Posted by Tina
The big focus in Congress right now is healthcare. The promise to repeal Obamacare hangs in the balance. The parts of Obamacare that can be repealed through reconciliation, is being pressed hard by Paul Ryan through a replacement bill. Two “phases” will follow. Hair is burning and heels are digging in; it’s business as usual in Congress. We won’t know for months how this will finally be resolved. But that doesn’t mean gridlock with Republicans sitting on their hands. Our leaders in Congress have been getting stuff done. Much of it will give relief to America’s best job creators, small business:
In a mere six weeks, Trump and his Republican allies in Congress have rolled back 90 regulations, and they’re just getting started. … Small businesses get hit hardest because they lack legal departments and market clout to maneuver around the rules.
These changes may already be affecting the jobs market. In February US companies created 298,000 jobs beating expectations by 100,000. Trumps plans to build the wall and finish Keystone may have contributed to these gains. Construction jobs increased by 66,000 in February. The manufacturing sector sufferred greatly during the Obama years but added 32,000 jobs in February. Best news of all, the number of people losing jobs has declined dramatically. Today Trump is meeting with representatives of small banking to discover which regulations harm their ability to make loans to small businesses, a move that likely aligns with his promise of new jobs.
Congress is also unpacking and putting an end to corrupt practices. The Obama DOJ instituted a scheme wherein fines paid by corporations accused of wrongdoing were funneled to progressive activist groups. They should funnel into the treasury and be awarded to those harmed by the corrupt actions of the offender:
This week, Congress turned attention toward a continuing Obama Administration policy wherein the Justice Department (DOJ) incentivizes corporate payments to left-wing activist groups like La Raza. … A 2015 Wall Street Journal op-ed from Kimberly Strassel called the program “a scheme to undermine Congress’s spending authority by independently transferring dollars to President Obama’s political allies.”
At the border Trumps tough stance on illegal immigration has had a dramatic effect:
Illegal immigration across the southwest border plummeted in the weeks after President Trump took office, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly announced Wednesday, calling the drop an early sign that Mr. Trump’s get-tough policies are working.
In addition to a drop in the number of illegal immigrants nabbed while attempting to cross, Mr. Kelly said, they have seen a dramatic spike in the rates charged by smugglers paid to sneak people into the U.S. …
… All told, 23,589 people were caught trying to enter without permission at the border in February. That was the lowest number for the month in years and a 40 percent drop from the 42,504 caught in January.
It’s easy to become discouraged in the atmosphere of competing headlines. But we should remember that the headlines rarely reflect all that is going on. I maintain we need at the very least a year before we can begin to judge the success and failures of our republican majority. The republicans are hard at work addressing much more than healthcare.
We are in good hands even if we do not accomplish every single thing my conservative heart desires. Over at Conservative Treehouse Sundance, referring back to 1991 video, points to the paradigm that stands firmly beneath our leaders feet:
What you will find in all of Donald Trump’s positions, is a paradigm shift he necessarily understands must take place in order to accomplish the long-term goals for the U.S. citizen/worker as it relates to “entitlements” or “structural benefits”.
All other politicians begin their policy proposals with a fundamentally divergent perception of the U.S. economy. They are working with, and retaining the outlook of, a U.S. economy based on “services”; a service-based economic model. Consequently their forecasted economic growth projections are based on ever-increasing foreign manufacturing dependency, and even more solidifying service-based economics.
While this economic path has been created by decades old U.S. policy, and is ultimately the only historical economic path now taught in school, Trump intends to change the course entirely.
Hang on to your hats, this is going to be a positive whirlind year despite the sluggish, argumentative health care media headlines. Even there the evidence points to Trump and Republicans working together to resolve differences.
Hat tip: some information above was gathered through an article in The American Thinker