A Long Way to Go But What a Great Start!

By J. Allen Tharp

  By J. Allen Tharp

President Trump’s first weeks in office have given us some of the most exciting action from the White House that we have seen since Reagan.  Many of us did not know what to expect from a President Trump; but despite the constant and premeditated caterwauling by the Marxists and anarchist liberals, his first weeks in office give patriots reason to rejoice.  It seems that Trump is actually starting the long process to unwind the tangled mess left by the Obama administration.  There is a long way to go and a lot to undo, but what a great start!  Let’s hope he keeps it up through his time in office.

Below is a list of Trump’s Executive Actions:

• Order: Regarding the “Economic burden” of the Affordable Care Act

Directs the Secretary (legal shorthand for Health and Human Services as an agency) to take all legal steps to remove “regulatory burdens” of the Affordable Care Act.

• Memo: Regulatory freeze pending review

Notice to all agencies to freeze any existing rulemakings or legal actions.

• Memo: Reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy

Reinstates 2001 presidential memo prohibiting nongovernmental organizations that receive U.S. funding from either performing or providing counseling or information on abortion.

• Memo: Withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Directs the U.S. Trade Representative to notify the signatories of the TransPacific Partnership immediately that the U.S. is removing itself as a signatory to the trade deal.

• Memo: Hiring freeze for federal employees

No new hires after January 22, 2017. Directs the OMB Director to develop a long-term plan within 90 days to reduce the federal workforce.

• Order: Designation of “High priority” infrastructure projects

Directs the Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality to decide if any infrastructure project is “high priority” and if so to coordinate with related agencies on deadlines for expedited review. If a deadline is missed, the head of the agency must write to the CEQ chairman explaining the cause for the delay and steps taken to rectify.

• Memo: American-made steel

Directs the Secretary of Commerce to produce a plan within six months for mandating the use of American-made steel in pipelines within the U.S.

• Memo: KeystoneXL Pipeline Expedited review

Invites TransCanada to resubmit application and orders the Secretary of State to make a decision within 60 days. Then provides for expedited environmental review after approval.

• Memo: Dakota Access Pipeline Expedited review

Directs the Secretary of the Army to expedite review of the proposed pipeline, consider environmental requirements satisfied, and grant any waivers requested.

• Memo: Calling for plan to reduce manufacturing regulations

Directs the Secretary of Commerce to collect public comments for 60 days on ways to reduce regulations on American manufacturers and then to produce a plan within 60 days with recommended actions.

• Memo: Interior, immigration enforcement

Instructs the Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary and Attorney General to ensure sanctuary jurisdictions are not eligible for federal grants. Will publish a weekly list of “criminal actions committed by aliens” in sanctuary jurisdictions. Instructs DHS to prioritize deportations for people who have been convicted of or charged with any criminal offenses or who have “abused any program related to receipt of public benefits.”

• Memo: Border security, immigration enforcement

Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to immediately plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border. Instructs the Secretary to immediately construct, operate, and control (or establish contracts to construct, operate, and control) new detention facilities to detain “aliens” at or near the border with Mexico. Directs the Attorney General to immediately send officers and judges to the southern border.

• Order: Refugees and Visa limitations

Bars all refugees from Syria. Suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days and reduces total annual refugee admission to 50,000 annually. Citizens from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen) are barred from the U.S. for 90 days, during which time the U.S. will seek agreements on information-sharing with these countries.

• Order: Regulatory Reform

For every new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations must be identified for elimination and the cost of planned regulations must be managed and controlled through a budgeting process.

• Order: Financial Regulatory Reform

Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to consult with the heads of the member agencies of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and report back to the President within 120 days with recommendations.

• Memo: Fiduciary Rule

Instructs the Labor Department to delay implementing the “fiduciary rule” for 90 days while it’s reviewed.

While Trump may be off and running, Congress is lagging behind.  They had said they wanted to get a bill for full repeal of Obamacare on the President’s desk on his first day in office.  That did not happen. Then they said they would have it on his desk by January 27. That didn’t happen either.  The very thing they all ran on – full repeal of Obamacare – they now run from.  The reason: Because as usual they buy in to the false, liberal rhetoric that America now needs Obamacare or at least parts of it.  America made it for over 200 years with no Obamacare, but now suddenly Congress believes we can’t live without it.  Collins and Cassidy have even put forward a bill that should be called Obamacare Forever.  It is a complete surrender to big government liberal philosophy.

Congress is dead wrong as usual.  They must honor their commitment to the voters that elected them and abolish this travesty. Remember McConnell saying we must, “Rip it out root and branch?”  Now it is time to do just that.

Rather than running scared of the liberal gloom-and-doom rhetoric, Congress needs to understand that many more are being harmed by this massive Federal Government intrusion into our lives than were ever helped by it.  Obamacare is the foot of big Federal Government on the necks of employers and employees and is killing businesses and jobs everyday it continues.

Where is the sense of urgency, Congress?  Nothing you can do now is more important than fully repealing Obamacare, and it is crucial that the repeal  process not be sabotaged by misguided plans to combine repeal with an unwanted and unneeded replacement plan.

One of the best analogies I have heard is that if you have a goat inside destroying your house, you get rid of the goat before working on the house.

Allen Tharp is President of the San Antonio Tea Party.

 

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Allen is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the San Antonio-based Allen Tharp LLC and the Olde England’s Lion & Rose, as well as a minority partner in a chain of quick-service chicken restaurants called Golden Chick. It is noteworthy that Allen’s endeavors provide approximately 1,000 local jobs to San Antonians and pump almost $30 million into the local economy annually.
Having worked for over 27 years with the restaurant industry, he has served as a liaison for government and legislative affairs, as a speaker at various restaurant industry conferences, and is an active member of the president’s forum within his industry’s professional association. Mr. Tharp holds a B.A. degree in political science.

One Response to "A Long Way to Go But What a Great Start!"

  1. Jerry Harben  February 8, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I don’t think they can repeal it as long as the Democrats can filibuster. They can make some changes through budget reconciliation, and evidently that’s all they plan to do this year. McConnell must agree to change the rules and end legislative filibusters, or they will accomplish nothing. In that case, there will be a Democrat majority soon. Then don’t expect a Republican right to filibuster to last long.

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