On the Monday of Donald Trump's first full week in office, the president immediately made good on several of his campaign promises. Among other actions, Trump withdrew the United States from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership and instituted a federal hiring freeze except for military personnel. A day later, Trump met with chief executive officers from the Big Three auto companies - Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler - and, as he did with TPP, continued to focus on his signature issue, bringing jobs back to America.
Although he's probably fighting a losing battle, political science professor Robert J. Spitzer stirred up a hornets' nest with a Washington Post opinion piece titled "The NRA wants to suppress one of guns' most important safety features."
Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump's foreign policy positions have been anything but consistent. One day we heard that NATO was obsolete and that the U.S. needs to pursue better relations with Russia. But the next time he spoke, these sensible positions were abandoned or an opposite position was taken. Trump's inconsistent rhetoric left us wondering exactly what kind of foreign policy he would pursue if elected.
To avoid conflicts of interest on his investments, President Trump plans to "gift" hotel profits from foreign governments' payments to the U.S. Treasury - gifts that will go directly toward paying down U.S. debt.
As he took the oath of office and became America's 45th president Friday, Donald John Trump vowed to "America first" as he embarked on a "great national effort to rebuild this country and restore its promise for the American people."
According to Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner, the federal body politic is in for yet another political training regimen. We've tried the Reagan Diet and the much less rigorous Jenny-Bush plan and now it looks like the nation is set to experience the Trump Cleanse. Designed to flush 20 percent of the bureaucrat backlog and reduce federal workforce constipation once and for all.
When I retired a few years ago, I reflected on my mission statement for moving here in 1990. The Cheyenne Bottoms held some sort of attraction that required me to leave the city and get closer to this place. I never looked back.
This week, Congress passed a budget calling for increasing federal spending and adding $1.7 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years. Most so-called "fiscal conservatives" voted for this big-spending budget because it allows Congress to repeal some parts of Obamacare via "reconciliation." As important as it is to repeal Obamacare, it does not justify increasing spending and debt.