March 31, 2017

Trump in First Lap of a Long Race

By Donald G. Mashburn

The Democrats have thrown any obstacles they could get their hands on, make-up, or speculate about, in the path of President Donald Trump in his first 70 days in office. They have also included a lot of garbage, even when there was no “there” there, for sure – but there “might be” something. They have pouted, panted, and postured trying to get something to stick that might slow down the Trump train that seems to be picking up speed as the economy shows some new life.

The president will continue to face both a hostile Democratic minority in Congress and hostile media, with a few exceptions such as Fox News and other balanced media voices. But Trump seems determined to run the train at full throttle to achieve his stated agenda. For that, the country should be grateful, but it will continue to aggravate those on the left, particularly the liberal media and those they support.

So how do clear minds with clear eyes see President Trump only 70 days after his inauguration?

Healthcare: First, we look at the stalemate in the House on ObamaCare. It was taken for granted that the flawed and failing ObamaCare would be finally repealed, since it had been voted down a number of times previously. What the White House did not count on was that the Freedom caucus of some 30 conservative Republicans would not approve the replacement package the House had pulled together called the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

When it became apparent that conservatives would not approve what was being called “Obamacare Light,” Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill. And so ObamaCare continues, with all of its problems and its skyrocketing premiums.

Call: Game delayed because of stormy weather.

Tax Reform: After the AHCA pullback, the House has decided to tackle a Tax Reform bill, which should be a piece of cake given Trump’s campaign promises which were echoed by most of the House members during the elections. But tax reform requires some heavy lifting, and stamina. Further, the Democrats will be there with their ever-present rants about tax cuts being “welfare for the wealthy.”

Still, tax reductions should pass the House, but could still face some problems in the Senate which harbors some outright socialists such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, and far-left income-redistributors such as Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). President Trump’s plan calls for cutting the business income tax rate from 35% to 15%, lower individual rates, eliminate the estate tax, and other policy changes including other tax, policy and regulatory reforms that, taken together, Trump claims will grow the economy to a level of 4% per year and add 25 million jobs over 10 years.

Call: Players still warming up, but playing field conditions and weather look favorable.

Southern Border Wall: Trump’s promise to build a “beautiful wall” was a centerpiece for his shocking upset over Hilary Clinton that has rocked the Democrats into a political variety of delirium tremens. While displaying the usual symptoms of the DTs, Democrats can also be expected to play the race card and the sing the Open Borders song they played regularly during the recent campaign.

But the country seems to want the wall, and Congress has read the signals law abiding citizens have been sending up before and after the last election. Also, the evil-doers of this shaken world and their evil acts will continue to keep the nation’s attention on the damage that can be done, even by one lone terrorist.

So the nation will get its wall and that with the thousands of capable bodies added to the border patrol should actually increase our national security, especially at our porous and ineffective southern border.

Call: Players look in shape and ready to go; game conditions look favorable.

Roll Back Regulations: President Trump has done a remarkable job in cleaning up some of the messes Obama made with the latter’s plethora of executive orders, many of which appeared to be unconstitutional and illegal.

A complete list of President Trump’s executive orders is not available, but he has undone much of the disorder and damage done by Obama’s patently political actions he took just because he had “a phone and a pen.” And Trump’s quick action put the Dakota Access pipeline through, putting people to work and getting the pipeline on its way to doing what pipelines do.

Trump has also cleared the way for the Keystone XL pipeline to go ahead with the planning and work that’s needed to make this multibillion project a reality. The ultimate economic impact of this huge project is impossible to predict, but total benefits include thousands of jobs, enhanced energy security for the future, and economic boosts for both Canada and the United States.

Supreme Court: A centerpiece of President Trump’s program has been his oft-repeated promise to appoint constitutionally-sound justices to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace the late Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. His nomination of Appeals Court Neil Gorsuch appears to be a good start at making good on those campaign promises.

Judge Gorsuch has made deep, favorable impressions on all fair-minded people who tuned in the hearings. The opinions of Judge Gorsuch that have been aired, or read on line, have been clear, sharp, and on point.

They show a deep regard for both the law and the meaning of the written word. A fair reading of his opinions leads one to the conclusion that even if you did not like his opinion in a given case, you could at least agree that he followed the law in making his ruling.

Call: Winning run on base; Senate vote should get new Justice Gorsuch home!

Strengthen Military: Trump has asked for stronger funding for the military, in line with his campaign promises. The final outcome will depend on Congress and how much they are bothered by our national debt, how the final tax bill looks, and the economy. But members of Congress also know that weakening the military would not be a comfortable position for a politician facing voters who respect and honor those serving in uniform.

Call: Game scheduled, game time to be determined. Weather looks good.

President Trump will also face other hurdles and tough decisions. The money decisions he can handle. On the military and security decisions, he has shown a readiness to consult with experienced military leaders and levelheaded political people.

That bodes well for the nation, but there are enough people in this world who are bent on evil to keep this president busy.

The nation should be in serious prayer, and giving thanks our country’s problems won’t be handed by the people who negotiated the agreement with Iran.

Truth is reality not blurred by the haze of distance or the fog of time, confusion or faulty memory.

Too much is said of hearsay, most of which should be left unsaid.

We are commanded to “Love others,” not what they do – pray about any disparities.

Trust, not money, is the currency of both friendship and love.

Things like conceit you can acquire for yourself, character and humility are gifts from God.

Failure is not a “Stop” sign, but a “Caution” sign on the road to success.

Talent is not genius, but if fanned by the breeze of inspiration it can pass for genius.

We can’t always choose the time to be happy, and the best time to try is now.

Ever wonder if maybe skunks were put here to teach us to mind our own business?

The “Rule” for living should also apply to words: If you make a mess, clean it up at once.

Kindness and character seem to be a pair that never gets separated.

If one could teach genius and inspiration, they would no longer be genius and inspiration.

Kindness blossoms only after it’s sprouted in the seedbed of character.

Judging wrongly is the tuition paid to learn to judge rightly.

Let’s hope our next president’s idea of job creation is not bigger federal payrolls.

Politicians would rather die than do hard thinking – and most of them do so.

To forget a wrong against you is not big loss, but forgetting an act of kindness is.

Failure is seldom final, but giving up is.

A mouth filled with wisdom is better than one filled with foot.

A long life can lead to wisdom if it’s filled with good works, kindness, and lots of mistakes

Twits can tweet in words inane, insane, and in vain, but the world keeps on turning as its Creator wills.

Worryin’ about a problem ain’t nearly as effective as workin’ at it.

Hate sprouts in the barren soil of bitterness, love in the rich soil of kindness.

A feeling you must say something may signal a good time to keep silent.

Messing up requires little knowledge and no common sense.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are not as important as what lies within us.

Selfless acts not self-appraisal define humility.

Religion is man’s attempt to reach God, Christianity is God’s attempt to reach man (Billy Graham – in a sermon)

Wisdom doesn’t come from pursuing wisdom, but from doing right and paying attention.

Kindness toward others is the sunlight in which human decency blooms.

A man never stands taller than when he’s on his knees before God.

Two things of no use to you: Time past, and opportunities not taken.

Only the mistakes that taught you something and are remembered are of use to you.