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100 Days

 

Exhibit One:

Can a Presidency really be judged on the first 100 days? Certainly the economy of that time cannot, for that has been set up well in advance, and the executive branch has very little to do with it. This is also true of another Television matrix, Gas Prices. Again the Executive does not control this, the economy does. Indeed the only thing a sitting President can do to influence the economy, except for feel good bully-pulpit things, is success or failure in policy, and the ramifications thereof. Other than not staffing the Government the Trump administration is in the most part carrying on the policies of the Obama administration. One assumes this will change in the next 100.

In his first 10 weeks in office, President Trump spent seven weekends at his Florida house. This has incurred costs estimated at upwards of $24 million. The travel bill of the entire Obama presidency was $97 million, or $12.1 million per year. Why so much? Well maybe it’s all the Golf, 17 games in those same 70 days. As Trump said back in August of 2016: “I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to play golf.” Or back in 2015: "I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done [...] I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.”

Cruise missiles cost around 1.4 Million each. We shot 59 into Syria at an airfield that was operational the next day. That’s about 83 million dollars. Each MOAB costs 16 million, thus so far Trump getting his “man” on has cost, in armament alone, around 99 million dollars. The museum will let you decide if it has been worth it.

Exhibit Two:

And then there is his travel ban: Abha Bhattarai writes:
The cancellations came quickly and in rapid succession. Within days of President Trump’s first executive order restricting travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, a number of European travel groups pulled their plans, amounting to a loss of 2,000 overnight stays for Hostelling International USA.

The result was a wave of withdrawals. “Getting those cancellations all at once, that was startling,” said Russ Hedge, chief executive of HIU, which oversees 52 hostels across the country. “We’ve never seen something like that.”

Demand for flights to the United States has fallen in nearly every country since January, according to Hopper, a travel-booking app that analyzes more than 10 billion daily airfare price quotes to derive its data. Searches for U.S. flights from China and Iraq have dropped 40 percent since Trump’s inauguration, while demand in Ireland and New Zealand is down about 35 percent. (One exception: Russia, where searches for flights to the United States have surged 60 percent since January.)

The result could be an estimated 4.3 million fewer people coming to the United States this year, resulting in $7.4 billion in lost revenue, according to Tourism Economics, a Philadelphia-based analytics firm. Next year, the fallout is expected to be even larger, with 6.3 million fewer tourists and $10.8 billion in losses. Miami is expected to be hit hardest, followed by San Francisco and New York, the firm said.  

Or from Walt Hickey,
Significant Digits

$729.6 billion

Contribution of arts and culture to the U.S. economy, if you’re the kind of boring stiff who needs the spice of life boiled down to an economic figure. That’s 4.2 percent of the economy, you ruthless automaton. [Arts.gov]

Exhibit 3

Kerry Eleveld: 

Let's call it the "Who knew?" learning curve of revelations for the Don.

•On Obamacare repeal: "Nobody knew health care was so complicated…"
•On China's leverage over North Korea: "After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy..."
•On the Export-Import Bank: "Actually, it’s a very good thing. And it actually makes money..."
•On NATO: "So they asked me...about NATO, and I said two things. ‘NATO's obsolete’ — not knowing much about NATO..."
•On the U.S. government: “I never realized how big it was...”
•On European Union trade deals: “Ten times Trump asked Angela Merkel if he could negotiate a trade deal with Germany. Every time she replied, 'You can’t do a trade deal with Germany, only the EU,'" the official told The Times. "On the eleventh refusal, Trump finally got the message, 'Oh, we’ll do a deal with Europe then.'"

 Exhibit Four: 

Trump at Boeing in South Carolina: “We’re going to fight for every last American Job.” It looked good standing in front of a Dreamliner, and it will be good, for some, but Boeing is laying off thousands of American workers. The Dreamliner Plant opened in 2011.

“A New Intel chip-manufacturing plant in Arizona that will result in at least ten thousand American jobs.” The plant was announced in 2011 and will employ three-thousand people, again good news, just not matching the rhetoric.

He saved jobs at Carrier to the tune of 800, more good news, but Carrier eliminated 2,100.

The trend is obvious. All good news, economic or otherwise, is His, all bad news is the fault of a “previous administration.”

At the Exit

100 days is meaningless, sort of a weird Fourth Estate talking point. And after 100 days Trump supporters are very happy with him, the rest of the U.S. not so much.



Unkwil



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