From his bully pulpit, the first 100 days of President Trump's presidency can best be described in three words: A train wreck.

George Thomas Parsons III

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Carlos Ponce

Thank you for your opinion, George Thomas Parsons III. But as to the facts, Trump's first 100 days is "Making America GREAT, again". But if you pay attention to the Leftist media you wouldn't know this. They only give you information THEY want you to know. How very Pravda like.
Despite the foot dragging by the Democrats and activist judges, this administration is moving at WARP SPEED accomplishing goals that are making AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
Click on links found at
https://www.whitehouse.gov/100-days
to see what the Leftist media DOESN'T want you to know. Time to be enlightened!

Daniel Hochman

Unreal. You will believe anything. Trump has the lowest approval rating in history...HISTORY!! He is a buffoon. He knows nothing and has accomplished less. How does screwing the middle class and lower, enriching himself and destroying the environment make anything great? Are you really going to believe the WH own page on what the WH has done??! Ridiculous.

Carlos Ponce

Sorry, Daniel. I don't believe in those polls. Check the demographics. Democrats are OVER POLLED. Don't be so gullible. Remember, if polls were reliable, Hillary would be president because they showed Trump had no path to the presidency.[tongue]

Carlos Ponce

"Trump has the lowest approval rating in history...HISTORY!!"
Let's look at HISTORY:
Obama low approval of 38 (09/05/14) (And that's with Democratic over-polling!)
GW Bush low approval of 25 (10/05/08, 10/12/08, 11/02/08)
Clinton low approval of 37 (06/06/93)
HW Bush low approval of 29 (08/02/92, 10/13/92)
Reagan low approval of 35 (01/31/83)
Carter low approval of 28 (06/26/79, 10/02/79)
Ford low approval of 36 (03/25/75)
Nixon low approval of 22 (01/02/74)
Johnson low approval 34 (08/12/68)
Kennedy low approval of 56 (09/10/63)
Eisenhower low approval of 47 (03/25/58)
Truman low approval of 22 (11/16/51, 02/14/52)
FDR low approval rating of 48 (08/18/39)
Trump is low but the "lowest approval rating in history...HISTORY!!" No, he's not. Truman and Nixon had the lowest approval rating in HISTORY.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_approval_rating

David Schuler

Simplistic statement intended to reassure simplistic minds.

Kelly Naschke

Couldn't have said it better myself David!

Lisa Gray

I, like most of my family, friends, co-workers, think that it is high time we have a president that is actually doing things to better the lives of Americans. For far too long, we have been at the mercy of a government who could care less if we are safe from illegals, terrorists and drug cartels. Our economy is on the rise as well. The last 8 years were an embarrassing and dangerous time for our country. How'd all those shovel ready jobs work out for everyone??

Jim Forsythe

Symbolic of the modus operandi of the President.
First the promise.
In rallies across coal country, Donald Trump made a big, crowd-pleasing promise: "He'd bring back the mining jobs. "
"We're gonna open the mines," he said to big cheers in Charleston, West Virginia, .

The reality, the jobs are no longer in demand. If one is going to fix a industry, you must first understand why the need for labor has changed.
"The industry has changed, the geography of coal itself has, too. "The dominant coal fields are no longer in the East," De Place said. "The vast majority of coal is mined in the West and is done in highly-mechanized ways."

Even after the campaign is over, he  thinks coal jobs will come back!
President Trump address to Congress.
"Dying industries will come roaring back to life," he declared on Tuesday night.

One reason why coal need will continue to be reduced !
"Trump's policies seem likely to make it easier for fracking and the natural gas industry" witch reduces the need for coal.

Help the coal miners, by retraining them for the jobs that are hiring. Coal jobs are being reduced , help the miners be able to work in new jobs.
The fastest-growing occupation in the United States — by a long shot, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — might surprise you: wind turbine technician.  In 2016, for the first time, more than 100,000 people in the United States were employed in some manner by the wind industry or in solar as .there were 260,077 solar workers in the United States
The number of people working at coal mines was 65,971 in 2016 and decreasing each year.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, with coal from the United States being sold to China, coal jobs are improving.

Jim Forsythe

The number of jobs will keep decreasing for the foreseeable future.
With production being transferred to  Western mines from East mines , the number of miners will decrease. Even if we export more coal, the number of people needed will decrease.

With a huge discrepancy in coal mine productivity between Western and Eastern mines, the Eastern mines are being phased out as the main producers. "Montana (with 942 coal miners) produces more coal than Virginia (with 5,262 coal miners). Wyoming (with 5,837 coal miners) produces more coal than West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, and Illinois combined (with a total of 58,995 coal miners). Due to this discrepancy, the coal mining industry has increasingly moved production to these Western states (especially to the Powder River Basin), and has dramatically cut its workforce in Appalachia."

Number of miners are decreasing.
"Since 1900, technological developments in the coal mining industry have dramatically increased miner productivity; while U.S. coal production is currently at a record high, mining employment is a fraction of what it was during the heyday of coal mining in the 1910's and 20's"

Utilities buy more than 90 percent of the coal consumed in the United States. As the number of power plants using coal decreases , so , will the amount of coal  needed in the USA .
"US domestic demand for coal will probably decrease from the current 44 percent of US electrical production to as low as 22 percent within the next 20 years, according to some analysts. Demand in the U.S. is dropping primarily due to new natural gas reserve discoveries and Clean Air Act regulations " 

"In the EIA’s January numbers, the Northern Appalachian Basin, Rocky Mountain region, and Powder River Basin were shown to all have had their production figures fall between 10% and 20%. Only the Illinois Basin increased production levels in 2015, up 8%.
The EIA is now predicting that the Appalachian and Western regions will see production decline by 14% and 20% respectively, and the Interior region will see production fall by 6%, while accounting for 20% of all production in 2016."

U.S. companies hope to cash in on the market and dramatically increase coal exports, especially from the Powder River Basin (PRB) of Wyoming and Montana through ports on the US west coast


In 2013, there were 80,209 people employed in coal mining in the U.S. Of those, 47,475 worked in underground mining, and 35,398 worked in surface mining

Carlos Ponce

"The number of jobs will keep decreasing for the foreseeable future."
Just speculation. We'll see.

Jim Forsythe

"The number of jobs will keep decreasing for the foreseeable future."
Just speculation."
Each year less miners are needed then the year before. One example.
Montana (with 942 coal miners) produces more   coal than Virginia (with 5,262 coal miners). How can this be true? It's true because
Montana uses above grounding mining , and Virginia is using below ground  mining. This is the reason mining is moving to Western USA.

Exports may decrease, and combined with movement for mining to the Western USA, all point to less jobs.
China’s coal consumption fell in 2016 – the third year in a row the world’s biggest polluter has cut back its use of the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel.
According to initial analysis of the Communist Party’s annual Statistical Communique on Economic and Social Development by chinadialogue, coal use fell 4.7%.

Experts said the coal was unlikely to return to its previous levels, raising hopes that a global peak in carbon emissions was possible.
Xu Zhaoyuan, head of research division at the industrial economy department of the Development Research Centre of China’s State Council, said investments in energy intensive industries such as cement and steel production had been falling while clean energy was undergoing a boom.
In 2016, China’s solar capacity grew a staggering 81.6% to 77GW, double the total installed in the US. Wind power grew 13.2% to 149GW – roughly a third of all wind energy is located in China. 

China is ploughing money into renewables and reining in its addiction to coal

Josh Butler

Awesome insight and open mindedness. It's this kind of thinking that makes America better.

Mike White

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Steve Fouga

I respectfully disagree with both Mr. Parson and Mr. Ponce. For me, the President has been a noisy disappointment, his first 100 days more of a non-event than a train wreck.

Carlos Ponce

What on the White House website do you find a disappointment or non-event? What were you expecting?

Steve Fouga

The White House website is propaganda. I trust very little I hear from the White House.
I expected most key govt posts to be filled by now, so that's a yuuuuge disappointment. I expected a coherent foreign policy, so the lack of one is a disappointment. I hoped for, but didn't expect, all key cabinet and advisory positions to be filled by competent individuals with no conflicts of interest and no ties to foreign governments, so another big disappointment. I had hoped for a statesmanlike presence in the White House, but we didn't get that either. His executive orders (the use of which I wholeheartedly approve of) have been largely insubstantial. I expected legislation that I didn't agree with, so at least the lack of it, though baffling, is a relief.

On the plus side: Haley, Mattis, Pompeo, Kelley, Gorsuch -- all qualified and competent. Ivanka may turn out to be good. Rule of law. Keystone pipeline. Syria strike (but must follow up with a solid policy). Budget proposal. I think in general he has tried to fulfill campaign promises, and that's good. Since some of those promises were in conflict, I'm sure he's now finding it hard to comprehend how hard it is to make good on them.

Carlos Ponce

"The White House website is propaganda. I trust very little I hear from the White House."
Again I ask what do you find on the website is a disappointment or non-event? Just posting it is "propaganda" is a non-answer.
"I expected most key govt posts to be filled by now", so did I and many are by competent individuals If the Democrats wouldn't drag their feet in committee maybe they would all be filled. Just because you disagree with their policy does not make them incompetent. Obama filled key positions with people who proved their incompetence (Holder, Clinton, Kerry, etc) yet the Republicans let them in.

Steve Fouga

Carlos, you act as though if something is on the website, it's good. I don't necessarily agree. Something can be an accomplishment and still be a disappointment.

Without even drilling down, I see several items I disagree strongly with -- any measures aimed at reducing international trade, any measures specifically aimed at re-organizing the federal government, any increase in the national security budget, the rolling back of anti-coal, "empowering the military to fight," anything boosting the American worker at the expense of trade...

The problem with government websites like this one is that they're not even-handed. They don't talk about what isn't happening, isn't popular, or doesn't exist: foreign policy, healthcare policy, education policy, energy policy, environmental policy. I'm not saying there isn't useful info here, but it IS a propaganda site. They're not about to tout their failures or bad ideas. It's not that kind of site.

A real laugher is the lobbying ban, then hiring people like Mnuchin, Tillerson, Ross, Price, etc. That's a good one, Mr. President!
[tongue]

Steve Fouga

Carlos, I forgot to mention that my issue with lack of appointments is mainly 2nd- and 3rd-tier folks. Deputies, Asst Secretaries, Under Secretaries... That's part of why it's hard for him to get a lot done. He doesn't have much of a workforce.

Carlos Ponce

"I forgot to mention that my issue with lack of appointments is mainly 2nd- and 3rd-tier folks." As Secretary Tillerson said today if they're doing their job, good. Why fire them if they're doing their job? Surgeon General Vivek Murthy appointed by Obama was asked to resign. He was replaced by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, one of the first nurses to serve as surgeon general. In the interim she's doing a good job.

Carlos Ponce

"Without even drilling down, I see several items I disagree strongly with -- any measures aimed at reducing international trade" No, he's working for a better deal. If the trade agreement doesn't benefit all participants, why keep it?
"any measures specifically aimed at re-organizing the federal government" Federal Government NEEDS re-organizing.BIG TIME!!!!
"any increase in the national security budget" Really? That's one thing the Constitution actually calls for. Open your eyes and look at the world. Having a "Kumbaya" movement won't protect this country.
"the rolling back of anti-coal" Over-regulation costs jobs and is unnecessary. All Trump is doing is removing the Obama over-regulations To what they were under Bush, Clinton, Reagan.
"empowering the military to fight," That's what FDR did! That's a GOOD THING.What killed American soldiers in the Middle East the last 8 years? RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. Can you figure out why more active duty military voted Trump? The promise of Rules of Engagement that make sense and don't cost American lives. Americans will still die in battle but not because of STUPID rules.
" anything boosting the American worker at the expense of trade..." Sounds like a good deal to everybody except partisan Liberals!

Steve Fouga

Well, I see that he's waffled on NAFTA. Another promise broken, but a good thing. Maybe he's smarter than I thought. Probably not, but we can hope!

Carlos Ponce

Waffled on NAFTA- It doesn't help the US so Trump said he'd do away with it. Then Mexico and Canada saw the light of day and promised to renegotiate. It's called THE ART OF THE DEAL. I suggest you watch "Pawn Stars" or "American Pickers". In negotiating so start at one extreme then work your way to an agreeable middle agreeable to all involved.
Same with NATO. The other countries were not equitable in their contributions so Trump said we should back away from it. It made the other countries re-calculate their "contributions".
Apparently THE ART OF THE DEAL is beyond the minds of some Liberals.

Carlos Ponce

Steve Fouga posted "Maybe he's smarter than I thought. " I think you're finally beginning to see his modus operandi. Keep it up Steve!

Steve Fouga

Good one, Carlos. It was a joke, a joke, I tell you. I'm happy to count you among the dozens of people I "know" whom I consider smarter than the president.
[beam]

Carlos Ponce

We can't read your mind but we can read what you post.

Doyle Beard

A noisy disappointmet is much better than the insult to America we just got rid of.

Doyle Beard

how does a 100 day rain wreck compare to an 8 year implosion?

Steve Fouga

I did just fine during the past 8 years, as did all of my family and friends. Hard to see that as an implosion, from my perspective.

Carlos Ponce

Good for you. That just shows Liberals are self centered. The proof is there with a stagnant economy. Just look at the dismal GDP numbers.

Steve Fouga

A stagnant economy is not an implosion. It's a result of an administration dealing with a deep economic crisis caused by the ineptitude of the previous one.

Yet despite that, I did okay. I'm not bitching like everyone else. How is that being self-centered? The country did fine. Hopefully we'll do better under this president. I'm not exactly counting on it, but I'm hoping.

Carlos Ponce

"dealing with a deep economic crisis caused by the ineptitude of the previous one."
Not really if you understood economics. The economic downfall of 2007-08 could have been prevented but the Democrats under Democrat Barney Frank refused to heed GW's warnings claiming the housing market was in great shape. Check the timeline of events:
http://www.realverse.com/president-bush-warned-dems-of-financial-and-housing-crisis/

Carlos Ponce

"I would have quit when we got Saddam, and then when we got Osama."
You saw what happened when Obama got us out of Iraq too soon. The rise of ISIS.

"My feeling is that unless our homeland is threatened by invasion (I'm thinking out loud here, Carlos) or our sea lanes of communication are threatened, or one of our close allies is threatened in the same way...."
What news do you you watch or listen to??????
That is PRECISELY what is going down.

Doyle Beard

Hard to see when one wears blinders.

Steve Fouga

Sounds like experience talking. [cool]

Steve Fouga

I was mainly referring to getting us into two unnecessary wars. I might have made the same mistake had I been president.

Carlos Ponce

Unnecessary wars.... When another country is vowing to annihilate this country and has taken actions against Americans, that is no reason to retaliate is what I read from your post. Clarify if this isn't so.
Iran chanting "DEATH TO AMERICA". Just kidding?
North Korea running video for their people showing San Francisco, Washington DC being blown up. Another "Just Kidding".
North Korea seizing Americans.
ISIS threatening violence and mayhem in this country. Another "Just Kidding".
War is to be avoided. That is why Trump is taking a diplomatic route. But there is a time to take threats seriously. We could have stopped Adolf Hitler before millions were killed but the pacifists kept us out of it for a while. But then there came a time to fight back.
The crew of the USS Pueblo expected strong retaliation from President Johnson when their ship was seized in 1968. They're still waiting for an appropriate response.

Steve Fouga

Yep, and then there's a time to get out. We never know when to quit. I would have quit when we got Saddam, and then when we got Osama. Wars can be fought much smarter than we do it. I think we did WWII just right. Different times.

My feeling is that unless our homeland is threatened by invasion (I'm thinking out loud here, Carlos) or our sea lanes of communication are threatened, or one of our close allies is threatened in the same way, then we should not put boots on the ground, and then only with Congressional approval. By boots on the ground, I mean other than special forces.

When we put expeditionary forces in the field, it costs too much to justify the gains. It attrits our equipment and gets our people killed and injured. Not worth it. We have the world's best air force and navy. We should use them, and leave it at that.

My opinion, thinking out loud. Humanitarian efforts are a different category.

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