Monday, August 7, 2017 marked President Donald Trump’s 200th day in office.
On May 2, I wrote about Trump’s first 100 days in office and his rally on April 29 to mark that milestone. His accomplishments were already too numerous to list individually.
First 200 days
The Gateway Pundit has a list with accompanying graphs of Trump’s achievements since his inauguration. Highlights follow, emphases in the original.
In President Trump’s first six months since the election and since his inauguration the US Stock Markets are at record highs and millions of Americans are benefitting in their retirement savings accounts.
* The DOW daily closing stock market average has risen 18% since the election on November 8th. (On November 9th the DOW closed at 18,332 – yesterday on July 19th the DOW closed at 21,641 for another all time stock market closing high).
* Since the election the DOW has set a new all time closing high one out of every four days the market is open! …
* The S&P 500 and the NASDAQ have both set new all-time highs during this period.
* The US Stock Market gained $4 trillion in wealth since Trump was elected!
* The S&P 500 also broke $20 Trillion for the first time in its history.
As of today [July 20], the US Debt has decreased under President Trump since his inauguration by (-$103) Billion. (President Obama increased the US debt in his first 6 months more than $974 Billion or nearly $1 Trillion.) The difference between Presidents Trump and Obama is more than $1 Trillion.
Also according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate since President Trump’s inauguration decreased from 4.8% to 4.4% (January through June 2017). The unemployment rate in January 2017 was 4.8% and by June it was down to 4.4%. Unemployment under President Obama on the other hand moved in the opposite direction. In his first six months as President the US unemployment rate increased each month from 7.8% in January 2009 to 9.5% by June of 2009.
Choose from one of the following two tweets on which job number is accurate:
Job security has also improved:
As noted earlier this week, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the US inflation rate decreased to an eight month low in June to 1.6%. This is in part due to President Trump’s energy policies that are helping average Americans with cheaper gas and electricity.
Housing sales are red-hot in the US right now. In 2011, houses for sale were on the market an average 84 days. This year, it’s just 45 days.
According to the US Census Bureau, there were nearly twice as many US housing sales in the past couple of months as there were under President Obama in 2009 during the same time period. (The annualized housing sales rate for May 2017 is reported at 610,000 where in 2009 this amount was only 376,000.)
Decrease in regulations
Even far left Politico notes that significant new federal regulations since Trump’s inauguration have slowed to an almost total halt.
Investors Business Daily also has a list of Trump’s achievements and reported:
President Trump has met many world leaders and has impressed all of them, with the possible exceptions of Angela Merkel and the Pope.
He is working hard to fulfil his slogan of ‘promises made, promises kept’. The following are being or have been implemented:
* Dismantling Obama’s climate change initiatives.
* Travel bans for individuals from a select number of countries embroiled in terrorist atrocities.
* Enforcing regulatory reform.
* Protecting Law enforcement.
* Mandating for every new regulation to eliminate two.
* Defeating ISIS.
* Rebuilding the military.
* Building a border wall.
* Cutting funding for sanctuary cities.
* Approving pipelines.
* Reducing regulations on manufacturers.
* Placing a hiring freeze on federal employees.
* Exiting the US from the TPP.
Several big polling organisations have continued to downplay Trump’s popularity and achievements:
The real view is less bleak.
On August 4, Progress Polls published results of one of their Twitter polls:
A Zogby poll shows Trump gaining popularity:
On August 4, Gallup reported a surge in optimism from small business owners (emphases mine below):
Small-business owners’ optimism about their business situation has edged up in the past quarter to a new 10-year high. The Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index for the third quarter is at +106, up 11 points since Quarter 2 and the highest since +113 measured in the second quarter of 2007. Index scores between the first and third quarters of 2016 ranged between 64 and 68.
Bill Gates is on-side
Bill Gates has tweeted support for the Department of Energy’s work:
What to watch for
Trump and his advisers are currently at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, while parts of the White House are being refurbished, e.g. the heating and air conditioning systems. Contrary to what Big Media have said, he is not on holiday.
There is the North Korea situation. Trump’s British supporter Nigel Farage says that the US president will handle this as peaceably as possible. On Thursday, August 10, Farage told ITV’s Good Morning Britain, ‘Trump is not a warmonger’. In an excellent analysis, The Conservative Treehouse says that Trump will use trade and economics to throttle North Korea.
Trump will take on the do-nothing Republicans. Even when they’re winning, they are losing. He did not hesitate to call out Senator Mitch McConnell by name after the senator said Trump’s expectations were too high:
The Benghazi issue from 2012, quietly — and wrongly — put to rest by Obama’s State Department, could actually be investigated:
Then there is the seemingly unstoppable Russian collusion accusation. If the Left can successfully call out their own on this matter, a nation would be grateful:
I hope that article from The Nation — a left-wing publication — gets traction this weekend. An excerpt follows:
All this was set in motion when the DNC’s mail server was first violated in the spring of 2016 and by subsequent assertions that Russians were behind that “hack” and another such operation, also described as a Russian hack, on July 5. These are the foundation stones of the edifice just outlined. The evolution of public discourse in the year since is worthy of scholarly study: Possibilities became allegations, and these became probabilities. Then the probabilities turned into certainties, and these evolved into what are now taken to be established truths. By my reckoning, it required a few days to a few weeks to advance from each of these stages to the next. This was accomplished via the indefensibly corrupt manipulations of language repeated incessantly in our leading media.
Lost in a year that often appeared to veer into our peculiarly American kind of hysteria is the absence of any credible evidence of what happened last year and who was responsible for it. It is tiresome to note, but none has been made available. Instead, we are urged to accept the word of institutions and senior officials with long records of deception. These officials profess “high confidence” in their “assessment” as to what happened in the spring and summer of last year—this standing as their authoritative judgment. Few have noticed since these evasive terms first appeared that an assessment is an opinion, nothing more, and to express high confidence is an upside-down way of admitting the absence of certain knowledge.
By Christmas, most anti-Trumpers will grudgingly come round to see that their president is doing a fantastic job. Even if they do not like him, all they need to realise is that he is working — and winning — for all Americans.
I will have more on this next week.