President Trump’s 2017 Report Card (first draft) 2

When Trump was running for President, I predicted that he would govern about like a moderate Republican in the Nixon-Rockefeller tradition, or as a centrist Democrat in the style of Bill Clinton. Apparently, I was right. It’s rather embarrassing that so many in the various “anarchist” camps have bought into the anti-Trump hysteria. Trumpism is an enemy, but only a peripheral one. The real enemy is the establishment center. Serious anarchists should be just as opposed to neoliberal and progressive Democrats as they are to conservative or populist Republicans.

By Scott Adams

As we approach the holiday season there will be much debate on how President Trump has performed for his first calendar year. As a populist president, I think the best way to judge his performance is by focusing on the issues voters say are their top priorities. Pew Research polled voters to determine their political priorities for 2017. Let’s see how President Trump is doing so far on the top ten priorities according to the public.

Terrorism (76% rated top priority)

ISIS is on the run, thanks in part to President Trump’s loosening of the rules of military engagement, as well as pivoting from a Whack-a-Mole strategy to a total annihilation strategy with no withdrawal date. Both moves are good persuasion. And while President Trump’s “extreme vetting” is unpopular with many citizens, it has probably reduced risk to the homeland. And General Mattis is widely considered to be a strong hire.

     Grade: A

Economy (73% rated top priority)

I’ll give President Obama 75% credit for the strong economy. But I think consumer confidence and the stock market tell us there is optimism about the current administration. That confidence is buoyed by Trump’s reduction in regulations via executive orders, his tough talk on trade, and his persuasion toward a higher GDP that is already becoming self-fulfilling. If people believe the economy will be better next year than this year, they invest this year, thus making next year better. We might see something good come out of tax reform, but I don’t think it will matter as much as people assume.

     Grade: A

 

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2 comments

  1. A lot of these grades seem to be based on rhetoric and sentiment. Is this Scott Adams analyzing this using his persuasion lens?

    The idea that the stock market or GDP numbers indicate a healthy economy is absurd. The stock market is a casino. Don’t get me started on consumer sentiment.

    And as for jobs. They’re dreaming. Manufacturing is never going back to what it used to be. Those days are over and there is no evidence to support the idea that Trump’s actions have in anyway been a net benefit to the economy.

    We can also thank Russia and Iran for the defeat of ISIS. If the USA had its’ way in Syria, ISIS would still be going strong. Expect the new AL-Qaeda/ISIS to emerge at some point. And no timetable for withdrawal has been the unstated strategy for the last ten years at least.

  2. I don’t see that the economy has improved one iota under Trump.

    “We can also thank Russia and Iran for the defeat of ISIS. If the USA had its’ way in Syria, ISIS would still be going strong. Expect the new AL-Qaeda/ISIS to emerge at some point. And no timetable for withdrawal has been the unstated strategy for the last ten years at least.”

    Indeed.

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