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So everyone is stunned that Trump won the election today.  I am sure we will dig into it tonight when we record Waiting for the Train but I wanted to take a few minutes to do what I would have expected conservatives to do if Hillary had won.  I am going to give Trump a chance.  Here’s how:  I am making a work sheet.  There are a MILLION things that Presidents can’t control.  Presidents can’t make jobs.  Presidents can’t decide how much gas costs.

But Presidents do say a lot of stuff that get people to vote for them.  Obama promised hope and change.  W. said he was a compassionate conservative who did not believe in nation building.  Obama ended up being the President who presided over the Democrats losing the House, the Senate, the Presidency and the Supreme Court.  W. got us into two wars that we are still not done with and we have spent trillions trying to build those nations.

So all in all we put too much faith in what Presidents say and forget that Congress is, according to the Constitution, in charge.  They make the laws.  They declare war.  We are not supposed to have a king.  But Trump DID say a bunch of things that got people to vote for him and they are things the President can do.  So let’s just make sure we have them marked down so when it is time for another election we can remember if it worked.  Everything is checked off NO right now just because things didn’t really start yet.

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Item YES NO
Is America Great Again?   X
Is there a wall between America and Mexico?   X
If there is a wall, did Mexico pay for it?   X
Did the secret plan to defeat Isis in 100 days work?   X
Did the forgotten people’s lives improve?   X
Have dangerous people been kept out of the country?   X
Did we deport the illegals?   X
Did the manufacturing jobs come back?   X
Is Obamacare repealed?   X
Are NAFTA and TPP dead?   X
    X

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I think that is a pretty good start.  Some, like the Obamacare one, will need Congress.  But others he can totally do himself.  So I guess every once in a while I will have to fill it out and see how we are doing.

And a couple more things before I sign off.

  1. Trump WON.  Hillary didn’t lose.  If the Senate had gone to the Democrats you could make a case that it was Hillary.  But the only two Senators on the Republican side who denounced Trump both lost.
  2. Bernie Sanders would not have won.
  3. Joe Biden would have.
  4. Gary Johnson DID hurt Hillary.
  5. We have no idea what Trump will do.  There is a 50/50 chance that he will do the OPPOSITE of all the things above.  Everyone has been wrong so far.  There is no reason to believe anyone will be right now.

 

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