BETTER THAN REAGAN: Heritage Foundation on Trump’s First Year
Nobody thought besting Reagan was even possible. But it just happened.
This news may send people like Bill Kristol into therapy. Nevertheless, the Heritage Foundation rates President Trump’s first year better than Reagan’s.
“The Trump administration has pursued policies that have hewed remarkably close to the recommendations of a leading conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, which found in a new review that nearly two-thirds of its ideas had been carried out or embraced by the White House over the past year.
Not one to dwell on the details of governing, President Trump has shown a considerable degree of deference to groups within the conservative movement like Heritage, leading to a rightward shift in social, environmental, immigration and foreign policy.
The results, Heritage found in its review, exceeded even the first year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, whose tenure has long been the conservative gold standard.”
Certainly Reagan had big issues to overcome, like a fully Democratic legislature. But for those paying attention, so did Trump. Trump went up against not only the Democrats who had the media and celebrities on their side, but also against establishment Republicans and conservative “Never Trumpers.”
Recall when Trump announced his run for office the media went into a frenzy constantly poking fun at the thought of a Trump presidency.
Anti-Trump so-called conservatives desperately trying to discredit Trump’s ability to uphold conservative values we hold so dear.
Bill Kristol told CNN,
“I just don’t think [Trump] has the character to be president of the United States. It’s beyond any particular issue I disagree with him on, or who he picks as VP or something,” and he said he was looking for an independent candidate like Sasse.
And there were many more who said Trump would be a disgrace to the conservative movement and how they would never support him as president of the United States.
It was indeed a bumpy ride from the start, but Trump pushed through against all odds and won. Then, President Trump went right to work.
Contrast that to America’s incompetent-in-chief Barack Obama who had propped up an economy built on swizzle sticks by literally printing money. Obama’s Year One economy lost almost 5 million jobs, and certainly didn’t have an unemployment rate that decreased.
And for those who want to ignore Obama’s first year, look at his last.
In Obama’s last year in office he lost 17,000 manufacturing jobs. Add this stellar list of accomplishments with more American’s on food stamps, out of the labor force, more in poverty, and $10 trillion in debt later you have Obama’s feeble economy.
Now, enter Year One of the man who wrote “The Art of the Deal”. The man who saved Carrier on a dare after Obama and others said it could never be done. Then, Obama said manufacturing was gone in America. Yet somehow we keep growing manufacturing in America. Trump brought back 171,000 manufacturing jobs a year after the feckless wonder boy lost 17,000 of the same.
Dozens of companies announced their return to America, and ALL credit the reduction of taxes from 35% to 21% as the reason. And though Democrats call the $1,000 to $3,000 bonuses given out by companies “crumbs”, the people receiving them don’t feel the same. Further, few can argue that President Trump’s tax plan is the reason.
The result? Today, there are more Americans at work more than any other time in history. Moreover, America experiences its fastest economic recovery since the Great Depression.
But that’s not all the president has done.
He successfully put in place a new Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch. But perhaps his most unheralded actions are his signing of more than 90 executive actions most of which undo the damaging Obama EOs.
* Dismantling Obama’s climate change initiatives.
* Enforcing regulatory reform.
* Protecting Law enforcement.
* Mandating for every new regulation to eliminate two.
* Defeating ISIS.
* Rebuilding the military.
* Building a border wall.
* Cutting funding for sanctuary cities.
* Approving Keystone and Dakota pipelines.
* Reducing regulations on manufacturers.
* Placing a hiring freeze on federal employees.
* Exiting the US from the TPP.
And on and on the list goes.
It is clear the president is holding strong to the conservative values he ran on and promised the American people.
Additionally, Trump also makes history in his presidency as doing things that no other conservative president has ever done before.
Consider Trump’s recent speech at the March for Life rally.
The day before the one-year anniversary of his inauguration, President Donald Trump became the first sitting president to address the annual March For Life in Washington, D.C. Trump addressed the tens of thousands of marchers via live video feed from the Rose Garden, where he promised to continue to protect “the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.”
As with Reagan, people grossly misjudged Trump. Now, decades later Trump will surpass the Reagan Icon. Did Trump know he would be destined for such greatness? Consider this observation about Reagan’s presidency from Donald Trump:
“One of the reason President Reagan was such a successful candidate was because rival politicians consistently misjudged him. They assumed an actor wouldn’t be able to compete.” –Donald Trump
And I agree. It’s time for all conservatives and freedom fighters to stand up and rally behind the man who is truly Making America Great Again!