Wait­ing for Trump to de­liver

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So, not in a panic about Pres­i­dent Trump, be­cause there has been no leg­is­la­tion to ef­fec­tu­ate the great con­cerns I have about his pro­pos­als. But, his ex­ec­u­tive or­ders (EO) are con­cern­ing. Mostly be­cause they are is­sued with­out vet­ting by the af­fected cab­i­net de­part­ments.

Con­trary to some be­liefs, the Mus­lim ban (call it what you will) lit­er­ally de­nied en­try to Amer­i­can cit­i­zens ar­riv­ing from the named coun­tries. It also de­nied en­try to people who prop­erly had visas and oth­ers who had been vet­ted for over two years and been de­ter­mined to be al­lowed en­try.

As mis­guided and poorly drafted as that EO was, it was no sur­prise that six fed­eral court jus­tices and one ap­pel­late fed­eral court sub­stan­tively found that EO to be, as writ­ten, un­con­sti­tu­tional.

To the larger con­cern, Pres­i­dent Trump cam­paigned on 12 prom­ises. So far, we have heard noth­ing about “lock her up.” There has been a lot of talk about Oba­macare but so far what we know is that it is very com­pli­cated. He said we would be wa­ter­board­ing but his DOD sec­re­tary has said we won’t be do­ing that and the NSC direc­tor has agreed we won’t.

The wall may well get built, but now to build the wall he de­scribed would cost $25 bil­lion and there is no sign of Mex­ico want­ing to pay. De­por­ta­tion and Syr­ian refugees are is­sues sim­mer­ing and we may yet de­port 11 mil­lion and not al­low Syr­ian refugees in, but it will take prob­a­bly more than four years, if it does in deed hap­pen. Obama de­ported 3 mil­lion, so I am wait­ing for Trump to hit that num­ber.

The Iran nu­clear deal is un­touched, but DOD is ap­par­ently get­ting an ad­di­tional $54 bil­lion, which it­self is OK, but I am con­cerned about the bud­get bust­ing and/or cuts that will en­sue. Cut­ting a fed­eral work­force when people are com­plain­ing about not get­ting ser­vices such as So­cial Se­cu­rity or Vet­er­ans Af­fairs seems mis­guided, although ex­cep­tions are be­ing made for health care work­ers but not for the ad­min­is­tra­tive staff to ar­range vis­its.

Fi­nally, the ter­ri­ble trade deals re­main in ef­fect. He has de­liv­ered on prom­ises to lift reg­u­la­tions with re­gard to water and may do so for the air, so we won’t have to worry about whether he will do some thing about those; he has. And, we will have two big pipe­lines (un­for­tu­nately, no Amer­i­can com­pany makes pipes in ex­cess of 24 inches in di­am­e­ter, so the ma­jor steel will be for­eign).

You can count the 12 prom­ises. Con­sid­er­ing the short time Pres­i­dent Trump has been in of­fice, he has taken steps to ful­fill sev­eral. I am over­all un­happy with what he has done and fear­ful what may hap­pen to our coun­try.

Fi­nally, look­ing for­ward to cheaper, more en­com­pass­ing and sim­ply bet­ter health in­sur­ance that will cover ev­ery­one. I want in­fras­truc­ture spend­ing in­creased. I hope that Pres­i­dent Trump will re­duce the price of drugs, as he said in his re­cent ad­dress. Wil­liam Wet­more, Wal­dorf

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