The first 100 days of the new administration was a demonstration of breathtaking incompetence. President Trump’s lies, racism, personal attacks, ethical failings and just plain meanness made clear that this president is truly unfit for office. The travel ban targeting Muslims from countries in the Middle East, except where Trump has business interests, was, thankfully, a failure (twice). He, then, personally attacked the judges who ruled against him. Trump’s accusation that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower was a blatant falsehood. Whisking foreign dignitaries to his Florida club gave him free advertising. This is only the beginning of a long list.
The administration got the GOP-controlled Congress to roll back many of Obama’s achievements, thus setting back this nation’s progress, especially in addressing environmental concerns. The president insulted the Australian Prime Minister Turnbull and appeared as a petulant child when he met German Chancellor Merkel. He showed his ignorance when he lamented that reforming health care was harder than he thought and when the Chinese President Xi Jinping had to teach him about currency manipulation.
Other than the Gorsuch nomination, which due to Sen. McConnell’s bald-faced political ploy made his confirmation easy, the administration has not put through any legislation to move its campaign initiatives forward. The administration has made no progress on infrastructure spending, tax reform, and the wall. Its repeal of ACA was failure because the bill was terrible beyond comprehension.
I should be pleased that this administration is staggeringly incompetent. In some way I am. However, as I reflect upon the first 100 days, I’m sad and dismayed.
Imagine for a moment that Clinton won. The first 100 days of a Clinton administration with this GOP-controlled Congress would have been a series of hearings by several committees in both the House and the Senate. The Washington Post reported Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz’s pledge in October, “‘It’s a target-rich environment,’ the Republican said in an interview in Salt Lake City’s suburbs. ‘Even before we get to Day One, we’ve got two years’ worth of material already lined up. She has four years of history at the State Department, and it ain’t good.’”
Though Clinton would not have worked to roll back Obama’s achievements and would not have tried to repeal ACA, its initiatives would be stymied by Congress’ desire to investigate Clinton from day one. Nothing would be done. Nothing would address the deep problems we have a nation. Nothing would respond to the frustration millions of people have over their lack of economic security and their shattered hopes and dreams due to global economic forces and automation.
Sad, isn’t it?
Our government is dysfunctional and I don’t see that change anytime soon.