Regardless of your personal opinion of The Donald, an objective look at President Trump’s first one hundred days shows more foam than beer. He has no legislative achievements to speak of (as even the far right-wing website Bretibart admits) and Americans know he talks too much. Right-wing radio hosts have trumpeted (pun intended) Neil Gorsuch’s ascension to the Supreme Court, the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal a dozen Obama promulgated regulations while leaving thousands or more intact and the use of force against Syria and ISIS in Afghanistan. Those are small potatoes compared to Trump’s promises for his first one hundred days.

On the minus side of the ledger lie the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, a decision to continue the Iran agreement and the failure to withdraw from NAFTA. His appointment of Wall Street billionaires to his cabinet, proposal of a tax cut before knowing how much the government will spend and inability to establish a functioning staff to make sure that papers will have been thoroughly reviewed and analyzed before reaching the president’s desk all point to trouble.

Trump supporters will discover two harsh realities. A billionaire who avoided paying taxes for eighteen years is not going to drain the swamp that let him do it. Worse, a president who thought the presidency would be easier than his previous job suffers from a lack of humility that will cause serious problems. That will drop opportunity into Democrats’ lap. We should prepare to take advantage of it.

 

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