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The Rushmore Report: Trump Starts to Drain the Swamp

Donald Trump is issuing a presidential memorandum that will call for a complete restructuring of the federal government. The result could be a complete downsizing that threatens to lead to massive layoffs and reform. The new order, going into effect today, comes with hiring targets in line with the spending priorities the administration laid out in March, said Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget.

The move is part of Trump’s campaign pledge to “drain the swamp” and get rid of what the administration views as inefficiencies in the federal government, said Mulvaney. Their proposed budget calls for historically deep spending cuts to everything from medical research to clean-energy programs.

Trump’s proposed budget cuts are already facing strong opposition from Congress. But Mulvaney said, “We think at the end of the day this leads to a government that is dramatically more accountable, dramatically more efficient, and dramatically more effective, following through on the very promises the president made during the campaign and that he put into place on day one.”

The key to Trump’s plan, Mulvaney said, is that he is beginning the budget process “with a blank sheet.” Everything will be on the table. As an example of ineffectiveness, Mulvaney points to 43 different workforce training programs across 13 agencies – without a single point person in charge of them – that could be brought under one roof.

Expect immediate changes in federal hiring, followed by budget cuts in September. Cuts will include programs that date to the Great Society. But Mulvaney acknowledges that “Congress’ priorities may be a little different. But to the extent we have discretion under the law, then the discretion will be exercised in the method best possible to effectuate the president’s policies.”

The Rushmore Report: The Left Has Taken Hypocrisy to a Whole New Level

Noah Bierman of the Los Angeles Times has accused President-elect Donald Trump of “creating a lasting and bitter divide in American society.” Time calls him the President of the “Divided States of America.” Meanwhile, Barack Obama claims, “I would have won a third term,” defeating Mr. Trump. In the weeks following the November election, the left has taken hypocrisy to an unprecedented and dangerous level.

Example #1 – Trump is not legitimate because most Americans voted against him.

From Hillary Clinton to Bill Clinton to every host on CNN and MSNBC, the drumbeat continues. “Because Trump received only 46 percent of the vote, he has no mandate.” It is suggested, daily, that despite winning 30 states and 85 percent of the counties in America, Trump’s win is not legitimate. It’s funny – in 1992 there was another president who received significantly fewer votes – just 43 percent. But we never heard such outrage. Perhaps that’s because the president who won just 43 percent of the vote was a Democrat named Bill Clinton.

Example #2 – Obama would have won a third term.

Rather than celebrate the democratic process, the current president is pouring lighter fluid on the fire in the most juvenile of ways. By saying he would have beaten Trump, he is a) diminishing Hillary Clinton, b) diminishing Donald Trump, and c) diminishing himself. Does anyone remember George W. Bush making such a claim when his party lost the White House in 2008? Mr. Obama has criticized his successor more before Trump has even taken office than Mr. Bush criticized Obama in eight years. Who is being divisive?

Example #3 – Reserving service to others is only okay when it’s the left boycotting the right.

The Rockettes are waging an apoplectic fit because they have to perform for the Trump inauguration. One member said, “He’s not my president!” When Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and Cyndi Lauper cancelled their concerts in North Carolina because of the bathroom laws (keeping men out of ladies rooms), the media celebrated their bravery. When Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Garth Brooks, KISS, Celine Dion, and area high school marching bands all turned down the request to perform at the inauguration, no one squawked.

But when Melissa and Aaron Klein refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, in keeping with their religious principles, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian fined them $135,000 for causing the gay couple undue “emotional suffering.” Of course, that was okay, because it was the right who was refusing to serve the left and not the other way around.

Ben Shapiro said it well.

“The left has suddenly discovered freedom of association; after years of telling religious people they had a moral and legal obligation to throw out their religion and service same-sex weddings and to fund abortion, now the left realizes the ability to pick and choose those to whom you give your services is actually kind of important. But don’t expect this to last. Of course artists should be able to turn down clients; so should religious bakers, but you won’t see the left acknowledge that. The only freedom to turn down clients it the freedom for leftists to turn down conservative and religious clients, not the other way around.”

The Rushmore Report: Five Things Trump Must Do to Be a Great President

President-elect Trump is filling his new Cabinet quickly and efficiently. He has put out a short video, stating the executive orders he intends to issue in the first 100 days of his administration. There is a whirlwind of activity surrounding Trump Tower, as he meets with potential key players in his new administration. Clearly, Mr. Trump is not waiting to get started. He is working 18-hour days to get things set up.

Already, pundits are critiquing his administration – two months before he takes office. There is no way of knowing how successful he will be. But at The Proud Americans, we care about our country. For America to be successful, President Trump must be successful. Below, we offer five suggestions – five things Mr. Trump must do to be a great President.

1. Repeal and replace Obamacare.

Trump must do this, or his entire campaign was a farce. He ran on repealing the Affordable Care Act. But he must be careful. Speaker Paul Ryan has a plan ready to roll out. Trump should adopt this plan, or something like it. The replacement version must include these things: eliminate government mandates, keep the Obama provision that allows children to stay on their parents’ plan until age 26, cover pre-existing conditions, allow for competition across state lines, and put health care insurance in the hands of the open market, like other commerce.

2. Repeal multiple trade agreements.

Every agreement should meet one litmus test – is it good for America? We won’t go into detail on all the harmful trade agreements here. With many, Democrats are in agreement with the need to walk away from them, especially the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

3. Leave minimum wage in the hands of the states.

A national minimum wage makes zero sense. The cost of living is so drastically different from Texas to California, for example, that a national standard is useless. And keep in mind, the higher the government mandates a minimum wage, the higher the cost of products will be to the consumer. This leads to inflation, which renders the minimum wage increase worthless.

4. Reduce the corporate tax rate.

The Unites States has the highest corporate tax rates of any industrialized nation. Why else would Ford move its plants to Mexico? Keep in mind, any corporate tax is a double tax on shareholders, as they also pay income tax on their dividends. High corporate tax rates drive business from America, raise costs, and dissuade growth.

5. Embrace the faith he claims.

Many strong evangelical leaders have attested to Mr. Trump’s new-found faith in recent months. It is important that Trump embrace his Christianity, not because he said he would, but because he cares. Trump is a builder. It’s in his DNA. And he’s good at it. But the Bible says, “Unless God builds the house, they labor in vain who build it” (Psalm 127:1).

Donald Trump can be a great President. But he can’t do it alone. He needs the help of his Cabinet, Congress, and the American people. But mostly, he needs the help of God.

The Rushmore Report: Insane Anti-Trump Protesters Demonstrate Why So Many Hate the Left

Across America, leftists – many of whom certainly did not vote for Hillary Clinton – took to the streets to protest against Donald Trump’s election. In Los Angeles, they tagged police cars with the graffiti “F*** TRUMP.” In New York, Lady Gaga led protests at Trump Tower. In Philadelphia, unhinged leftists tagged a window with swastikas. Naturally, the national media has played down the violence at these events.

Meanwhile, protests have broken out in Chicago, Boston, and other major cities. In Chicago, five people were arrested, but the Chicago Tribune reported, “Five arrested today after largely peaceful Trump protests downtown.” Republican Tea Partiers, who were entirely peaceful, never received the same treatment.

These protests raise two questions.

1. Why?

When Barack Obama won re-election in 2012, conservatives were deeply depressed – but they didn’t hold mass protests. Elections are elections. We protested Obamacare, passed on a strictly partisan vote. Mr. Obama cared not that not a single Republican was brought on board. We protested TARP. We protested his executive amnesty and record number of executive orders which completely bypassed Congress – and the Constitution. But we didn’t protest his election.

And President-elect Trump – whom I opposed throughout the primaries and did not vote for during the general election – hasn’t done anything yet. I think he’s an objectionable human being, and his victory doesn’t change that; as I wrote yesterday, I hope he proves me wrong about that, too. But no matter what you think about Trump as a person, he hasn’t done anything yet as president. So what in the world are they protesting, other than reality? Do they think Trump is going to simply step down? Or is he going to bathe in their bitter tears?

2. What comes next?

If the Democrats are protesting Trump before he even does anything, what can we expect when he begins actually acting as president? Will the left begin engaging in mass violence beyond mere protest?

The left’s historic rioting helped generate the sort of anger that led to a President Trump. Their continued rioting won’t get him re-elected – Trump won because Americans didn’t show up for Hillary Clinton, not because of some enormous surge for Trump, who won fewer popular votes than Mitt Romney and about the same number as John McCain – but it certainly won’t convince Americans to join the anti-Trump crowd.

About the Author

Ben Shapiro is an American conservative political commentator, national columnist, author, radio talk show host, and attorney.

 

The Rushmore Report: Trump’s Closing Argument

Election Day is just five days away. The unlikely candidacy of Donald Trump, having received a recent bump from the FBI’s renewed investigation into Clinton’s emails, is off life support. While barnstorming the swing states of Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and Nevada, Trump is going all out to persuade the few remaining undecided voters to come over to his side. This is his closing argument.

1. Draining the Swamp

Trump has ridden a wave of anti-Washington sentiment all year, and in the final week of his campaign he’s trying to crystallize that message. Trump recently rolled out a reform package he’s referring to as “draining the swamp.” He wants to pass a constitutional amendment setting term limits for lawmakers. He’s also calling for a hiring freeze on non-military federal employees, lobbying restrictions, and a sharp reduction in federal regulations.

2. A Rigged System

Trump recently spent most of his message at a St. Augustine, Florida rally, railing against the media. “They’re almost as crooked as Hillary,” he said. “They may be even more crooked than Hillary, because without them, she’d be nothing.” Trump calls polls that have him trailing Clinton “phony.” Trump is the ultimate outsider. At a time when 75 percent of the nation think we are on the wrong track, expect him to hit this theme at every stop.

3. A History of Accomplishment

Last week, Trump was on hand for the opening of another huge hotel he had built. “It opened ahead of time and below budget,” he said. “What I have done in business, I will do for America.” Expect Trump to emphasize his record of job creation and real estate success.

4. FBI Investigation

First, there was “Low-energy Jeb.” Then we had “Ly’in Ted” and “Little Marco.” Now it’s “Crooked Hillary” – 24/7. The relaunch of the FBI look into Clinton’s never-ending email controversy fuels Trump’s message. Expect to hear about her latest criminal conundrum with every speech.

Will Trump’s closing argument be enough? We’ll know in five days.

About the Author

Asma Khalid is a writer for National Public Radio. She is a political reporter whose focus is the intersection of demographics and politics in the 2016 election.

The Rushmore Report: Trump’s State-by-State Path to Victory

You know the math. It takes 270 electoral college votes to be elected President of the United States. And you know the truth – it is a much tougher road for Donald Trump to get there than it is for Hillary Clinton. But it can be done. Having studied the most recent polls from all 50 states, the road to the White House is clear.

For Clinton, just win Ohio or Florida and it’s over. But how does Trump get there? His road to victory must take three simple steps.

1. Win the states he should win.

Trump should win the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. That gets him to 191. He is still 79 votes short.

2. Win the following toss-up states.

I picked these states because they are the ones where Trump is polling best. He must win each of these, or he faces an almost certain loss: Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio. These toss-up states total 74 more votes. This gets Mr. Trump to 265.

3. Win one more state.

Despite what you’ve been hearing, Trump does not need to win Pennsylvania. Or Michigan or Wisconsin. To get to 270 (or with New Hampshire, to 269 – a tie), he needs to win one more state. These are his best bets: Colorado, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. His best chance is to win New Hampshire, which leans libertarian, or Virginia, which has been reliably Republican until recent years.

Conclusion: Trump can win, but it won’t be easy. His must-win states: Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio. Then toss in New Hampshire or Virginia and Trump can prepare to downsize this January – from Trump Tower to the White House.

History Tonight

Tonight makes history. Businessman Donald Trump will deliver the final message at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, accepting the Republican nomination for President of the United States. These are unusual days. Almost no one saw this coming – other than his children – and they weren’t even registered to vote.

Can Trump actually win the election in November? Odds makers give him a puncher’s chance. The betting line is about 4-1 for Hillary Clinton. But those who have bet against Trump in the past have done so at their own peril. The answer is yes, Trump can win.

But will Trump win? There is no way of knowing, because as predictable as Clinton is, Trump is not. If he was ahead in the polls by 20 points, I wouldn’t bet on him, because he can say something crazy and implode overnight. And if he was behind by 20 points, I wouldn’t bet against him, because Clinton remains very unpopular and his tough guy image works for a lot of people.

So I wouldn’t bet on President. But I am willing to bet on King. In fact, I have bet my life, my eternity, and my reputation on the fact that Jesus is Lord of lords and King of kings. And he didn’t get that way by popular vote.

Jesus is Lord, whether you voted for him or not.