By now you know that Donald Trump’s first 100-days in office ended last Saturday. On October 23, 2016, when Donald Trump was still a candidate, he declared a Contract with the American Voter outlining his plan for the first 100-days in office. The two-page pledge laid a set of promised legislations that Trump would pass within his first 100 days in office. This was his promise to you, in his own words. Of course, like everything else with Trump, facts are nothing more than obstacles to his politics.
Donald Trump has argued that the 100-day mark is not set in stone and that it is an unfair measure of his administration. Never mind that Trump, himself, committed to a contract to you, the voter, outlining what he was to accomplish in his first 100 days in office.
You can view the original pledge by following this link.
As you can see, Trump promised to “work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures”. He also promised to “fight for their passage within the first 100 days” of his administration. His words, not mine.
So, let’s look at what he promised and what he accomplished.
1. Middle Class Tax Relief and Simplification Tax: Although Donald Trump released a broad stroke set of guidelines for tax relief last week, they are nowhere close to being adopted by Congress. Even the broad strokes elicit a set of problems that would make it impossible for the Congress to adopt them. For example, as outlined, the tax reform package would encourage most U.S. taxpayers to become LLC’s to benefit from a lower tax rate then what Trump’s plan contemplates. Imagine that, almost all U.S. citizens walking around as LLC’s across the country.
2. End the Outshore Act. Trump promised to impose tariffs to bring back jobs to the country. Trump reasoned that by imposing tariffs, it would stop companies from setting up shop in other countries for cheaper labor. Other than imposing a tariff on lumber, which has nothing to do with jobs going to other countries, Trump has done nothing to discourage U.S. companies from going offshore.
3. American Energy and Infrastructure Act, Affordable Childcare and Elder Act, End Illegal Immigration Act, Restoring Community Safety Act, Restoring National Security Act and the Clean Up Corruption in Washington Act. Although Donald Trump has issued several executive orders to address some of these issues, the fact remains that Trump has been unable to get Congress, led by the Republicans in both houses, to enact any legislation to enforce his promises. Executive orders, by their nature, are not long-lasting and thus subject to changes from incoming new administrations. Trump, himself, has reversed several Obama executive orders. Nonetheless, without Congress creating the necessary laws, the promises made by Trump have not been kept. Furthermore, Trump has yet to propose any legislation to keep any of these promises.
4. Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. By any measure, Donald Trump failed miserably in keeping this promise to do away with ObamaCare within his first 100-days in office.
Along with the contract, 18 proposals divided into three topics – clean up corruption, protect American workers and restore security and the constitutional rule of law were included in his contract.
Except for the “propose a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress,” Trump kept most of his promises in the realm of ending corruption through various executive orders.
Regarding protecting the American worker, Trump proposed seven things. Trump issued executive orders to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and end Obama-era impediments to energy projects. Trump has also started the process of identifying “foreign trade abuses” that impact U.S. workers. However, it remains unclear how the studies would resolve the issue of unfair competition from foreign governments.
Trump has yet to act on “cancelling billions in U.N. climate change programs.”
The key issues of “to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw” from it has failed. Trump has taken withdrawing off the table for now and has embarked on renegotiating. However, leaked memorandum demonstrates that the key issues that Trump railed against are not part of the negotiations. The negotiations have substantially been dialed back. Additionally, the Trump administration is on a tight deadline to end the negotiations as México begins the transition to a new government in 2018.
Donald Trump had promised to “label China a currency manipulator.” Trump has officially declined to do so.
The five actions that Trump promised to “restore security” remain largely unfulfilled. He has cancelled most of Obama’s executive orders and had his nominee replace Justice Scalia at the Supreme Court. He has also begun to remove undocumented immigrants, but the success of his removal programs is still being debated.
His two attempts to “suspend immigration from terror-prone” countries have been suspended twice by the courts due to the ineptitude of the Trump administration. Likewise, his cancelling of “all federal funds to sanctuary cities” was also suspended by a court.
Donald Trump ran on a platform of making bold promises to his constituency. Trump promised that as a businessman he would be able to keep his promises as he was a grand negotiator.
By any fair measure, Donald Trump’s major promises to his electorate for his first 100-days in office are a failure, notwithstanding the propaganda being emanated by him and his cohorts.