Watercooler 5/3: Open Thread - The Contract Reassessed, May '17 Edition

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

The Contract Assessed, April 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. (Yes, I’ve been playing with the crayons this month. 🙂 )

Item: Accomplished/Fail
Six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington  4/6, 1 started
Constitutional Amendment: Term Limits (requires Congress and State action or States-called Article V Convention) 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
Seven actions to protect American workers
 1/7, 4 started
Announce intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205 DONE? Possible bluff
Announce withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership DONE – PM 82 FR 8497.
Label China A Currency Manipulator Looking Unlikely
Trade Rep To Prosecute All Foreign Trade Abuses STARTED – EO’s 13785, 13786 and unnumbered 4/29
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; EO 13783 and unnumbered 4/28 EO
Cancel Payments To U.N. For Climate Change STARTED?
Five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law
 3/5, 2 started
Cancel Obama’s Unconstitutional Exec Orders STARTED – PM’s 82 FR 8346 and 8667; EO 13791
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 STARTEDEO 13769 and replacements
Legislative Agenda 0/10 – 1 started, 1 FAIL
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 CONTRACT BREACHED – “Swampcare”
Affordable Child And Elder Care Undetermined
Build The Wall Undetermined
(Fed dollars for local law enforcement) Undetermined
Rebuild The Military STARTED – Budget Request
Clean Up Corruption In Washington DC Undetermined
Other Campaign Promises/Planks  1/2
From Debate: Prosecute Hillary UNLIKELY
Outside Statement: Select SCOTUS Nominee From This List DONE – Gorsuch

Still refusing to take the most important Swamp Drain move there is. Mr. President, those Obama-appointee Schedule C holdovers are the most dangerous enemies you have–until you #FireThemALL!, they will continue to leak, sabotage and generally undercut the authority of the Administration and every policy initiative it attempts. These people have nothing but contempt for any authority or rule of law except their own, and need to be summarily cashiered and sent out to flip burgers ASAP. I’m doing a favor by not downgrading this to Unlikely this month, but some people need to be fired, and SOON.

This Month’s Score: Counting each Start as +1/2 and each Unlikely as -1/2…

DONE Started Undetermined Unlikely FAIL/


 10  8  10  2  1

10 + 8*1/2 + 0 – 2*1/2 – 1 = 12 out of 30 points possible. One step forward, half a step back…

Special thanks to Watercooler teammate Joliphant for coding the table.


This Week In History

  • Sunday, 4/30: Washington takes Oath of Office as POTUS, 1789; Louisiana purchase, 1803, and statehood, 1812; Hawaii Territory est’d., 1900
  • Monday, 5/1: Battle of Crooked Billet, 1778; Empire State Bldg. dedicated, 1931; Amtrak takes the throttles on passenger rail, 1971
  • Tuesday, 5/2: King James Bible first published, 1611; Stonewall Jackson fatally wounded, 1863; aircraft carrier Card sunk in Saigon harbor, 1964
  • Wednesday, 5/3: Washington DC incorporated as city, 1802; Senate hearings on MacArthur dismissal, 1951; first e-mail spam, 1978
  • Thursday, 5/4: Rhode Island first colony to break with King George, 1776; Panama Canal groundbreaking, 1904; Battle of the Coral Sea, 1942
  • Friday, 5/5: Battle of the Wilderness, 1864; Tchaikovsky opens Carnegie Hall, 1891; Alan Shepard first American in space, 1961
  • Saturday, 5/6:

Today’s Birthdays: Political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli, 1469; singer-actors Bing Crosby, 1903 and Frankie Valli, 1934; sportscaster Greg Gumbel, 1946

Holidays Around the World: It’s World Press Freedom Day. Japan and Poland both observe their Constitution Days.

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.

Gratuitous Gun Giveaways

*Note: FMG Publishing giveaways require you to provide an FFL dealer’s info at entry.

Quote of the Day

I actually managed to figure this one out: you’ve got to find a woman who loves God more than she loves you — albeit just barely.–the late Charles D. Petrie


As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. I’m pretty sure I’ve missed the various appointees on the Scoreboard, so I’d appreciate watever takes on that y’all may have in Comments. The floor is yours, so have fun!

#NoQuarter #TheParty’sOver

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