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Trump Builds Momentum Heading Into Inauguration

President Trump enjoyed another good week. A positive omen as he works to build momentum in the run-up to Inauguration Day. Among the week’s successes were an invitation to the Syrian peace talks, a process from which President Obama has been excluded, and Lockheed Martin announcing that it is close to deal with the Pentagon to lower costs “significantly” for the dramatically over-budget F-35 project. These wins were crucial for Trump, not only because they reinforce his brand as the inveterate dealmaker, but also because they were long-standing issues that President Obama was unable to resolve. In Syria, the Obama…

Trump’s Damned-If-You-Do, Damned-If-You-Don’t Cabinet

Liberals have absolutely no idea what to make of Donald Trump. They don’t understand him, they can’t grasp his thoughts on policy, and they can’t fathom why people gravitate towards him. Moreover, they don’t really care – all they believe they need to know is that they don’t like him. Perhaps the best example of liberals scrambling for a message was revealed after this week’s committee hearings on Trump’s cabinet appointees. Immediately after Election Day the preferred storyline was that Trump was surrounding himself with lackeys and loyalists who would do his bidding, but not offer any sort of diverging…

Republicans Working to REIN In Executive Branch Excess

Regulatory reform isn’t a sexy topic. It typically doesn’t win or lose elections, it doesn’t garner news coverage, and it’s typically a footnote in a legislative agenda. But regulations, both for good and for ill, impact our daily lives in countless ways and cost our businesses trillions (yes, trillions) of dollars each year. The idea that executive rules and regulations have grown out of control isn’t a new one. “Sometimes, those rules have gotten out of balance, placing unreasonable burdens on business—burdens that have stifled innovation and have had a chilling effect on growth and jobs,” wrote President Obama in…

Democrats’ Deplorable Attempt to Destroy Jeff Sessions Won’t Succeed

“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?,” Hillary Clinton said at a fund-raiser. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic – you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that.” Those were the words that sealed Hillary Clinton’s fate. Her willingness to casually lump an enormous swath of America into a category she would later go on to call “irredeemable” spoke to how out of touch Clinton was with the nation. It was also the latest, and loudest, attempt by Democrats to paint principled…

If Democrats Wanted to Pick the Cabinet, They Should Have Won the Presidency

Want to know how much Washington has changed in eight short years? Check out these two stories describing the confirmation process of President Obama in 2009 as compared to President-elect Trump in 2017: 2009: “U.S. President-elect Barack Obama’s proposed Cabinet of top advisers seems headed toward swift U.S. Senate approval, with former presidential rival Hillary Clinton appearing a shoo-in for secretary of state. Following a tradition in the treatment of incoming presidents, Obama’s fellow Democrats along with Republicans have made Senate confirmation of his Cabinet a top priority. Most of Obama’s picks may be approved within days of the Illinois…

Democrats Health Care Strategy: Break It and Force Republicans to Buy It

Repeal and replace has long been the Republican slogan on health care. It played a large part in the GOP’s ascendancy to a House majority, then a Senate majority, and now, the presidency. Unsurprisingly, Democrats are now looking for a slogan of their own and, according to the Washington Post, seem to have settled on a version of the Pottery Barn rule: Democrats have an emerging strategy to defend the Affordable Care Act from Republican assault, daring their opponents to defy the “Pottery Barn rule”: They’re about to break the health-care system, and that means they will own it. The…

Republicans Prove They’re in the Promise-Keeping Business

Donald Trump’s position on Obamacare has been consistent and clear: He wants to repeal and replace the president’s disastrous health care law. But, less famously, his position on universal coverage has also been unmistakeable. “I would absolutely get rid of Obamacare,” Trump said during the GOP primary, but “I want to keep the [provisions regarding] pre-existing conditions. It’s the modern age, and I think we have to have it.” Mr. Trump was elected, in no small part because of his forthrightness and his promise to repeal Obamacare. Now that the campaign is over it’s time to turn promises into action….

New Faces, New Thinking in Trump’s Cabinet of Advisers

Donald Trump made no bones about his bold plan to get rid of the stagnant thinking in Washington by getting rid of the career bureaucrats who seem to get recycled with each successive administration. “We have to break the cycle of corruption, and we have to give new voices to change,” Trump said in October. “It is indeed time to drain the swamp in Washington.” And yet liberals are still somehow surprised by Donald Trump’s cabinet selections, labeling them a “team of novices,” who seem as keen to dismantle the agencies they represent as run them. That, as they say,…

Obama Never Lived Up to Foreign Policy Promises

Nominations for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize closed just 11 days after Barack Obama assumed the presidency. President Obama was chosen unanimously, over 204 other nominees, on October 5, just nine months after his election. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Obama expressed surprise, even skepticism over his selection. “…I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the considerable controversy that your generous decision has generated,” Obama said in his acceptance speech. “In part, this is because I am at the beginning, and not the end, of my labors on the world stage.” “But perhaps the most profound issue surrounding…

Obama Congratulates Himself On a Job Well Done

By almost any measure it’s been an incredibly difficult and humbling year for President Obama. After all, the Democratic presidential candidate, who appeared to be as close to a “sure thing” as there is in politics, and who fashioned herself as an extension of Obama’s policy platform, got trounced. The result isn’t just a blow to Obama’s political standing, it threatens to completely erase his legacy. So it came as somewhat of a surprise that Obama used his final Weekly Address to take a victory lap. The short, four-minute speech was fashioned as a “thank you” to citizens for “everything…