A Trump partial have-done list three months in

It does occur to me from time to time that the media keep harping on Russia and the other non-issues precisely because Trump is moving forward on so many parts of his agenda. I cannot tell you the provenance of the following list which was sent to me with no source attached, but it is only a partial list since I have been trying to keep track myself. There is even this story today – North Korea’s embarrassing missile launch failure may have been caused by US cyber attack – which whether true or not might just possibly be true and will put lots of questions into lots of minds.

Not immediately doing everything is no criticism when the alternative to Trump was Hillary. A partial Trump agenda is immensely to be preferred to any possible alternative universe in which Hillary is the president. There’s lots more than just this.

  1. In January, Trump signed an executive order that would cut two regulations for every new regulation proposed. Trump stated, “If there’s a new regulation, we have to knock out two.”
  2. President Trump signed an executive order advancing construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, previously blocked by the Obama administration. Subsequently, the Trump administration approvedthe construction of both pipelines.
  3. Trump signed an executive order in February known as “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.” The order will create regulatory watchdogs that will find new onerous regulations to eliminate. Trump saidthat “every regulation should have to pass a simple test: Does it make life better or safer for American workers or consumers? If the answer is no, we will be getting rid of it and getting rid of it quickly.”
  4. Trump signed a bill that rescinds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband privacy rule that many scholars argue are duplicitous and onerous. Critics of the rule, including FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, argue that the Federal Trade Commission would be better suited to protect consumer privacy than the FCC. Katie McAuliffe, executive director for Digital Liberty, said this broadband rule “was a power grab under the guise of privacy.”
  5. Trump signed J.Res. 58, which overturns the Education Department’s rule that relates to how teacher training programs are assessed. The Washington Postexplained the rule’s unpopularity: “Teachers unions said the regulations wrongly tied ratings of teacher-training programs to the performance of teachers’ students on standardized tests; colleges and states argued that the rules were onerous and expensive, and many Republicans argued that Obama’s Education Department had overstepped the bounds of executive authority.”
  6. The president signed legislation that nullifies a Department of Education rule relating to state accountability requirements. The rule concerned states’ accountability in identifying failing schools and reporting their plans for improving them to the federal government. Trump commented on rescinding both education rules, saying they “eliminate harmful burdens on state and local taxes on school systems that could have cost states hundreds of millions of dollars.”
  7. Trump signed an executive order that minimizes the burden of Obamacare. The executive order makes it harder for the IRS to enforce Obamacare’s individual mandate. Judge Andrew Napolitano called Trump’s Obamacare executive order “revolutionary.”
  8. President Trump signed an executive order killing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). He told Breitbart News during the campaign, “The TPP is another terrible one-sided deal that rewards offshoring and enriches other countries at our expense. I will stop Hillary’s Obamatrade in its tracks, bringing millions of new voters into the Republican Party. We will move manufacturing jobs back to the United States and we will Make America Great Again.”
  9. President Trump signed an executive order instituting a federal hiring freeze, although there is an exemption for the military. A federal hiring freeze was the second point in President Trump’s “Contract with the American Voter.” During his inaugural address, the president said, “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth.”
  10. President Trump signedlegislation that repealed a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule mandated under the Dodd-Frank Act that requires companies such as Exxon Mobil or Chevron to publicly disclose the taxes and fees they pay to foreign governments. Analysis shows that the regulation costs the industry$1.3 billion.
  11. President Trump instituted a freeze on all new regulations that have not been finalized.
  12. President Trump signed a resolution that overturned the “Stream Protection Rule” issued by Obama’s Department of Interior during his last weeks in office. Trump said the resolution would “eliminate another terrible job-killing rule.”
  13. President Trump signed an executive order that would review every executive agency and department to find out, as Trump says, “where money is being wasted [and] how services can be improved.”
  14. President Trump signed legislationthat repeals a Social Security Administration rule that bars Americans from their right to bear arms. Breitbart’s AWR Hawkins wrote about the rule: “Of all the regulations on the chopping block this week, the Social Security gun ban stands out as especially egregious. The Obama administration fashioned it in a way that gives the Social Security Administration the ability to bar certain beneficiaries from buying guns based on a need for help in managing their finances.”
  15. President Trump signed legislation that eliminates an onerous methane emissions rule that effectively drove energy production from federal lands.
  16. Trump signed an executive order that would review the Clean Power Plan, and possibly rescind Obama-era regulation that limits coal-fired power plants.
  17. President Trump signed legislationthat repeals a Department of Labor rule that severely limits the ability of states to implement drug testing.
  18. President Trump signed legislationthat repeals the Bureau of Land Management’s rule that would shift resource management from the states to the federal government.
  19. President Trump signed an executive order in February that scales back the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul. The executive order directs the Department of the Treasury to consult with regulatory agencies and report to the president about what could be done to eliminate what the administration considers “overreaching.”
  20. President Trump signed an executive order delaying the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule that critics contend limits consumer choice for retirement account holders.White House chief strategist Steve Bannon detailed President Trump’s agenda in three parts: economic nationalism, national sovereignty, and deconstruction of the administrative state. At CPAC, Bannon said, “The way the progressive left runs is that if they can’t get it passed, they’re just going to put it in some sort of regulation in an agency,” he said. “That’s all going to be deconstructed.”White House estimates show that the regulations that Trump has already repealed will save approximately $10 billion over the next ten years or $1 billion per regulation.Trump has said that he wants to eliminate “a little more than 75 percent” of the regulations in the federal register. “We don’t need 97 different rules to take care of one element,” he said.

    “We’re cutting regulations massively for small business and large business,” the president added.

The fact that Steve Bannon features on the list makes me think it is actually quite old, although it cannot be more than three months old since Trump only became president in January.

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31 Responses to A Trump partial have-done list three months in

  1. stackja

    FDR probably did more. But at what cost?

  2. Hydra

    I would be very content if Trump spent his entire presidency removing regulations.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    He’s partly backflipped on the Federal hiring freeze (#9), although that may be since if he sacked all the Obama operatives there’d be no one left to run the country.

    Next interesting crisis will be the authority to spend money and raise debt. The US Federal government hits it on 29 April, but Congress has gone off for a WEB until 25 April.

    2017 Debt Crisis Looms: Congress Will Have 4 Days To Avoid A Government Shutdown On April 29

    Maybe that’s why he’s been tacking left slightly, to keep the RINOs from wandering off.

  4. johanna

    Compare and contrast with Tony Abbott’s first six months, where seemingly nothing happened at all.

    To the extent that anything happened in Maocolm’s first six months, it was usually bad news.

    Trump has not even reached 100 days yet.

    For someone disparaged as a clueless amateur, he’s not doing too badly compared to our “professionals.”

  5. Zatara

    He’s partly backflipped on the Federal hiring freeze (#9), although that may be since if he sacked all the Obama operatives there’d be no one left to run the country.

    Yes but to be fair it was a temporary fix with a time limit put in place to halt a rampant problem while corrective measures were panned and taken. Hard to call that a backflip.

    The president signed a memorandum in January freezing large portions of federal government hiring, barring the military and positions deemed necessary for national security and public safety. As part of the memorandum, Trump gave the Office of Management and Budget 90 days to come up with a long-term plan to reduce the federal government’s size.

  6. zyconoclast

    1. In January, Trump signed an executive order that would cut two regulations for every new regulation proposed. Trump stated, “If there’s a new regulation, we have to knock out two.”

    Is someone keeping a list of the cut and the new regulations?

  7. incoherent rambler

    #21. President Trump has confused leftist politicians around the world. The Australian government is now exposed as a group of numpties, still looking for a corner to piss in the barrel.

  8. Mark M

    Trump does seem to be backtracking on some things he promised during his campaign.
    I’m still 100% behind him because the alternative was HRC:

    Clinton Corruption Update for April 13, 2017
    http://www.battleswarmblog.com/?p=31194

    White House showdown on Paris deal set for next week
    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/paris-climate-pact-trump-white-house-237234

  9. val majkus

    Deputy Asst. to President Donald Trump, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, sits down with Maria Bartiromo for an interview discussing the White House global policy

  10. duncanm

    johanna
    #2356187, posted on April 17, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Compare and contrast with Tony Abbott’s first six months, where seemingly nothing happened at all.

    we don’t have the equivalent of an executive order.

  11. johanna

    we don’t have the equivalent of an executive order.

    True. But the PM and senior Ministers have all kinds of executive powers which are embedded in legislation. For example, they can order or stop reviews, decide whether or not to renew regulations with expiry dates, decide whether or not to proceed with things initiated by the previous government but not fully implemented, direct their Departments to do or not things, and so on.

    Most importantly, they set the legislative agenda.

    One of the disappointing things about Abbott was that he seemed to be poorly prepared. He should have come out within a week or two of being sworn in with a legislative agenda across major policy areas to fulfil his promises. Heaven knows, they had plenty of time before the election to develop one. But it seems that nobody did the hard graft of working that stuff through into a concrete and coherent plan for implementation.

  12. .

    President Trump signed legislationthat repeals a Social Security Administration rule that bars Americans from their right to bear arms.

    That’s a good repeal. Americans must have been pissed – with a rifle you can hunt for your own food.

  13. Not listed:

    – two failed Muslim travel bans
    – lowest Presidential approval rating in first 100 days ever
    – national security adviser forced to resign in disgrace as he is unmasked as an agent of a foreign government
    – failed Obamacare repeal
    – failed tax reform
    – 20 point swing in multiple by-elections

    The only achievement of any consequence was getting Gorsuch confirmed, but that was McConnell’s achievement anyway.

  14. Malcolm Thomas

    … and evil muslims too.

  15. struth

    Monty really is a victim of fake media.

  16. candy

    He’s over-emotional and unpredictable and frightening the bejesus out of people about nuclear war, so there’s that. I wonder if the South Koreans are worried. If America attacks North Korea as Trump threatens daily, would Kim Jong-in attack South Korea?

  17. Libby Zee

    What about:

    President Trump boosted the Raytheon forward order book by using 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles to damage a Syrian airfield after children and some adults were allegedly gassed north of Homs.

    No word yet on whether he will further assist Raytheon by sending more Tomahawks to take out Frito-Lay and/or Pringles after hungry children were offered potato chips to lure them to be killed in a car bombing of buses near Aleppo.

  18. Barry

    I’m worried about Trump.

    Too much Ivanka and Kushner, not enough Bannon.

    Breitbart has the knives out.

    This could get ugly.

  19. EvilElvis

    He’s over-emotional

    Unlike your comment there, Candy…

  20. Antonin D

    candy wonders if the South Koreans are worried. I used to wonder that also.
    But they aren’t. They’re fairly cool.

  21. iampeter

    Steve, as a capitalist I really don’t understand you’re mouth watering support for Trump. I mean I get he was better than Hillary but that’s not really saying much.

    The stuff that’s listed is pretty micky mouse. This is about as much shrinking government as a child smooshing his food all over the plate to make it look like his eating.

    So far Trump’s administration has been a complete disaster:
    – No promised Muslim ban
    – Both attempts at travel ban blocked
    – No special prosecutor for Hillary
    – El Presidente-like strong arming of private businesses
    – Failed to repeal Obamacare
    – If wall ever gets built it’ll be paid for by American taxpayers, in one of the most idoitic infrastructure projects in America’s history
    – Is pushing for an infrastructure spending bill greater than anything either Obama or Bush implemented
    – Tried to move onto tax reform but can’t because Conservatives have literally no legislation ideas
    – Absurd nepotism with unqualified family members getting all sorts of formal and semi-formal roles

    Pretty much the only good thing he has done so far is the bombing in Syria, but without a coherent ideology, it’s doubtful this will be capitalized on successfully.

    Conservatives in America are now openly talking about their support for government run healthcare and I think we’ll see outright nationalized healthcare under Trump and I also think once the re-inflated 2008 bubble bursts we’ll see outright nationalization of banks under this administration.

    I think that you think that the only issue of important is immigration, but that’s never been a cause of anything, only the consequence. Sadly given the shambolic nature of this administration I doubt he’ll even deliver on any of his terrible immigration promises either.

    Time for the rose colored glasses to come off.

  22. Tel

    … national security adviser forced to resign in disgrace as he is unmasked as an agent of a foreign government …

    There might be a reason why paranoid conspiracy theories don’t get a mention in the list.

  23. candy

    No word yet on whether he will further assist Raytheon by sending more Tomahawks to take out Frito-Lay and/or Pringles after hungry children were offered potato chips to lure them to be killed in a car bombing of buses near Aleppo.

    Libby
    I’m not sure if you are being sarcastic or what there as I can’t discern things posted sometimes, but Trump has not mentioned this terrible slaughter of children. Why differentiate between how the little ones died, by gas or blown up. Hard to understand Trump, it is.

  24. There might be a reason why paranoid conspiracy theories don’t get a mention in the list.

    Flynn was a highly paid agent of Turkey up until a few days before Trump appointed him as NSA.

  25. Oh come on

    Stop talking about stuff you know nothing about, m0nty.

  26. Oh come on

    Incidentally, you have yet to provide evidence that Flynn lied about whatever arrangement he had with the Turkish government, m0nty. Whenever you’re right.

  27. Oh come on

    Duplicitous bullshit, m0nty. That’s not why Flynn resigned, as you know full well.

  28. mh

    I wonder if the South Koreans are worried.

    Candy, check this out.

  29. .

    Flynn was a highly paid agent of Turkey up until a few days before Trump appointed him as NSA.

    Jesus christ montell. Any evidence?

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