“Making America Great Again” isn’t going to happen overnight. But, 2017 has surely been a good start. So, before leaping too far into a new year, let’s take a look back at what Republicans have accomplished already. Following are seven reasons conservatives – and most Americans – should be happy. These are accomplishments worthy of national celebration.
1. Judicial Picks
In one of his first big acts as President, Trump selected Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. But he’s not the only solid judicial nominee Trump has selected this year. While lower court seats may not seem all that important, they matter – a lot. Townhall’s Guy Benson explains: “Despite the heavy media emphasis placed on the Supreme Court, thousands upon thousands of cases are decided and resolved at lower levels, which is why populating those courts with constitutionalists must be a priority.” And that’s why each seat filled, no matter how small, is another huge win for conservatives.
2. Pulling Out of the Paris Climate Agreement
In June, Trump put “America first,” as he so often promises, and formally withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement. Liberals, predictably, went nuts. What they failed to understand is that Trump’s decision was less about climate than it was about American business interests. As Trump noted, “The agreement is a massive redistribution of United States wealth to other countries.” And he was right. The Climate Agreement would mean higher energy costs for average Americans, fewer jobs, and overall less economic growth.
3. Significant Blows to ISIS
Throughout his campaign, Trump repeatedly vowed to defeat ISIS. Almost a year into the presidency, he has nearly fulfilled that promise. Today, ISIS has relinquished 98 percent of its territory. In the liberation of Mosul, as one example, ISIS lost 6,000 fighters. While at its peak, the terrorist organization had over 45,000 men counted among its quasi-military forces, that number has now been reduced to less than 1,000.
4. National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Passes in the House
Gun owners and Second Amendment advocates have had some big wins this year, but the most notable was the House’s passage of H.R. 38, known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. The law allows anyone with a concealed carry permit to legally carry a concealed firearm in any state that recognized concealed carry rights, which, as of 2014, is all 50. This means citizens can carry their legally owned guns across state lines.
5. Recognizing Jerusalem as Capital of Israel
For years, U.S. presidents have promised to move our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the recognized capital. But Clinton, Bush, and Obama all failed to follow through on their promises. But on December 6, Trump made good on his promise. This makes a statement to Israel and to the world.
6. Tax Reform
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law by President Trump on December 22. The $1.5 trillion plan will be the biggest tax overhaul of our tax system in over three decades. Forget what you are hearing from the Left. More than 80 percent of Americans will receive a tax cut under the law. According to The Wall Street Journal, a family of four earning a median income of $73,000 can expect a $2,059 tax cut.”
7. Economic Uptick
Tax reform will surely lead to significant economic growth, but we won’t really see those effects until next year. So, let’s talk about the effects Trump has had on our economy already. Over 2.2 million jobs were added in the first 11 months of 2017. Unemployment has hit its lowest level in 17 years, at 4.1 percent. GDP growth is at 3.2 percent, after failing to hit three percent once in the last eight years. The stock market is up 5,000 points. Enough said.
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Erika Hass writes for Townhall.