And No Hillary!

Via New Chum on a previous post: Big List of 170 Trump accomplishments in 340 days with the sub-head: “Most comprehensive compilation of 1st-year achievements”. There are 170 but will list only the first and last. You can read the rest yourself to become the most popular person at your New Year’s party tonight.

170. EPA reform: More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since Trump took office, nearly a quarter of the way toward its goal of shrinking the agency to Reagan-administration levels. . . .

1. Technology: After his election, Trump met with top tech leaders, including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Bill Gates of Microsoft and Jeff Bezos of Amazon. According to Gates, it was “a good conversation about innovation, how it can help in health, education, the impact of foreign aid and energy, and a wide-ranging conversation about power of innovation.”

And while we’re at it, my best wishes to you all for the coming year.

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30 Responses to And No Hillary!

  1. Mak Siccar

    Best wishes for 2018 right back at you.

    Go The Donald!

  2. mh

    I followed the links and sent Trump a thank you card.

  3. OneWorldGovernment

    Thanks Steve

    All the best to you as well.

  4. BrettW

    I am guessing Bezos no longer on Trumps list of tech mates after his comments about US Post subsidising Amazon parcel deliveries.

  5. Anne

    Is this the thread for 2018 predictions?

  6. Dr Fred Lenin

    Read that Vladimir Putin cannot understand why the decromats in the USA are destroying their country to thwart Donald Trump],like a bunch of wilft[ull stupid kids ,he more Or less calls them Traitors ,which of course they are . The left are dangerous petulant spoilt morons who have never grown up. The education system should teach Adult behaviour as a subject .
    A Guid New Year tea yin and all as the Scots used to say ,and many r-thanks for your balanced articles Steve ,a breath of fresh air compared to the agenda 21 crap the red media spews .

  7. struth

    Good on ya Steve.
    Happy New Year.

  8. John Constantine

    Metals prices are indicators that the Trumpnado is breathing new hope into the global economy.

    Just before the Trumpening, I was near at the point of never backing another junior Aussie mining speccy in my life.

    The stellar run of the metals casino chip end of the Australian market is all thanks to the most Orangist, most Bigly, beautifullist bulldozer of a man we could have hoped for.

  9. Karabar

    This one is a little different. Two Different Versions. Two Different Morals.
    OLD VERSION:
    The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house, and laying up supplies for the winter.
    The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
    Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in MORAL OF THE OLD STORY:
    Be responsible for yourself!

    MODERN VERSION:
    The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
    The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
    Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.
    Their ABC, the Fairfax Press, Getup, and Crikey show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. Australia is stunned by the sharp contrast.
    How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
    Kermit the Frog appears on ABC News with Sally Sara and Wendy Harmer along with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green.’
    Fran Kelly sings Kumbaya with the Grasshopper and his mates at Breakfast on RN.
    Getup stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, ‘We Shall Overcome.’
    Then, Sarah Sea Patrol has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper’s sake.
    Jay Weatherill condemns the ant and blames Prime Minister Turnbull, former PM Tony Abbott, Josh Freydenberg, Eric Abetz, Kevin Andrews, George Christensen, and Craig Kelly for the Grasshopper’s’ plight.
    Tony Burke and Bill Shorten explain in an interview with Sarah Ferguson that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
    Finally, the ALP and the Greens in the senate draft the Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.
    The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes; his home is confiscated by the Queensland’s Palace Cook, and given to the grasshopper.

    The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain It.
    The ant has disappeared in the Snowy Mountains never to be seen again.
    The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize and ramshackle the once prosperous and peaceful neighbourhood.
    The entire nationa’s economy collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.
    MORAL OF THE STORY:
    Be careful how you vote in the next election. If you read the CAT I believe that you are probably an ant!
    You may wish to pass this on to other ants, but don’t bother sending it on to any grasshoppers because they wouldn’t understand it, anyway.
    Amen

  10. Faye

    Steve, you are my favourite here. I’m looking forward to 2018 and what President Trump will accomplish. I bet he wishes he had Tony Abbott to talk to instead of You-Know-Who.

  11. Malcolm Thomas

    So, Trump’s #1 “achievement” was to hold a meeting!
    Hilarious.

  12. Howard Hill

    @ Karabar

    I love that story, so true. Thanks for posting it up.

    Happy, fruitful and prosperous new year to all.
    I hope we all get to see the draining of many swamps and that we all may in some small way contribute to the draining.

  13. OneWorldGovernment

    It would be nice to think we could do this if we didn’t have a raft of marxist aligned “do gooders” in our Parliaments.

    The president’s accomplishments are many, but energy stands out. America is now the world’s premiere producer of fossil fuels. In just one year, we have gone from a dismal future, in which the government planned to shut down fossil fuels almost entirely by mid-century, to a nation on the cusp of total energy independence. “Make America Great Again” was not just a clever campaign slogan; it is a reality in the field of energy production, as in so many other areas under President Trump.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/12/trumps_energy_success.html

  14. John Constantine

    Their godless commo bhp is about to exit their 36 billion dollar commo stuff up that was their American fraccing adventure.

    Management declare they don’t care if they deal with center right or center left governments, but spurn extremists.

    The treasonous assault on tight gas and oil extraction launched by OPEC knob jockey, their Hussein Obama was base treachery.

    Sadly, coal, oil and gas are still being sabotaged by the scum of the left in Australia, where a few bags of cash can bribe our quisling traitors into importing billions of dollars of Chinese communist party made solar panels.

  15. Muddy

    Karabar @ 3:10p.m.
    Great post. Cheers. (Did the ant have his social media accounts shut down also?).

    Most of us here must be ants, but some I fear are ants addicted to nostalgia.

  16. André M.

    17. Second Amendment: President Trump signed a bill into law in February repealing an Obama-era Social Security Administration rule adding mental disability determinations to the background check registry. The Obama regulation potentially allowed the denial of Second Amendment rights to many competent, mentally healthy citizens.

    In the halting writing style so often favoured by millenials…
    Oh. My. God.
    He. Must. Be. Insane.

    The Trump admin described the repealed rule as:

    The [now repealed] rule implements a plan to provide to the National Instant Criminal History Background Check System the name of an individual who meets certain criteria, including that benefit payments are made through a representative payee because the individual is determined to be mentally incapable of managing them.

    The text of the original Obama-admin rule said specifically about the 2nd amendment :

    DOJ’s guidance indicates that relevant records under the mental health prohibitor category include not only court adjudications but also agency records of adjudications of an individual’s inability to manage his or her own affairs, including the agency’s designation of a representative payee because of his or her mental impairment. As we noted above and in the proposed rules, the ATF’s regulations require that the individual be found to be subject to the Federal mental health prohibitor “by a court, board, commission or other lawful authority”.

    While the rule addresses reporting requirements, it is the Federal Gun Control Act, not the Social Security Act, that governs when a person can possess a firearm.

    Our actions, taken in accordance with the Congress’ directives in the NIAA, the President’s January 2013 memorandum to Executive agencies, and DOJ’s March 2013 guidance, are fully consistent with the Supreme Court’s recognition in Heller of the validity “of longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by . . . the mentally ill.”

    Instead of modifying the Federal Gun Control Act to specify what types of mental illnesses should continue to receive 2A rights, or questioning DOJ’s guidance about how the inability to manage one’s finances qualify a person as “mental defective” for the purposes of gun control, instead Trump has repealed the entire Social Security rule which will now (under current law) continue to allow all kinds of mentally ill people to apply for a gun as long as no court has ruled them as a “mental defective”.
    He actually wants to risk giving guns to all people receiving mental health disability welfare just because some of them have a type of poor judgement that may not prevent responsible gun ownership.

    If you had to choose the lesser of two evils you wouldn’t do what the Trump admin has done here. And this is listed as a Trump achievement?

  17. Defender of the faith

    A President with majorities in both houses and this is his priority agenda. Says it all.

  18. Tel

    If you had to choose the lesser of two evils you wouldn’t do what the Trump admin has done here. And this is listed as a Trump achievement?

    I would be tempted to deny guns to everyone who is on welfare, but make that stipulation fair, open and upfront so they can voluntarily agree that by accepting government money they admit they are not qualified to hold a lethal weapon (they could also disagree in which case no money comes). Not that it would stop anyone… mostly for the principle of the matter.

  19. wretch

    Seven more wonderful years of POTUS Trump to come. Meanwhile plucky little Australia punches above it’s weight in saving Gaia, won’t cut tax because not “fair”, has one of the most restrictive IR systems you could devise. It’s up to the electorate to fix; let’s hope the constant flow of good news for for the average Joe coming out of the USA makes it sooner than later.

  20. Zatara

    He actually wants to risk giving guns to all people receiving mental health disability welfare just because some of them have a type of poor judgement that may not prevent responsible gun ownership.

    No. What he did was correct a lame-duck overreach by the Obama administration. A rule made by the Social Security Administration to impose their own little gun control measure. The Federal Law that their rule tried to hide under was passed in 2007. They waited 10 years to slip their rule in on 16 Dec 2016 with the effective date 3 days before Trump was inaugurated. Some coincidence huh?

    In short, the Social Security Administration decided they could write a rule that let them determine who didn’t get to buy a gun and not be answerable/accountable to anyone for their decisions. (And quite possibly an excuse to attempt to seize guns already held).

    It was reminiscent of the infamous ‘no-fly’ list, where you not only didn’t know if you were on it, but couldn’t find out why if you were, or have any way to appeal it if there was a mistake or a bogus reason. Remember this Democrat meme ‘If they are on the no-fly list they shouldn’t be able to buy a gun’? Of course everyone knew they would never ever consider using that against their enemies. IRS ring a bell?

    A transparent and accountable resolution of the issue is already being worked on by the Congress.

  21. OneWorldGovernment

    Zatara
    #2598052, posted on December 31, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks Zatara.

    I couldn’t remember all the deviousness of the original other than the Obama fascists were trying to stop Military Vets from having guns.

  22. OneWorldGovernment

    Steve,

    Not sure which number this is on the list, if at all, but I would love to see this in Australia.

    Trump to repeal Obama fracking rule
    By Rick Moran

    The Trump administration has issued notice that it intends to repeal the 2015 Obama administration rule governing hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. The rule was issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

    The fracking rule never went into effect because the jurisdiction of BLM was challenged in court. Now that it’s coming off the books, court challenges will almost certainly be dropped.

    The Hill:

    The BLM’s notice does not take a position on whether the agency ever had legal authority to enforce the law. Republicans and the oil industry say that it did not, as did a federal judge in Wyoming who overturned the rule, only to be later overruled on appeal.

    The 2015 rule came after years of deliberations within the Obama administration over how to deal with fracking. The practice, in which fluids are forced underground at high pressure to recover oil and natural gas, has grown dramatically in recent years, leading to a massive domestic oil and gas boom.

    Environmentalists argue that fracking can be dangerous for groundwater, soil[,] and air. Federal research, including a major Environmental Protection Agency study, found that such contamination can happen, but is far from common.

    The Obama rule focused mainly on three areas: mandating that companies disclose the chemicals they use to frack, requiring them to cover surface ponds that house fracking fluids[,] and setting standards for the construction of the wells.

    The regulation never took effect. Wyoming federal [j]udge Scott Skavdahl put it on hold in 2015, before overturning it in 2016.

    The oil and gas industry applauded the repeal.

    “The rescinding of this burdensome rule, which was never enacted due to IPAA and Western Energy Alliance’s ongoing legal challenge, will save our member companies and those operating on federal lands hundreds of millions of dollars in compliance costs without any corresponding safety benefits,” Barry Russell, president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, said in a statement.

    “It was clear from the start that the federal rule was redundant with state regulation and politically motivated, as the prior administration could not point to one incident or regulatory gap that justified the rule,” said Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance.

    Fracking has made the United States the number-one fossil fuel-producing nation in the world. That millions of acres of federal land will now be open to fracking companies will only cement our position.

    The rule represented typical bureaucratic overreach. Environmentalists couldn’t convince the EPA to limit fracking so they tried to use the BLM to advance their agenda. The BLM had no business sticking its nose into an environmental issue that was already being regulated under federal and state law. Now fracking on federal lands will be treated the same as drilling on private land.

    This is great news for states like Wyoming and North Dakota that are already heavily involved in fracking. And fees paid by drilling companies will fill the coffers of the government. It’s a win-win situation and another blow to the Obama-era regulatory regime.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/12/trump_to_repeal_obama_fracking_rule.html

  23. Rafe

    Great stuff OWG!
    The fracking reform is another that will have a compounding effect. Put up enough of those and the results will be scary.
    Big Don is classic. Deserves to go viral.

  24. Rafe

    Thanks for clarification Zatara. People need to be told that.

  25. Jo Smyth

    Kara are, great post but I still couldn’t give any support to Turnbull.

  26. Paul

    So Downer is at the centre of Trump Russia collusion, not so fast…

    Ron DeSantis: NYT Papadopoulos ‘Russia Probe’ Claim Not What FBI and DOJ Told Congressional Investigators…

    Posted on December 31, 2017 by sundance

    Florida Representative and Judicary Committee member Ron DeSantis appears on Sunday Morning Futures and deconstructs the leaked intelligence community propaganda pushed by the New York Times.

    Essentially DeSantis states the claims surrounding the origin of the 2016 Russian Probe, made by the leaked intelligence sources, does not align with the sworn congressional testimony given by the FBI and DOJ to the judiciary committee

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/12/31/ron-desantis-nyt-papadopoulos-russia-probe-claim-not-what-fbi-and-doj-told-congressional-investigators/#more-144053

    More here.

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/12/31/ron-desantis-nyt-papadopoulos-russia-probe-claim-not-what-fbi-and-doj-told-congressional-investigators/#more-144053

  27. Paul

    MSM & Team Obama KNOW what’s coming. They’re SCARED. They KNOW it’s going to lead to indictments and trials of Team Obama. This effort is to try to win the public relations sphere & make that harder

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/947244231114088448.html

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