What to Expect During Trump's First State of the Union

It’s been a full year since Donald Trump became President of the United States, and while there are plenty of things to be concerned about (his unusual affection for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, disturbing appeal to racists, and mental stability, just to name a few), there are actually some things the president can and should highlight in his first official State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

The most significant accomplishment of Trump’s presidency thus far is unquestionably the economy. Yes, former President Barack Obama does deserve a great deal of credit for turning around a collapsing economy (albeit at a slower than molasses pace). Nevertheless, Obama got the job done before leaving office, and he deserves credit for that. But in just one year, Donald Trump has managed to roll back egregious regulations, push through historic tax reform, and repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate, which was among the causes that delayed the economic recovery during the Obama years.

Trump would do well to spend a decent portion of his hour-long speech on these few accomplishments alone. Democrats can moan and groan at how Trump and congressional Republicans have gotten us to the lowest unemployment rate in a decade, with literally dozens of major U.S. companies passing out cash bonuses like candy, but the fact of the matter is that the numbers back up the reality of a booming economy. No one can deny that. Not even progressives who attempt to paint an alternate universe for hard-working Americans who know better.

If I were part of the Trump administration’s communications team, I would have invited families who are set to benefit from the tax cuts and business owners who can now hire more workers because they are no longer forced to offer outrageous health insurance benefits. Further, he should invite children who rely on CHIP, vowing to preserve their health insurance benefits that expire in just weeks, as well as DREAMers promising them that they are appreciated by natural born citizens and that their contributions are welcome in our society.

Simply stating these economic facts, along with reiterating these couple of promises, would go a long way in uniting Democrats and Republicans. Our country needs that right about now, and Trump would do himself, his administration, and all fellow Americans a favor by seizing this moment.