Trump could be the most honest president in modern history – The Washington Post

| October 18, 2018 | 34 Comments

The Washington Post has gone off the rails.  Just when I thought small fractions of truth were meaningless…

 

He may stretch the truth, but he gets things done.

Trump kept his promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, something his three immediate predecessors also promised yet failed to do. He promised to “crush and destroy ISIS,” and two years later he is on the verge of eliminating the Islamic State’s physical caliphate. He promised to impose a travel ban on countries that he saw as posing a terrorist threat, and after several false starts the final version of his ban was upheld by the Supreme Court. He promised to punish Syria if it used chemical weapons on its people, and, unlike his immediate predecessor, he followed through — not once but twice.

Trump pledged to nominate Supreme Court justices “in the mold of Justice [Antonin] Scalia,” and now Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh sit on the high court. Trump also pledged to fill the federal appellate courts with young, conservative judges, and so far the Senate has confirmed 29 — more than any recent president at this point in his administration.

Trump vowed to pass historic tax reforms and signed the first major overhaul of the tax code in three decades. He vowed an unprecedented regulatory rollback, with a strict policy to eliminate two existing regulations for every new regulation. In his first year, he achieved $8.1 billion in lifetime regulatory savings and is on track to achieve an additional $9.8 billion this year.

During the campaign, he told African American voters, “What do you have to lose? .?.?. I will straighten it out. I’ll bring jobs back. We’ll bring spirit back.” On his watch, African American unemployment reached the lowest level ever recorded, and his tax reform included a little-noticed provision creating “Opportunity Zones” to try to revitalize struggling towns and inner-city communities.

Trump promised to cancel President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Planwithdraw from the Paris climate accord, approve the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and open the Arctic National Wildlife Refugeto oil exploration. He fulfilled all of those pledges.

On trade, he kept his promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and impose tariffs on steel and aluminum. He also committed to renegotiating NAFTA and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement — and recently signed new deals with Mexico, Canada and South Korea. He committed to imposing tariffs on China to force it to open its markets and stop its theft of intellectual property — and is following through on that pledge. Whatever one thinks of Trump’s trade policies, he is doing exactly what he said.

The president pledged historic increases in defense spending, and delivered. He pledged to bring back manufacturing jobs, and manufacturing jobs are growing at the fastest pace in more than two decades. He pledged to sign “Right to Try” legislation to give dying Americans access to experimental treatments, and did. He pledged to take on the opioid epidemic and will soon sign a sweeping bipartisan opioids package into law.

Where Trump has failed to keep promises, such as building the wall or repealing Obamacare, it has not been for a lack of trying. Only in a few rare instances has he backtracked on a campaign pledge — such as when he admitted that he was wrong to promise a complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and reversed course. I’m glad he did.

But whether one agrees or disagrees is not the point. When Trump says he will do something, you can take it to the bank. Yes, he takes liberties with the truth. But unlike his predecessor, he did not pass his signature legislative achievement on the basis of a lie (“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it ”) — which is clearly worse than falsely bragging that your tax cut is the biggest ever.

The fact is, in his first two years, Trump has compiled a remarkable record of presidential promise – keeping. He’d probably say it’s the best in history — which may or may not end up being true. It’s too soon to tell.

Source: Trump could be the most honest president in modern history – The Washington Post

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  1. Hondo says:

    Yeah, I’m kinda shocked that that’s from the Wapo. But even a stopped clock is right twice daily.

  2. STSC(SW/SS) says:

    What are those clowns up to?

  3. Slow Joe says:

    Somebody hacked into the Washington Post.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    “…he did not pass his signature legislative achievement on the basis of a lie (“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it ”) — which is clearly worse than falsely bragging that your tax cut is the biggest ever.”

    Uh… what??? WaPo finally woke out of their coma and admitted that bodaprez was a lying sack of used TP????

    Are we in another dimension…a dimension not only of sight but of sound?

    I’m going to check the dates on my unused wine and see if any of that has changed. This is kind of like that ad where the guy comes out of his garage and finds out that the Winter of Our Discontent is over and he can fire up the grill and have a cold one.

    I knew that some day, I would wake up, and things would be like they’re supposed to be. (walks away, mumbling strange words…)

  5. OldManchu says:

    Hillary has a double digit lead…

  6. A Terminal Lance Coolie says:

    This is a suitably confusing start to my morning.

    WaPo actually posting something that isn’t Trump hate? Impressive.

    Unfortunately I don’t see this becoming a trend. They’ve done their token Goodwill piece for Trump, and can now return to bashing the hell out of him for nothing burgers.

  7. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Everybody chill. The guy who penned that opinion piece is the WaPo’s token conservative. He was a senior policy adviser to Jesse Helms, wrote speeches for Rumsfeld and GW, and is a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. In short, he truly is the WaPo’s token right winger and not at all representative of the paper’s Democratic Socialist camp. Nothing has changed.

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      Yeah, throw a parade and I will rain on it.

    • Poetrooper says:

      Cav, you are partially correct in your cynicism. Thiessen is WAPO’s token conservative. But unlike token conservatives at other newspapers, most notably that fraud, David Brooks, at the New York Times, Thiessen actually is a solid conservative. Jennifer Rubin is supposed to be WAPO’s in-house conservative but she’s a phony just like Brooks.

      What is truly remarkable is that WAPO actually published such a pro-Trump editorial this close to an election.

      • Combat Historian says:

        Thiessen is indeed the WaPo token conservative, but there must’ve been a commo breakdown somewhere along the Potomac Pravda’s chain of command for this opinion piece to be actually published…

    • A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

      Well SHIT, just as I was about to give “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” a Call..

  8. AW1Ed says:

    Who are you and what have you done with the Washington Post?

  9. 26Limabeans says:

    The wall. I want a wall. He promised a wall.
    Great job on all the other stuff. I want a wall. A yuge wall. WPA quality wall. Topped with a giant Jacobs Ladder.

  10. MustangCryppie says:

    “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!”

  11. 5th/77th FA says:

    Dahell? What’s up with all these full filled campaign promises? A politician that does what they say they’re gonna do? (gasps, clutches at imaginary pearl necklace/calls out to Elizabeth this is the big one) Oh, wait; dTrumpster is not a politician. He figures the best way to get re-elected is to do, or try to do, what he said he would do/try to do. I knew this brand new Chromie Bookie thingie was supposed to be the latest and greatest techno whiz bang gadget (hat tip to h/p), but I had no clue that it would receive dTrumpster praises from the wapo. Glad some one ‘plained it to me in the earlier comments. I for one, am not tired of all this winning yet, am looking daily at the growth of my 401K, but like 26Limabeans, I still want the wall. A tall one, with sally/gun ports, turrets, foo gas, and claymore placed every 30 feet. Manned/peopled by Boys and Girls that we brought home from some s&^thole country that we have no more business in. Hey, I can dream can’t I?

  12. JacktheJarhead says:

    Did Hell just form a hockey team? Because it must be a cold day down there if WAPO published this!

  13. NHSparky says:

    Somewhere at the WaPo, someone is being held in a dark closet, screaming, “I see FOUR lights!”

  14. RGR 4-78 says:

    I am happy and I am sad.

    I am happy that the WAPO published it.
    I am sad that the person who penned it will catch a major ration of shit for it.

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