The Contract Assessed, August 2017 Edition
In light of the apparent lack of progress on the Legislative Agenda and the apparent lack of readership, unless otherwise requested this feature will be going On Hiatus until status needs update on one or more items.
|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 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, 5 started|
|Announce intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205||STARTED – Renegotiation|
|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 – EO 13786
|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||STARTED – EO 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||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|
ObamaCare Repeal is STILL hindered by Swamp Turtle McConnell’s desperate campaign to go back to Minority Leader, including trying to preserve the hated Individual Mandate. “Build The Wall”… well, we STILL don’t have major construction on a physical barrier, BUT with huge drops in the numbers of illegal crossings I’m inclined to give a half-point on this one, caring more about the Ends than the Means used to achieve it. Note that I am not stating a position for or against any of these policies, simply keeping score on Promises Made vs. Promises Kept.
This Month’s Score: (9×1) + (10×0.5) – (2×0.5) – (1×1) = 12/30.
Special thanks to Watercooler teammate Joliphant for coding the table.
Shameless Plug For a Good Cause
As our wingnut readers might recall, a Wichita-based organization has diligently worked for many years to restore a second WWII B-29 Superfortress to flight status, and Doc’s appearance at Oshkosh this year is proof of their ability to deliver on promises. Now they’re fundraising to build a hangar and education center as “home base,” with a goal of $100,000 raised by September 16. If you’re interested, check the project out at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1344227353/give-doc-a-home-build-a-home-for-b-29-doc/ (It’s worth noting that these guys are the only reason I maintain a Kickstarter account after KS’s virulent hostility to conservative causes–I met the Doc’s Friends leadership back in ’02 when I crashed the B-52 Golden Anniversary party, and have made what modest contribution I could when budget’s allowed from then to now.)
This Week In History
- Sunday, 7/30: USS Indianapolis lost, 1945; last “Classic” VW Beetle built, 2003
- Monday, 7/31: Lafayette made unpaid Major General, 1777; Hoffa vanishes, 1975; Nolan Ryan’s 300th win, 1990
- Tuesday, 8/1: PT-109 sunk, 1943; Shane premieres, 1953; first Six Flags park opens, 1961
- Wednesday, 8/2: First US Census begins, 1790; first San Francisco cable car enters service, 1873; Wild Bill Hickock’s last gunfight, 1876
- Thursday, 8/3: Firestone founded, 1900; Chambers accuses Hiss as Soviet spy, 1948; Tandy launches TRS-80 personal computer, 1977
- Friday, 8/4: Revenue Cutter Service (now USCG) established, 1790; Saturday Evening Post first published, 1821; Tonkin Gulf Incident, 1964*
- Saturday, 8/5: First Federal income tax levied, 1861; Battle of Mobile Bay, 1864; Reagan fires PATCO, 1981
*Turner Joy, one of the destroyers involved, is preserved today as a museum in Bremerton, Washington. The other ship, Maddox, was transferred to Taiwan in 1973 and scrapped in 1985.
Today’s Birthdays: Filmmaker Wes Craven and former Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, 1939; pundit Dennis Prager, 1948
Holidays Around the World: Macedonia celebrates Republic Day, and both Ukraine and Russia hold observances for their airmobile ground forces.
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.
Quote of the Day
“[C]oming in behind an anthropomorphic talking pile of fecal matter has to be seen as a negative.”–Brad Slager, last weekend’s RedState Box Office Report
As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. Now that you’ve had a chance to sample today’s offerings from me, the Comment Thread is wide open and waiting for your own tasty tidbits.