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Trump creates distractions which obscure his accomplishments

By Cal Thomas, Tribune Content Agency on

Unnecessary regulations on businesses imposed by the previous administration are being rolled back, which is helping to fuel the economic boom.

There is much more, but these accomplishments are being obscured by some of the president's own actions and rhetoric. He continues to bring up the 2016 election and remains critical of Hillary Clinton. It is unnecessary. Instead, he should be touting the tangible and verifiable successes his administration is producing.

Next year the administration plans to tackle welfare reform and finalize a plan on immigration that includes a decision on what to do about the "dreamers," children of illegal immigrants who were brought to America at a young age, and chain migration.

Another priority in the new year should be the liberation of poor and minority children from failing public schools. Trump promised to do this during his campaign. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been a champion of school choice, and she, along with the president, should begin a show-and-tell series of events that feature children who were learning nothing in their former schools and are now in private or charter public schools where they are getting a real education and feel safe.

The president is starting to get credit on the economy. He will earn more if he exercises self-discipline, controls the content of his tweets and adopts an optimistic message while toning down -- way down -- the anger and the criticism of others.

 

The Democrats are offering nothing. A Washington Post headline from earlier this week read: "Despite recent wins, Democrats remain divided about what they stand for."

It's a great opportunity for the president and the Republican Party to remind voters not only what they stand for (if they know), but what they are accomplishing.

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(Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribpub.com.)

 

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