Trump’s tax reform reaps benefits for Missourians
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.”
Tom Rogan writes in the Washington Examiner that
“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.”
In the New York Post,
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 Trump visits the wall
“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 Those activities include planning and design, as well as upgrades along less fortified or outdated parts of the southwest barrier.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.
Learn more: New poll shows overwhelming support for President Trump’s immigration priorities.
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.”
Read more about the Trump Administration’s plan to put you in charge of your health information.
“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.”
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President Donald J. Trump and the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros
| March 12, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
President Trump travelled to San Diego, California, to review Border Wall Prototypes.
The President then delivered remarks to members of the military.
Vice President Mike Pence participated in a Senate Republican Policy Lunch. Later, the Vice President participated in a series of meetings with lawmakers.
‘This will be remembered’
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.
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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 M participated 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.”
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A Statement By Prof.George Magoha
The days after Parkland
Following last Wednesday’s horrific shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school, President Donald J. Trump addressed the Nation and issued a Proclamation honoring the victims and their families.
On Friday, the President and First Lady visited with survivors at a Florida hospital and addressed law enforcement officers at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to pay their respects and express their full support.
The President also spoke with local officials such as Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky to receive updates and thank them for their leadership.
“Our entire Nation, w/one heavy heart, continues to pray for the victims & their families in Parkland, FL,” the President tweeted Friday. “To teachers, law enforcement, first responders & medical professionals who responded so bravely in the face of danger:
We THANK YOU for your courage!”
The President also spoke with Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) about proposed legislation to strengthen the Nation’s background-checks system for firearms. While discussions are still ongoing, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said yesterday, President Trump is supportive of the effort.
Presidents’ Day—or ‘Washington’s Birthday’?
Since 1971, Federal employees have enjoyed a three-day holiday weekend each February. Yet while yesterday’s sales at malls across the country may have reminded you to celebrate “Presidents’ Day,” the official Federal holiday remains “Washington’s Birthday” on the books.
Given the proximity of the holiday to Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Rep. Robert McClory (R-IL) attempted to change the name of the holiday to “Presidents’ Day” in 1968. But the measure proved to be particularly controversial for legislators from Virginia, George Washington’s home state, and it was soon dropped.
Another fact: Washington’s Birthday is honored on the third Monday of each February, but because his actual birth date is February 22, the Federal holiday will never be celebrated on his real birthday.
Democrats punt on DACA
Last week, Senate Democrats—led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)—blocked an effort to begin voting on real immigration reform that would offer a path to legalization for 1.8 million DACA-eligible illegal immigrants.
“I thought my friends across the aisle would jump at this opportunity to fulfill what they say is their top priority,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said. “But they just could not take ‘yes’ for an answer. . . . They decided they’d rather come away empty handed, with no resolution whatsoever for the 1.8 million individuals they say they are championing, than accept a reasonable compromise with the president.”
President Trump noted that the Democrats’ obstructionism is hurting them with American voters. “Republicans are now leading the Generic Poll [for November’s midterm elections],” the President tweeted, citing the popularity of tax cuts. “Also, they want to do nothing on DACA, R’s want to fix!”
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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Maddy Wilford her family
| February 16, 2018
(Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
POTUS AND STUFF…………………………………
President Trump lunched with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. the President met with Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin and later hosted a Public Safety Medal of Valor Awards ceremony.
After having lunch with the President and Secretary of Homeland Security, the Vice President and Second Lady travelled to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The two participated in a tour of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launch facilities and later attended a reception hosted by the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Aerospace Industries Association, and Space Florida.
No more roadblocks to rebuilding America
The Anderson Memorial Bridge between Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, sits near the heart of Harvard University. An elegant, Georgian Revival structure, it took 11 months to build the original bridge in 1912.
When it came time to repair it nearly 100 years later, the project dragged on for close to 5 years—at a significant cost overrun.
Why did it take more than 5 times as long to repair the structure today as it did to create it more than a century ago? The Anderson Bridge project was the victim of a bloated, tangled patchwork of regulatory oversight that squanders the advantages of modern technology in building fast, safe, and reliable infrastructure throughout America.
This week, President Donald J. Trump laid out six principles for reversing this unacceptable trend. One such principle: Return decision-making authority to the state and local communities whose needs are most at stake.
A special 200th birthday
Most people know February 14 as Valentine’s Day, but today holds another significance that all Americans should be familiar with: It is the 200th birthday of abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass.
In honor of African American History Month, Vice President Mike Pence visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington yesterday. Authorized by President George W. Bush in 2003 and opened to the public in 2016, the museum has quickly become a major destination in the Nation’s capital.
“It is deeply humbling for me to stand before you today in the midst of this great national monument to the struggles, the sacrifices, and the triumphs of so many American heroes,” the Vice President said. “The history that’s recorded in these halls literally is stitched into every fabric of the American story.”
Later yesterday afternoon, African American leaders from across the country joined President Trump and the First Lady for a reception at the White House commemorating African American History Month.
On tax reform, the good news keeps rolling in
In the weeks following the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, American companies have unleashed a remarkable stream of wage increases, bonuses, and retirement account contributions—all while sharing plans for even greater investment in workers and equipment alike.
As of this week, more than 350 companies have made these intentions public, announcing more than $150 billion in planned investments at home and $4.2 billion in bonuses paid to more than 4 million U.S. workers. The largest U.S. company, the largest U.S. bank, and the largest U.S. employer have all announced intentions to raise worker wages or give out bonuses during the past few weeks.
What does all of this good news add up to? While it’s impossible to measure with complete certainty the effects of such sweeping legislation, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers estimates that the total increase in annual pay resulting from tax reform will reach $4,000 per household.
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President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adam
February 13, 2018
(Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
Trump met with bipartisan members of Congress about infrastructure.
the President participated in a working session regarding the opportunity zones provided by tax reform.
the President signed H.R. 4708, the DHS Blue Campaign Authorization Act, and S. 534, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Assault and Safe Sport Authorization Act.
STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP
My fellow Americans, today I speak to a nation in grief. Yesterday, a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred, and evil.
Around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, police responded to reports of gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — a great and safe community. There, a shooter, who is now in custody, opened fire on defenseless students and teachers. He murdered 17 people and badly wounded at least 14 others.
Our entire nation, with one heavy heart, is praying for the victims and their families. To every parent, teacher, and child who is hurting so badly, we are here for you — whatever you need, whatever we can do, to ease your pain. We are all joined together as one American family, and your suffering is our burden also.
No child, no teacher, should ever be in danger in an American school. No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning.
Each person who was stolen from us yesterday had a full life ahead of them — a life filled with wondrous beauty and unlimited potential and promise. Each one had dreams to pursue, love to give, and talents to share with the world. And each one had a family to whom they meant everything in the world.
Today, we mourn for all of those who lost their lives. We comfort the grieving and the wounded. And we hurt for the entire community of Parkland, Florida that is now in shock, in pain, and searching for answers.
To law enforcement, first responders, and teachers who responded so bravely in the face of danger: We thank you for your courage. Soon after the shooting, I spoke with Governor Scott to convey our deepest sympathies to the people of Florida and our determination to assist in any way that we can. I also spoke with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
I’m making plans to visit Parkland to meet with families and local officials, and to continue coordinating the federal response.
In these moments of heartache and darkness, we hold on to God’s word in scripture: “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.”
We trust in that promise, and we hold fast to our fellow Americans in their time of sorrow.
I want to speak now directly to America’s children, especially those who feel lost, alone, confused or even scared: I want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be. You have people who care about you, who love you, and who will do anything at all to protect you. If you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer, or a faith leader. Answer hate with love; answer cruelty with kindness.
We must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life, that creates deep and meaningful human connections, and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors.
Our administration is working closely with local authorities to investigate the shooting and learn everything we can. We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools, and tackle the difficult issue of mental health.
Later this month, I will be meeting with the nation’s governors and attorney generals, where making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority. It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make that difference.
In times of tragedy, the bonds that sustain us are those of family, faith, community, and country. These bonds are stronger than the forces of hatred and evil, and these bonds grow even stronger in the hours of our greatest need.
And so always, but especially today, let us hold our loved ones close, let us pray for healing and for peace, and let us come together as one nation to wipe away the tears and strive for a much better tomorrow.
Thank you. And God Bless you all. Thank you very much.