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Trump Blazes New Political Trail in First Week

Donald Trump didn’t waste any time getting started on his ambitious agenda. His first 72 hours in office have been defined by a frenetic pace, firing off executive orders, meeting with various groups, and setting out some broad parameters for his legislative agenda. Sadly, if you read the media, you’d hardly know about any of it. The majority of the presses’ ink thus far has been spilled writing about the relative size of the crowds gathered for Donald Trump’s and Barack Obama’s inaugurations. As if that wasn’t silly enough, another news cycle was spent discussing White House press secretary Sean…

A Rallying Cry for the Left Behind

As if it needed to be made any clearer, Donald Trump’s inaugural address proved again that he doesn’t lack for guts. Standing in the heart of Washington, D.C. and staring into the eyes of the ruling class, Trump stood up and repudiated them all. “For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost,” Trump said. “Washington flourished, but the people not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.”…

Trump Promises to Return Power to the People in Inaugural Address

President Obama concluded his first inaugural address by recalling a quote from a Thomas Paine pamphlet that George Washington ordered read to his troops when it looked like the revolution was about to be crushed. “Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came further to meet [it]. “America: In the face of our common dangers,” Obama said, “in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave…

Trump Inaugural Address Theme: Unity

Almost immediately after an out-of-nowhere Election Day blowout, Trump saw the need to unify the nation. It had been a divisive and brutal presidential campaign, one marred by deepening disaffection among the electorate. “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division, we have to get together,” a triumphant Trump announced the day after his win. “To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say, it is time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this…

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…