Trump Year 1: Yes he’s a conservative

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Trump Year 1: Yes he's a conservative

By John Ruberry

Now that we have entered the first full day of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s sec­ond year in office it’s a good time to ask this question.

Is Trump a conservative?

Yes,” is my firm answer.

Fas­ci­nat­ingly, Trump doesn’t talk about con­ser­vatism much, nor did he as a can­di­date. Con­trast the pres­i­dent with the dozens of Repub­li­cans elected to Con­gress since the Tea Party wave of 2010 who talked a tough game on issues such as Oba­maCare, ille­gal immi­gra­tion, and shrink­ing the gov­ern­ment. But once in power, many of these GOP­ers backed away from strong con­ser­v­a­tive stances on those issues.

But here we have a pres­i­dent in Trump who didn’t cam­paign as a con­ser­v­a­tive but who is gov­ern­ing as one.

Trump’s first major move in office was to nom­i­nate Neil Gor­such to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. So far Gor­such has been a solid con­ser­v­a­tive voice on the nation’s high­est court. While there have been some qual­i­fi­ca­tion issues on a few dis­trict court nom­i­nees, the pres­i­dent has nom­i­nated a solid group of con­ser­v­a­tive jurists on the dis­trict and appel­late lev­els. As for the lat­ter, Trump set a record for the most appel­late nom­i­nees con­firmed in a first year of office.

Our mil­i­tary, with the aid of allies, has had great suc­cess against the Islamic State, to the point where we can say that it’s likely that ISIS has been defeated. A strong national defense is the back­bone of any con­ser­v­a­tive playbook.

After six months in office Barack Obama added 60,000 employ­ees to the fed­eral pay­roll. Under Trump the size of the fed­eral work­force is shrink­ing.

Amaz­ingly, Trump is exceed­ing even Ronald Reagan’s pace in slash­ing regulations.

And last month the Repub­li­can tax cut bill was signed into law – which has already fat­tened the wal­lets of Amer­i­cans. Included in that bill was the elim­i­na­tion of the unpop­u­lar Oba­maCare indi­vid­ual man­date, which may lead to the unrav­el­ing of the sig­na­ture law of Trump’s predecessor.

The cut in reg­u­la­tions and taxes have spurred an unprece­dented rally in the stock mar­ket since Trump’s election.

Yes­ter­day, although by video hook-​up, Trump became the first pres­i­dent to address the annual March for Life rally.

On his radio show last year Mark Levin called Trump “the most con­ser­v­a­tive pres­i­dent since Reagan.”

As he is on so many things, Levin is correct.

Amer­ica has a con­ser­v­a­tive pres­i­dent again — one who didn’t cam­paign as one.

It’s an incon­sis­tency I can live with happily.

Today there is a gov­ern­ment shut­down – why? Because Trump is stand­ing up for con­ser­v­a­tive policies.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

Update: Insta­lance, wel­come all, take a peek round find out why Trump & the GOP will do fine in novem­ber as evi­denced by a sin­gle chart here


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By John Ruberry

Now that we have entered the first full day of President Donald Trump’s second year in office it’s a good time to ask this question.

Is Trump a conservative?

“Yes,” is my firm answer.

Fascinatingly, Trump doesn’t talk about conservatism much, nor did he as a candidate. Contrast the president with the dozens of Republicans elected to Congress since the Tea Party wave of 2010 who talked a tough game on issues such as ObamaCare, illegal immigration, and shrinking the government. But once in power, many of these GOPers backed away from strong conservative stances on those issues.

But here we have a president in Trump who didn’t campaign as a conservative but who is governing as one.

Trump’s first major move in office was to nominate Neil Gorsuch to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. So far Gorsuch has been a solid conservative voice on the nation’s highest court. While there have been some qualification issues on a few district court nominees, the president has nominated a solid group of conservative jurists on the district and appellate levels. As for the latter, Trump set a record for the most appellate nominees confirmed in a first year of office.

Our military, with the aid of allies, has had great success against the Islamic State, to the point where we can say that it’s likely that ISIS has been defeated. A strong national defense is the backbone of any conservative playbook.

After six months in office Barack Obama added 60,000 employees to the federal payroll. Under Trump the size of the federal workforce is shrinking.

Amazingly, Trump is exceeding even Ronald Reagan’s pace in slashing regulations.

And last month the Republican tax cut bill was signed into law–which has already fattened the wallets of Americans. Included in that bill was the elimination of the unpopular ObamaCare individual mandate, which may lead to the unraveling of the signature law of Trump’s predecessor.

The cut in regulations and taxes have spurred an unprecedented rally in the stock market since Trump’s election.

Yesterday, although by video hook-up, Trump became the first president to address the annual March for Life rally.

On his radio show last year Mark Levin called Trump “the most conservative president since Reagan.”

As he is on so many things, Levin is correct.

America has a conservative president again—one who didn’t campaign as one.

It’s an inconsistency I can live with happily.

Today there is a government shutdown–why? Because Trump is standing up for conservative policies.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Update: Instalance, welcome all, take a peek round find out why Trump & the GOP will do fine in november as evidenced by a single chart here


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Finally might I suggest my book  Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excellent Gift.