Image for post
Image for post

Let’s Take A Look At Some Of The Good Things Trump Is Doing

Trump Recently In A Tweet Complained Media Is Ignoring All The Great Things He’s Doing And Is Instead “Trying Endlessly To Make Me Look As Bad An Evil As Possible”

Image for post
Image for post
John McCain’s desk in the Senate chamber

Update: Little did we know when we wrote this, that Trump, in early morning Tweets today, would furiously lash out even more intensely about this very same issue, in the form of a direct threat to Google & other search engines, concluding: “This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!”

We’d argue that Trump himself, not the media, is to blame for looking so bad and evil. Perfect example: the flag above the White House going from half-staff to full-staff to half-staff again, as the President wrestled with just how much to publicly disrespect the recently deceased Senator John McCain, after quite possibly overestimating how much his base would enjoy him snubbing the Arizona Senator, who’d just lost a battle with brain cancer. And the President’s animus seeming to never quite allow him to understand why McCain refused to show blind loyalty to him (as much of the rest of the Republican party has). So it’s hard to move beyond a President who talks all the time about how he’s treated “unfairly”, when nothing’s more unfair than the way Trump first brutally blindsided the Vietnam war hero, and then expected zero repercussions.

Image for post
Image for post

Setting that aside — as hard as that is to do — we did find a handful of policies and initiatives we like.

• Starting with the most recent: Trump’s announcement of an agreement-in-principle on an updated trade deal with Mexico. Yes, it’s not a done deal yet, and yes, it’s really only 1/2 a deal since Canada is missing right now, and they’re the 3rd partner. But far from the highly disruptive re-envisioning (or even utter trashing) of NAFTA Trump has repeatedly promised, it’s a lot closer to a common-sense updating of a pact that was due for some updating: the original version was signed long before the internet really even existed. (Of course Trump wants to rename it, to put his mark on it and in this case eliminate part of the Clinton legacy, but you can’t have everything…)

So far, from what we’re hearing about what’s in it, the new partial-NAFTA agreement seems pretty good:

Except for the question of what happens with Canada? Of course the easiest outcome is for Canada to sign on. And Trump’s stunt of prematurely announcing the deal, and insisting he’d go it alone with Mexico if need be, is clearly aimed at pressuring Canada to do just that. And we think they probably will, especially given the U.S. concession on timing, duration and renegotiation. On the other hand, while Canada is the U.S.’ biggest trading partner, and their easiest trade route is across their 5,525 mile long mutual border, Canada is also far better positioned than Mexico to greatly expand trade with the EU and China. Trump is counting on the fact that no one is ever going to stand up to him, because it’s too risky to lose the U.S. as a trading partner. (The EU seems to be taking the attitude that someone sane will come along as President of the U.S. at some point, so for now they’ll just grin and bear it). But at some point, someone will challenge Trump.

• Here’s another item we like coming directly from Trump: his recent proposal that public companies no longer be required to issue quarterly earnings reports, and instead do them twice yearly. We think that’s a great idea: because quarterly reports put too much pressure on management to focus on short-term returns to shareholders and often prevent corporations from embarking on longer term projects that might not be profitable for a while. We firmly believe this type of approach could lead to more innovation, and shareholders would still be serviced by the fact that most CEO salaries these days are based on stock price performance, so they wouldn’t have to worry about top executives not doing everything they can to drive their stock price up anyway.

And…what else? That’s about it. So maybe it’s less than a handful.

Written by

Peabody award winning journalist. Streaming media pioneer. Played @ CBGB back in the day. Editor-In-Chief "The Chaos Report"

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store