Watercooler 3/1 Open Thread: The Contract Assessed, March 2017 Edition

#NotInMYNamewatercoolerWelcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got…

The Contract Assessed, March 2017 Edition


Another month passed, another evaluation of the Contract With The American Voter. Thanks to fellow WC’er Joliphant for the table coding and list.

Item: Accomplished/Fail
Constitutional Amendment: Term Limits Undetermined
Hiring Freeze On Federal Employees DONE – Pres. Memo 82 FR 8493
Eliminate 2 Regulations For Every New 1 DONE – Exec. Order 13771
5 Year ban on revolving door DONE – EO 13770
Lifetime Ban On Foreign Lobbying DONE – EO 13770
Remove Foreign Money From Elections STARTED – Foreign Lobbying Restrictions of EO 13770
Announce intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205 Undetermined
Announce withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership DONE – PM 82 FR 8497.
Label China A Currency Manipulator Undetermined
Trade Rep To Prosecute All Foreign Trade Abuses Undetermined
Lift Restrictions On American Energy Reserves STARTED – EO 13766 and PM’s 82 FR 8659, 8661 and 8663
Remove Regulations On Energy Infrastructure STARTED – PM’s 82 FR 8659, 8661 and 8663
Cancel Payments To U.N. For Climate Change Undetermined
Cancel Obama’s Unconstitutional Exec Orders STARTED – PM’s 82 FR 8346 and 8667
Select Constitutionalist To Replace Scalia DONE – Gorsuch
Cancel All Federal Funding For Sanctuary Cities DONE – EO 13768
Begin Deporting Two Million + Illegal Immigrants DONE – EO 13768
Suspend Immigration From Terror Regions STARTED – EO 13769 and replacements
Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Undetermined
End Offshoring By Tariffs Undetermined
Infrastructure: Trillion$ In Spending Over 10 years Undetermined
School Choice And Education Act Undetermined
Repeal Obamacare Looking Bleak
Affordable Child And Elder Care Undetermined
Build The Wall Undetermined
(Fed dollars for local law enforcement) Undetermined
Rebuild The Military Undetermined
Clean Up Corruption In Washington DC Undetermined
From Debate: Prosecute Hillary UNLIKELY
Outside Statement: Select SCOTUS Nominee From This List DONE – Gorsuch

So, on the Extended Scoreboard, we have nine outright DONE, plus four more big jobs started. Trump has this month and next before the Hundred Days are over, and while many if not most of these are outside his control and in the hands of Swamp Turtle McConnell and Lyin’ Ryan, he still needs to get some more points on the board SOON. More to the point, Congress needs a red-hot fireplace-poker suppository prodding them to work unless they want a Democrat blowout in 2018… Seriously, a MONTH in and only THREE bills, two of which are largely symbolic, delivered to the Resolute Desk? And most of their activity seems to be only Pro Forma sessions the past week? YGBFSM! (I mean, the holiday is President’s DAY, not President’s WEEK…)

Special thanks to Watercooler teammate Joliphant for coding the table.


This Week In History

  • Sunday, 2/26: Grand Canyon and Grand Teton Nat’l. Parks est’d., 1919 and 1929; Amtrak Superliner double-decker railcars enter service, 1979; WTC bombing, 1993
  • Monday, 2/27: British House of Commons votes to quit fighting in America, 1782; Andersonville POW camp opens, 1864; Presidential two-term limit ratified, 1951
  • Tuesday, 2/28: B&O RR incorporated, 1827; USS Houston lost with all hands in Battle of Sunda Strait, 1942; M*A*S*H finale, 1983
  • Wednesday, 3/1: Salem Witch Trials begin, 1692; Articles of Confederation adopted, 1781; Hoover Dam completed, 1936
  • Thursday, 3/2: Slave imports banned, 1807; Texas declares independence, 1836; Gallagher’s B-50 Superfortress “Lucky Lady II” completes first nonstop round-the-world flight, 1949
  • Friday, 3/3: Battle of Nassau begins with first USMC amphibious landing, 1776; Key’s Star-Spangled Banner adopted as Nat’l. Anthem, 1931; recapture of Manila, 1945
  • Saturday, 3/4: 1st US Congress convenes, 1789; Chicago incorporated, 1837; Battle of the Bismarck Sea ends, 1943

Today’s Birthdays: Double Eagle gold-coin sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1848; musician Glenn Miller, 1904; attorney Robert Bork, 1927; actor George Eads, 1967

Holidays Around the World: It’s National Pig Day here. Iceland celebrates Beer Day, it’s World Civil Defence Day, and Poland, Paraguay and the Marshall Islands all have holidays by various names remembering those who fell in their service. Also, not a holiday, but I’d like to request that the readers each take a moment to remember the late Andrew Breitbart, taken from us today in 2012. Go have some bacon and hoist a brew in honor of Journalism’s Last Hurrah…

This Week In History is compiled with assistance from History.com and Wikipedia. Something interesting not listed here? Please share in the Comments section–this is an Audience Participation Encouraged featurette.

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Quote of the Day

Further illustrating what’s wrong with the other side of the aisle, and some on our own:

I have a right to my anger, and I don’t want anybody telling me I shouldn’t be, that it’s not nice to be, and that something’s wrong with me because I get angry.–Maxine Waters

Just clearly illustrates the derangement and entitled attitude of Team Blue… As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. Now that I’ve had my turn to Sound Off, the floor is all y’all’s to drop whatever tasty news, gossip and observations you feel like offering.

#NoQuarter #TheParty’sOver

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