After setting in motion the repeal of Obama’s “Unaffordable Care Act,” President Trump put quite a few more nails in the coffin of Barack Obama’s failed legacy.
The first post-ObamaCare nail came at the expense of TPP
According to PolitiFact,
It didn’t take long for the conversation to focus on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-country trade deal pending Senate approval that has been highly contentious in the 2016 election. Defending the deal, Obama made several claims regarding its benefits for American workers.
Obama portrayed the deal as having wide-ranging influence — improving American manufacturing by removing tariffs, promoting labor rights in Vietnam and combatting human trafficking in Malaysia.
“Number one, it knocks out 18,000 tariffs that other countries place on American products and goods,” he said. “So if everybody agrees that we’re going to have lower tariffs, that’s good for American businesses and American workers. And we should want that, we should pursue it.”
However, Trump argued that the TPP was harmful to US workers and robbed US manufacturing. In short, the TPP violates the America First doctrine, thus the death nail.
Trump is right.
The US economy rests upside-down on trade with practically every country on the planet. The US International Trade Commission (USITC) predicted that the TPP would increase the trade deficit by over $21 billion per year and harm US jobs. This is the reality of Obama’s signature trade deal.
Supporters say the TPP would unlock business opportunities on a global scale. To this President Trump says, “So!”
America’s big fat GDP unlocks the world to us, as in the case of GDP: size matters.
Teamsters Union President James Hoffa agreed with the move by President Trump, as Hoffa commented,
“With this decision, the president has taken the first step toward fixing 30 years of bad trade policies that have cost working Americans millions of good paying jobs.”
NAFTA – Knockout Blow to Obama and Clinton Legacies
Trump also attacked former President Clinton’s ruinous North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for damaging US manufacturing. In defiance of another failed presidential legacy, Trump promised on Sunday to reform this anti-US trade deal. NAFTA had promised to create jobs and prosperity on all sides of the border. Yet, according to Our Future,
NAFTA increased the US trade deficit, sucked jobs out of America, decreased workers’ bargaining power, and slashed pay and benefits. Income inequality rose because greedy corporations kept the wage differential.
How about a look at the numbers.
The USITC reports the current U.S. trade deficit with Canada is $15.5 billion and $60.7 billion with Mexico. These liberal-sponsored trade deals helped foreign nations to the detriment of the US worker. Estimate are that more than 1 million US jobs were lost under NAFTA.
Trump’s Executive Order killed the failed Clinton’s legacy, a legacy blindly continued by Obama. In one stroke of the pen, Trump put both Canada and Mexico on notice that the America First policy is in full effect. America has returned the focus of the federal government to creating U.S. jobs.
All Lives Matter – Trump’s Abortion Funding Ban
Obama could easily be called the most deadly president in history. This is the man who called babies, “burdens.”
State-side, Obama condoned partial-birth abortion. But he then took his act internationally.
It wasn’t bad enough that American feminists killed unborn babies, when the world could join in on the fun. For the entirety of Obama’s presidency, the American taxpayer funded abortions around the world. This ban was initiated in 1984 and has been rescinded and reinstated multiple times, depending on which party held the White House.
With hammer in hand, President Trump added yet another nail to Obama’s legacy coffin, as he reinstated The Mexico City Policy That policy bans federal funding for international health clinics that perform or offer abortions.
From now on, if countries want to provide abortions, their own taxpayers will foot the bill.
By signing this order, President Trump obliterated Obama’s global abortion mandate against the U.S. taxpayer and upheld the First Amendment religious rights of all US citizens.
Federal Hiring Freeze
Barack Obama has presided over the largest government in the history of mankind.
President Obama will set a record for the size of the basic federal workforce, leaving office with more than 1.4 million people collecting government salaries in the civilian agencies in 2017, according to the budget he delivered to Congress on Tuesday.
Looking to stem Obama’s bloated bureaucracy, President Trump also ordered a hiring freeze on all federal government employees, except military personnel.
That’s a lot of nails in the coffin of Obama’s legacy. A couple more and we can go ahead and bury the past.