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Mark Lewis: Donald Trump’s Accomplishments as President, Part One

I have been repeatedly told, as I’m sure you have, that Donald Trump “was the worst President the United States has ever had.” Except for his “racism,” “Nazism,” “mean tweets,” And “all the stupid things he said and did,” I have never been told what specific accomplishments of his administration these folks don’t like. Granted, maybe the man is arrogant and narcissistic, but he isn’t the only such person who ever occupied the White House. Perhaps he made some dumb mistakes; I wonder how many people have ever done the same. Donald Trump is not guilty. The Left is far from justice and fairness.

Mr. Trump, like all of us, including his liberal detractors, isn’t close to perfection. I didn’t agree with his every policy, action, word, or deed, but what I want to do in three articles is look at his record: what did his administration accomplish for the United States. The list is lengthy and I won’t mention them all.

The reader will decide for themselves if the actions taken by Trump’s administration are good or bad for America. Of course, I will comment on the process, but only briefly.

1. Economic growth and unemployment

•Unemployment rates for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and those without a high school diploma all reached record lows.

•Unemployment for women hit its lowest rate in nearly 70 years.

•Lifted nearly 7 million people off food stamps.

•Poverty rates for African Americans and Hispanic Americans reached record lows.

•Income inequality fell for two straight years, and by the largest amount in over a decade.

•The bottom 50 percent of American households saw a 40 percent increase in net worth.

•Wages rose fastest for low-income and blue-collar workers – a 16 percent pay increase.

•African American homeownership increased from 41.7 percent to 46.4 percent.

Trump is, naturally, a “racist” And “sexist” Liberals are guilty of this charge, and they have no evidence. However, it is difficult to see why a man who hates women and minorities would create policies that are so beneficial to them.

2. Tax relief

•Strengthened America’s rural economy by investing over $1.3 billion through the Agriculture Department’s ReConnect Program to bring high-speed broadband infrastructure to rural America.

•More than 6 million American workers received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to the tax cuts.

•A typical family of four earning $75,000 received an income tax cut of more than $2,000 – slashing their tax bill in half.

•Doubled the standard deduction – making the first $24,000 earned by a married couple completely tax-free.

•Doubled the child tax credit.

•Since the passage of tax cuts, the share of total wealth held by the bottom half of households has increased, while the share held by the top 1 percent has decreased.

•Over $1.5 trillion was repatriated into the United States from overseas.

•Created nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones where capital gains on long-term investments are taxed at zero.

Americans were able retain more of the money that they earned. Only a Marxist (yes Democrat) would object.

3. Regulations

•Instead of 2-for-1, Trump eliminated 8 old regulations for every 1 new regulation adopted.

•Provided the average American household an extra $3,100 every year.

•Removed nearly 25,000 pages from the Federal Register – more than any other president. The previous administration had added more than 16,000 pages.

Trump was extremely pro-business which is something that is a complete opposite to the Left. However, the elimination of unnecessary regulations was a boon for small businesses and a cost-saving measure that provided more money for Americans.

4. Trade

•Immediately withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

•Ended the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and replaced it with the brand new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

•The USMCA contains powerful new protections for American manufacturers, auto-makers, farmers, dairy producers, and workers.

•Negotiated another deal with Japan to boost $40 billion worth of digital trade. 

•China agreed to purchase an additional $200 billion worth of United States exports and opened market access for over 4,000 American facilities to exports while all tariffs remained in effect.

•Imposed tariffs on hundreds of billions worth of Chinese goods to protect American jobs and stop China’s abuses under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.

•Achieved a mutual agreement with the European Union (EU) that addresses unfair trade practices and increases duty-free exports by 180 percent to $420 million.

•Successfully negotiated more than 50 agreements with countries around the world to increase foreign market access and boost exports of American agriculture products, supporting more than 1 million American jobs.

The basics of economics are difficult for most Americans to grasp. Therefore, the benefits of the above cannot be easily understood or experienced by the majority. The list is long enough to anger the Left. Trump signed trade agreements that were in the United States’ favor. Although he still had much to accomplish in this area, he was denied four more years. This has obviously caused the country to suffer greatly in the last two-years.

Part two of this series will feature more Trump achievements.

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