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Trump Won't Use SOTU as a Ceremony for Empty Promises

By Mark Meckler | January 30, 2018 | 8:13am EST
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Americans look forward to hearing the State of the Union, ideally from a comfortable couch with a large grain of salt. They are skeptical of the empty rhetoric that they usually hear during these long speeches—and who can blame them?

But President Trump has already kept some of his key campaign promises--imagine that!--so there’s a good chance that his speech will be more substantive than most. That’s why the grassroots is eager to hear what the President has to say about the following issues:

The Economy: The economy is humming, consumer confidence is at a 17- year high, and unemployment is down to its lowest in 17 years, with notably historic lows in black and Hispanic communities. The Republican tax bill Trump signed into law means that Americans will see more money in this month’s paychecks; thousands will get bonuses and raises. Though the media will try to obscure the results, people can see Trump’s impact on their bottom line.

Immigration: Trump knew the Democrats wouldn’t accept his proposal, no matter how good it was for the so-called “Dreamers.” Though it might look like Trump was kowtowing to the Democrats, his larger strategy was to reveal their stubborn partisanship. Mission accomplished. People are disappointed by elected radicals who’ll agree to nothing short of open borders and unending chain migration. Obstinate Democrats are now the problem, even for their own base.

Infrastructure: This element of the president’s America First agenda is one that is best handled at the state level. As a California resident, I pay some of the highest taxes in the nation, yet drive on dilapidated roads. Texas, which has no state income tax, has smooth roads. President Trump should lead the federal government in priming the pump, though states need to start tending to their infrastructures themselves.

Sure, it’s just another political speech, but in one year Trump has already delivered on critical campaign issues. For the first time in a long time, we have a president who has shown he won’t use the SOTU as a ceremony of empty promises.

 

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