25 Things We Can Expect From Donald J Trump’s Presidency
The Keystone Pipeline
This was one of the major things that Obama was supposed to approve as a bi-partisan compromise, sort of an olive branch. In the last four years, there’s been less and less bi-partisan compromise, and now that he and the majority of democrats are out, it would be pretty shocking if this didn’t happen in some way, despite the current protests.
Why this hasn’t happened yet is kind of confusing and shocking, as most members of both parties agree that it needs to happen. Hopefully, it will free up the process some to let fresh blood – business owners, former blue collar workers, scientists, etc – into congress that don’t have to be rich to even run a chance of being elected. But for now, we’ll all settle for a breaking up of limits on the good ol’ boys club.
A new SCOTUS nominee will likely get put through as there’s also a Republican controlled Senate and Congress; however, this may not be as simple as some are assuming.
More late night jokes and cheap shots at the president
Let’s just be honest, whatever side of political divide you fall on, Obama is just a cool dude. He’s charming, affable, and knows how to take or make a joke. Trump is slightly less charming and affable. While many people do find Trump relatable, many others think he’s literally Hitler, and we know what kind of treatment George W got from late night TV, so we’re just expecting it. And it’s okay.
Changes in Funding for Planned Parenthood
Due to the changes in government along with the fact that nearly half of Americans are fundamentally opposed to abortion in cases where the mother and fetus are both healthy, we can expect some changes in how Planned Parenthood is funded, mainly through a cut of federal funding. This doesn’t, however, mean that Planned Parenthood will be going away.
For those following the no-fly zone in Syria saga, and Hillary’s comments about taking military action against Russian hackers, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin said some very encouraging things about Russia’s relationship with the US, namely that Russia looks forward to restoring relations between our two nations. While the media has been pushing a narrative that Trump has Russian ties, there’s been no proof – either in wikileaks, or during an FBI probe into the issue – that found any ties between Trump and Russia.
Possibly a second SCOTUS Nominee
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in her 80’s, and while she’s healthy, she’s still well past retirement age, and it wouldn’t take much to make someone her age unhealthy, so it’s possible in the next 4 years that she’ll pass away or retire, and a second SCOTUS nominee will need to be appointed. She had the option and was of the age to retire when Obama was in his first two years with a Democratic majority, which would have allowed him to place a new liberal Justice in. Some Democrats even asked her to retire. This would have kept the court balanced and secured a liberal seat for the next several decades, but she personally chose not to. If she dies or has to step down, particularly if it’s within the next 18-24 months, expect two more Constitutional Conservative Supreme Court Justices.
Gay marriage will remain legal
The only way that such a thing could be overturned is if a citizen brings a case before SCOTUS to argue that gay marriage is not protected under the constitution or a constitutional amendment (and 2/3 of the states aren’t going to agree to that). It’s not going to happen. No one is going to round up transgenders and put them in camps or take away someone’s right to marry whom they choose. Congress cannot roll back the SCOTUS ruling on same sex marriage. Anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to make you afraid so they can manipulate you; shame on them.
Probably, realistically, no more deportations than Obama
Oft referred to by immigration groups as “the deporter in chief,” Obama has deported more people than any other president: 2.5 million between 2009 and 2015. While Trump promises to be tough on immigration, it would be very difficult from a logistical standpoint to be “tougher” than that. What we might expect is quicker deportations for criminals, though.
Better vetting for refugees from Muslim nations
Realistically, we can probably expect a system more like Canada’s – only Women, Children, and Families. Unaccompanied men seeking asylum are not allowed into Canada. The US currently allows single men of combat age in. We can’t really be sure what form this will take, but lining up with what Canada is doing is a realistic first step.
Middle Class Tax Relief
This is something that Trump promised and generally is something Republicans can all agree on, so it shouldn’t be a huge problem getting some kind of tax reform for the middle class passed. A lot of people work really hard to claw their way up into middle class, only to find themselves taxed almost back out of it again, and very few people mention this when discussing income inequality. Bush had serious tax cuts on the books for two parent families with children, and those have all but disappeared in the last 8 years.
Tariffs for companies sending jobs overseas
Establishing tariffs for companies that lay off American workers, move factories overseas, and then import products back to the US. This is something that Hillary and Trump agreed on, though they had different ways of going about it. Trump’s plan is tariffs; Hillary’s plan was an exit tax. Either way, this should be something that a bi-partisan agreement can be reached on, since both sides agree that manufacturing jobs leaving the US is a huge problem for the economy.
Some sort of school voucher program and an end to common core
While the Federal Government can’t force school guidelines on any state, they do hold the purse strings to Federal Funding, and that’s now based on common core and standardized testing performance. Trump believes that parents should be allowed to put their tax dollars towards the education they feel is best for their children, even if that isn’t private schooling, and that common core is “a disaster.” While some people may be freaking out about this, what it really boils down to is putting the power and choice of a child’s education back into the hands of the parents instead of the school board.
More funding for the Veteran’s Administration
Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day, and trying to get an appointment for anything – including mental health, or physical therapy, or you know, a prosthetic to replace the limb you lost – takes forever, and once a Veteran gets an appointment, they could possibly wait hours for a simple prescription refill. Whatever one’s personal feelings on war and how the US uses it’s armed forces, to send these men and women off, have them come home damaged, and then treat them this way is just shameful, and something has to change. President Elect Trump is the first major presidential candidate to seriously speak to this matter in the last several elections, so now that he’s elected, we should be able to do something for our veterans.