January 20th, 2018, officially marked the end of President Trump’s first year in office.
While it’s easy to be caught in the present and get lost in trivial arguments, it’s important to look back on all that this president has achieved for this country.
You may not like some of his statements. You may not like his style. But you cannot deny credit due for all that he’s accomplished in the span of one year.
As President Trump has repeatedly told us, we’re soon going to get tired of all this winning.
But I’m not tired of winning just yet.
Here it is, the President’s top 10 accomplishments from his first year in office:
1) Cutting Taxes
After the first 100 days, I must admit that even I was getting worried about Trump not having scored a major piece of legislation.
After a failed attempt at healthcare reform, and an economy still in need of repair, the GOP and Trump finally delivered their promise to the American people of cutting taxes.
Better late than never.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act slashes the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, as well as increases the child tax credit.
And as the president himself puts it, “the biggest tax cut in the history of our nation.”
As history has proven, tax cuts work, and rest assured this massive cut will no doubt give us a healthy, dare I say booming, economy.
2) Supreme Court Nomination
One of the early victories from the president’s first year in office victory came when the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch nomination to the Supreme Court.
This was a massive promise that the president delivered on, as now conservatives can rest assured on judicial nominations from this administration.
As it’s been noted, this presidency will most likely alter the Supreme Court for decades to come.
Another reason we’re all glad crooked Hillary lost.
Having picked a true constitutionalist, the president even shut up never-Trumpers who worried about his Supreme Court nominations.
The late Justice Scalia would be proud, as Gorsuch is the perfect heir to his predecessor.
3) Slashing Regulations
Here’s one of the most underappreciated accomplishments thus far in the Trump administration: massive cuts in regulation.
Seriously, the president does not get enough credit for this.
The president early on signed the “2-for-1” executive order, mandating federal agencies to the eliminate 2 regulations for every new one. But the ratio has surpassed even that:
“For the first time in decades, we achieved regulatory savings.” Trump stated. “We aimed for 2-for-1 and in 2017, we hit 22-for-1.”
Trump has also overseen plans to expand oil drilling in the Arctic and granted a permit to the Keystone XL pipeline, which had been previously rejected by Obama.
The Trump administration is set to roll back $900 Million in Obama-Era Offshore Drilling Regulations. Quite the feat.
4) Withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
“Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo.”
Trump began his presidency by carrying out a major campaign promise, withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
TPP was a massive trade deal with Asia he had called a “potential disaster for our country”, and was considered part of Obama’s legacy.
Trump campaigned heavily against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, so it’s quite fitting that he’d abandon it his first business day as President.
In commitment to renegotiate trade deals, the administration is still trying to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.
Known for his protectionist views, it’s quite possible the president will also withdraw from that deal as well.
5) Declaring Jerusalem the Capital of Israel
When Trump originally announced his plan to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, very few believed him. Including myself.
That’s a fairly standard Republican talking point, but the president stood by his word.
In departure from decades of past foreign policy, Trump announced that the U.S. would begin the process of moving its embassy to the contested holy city.
This move apalled the United Nations, which has now seen a $285 million cut due to their open hostility.
While Obama treated Israel like garbage, this president has done nothing but strengthen our alliance with the Jewish state.
I fulfilled my campaign promise – others didn’t! pic.twitter.com/bYdaOHmPVJ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2017
6) The Travel Ban
A week into his presidency, he signed the “travel ban” executive order, banning most travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations that are prone to terrorism from entering the United States.
Did you read that, libs? Not a Muslim ban, a ban on high-risk terrorist countries originally created by Obama.
After a lengthy process of appeals, the latest iteration of the ban includes Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.
The move originally triggered protests across the country and has sparked plenty of court fights.
However, by the end of the year, a version of Trump’s ban was left standing despite all leftist attempts to shut it down.
A primary motivator of Trump’s base was his tough stance on immigration and so far he’s delivered.
While we still have no beautiful wall yet, Trump has taken steps to increase border security and border crossings are at historic lows.
7) Defeating ISIS
All in the span of a year, ISIS has almost been completely wiped out.
Here’s an absolutely staggering statistic: ISIS has lost 98 percent of the territory it once held.
The terrorist group has even retreated from their two self-declared capitals: Mosul and Raqqa, located in Iraq and Syria, respectively.
By finally letting our excellent leaders in the military perform their job, we’ve nearly destroyed the caliphate.
Trump has called radical Islam by it’s name, and took the threat seriously, never once referring to the group as a JV team.
What could’ve easily turned into another Iraq War was conducted under the radar, as the president has a preference of never announcing military operations to the world and our enemies.
I expected Trump and Secretary of Defense Mattis to get tough on terrorists, but this has truly surpassed all expectations.
8) Withdrawing from the Paris climate deal
“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
Trump followed through on one of his major campaign promises when he announced in June that the U.S. would leave the Paris climate deal reached under Obama.
The deal, aimed at helping fight climate change, would’ve hurt America’s industrial states and gave other countries clear advantages over us.
Like always, liberals had their panic attack and the international community condemned the decision.
According to one report, “the Paris climate accord could cost the U.S. economy $3 trillion and 6.5 million industrial sector jobs by 2040…”
Absolutely ridiculous, the president withstood pressure from other world leaders and kept his agenda of America first in mind.
9) Repealing Obamacare’s Individual Mandate
While the GOP failed to pass any significant healthcare reform, one giant blow was struck to Obamacare in the form of repealing the individual mandate.
A measure killing the mandate was introduced by Senate Republicans in their initial tax bill, and was later included in the final tax reform package that was signed into law.
The mandate, which required Americans to carry health insurance or pay an annual penalty as part of Obamacare, was long seen by conservatives as the worst part of Obamacare.
Get this: for 2016, the fee was $695 or 2.5% of your income – whichever was higher!
The individual mandate proved to be very unpopular with the American people.
This was a draconian authoritarian move by Obama that should’ve been struck down as unconstitutional.
The White House has already hinted at further repealing the rest of Obamacare during Trump’s second year in office. Let’s make that happen.
10) The Economy
Obama had eight years to fix an economic mess, and he failed.
On the other hand, President Trump has turned around the Obama economy in just one year, picking up quicker than most pundits could have ever predicted.
- According the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. GDP grew to an astounding $19.25 Trillion. This is the highest GDP in US history.
- U.S. GDP has grown at 3% for the past two quarters, an annual rate Obama never topped.
- President Trump added a projected 1.33 million jobs in the first nine months of last year. President Obama lost more than 4.59 million jobs in the same time period.
- Black unemployment hit 6.8% in December, the lowest it’s ever been recorded.
- Female unemployment is the lowest it’s been in 18 years.
- The DOW has increased more than 4,000 points since November 8th.
- President Trump is the only President in U.S. history to oversee two stock market rallies of nine days or more where the markets set new highs each and every day.
What we should look Forward to
Although President Trump has delivered on many of his campaign promises, there are notable promises that still need to be kept, the obvious one being the wall.
I predict immigration reform and infrastructure spending to come in 2018. But at this rate, there’s no telling how much Trump plans get done.
Remember, all of this has happened in one year alone. America is finally back.
As we speak, the country is becoming great again. It’s as if we are in a golden era, a new American renaissance.
As it all unfolds before my eyes, I’m now confident I stood on the right side of history.