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Pro-con: President Trump’s accomplishments

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Commander in change makes us great again

By Madison Steinkamp, Asst. Section Editor

The United States of America is a business, as corporate and cold as that may seem to refer to our country and home as, it is true. And in November 2016, when Donald Trump was elected president, it proved that the majority of Americans think so too. Unlike his competitor Hillary Clinton, Trump had no experience in the world of politics; he was never a governor nor a senator nor a mayor, but he did have the experience that matters: business experience.

Worth $3.5 billion according to Forbes, Trump knows how to run a company and profit from it, and that is just what he is doing for the United States. Although the world expected more change at a much faster pace, he was left with the ruins of America after President Barack Obama contributed $7.9 trillion to the national debt.

Housing prices are rising since Trump took office, according to CNN. As of June 2017, the average price for a home was a record $263,800, 5.8 percent higher than a year ago.

And although the trade deficit with China has risen, Trump has increased exports to Canada and Mexico.

Speaking of foreign countries, Trump ended Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but has given Congress six months to rewrite it until the undocumented “Dreamers” official lose their status.

Many people have slammed Trump for this decision, something that definitely shouldn’t be happening.

While many Americans are friends with and love Dreamers, we need to remember that they are illegal, undocumented immigrants, and we are Americans. While it may seem harsh to put ourselves first, in this unforgiving world, Americans must come first.

We need to fix our economy, our nation, our home before we are capable of housing others. And once we fix ourselves first, the next people we should let in are not undocumented illegal immigrants, but the immigrants who have applied for citizenship and are waiting in a line, not just hopping a border, a border that will be safer and better soon.

In order to prevent more illegal immigrants from coming in and destroying our economy and taking our jobs once again, Trump plans to create a wall at least 18 feet tall, with an unbreachable six feet below ground.

And while some Americans are completely against this wall, and others believe it will never actually happen, it will.

Two prototypes will soon begin construction in San Diego: one is a completely concrete wall, while the other is more mesh-like see and through.

And Trump’s plans to help America first are working as well. Since taking office, the unemployment rate is at an all time low from the past 16 years, 4.5 percent, according to CNBC. Over 1 million jobs have been created, and in the past 12 months, CNN reports, the average hourly wage has increased 2.5 percent.

So no, Trump hasn’t been systematically destroying our country since January — he has been running our country, boosting our economy, protecting Americans and changing our nation, some things that haven’t been done since before Obama went into office.

Liar in Chief fails to make any deals

By Sam Rosser, Asst. Section Editor

What has Donald Trump actually done? The short answer is this: a lot.

He’s announced that the United States would be pulling out of the Paris Climate Accords — a deal the United States was integral in making. He’s rolled back environmental regulations that President Obama set. He’s failed to corral Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program. He’s escalated tensions with North Korea.

His crowning non-achievement? He’s failed, not once, not twice, but three times at one of his prime campaign promises: to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

He is supposed to be the best deal-maker in the country, and yet, he has failed to make a single legislative accomplishment.

Keep in mind, both the House and the Senate are controlled by Republicans. He can’t even make a deal with members of his own party. The supposed best deal-maker in America can’t make a single deal.

This failure could be for a host of reasons. Foremost of which, he has no political clout.

A majority of Americans have disapproved of his presidency since mid-February. And a majority of Americans have never approved of the work he’s doing. It’s hard to make a deal when nobody likes you.

And, to boot, he’s a pathological liar. According to PolitiFact, about 70 percent of what he states is either “mostly false,” “false” or “pants on fire.” Most recently, he lied about his new tax plan he’s rolling out. He claimed, falsely, that millions of small business owners and farmers would benefit from this.

Frankly, they won’t. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center found that, in 2017, only about 80 farms or closely-held small businesses would pay any estate tax.

He also claimed that he would reap no benefit from this new tax policy. Again, he blatantly spewed a lie with no regard for the truth. The New York Times found that he would save an estimated $1.1 billion if his plan became law.

Donald Trump has made hollow promises time and time again. When will the 38 percent of Americans who support him realize that he is a pathological liar that can’t follow through on his promises?

Posted Oct. 20

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