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Sunday, November 05, 2017

Trump's spectacular first year

The best gauge of how well Donald John Trump is doing is what his Never Trump critics are reduced to saying about him.
On Friday, Megan McArdle of Bloomberg News wrote, "Trump’s Second Year Could Be Even Worse. Having entered office unprepared, the president squandered his first year. Those failures will haunt him in the second."

I checked the date. November 3. His inauguration was January 20.

But there is a reason why McArdle considers this the end of his first year. Upon election last November 8, President Trump did something none of his predecessors did. He began his presidency the very next day.

From high atop Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, Trump held court with businessmen, celebrities, and the prime minister of Japan.

The stock market soared. The economy rebounded because after eight years of Marxism, capitalism was back, baby, and kicking down the door.

K Street is dead.

Long live Main Street.

Her criticism is precious:
In his first year, Trump has failed to repeal and replace Obamacare, failed to appoint enough staff to implement his policy agenda, seen multiple high-level staffers resign, seen his campaign investigated for its ties to Russia, and given that investigation greater heft by firing the FBI chief overseeing it. The swamp remains undrained, the wall is unbuilt, there is no major infrastructure plan. There is a new Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch. And while some regulations have been eased, it’s cold comfort given how little progress he’s made elsewhere. The latest Gallup poll shows a third of the country approving of the job he’s doing; that could drop in coming days, especially after the indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and a guilty plea from campaign aide George Papadopoulos.
All of the things she complained about are things beyond his control.

Obamacare requires congressional action.

The Senate dragged its hoofs in approving his Cabinet choices which meant Cabinet officers were not available to appoint people.

The Wall is under way as contractors just completed their demonstration projects.

But President Trump's policies are being implemented. His administration already repealed 1,000 regulations. McArdle may dismiss this as "some regulations have been eased," but this is what has driven the stock market to climb 20%-plus since the morning after the election.

One would think that a business news organization would know this, but news organizations stopped caring about the quality of their product at least a generation ago.

President Trump was well prepared for the job. He's been a CEO for 45 years. Contrast that to being president of a choom club, and a law review.

The world changed for the better on November 8, 2016.

Most American journalists are too stubborn to admit it.

I hope they keep doing that. Trump needs another term, and I like writing about their journalistic malpractice.

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18 comments:

  1. McArdle is just following her marching orders to trash Trump.

    Expect to see Michael Bloomberg throw his hat in the ring for 2020.

    The only question is: will he run as a Democrat or a phony Republican, as he did in NYC?

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    1. Trump will clobber his ass just like he did the rest of those bozos.

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  2. I like her when she writes about policy (taxes, economic activity, etc), but her political instincts aren't worth a warm bucket of spit. She needs to get out more, and take a road trip with Salena Zito.

    Which, come to think of it, describes a LOT of opinion writers.

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    1. Her political instincts have gotten worse since she moved from NY to DC. I've followed her since the Live From The WTC days; she's become a lot more liberal and a lot less libertarian since the move.

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  3. Ms M's boss despises DT as do most of the poisonous fish in Manhattan's aquarium of self admiring exotics. Their influence beyond the thick walls of glass is zero as the election revealed.
    DT's effect on their deflated souls is explained today in a column by M Goodwin who once worked for the worst of their kind,the NYT. Worth some time.
    Bloomberg himself couldn't even be elected Mayor again in his own city so corrupt and selfish has it become under the present looter. Bloomberg actually cleared the swamp when he was Mayor, something no one there wants to see again.
    The Clintons are being purged. Who will follow? Even they do not know or care. Rage and fire, mobs storming the Winter Place on 56 and Fifth led by MullerLenin is the dream, the new hope for change, change back to the unquestioned rule they feel is their right to possess, forever.

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  4. I see estimates of 4% growth in Q4. What will they say if that comes to fruition? Boy that's just terrible!

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    1. SoleProp, I'll see your 4 and raise it to 4.5. This ain't no joke. This is a BONA FIDE recovery. Noticed she hasn't been getting many links on Glenn these days. Big D has. Rock on, Mr. Surber!

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  5. I do indeed hope that year two is even worse for the never-Trumpers. To us, that means MAGA. Covfefe to Ms. McCardle.

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    1. Please allow me to say, on this Sunday evening, AMEN.

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  6. "I hope they keep doing that. Trump needs another term, and I like writing about their journalistic malpractice."

    Have no fear, Don; the left will NEVER learn.

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  7. Next year WILL be worse...for the Dems.

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  8. Would anyone even know who McArdle is if Glenn hadn't kept linking to this Obama fan? Althouse too.
    ck

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    1. Reynolds is a cuck to the core. He tries to hide it with his incessant talk of lifting and whiskey, but look at the crap weasels and neocons (I repeat myself) who do all the guest posting. An academic to the core, with all that implies.

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  9. Linked at INSTAPUNDIT at 10:24PM.

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  10. For 8 years I have followed Megan's posts and held her as a suspicious pseudo conservative type, and also took heat from her sycophants at her blog spaces. Nice to know her blather was just that, progressive blather disguised as right leaning thought. FU Megan, I had you pegged all along.

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  11. "Trump needs another term, and I like writing about their journalistic malpractice." doesn't address the daily lunacy we witness from the left, lunacy that continues to push average, sane American farther into Trump's camp, ensuring another Trump term. I hope he is able to maintain the track he's kept to-date and adequately deconstructs the great damage Obama did to the American project (Victor Davis Hansen's words).

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  12. I've been very annoyed by Bloomberg in general, lately. They keep publishing articles about Venezuela - and then not including any variant of *socialism* in the articles.

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  13. Well now we know who shorted the stock market on Krugman's advice election eve.

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