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.