Winning 17

We had a commenter recently on our Facebook page who said that President Trump should “get off his ass” and do something. When we replied that he had achieved more in his first year than any other president in living memory, and against more deliberate hampering, blocking and resistance than any other president – and that he, the commenter,  only did not know this because he read the mainstream media which refused to report President Trump’s accomplishments – his further comment was a long string of hahahas.

As there must be millions who would also laugh at our assertion, it is time to list those accomplishments. And it is also time to name the conservatives who joined the hamperers, blockers and resisters in making it as hard for the president to achieve anything as they possibly could – out of sheer prejudice.

John Nolte has made such a list and named some of the most prominent guilty conservatives.

He writes at Breitbart:

Remember these names: Jonah Goldberg, David Frum, Bill Kristol, Rich Lowry, Max Boot, Mitt Romney, John Kasich, Joe Scarborough, Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse, Jennifer Rubin, George Will, Josh Jordan, Tom Nichols, Charles Cooke, Stephen Hayes, Tim Miller, John Podhoretz, Nicole Wallace, Steven Schmidt, Bret Stephens, Ross Douthat, Leon Wolf, David Brooks, Rick Wilson, Evan McMullin, Stuart Stevens, Red State, National Review, the Weekly Standard 

These are the so-called conservative men, women, and institutions who (among others) fought the hardest to sabotage Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, all in the unforgivable hope that Hillary Clinton would become president.

These are so-called conservatives who have, for nearly two years now, been promoting themselves and fundraising by smearing Trump as incompetent and “not a real conservative,” as a “Democrat in sheep’s clothing” — when, in fact, all of that best describes #NeverTrump.

These are the so-called conservatives who — after Trump’s first year in office — have now been proven as wrong as wrong can be. If their conservative credentials lost all credibility during a 2016 campaign during which they used whatever residual influence they had to hand the Oval Office to Clinton, the proven results of the past year should mean that they are written off forever as idiots, quacks, mercenaries, and con men.

Trump has had, in my opinion, the most successful first year of any president since Ronald Reagan. And not just a consequential first year that has already built a legacy, but conservative first year. Below, I do my best to list these accomplishments, but there are so many, forgive me if a few are missed:

  • Real, honest-to-goodness tax reform and cuts — the most consequential in 30 years.
  • Opening ANWR for oil exploration, an accomplishment few can appreciate who do not remember the 90s and what a sacred cow this is for the left.
  • Killing the Obamacare mandate that brutalized those making less than $50,000 a year.
  • The Islamic State (ISIS) has been decimated. [We would say obliterated– ed]
  • After a 2016 of just 1.9 percent GDP growth, we have now had two quarters in a row of growth over three percent; predictions for the final quarter of 2017 are as high as four percent.
  • [The appointment of] Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who has already proven himself the perfect replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia.
  • The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines are a go — which means tens of thousands of jobs.
  • A record number of judicial appointments on the appeals courts.
  • The end of the War on Coal.
  • A surge in coal mining after 2016’s decline.
  • The end of the federal government’s violating the religious conscience through indefensible Obamacare mandates involving birth control and abortion pills.
  • The civil rights movement for school choice is getting the green light throughout the country.
  • Illegal immigration is way down.
  • The stock market hit record highs 70 times in 2017, rising 5,000 points for the first time ever.
  • The long-overdue recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
  • We are free of the awful Paris climate treaty.
  • Regulatory reform that is just getting started, but it has already had a hugely positive effect on our economy.
  • Withdrawal from the Global Compact on Migration, which undercut American sovereignty.
  • Return of nearly two million acres to the state Utah that the federal government had stolen.
  • A $250 billion trade deal with China.
  • Many of our NATO allies are finally paying their dues.
  • Consumer confidence is the best we have seen in more than a decade.
  • Pulled us out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in favor of the American worker and sovereignty.
  • Trump has managed to get China to help rein in North Korea. [To some extent – ed]
  • Black unemployment is at a 17-year low.
  • Hispanic unemployment is at an all-time low.
  • Overall unemployment is at [four point] one percent.
  • Manufacturing jobs boom.
  • Standing up for persecuted Christian minorities in the Middle East. [More needs to be done, but it’s a start – ed]
  • Promoting Christmas.
  • Banning [immigration] or demanding stronger vetting [of immigrants] from [predominantly Muslim] countries most likely to [export] terrorists.
  • Housing sales are at an 11-year high.
  • Ban on transgender military recruits.

Now, you need to close your eyes and imagine what the list above would look like had #NeverTrump won the day and made Hillary Clinton president.

Now, try to imagine any one of the 16 Republicans who competed [with Trump] for the 2016 nomination accomplishing all of this, or even having the courage to stand up to a media onslaught to accomplish all of this, or even being, yes, conservative enough to do things like pull us out of the Paris climate agreement (something the Republican establishment’s failed 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney, opposes).

Trump’s conservatism, his competence, his willingness to stand up to gale force media hate to keep his promises, is unlike anything we have seen since 1981.

In the pursuit of only their own grift, personal fame, the gratification of bottomless egos, and a soft place to land among the Beautiful People, #NeverTrump lied to us, took our money, and fought tooth and nail to extend the disastrous Obama presidency into a third term.

And now, just one year into Trump’s presidency, #NeverTrump has once again been exposed for who they truly are — bitter, dishonest saboteurs more interested in their lofty place at the trough than the future of their own country.

All these bitter clingers have left now is to further degrade outlets such as the once-necessary National Review, a once-cherished laboratory of vibrant conservative ideas and thought, which is now a hangout for sore losers to keep rewriting the same column over and over and over again about how pure and virtuous they are, as they scold the rest of us for fighting for and sticking with a president who has delivered in ways they told us was not even within the realm of possibility.

So now the real conservatives can laugh – the longest string of triumphant hahahas they can manage while their breath lasts.


Later: WND provides an even longer list: 168 accomplishments.

  • Don L

    I am not trying to put a damper on the fire … I actively supported Trump and continue to do so. Yet, I have a concern. It isn’t of Trump’s making but there is a significant and obvious economic problem in the room. I’ve attached two charts. The first was used to evaluate an idiotic leftist Frenchman’s.(Thomas Piketty) 6 lbs of nonsensical book. The chart reflects the FED funds rate to the DOW candle stick chart (1968 – 2014). The chart indicates President and FED Chairman. The FED’s solution to every downturn has been to reduce the interest rate. Oh, It was Reagan that unleashed the FED stupidity. Even Carter tried too ‘check’ the FED … price fixing isn’t the way.

    The second chart brings the first up to date (2014 to 1/1/18). I’m searching for a valid and viable explanation as to the rocket ship rise from 16K to 25K in 3 years. I appreciate the jubilant Trump effect notion, but these are not emotion driven retail trader dollars. This serious and massive trillions put at risk by serious players. Say, where was all this money and whose is it?

    Every one of those DOW chart rises had a collapse. The Fed had room to reduce rates and print money … NOT NOW. That ended nearly a decade ago when Bernancke to it to zero and started the digital presses.
    outrageously inflated by FED funny money. I’m hoping the repatriated dollars are sufficient to offset the hyper inflation coming … it will come. If the reparaited bucks don’t offset – Trump will get killed with a monstrous crash – not of his doing – think Nobama and 10 trillion; just on the surface.

    Anyway – it’s a concern and an FYI

    • liz

      If the FED controls the economy, I don’t see why the left goes to all the trouble of making up stupid Russia stories to discredit Trump.
      All they’d have to do is manipulate us into a “monstrous crash”, as you said, blame it on him, and he’s toast.

      • Don L

        It is the DEMs that use the FEDs funding “a bridge to” capabilities the most. Not one social program would pass if tax payers had to actually pay the bill … up front. It’s hidden for the next generation:

        “I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” ― Thomas Jefferson

        The DEMS would be cutting off their nose to …whatever the rest of that is. Trump’s failure by FED is not in their DNA. After all, it was Dec 23rd 1913, at 7 PM that the progressive (Nobody ever asks just how “It takes a village” actually works – the STATE village managers?) Woodrow Wilson and the Democrat-controlled 63rd Congress, unconstitutionally, abrogating their duties there-under, enacted the (The name was conceived to deceive) Federal Reserve Act.

        Dem opportunity? They created it and ain’t gunna let it go (there’s a gun control joke in there somewhere). The Repubs – now the leftist Repubs (yo, Mc Cain, Bush, et al) discovered the amazing FED funding and: “My friend from across the isle…”

        For over one hundred years the left has been evolving America: “America Lulled, Gulled and Dulled: How the Republic was stolen, its wealth robbed and its people .. made useful stooges”. The first task … end the successful private education and impose compulsory-schooling, Sans any discussions except:safe spaces and everybody gets a trophy.


        Obama woke people up to the fact that government wasn’t working, he took too big a slice off the salami and they could see it. Trump described to the folk what the folk actually saw / lived: empty factories and nowhere a made in America sticker … huh? Trump offers a bigger and better salami. And, I believe he is in fact turning on the engine … HAS!

        Candidly, I haven’t the knowledge to evaluate the increase production caused by the repatriation of overseas dollars. These dollars must be employed as invested capital as opposed to some idiotic employee or gov’t-private partnership (another expression for government-granted monopoly). I’m hoping Trump is financing the currency expansion *remember quantitative easing?) COLLAPSE. Bush used the stupidity of TARP: doing that which caused the failure but do more to delay. Trump could be using the trillions, he states, to buffer the fall? You cannot inflate the currency to this extent and not have consequences … it’s a law.

        Stop me … please. LOL

        • liz

          Yes, that “Salami tactic” violation cost the left alot. The “”slow march” has been temporarily interrupted. They’re already so far burrowed into the structure it may be too late to save it, though.
          But it was amusing (in a very annoying way) to watch the termites scramble to cover themselves with ludicrous “Russian collusion” stories after Trump blew the lid off them.

    • I’ve drawn Burro’s attention to these comments of yours, Don L. He’s our official economist. I hope he’ll find the time to discuss them with you in these comments sections.

  • I don’t quite feel as sanguine as the rest of you. Most of the items on the list suggest a first step.

    – The tax reform is a good start but there is no real tax cut without a spending cut. The money must come from somewhere. The debt is still growing.

    – Killing the “individual mandate” is just but removing all federal and state mandates would allow the creation of cost-effective insurance policies tailor-made to the individual. We still need alternatives to Obamacare and state-defined policies.

    – ISIS has been decimated but jihadism lives on. As Gorka notes, we need to fight a propaganda war which Trump no longer has interest.

    – The stock market continues to soar as the Fed’s easy money policy allows corporations to buy back stock and create a bubble (as candidate Trump noted). Regulations discouraged them from using low interest rates to expand operations. Trump’s deregulation may help but it is too little too late … unless he does more.

    – China continues to displace industries vital to our national security with only a few jobs coming back to the USA—a start, yes.

    – Housing is still being financed with risky lending (too low a downpayment) and the bubble is back in California.

    Most Presidents make their big changes in their first term; Reagan and Obama did. Trump either doubles down on his initiative or his promising start will only be a tease. Year two is crucial.

    • Only a start – yes. But there always has to be a start. And, truth to tell, after the relentless and all too successful advance of the Left in its long march to capture the institutions of the West and turn the whole world into one big Soviet Union, this start is nothing less than a revolution – the real revolution that the Left never expected. The working man voting for capitalism!

    • liz

      I see your point, but you must never lose sight of what that list would look like if Hillary had been elected! When you take that into account, he’s way further than “step one”. Compared to how many steps in the opposite direction we’d be right now with her, he’s actually many, MANY steps ahead!! And that’s in spite of a megaload of opposition, from the media, to the Rinos voting against their own party, to the Leftist judges striking down perfectly constitutional executive orders of his.

  • Zerothruster

    Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names !
    Should have been done long ago.
    Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have been rehabilitated as of this week’s tax cut legislation. For a long time, I suspected Ryan of being a saboteur. But now he says he’s leaving as of 2018. What’s up with that?

    • liz

      I really don’t get Paul Ryan. Comes across as a conservative, but took money from Soros. Split personality, maybe?

      • Zerothruster

        I didn’t know about Soros funding him. Do you have a source for that information? It could not be a case of split personality in that case, I would figure.

        • liz

          I’ll look for the source – I think I read it at Brietbart. They gave a list of legislators Soros had contributed to that included him.

      • Don L

        Ryan is a supply-side monetarist. He was mentored by Jack Kemp. They believe in the FED while advocating free-markets. The idea is 100% and Bigly mutually exclusive. As is proven time-after-time, and wholly ignored, is the evidence of monetary intervention being the cause of each and every economic misery. An economy, to function, requires all prices to be honest. Prices are the critical communication device in an economy – it is the value/prioritizing/decision info passing between buyers and sellers. The FED’s only purpose is to inflate the currency – PERIOD! Interest rates are an economy’s most important price – the price of money. If it is manipulated and distorted, so is the economy – A LAW! Oh, also true, it’s always distorted negatively!

        Therein lies Ryan’s and many others, conflict. Trump is manipulating the FED. R=yan can’t grasp the immorality of currency inflation as it truly steals from the lowest rungs on the ladder and gives it to the those already on the roof. I don’t know if Trump truly favors the FED or not. I believe he, at least, knows more about it than Yellen. As has been stated, in comparison to Nobama or a Hillary.

  • liz

    HAHAHA – YES!!! Trump has also turned the tables on the lying propagandists posing as “media” and put them to shame.
    The “NeverTrumpers” are like spoiled children who, when they don’t get the toy they wanted from Santa, throw down the one they got and stomp off in a fit of rage, pouting until they get their way. Even though the one they got was actually better than the one they wanted! Well I hope they have fun being irrelevant, discredited nobodies from now on, as they fade into has-beens.

  • Cogito

    And you can add this to that impressive list of accomplishments:

    • It will be added – in a separate post. It is very good news.

      Thanks, Cogito.

      • Cogito

        Debka, unfortunately, is not always reliable, but I hope this time they are right.

        Mr. Trump is on a roll.