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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 05:51 PM

What Trump has actually done in his first 3 years

What Trump has actually done in his first 3 years
A big tax cut, unprecedented environmental degradation, Wall Street unleashed, and a whole lot of judges.
By Matthew Yglesias@mattyglesiasmatt@vox.com Dec 2, 2019, 9:00am EST

The scandals, the leaks, the outrages, and the bizarre tweets of the last three years can distract from an important fact about President Donald Trump: He has changed policy in ways that affect the lives of millions of Americans.

Some of the Trump agenda is standard for a Republican president. White-collar criminal prosecutions have hit a 33-year low. The Justice Department defends state laws that could kick thousands off the voting rolls. The National Labor Relations Board is now more sympathetic to employers than unions. And military spending is on track to reach the same levels as during the height of the Iraq War.

But heís gone further. While the media, understandably, focuses on Trumpís many scandals, his administration has quietly enacted a far more aggressive agenda than his Republican predecessors. Big boosts to fossil fuel production have come at the expense of an unprecedented deterioration in air quality. Tens of thousands of people have lost health insurance by administrative fiat, and millions are in the process of losing their nutritional assistance through the same mechanism. Heís remade the judiciary, installing conservative judges at twice Obamaís pace, and heís consolidated a conservative majority on the Supreme Court that may endure for decades.

Tax changes were Trumpís biggest legislative accomplishment, creating a huge windfall for wealthy shareholders and small gains for the middle class ó with revenue losses much larger than initially forecast. Heís also undertaken significant but little-noticed alternations in supervision of Wall Street that increase the riskiness of the banking system, plus drastic changes to immigration policy that go far beyond wall construction.

The immigration changes align with Trumpís main campaign themes, even if they donít line up in detail with what he promised. But much of this amounts to delivering for big business and the wealthy in a much more dramatic way than his ďpopulistĒ positioning would indicate. Promises to voters to protect clean air, provide better health care, crack down on banks, and tax the rich have fallen entirely by the wayside.

As 2020 approaches, Trumpís achievements are a reminder that Trump and his team are doing real things that have real impacts on real lives. His successes explain why the conservative movement is solidly behind him, despite its considerable doubts from four years ago. Regardless of what Trump tweets or says or does during the election, itís worth remembering thereís more to him than the Trump Show.



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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 07:11 PM

1. K&R

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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:44 PM

2. we can't fix this shit with timid candidates

We can't get voters out to vote unless we field candidates who are fired up to get things done.

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