After one year of the Trump presidency we are hopeful and optimistic.
Obama’s JV team, ISIS, has been nearly wiped out. Neil Gorsuch sits on the Supreme Court. The Keystone pipeline is, at last, open. The individual mandate is gone. Which spells the beginning off the end for Obamacare. More and more federal lands are being privatized. Trump is rolling back government regulations at a steady clip. The economy is humming along, and the GDP promises to continue rising. Unemployment is at a record low. The DJIA and the NASDAQ are at record highs.
Here’s a simple truth: the more capital in the private sector, the better for all American citizens, which then translates into growth for the world economy.
Trump is doing what he can with an impossible situation in North Korea. As for Iran, we are learning more about Obama’s duplicity regarding the Iranian deal, best summed up in one infamous word: appeasement.
Meanwhile, Israel and America have reached a secret security agreement regarding nuclear Iran. It’s about time.
America’s relations with Israel have never been better. Fulfilling a campaign pledge Trump surprised everyone by recognizing Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, as Israel’s capital. And by slashing funds to the Jew-hating UN and withdrawing from the disgusting body of lies known as UNESCO, Trump signals a much needed realism in Mideast policy. The so-called Palestinians are having one of their tedious temper tantrums, but no one really cares, especially their Arab cousins.
The Republican tax overhaul puts the American citizen in charge of his own money rather than a bunch of unaccountable government bureaucrats. Come February a majority of Americans will have more money in their pocket where it belongs.
The Democrats have made themselves irrelevant. Which is probably the best that can be said for a party that marinates in the poison of identity politics and victimhood.
Of course, the Mediacrats obsess about Trump’s Tweets — but he outflanks them with solid common sense policies.
Of the movies released in 2017 I strongly recommend Lady Bird, written and directed by Greta Herwig, and starring that splendid Irish actress Saoirse Ronan. Laurie Metcalf as Lady Bird’s harried mother, should garner an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
This is a lovely coming-of-age movie that transcends the genre with generous truths about mothers and daughters and the ties that fray and then miraculously bind. It’s also a huge relief to screen a film that views religion—in this case the Catholic Church, Nuns and Priests—with affection and respect.