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    Something useful from The New York Times...

    Tracking Trumpís Agenda, Step by Step





    It really puts a big fat fake news label on crap like this: Trump is crippling his agenda by leaving top jobs unfilled

    The import tax/tariff item has been shelved for now. Infrastructure is next on the list... Although the fast-tracking of existing infrastructure projects (Keystone XL, DAPL, etc.) is a good start.

    The NYT bit generally ignores Trump's biggest accomplishment: Regulatory relief.
    Regulatory Relief: The Untold Story of 2017

    DEC 18, 2017 - 9:00AM
    THOMAS J. DONOHUE
    President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    After coming into office on the heels of a relentless regulatory onslaught from the Obama administration, President Trump and leaders in Congress worked diligently throughout 2017 to rein in the regulatory state. These actions didnít always make big headlines, but their results certainly have. Soaring business confidence, a robust stock rally, and consecutive quarters with growth rates of 3% tell the story of an economy finally feeling relief from overregulation.

    President Trump started quickly upon entering office, promptly halting all pending regulations and signing executive orders to ensure that new rules were issued only if old ones were eliminated. Congress also took bold action early to seize a narrow window of opportunity to invalidate regulations using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

    Under the CRA, Congress reversed 14 midnight regulations issued in the waning days of the Obama administration. One example was the Federal Contracts Blacklisting Rule, a devastating regulation that could have barred businesses from federal contracts for mere allegations of labor violations. Congress more recently used the CRA process to rescind the anti-arbitration rule, which would have effectively banned arbitration clauses in consumer contracts and forced all disputes to be dealt with in court. It would have amounted to an enormous gift to the trial bar.

    The Environmental Protection Agency was another bright spot for rule reversals. It took action to repeal harmful regulations like the sweeping Waters of the U.S. rule, which broadly expanded the definition of federally regulated bodies of water, and the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which sought to regulate large swaths of the economy.

    Harmful labor regulations were also rescinded...


    U.S. Chamber of Commerce



    The Trump Administrationís Historic Year in Deregulation
    DEC 18, 2017 - 12:30PM
    JOE JOHNSON
    Executive Director, Federal Regulatory Process Review and Analysis

    One of President Donald Trumpís first actions after entering the White House was beginning the process of rolling back the regulatory onslaught of his predecessor. As 2017 comes to a close, he should be pleased with the good start.

    [...]

    Each year OIRA reviews ďsignificant regulationsĒ as defined by Executive Order 12,866 totaling on average a few hundred per year. Of those, a substantially smaller number of regulations are economically significant, meaning they carry costs greater than $100 million per year. OIRA catalogs these most costly rules each year in an annual report to Congress, in which it reports the estimated costs and benefits of the rules.

    Since 2009, that has meant about 14 new major regulations each year, with estimated costs totaling about $12 billion annually. In comparison, in fiscal year 2017, there were only three new regulations put on the books while 67 deregulatory actions were completed, and the total annualized cost of new regulations was negative $570.4 million.

    Thus, instead of adding 14 big new rules and adding another $12 billion to the cumulative burden of regulations, this year the federal government, on net, reduced the number of new rules and reduced the cumulative burden of regulations. This is the first time since OIRA began reporting that the number of new rules has been so small and that the annualized change in the regulatory burden has been negative.

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    Not bad for the first year of a President with no political experience, a hostile media and an ongoing coup d'ťtat being conducted by Obama holdovers in the DOJ, FBI and IC.
    Trumpís top 10 accomplishments of 2017
    BY BRANDON CONRADIS - 12/25/17

    President Trumpís first year in office had its stumbles, but it also had a number of successes that had the White House and congressional Republicans crowing at the end of the year.

    While Trump has seen his approval ratings fall, heís also gone a long way toward meeting a number of his campaign promises, including a pledge to reduce taxes.

    The tax-cut bill approved by Congress days before Christmas was sweeping in scope and a major victory for a White House that hopes to build on it in Trumpís second year in office.

    Hereís a look at Trumpís biggest accomplishments of the year.

    1. The tax-cut bill

    [...]

    Itís the biggest tax legislation to be approved by Congress since 1986, and would be significant if thatís all it did.

    The fact that it also eliminated ObamaCareís mandate that individuals buy insurance and opens the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling ó something several GOP administrations had tried but failed to do ó makes it truly historic.

    2. Neil Gorsuchís confirmation to the Supreme Court

    Trumpís biggest early victory came when the Senate, in April, confirmed Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

    [...]

    3. Roll-back of regulations

    Trump signed an executive order cutting regulations for small businesses and moved forward with plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan, one of Obamaís signature acts as president. Trump has also overseen moves to expand oil drilling in the Arctic and Gulf of Mexico and granted a permit to the Keystone XL pipeline previously rejected by Obama.

    [...]

    4. The travel ban

    [...]

    5. Declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel

    [...]

    6. Withdrawal from Paris climate deal

    [...]

    7. Pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    [...]

    8. Roll-back of some of Obamaís Cuba policies

    [...]

    9. Moving to repeal Obamaís net neutrality rules

    In another blow to regulations enacted under Obama, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal its landmark net neutrality rules this month. The move drew ire from Democrats, consumer groups and tech companies, but was seen as a major win for advocates of less government oversight.

    10. Fighting ó and further degrading ó ISIS

    [...]

    The Hill

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  • #2
    Waiting for the day when Trump supporters go apeshit crazy with their celebrations; paying 20% more for all "mexican" products and thinking it's Mexico paying the wall.

    Latest I heard he was gonna cut a deal with letting the immigrants be as long as he gets funding for the wall(which will take at least a decade or two to build).
    Wisdom is personal

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Karri View Post
      Waiting for the day when Trump supporters go apeshit crazy with their celebrations; paying 20% more for all "mexican" products and thinking it's Mexico paying the wall.
      Highly unlikely. Mexico would go broke without US trade.

      Latest I heard he was gonna cut a deal with letting the immigrants be as long as he gets funding for the wall(which will take at least a decade or two to build).
      He is willing to let the DACA plan Obama did remain if the wall gets built and border security is increased. So far, the Democrats won't agree to that combo. Who's the "Party of NO!" in that one?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Karri View Post
        Waiting for the day when Trump supporters go apeshit crazy with their celebrations; paying 20% more for all "mexican" products and thinking it's Mexico paying the wall.
        "Proposal dropped"...




        Originally posted by Karri View Post
        Latest I heard he was gonna cut a deal with letting the immigrants be as long as he gets funding for the wall(which will take at least a decade or two to build).
        It'll take about 10 years...
        Build the Wall (Cont'd)

        By Robert Samuelson
        January 09, 2018

        For years, I have advocated a wall along our Southern border, which would (I believe) discourage illegal immigration without stopping it altogether. But let's face it: Whatever the virtues or vices of a wall, it has largely become a political symbol. President Trump and Republicans love it; Democrats and immigration groups despise it.

        It's time to break the stalemate, as I've urged before, by striking a compromise that would give each side a partial victory. Trump would get his wall; Democrats, in exchange, would stop the nearly 700,000 so-called "dreamers" -- immigrants brought here illegally as children -- from being deported.

        The art of compromise requires each side to get something it wants and accept something it doesn't.

        [...]

        Democrats regard the wall as a colossal waste of money, citing the Trump administration's $18 billion request to build or strengthen 700 miles of barriers over a decade. Actually, the price is cheap if it buys a solution to this stubborn problem.

        Look at the arithmetic. Over 10 years, the $18 billion becomes about $1.8 billion annually. The federal budget now totals about $4 trillion annually. That $1.8 billion is not 1 percent of government spending or even half of 1 percent of the $4 trillion. It's roughly five one-hundredths of 1 percent. In the budget, it's a rounding error.

        [...]

        https://www.realclearpolitics.com/ar...td_135965.html
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        • #5
          Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
          Highly unlikely. Mexico would go broke without US trade.
          And it would have no effect on you? But my point was rather that it's you who are gonna end up eating the difference. Or how do you think it's going to work out?

          Originally posted by The Doctor View Post
          "Proposal dropped"...
          Not from the wall agenda...I don't see how else Mexico is gonna pay for it. No one can truly believe that they will just fork out cash because Trump keeps saying so. In fact, pretty much every press release Trump has released about this has resulted with the Mexican authorities promptly responding with "No, we still aint gonna pay for it".
          Wisdom is personal

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Karri View Post
            And it would have no effect on you? But my point was rather that it's you who are gonna end up eating the difference. Or how do you think it's going to work out?
            Nope. The US could simply withhold aid given to Mexico for a year or two and that'd pay for the wall. Same difference. Trump can't unilaterally rescind NAFTA or enact tariffs so it's highly unlikely to go that direction. He could withhold foreign aid though.

            Not from the wall agenda...I don't see how else Mexico is gonna pay for it.
            Now you do. If we didn't give them say $10 billion in foreign aid it's the same as them paying $10 billion for the wall.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post

              Now you do. If we didn't give them say $10 billion in foreign aid it's the same as them paying $10 billion for the wall.
              And in the end that 10 billion still comes out of your pocket, so I don't quite see it. Also quick googling said the aid is about 300 million a year, most of it for counter-narcotic operations...
              Wisdom is personal

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Karri View Post
                And it would have no effect on you? But my point was rather that it's you who are gonna end up eating the difference. Or how do you think it's going to work out?



                Not from the wall agenda...I don't see how else Mexico is gonna pay for it. No one can truly believe that they will just fork out cash because Trump keeps saying so. In fact, pretty much every press release Trump has released about this has resulted with the Mexican authorities promptly responding with "No, we still aint gonna pay for it".
                Trump threatens Mexico's biggest cash source

                by Patrick Gillespie @CNNMoney
                January 25, 2017:

                Mexico's biggest cash cow is under threat from President Donald Trump

                The country's largest source of cash comes from Mexicans living in the United States. That is now under the microscope after Trump issued an executive order Wednesday to start building a wall on the border.

                During his campaign, Trump said multiple times that Mexico will pay for the wall. He even threatened to halt or tax cash transfers -- known as remittances -- from the U.S. to Mexico if the country refused to pay for it.

                [...]

                Between January and November of 2016, $24.6 billion flowed back to the pockets of Mexicans from friends and relatives living overseas, according to Mexico's central bank.

                That's even higher than what Mexico earns from its oil exports -- $23.2 billion in 2015. And almost all of that cash comes from the U.S.

                The average remittance from Mexico is about $300. Essentially, Mexico's most lucrative natural resource are the people who leave home.

                [...]

                http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/25/news...ump/index.html
                White House weighing a tax on remittances to Mexico to fund border wall

                by Gabby Morrongiello | Aug 31, 2017

                President Trump is mulling a tax on cash transfers between immigrants in the U.S. and their relatives in Mexico as a way to fund his promised border wall without forcing American taxpayers to open their wallets, according to sources familiar with the proposal.

                Trump first floated the idea of taxing or halting person-to-person wire transfers, known as remittances, during his bid for the White House. A two-page memo released by his campaign last April described a plan "to compel Mexico to pay for the wall" by preventing immigrants from wiring money outside of the U.S. unless they can prove their legal status to law enforcement authorities.

                [...]

                In 2016, Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. sent $27 billion to family members and friends in their native country.

                "They will live very, very frugally to save as much money as they can to send it back home," Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., told the Washington Examiner.

                Rogers introduced a bill in March to levy a 2 percent tax on all cash transfers from "anybody who remits to South America." The legislation, which is currently stuck in committees, would net a little more than $1 billion a year and "comport with President Trump's pledge to build a wall and make [Mexico] pay for it."

                [...]
                http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/wh...rticle/2633089

                Setting aside the fact that Mexico is not in South America... If we build it, they will pay.
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                • #9
                  If he hit wire transfers that'd definitely do it. Not just Mexico would be hit either. Lots of other illegals from other countries send money home that way. A straight 2% tax on foreign wire transfers would easily pay for the wall.

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                  • #10
                    Next in line after the DACA/Wall will be an Infrastructure Bill and then expect Republicans and President Trump to run hard on economy, jobs, tax cuts
                    and ISIS being eliminated. Whether that keeps the house and senate in Repubs hands we'll have to wait and see.

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                    • #11
                      We can make our own Tacos, thank you.



                      Originally posted by Karri View Post
                      Waiting for the day when Trump supporters go apeshit crazy with their celebrations; paying 20% more for all "mexican" products and thinking it's Mexico paying the wall.

                      Latest I heard he was gonna cut a deal with letting the immigrants be as long as he gets funding for the wall(which will take at least a decade or two to build).
                      My worst jump story:
                      My 13th jump was on the 13th day of the month, aircraft number 013.
                      As recorded on my DA Form 1307 Individual Jump Log.
                      No lie.

                      ~
                      "Everything looks all right. Have a good jump, eh."
                      -2 Commando Jumpmaster

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 101combatvet View Post
                        We can make our own Tacos, thank you.
                        I can tell you've never tried Mexican tacos.

                        Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
                        If he hit wire transfers that'd definitely do it. Not just Mexico would be hit either. Lots of other illegals from other countries send money home that way. A straight 2% tax on foreign wire transfers would easily pay for the wall.
                        More than likely, but then like you said not just Mexico would be hit; every single company and individual making international payments would have to pay up. Unless you meant something like Western Union, but then that'd still be a mess to even start figuring out...plus it would be very easy to circumvent.
                        Wisdom is personal

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                        • #13
                          I've dated a few Mexican chicks, there's better out there.

                          Originally posted by Karri View Post
                          I can tell you've never tried Mexican tacos.



                          More than likely, but then like you said not just Mexico would be hit; every single company and individual making international payments would have to pay up. Unless you meant something like Western Union, but then that'd still be a mess to even start figuring out...plus it would be very easy to circumvent.
                          My worst jump story:
                          My 13th jump was on the 13th day of the month, aircraft number 013.
                          As recorded on my DA Form 1307 Individual Jump Log.
                          No lie.

                          ~
                          "Everything looks all right. Have a good jump, eh."
                          -2 Commando Jumpmaster

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
                            Nope. The US could simply withhold aid given to Mexico for a year or two and that'd pay for the wall. Same difference. Trump can't unilaterally rescind NAFTA or enact tariffs so it's highly unlikely to go that direction. He could withhold foreign aid though.



                            Now you do. If we didn't give them say $10 billion in foreign aid it's the same as them paying $10 billion for the wall.
                            And the price tag for the Wall is considerably less that paying for all of the benefits for the illegals that are swamping us. So the Wall is the way to go, any way you figure it.

                            Doc isn't even considering the staggering medical, court, prison and legal costs of the booming Mexican-run drug trade in America, nor all of the deaths from the recent boost in Fentanyl from Mexico as well.

                            Can't afford a wall? Can't afford not to.
                            Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                            • #15
                              Speaking of prison costs. Nearly a third of the US federal prison population is illegals. That would make a huge dent in the cost of that population if they were all suddenly deported and the population fell by a third.

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