It was G. O. A. T. day at my granddaughter’s middle school. What’s a G. O. A. T? Well, as everyone under the age of fifteen knows, G. O. A. T. means Greatest Of All Time. My granddaughter, being a New Englander, donned her Tom Brady jersey and hopped on the school bus. I tried to stop her. I asked: "Greatest of all time? Where’s the orange combover wig?" Because as everyone now knows, Donald Trump is the greatest president of all time. And while I didn’t actually research the forty-four others, the list of Trump’s accomplishments is impressive. Let’s start with the economy.
It’s morning in America. The Trump election has raised consumer confidence to a fifteen year high. It pushed construction spending to a ten year high. Small business optimism is soaring. And the stock market reached an all time high. And then there are specific company stories. The kickoff was Carrier Corporation, canceling plans to build a factory in Mexico and keeping the jobs here. Eight years of President Obama chasing companies overseas and Trump reversed the trend in a few weeks. Then the dam broke. Ford will build here. So will General Motors, Chrysler/Fiat, Softbank (Sprint), and IBM. Then came the retailers. Amazon is increasing its investment here. So is Walmart. And Alibaba, China’s version of Amazon, is bringing big bucks to Trump’s America. On the trade front, Congress stopped the trans-pacific deal. Both Canada and Mexico indicated they are ready to renegotiate NAFTA.
And how about government spending, or should I say government overspending? Trump says he doesn’t want four billion dollars-worth of Air Force Ones. Boeing said they would negotiate. He said the F-35’s were too expensive. Lockheed said they would negotiate. He said we pay too much for the United Nations (in exchange for so little support). It’s on their agenda. He said NATO members must pay their fair share. They said okay. Indeed, for the first time in seventy years Europe is having serious thoughts about paying for their own defense. Remember, this was all done before the swearing in.
While the economic and spending accomplishments got the biggest headlines, the more important and dramatic successes were international, and spectacular. The great falafel is this: Trump ended the civil war in Syria. How? By openly questioning the goals, makeup, and leadership of the rebels. And then he made it clear that arming this group in an attempt at “regime change” might not be in the United States’ best interest. President Obama openly armed the Syrian rebels knowing they couldn’t win. There was no limit to how many Syrians Obama would allow to die just so he could “lead from behind.” That ended on Election Day. The election of Trump meant the end of the civil war. No arms, no war. Everyone knew it was over. The blood on Obama’s hands? 300,000 Syrians who died thinking Obama really supported them. Trump got the Syrian rebels the deal they should have asked for years earlier: safe passage out.
Trump killed Fidel Castro. Stop laughing. It may be true. After all, other than knowing that Castro was 90 years old and no longer spry, we know nothing about his death. In the absence of a believable and verifiable story I crafted my own. It goes like this: It’s early morning on Wednesday, November 9. Castro’s jefe-de-staff tiptoes into his bedroom to wake him. He touches Castro on the shoulder leans down and whispers in his ear: “El Commandante, Trump won.” Instant heart attack. Two weeks later Castro was gone. “Prove it,” you say? “Prove me wrong,” I say. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.
Yes, there’s more. Angela Merkel is kicking 100,000 Muslims out of her country (she says). President Obama’s anti-Semitic United Nations resolution was almost derailed by President-elect Trump. But not quite. Merry Christmas is back. So is Happy Hanukkah. Happy holidays is fading.
The transition is now over. President-elect Trump, the Greatest Of All Time, is now President Trump, starting over and writing a new story. My job is to get my granddaughter to “think big and dream bigger,” as per instructions from now-President Trump. Yes, Tom Brady is a legitimate G. O. A. T. But if President Trump is successful, America will be the past and future G. O. A. T.
Sid Dinerstein is a former chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party. He founded JBS Associates, a 600-person financial service company, and currently combines politics and business with Niger Innis in Inclusive Elections LLC, a firm that brings urban electorate voters to the GOP. He is the author of "Adults Only: For Those Who Love Their Country More Than Their Party." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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