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Expect Biden Buyer's Remorse for Sellouts of Trump's Policies

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Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L); then-U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (C) and then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen (R) stand during the U.S. national anthem during U.S. Forces-Iraq change of command ceremony Sept. 1, 2010 in Baghdad, Iraq. (Jim Watson-pool/Getty Images)

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Love him or hate him, President Donald Trump’s promises to "Make America Great Again" have delivered remarkable national and global achievements that Biden administration policies would do well to build upon.

Contrasting prospects, unfortunately, are anything but encouraging.

Domestic Policies

President Trump has unapologetically put America’s interests and priorities first, and in doing so has placed faith in individual responsibility, resourcefulness and productivity rewards over nanny state government regulatory and income redistribution policies.

The National Economy

Following slow-growth Obama-Biden years, President Trump presided over the best economy with the lowest unemployment in modern times where African Americans and other minorities were among the biggest winners.

Deregulation lifted unnecessarily burdensome and costly business red tape restrictions.

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) slashed top federal corporate taxes from 35% to 21%, previously the highest in the industrialized world. The Biden campaign promised to repeal Trump’s business-boosting tax cuts.

Energy Independence

Thanks in large part to fracking and other advanced drilling technologies, Trump administration energy policies have unleashed industry production that created tens of thousands of jobs. The U.S. not only became independent of foreign oil supplies and pricing controls, but is now the world's largest crude oil producer, and one of the largest global exporters.

The Biden administration inexplicably proposes to replace an appreciable segment of U.S. energy produced by fossil sources by expanding the existing 3% obtained from unreliable wind and solar sources.

Criminal Justice

Despite Barack Obama having Democratic control over all branches of government for his first two years, it was Donald Trump who passed the most comprehensive criminal justice reforms to disproportionately benefit Black and Hispanic minorities in decades.

In 2018, Trump signed into law the First Step Act aimed to lesson overincarceration of racially disparate (91% Black) populations, resulting in sentencing reductions and releases of thousands of prison inmates.

COVID-19 Recovery

In stark contrast to empty Democratic campaign "crush the virus" sloganeering, the Trump administration took bold and effective actions to protect lives and lifestyles.

Trump overruled "experts" to ban travel from China, established a National Coronavirus Task Force, invoked the Defense Production Act to provide all medical equipment needed to respond to the crisis, implemented a massive national testing program, and organized an Operation Warp Speed program that has produced multiple very promising vaccines and therapies in a historically unprecedentedly short time.

K-12 Education

The Trump administration has strongly endorsed rights of parents to choose the best schools for their children regardless of their residence ZIP codes. In many cases, this includes support for private charter or voucher programs that afford alternatives to inferior local public institutions.

The Biden administration will be heavily committed to yielding control over education policies to fiercely anti-free school choice teachers’ unions, including determination of when schools are allowed to open during the coronavirus pandemic.

Foreign Policies

Robert Gates, who served as the Obama administration’s secretary of defense, observed in his memoir "Duty") that Joe Biden has "been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades."

In contrast to Biden’s near-half century lack of discernable leadership achievements and the Obama-Biden administration’s red line in sand ''leadership from behind policies,'' four years of muscular Trump-Pence leadership from the front have made both America and the world safer.

China

Trump has imposed substantial fair trade tariffs, cracked down on technology theft, and clamped national security restrictions on sales of U.S. software chips or technology to Chinese telecom giant Huawei.

He has ended Hong Kong’s U.S. special legal status following Beijing’s crackdown on democratic protests, announced a $1.8 billion arms sale to Taiwan, opposed Chinese military claims in the South China Sea, and imposed sanctions on officials and firms supporting oppression of Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang province.

Biden is likely to emphasize reestablishment of conciliatory relations with Beijing, including support for his administration’s climate change priorities.

Iran

Trump placed tough oil export sanctions on Iran for fomenting Mideast proxy terrorism, and he walked away from a disastrous nuclear deal that has allowed Iran to stockpile high near-weapons-grade uranium while also providing no restrictions on ballistic missile development and testing.

He also retaliated to Tehran’s military attacks against U.S. forces and facilities, including a strike that killed Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani.

Biden has vocally defended the Iran Nuclear Deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action/JCPOA), and has installed its negotiator John Kerry as a member of his administration’s inner circle.

The Mideast 

Trump, who campaigned against ''endless wars,'' is withdrawing troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, he restored military strength that had become depleted under the Obama-Biden administration and rapidly defeated ISIS.

The president brokered historic peace agreements between Israel and two of its Arab neighbors — the UAE and Saudi Arabia — with other countries, including Bahrain, Omar and Morocco, likely to follow in defense against Iran.

He also moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Biden’s Israel policy, while offering military support, will likely pivot to favoring Palestine under strong pressure from the Democratic Party’s left flank.

NATO/Russia

Trump has taken a hard line with NATO members to spend more to boost their defense spending in common support against a Russian threat and to encourage allies like South Korea and Japan to pay more for hosting U.S. troops.

The president also has opposed member policies that strengthen Russia, including Germany’s support for Russia’s undersea gas pipeline that Chancellor Angela Merkel has been considering.

Biden, who has argued against Trump’s ''bullying'' of other countries, will predictably increase U.S. NATO diplomatic corps, and ''reset'' military defense priorities to fighting climate change.

North Korea

During his presidential transition, Obama warned Trump that North Korea was America’s biggest threat. Nevertheless, Trump’s personal diplomacy with Kim Jong-un caused that threat to fall from the headlines. While that danger remains, there is hope that North Korea will return to the negotiating table in exchange for sanctions relief and a ''brighter future.''

Biden has said he will keep U.S. and U.N. sanctions in place, and push China and Russia to tighten their enforcement (as Trump has done). Whereas Biden hasn’t sworn off following Trump’s footsteps into meeting with Kim, he says he won’t do so until U.S. negotiators lay out critical groundwork.

Yeah. Or then what?

Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. Larry has written more than 700 articles for Newsmax and Forbes and is the author of several books. Included are: "How Everything Happened, Including Us" (2020), "Cyberwarfare: Targeting America, Our Infrastructure and Our Future" (2020), "The Weaponization of AI and the Internet: How Global Networks of Infotech Overlords are Expanding Their Control Over Our Lives" (2019), "Reinventing Ourselves: How Technology is Rapidly and Radically Transforming Humanity" (2019), "Thinking Whole: Rejecting Half-Witted Left & Right Brain Limitations" (2018), "Reflections on Oceans and Puddles: One Hundred Reasons to be Enthusiastic, Grateful and Hopeful" (2017), "Cosmic Musings: Contemplating Life Beyond Self" (2016), "Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom" (2015) and "Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax" (2011). He is currently working on a new book with Buzz Aldrin, "Beyond Footprints and Flagpoles." Read Larry Bell's Reports — More Here.

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