Sunday, April 16, 2017

Trump's first 100 days

Much has been made of this.  It is artificial, though.  When the term first made its appearance during the New Deal days, there was a genuine national emergency.  In addition, there was a general will to do something about that emergency.  Such an emergency is not recognized in today's political scene.  Instead, we had a united front of minority opposition from the Democrats, and a somewhat loosely united GOP majority.  This is not likely to produce much in the way of legislation.

Things have to shake out a bit before we know what kind of election we had in 2016.  I favored Trump because I thought he could forge a new majority, and could possibly use that majority in constructive ways to help this country.  As opposed to the current general feeling that there isn't an emergency, I think there is one, and should be addressed as soon as possible.

The status quo wants business as usual.  At the present, it appears that on the legislative front, they will get that.  The victory that Trump achieved was too narrow.  There is no general consensus of what needs to change, but there may be one possible that can agree that something needs to change.

I get the sense that Trump cannot put the finger on what is exactly wrong.  If he could, he may be able to rally support behind him and achieve some meaningful results.  He has yet to hit his stride.

My verdict is a mixed bag.  He has done some good stuff, but he has a long way to go in order to make it last, much less to make a lasting majority.

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