TRUMP BEATS REAGAN'S FIRST 100 DAYS
Indeed, when we look back at Reagan's first 100 days what were the most striking, memorable and consequential things? First off there was the end of the long, agonizing 444 day Iran Hostage Crisis just hours after Reagan took office. But that was President Carter's achievement as he negotiated an end to the crisis with Iran months before.
What next comes to mind was the attempted assassination on Reagan's life, extraordinary in that he was the first president to take a would be assassin's bullet and survive.
What else was there? Nothing of immediate importance or consequence. Reagan proposed the largest peacetime defense build up in U.S. history, which he would get well after his first 100 days. Also to spur the faltering economy Reagan proposed major across the board cuts in personal and corporate taxes. These he would get later that year when the stagflation he inherited from Carter worsened, and joblessness and inflation went into double digits.
But Trump wasted little time in getting to work on the economy. From day one he started signing Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions nullifying unnecessary growth inhibiting, jobs killing red tape and regulations from the economically flat to failing Obama era. Totaling 13 in number (the most of any President) these CRAs have just about completely dismantled Obama's destructive regulatory regime (much of it based on fake climate science) which is hurting businesses and costing the economy an estimated $100 billion per year (see). Moreover, in his first 100 days Trump revived, to the cheers of the International Workers Union and pro-fossil fuel advocates, the XL Keystone and Dakota Access pipeline projects. These will create tens and thousands of high paying construction, manufacturing and spinoff jobs.
Other positive actions taken by Trump that has inspired a new optimism in the business and energy communities is his replacing Obama era anti-business, anti-free market, anti-fossil fuel personnel with their opposites in his administration. This sets the stage for realizing (among other things) Trump's vision of transforming America into a 21st century energy HYPERPOWER which has the potential of creating millions of new jobs.
As is clearly evident from the above Trump's first 100 days trump's Reagans. But where Trump truly shines beating out the Gipper is in the reassertion of US military power and restoring our leadership role on the world stage after a period of steep decline during the feckless, lead from behind Obama years.
It's amazing but as a possible sign of reversing Americas military and geopolitical decline, with a victorious Reagan-like peace through strength foreign policy, Trump (who was inaugurated on the 70th year, 7th month and 7th day of his life see) on April 7th (Syrian time), which was the 77th day of his presidency (see), launched the punishing attack on the Syrian air base for Assad's murderous use of chemical weapons*. It's as if Trump set in motion something quite significant and far reaching that day that will prove to be an important factor in restoring American greatness*. However, Reagan would do nothing comparable until late 1983 when he ordered the invasion of Grenada to depose an oppressive, pro-Castro communist regime.
*The attack was launched in the evening of April 6th Washington time, which was April 7th in Syria. April 6th (the 77th day of Trump's Presidency) was the 100th anniversary of President Wilson declaring war on Germany, thus bringing us into World War I.
MAKING RUSSIA SMALL AGAIN
Defying his expectations Trump's actions in Syria were a blow to Russia's strong man President Vladimir Putin who was made to look weak and helpless as his ally Assad was pounded. Moreover, politically this decisive action against Assad quickly put to rest the ridiculous notion that Trump was covertly colluding with Putin and was his puppet or agent. Indeed, just as those eight strong years of Ronald Reagan brought the Soviets to their knees it looks like eight strong years of Donald Trump will put Putin back in his place, and make Russia small again. Also impressive is Trump getting China to stand up to North Korea as he was striking Assad; and his threat to levy new sanctions on Iran for illegally test firing a ballistic missile.
And lastly, on April 7th, the day Trump bombed Syria, the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court judge. This was the first time since 1881 that a sitting President did this in his first 100 days.
Trump said this of Reagan when he was a liberal Democrat and supporter of Jesse Jackson's bid for the Presidency. Now that Trump's a Republican President the liberal Democrats are saying the same thing about him.
With business and consumer confidence soaring in anticipation of a robustly growing economy, and the Fed joining in with two recent interest rate hikes, that Trump's first 100 days were a disaster because of a few executive orders held up in the courts (which will be resolved in the Supreme Court), and a temporary set back on healthcare reform (more of the Freedom Caucus is now on board), is ludicrous in the extreme. There are the anti-Trump media distortions of Trump's first 100 days and the reality of his achievements which put him ahead of Ronald Reagan. It took 18 months for Reagan to get his act together; and my guess is that Trump (who has shown he can learn) will do that under budget and in less time.
We are in the SECOND 100 DAYS of THE GREAT DISRUPTER'S EIGHT MIGHTY MAGA YEARS as his vicious political and media enemies continue to implode trying desperately to take him down. It's both fascinating and amusing to watch.
The above excellent New York Times article on Reagan's achievements in his first 100 days reports the following:
"Mr. Reagan's achievements so far are contained in a package of proposals including 83 major program changes, 834 amendments to the budget this year and next, 151 lesser budgetary actions and 60 additional pieces of legislation. Not until March 31 did he sign his first bill - cutting back dairy price supports - on a breakfast tray at George Washington University Hospital the morning after he was shot. If the bulk of his program is enacted, it won't be until much later in the year, and it is far from certain what form it will be in by then."
As you can see Reagan's greatest achievements in his first 100 days were a PACKAGE OF PROPOSALS none of which (with one exception) were enacted before the end of that period. Trump's first 100 days towers above Reagan's in achievements. And his package of proposals for changing the economic, military and geostrategic direction of our nation is just as vast, comprehensive and ambitious as Reagan's.
In fact, while Reagan signed his first bill on March 31 (the day he was shot) Trump by early April had signed twice as many bills as Obama.
In short, Trump had one hell of a first 100 days.
Trump's first 130 Days and Reagan's
Donald Trump is now in the 130th day of his productive and media embattled presidency and he keeps on besting the Gipper. Since the end of his first 100 days on April 29th, and defying expectations, Trump got the House to pass a healthcare reform bill to repeal and replace Obamacare; and he went on his first overseas trip which was a triumph...especially in Saudi Arabia where he formed a coalition of over 50 Sunni states to fight Islamic extremism. Reagan's first trip to a foreign country which was in March, 1981 was to Canada where he addressed the Canadian parliament. And his first trip overseas (outside of our hemisphere) wasn't until June 1982 when he went to Paris to meet with France's President Francois Mitterrand.
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