilityOffice of Energy Efficiency and, which works to improve and protect the power grid – Why would Mr Trump and co. want to get rid of these guys?  Go figure.

 

Could some of these be combined?  Are there ways to keep them apart from government support?

 

What do you think?

How do we citizens take action?