How many should be counted as Trump Administration accomplishments?

How many should be counted as accomplishments?

  1. Almost 4 million jobs created since election.
  2. More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history.
  3. We have created more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since my election.
  4. Manufacturing jobs growing at the fastest rate in more than THREE DECADES.
  5. Economic growth last quarter hit 4.2 percent.
  6. New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low.
  7. Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded.
  8. African-American unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
  9. Hispanic-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.
  10. Asian-American unemployment recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
  11. Women’s unemployment recently reached the lowest rate in 65 years.
  12. Youth unemployment has recently hit the lowest rate in nearly half a century.
  13. Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma
  14. Under my Administration, veterans’ unemployment recently reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.
  15. Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election.
  16. The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans. We are committed to VOCATIONAL education.
  17. 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future—highest ever.
  18. Retail sales surged last month, up another 6% over last year.
  19. Signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history. After tax cuts, over $300 billion dollars poured back in to the U.S. in the first quarter alone.
  20. As a result of our tax bill, small businesses will have the lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years.
  21. Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  22. Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.
  23. Opened ANWR & Approved Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
  24. Record number of regulations eliminated.
  25. Enacted regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions.
  26. Obamacare individual mandate penalty GONE.
  27. My Administration is providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans through association health plans and short-term duration plans.
  28. Last month, the FDA approved more affordable generic drugs than ever before in history. And thanks to our efforts, many drug companies are freezing or reversing planned price increases.e reformed the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs–saving seniors hundreds of millions of dollars this year alone.
  29. Signed Right-To-Try Legislation.
  30. Secured $6 billion dollars in NEW funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
  31. We have reduced high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16% during my first year in office.
  32. Signed VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
  33. Increased our coal exports by 60%; U.S. oil production recently reached all-time high.
  34. United States is a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957.
  35. Withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord.
  36. Cancelled the illegal, anti-coal, so-called Clean Power Plan.
  37. Secured record $700 billion dollars in military funding; $716 billion next year.
  38. NATO allies are spending $69 billion dollars more on defense since 2016.
  39. Process has begun to make the Space Force the 6th branch of the armed forces.
  40. Confirmed more circuit court judges than any other new administration.
  41. Confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch; Nominated Judge Brett Kavanagh.
  42. Withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran Deal.
  43. Moved U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
  44. Protecting Americans from terrorists with the Travel Ban, upheld by Supreme Court.
  45. Issued executive order to keep open Guantanamo Bay.
  46. Concluded an historic U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal to replace NAFTA. And negotiations with Canada are underway as we speak.
  47. Reached a breakthrough agreement with the EU to increase U.S. exports.
  48. Imposed tariffs on foreign Steel & Aluminum to protect our national security.
  49. Imposed tariffs on China in response to China’s forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices.
  50. Net exports are on track to increase by $59 billion dollars this year.
  51. Improved vetting & screening for refugees, and switched focus to overseas resettlement.
  52. We have begun BUILDING THE WALL. Republicans want STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME. Democrats want OPEN BORDERS which equals MASSIVE CRIME.

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Why do we pay?


Speak softly and carry a big stick.–TR

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, President Trump points out that he alone is fighting to reform defense pact spending that costs American taxpayers. “We’re protecting immensely wealthy countries and they’re not paying us for the protections,” President Trump says. “Why aren’t we being reimbursed for this massive cost?”–White House. Sept. 5

President Trump writes that America pays to protect wealthy countries. Why aren’t we being reimbursed for this massive cost? he wonders. The obvious answer, which he seems not to understand, is that it is our choice and done in our interest.

For whatever reason, America spends more on military readiness than any other country. We do this because we judge it to be necessary.  Although other countries may spend less, their contributions to the common defense are important, their status as allies independent of other foreign military powers is in our interest.

In the 1930s, Germany gobbled up Austria and Czechoslovakia while the world watched. In the 1940s, America fought Japan to stem the expansion of Japanese military and economic power in Asia. During the cold war, there was a fear that the Soviet Union, having incorporated much of Eastern Europe, would continue to overrun one country after another. America, right or wrong, fought wars in Korea and Vietnam to counter Soviet and Chinese interests. The countries that we were defending–Britain, Norway, France, Belgium, Holland, Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam–couldn’t pay, weren’t expected to pay, and were defended nevertheless whether they liked it or not. It was done in our interest as well as possibly in theirs.

In the Daily Caller interview, Trump said: Amazingly, a lot of generals don’t understand it. It is very likely true that generals have a different understanding of military strategy than the President. It is said that they regard him as hopelessly naive. It’s clear why that’s so.


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Hearing things



In 2002, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a component of the World Health Organization, appointed an expert Working Group to review all available evidence on static and extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields. The Working Group classified ELF-EMFs as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” based on limited evidence from human studies in relation to childhood leukemia. Static electric and magnetic fields and extremely low frequency electric fields were determined “not classifiable as to their carcinogenicity to humans.”

I was briefly a brain researcher once although I never showed up for work. A male professor hired me one day, and his wife fired me the next. She quite reasonably saw that the hours I had blithely agreed to work were inconsistent with my status as a full time undergraduate student.

Planck’s law states that the energy in electromagnetic radiation increases with frequency.

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Since the 1970s, there has been a concern that low frequency radiation from power lines and transformers at 60 Hz (5000 km) might cause medical problems, particularly cancer.  As the energy in low frequency radiation is low, any such effect is mysterious.

Since early in the 20th Century, radio signals, typically between 1 MHz (300 M) and 100 MHz (3 M), have been used to heat tissue. Diathermy was initially said to cure all kinds of ailments. At the time, these claims were surely exaggerated. Since then, diathermy has found legitimate uses.

Microwave radio signals typically have frequencies between 300 MHz (100 cm) and 300 GHz (0.1 cm). They are used in radar sets, cell phones, and microwave ovens.

Attacks on diplomatic personnel in Cuba and China may be linked to modulated microwave signals directed at them. They experienced hearing noises and may have suffered brain damage. This is a suspicion; no motive or perpetrator is known.

William Broad, writing in The NY Times on September 2, explores this subject at length. Broad writes:

Strikes with microwaves, some experts now argue, more plausibly explain reports of painful sounds, ills and traumas than do other possible culprits–sonic attacks, viral infections and contagious anxiety.

That microwaves can create audible sensations is well known. In 1960, Cornell researcher Allan Frey investigated reports that people could hear radar signals; he found this to be true.

Allan Frey, now 83, was interviewed for Broad’s article. Reportedly, Mr. Frey doubts that the case will be solved anytime soon. He believes the novelty of the crisis, the sporadic nature and the foreign setting made it hard for federal investigators to gather clues and draw conclusions much less file charges. Broad’s article concludes with a quote from Allan Frey:

Based on what I know, it will remain a mystery.

There is little reason to doubt that microwave weapons could have been used against diplomats in Cuba and China, but who might have done that and what they hoped to achieve is unknown.


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NY23’s Sample Ballots for the Sept 13 NYS Primaries

There will be a State Primary Election on ballot-box-2Thursday, September 13.  Only Democratic and Reform Parties will have State-Wide Races. The Democratic, Republican, Conservative and some minor parties may have local races depending on which Senate or Assembly District, County, City, Village or Town you live in.

Please note the those voters who are not in a political party (Unaffiliated voters) CAN VOTE IN THE REFORM PARTY PRIMRY! Here are sample ballots as published by the County Board of Elections offices:

Basic State Democratic Ballot:




Basic State Reform/Unaffiliated Ballot:




Allegany County sample ballots are not available on-line.

Link to Cattaraugus County’s sample ballots click here

Link to Chautauqua County’s sample ballots click here

Link to Chemung County’s Ballots click here. — It has been reported that the ballots on tis site are out of date. You can follow this link to see the Chemung’s list of Candidates.

Link to Ontario County’s sample ballots click here.

Link to Schuyler County’s List of Candidates click here.

Link to Seneca County’s sample ballots click here

Link to Steuben County’s sample ballots click here.

Link to Tompkins County’s sample ballots click here

Link to Tioga County’s sample ballots click here.

Link to Yates County’s sample ballots click here.


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Dear Constituent


Dear Constituent,

My first choice for President in 2016 was Jeb Bush. I considered Bush the strongest candidate. When his campaign faltered, I turned to Donald Trump as the most likely to prevent an extreme liberal Democrat from becoming President.

During the first year of the Trump administration, I was buoyed by our success with tax reform, regulatory reform, trade policy, and appointments of conservative judges. The economy boomed as a result of the Administration’s efforts.

However, there was a disturbing undercurrent of negativity–reports of foreign intrigue, immorality, and mismanagement. My confidence weakened, my hopes disappointed.

I support the Administration’s stated goals, but I now fear that scandal and extreme partisan animosity will hinder further progress. While I trust that the President’s efforts to answer the charges against him will ultimately clear his name, I fear that the effort will distract from further progress. I believe we now need to put the problems faced by the Trump Administration behind us. I urge President Trump to resign so that a new Republican administration guided by President Pence can continue our progress.

Your Representative in Congress

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Shared Economy

download“Shared Economy is also known as collaborative consumption or collaborative economy or peer economy. It refers to a hybrid market model of a peer-to-peer exchange. Such transactions are often facilitated via community-based online services.”–Wikipedia


Uber has an incredible history of positive disruption and has been the single biggest player in the transformation of the car service industry“Getting to work reliably is a concern for many, and today’s discussion was incredibly beneficial as Uber looks toward retooling how people get to work and provide for their families.–Rep Tom Reed

“Positive disruption,” what is that? “Car service industry,” “incredible beneficial,” what can Tom mean?

We’re growing as we’re talking about it. –Patrick Lyden, Uber federal policy representative

Lyden and Reed also discussed how the tax code needs to be restructured to reflect the changing economy that would mirror how businesses like Uber are employing individuals.

We need to modernize the tax code to recognize that there is a portion of this workforce that wants to work in a flexible way, Lyden said.

Wants to work in a flexible way, or can’t find a full time job with benefits that pays a living wage?

Reed used the term “back packing” as it relates to individuals maintaining their earned benefits who might work for multiple employers. He said current work with the tax code will attempt to reflect those individuals with jobs like that of Uber.

By “reflect those individuals” what might Tom mean?

The Post-Journal article isn’t clear: when Tom talks tax law changes, what problem does he mean to solve? Does he want to help Uber, their drivers, riders, or the Treasury? If the discussion with Uber was “incredibly beneficial,” whom did it help? Tom may have accidentally chosen the right word–much of what he says is incredible.

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What a Democratic House would do

Kennedy quote

ask not.jpg… they will overturn everything that we’ve done and they will do it quickly and violently.–DJT

If President Trump is really worried, he might better relax–there is no way a Democratic majority in the House could  overturn much current legislation. With Democrats in charge, the House could play an important role in reestablishing good government. While it is unlikely that major new legislation could become law, the House could:

  • Improve or block harmful bills proposed by the President and passed by the Senate.
  • End efforts to further limit or defund affordable health care.
  • Investigate and propose legislation that might command enough bipartisan support to pass the Senate and be signed by the President.

Democrats could turn to moderate Republicans for a common effort to pass needed legislation supported by both parties as advocated by the late John McCain and even Tom Reed. While Democrats might be tempted to use the same harsh rules they have suffered under during the interval of Republican control, it is possible they might rise above that.

It is unlikely that current legislation, the 2018 tax law for example, could be repealed. Incremental improvements might be possible with bipartisan support.

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