[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Putin claims new 'invincible' missile can pierce US defenses

Report: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Focusing on Trump Obstruction, Not Collusion

Suozzi (D-NY) Suggests Using the ‘Second Amendment’ on Trump

Did Putin Order the Salisbury Hit?

US Boy Scouts revoke badges from Down's syndrome boy

China To U.S.: ‘Correct The Mistake’ Of Passing Taiwan Travel Act Or Face ‘Military Pressure’

Microsoft tries out new must-use-Edge ploy in Windows 10 preview

Navy Seal Says He Killed Bin Laden — and the Photos of His Dead Body Are Fake

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian In Arizona: Bigger Government Guaranteed

Trump’s election consultants filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians

Hypocrisy: Why Is It OK When the US Meddles in Elections but Not When Russia Does It?

Women Fined $100,000, Face Potential Jail Time, Just for Braiding Hair

Pelosi Fights Off Democrats Who See Her Leadership as ‘Toxic’ to Party’s Image

Hillary Clinton’s India Trip Cost Taxpayers More than $22k

China's premier hopes trade war can be averted, pledges more open economy

How do civil wars happen?

Sad Truth

Robert Mueller Has Been Botching Investigations Since The Anthrax Attacks

China's space lab to crash soon

This Teen Built A Prosthetic Arm Using Lego

Libertysflames question of the week...Can you think of anything worse then.......

Suozzi Suggests Using the ‘Second Amendment’ on Trump

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian

JUDAS PRIEST Scores Highest-Charting Album Ever In U.S. With 'Firepower'

Restaurant Patrons Fight Back Against Cop As He Savagely Beats Autistic 12-year-old Girl “UFC-Style”

Deciding To Die (Gun Confiscation)

Muslim pedophile grandfather sold children for sex in his ‘rape house’ where perverts queued down the stairs to abuse little girls

Police officer busted for reverse drunken driving

New Yorker Magazine Under Fire for Body-Shaming Trump

A frustrated Trump lashes out at special counsel Mueller

Cars That Parent Us

Edward Snowden: Facebook Is A Surveillance Company Rebranded As "Social Media"

The conformity of walking out

Hungary PM: Europe Under Migrant Invasion – Those Who Don’t Block it at Their Borders Will be Lost

History of Gun Violence

Going to the Gun Range With Family Got These Students Suspended From School

The End of the world as we know it

Is The U.S. Economy Really Growing? (No)

It Begins: Florida Resident’s Firearms, Ammunition Confiscated Under Gun Control Law

The College of the Holy Cross 'Crusaders' mascot succumbs to 'Islamophobia' concerns

CEO Susan Wojcicki to 'Fight Conspiracies' on YouTube by Adding Wikipedia Boxes to Videos

Sign Referencing Civil War Hero Is Sexual Harassment, Says Massachusetts Lawmaker

It's all Eve's fault

Arizona's Flake, in New Hampshire, mulls 2020 challenge to Trump

Donald Trump signs Taiwan Travel Act despite warning from mainland China

McCabe Fired

Sunrise over the Swamp

Chicago students trash Walmart during walkout over gun violence

Mix up lands senior citizen behind bars for not mowing lawn

Zakharova Tells Who Is Really Behind The Salisbury Anti-Russian Campaign

Status: Not Logged In; Sign In

United States News
See other United States News Articles

Title: Leftard honestly admits Trump isn't doing that badly
Source: [None]
URL Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices ... rol-not-that-bad-a8247821.html
Published: Mar 11, 2018
Author: Matt Gillow
Post Date: 2018-03-11 17:18:58 by no gnu taxes
Keywords: None
Views: 32

Mention the President of the United States in day-to-day conversation and you’ll get the inevitable; a sigh, a shake of the head, a brief eulogy on how Donald Trump is unfit to be president. I’m no different. I’m the first to criticise Trump. I wouldn’t have voted for him if you’d paid me, and think he’s got some pretty damaging, regressive points of view.

But during a recent, daily grumble about The Donald, I got thinking; if you look past the ridiculous Twitter pronouncements, and the President’s general veneer – what has he actually done? How bad has the 45th President of the United States actually been for the country?

The answer, it might surprise you, is not that bad at all.

Stock market up, unemployment down. After plateauing for much of 2015 and 2016, numbers of manufacturing jobs have been on the rise since Trump’s inauguration. While Trump has perhaps taken more credit than he’s due in these areas, it would be ignorant to deny him at least some – business confidence has steadily grown under Trump’s presidency, a direct effect of tax cuts; the most comprehensive simplification of the US tax code in 30 years; and a staunch refusal to regulate the economy to the same extent as during Obama’s tenure. Through 2016-2018, regulations have grown by only 0.6 per cent, in comparison to the 1.6 per cent per annum under Obama.

Despite Trump’s administration succeeding in getting major corporations to pay their tax bills (amounting to £339bn for the economy over the next nine years), Apple are still going through with plans to invest billions into the United States. I barely knew about Trump’s win-win on multinational corporations – most people seem more focussed on waspish gossip from around the White House than they do on promising figures coming out of it.

On foreign policy, he’s been brash and unpredictable, but successful. He can’t take full credit for the defeat of Isis in their traditional strongholds, but they have been defeated. He can’t take full credit for defusing tensions with North Korea – but under President Trump, Kim Jong-un is becoming more receptive to talks with South Korea, and even sent a team to the Winter Olympics. His “quirky” style of diplomacy has led to, in the past few days, talk on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and the closest thing to a peaceful North Korea we’ve seen in years. On Friday it was even announced that Trump will be meeting with Kim Jong-un.

On gun control – where previously Trump was a fierce proponent of the Second Amendment, he’s proven more willing to listen than anybody thought possible – recently signing a memo directing the proposition of regulations to ban all gun accessories. Slow progress, but progress nonetheless against the United States’ incomprehensible gun policy.

Could it be that, provided checks against the President’s more skewed policies hold firm, that Trump hasn’t actually been half-bad? Attempts to repeal Obamacare fell through due to opposition, and the Supreme Court held out against the worst of the Republicans’ travel ban plans. It’s why the Founding Fathers made so certain of checks between the different branches of government – so that the least thought-out policy proposals didn’t have a chance of passing. It’s what a lot of people forgot about, in the months after Trump was elected – presidents are unable to act rashly, impulsively. The political system is wired towards something which at least slightly resembles sensibility.

So why are Trump’s approval ratings so low? The answer is unprecedented levels of political polarisation in America, and the general unwillingness of either side to acknowledge anything of worth on the opposite side.

I’m wary of making any major proclamations too early. Recent threats of trade war could seriously hurt global markets, and Trump’s administration has still been the most divisive in recent memory. More action on gun control is needed, and the President’s protectionism will always be a worry – but whisper it; maybe, just maybe, Donald Trump isn’t the devil we all thought he’d be.

Post Comment   Private Reply   Ignore Thread  

[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Please report web page problems, questions and comments to webmaster@libertysflame.com