Small-town America has gotten an economic jolt under President Trump
Ronald Brownstein writes for CNN.com that “small town and rural America enjoyed an economic jolt in 2017” thanks to President Donald J. Trump’s economic policies. Smaller communities “clawed back a significantly larger share of new job creation than in the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency,” Brownstein reports.
“President Trump has made ending the opioid crisis a priority in his administration,” the Editorial Board of the Boston Herald writes. “Yesterday in New Hampshire, where the opioid death rate is double the national average, the president brought the message to the people who have been battling the menace hardest,” the editors add.
“When President Trump chose to unveil his plan for dealing with the ongoing opioid crisis, what better place to do so than the ‘drug-infested den’ of New Hampshire?” writes the New Hampshire Union Leader’s Editorial Board. The President’s plan is what New Hampshire needs, the editors say, as the state has “been hit as hard as anywhere in the country by the deadly scourge of fentanyl.”
“CIA Director Mike Pompeo is well prepared to be our next secretary of state,” Hudson Institute President Kenneth Weinstein argues in the Washington Examiner. “Pompeo brings deep insight, unique experience, and a broad, strategic mindset to foreign policy,” he adds.
“His strong relationship of trust with President Trump can bring back morale and a sense of purpose to the State Department, as well as credibility when talking to our allies and partners.”
Sanctuaries for Americans, not criminal aliens
“We’re going to take care of the problem,” President Donald J. Trump told a room full of Cabinet officials, elected leaders, and law enforcement representatives during a roundtable discussion on sanctuary cities at the White House
The President’s highest duty is to protect the safety and well-being of American citizens. Lawless sanctuary jurisdictions nullify Federal law, obstruct immigration enforcement, and release thousands of criminals into U.S. communities. “They are not sanctuary cities; they are outlaw cities,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said at yesterday’s meeting.
The Senator is right, and the Trump Administration has taken action to ensure our Nation’s laws are faithfully enforced. During the 2017 fiscal year, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations team made more than 140,000 administrative arrests and effected more than 225,000 removals.
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First Lady Melania Trump participates in a Cyber Security and Technology Roundtable| March 20, 2018
(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
First Lady Melania Trump participates in a Cyber Security and Technology Roundtable
| March 20, 2018
(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks).
Trump’s infrastructure plan focuses on reforms, not just more spending
In The Hill, Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) writes that President Donald J. Trump’s infrastructure plan “outlines a bold vision encompassing everything from traditional transportation infrastructure such as highways, bridges and transit systems, to public water systems and even broadband internet access.” Rep. Gibbs explains that “President Trump’s infrastructure plan takes on the mountain of regulatory hurdles that slow down the projects critical for improving and maintaining our national infrastructure.”
In The Washington Times, Stephen Dinan reports that President Trump held a White House roundtable discussion yesterday that puts pressure on sanctuary cities to drop their dangerous policies. Thomas Homan, deputy director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, announced that “three of the 800 illegal immigrants who managed to escape last month’s enforcement sweep in the San Francisco area have already gone on to commit new crimes, notching charges of robbery, drunken driving and spousal abuse.”
“The Trump administration recently took an important step to demonstrate its commitment to its ‘America First’ agenda, dealing a blow to a foreign company’s attempted hostile takeover of a leading American company in 5G technology,”Heritage Foundation Trustee Bill Walton writes in The Daily Caller. “The Trump administration should be praised for taking this decisive action” in preventing Broadcom’s attempt to takeover Qualcomm, Walton says.
The Daily Signal reports that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt “will reverse long-standing EPA policy allowing regulators to rely on nonpublic scientific data in crafting rules. Such studies have been used to justify tens of billions of dollars worth of regulations.” Michael Bastasch writes that “EPA regulators would only be allowed to consider scientific studies that make their data available for public scrutiny under Pruitt’s new policy.”
Brainstorm the women across history and around the globe—personal connections and public figures, the famous and the infamous (!)—who have inspired you.
in “How to Tap Into the Writer’s Life,”June Gould assures us that everything—if our eyes and ears are open, and if we put ourselves into a focused mood or mindset—can inspire a piece of writing.
Later in her 60-minute webinar, which you can view HERE,
June advised us to read and read and read—because “no one writes without some forebears,” because “we hold the hands of the women and the men who came before us,” because women from developing nations, in particular, “have something to tell us that we need to know right now.”
During President Donald J. Trump’s visit to California to examine prototypes for a border wall with Mexico, he explained the danger of “sanctuary cities” that refuse to cooperate with lawful Federal immigration enforcement.
“California’s sanctuary policies are illegal and unconstitutional and put the safety and security of our entire nation at risk,” the President tweeted. “Thousands of dangerous & violent criminal aliens are released as a result of sanctuary policies.”
A few important facts about sanctuary cities:
When sanctuary city officials warn illegal aliens about possible upcoming enforcement activities, they allow criminals to prepare themselves—and thus endanger innocent bystanders.
Sanctuary policies in California have allowed the release of numerous criminalscharged with serious crimes who could continue to harm communities.
If Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials cannot arrest criminals in the controlled environments of police stations or jails, they must perform these duties in workplaces, in residences, or on the streets.
Go deeper: How the Trump Administration is working to build stronger borders. Why cutting taxes is good for American workers
This afternoon, President Trump will pay a visit to St. Louis, Missouri, to tour a Boeing manufacturing plant before joining a roundtable with workers and executives from 10 Missouri companies. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will also participate in the discussion.
Boeing offers just one of hundreds of examples of business tax reform paying off for America’s workers. After President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law in December, the company announced it would invest about $600 million in its employees.
The Council of Economic Advisers recently explained why tax cuts have been so important for the U.S. economy: “Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the shift away from worldwide taxation toward a territorial system ends the penalty on companies headquartered in the United States.”
Human trafficking is an affront to human dignity
With millions affected worldwide, human trafficking is a global atrocity that deprives millions of their universal human rights. President Trump is taking a stand to stop it in its tracks.
“My Administration will focus on ending the absolutely horrific practice of human trafficking,” the President said. “And I am prepared to bring the full force and weight of our government, whatever we can do, in order to solve this horrific problem.”
This month, President Trump appointed nine human trafficking survivors to serve on the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. And in light of the impending Senate vote on H.R. 1865—the FOSTA-SESTA legislative package designed to fight online sex trafficking—the Administration hosted a roundtable on human trafficking to discuss the path forward on this crucial issue.
In The Kansas City Star, Lt. Governor of Missouri Mike Parson writes that “Wednesday, the president is coming back to Missouri to highlight the massive economic benefits of his successful effort to reduce America’s tax burden.”
“Our state has already benefited greatly from tax reform,” Lt. Governor Parson adds. “Companies across Missouri, including Central Bank of St. Louis, are using the savings from tax reform to invest in their workforce by issuing bonuses or raising pay for workers.”
In The Hill,national security expert Andy Keiser writes that CIA Director Mike Pompeo is the right man for the job as our Nation’s top diplomat. In Keiser’s view, “It’s clear that America will have a 70th United States Secretary of State who is smart, tested and in a strong position to effectively advocate for the country he has served with honor for so many years.”
“Gina Haspel is a great choice to replace Mike Pompeo as CIA director.” Rogan points out that “Haspel’s courage in taking the fight to the enemy and extracting high grade human intelligence speaks to an all too rare kind of public servant: one who matches high skill to a willingness to take politically toxic risks to serve U.S. interests.”
Betsy McCaughey breaks down how our massive trade deficits have harmed American workers, specifically in the aluminum and steel industries. Because of President Trump’s trade policies, “US Steel and Century Aluminum are already ramping up, bringing back hundreds of workers.”
President Donald J. Trump travelled from Washington to Southern California, where he examined eight prototypes for the proposed border wall with Mexico. The samples range in height from 18 to 30 feet.
“While Congress considers funding for fiscal year 2018, other wall program activities are moving forward,” Paul Koscak of U.S. Customs and Border Protection writes. Those activities include planning and design, as well as upgrades along less fortified or outdated parts of the southwest barrier.
The President’s visit comes as more and more Americans express support for his four-pronged approach to immigration reform. In addition to the majorities that support tougher border security and a permanent resolution for DACA, more than 8 in 10 voters want a system that selects individuals based on their education and skills—not one that chooses immigrants based on whether they have relatives already in the United States.
In healthcare, interoperability means being able to share patient data in an instant—regardless of which hospital, pharmacy, or laboratory has the information—and being able to do so with complete reliability and privacy protection. Last week, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner laid out the Trump Administration’s plans in this area at the HIMSS18 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I could not understand why medical records from the Department of Defense could not be seamlessly transferred to the Veterans’ Administration,” Kushner said. “There is overwhelming consensus: America needs better access to patient data and interoperability now.”
“It’s a really befitting tribute—what was really a show of world spirit and Houston Strong,” President Trump said. “You were Houston Strong.”
The President explained that the Astros were true champions both on and off the field. “When [Hurricane] Maria ravaged Puerto Rico weeks later, the Houston Astros redoubled their assistance, and many of them went there and helped,” he said.
“It really exemplifies what greatness is all about.”
President Donald J. Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a bilateral visit at the White House yesterday. The two leaders discussed the imminent move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to its capital city of Jerusalem, as well as the path to peace for the Middle East.
“I want to tell you that the Jewish people have a long memory,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said. “We remember 70 years ago, President Harry S. Truman was the first leader to recognize the Jewish state. And we remember how a few weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” he continued.
“Mr. President, this will be remembered by our people throughout the ages. And as you just said, others talked about it. You did it.”
‘Needed attention’ on infrastructure
Two top officials in Oklahoma—the state’s Governor, Mary Fallin, along with Secretary of Transportation Mike Patterson—write that “infrastructure improvement is a priority issue because of its direct impact on economic growth and stability as well as the safety and well-being of our citizens.”
The two state leaders make a convincing case:
In 2011, 706 of Oklahoma’s 6,800 highway bridges were structurally deficient. That number is coming down to 187 under Gov. Fallin, and the President’s “plan will allow Oklahoma to continue to prioritize infrastructure projects.”
President Trump’s proposal includes traditional transportation such as roads and transit, but it also supports broadband internet, water and power systems, and other indispensable pieces for a modern infrastructure system.
The Administration’s plan will benefit states such as Oklahoma by directing 25 percent of Federal funding—about $50 billion—for rural projects.
The bottom line? “We support the Trump administration’s infrastructure proposal for starting the dialogue about the need for these improvements,” the pair write.
America to overtake Russia on oil
The United States will eclipse Russia to become the largest oil producer in the world by 2023, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.
This latest headline is yet more evidence that President Trump’s plan to achieve American energy dominance is paying off just 13 months into his term. “Together, we are going to start a new energy revolution—one that celebrates American production on American soil,” the President said last year.
According to the Journal, “U.S. crude production is expected to reach a record of 12.1 million barrels a day in 2023, up about 2 million barrels a day from this year.” What will that mean for America? “Once heavily dependent on imports from the Middle East, the U.S. is getting closer to achieving its goal of producing enough crude to meet domestic demand for refined products like gasoline,” the Journal says.
Vice President Mike Pence at AIPAC 2018 | March 5, 2018
(Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)
President Trump participated in an expanded bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of Sweden. Later, the President met with Swedish business representatives before holding a joint press conference with Prime Minister Löfven.
The Vice President Pence Mparticipated in a phone call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine. The Vice President then travelled to Omaha, Nebraska, to deliver keynote remarks at an America First Policies “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event.
Vice President Pence: Tax cuts are working in Iowa
In the Des Moines Register, Vice President Mike Pence writes, “When I visit Iowa on Tuesday, I’ll bring a message to the good people of the Hawkeye State: The American economy is booming — and we’re just getting started.”
The Vice President continues, “Since Day 1 of our administration, President Trump has been fighting to rev the engine of our national prosperity and restore hope to the forgotten men and women of America.” Vice President Pence notes that “since our election, businesses large and small have created 2.5 million new jobs, including nearly 12,000 new good-paying jobs in manufacturing in Iowa alone.”
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) writes in Tulsa World that “it’s only been two months, but tax reform is already working for Oklahomans.” Sen. Lankford notes that “many companies across the nation and across Oklahoma are using their tax savings to reinvest in their employees and add new equipment. It feels like almost every day there are new stories of employee bonuses and increased wages announced for workers.”
Critics of the recently signed tax reform law are using flawed logic to make their case, tax expert Alan Viard of the American Enterprise Institute argues. The real benefits of tax reform will be felt in the long run, Viard says. “Additional capital in the United States makes workers more productive and therefore more valuable to employers,” leading to higher wages.
In The Hill, Jay Timmons and Stephen Sandherr write that “whether large or small, companies across both the manufacturing and construction industries have expressed positive views about their future and poised to expand this year, according to recent surveys from our organizations.” Timmons and Sandherr add that “this includes optimism on the ability to hire more workers and compensate them better and the growth of the American economy as a whole.”
“Many businesses, from JPMorgan Chase to Walmart and Apple, have outlined plans to invest in expansion while boosting salaries for their lowest-paid workers,” James Langford reports for the Washington Examiner. “That has the potential to increase consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the nearly $20 trillion U.S. economy.”