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  • February 7February 2019 Edition

Trump’s first 100 days

Massimiliano Meta, Writer

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Obama’s Presidency is over and Donald J. Trump is the the 45th President. Donald Trump will have the privilege to serve a unified Republican government, although with a slim majority in the Senate of 52. Therefore, Trump will have a easier time putting his agenda forward, just like Obama did in 2009. However, it’s important to remember that not all Republican Senators and Representatives completely agree with each other. The three members of Congress that will likely pose the biggest challenge to the Trump agenda will be Sen. Graham (R-S.C.), Sen. Paul (R.-Ky.), and House Majority Leader Paul Ryan. Sen. Graham has made it very clear that he disagrees with Trump’s approach to Russia, which has been confirmed by our intelligence agencies to have hacked the Democratic National Committee servers, and that he wants to impose tighter sanctions, which Sen. McCain (R.-Az.) also agrees with. Then, Sen. Paul (R.-Ky.) will oppose any measures that will increase the debt significantly. Then, House Majority Leader Paul Ryan will oppose some of Trump’s stances, such as reversing the DOCA.

President-Elect Trump has already composed all of his cabinet, which is likely to be confirmed by the Senate. Trump’s cabinet picks shows us that he’s very serious about his campaign promises such as immigration, Obamacare, and law and order. The main issues that were a part of Trump’s campaign were taxes, the Supreme Court, Obamacare, and regulations. So what will Trump and the Republican controlled congress do during the first 100 days?

Obamacare

For many years now Republican politicians were elected on their promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and with a unified Republican Congress. Donald Trump has made it crystal clear that he wants to repeal Obamacare as soon as possible, and he’ll likely accomplish this in a few weeks. The Republican Congress has already started the process of repealing of Obamacare and the resolutions have passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives. So, Obamacare will soon be repealed and there is nothing that Democrats can do about it. Republicans want to make healthcare more competitive and use vouchers, however a definite plan hasn’t been put forward yet.

Taxes

Reforming our tax code and lowering taxes across the board will be one of the of the biggest focus of Republicans and Trump. Since Trump won, the stock market has done very well and the DOW index has reached 20k; this is mainly due to the Republican promise for tax cuts and regulations. Trump’s tax plan is focused on promoting economic growth by lowering the corporate tax plan from 35% to 15%, closing tax loopholes, lowering taxes across the board, and eliminating the death tax. Trump wants to accomplish this in order to increase tax revenue and for attracting corporations to invest here.

Supreme Court

Donald Trump will fill the vacant seat of the late Supreme Court Justice Scalia with Justice like Scalia. Trump has put forward a list of 21 nominees for the Supreme Court and with a Republican Senate, a new Supreme Court Justice is likely to be confirmed by March. Trump wants to appoint a Supreme Court Justice who will uphold the Second Amendment and who will overturn Roe vs. Wade. It’s important to remember that this many not be Trump’s only Supreme Court Justice appointment. Right now the Supreme Court is split with four liberal justices and 4 conservative justices, and with the next appointment that will become 4 liberal justices and 5 conservative justices. Over the next eight years, if Trump wins in 2020, four Supreme Court Justices could be appointed. This will affect our society for generations and many landmark cases are likely to be made or overturned, such as Roe vs Wade.

Regulations

Decreasing regulations has been a key point of Trump’s campaign, and he’s very serious about it. In fact, he wants to make it so that for every regulation passed, two old ineffective regulations have to be destroyed. This will be done in order to promote job creation and business growth. In fact, many business owners have complained that the over regulation of their businesses is hurting them more than the high taxes. Since day one, Trump wants to overturn Obama’s executive orders regarding the energy industry and environmental protection. Trump’ s appointments to the EPA and the Department of Energy show that he’s focused on decreasing the size of the federal government’s involvement in those regards.

Immigration

Immigration has been one of Trump’s most important and controversial issues. As a matter of fact, Trump started his campaign by saying that he wanted to build a border wall in the Southern border and make Mexico pay for it, and also by calling illegal immigrants from Mexico rapists and drug dealers. Surprisingly, his view on this issue has’t changed, and based on his Executive Order, he still intends to build the wall. A wall in the Southern border will likely cost around 25 billion dollars, and his goal will be to keep illegal aliens from crossing the borders. Trump has been very harsh on immigration and intends to deport illegal aliens who have committed felonies. Trump also intends on preventing terrorists from entering this country by suspending immigration from terror-prone countries and to implement extreme vetting. Trump plans to ban Muslims from entering this country, something that he can absolutely do without Congress according to section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952. His appointment of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, who was the first Senator to endorse Trump, and who agrees with Trump’s immigration policies, will play a key role in the deportation efforts.

A Donald Trump Presidency will stand in strong contrast against the outgoing Obama’s presidency. We will see whether he’ll deliver on his main campaign promises and what their effect will have. It should be a very “political” spring.

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