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Donald Trump's Hundred Days: The Real Story

Dick Morris

By Dick Morris

Published April 26, 2017

Donald Trump's Hundred Days: The Real Story

The really odd thing about Trump’s hundred days is that, Euclid notwithstanding, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The record of Trump’s hundred days is much better than the sum of his actual achievements. And, in a way, that was to be expected. It is the idea of Trump, much more than the reality of his actual programs, that represents radical change. And it is a belief in the kinds of decisions he will make — more than any specific policy reversals — that is persuading entrepreneurs to invest money, create jobs, and take risks where they never would have done so under Obama.

Look at the comparison between the whole and its parts:

The Whole

Job growth up 30% over Obama’s last three months

Dow up 11%

NASDAQ up 12%

Existing home sales up 4%; New homes up 5%

Illegal border crossings down 71%

Trade deficit down 10%

Barometer of current economic conditions highest since November 2000

Biggest jump in business confidence in eight years

Quite an impressive track record.

But ObamaCare is still on the books. The Border Wall is not even begun. Trump’s signature proposals are still just proposals.

So why the improvement?

Its that business people and job creators have confidence in Donald Trump. And because, on dozens of different fronts, they can see that there is a new management in town.

EPA: Get Out Of The Way

Keystone Pipeline approved

Reversing Obama regs on power plants

Rolling back vehicle emission standards

Killed regs on small streams and rivers

Seal The Border

Banned refugees from terrorist nations

5,000 new ICE agents

No federal money to sanctuary cities

Big cuts in H1-B Visas

Crime

Rescinded federal orders to local police limiting law enforcement

Formed task force on opioid abuse

Ordered study on cutting attacks on police

Trade

Imposed $3 billion in fines for illegal imports

Healthcare

Ordered flexibility in rules for insurance plans

Draining The Swamp

Banned lobbying by former govt employees for 5 years

Lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign goats

Cut two regulations for each new one

Eliminated rules for federal contractors

Federal hiring freeze

Audit of all federal agencies

Good measures to be sure, but hardly enough to account for the turnaround in confidence and business attitudes.

So the real change, as always, was putting Trump in the Oval Office.

Dick Morris, who served as adviser to former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and former President Clinton, is the author of 16 books, including his latest, Screwed and Here Come the Black Helicopters.

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