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Trump Should Stop Talking About Impeachment, Focus on Accomplishments

Trump Should Stop Talking About Impeachment, Focus on Accomplishments

U.S. President Donald Trump looks on prior to deliver a speech at the Congress center during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 21, 2020. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images)

Tom Basile By Thursday, 23 January 2020 05:06 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Since the beginning of the Trump presidency, the news coming out of the administration has been consistently driven in large part by the president’s use of his favorite social media outlet and press conferences that divert from their original topic to either the Russia investigation, the Mueller Report, or now the impeachment circus. It’s been persistently problematic for the White House.

Presidential re-election success historically rests on an administration’s performance on the economy. The president’s Real Clear Politics average approval rating on the economy is hovering at about 53%. That’s an anemic number considering the current economic boom, wage increases, tax cuts, record-low unemployment, and other indicators.

President Trump should dismiss questions about impeachment, leaving them to his legal team, and start talking more and in more detail about his record.

It is essential, particularly for messaging to the independent voters he needs to win re-election. Here are 5 administration success stories, in addition to the economy, that the president should be talking about instead of attacking Congressional Democrats over impeachment.

Most Americans’ Taxes are Lower

Listening to the recent Democrat Presidential Debate or the ramblings of AOC, one might think that the tax cut plan championed by the Trump Administration only gave tax breaks to fat cats and corporations.

The fact is the vast majority of Americans received a tax cut under the plan.

Lower-income Americans, middle-class workers, and small-business owners are paying lower tax rates today than when Democrats controlled the White House.

Republicans have repeatedly failed to articulate this real victory for our economy, as evidenced by their losses in 2018. The president as well is still susceptible to Democrat attacks on the issue because the impact of the tax legislation has never been effectively communicated. It is also critical that the president discuss how the stock market climb is helping boost retirement accounts and how efforts to negotiate better trade deals with China can have long term benefits for the economy.

Lowering Prescription Drug Prices

The Trump Food and Drug Administration has approved more than 2,000 new generic prescription drugs that have saved Americans an estimated $26 million in medication costs.

The Administration has also expanded a range of cost-saving tools for those enrolled in Medicare Advantage that could help 20 million people. Efforts by the president to advance on an import program or indexing process that would ensure Americans are being charged in line with drug prices in the rest of the world also holds promise.

Right to Try

This breakthrough in American healthcare allows easier access to experimental drugs and helps speed approval of new medications. It was promised by President Trump during the campaign in 2016 and he reiterated his support during his State of the Union address in 2018. Trump signed reforms that made Right to Try possible later that year.

This patient victory is helping countless Americans who previously had restricted access to treatments for a wide range of illnesses that are available in other countries. Before President Trump’s action on the issue, these medications were not available in the United States due to a broken FDA approval system that can take a decade to approve a new medication and cost manufacturer billions.

Regulatory and Government Reform

The president has talked a lot about getting rid of job-killing regulations, but few Americans fully appreciate just how much progress has been made to eliminate federal government regulations that drive up costs and hamper businesses. The White House talks very little about the reorganization that is taking place inside federal agencies.

The president gave a directive to undertake restructuring in the federal departments that is streamlining processes and analyzing the effectiveness of programs. In addition, the Trump Administration has eliminated more than 2,000 rules and regulations that have saved particularly farmers and small businesses billions. Thanks to Trump, federal regulations are at their lowest number since the 1970s. That’s good for job creators.

Efforts to Protect Religious Freedom

During the Obama Presidency, attacks on religious institutions reached a new fervor with Obamacare’s broadside against the Catholic Church’s schools, hospitals, universities, charities, and religious orders.

You may recall that after telling Church leaders that the so-called Affordable Care Act would respect rights of conscience, Obamacare rules mandated providing insurance coverage for abortion pills, sterilization, and contraception for employees.

Through several actions, President Trump has worked to protect religious liberty.

He rolled back the offending Obamacare provisions in 2017 and 2018 and recently announced new rules curtailing several regulations that were unfair to faith-based providers such as healthcare entities, child welfare organizations, and educational nonprofits.

Trump has also required school districts to certify they do not have regulations that conflict with students’ right to pray at school and has taken aggressive steps to fight anti-Semitism.

Tom Basile has been part of the American political landscape from Presidential campaigns to local politics. He served in the Bush Administration from 2001-2004, as Executive Director of the NYS Republican Party and has held a range of senior-level communications roles in and out of government. Basile's critically-acclaimed book, "Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq" (Foreword by Amb. John R. Bolton), chronicles his time in Baghdad fighting media bias and driving fairer coverage of the Iraq war. In 2011, he was featured in Time Magazine's Person of the Year spread about political activism around the world. Basile is an adjunct professor at Fordham University, a local elected official and runs a New York-based strategic communications firm. He is a member of the New York Bar and sits on a number of academic and philanthropic advisory boards. Learn more about him at TomBasile.com or follow him on Twitter @Tom_Basile. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 05:06 PM
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