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2017: The Year Trump Made America Great Again

2017: The Year Trump Made America Great Again
President Donald Trump hands a signed "Make America Great Again," to a supporter, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Reno, Nevada. (Alex Brandon/AP)

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 06:18 PM Current | Bio | Archive

If you were to ask me in 2016 what 2017 would be like, I’m not certain that I could have provided a clear, concise answer. 2017 was the year that the elite and pundit class got it oh so wrong. It all started with the candidate and ultimate election of President Donald Trump.

This means voters overwhelmingly rejected Hillary Clinton in the places that it mattered most. In an upset that surprised the political class, Mrs. Clinton lost in places that were previously solidly Democratic.

Since his election, President Trump has become the constant target of the mainstream media and liberal elites. From celebrities attacking his family, including his youngest son Baron, to Kathy Griffin holding a decapitated head of our commander in chief. Our nation has never seen the vitriol at this level with any president prior to Mr. Trump. But despite it all, Trump has continued to move forward with his agenda to, "Make America Great Again."

Immigration

However, things were rocky for the new president. Starting off with Executive Order 13769 commonly known as the "Muslim ban"  or "travel ban" which experienced multiple setbacks by various courts. Despite the continued setbacks, our president persisted. This determination would ultimately pay off, as the Supreme Court would later vindicate our nation's chief executive by agreeing that he has the legal right to impose these restrictions

Mr. Trump continued to signal that national security and border security were a priority for his administration by ending the Obama-era "catch and release" of illegal immigrants, a policy resulting in violent illegal immigrants being released back onto American streets.

We also witnessed an increase in resources to tackle gang violence by illegals. This action resulted in 36 percent more criminal gang members being arrested than in fiscal 2016. It has been a drastic change from the previous eight years, during which illegal immigration was rampant.

Jobs and the Economy

​The economy is growing at its fastest pace in more than two years, and with the recent $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, many suspect things will only get better going into 2018. Think about it, when taxes go down for American corporations, the American economy reaps those benefits directly. The net result will be a positive one because having the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world has hurt the economy, slowing job growth.

The concept is simple. When tax rates decrease for the American people, our citizens reap direct benefits. This year, Republicans have finally delivered on a two decades old promise of reforming our outdated tax system to a system that restores consumer confidence and fosters a pro-growth economy. Unemployment rates remain at a 17-year low, which helps all Americans, particularly often forgotten poor whites and minorities.

​With the increased growth, the administration has also focused on other areas slowing growth, such as job-stifling regulations. As a growing small business owner, we can tell you first hand that small businesses are over-regulated. With small business representing 49.2 percent of private sector jobs according to the Small Business Administration (SBA), government should deregulate industry to allow small business to keep more money to expand or hire new employees. President Trump signed an executive order which would remove two regulations for every one that’s created, effectively ending the mountain of duplicity that’s often found reeking from the government. Thus far, $8.1 billion has been saved as a result.

Trade

American goods are now worth more today than they were one year ago. With the opening of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we’re able to make better deals benefitting American companies and workers.

We’re also seeing major corporations come back to the U.S., like Foxconn, Broadcom Limited, Toyota, Mazda, and others. If you’re a farmer, you’re going to get a better deal for your corn and wheat when it’s traded to places like China or Japan.

If you’re in the manufacturing sector, you’re going to see our goods have more of a priority, allowing business to make more money; those funds can be used to increase wages for employees and hire new workers. There’s an undeniable chain effect; such changes will impact where the results are positive for goods made in America. Our enhanced trade practices should become the norm for American workers that will have tremendous benefit The economy, overall, will benefit as well.

Conclusion

Despite the negative feedback of his detractors, President Trump has delivered on many of his promises; the net results have been overwhelmingly positive for Americans. He has passionately promoted and staunchly defended his agenda, and despite the overwhelmingly negative pushback by Democrats in Congress, the mainstream media and the liberal elite, he has remained steadfast, honest, and true.

The size of government is shrinking, companies are keeping more of their profits — which benefits their employees. We are seeing our competitive edge return after years of the belief that because of our prosperity we are obliged to allow others to take advantage of it — and us. Those days have finally coming to a screeching halt. We we all will benefit from it.

Of course, there is more work to be done. Is the president imperfect? Absolutely. Could he improve in several areas? Yes. However, we all continue grow and mature from our experiences. So as our nation improves, we should pray that our leaders do the same. This is only the beginning of the American turnaround, a recipe that puts America first and places us on that shining city on that hill again.

Armstrong Williams is the author of "Reawakening Virtues." He is a political commentator who writes a conservative newspaper column, hosts a nationally syndicated TV program called "The Right Side," and hosts a daily radio show on Sirius/XM Power 128 (6-7 p.m. and 5-6 a.m.) Monday through Friday. He also is owner of Howard Stirk Holdings Broadcast TV stations. Read more reports from Armstrong Williams — Click Here Now.

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There is more work to be done. We all continue grow and mature from our experiences. As our nation improves, we should pray that our leaders do the same. This is only the beginning of the American turn around.
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