Despite the Calamity, Trump Is Succeeding Everywhere [OPINION]
He came into office with virtually every female left-of-center nearly inconsolable. Neo-cons hated him. Democrats despised him. College kids need safe spaces to deal with his occupying of the White House.
President Trump has lived under a cloud of wildly inappropriate comments made in what he mistakenly thought was in privacy. Plus the "Russian collusion" has been hung around his neck since he took office, and despite the Mueller report stating that it saw no evidence to indict anyone from the Trump campaign or administration on charges of being agents for Russia, the mainstream media and the Democratic Party (a redundancy) are lashing out and swinging for the fences to find a way where Russian collusion still might be on the table.
Assuming this is also like the rest of their effort—in vain—why not give the guy a chance to just do his job? He seems to be pretty good at it.
Look at some of the Trump Administration's amazing developments that all Americans should be happy with:
--The Trump Administration's Homeland Security has created 30,000 more worker visas to allow immigrants into America so they can provide for their families and return back home once the seasonal work is completed. The red tape and lack of these visas have long been a part of the criticism of Washington's inability to fix illegal immigration. Why didn't President Obama or prior administrations do this?
Sure, there is a lot of work needed to be done in immigration policy and border control policy. No denying that, but it appears clear to the majority of the American voters that the Democrats will need to blink here, not President Trump. They are talking tough now but watch closely as the polls show it hurting them as the elections of 2020 near. They will "evolve" in rhetoric only but will hint that they will "fix" everything. We've all heard that song before.
--The Trump Administration's Department of Justice has, for the first time, indicted a pharmaceutical giant. Billionaire John Kapoor of Inys Therapeutics was found guilty this week of racketeering and bribery. The company was using tactics like hiring strippers to sit on the laps of physicians and medical purchasing directors to solidify sales of a highly addictive fentanyl spray.
I thought this President Trump coddled the rich and powerful, and didn't care about anyone, especially the drug-addicted masses? Kapoor was charged on the same day President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. This will send shuttering fear throughout the pharmaceutical world, once thought to be impervious from government accountability. Why didn't Obama or other presidents do this?
--Islamic State is decimated. After rising to a brutal power in eastern Syria and most of Iraq, as well as in other places like Libya, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and the Philippines, ISIS was sent reeling back to obscure parcels of land within months of the Trump Administration redirecting strategies to combat the radical Muslim fanatical army. Today, there is no established and declared base. The leadership has fled and few survived the co-operative assaults of the Russian, Kurd, Syrian and American forces.
--The Economy. Where to begin? The jobless rate is the lowest in a half century. The stock market is breaking all records, and wages are up in the nation. Some economists (not the majority) will suggest that what is happening is merely a continuation of the Obama policies.
Even if you agree, so what? Trump is not getting in the way of what is working. One thing President Clinton did was to stay out of the way of the growing economy. Give credit where credit is due. Many times, leaders snatch defeat from the hands of victory with poor vision of the role of government.
President Obama can take no credit, however, with the surge of manufacturing jobs returning to America. In fact, in June of 2016, he stated that those jobs are never returning to our shores.
President Trump has come to an agreement with top Democrats for an infrastructure bill to rebuild the roads, bridges, dams and railways. The labor unions should be holding Trump signs over this alone. Now we'll see if it actually passes.
After backing out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trump has put all nations on notice that if they wish to be trade partners with the United States, they better allow for a more equally benefitting proposal. He has accused China of breaking trade pacts and is promising tariffs.
Six major changes to NAFTA have been submitted for Congress to ratify, which make the deal more favorable to the United States than what was originally in place:
1) Car manufacturers must make 75 percent of their auto parts in the United States, Canada or Mexico. It was set at 62.5 percent. At least 30 percent of the vehicles under contract must be made by workers making at least $16 per hour and that increases to 40 percent by 2023. This is an increase of more than 300 percent for Mexican auto manufacturing laborers. Companies that don't comply will face tariffs. This encourages Mexicans to remain in their home nation for gainful employment.
2) Canada must end its absurd and unfair dairy market policy and the wine policy as well. Price schemes for Class 7 products will change to benefit American dairy farmers and vineyards.
3) Mexican trucks entering the United States must meet with U.S. safety standards. This is a win for both Mexico and the U.S. I'm not sure, but I thought this was already supposed to be the case; either way, Trump has fixed this, too, if it passes.
4) Aside from oil companies, companies can no longer use Chapter 11 in court with governments. This protects U.S. corporations who were guaranteed protections in the U.S. Constitution but whose rights were removed with prior administrations agreements.
5) Intellectual property and patents protections. Trump has put teeth into the laws of stealing intellectual property and ignoring patents for the products invented here. Many nations simply take what was invented here and make their own, ignoring established agreements not to allow this.
6) American pharmaceutical companies can sell their drugs for 10 years before generic drugs can also be sold in Canada. It used to be eight years.
So much winning—but why weren't we winning before?
Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at ken.pittman@