LET’S HOPE SO, THAT’S WHY HE WAS ELECTED …
A Tale of Two Presidents: Why is President Donald J. Trump so reviled by the LEFT, Democrats, MSM and Progressives? Is it because of his brash, harsh tweets, his take no prisoners attitude, his say what he damn well feels like it to the media or his just mere presence? Well yes of course. But the real reason is Trump is undoing the Obama years piece by piece. The Progressive dream is being dismantled. To the LEFT’s horror, the global warming and illegal immigration are on the top of the hit list. Whine as the LEFT and Never-Trumpers’ try and lie that Trump is somehow like Stalin, Hitler, or Mussolini, it was in fact Barack Hussein Obama who was the one who weaponized the FBI, IRS, DOJ and EPA against his enemies. Not Trump. All Trump is doing is undoing the past 8 years of Obama and “Making America Great Again” to the reality of a stock market that crossed a record 26K today.
Obama, waiving goodbye to his legacy
Yet one way of understanding Trump — particularly the momentum of his first year — is through recollection of the last eight years of the Obama administration. In reductionist terms, Trump is the un-Obama. Surprisingly, that is saying quite a lot more than simple reductive negativism. Republicans have not seriously attempted to roll back the administrative state since Reagan. On key issues of climate change, entitlements, illegal immigration, government spending, and globalization, it was sometimes hard to distinguish a Bush initiative from a Clinton policy or a McCain bill from a Biden proposal. There was often a reluctant acceptance of the seemingly inevitable march to the European-style socialist administrative state.
Even his critics sometimes concede that his economic and foreign-policy agendas are bringing dividends. In some sense, it is not so much because of innovative policy, but rather that he is simply bullying his way back to basics we’ve forgotten over the past decades.
The wonder was never how to grow the economy at 3 percent (all presidents prior to 2009 had at one time or another done just that), but rather, contrary to “expert” economic opinion, how to discover ways to prevent that organic occurrence.
Obama was the first modern president who apparently figured out how. It took the efforts of a 24/7 redistributionist agenda of tax increases, federalizing health care, massive new debt, layers of more regulation, zero-interest rates, neo-socialist regulatory appointments, expansionary eligibility for entitlements, and constant anti-free-market jawboning that created a psychological atmosphere conducive to real retrenchment, mental holding patterns, and legitimate fears over discernable success. Obama weaponized federal agencies including the IRS, DOJ, and EPA in such a manner as to worry anyone successful, prominent, and conservative enough to come under the federal radar of a vindictive Lois Lerner, Eric Holder, or a FISA court.
Trump has sought to undo all that, point by point. The initial result so far is not rocket science, but rather a natural expression of what happens when millions of Americans believe they have greater freedom and safety to profit and innovate, and trust they will not be punished, materially or psychologically, for the ensuing successful results. The radical upsurge in business and consumer confidence is not revolutionary but almost natural. The Left and Never Trump Right claim that Trump is Stalin, Hitler, or Mussolini. In fact, for the first time in eight years, it is highly unlikely that the FBI, IRS, CIA, DOJ, and other alphabet-soup agencies see their tasks as going after the president’s perceived opponents.