We just passed the one-year anniversary of the Trump presidency. While the date was marked by much consternation amid a government shutdown, there is much to celebrate. Even Trump’s staunchest opponents – when confronted by the facts – will have to acknowledge that the past year has brought several major accomplishments both at home and on the world stage. Let’s consider a “Top Ten” list.
1. The economy
The economy is on a roll: productivity is higher than it ever was under President Obama, manufacturing jobs are at a 15-year high, small business confidence is the highest in 23 years, the stock market is hitting new records almost by the day, unemployment has plummeted, and jobless claims are at record lows.
Just months into the Trump presidency, the caliphate has been crushed by a coalition organized and supported by the U.S. military.
3. The border
Illegal crossings have plunged 60 percent under Trump. ICE is invigorated and border security is being put in place.
Trump did what hasn’t been done in decades. He cut corporate and individual tax rates. Companies have responded well, and the electorate is already seeing the benefits of lower taxes.
This may be Trump’s greatest legacy. In 2017, he fulfilled a campaign promise by getting conservative judges seated, including Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court and a record pace of 12 Circuit Court confirmations.
President Trump has reduced federal regulations by an impressive 50 percent in just one year.
7. Religious liberty
Trump ended the government war on groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor, and ordered exemptions for religious groups that should not pay for practices they reject such as abortion-inducing medications.
The president has put the world on notice that America will no longer be exploited at the bargaining table with pacts that may benefit U.S. corporate chieftains but not American workers.
9. Military buildup
Trump just signed a 2018 defense budget that features large increases overall, including for troop salaries and missile defense.
The president has armed Ukraine, denounced Russian aggression, and slapped new sanctions on Moscow.