I’ve been called an Eeyore for pointing out the conventional wisdom on the Trump presidency:
“He has pursued an aggressive deregulation agenda; the tax cut bill he signed (which included drastic reductions in corporate taxes) could have been pursued by just about any Republican president; his judicial picks led by Justice Neil Gorsuch have come straight from the Federalist Society crowd; he’s shown himself to be a Second Amendment enthusiast; and arguably, he’s operationally been the most pro-life president in history.
At the same time, many of the more populist policies on which he broke with traditional limited government conservatives during the campaign haven’t come into fruition. He hasn’t followed through on his tough talk against China and didn’t use tax reform as an opportunity to tax imports.
In addition, his promise of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill has gotten nowhere, and during the healthcare debate, he never pushed the idea of having Medicare negotiate drug prices, which he wildly claimed during the campaign would allow him to save the government hundreds of billions of dollars annually.
He hasn’t gotten Mexico — or the Republican Congress — to pay for a wall, many of his immigration moves have been stymied by the courts, and pending current negotiations, his hawkish immigration goals have still not been realized.
So, to sum up: Trump has tangible accomplishments when it comes to deregulation, cutting taxes, and appointing conservative judges. Yet on infrastructure, immigration, and trade, his populist promises remain unfulfilled. …”
A year later, the “populist-nationalist revolution” has amounted to restoring mainstream conservatism to power. Who knew a year ago that we would be indefinitely occupying Syria?