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Trump Erasing Obama's Policy Legacy

Trump Erasing Obama's Policy Legacy
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press on his way to board Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House on May 25, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

By Friday, 25 May 2018 02:23 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The so-called "Obama legacy" is disappearing before our eyes day by day. The reality is just how easy it has been for the Republicans.

The first item on the long list of reversals was the Keystone Pipeline. Long considered an environmental priority to block by the Obama administration, Trump easily reversed that decision early in his presidency.

It goes without saying that since day one of Trump’s first four-year term, his appointment of federal judgeships is erasing liberal fingerprints on the judicial system one judge at a time. Trump’s next task is to "de-liberalize" the notorious Ninth Circuit Court based in San Francisco.

Who can forget Trump’s handling of Obama’s Paris Accords on global warming? He pulled the United States out of that agreement that Congress never approved. But that was Obama’s real legacy, he had a way of bypassing Congress as much as possible.

The Iran nuclear deal was very similar to the Paris climate agreement. It was accomplished without a Senate-approved treaty and wasn’t worth the paper it was written on if the new president wished to nix it. Trump did so with energized glee.

President Barack Obama was proficient at putting together non-binding agreements to avoid the scrutiny of the existing laws. When his immigration proposals bogged down in Congress, he circumvented the Constitution and created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Obama called it a “temporary stopgap measure.” What that really meant was stalling until Democrats could make it happen through the courts or electoral victories. He was quick to declare Congress could not get the job done.

The ironic part was Congress did do its job. It checked Obama at every turn forcing his hand. The measures that he took are now being dismantled one piece at a time. That is being done by a pragmatic president who is adamantly opposed to the shaky policies of the previous Oval Office resident.

Trump’s actions are why the American people voted for him. The Obama legacy is unravelling quickly. Supporters of the president are being rewarded with the reality that American governance still works.

It is imperative that Trump understands his own actions. Hopefully he knows that what he has done to this point can be undone by the next president. It will happen to his legacy if he relies on unilateral power grabs, much like his predecessor.

Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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