January 2, 2018
|

As 2017 ended, there were a lot of articles assessing President Trump’s accomplishments, and even some of his most staunch critics grudgingly admitted that things were better off than they’d predicted.  Instead of a never-ending stock crash and a worldwide depression, the Dow gained 5,000 points in one year for the first time ever, and the economy is booming.  Unemployment is way down, including black and Hispanic unemployment rates; hiring and business expansion are up; and there are no internment camps for immigrants, only deportations of criminal illegal aliens, which is what laws passed years ago by bipartisan Congresses require.  Overseas, ISIS is still a threat as a shadowy terrorist group, but its dreams of an expansive caliphate have been crushed as they were driven from the territory they grabbed over the past eight years, and the people there celebrated no longer being tortured, beaten, raped and murdered.   And instead of kowtowing to dictators, as we have for years, standing up to them has emboldened reformers in Iran and Saudi Arabia and forced China to step up in trying to rein in North Korea. 

While Congress failed to enact much of Trump’s agenda, they finished the year by passing a tax bill that critics said would never happen.  Polls show it’s unpopular now, but that’s because Democrats, with the amplifier of a compliant media, have endlessly repeated their ridiculous lies about how it’s going to harm the poor and middle class and be a “giveaway to the rich” (because letting people keep some of their own money is a “gift” from the government.)   Early on, even the Washington Post fact-checker admitted that the Democratic leadership’s hyperbolic attacks on the tax bill were false, but that was seldom mentioned again as the press continued repeating them unquestioningly. 

This has liberals dreaming of a blue wave election in 2018, based on generic preference polls taken 10 months before the election and several months before voters will start seeing bigger paychecks and expanded hiring and GDP growth and start to realize how they’ve been hornswaggled (“Wait, you mean 1% growth isn’t ‘the new normal’ and we DON’T have to just get used to that?”)   As for claims that the tax cuts will reverse after 10 years: at any time during that 10 years, Congress can retool the tax laws.  In other words, if you like your tax cut, you can keep your tax cut.  As long as you aren’t foolish enough to give Congress back to the Democrats; they aren’t well-known for keeping promises like that. 


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Congressional Republicans didn’t give Trump the Obamacare repeal and replace he asked for (and that they repeatedly promised voters), but the tax bill did repeal the onerous (and sorry, SCOTUS, but also unconstitutional) insurance purchase mandate.  That’s being misrepresented as “nine million Americans losing health care,” which actually means about nine million Americans are expected voluntarily to stop buying overpriced, under-performing insurance policies they don’t want.  How come the people who keep telling us that Americans love Obamacare now are so terrified it will collapse if the government stops forcing people to buy it? 

Finally, one of Trump’s biggest accomplishments, which has gotten almost no coverage: either due to deliberate policy choices or just sending bureaucrats into fits of impotent pique, Trump has managed to cut (or drive out) hundreds of federal workers, and he apparently has no intention of replacing them.  When you hear talk about the tax cuts increasing the deficit, remember that that’s based on the notion that government will inevitably keep growing bigger and spending more.  The idea that it might shrink and spend less is a shocking new concept to those inside the Beltway, but the shrinking is already happening.  Another shocking new concept that the businessman President is dropping on federal bureaucrats, as quoted in this linked WaPo story: accountability (“Many chafed as supervisors laid down new rules they said are aimed at holding poor performers and problem workers to account.”  Oh, the horror!)

 

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  • Annette Rouse

    01/02/2018 02:00 PM

    The Washington Post announced in an article that President Trump told 1,950 falsehoods in 375 days. What's up with that?

  • Lori Hawk

    01/02/2018 02:00 PM

    Thank you Mike for your articles. I am not a fan of Trump, but I do support him. He is a smart business man, and I believe that he can help our country more than any other democrat out there. Your articles really help me with understanding some of the issues that are in the news today. Keep up the great work!

  • Janice Dyer

    01/02/2018 01:54 PM

    Thank you for your assesement. Is closer to truth than most. But remember that many saw thru the media and some canidates on both sides of their assecements. I was so dissappointed in our own RNC placing a value oon a canidate they saw fit and not equality on all. I will not support them because of their bias. Sence the healthcare bill did not come to light does that mean that it will not be addressed again in this term of presidencey?

  • Jarno Ahonen

    01/02/2018 01:50 PM

    Good Reading, Thanks ??
    Very Pleased with your posts and comments on Facebook ??

  • Laura Smith

    01/02/2018 01:49 PM

    I am a middle school Civics teacher in Florida who voted for Trump and has received criticism in the classroom for not bashing him. I hate how his accomplishments rarely make the news, but it helps to show my students the media’s blatant bias.
    You asked how we feel he is doing. I love that he is enforcing our immigration laws, as all presidents should, and I hope he doesn’t back down on keeping Americans safe from those outside the country who wish to harm us.
    I wish he would focus on bringing jobs to the inner cities to help curb the violence. Chicago needs help, desperately. I’d love for him to do something there (which Obama failed to do). Bring jobs that high school graduates can do and give young people in Chicago a reason to join the workforce, rather than the gangs.
    I’d like to see an end to Daylight Savings Time once and for all.
    I’d love for the President to encourage all states to start paying teachers overtime (which we are insanely exempt from for some reason), which our firemen and police officers get.
    Finally, continue running our country like a business and encourage people to get off welfare and start working. Don’t allow people to get benefits without doing some work for it. We give out our hard earned tax money too easily. The Fair Tax would be a brilliant move (and get rid of the IRS altogether unless it’s to collect the Fair Tax) :)
    Thanks for asking. Someday, it’d be great if politicians actually asked those of us in the real world our opinions. We have great ones and we know what’s going on around us.

  • Diane Sibille

    01/02/2018 01:48 PM

    Thank you Governor! Although his bombastic ways are at time, annoying, we are pleased we voted for President Trump and it's turning out how millions of voters hoped it would! Here's to 2018 and more success!

  • Elizabeth Heffernan

    01/02/2018 01:43 PM

    I am glad that there is still time for making a positive influence. There are good things that happened but I am really distressed about the way things are communicated. If there is positive change it seems to be lost in the fight. I do believe the media, in general , enjoys the theater of this presidency, but there is a lack of respect on both sides that the serious issues require to be taken seriously. My take away is that Nicki Haley is a star performer in this group, My prayers are with all sides on this journey. I care very much about what is going on but in the end God is in control and I do my best to follow Jesus, that is how the world will get better.

  • Michael Egbert

    01/02/2018 01:31 PM

    Do you feel there will ever be a time when the "liberal hard left media" gives President Trump the credit that is rightfully his and admit they were wrong about him? What are those chances?

  • Ron Hooper

    01/02/2018 01:24 PM

    Mr Huckabee, I have been reading your commentaries for quite some time now and enjoy them very much. You are an admirable voice for we conservatives. God is using you in a mighty way to keep us informed and focused in" righting" the ship of America. Keep up the good work!
    God Bless
    Ron

  • Janice Short

    01/02/2018 01:22 PM

    It is SO refreshing to have a President who doesn't give a hoot about being politically correct. Way to go, President Trump. My prayers continue to be with you & your family. And also Vice President Pence & his family.
    Thanks Mr. Huckabee for your newsletter.

  • Myrtis Wilmoth

    01/02/2018 01:16 PM

    Always good to read your common sense articles. It is reassuring to know that some still have that very elusive quality.

  • Judy Jay

    01/02/2018 12:58 PM

    Great to see we finally have a real president!!!

January 2, 2018
|

As 2017 ended, there were a lot of articles assessing President Trump’s accomplishments, and even some of his most staunch critics grudgingly admitted that things were better off than they’d predicted.  Instead of a never-ending stock crash and a worldwide depression, the Dow gained 5,000 points in one year for the first time ever, and the economy is booming.  Unemployment is way down, including black and Hispanic unemployment rates; hiring and business expansion are up; and there are no internment camps for immigrants, only deportations of criminal illegal aliens, which is what laws passed years ago by bipartisan Congresses require.  Overseas, ISIS is still a threat as a shadowy terrorist group, but its dreams of an expansive caliphate have been crushed as they were driven from the territory they grabbed over the past eight years, and the people there celebrated no longer being tortured, beaten, raped and murdered.   And instead of kowtowing to dictators, as we have for years, standing up to them has emboldened reformers in Iran and Saudi Arabia and forced China to step up in trying to rein in North Korea. 

While Congress failed to enact much of Trump’s agenda, they finished the year by passing a tax bill that critics said would never happen.  Polls show it’s unpopular now, but that’s because Democrats, with the amplifier of a compliant media, have endlessly repeated their ridiculous lies about how it’s going to harm the poor and middle class and be a “giveaway to the rich” (because letting people keep some of their own money is a “gift” from the government.)   Early on, even the Washington Post fact-checker admitted that the Democratic leadership’s hyperbolic attacks on the tax bill were false, but that was seldom mentioned again as the press continued repeating them unquestioningly. 

This has liberals dreaming of a blue wave election in 2018, based on generic preference polls taken 10 months before the election and several months before voters will start seeing bigger paychecks and expanded hiring and GDP growth and start to realize how they’ve been hornswaggled (“Wait, you mean 1% growth isn’t ‘the new normal’ and we DON’T have to just get used to that?”)   As for claims that the tax cuts will reverse after 10 years: at any time during that 10 years, Congress can retool the tax laws.  In other words, if you like your tax cut, you can keep your tax cut.  As long as you aren’t foolish enough to give Congress back to the Democrats; they aren’t well-known for keeping promises like that. 


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Congressional Republicans didn’t give Trump the Obamacare repeal and replace he asked for (and that they repeatedly promised voters), but the tax bill did repeal the onerous (and sorry, SCOTUS, but also unconstitutional) insurance purchase mandate.  That’s being misrepresented as “nine million Americans losing health care,” which actually means about nine million Americans are expected voluntarily to stop buying overpriced, under-performing insurance policies they don’t want.  How come the people who keep telling us that Americans love Obamacare now are so terrified it will collapse if the government stops forcing people to buy it? 

Finally, one of Trump’s biggest accomplishments, which has gotten almost no coverage: either due to deliberate policy choices or just sending bureaucrats into fits of impotent pique, Trump has managed to cut (or drive out) hundreds of federal workers, and he apparently has no intention of replacing them.  When you hear talk about the tax cuts increasing the deficit, remember that that’s based on the notion that government will inevitably keep growing bigger and spending more.  The idea that it might shrink and spend less is a shocking new concept to those inside the Beltway, but the shrinking is already happening.  Another shocking new concept that the businessman President is dropping on federal bureaucrats, as quoted in this linked WaPo story: accountability (“Many chafed as supervisors laid down new rules they said are aimed at holding poor performers and problem workers to account.”  Oh, the horror!)

 

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Comments 51-62 of 62

  • Annette Rouse

    01/02/2018 02:00 PM

    The Washington Post announced in an article that President Trump told 1,950 falsehoods in 375 days. What's up with that?

  • Lori Hawk

    01/02/2018 02:00 PM

    Thank you Mike for your articles. I am not a fan of Trump, but I do support him. He is a smart business man, and I believe that he can help our country more than any other democrat out there. Your articles really help me with understanding some of the issues that are in the news today. Keep up the great work!

  • Janice Dyer

    01/02/2018 01:54 PM

    Thank you for your assesement. Is closer to truth than most. But remember that many saw thru the media and some canidates on both sides of their assecements. I was so dissappointed in our own RNC placing a value oon a canidate they saw fit and not equality on all. I will not support them because of their bias. Sence the healthcare bill did not come to light does that mean that it will not be addressed again in this term of presidencey?

  • Jarno Ahonen

    01/02/2018 01:50 PM

    Good Reading, Thanks ??
    Very Pleased with your posts and comments on Facebook ??

  • Laura Smith

    01/02/2018 01:49 PM

    I am a middle school Civics teacher in Florida who voted for Trump and has received criticism in the classroom for not bashing him. I hate how his accomplishments rarely make the news, but it helps to show my students the media’s blatant bias.
    You asked how we feel he is doing. I love that he is enforcing our immigration laws, as all presidents should, and I hope he doesn’t back down on keeping Americans safe from those outside the country who wish to harm us.
    I wish he would focus on bringing jobs to the inner cities to help curb the violence. Chicago needs help, desperately. I’d love for him to do something there (which Obama failed to do). Bring jobs that high school graduates can do and give young people in Chicago a reason to join the workforce, rather than the gangs.
    I’d like to see an end to Daylight Savings Time once and for all.
    I’d love for the President to encourage all states to start paying teachers overtime (which we are insanely exempt from for some reason), which our firemen and police officers get.
    Finally, continue running our country like a business and encourage people to get off welfare and start working. Don’t allow people to get benefits without doing some work for it. We give out our hard earned tax money too easily. The Fair Tax would be a brilliant move (and get rid of the IRS altogether unless it’s to collect the Fair Tax) :)
    Thanks for asking. Someday, it’d be great if politicians actually asked those of us in the real world our opinions. We have great ones and we know what’s going on around us.

  • Diane Sibille

    01/02/2018 01:48 PM

    Thank you Governor! Although his bombastic ways are at time, annoying, we are pleased we voted for President Trump and it's turning out how millions of voters hoped it would! Here's to 2018 and more success!

  • Elizabeth Heffernan

    01/02/2018 01:43 PM

    I am glad that there is still time for making a positive influence. There are good things that happened but I am really distressed about the way things are communicated. If there is positive change it seems to be lost in the fight. I do believe the media, in general , enjoys the theater of this presidency, but there is a lack of respect on both sides that the serious issues require to be taken seriously. My take away is that Nicki Haley is a star performer in this group, My prayers are with all sides on this journey. I care very much about what is going on but in the end God is in control and I do my best to follow Jesus, that is how the world will get better.

  • Michael Egbert

    01/02/2018 01:31 PM

    Do you feel there will ever be a time when the "liberal hard left media" gives President Trump the credit that is rightfully his and admit they were wrong about him? What are those chances?

  • Ron Hooper

    01/02/2018 01:24 PM

    Mr Huckabee, I have been reading your commentaries for quite some time now and enjoy them very much. You are an admirable voice for we conservatives. God is using you in a mighty way to keep us informed and focused in" righting" the ship of America. Keep up the good work!
    God Bless
    Ron

  • Janice Short

    01/02/2018 01:22 PM

    It is SO refreshing to have a President who doesn't give a hoot about being politically correct. Way to go, President Trump. My prayers continue to be with you & your family. And also Vice President Pence & his family.
    Thanks Mr. Huckabee for your newsletter.

  • Myrtis Wilmoth

    01/02/2018 01:16 PM

    Always good to read your common sense articles. It is reassuring to know that some still have that very elusive quality.

  • Judy Jay

    01/02/2018 12:58 PM

    Great to see we finally have a real president!!!

January 2, 2018
|

As 2017 ended, there were a lot of articles assessing President Trump’s accomplishments, and even some of his most staunch critics grudgingly admitted that things were better off than they’d predicted.  Instead of a never-ending stock crash and a worldwide depression, the Dow gained 5,000 points in one year for the first time ever, and the economy is booming.  Unemployment is way down, including black and Hispanic unemployment rates; hiring and business expansion are up; and there are no internment camps for immigrants, only deportations of criminal illegal aliens, which is what laws passed years ago by bipartisan Congresses require.  Overseas, ISIS is still a threat as a shadowy terrorist group, but its dreams of an expansive caliphate have been crushed as they were driven from the territory they grabbed over the past eight years, and the people there celebrated no longer being tortured, beaten, raped and murdered.   And instead of kowtowing to dictators, as we have for years, standing up to them has emboldened reformers in Iran and Saudi Arabia and forced China to step up in trying to rein in North Korea. 

While Congress failed to enact much of Trump’s agenda, they finished the year by passing a tax bill that critics said would never happen.  Polls show it’s unpopular now, but that’s because Democrats, with the amplifier of a compliant media, have endlessly repeated their ridiculous lies about how it’s going to harm the poor and middle class and be a “giveaway to the rich” (because letting people keep some of their own money is a “gift” from the government.)   Early on, even the Washington Post fact-checker admitted that the Democratic leadership’s hyperbolic attacks on the tax bill were false, but that was seldom mentioned again as the press continued repeating them unquestioningly. 

This has liberals dreaming of a blue wave election in 2018, based on generic preference polls taken 10 months before the election and several months before voters will start seeing bigger paychecks and expanded hiring and GDP growth and start to realize how they’ve been hornswaggled (“Wait, you mean 1% growth isn’t ‘the new normal’ and we DON’T have to just get used to that?”)   As for claims that the tax cuts will reverse after 10 years: at any time during that 10 years, Congress can retool the tax laws.  In other words, if you like your tax cut, you can keep your tax cut.  As long as you aren’t foolish enough to give Congress back to the Democrats; they aren’t well-known for keeping promises like that. 


Commentary continues below advertisement


Congressional Republicans didn’t give Trump the Obamacare repeal and replace he asked for (and that they repeatedly promised voters), but the tax bill did repeal the onerous (and sorry, SCOTUS, but also unconstitutional) insurance purchase mandate.  That’s being misrepresented as “nine million Americans losing health care,” which actually means about nine million Americans are expected voluntarily to stop buying overpriced, under-performing insurance policies they don’t want.  How come the people who keep telling us that Americans love Obamacare now are so terrified it will collapse if the government stops forcing people to buy it? 

Finally, one of Trump’s biggest accomplishments, which has gotten almost no coverage: either due to deliberate policy choices or just sending bureaucrats into fits of impotent pique, Trump has managed to cut (or drive out) hundreds of federal workers, and he apparently has no intention of replacing them.  When you hear talk about the tax cuts increasing the deficit, remember that that’s based on the notion that government will inevitably keep growing bigger and spending more.  The idea that it might shrink and spend less is a shocking new concept to those inside the Beltway, but the shrinking is already happening.  Another shocking new concept that the businessman President is dropping on federal bureaucrats, as quoted in this linked WaPo story: accountability (“Many chafed as supervisors laid down new rules they said are aimed at holding poor performers and problem workers to account.”  Oh, the horror!)

 

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Comments 51-62 of 62

  • Annette Rouse

    01/02/2018 02:00 PM

    The Washington Post announced in an article that President Trump told 1,950 falsehoods in 375 days. What's up with that?

  • Lori Hawk

    01/02/2018 02:00 PM

    Thank you Mike for your articles. I am not a fan of Trump, but I do support him. He is a smart business man, and I believe that he can help our country more than any other democrat out there. Your articles really help me with understanding some of the issues that are in the news today. Keep up the great work!

  • Janice Dyer

    01/02/2018 01:54 PM

    Thank you for your assesement. Is closer to truth than most. But remember that many saw thru the media and some canidates on both sides of their assecements. I was so dissappointed in our own RNC placing a value oon a canidate they saw fit and not equality on all. I will not support them because of their bias. Sence the healthcare bill did not come to light does that mean that it will not be addressed again in this term of presidencey?

  • Jarno Ahonen

    01/02/2018 01:50 PM

    Good Reading, Thanks ??
    Very Pleased with your posts and comments on Facebook ??

  • Laura Smith

    01/02/2018 01:49 PM

    I am a middle school Civics teacher in Florida who voted for Trump and has received criticism in the classroom for not bashing him. I hate how his accomplishments rarely make the news, but it helps to show my students the media’s blatant bias.
    You asked how we feel he is doing. I love that he is enforcing our immigration laws, as all presidents should, and I hope he doesn’t back down on keeping Americans safe from those outside the country who wish to harm us.
    I wish he would focus on bringing jobs to the inner cities to help curb the violence. Chicago needs help, desperately. I’d love for him to do something there (which Obama failed to do). Bring jobs that high school graduates can do and give young people in Chicago a reason to join the workforce, rather than the gangs.
    I’d like to see an end to Daylight Savings Time once and for all.
    I’d love for the President to encourage all states to start paying teachers overtime (which we are insanely exempt from for some reason), which our firemen and police officers get.
    Finally, continue running our country like a business and encourage people to get off welfare and start working. Don’t allow people to get benefits without doing some work for it. We give out our hard earned tax money too easily. The Fair Tax would be a brilliant move (and get rid of the IRS altogether unless it’s to collect the Fair Tax) :)
    Thanks for asking. Someday, it’d be great if politicians actually asked those of us in the real world our opinions. We have great ones and we know what’s going on around us.

  • Diane Sibille

    01/02/2018 01:48 PM

    Thank you Governor! Although his bombastic ways are at time, annoying, we are pleased we voted for President Trump and it's turning out how millions of voters hoped it would! Here's to 2018 and more success!

  • Elizabeth Heffernan

    01/02/2018 01:43 PM

    I am glad that there is still time for making a positive influence. There are good things that happened but I am really distressed about the way things are communicated. If there is positive change it seems to be lost in the fight. I do believe the media, in general , enjoys the theater of this presidency, but there is a lack of respect on both sides that the serious issues require to be taken seriously. My take away is that Nicki Haley is a star performer in this group, My prayers are with all sides on this journey. I care very much about what is going on but in the end God is in control and I do my best to follow Jesus, that is how the world will get better.

  • Michael Egbert

    01/02/2018 01:31 PM

    Do you feel there will ever be a time when the "liberal hard left media" gives President Trump the credit that is rightfully his and admit they were wrong about him? What are those chances?

  • Ron Hooper

    01/02/2018 01:24 PM

    Mr Huckabee, I have been reading your commentaries for quite some time now and enjoy them very much. You are an admirable voice for we conservatives. God is using you in a mighty way to keep us informed and focused in" righting" the ship of America. Keep up the good work!
    God Bless
    Ron

  • Janice Short

    01/02/2018 01:22 PM

    It is SO refreshing to have a President who doesn't give a hoot about being politically correct. Way to go, President Trump. My prayers continue to be with you & your family. And also Vice President Pence & his family.
    Thanks Mr. Huckabee for your newsletter.

  • Myrtis Wilmoth

    01/02/2018 01:16 PM

    Always good to read your common sense articles. It is reassuring to know that some still have that very elusive quality.

  • Judy Jay

    01/02/2018 12:58 PM

    Great to see we finally have a real president!!!