Editorial Opinion
January 27, 2017

Trump’s pace contrasts with leisurely D.C. and slow-walking Dems

by Bob Hoig, Publisher
Midlands Business Journal

Quickness off the mark by President Donald Trump took leisurely Washington by surprise.

It made slow-walking by Democrats on Trump proposals and their sad-sack leader Chuck Schumer, still apparently in grief over the election set backs, look pathetic.

Schumer and his troops have attached themselves to “mainstream.” The concept seems to apply to everything from Trump’s approaching Supreme Court nominee to budget cuts. Apparently it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

Trump’s businesslike zip, minus golf, in going right at full-filling campaign promises produced some amazement.

Included was his quickly laying the groundwork to repeal Obamacare, Obama’s amateurish rejiggering of one-sixth of the country’s at the time functioning health care system.

Obama had seven cabinet members approved in committees by his first day. Because of obstructions by Schumer & Co. only two were in place for President Trump.

Intelligently, from the national security view and to avoid anything being pinned on Democrats, Schumer eased up on nominees for the defense secretary and head of homeland security should the nation be attacked.

While supposedly beastly Republicans did little to slow what looked to this writer like Obama’s shockingly poor cabinet choices, such as attorney general nominee Eric Holder, Schumer has kept the pace for Trump choices at glacial.

At midweek, Trump had signed a fistful of documents to begin putting the wayward Obama economy on track.

As promised, he froze the federal workforce and junked the unpopular Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The latter had picked up a lot of negative baggage, from politicians on both sides of the aisle and business and labor groups. Trump met separately with labor brass and representatives of the Big Three automakers, winning accolades from labor and scattered kind words from the manufacturers.

Trump’s commitment to “jobs, jobs, jobs” was matched by his work tackling immigration with a wall and disciplining sanctuary cities by using all legal methods to choke off their supply of federal funds.

Trump amplified his message of a “new sheriff in town” by reversing the hallowed rule of reporters first in line to ask questions at news conferences.

Usually the first spot is reserved for the New York Times. This Wednesday, however, the order went to the New York Post, the Christian Broadcasting Network, and Univision.

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