President Trump made a lot of promises on the campaign trail, and the realities of Washington politics will make it impossible for him to keep them all. That said, there are a few things that voters deserve to see happen by January of next year. If Trump wants to put this country on a path to “Great”ness, these are the areas he should concentrate on.
Trump signed an executive order on his first day in office, directing all federal agencies to use discretion when enforcing the Affordable Care Act. By itself, the order does nothing, but it could be the first step towards easing the financial burden of the individual mandate for millions of Americans.
The ultimate goal, of course, is to repeal the law entirely and replace it with a free-market alternative that encourages competition and reduces federal influence. Cross-state insurance markets, high-risk pools, and Medicaid block grants are just a few ways to make this happen. It won’t be easy, but our economy literally depends on Republicans getting it done.
The wall might be physical and impenetrable, paid for by Mexico, and stand for a thousand years. It might be virtual and patchwork, and paid for by our taxes. The form of the wall may be uncertain, but the goal is not. As long as Trump can stop the flood of illegal immigrants currently pouring into the country, we don’t care how he does it. The important thing is that it gets done and it gets done quickly.
If there was no such thing as ISIS, would Trump have been elected? There’s no way to know, but it’s a safe bet that anyone who believes that Islamic terrorism poses a clear and present danger to the United States voted Republican in the 2016 election. Trump stood in front of 400 CIA employees on Saturday and vowed to “eradicate” Islamic terrorism from the face of the earth. We hope to see significant progress on this front over the coming months.
In this area, we are fully confident in Trump’s ability to bring the economy roaring back to life. If he and a Republican Congress can’t get our job market rolling again, it simply can’t be done. And, of course, we know that it can. A booming economy solves a lot of political problems all by itself, and it will do more than anything else to secure Trump a second term in office. Bring back the jobs, and you can get away with a lot of nonsense.
If America has made progress on these four agenda items by next January, we won’t have any reason to complain. If not…we are going to have some serious questions for this administration to answer.