President Trump made lots of campaign promises to the American people, and with just over two months in office, it’s clear that the President’s word is not his bond.

Candidate Trump promised that he’d repeal and replace Obamacare with his own plan. He promised that his plan would provide better benefits, lower premiums, and cover everyone. Last month Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, introduced the American Health Care Act. The now discarded plan failed to provide coverage to everyone, would’ve allowed insurance companies to discontinue coverage for basic services, would’ve slashed Medicaid funding, would’ve caused premiums for the elderly and sick to skyrocket, and would’ve caused tens of millions of Americans to lose coverage. In short, it would’ve done the exact opposite of what Trump promised, and clearly showed he never had his own plan, and more importantly, never had any intention of keeping this promise.

Candidate Trump also promised that he had a “secret plan” to defeat the jihadist terrorist group known as ISIS within 30 days. He stated at the time that he didn’t want to unveil his plan because President Obama or Hillary Clinton would steal his ideas. Two and half months into his presidency, ISIS is as active as ever, and it’s clear that there was never any secret plan to defeat ISIS.

Candidate Trump also promised to build a “big beautiful wall” along the US-Mexico border, and vowed that Mexico would pay for it. He led his supporters with hypnotic back and forth calls of “What are we going to build? A wall! Who’s going pay for it? Mexico!” Alas, President Trump’s proposed budget for the remainder of 2017 and 2018 calls for Congress to appropriate American taxpayer moneys to pay for the wall.

Candidate Trump strongly criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement, calling it a disaster, and promised that on day one he’d begin renegotiating NAFTA. On March 30, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump administration had recently signaled to Congress that it would be proposing only “modest” changes to NAFTA. Modest changes to remedy a disaster? To date, no renegotiation of NAFTA has begun, even for modest revisions. To paraphrase former presidential contender Ross Perot, it looks like Trump has given a NAFTA “shafta” to the voters.

Candidate Trump, who strongly criticized President Obama’s golf outings, also promised voters that he wouldn’t have time for this because he’d be too busy working. Since becoming president nine weeks ago, he’s visited the golf links thirteen times, including eight weeks in a row.

In his book “The Art of the Deal,” Trump boasted he could pull off big business deals because people were gullible and believe anything. In his business career, he’s broken his promises to repay his creditors as evidenced by his numerous bankruptcy filings and unpaid contractors. President Trump’s broken promises should therefore come as no surprise.

Mr. President keep your promises to the American people or keep them to yourself.

Roberto Torres is an attorney at law in Galveston and writes columns from a progressive perspective.

(53) comments

Carlos Ponce

Roberto, as usual you put the Liberal spin on the actual truth. Just wait, everything Trump promised will be fulfilled. Rome wasn't built in one day but you think all of Trump's promises will be. That would be nice but not realistic. Patience, Roberto, PATIENCE. And Mexico will eventually pay for that wall. Many proposals on how that will be accomplished are being looked at.
The Trump administration has only just begun. To use a football analogy they're not even halfway through the first quarter.
As for replacing Obamacare, Congress called a "time out". There was no vote on the bill yet Democrats are gleefully proclaiming victory. It will be returned with a new game plan and substitutions.

Randy Chapman

And who knows; the wall may not even be needed now. With deportations running through the roof now, word has gotten out that the border is not a porous as it once was, and if you get caught crossing, you will be summarily dumped into Mexico, no matter your country of origin. Makes it a little distasteful to those from further south than Mexico.

Doyle Beard

Roberto justs shows what hypocrites the libs are. I t would take a page or two in the GCDN to list Obamas broken promsies. Real people dont accuse someone esle of doing something when they are guilty also.Of course one has to consider the source.

Don Schlessinger

Maybe you should tell your Leftist friends to get off their behinds and get to work instead of whining about losing an election.

Doyle Beard

you are correct Don. This bunch needs to take JFK's advice do something for your country instead of all the backbiting.

Kelly Naschke

Is this hack serious? Two months in...and the wheels are in motion on every promise Trump made. This was the best you could do Roberrrrrrto? It's getting entertaining watching the libs grasp for straws! By the way Roberrrrto...if you like your Dr....you can keep your Dr. Hahahaha

Lisa Blair

Not a single comment in support of the Three Conservatives today but you guys can't wait to name call and heap ridicule on Roberto's opinion. It must be comforting to Trump to know that his true believers have his back, even with his approval ratings in the toilet and the walls closing in on him. If he's proven to have colluded with Russia to win the Presidency are you going to say it's a conspiracy of the "lying media"?

Carlos Ponce

"In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Former Director of National "Intelligence James Clapper says that there wasn't evidence of collusion between Russia and Trump earlier this year."
http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/video/full-clapper-no-evidence-of-collusion-between-trump-and-russia-890509379597
Is Lisa Blair saying that people on Obama's team LIED? Oh My![scared]

Doyle Beard

Carlos honestly she is not saying anything just rattling and hoping.If all these backbiters would make a contribution to society it would be great.

Lisa Blair

I certainly hope you're not referring to me, Doyle. You haven't the slightest idea what why contributions to society have been. They've certainly been more than that of a bitter, hateful man hiding behind his keyboard throwing out insults and Fox News BS all day long.

Don Ciaccio

Lisa, turns out the walls are coming down on Susan Rice and the Obama administration. More to come. Start worrying. Multiple sources tell Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance.

The unmasked names, of people associated with Donald Trump, were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan – essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes.

Steve Fouga

Don, no walls are coming down. No worries. All of those you mentioned would have had both the clearances and need-to-know to receive such info. This story is factual, but the hubbub about it is a Fox-generated tempest in a teapot. It'll go away soon.

Carlos Ponce

Steve, the walls are TUMBLING DOWN. "need-to-know"???
If you really think this is "Fox -generated" you have a perception problem.
It will not go away. This revelation of the corruption during the Obama era is just the tip of the iceberg.

Steve Fouga

I should have said "Trump Administration and Fox-generated." Like I said, it appears factual that Ms Rice requested the unmasking, but the hubbub about it was manufactured to distract from the larger issues surrounding the Administration's ties to Russia.

Imagine if the story had said, "Multiple sources are claiming Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor to President Obama, requested information possibly important to national security, from agents employed by the government expressly to collect such information! She then went even further, using the authority allowed by her office, and disseminated this information to other government officials charged with protecting our security!"

Pay attention folks. You are being distracted.

Diane Turski

Thank you for reminding everyone of all the broken campaign promises just within his first couple of months. A monthly reminder of continued broken promises would be useful in cutting through the surrounding noise and propaganda.

Carlos Ponce

Broken? Broken implies making a promise and not intending to fulfill it. Everything is on a timeline. To accomplish all within a couple of months would be nice but not realistic. I guess Liberals lack patience. I'm still waiting for Obamacare to reduce health costs.[beam]
“ we will work to lower your premiums by up to $2,500 per family.” President Barack Hussein Obama.
We can say Obama broke his promises because he is no longer in office and many of his promises were NEVER fulfilled. . To say at this point that Trump has broken his promises is premature. Indications are they will be fulfilled.[beam][beam][beam][beam]

Josh Butler

The previous administration was in office for 8 years. Trump has been in office for just over 2 months. This leftist hysteria is approaching a comical level. Just chill, people. He had his first misstep with the healthcare bill. That is how government is SUPPOSED to work. You're not supposed to just ram stuff thru. That is how you end up with horrible bills like ACA. Surely the hysterical liberals can give him more than 2 months. But that may be asking too much.

George Croix

"just over two months in office"
There it is....

Well, it takes a special kind of person for stuff like that...to both pitch and catch it....[beam][beam][beam][beam][beam]

George Croix

ps:
It helps to understand the difference between stating an opinion and declaring fact.
Ephemeral as the difference may be to the realities of being 'progressive"....[beam][beam][beam]

Jim Forsythe

This is about the President If all you expect from a President.  Is it OK because the past Presidents did it, then  we will never progress to having a  President we deserve. Its OK to discuss past problems a President has had, but not to give a President a pass because Obama , Reagan, Carter, Ford m Nixon, etc.,. in the past, did it.
"Just wait, everything Trump promised will be fulfilled".
The President  Trump made 34 promises about his first day he did not fulfil. Its impossible for a President to fulfill all that they promise. Just a few below examples is his  timeline, he gave himself.
Under my contract with the American voter we are proposing a series of ethics reforms on day one to end government corruption. They include a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of congress.
Under my contract with the American voter we’re proposing a series of ethics reforms on day one to end government — right? To end government corruption. [Tallahassee, FL, 10/25/16]
Day one of my administration we’re getting all of the criminals out. have many, many criminals. Gang members, heads of cartels, drug members and they lead all sorts of drug gangs, all of those — and the police know who they are. They’re all getting out. [Manchester, NH, 8/25/16]
On my first day in office, I am also going to ask Congress to pass “Kate’s Law” — named for Kate Steinle — to ensure that criminal aliens convicted of illegal reentry face receive strong mandatory minimum sentences. [Phoenix, AZ, 8/31/16]
On day one we will begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall.
I will get rid of gun-free zones in schools and you have to, and on military bases. My first day it gets signed. My first day it gets signed. My first day. There’s no more gun-free zones. Think of it. [Burlington, VT, 1/7/16]
"
"beautiful southern border wall." The reality of the cost for it , may prevent it from  being built. Just to maintain it  each year, may run from 1-3 Billion dollars.  More cost effective, might be placing more troops on the boarder.

George Croix

C'mon, Jim....you don't belong in the same class as the 'solve world hunger in 2 months or you failed' jeering section...you're better than that.......

Steve Fouga

It's unfair to expect promises to be fulfilled immediately. On the other hand, it's stupid to claim they will be when making them. I do fear that some of his promises were flat out lies, made simply to get elected. If so, he's not exactly the first candidate to do that.

To my friends on the Left: You have to give him a chance. I agree that right now things don't look good for some of his promises, but that's because he attached ridiculous timelines to them to begin with. To be a happier person, and not appear to be gloating, think about it like this: Do you really want him to keep his promises?

To my friends on the Right: The loudness of the bitching/gloating is in proportion to the loudness of the promises.

Doyle Beard

It happens on both sides and until people admit it does all this crap will continue. All on both sides need to grow up.

Jim Forsythe

George, no President can do all that he says he can. But when someone say "On day one I will do I"t, they are setting themselves for
failure. If someone says , I will try to do something, is different than I will do it.
 What has he been able to get passed by the Senate and the House? He is approaching 100 days in office, which is used to evaluate  a Presidents performance. At that time , it may become clearer, as to his effeteness. Trump himself tweeted a threat to the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which is going to make it harder for him to get what he wants. His next hurdle will be the Budget.
The federal nepotism laws is in place for a reason, because of JFK and his brother Bobby. Trump skirting this , is not good for his public perception , or for our country.

Doyle Beard

last sentence is about as weak as one can get.

Jim Forsythe

and how is it?

Carlos Ponce

"is not good for his public perception , or for our country."
Did you say or think the same thing when President Bill Clinton appointed wife Hillary to head the Health Care task force in 1993?

Jim Forsythe

yes

Carlos Ponce

I can respect that.

George Croix

You're right , Jim.
That's exactly why Gitmo was closed on the last 'Day 1'.....[beam]

And I would agree that was a setup for failure....massive....over 2 terms....

Maybe history is repeating itself, but 3 months isn't even enough time for 'the resistance' to run out of new things to whine about....

Dan Freeman

Not really about the promises he made for day 1 or month 1. Those broken promises and impossible claims have made Trump among the least popular presidents at his 75th day in office.

538 has him at 39.8% approval and 53.6% disapproval:
https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/

RCP has him between 34% (IBD/TIPP) and 42% (Rasmussen) with a 56% to 58% disapproval rating. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/

At the beginning of April 2009 Obama had a 62% approval rating. At the beginning of April 2001 GW Bush had a 53% approval rating. At the end of March 1993, Bill Clinton had a 52% approval rating. I think most people will admit the disastrous effects of exaggeration and false promises. If Trump keeps it up, we will have a rough four years.


Carlos Ponce

Not popular because of polls. Remember the polls said Trump had no path to the presidency and Hillary Clinton would definitely win. [yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn]

Randy Chapman

Carlos, your emoticons made my afternoon!

Randy Chapman

Polls are only accurate if you poll everyone, and somehow force them to be honest. Read "Clinton lost" here.

Doyle Beard

Anyway you spin it the hildabeast lost. One of these days you libs will learn it was hillary( poor candidate)who lost the election and not trump who won. You need to get a life.

Jim Forsythe

June 10, 2016
What that means for the general election is that, even though Clinton appears to be consolidating her support among voters across the United States, the Electoral College, where the next president will actually be chosen, has started to look more welcoming to Trump.Specifically, races in Florida and Pennsylvania have tightened, according to new polls, making those states with their 29 and 20 electoral votes respectively now appear winnable for Trump, putting the total of 270 electoral votes needed to secure the presidency closer to his grasp.
Less than one month ago, on May 16 — as Donald Trump was enjoying his own nationwide polling bump from becoming the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party — Clinton’s lead in the Huffington Post/Pollster average was a mere 1.5 percentage points. http://www.inquisitr.com/3189517/trump-vs-clinton-polls-electoral-college/


Electoral College votes, around the end of September ,started to point to Trump.   Popular vote was still with Clinton;
Electoral College vote
Published September 17, 2016
FoxNews.com                        
A Reuters poll released Saturday shows Hillary Clinton’s once-significant Electoral College lead dropping sharply in recent week The wire service’s weekly tracking poll of more than 15,000 Americans projects that Clinton -- “if the race was held today” -- has a 60 percent chance of winning by 18 electoral votes, compared to having an 83 percent chance last week.
09/15/16
Just six weeks ago, Hillary Clinton's advantage in the Electoral College looked insurmountable. Now, based on the latest round of public polls, it's a different story. If the election were held today, Donald Trump would apparently win roughly as many electoral votes as Hillary Clinton — who held a commanding lead in early August and seemed to be closing off all possible Trump routes to 270 electoral votes.
But state polling averages, which can be lagging indicators, are beginning to show Trump in the lead. According to POLITICO’s Battleground States polling average, Trump is now ahead in Iowa and Ohio — and he’s tied with Clinton in vote-rich Florida.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Donald Trump would earn enough votes to win the presidency in the Electoral College based on UPI/CVoter's state tracking poll released Monday.
Trump would amass 292 votes and Clinton would get 246 with 270 needed to secure the oval office.
But the candidates' leads are narrow enough -- 5 percent or less -- in 12 states to classify them as swing states, meaning 156 electoral votes could be up for grabs.
UPI/CVoter state tracking poll


                      

George Croix

Maybe it's the type of rice??

"Condoleeza Rice has been named by multiple sources names as the senior Bush Admin. official who ordered unmasking of the names of private citizens, obtained during surveillance activities during the course of a national Presidential election and following the election, that were not related to ongoing Russian involvement investigations..."

Had that happened and that been the name, it would be a CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, WAPO, NYT et al 24/7 slamathon, rather than virtually ignored by them to save, or try to, what little credibility they have for being protective of corruption by people that they all so deeply invested in...

But, with Susan Rice. she of 'it was the video' and 'Bergdahl served with honor' , it's 'Fox generated.....

Can't fix that.....

Steve Fouga

And administration-generated. And you're right, you can't fix it.

It's okay, George. You're just distracted. [cool]

Carlos Ponce

Administration-generated? Your opinion which has no basis in fact.

Steve Fouga

That's okay, this forum is where we share opinions, as well as facts.

And further, I'd say it probably does have basis in fact; I just can't prove it yet. So for now, yes, this is what I THINK is happening. The Trump Administration and Rightist allies like Fox are throwing up a smokescreen to distract from the real story, which is the Administration's ties to Russia. That's what I think.

And I'm glad you pointed out that I have no facts to support my opinion, because it gives me a chance to say that you don't either. You have no idea whether the Susan Rice story is a Trump/Fox-generated distraction or not.

You just think it isn't. And I think it is. You're distracted, Carlos.

Good thing the FBI and Senate are not. [batman]

Carlos Ponce

"You're distracted, Carlos." Not really.
The upper echelons of the FBI are distracted by allegiances to their former masters. The rank and file isn't. Senators aren't distracted? WRONG CONCLUSION. Many are after one goal - get re-elected, remain in power. Did you notice how RICH Harry Reid became on his government salary??? Ted Cruz isn't there yet but John Cornyn?

Steve Fouga

Okay, Carlos, you got me on the Senate thing. They're all distracted by their re-election bids.

I meant specifically the Senate investigation into possible Trump Administration ties to Russia.
[wink]

Carlos Ponce

The grandstanding proves my point.

Steve Fouga

Well, it's a good point. We're about to see month if not years of grandstanding.

Off-topic, but do you approve of term limits for Senators? Representatives?

Carlos Ponce

[thumbup]

George Croix

Mr. Fouga, as but one example of 'national news outlets' coming late to the Party we would not even KNOW that Hillary Clinton had a private email server with unsecured top secret info on it and disseminated to others had it not been for Fox News bulldogging the story until it HAD to be picked up by the others.
Would you say THAT was 'Fox generated' nothing...?[beam]
But then, you'd never get that Boy Scout Credibility Badge....
They look real nice on a lapel....
How about Bill's meeting with the AG in secret...more 'generated' nothing, even though the majors and the minors tried till they choked to ignore it...
Maybe......if one concludes that declining to indict is 'nothing'.....
Maybe they'll eventually get them all for income tax evasion...worked for another lawless character a few decades ago.....

Jarvis Buckley

In the future the only way you will hear or read anything regarding the
Democratic Party will be in a history
Class.

Steve Fouga

Maybe in the distant future, Jarvis. But I think we'll hear a lot from the Democratic Party in the midterm elections. For a change.

Jim Forsythe

Just as the Democratic Party is changing , so is the Republican Party. neither one is the same as they were just a few years ago. The thing that has changed the most is they are not the party that  represents the most people . Independents  now have at least 40% that say, they are not tied to either party. Since Bush sr. , the party that holds the presidency has alternated, as people are looking for something that may not be possible. When Trumps term or terms are over ,people will be looking for change. will the Democratic Party,Republican Party,or the Independents provide the change they will be seeking?

"The Democratic Party traces its origins to the inspiration of the Democratic-Republican Party, founded by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and other influential opponents of the Federalists in 1792. That party also inspired the Whigs and modern Republicans. Organizationally, the modern Democratic Party truly arose in the 1830s, with the election of Andrew Jackson. Since the nomination of William Jennings Bryan in 1896, the party has generally positioned itself to the left of the Republican Party on economic issues. They have been more liberal on civil rights issues since 1948t has won the  foreign policy both parties changed position several times"

Carlos Ponce

"But I think we'll hear a lot from the Democratic Party in the midterm elections."
Yes, unfortunately we will. [yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn]

Steve Fouga

[beam][beam][beam][beam][cool]

Jim Forsythe

It has been reported that I was seriously ill--it was another man; dying--it was another man; dead--the other man again...As far as I can see, nothing remains to be reported, except that I have become a foreigner. When you hear it, don't you believe it. And don't take the trouble to deny it. Merely just raise the American flag on our house in Hartford and let it talk.
- Letter to Frank E. Bliss, 11/4/1897

Doyle Beard

Broken Promises
you can keep your doctor
you can keep your policy
Your premiums will be lower
I drew a red line in the sand
I will be the most transparent president ever
I could go on and on roberto who just happesn to have selective memory os is it just hypocritical, judge for ones self

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