Thursday, January 26, 2017

"Businessman-in-Chief" Getting Down to Business

It’s already being said President Trump has accomplished more of the nation’s business in his first five days of office than Mr. Obama has done in his last two years.  Ok, if it hasn’t been said just like this, then I’m sayin’ it!

According to, (including the “editorial words”), here’s what Mr. Trump has “in the books” and on the record:

• Withdrew the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade deal he had heavily criticized as a candidate as not protecting American workers enough.

• Greenlit beginning construction on a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, which he said he hoped would begin within "months."

• Reinstated the so-called Mexico City policy, which bars federal money from going to foreign nonprofits which promote or perform abortions.

• Ordered a freeze on federal hiring other than for military, public safety and public health jobs.

• Reversed a planned cut on mortgage insurance for many first-time homebuyers.

• Ordered executive branch agencies to begin preparing for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, so far a mostly symbolic action that could be used to undermine the law's enforcement.

• Formally submitted his Cabinet nominations to the U.S. Senate, which has now confirmed Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and signed a waiver for Mattis.

• Moved forward on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines.

• Ended a policy known as "catch and release," under which some immigrants are released from detention while they await a hearing with an immigration judge.

• Ended federal funding to sanctuary cities and states, which opt out of reporting undocumented immigrants.

• Kept FBI Director James Comey, who both he and Hillary Clinton criticized over his handling of her private email server, on the job.

• Named net neutrality critic Ajit Pai to lead the Federal Communications Commission.

• Spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone, signaling that a promise to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem won't be fulfilled immediately.

• Visited the CIA to mend fences after weeks of acrimony, and faced criticism after he talked about the media reporting on the size of his inauguration crowds.

• Made plans to meet British Prime Minister Theresa May as well as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

(Note: If you go to the Time link, all of these bullet-point accomplishments have links attached for expanded explanations.)

Keep in mind, all of this has been done with only three cabinet members in place, (four, if you count Vice President Pence)---confirmed and sworn into office---thanks to the “slow-walkers” Chuck Schumer and the Democrats, (who’ve already voiced their displeasure in Trump’s administration).

If this “Businessman-in-Chief” gets any more proficient in “getting things done” from Day One, the title of Politicians may be taking a back seat to the esteemed titles of Lawyers and Car Salesmen.

more to come.......... 

Update: Since the liberal left have settled on a hash tag of #WallofHate (in describing President Trump’s wall on the Southern border), commenter Orwellian_Dilemma at Twitchy came up with a dandy idea for the snowflakes:   

“We should use the money withheld in grants to sanctuary cities to build the wall. Then we can take out big billboards in San Francisco that say "You Built That!"

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