meeting was an open discussion of the results and accomplishments of the
first hundred days of the administration of President Donald Trump.
Wayne Luney led and moderated the discussion.
The idea of the “First Hundred Days” is based on the breakneck series of
attempted reforms that were implemented in the same period at the
beginning of the Franklin Roosevelt administration. During his campaign,
Donald Trump had made a promise of a similar frenzy of activity.
However, there was much less accomplished than many expected and Trump
himself has since admitted that the 100-day standard was ridiculous.
Administrations are judged by history for all of their actions and the
consequences of those actions, not just those that took place during the
first hundred days.
Trump did obtain the approval of the Senate of his very conservative
Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. He filled out top positions for his
cabinet and staff and those that needed confirmation by the Senate were
approved. The vote was very close on the more problematic cabinet
nominees, especially the Attorney General, the Secretary of Education
and the EPA director. He has been much slower than previous presidents
in appointing the people needed for sub-cabinet positions.
He started out by issuing executive orders. He re-imposed the gag rule
that bars American support of any health care organization overseas that
even mentions abortion. This has been done by every Republican
administration since Reagan. He has tried to bar citizens from several
Muslim majority nations from entering the United States. This has been
held up in the courts. He has been very active in repealing regulations
he doesn’t like, especially those made for protecting the environment.
Trump has tried and so far failed to repeal and replace the Affordable
Care Act. He may succeed later with a different bill. If one is passed,
millions will lose their health insurance. The Secretary of the Treasury
has proposed a tax reform plan that will mean lower taxes, especially on
the rich. Income inequality will increase. The proposed wall along the
Mexican border has so far not received any appropriations.
Several attendees provided feedback.
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