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Objectively Good Things Trump Has Done as President

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posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:29 AM
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As someone on the left, I can confirm that there is a major problem with liberals and democrats admitting Trump has done anything good. Everything he touches is simply regarded as garbage. Period.. Just yesterday, when the summit between Trump and Kim Jong-Un ended early, many on the left were jumping to conclusions to highlight Trump's incompetence without so much as a hint of context. Hours later, he drew bipartisan support.

Personally, I am glad he walked. Negotiations are still on the table. US and NK relations are probably the best they have ever been.

Anyways, thinking about this, I decided that I wanted to take the time to give the president a break and list some of the best things he has done while in office. This doesn't mean I like him... or even that I support him otherwise, but only that he deserves to be treated fairly.

"A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward." -- Stannis Baratheon

  1. 1. Trump's FDA has approved a record number of new generic drugs.

    FY 2018: More Generic Drug Approvals Than Ever Before

    FY 2018 saw a total of 971 approvals, 781 final approvals and 190 tentative approvals, a number just higher than the 937 total in FY 2017.

    This is great news for many Americans that are struggling to pay for their medication. Breaking up the pharma monopolies is something Trump championed on the campaign trail, so this is great progress so far. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has made it clear that we can expect more and cheaper drugs as a priority.

  2. 2. Trump signed Right-To-Try.

    Federal Right To Try

    Federal legislation to allow terminally ill patients to try phase 1 experimental therapies, not yet fully approved by the FDA.

    While it's a complicated issue and some have raised ethical concerns, I believe it's a no-brainer to allow dying patients to try whatever they can without being bogged down by bureaucratic red tape.

  3. 3. Criminal Justice reform.

    The First Step Act, explained

    With almost total bipartisan support, the First Step Act was passed and signed in late 2018. The bill takes steps to reduce penalties for drug offenses while allowing inmates to earn more “good time credits” for early release. Only affects those at the federal level and doesn't address sentencing reform, but it is exactly what it says it is; a good first step.

  4. 4. Trump's job's numbers.

    While the economy is more complicated than just jobs (and a lot more work STILL needs to be done), we can't deny that the numbers themselves are good.

    The economy added 3.2 million jobs, unemployment fell to the lowest level in 18 years, and the number of job openings grew larger than the number of job-seekers for the first time on record.

  5. 5. Obamacare indivudal-mandate GONE.

    Even as a leftist, I never supported the individual mandate. Why punish those Americans that made too much to get medicare, but too little to afford health insurance? Why should any family be forced to choose between rent or groceries and government mandated subpar #ty health insurance? Or else face the wrath of the IRS with a tax penalty? For many young people like myself, it was no choice at all... the tax hit was cheaper. This one hit close to home and is one thing I am grateful for.

    “We eliminated an especially cruel tax that fell mostly on Americans making less than $50,000 a year – forcing them to pay tremendous penalties simply because they could not afford government-ordered health plans,” Trump said during his speech. “We repealed the core of disastrous ObamaCare—the individual mandate is now gone.”

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Maybe there are even more! But these at least, are the things that I can point to that Trump did right, so far. I disagree with almost everything else he has done, but that doesn't change what he's done right.

What about you? If you're on the left, I encourage you to be open-minded and accept the positive things the Trump admin has done and will do, because there are always going to be real issues that shouldn't be conflated with everything else.

If you're on the right, I challenge you to find something that the left has done right in the last couple years, because the same mentality applies in reverse. Or if you're somewhere in the middle. Or nowhere. I dare you to play devil's advocate and try and find common ground.




edit on 3-3-2019 by VoiceOfTheEmperor because: Words.




posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:31 AM
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The Republican Congress did not eliminate the ACA while they were in complete control. That's a good thing.
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posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:33 AM
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I personally got back several hundred dollars more than the previous years on my Fed taxes
I like it.



posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:34 AM
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originally posted by: Phage
The Republican Congress did not eliminate the ACA while they in complete control. That's a good thing.

PelosiCare almost killed me once upon a time..
Are you sure it is a good thing ?



posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:35 AM
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a reply to: Gothmog

Yes. Quite sure.



posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:37 AM
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a reply to: VoiceOfTheEmperor

Our Left Wing Colleague at Real Clear Politics lists what he feels are 10 "real accomplishments" by President Donald Trump in 2018.

Here's the list: www.realclearpolitics.com...

Good thread topic, VoiceOfTheEmperor. Your brave honesty is rare, and appreciated!




posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:39 AM
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originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: Gothmog

Yes. Quite sure.

Wait until they try with you...
Then , get back to me if you are able



posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:41 AM
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a reply to: Gothmog
Try what?
Actually, Hawaii has had sort of a mini ACA since the 70s. The federal deal didn't change things a whole hell of a lot. It works pretty well.


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posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:42 AM
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Hey, you know, my views are considered " right-wing" on this site. But I can say I've roughly agreed with maybe 60% of what this POTUS has done.

I think it takes major cajones to say what you just did, as a leftist. That component of reason has all but left our society. So it's refreshing to see it here.

We all need to just get back to common sense. We need to start talking again. Threads like this give me hope. So, while we may not agree idealogically, I give you kudos. Thank you for your honesty and reason!



posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:43 AM
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www.nbcnews.com...

Another good thing. Fighting discrimination against homosexuality worldwide.
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posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:46 AM
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a reply to: Breakthestreak
Yeah. Except Trump didn't know about it.
www.msnbc.com...

Oops. Sorry to be a downer.



posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:47 AM
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originally posted by: Phage
The Republican Congress did not eliminate the ACA while they in complete control. That's a good thing.


Why is that? The subsidy provided to insurance companies to participate in the exchanges was running out on its own. Many companies including two of the largest pulled out of the exchanges entirely when their free money dried up and choices for coverage are down. The penalty for not maintaining coverage was removed. Enrollment in 2018 was down 4%. They are letting it fail at the will of the people.



posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:48 AM
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originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: Breakthestreak
Yeah. Except Trump didn't know about it.
www.msnbc.com...

Oops. Sorry to be a downer.



Didn’t know that.

You ruined my contribution Phage.



posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:48 AM
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a reply to: drewlander

The people don't want it to fail and it isn't.



posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:49 AM
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a reply to: VoiceOfTheEmperor

Your last paragraph was inspiring. Good work.



posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:55 AM
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originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: Gothmog
Try what?
Actually, Hawaii has had sort of a mini ACA since the 70s. The federal deal didn't change things a whole hell of a lot. It works pretty well.


So , perhaps I should tell the story then. It has been a while since my thread.
I went into early retirement
COBRA was running out , at about the same time I required a specialized surgery for my issue
I decided to give ObamaCare a try
I had to sign up just to shop around
Not a single carrier there would let me keep the only specialist in the South East US who performs the procedure.
(So much for "If you like your doctor , you can keep him " , huh ?)
Not a single carrier would cover even the same hospital I had been going to for years
And the deductibles and prices were beyond range

So , I turned back to UHC
Specialist - check
Hospital - check
Same rates and deductible I had before I retired

Now comes the problem
When I went to take out the policy , I was told I already had insurance.
I asked , "who with ?"
Obamacare
I let them know , in no form , had I signed up for a policy.
I had just shopped.
They escalated my issue to a nice lady , who knew the issue
Seems as if you sign up in any form (even just to browse) you are declared to have Obamacare

Took right up to the last few days before my surgery for UHC to get that sh__ mess straightened for me.

So , Pelosi and Obama nearly killed me



posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 01:57 AM
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a reply to: VoiceOfTheEmperor
The best thing that Trump has achieved by becoming president (though by default) is stopping Hilary Clinton becoming president!



posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 02:00 AM
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originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: drewlander

The people don't want it to fail and it isn't.


ObamaCare is great for some. Horrible for others. Since less than 10 million people out of 325 million actually buy into the program, most of America has no interaction with ObamaCare. The 315 million voice opinions, but have no O-Care experience.



posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 02:02 AM
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originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: drewlander

The people don't want it to fail and it isn't.


If enrollment continues to slump at 4% per year, it will fail. Right now the way I see it is that baby boomers are turning 65. The age which you can enroll in Medicare is 65. It would be willfully ignorant to assume these boomers retiring at an average rate of 10000 per day will continue to shop commercial insurance on the exchange. Lets revisit this topic after 2020.



posted on Mar, 3 2019 @ 02:10 AM
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a reply to: drewlander

While I agree with you for the most part on "Obama care", I'd just like to point out that "boomers" have been over 65 for like a decade now.

Trump, Pelosi, Bernie, Clinton etc are ALL "boomers". Well over 65 now.



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