Watercooler 7/6 Open Thread: Contract Assessment, July '17 Edition

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

The Contract Assessed, July 2017 Edition


Y’all know the deal here: ne month, new assessment of the Trump Campaign Contract. Let’s get to it.

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 Undetermined
Announce withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership DONE – PM 82 FR 8497.
Label China A Currency Manipulator UNLIKELY
Trade Rep To Prosecute All Foreign Trade Abuses STARTED – Unnumbered 3/31 EO
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
Cancel Payments To U.N. For Climate Change STARTED Announced in 6/1 speech
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
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 See Notes Below
(Fed dollars for local law enforcement) Undetermined
Rebuild The Military STARTED – Budget Request; HR244 $21 billion added to DOD
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

Granted, ObamaCare Repeal is not helped by Swamp Turtle McConnel’s desperate campaign to go back to Minority Leader, including trying to preserve the hated Individual Mandate. Lesson here: Never vote for a “man” who wears his balls under his chin rather than in his pants. “Build The Wall”… well, we don’t have major construction on a physical barrier BUT we still have huge drops in the numbers coming, as evidenced by the coyotes’ baying about loss of business recently mentioned on the Front Page. I’m inclined to give a half-point on this one, caring more about the Ends than the Means used to achieve it.

This Month’s Score: (9×1) 9 + (9×0.5) 4.5 – (2×0.5) 1 – (1×1) 1 = 11.5/30.

DONE Started Undetermined Unlikely FAIL/


 9  9  8  2  1

Special thanks to Watercooler teammate Joliphant for coding the table.


As some may know, thanks to a Benedict Arnold “Republican” Oregon is now debating a “Minority Report” where LEO can basically grab a gun owner’s irons for any reason, including the mere buying of a gun, as long as someone makes an argument that they’re a risk–even if mental health professionals give a clean bill of health. And oh by the way, they scheduled a Committee vote with only an hour’s notice ON JULY 4… seriously, NO honest legislative body holds major votes on a holiday or with a notice measured in hours. Please drop the Oregon Legislature a mass-mail at this link and tell ’em why you’ll be taking your tourism dollars elsewhere if SB 719A passes…



This Week In History

  • Sunday, 7/2: Pres. Garfield shot, 1881; Civil Rights Act signed, 1964; millionth Corvette, 1992
  • Monday, 7/3: Fighting ends at Gettysburg, 1863; Back to the Future released, 1985
  • Tuesday, 7/4: Declaration of Independence, 1776; Fall of Vicksburg, 1863
  • Wednesday, 7/5: Start of three weeks of British raids on Upstate NY, 1813; Salvation Army founded, 1865; bikini debuts, 1946
  • Thursday, 7/6: Retreat from Ft. Ticonderoga, 1777; first dirigible trans-Atlantic crossing, 1919; Kalashnikov rifle enters full production, 1947
  • Friday, 7/7: Quasi War with France begins, 1798; sliced bread first sold, 1928; Elvis’s radio debut, 1954
  • Saturday, 7/8: Perry arrives in Japan, 1853; Skagway crimelord Soapy Smith killed, 1898; final Shuttle launch, 2011

Today’s Birthdays: Showman P. T. Barnum, 1810; soldier-statesman Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., 1902; cartoonist Bill Watterson, 1958;

Holidays Around the World: It’s Constitution Day in Armenia; also, Independence Day in Algeria, Cape Verde and Venezuela.

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

  • *American Handgunner magazine, for a Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P45 Shield, Taurus Air-Lite .38 revolver or EAA Witness Pavona .380 pistol package: http://americanhandgunner.com/giveaway/
  • *Guns Magazine, for an Honor Guard HG9SC subcompact 9mm pistol or Mossberg 930 shotgun package: http://gunsmagazine.com/giveaway/
  • Davidson’s Gallery of Guns, for a Remington R51 or RP9 9mm pistol: https://ggg.galleryofguns.com/

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

Quote of the Day

Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.–Chuck Norris

As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. We missed Coffee Break, but hopefully slid in just in time for Happy Hour…

#NoQuarter #TheParty’sOver

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