President Trump’s Joint Session Speech

From FoxNews:

President Trump declared Tuesday that a “new chapter of American greatness is now beginning” as he made economic revival the centerpiece of his first address to Congress – issuing a clarion call to “restart the engine of the American economy” through tax cuts, better trade deals, immigration enforcement and a $1 trillion infrastructure program.

He also called on Congress to replace what he called the “imploding ObamaCare disaster” with legislation that lowers costs and expands access, an ambitious goal for GOP lawmakers still trying to come together on a plan.

The president outlined his agenda in an address to a joint session of Congress that lasted roughly an hour and focused largely on priorities at home, more than abroad. He offered a decidedly upbeat vision for the future of the country that stood in contrast to his at-times foreboding inauguration address.

“Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope,” Trump said, urging lawmakers to “join forces” to deliver.

Trump for the most part traded the contentious and punchy tone of the last few weeks for loftier – some might say more presidential – rhetoric. Declaring “the time for small thinking is over,” Trump appealed to the country to “believe, once more, in America.”

“A new chapter of American greatness is now beginning. A new national pride is sweeping across our nation,” he said. “And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp.”

He described his address as a “message of unity and strength.”

The generally well-received speech could mark an opportunity for Trump to reset his young presidency after a rocky start in which clashes with the media and staffing controversies at times overshadowed action on the jobs front.

 

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  • Paul Hooson

    Privately, many congressional Republicans were becoming disillusioned at the last month of an administration without an adult at the wheel. Add to this sagging approval poll numbers and a growing scandal that the Trump Campaign’s questionable ties to Russian intelligence agents could completely run some in this administration off the rails, where Trump’s handlers and advisers were looking for something to stop the political ebb. This public relations effort no doubt worked well to restore some second chance faith among many congressional Republicans, even if many facts are not correct here. The scripted speech was well read by the president, but whether he really believes such things, can deliver the goods, remains to be seen.

    With J C Penney ready to close some 130 or more stores, and Sears and K Mart ready to close 150 stores, and Macy’s 68 stores, putting thousands of workers on unemployment lines, Trump’s biggest order will be proving that he’s a different sort of Republican than George H. W. Bush or George W. Bush or the first half of the Reagan Administration with having their administrations dogged with deep and severe recessions or characterized by serious inflation and rising prices woes like the Nixon and Ford Administrations. It was as easy as shooting fish in a barrel to have Gov. Pence offer Carrier air conditioning huge tax cuts to rescue 800 jobs in his home state, but how do you prevent more than 300 of the nation’s largest department stores from closing and taking with them thousands of jobs? The carrot and the stick approach of tax breaks may have little sway here.

    When Donald Trump’s business pursuits did not work out he merely closed a business or declared bankruptcy. But, with running a country the bankruptcy option does not exist. More than glowing language in a scripted speech of how wonderful the economy might be is required to prevent 300 large department stores from closing and taking down many jobs and the economy. God help us that rather than playing a cheerleader, Trump and his administration can actually prevent looming economic disasters like this.

    • Vagabond661

      Speaking of alt reality…

      • Vagabond661

        Sounds like Paul had his own “joint” session.

      • Paul Hooson

        Why not evaluate the Donald’s long list of business failures here and decide for yourself if this is a man really wise enough to spend your own hard earned taxes wisely? Sadly, the Donald is far better at self promotion than business success promotion. http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-businesses-failures-successes-2016-10/#24-projects-the-times-concluded-didnt-work-out-1

        • yetanotherjohn

          I’ll put the number of people Trump’s employed in businesses he’s run up against the number of people Obama employed in business he’s run any day. You didn’t seem to have a problem with that, but maybe I missed that post.

          • Paul Hooson

            Obama was never a businessman, but did delegate responsibility to enough of the right people who were economists or worked for the various government bureaus that the country did experience over 70 continued months of economic growth. Mr. Trump did manage to hire many immigrants from Mexico and other nations to work for minimum wage jobs changing sheets in hotel rooms or working in a kitchen. Mr. Trump’s first choice for Secretary Of Labor was a fast food joint CEO who hires many immigrants or guest workers for minimum wage jobs. Are those minimum wage jobs as a fry cook what the average American really aspires where they need food stamps and government assistance to get by.

            The Keystone Pipeline, built by a Canadian company will only create 35 permanent job once created, not the “thousands” that Trump claimed. And, the famous “Wall” is very likely to be contracted to an Israeli security company that has built security walls and barriers over in Israel, once again providing few American jobs from this $21 billion dollar project.

            While the speech was well written by his speech writers and Trump did a fine job reading it, the devil was in the details, where Trump has not moved very much beyond being a master bullshit artist more than anything. Trump had performed on the https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2a3f9f434d3f64db0080fb0604bf1fadb83e7363bde2e2957727ae16321af9f1.jpg WWE stage before, where the wrestler actors perform skits for the camera and audience.

          • Retired military

            Paul
            Why is it I think that Trump could suck your dick and you would complain?

          • Paul Hooson

            Probably, because I enjoy it much more when women suck my dick, – But, more seriously, even in the the 1980’s when Trump was giving most of his campaign contributions to Democrats, I didn’t care for the guy very much. I’ve always viewed him as a blowhard and self promoter who more often than not underperforms his own expectations as well as mine…

          • Wild_Willie

            Paul, your drivel is quite the fantasy. If Obama had done his job, which he can’t because he had no experience and has been getting checks from the government instead of working in the secular area. He is always on the dole. Plus, he got rich from public service, the most abominable a person can get. He made the USA a laughing stock. A punchline mainly because the first thing he did in office is go around the world and apologize. What a waste.

            President Trump’s speech was right on the money. I watched many of these and this is the first time the time flew by. He is definitely the man.

            Let the libs blather on about shoes on the couch, twitting and or Russia or Comey or whatever flavor this week. The grown ups will get about fixing what the dem’s broke plus more. ww https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f9a512dad6bf6de5d2a798f28dc0c6ee66e82ffef427636acc2bdaba0934c2f3.jpg

          • Lightninbug

            “I’ve always viewed him as a blowhard and self promoter who more often
            than not underperforms his own expectations . . .”

            Sounds more like Paul Hooson than it does like President Trump.

          • I’ve yet to see any evidence that the former President ever did a days honest work in his life, especially not after entering politics.

          • Retired military

            “but did delegate responsibility to enough of the right people who were economists or worked for the various government bureaus ”
            Paul Krugman election night ‘When will the stock market recover? Never”
            Again Paul. take a look at the WAPO article I posted above.
            Also if Obama did such a great economic job why did the dems lose 1000+ seats while he was in office?

        • Vagabond661

          Did Einstein have failures? Wright brothers? Do you think perhaps rich people have failures?

          He has made more money than anyone up there in DC.

          • The only people who never fail are those who do nothing.

          • Retired military

            You have only failed when you stop trying

          • Nope.

            To stop trying is to never fail nor triumph.

            Triumph is born from overcoming and learning from failure.

          • Lightninbug

            How many at bats for Babe Ruth to get those home runs?

  • Hank_M

    Good speech, good delivery.

    Nice to no longer have a globalist in office and instead a president who plans to work for this country. Thought his remarks on reducing regulation, the rule of law, merit based immigration, border security, and supporting law enforcement were right on.

    Extremely refreshing to hear a leader actually say the words “Islamic terrorism.”
    About time.

    I was happy to see him list Obama’s accomplishments, especially highlighting the “worst financial recovery in 65 years” and the incredible debt we’ve accumulated.

    He did explain why the democrats will never work with him: “True love for our people requires us to find common ground”. Hard to work with Trump when you consider half the population deplorable clingers.

    And I especially enjoyed this rebuttal to the 8 years of Barry Obama: “The time for small thinking is over. The time for trivial fights is behind us.”

    Indeed.

    • Paul Hooson

      Here is Mr. Trump’s claim of “worst financial recovery in 65 years” according to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/09e5ce53568bb80ffe46d14fdc2f94398b5b52eebca8ad03f7e4b6c144f0ed03.jpg

      • Jwb10001

        And yet we have a 64% work force participation rate, and 95 million people out of work. Cheery pick you stats if you must but to claim we have anything like a good employment picture is delusional. Care to discuss the 20T in debt? The record number of people on food stamps. Can you show me a chart that depicts improvement in the poverty rate? Just like judging he economy on the stock market judging the recovery on job creation is less than convincing.

      • yetanotherjohn

        Paul, I’m going to assume that you got this from a liberal outlet and just don’t understand what this is not showing. Below is a graph showing the labor participation rate from 1/1/2009 to 1/1/2017. Even if you can’t read all the numbers, you can certainly see the trend in the graph.
        The US is still growing in absolute numbers. So we are adding people into the workplace. The issue is the percentage. If you are adding people to the workplace but the percent with jobs is declining, does that seem like a good thing? Its great for those who have jobs but not so great for the increasing numbers who don’t.
        The other thing to consider which neither your nor my chart shows is the quality of those jobs. Is it a less than 30 hours per week gig (to avoid obamacare)?
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7e22bd92da1d831d44b28ec3b3f90e2de36a06ceaaf6666a445d576286e2354e.png

        • Paul Hooson

          The plague of part time jobs is certainly a problem. But, many state labor bureaus do allow partial unemployment benefits for persons who work less than full time, where a less than 40 hour worker is classified as legally unemployed. – However, Trump’s businesses allowed for few high paying jobs either, where most jobs were offered to immigrants or guest workers changing sheets in hotels or working in kitchens. His labor secretary first choice was a fast food CEO who also hires minimum wage workers, many of whom are also immigrants or guest workers. This isn’t the dream jobs people really want to look forward to.

          Trump’s agenda is pretty clear: Big tax breaks for his wealthy friends and minimum wage jobs working in a hotel. I’d love to see him surprise me and actually move the needle ahead…

          • yetanotherjohn

            Neither chart talked about the “quality of the job” and I agree it is an issue. But the post was to point out that though you lauded Obama for more jobs, you were failing to understand that more jobs doesn’t necessarily mean the participation rate hadn’t fallen dramatically. Do you now understand how your first chart as a talking point for the failed economic agenda for the left helped get Trump elected?

          • Retired military

            If the min wage goes up much more I will be investing in companies that build KIOSKs like the 1000 that Wendys are purchasing.

          • Wild_Willie

            IT doesn’t matter what President Trump does. You will not ever give him props. You are blinded by your hatred and ideology. Trump supports were very tired of both parties. At least we know when the country needs to be shook up. ww

      • Retired military

        Paul
        If Obama’s economy was doing so good why did the republicans
        Keep the house
        Keep the Senate
        Win the WH

        • Paul Hooson

          Trump did a far better job of selling an economic vision than Clinton did, which did carry coattails for many Republican office seekers or incumbents.

          • yetanotherjohn

            If the left keeps thinking that their problem was messaging, Trump will win re-election in 2020.

          • Retired military

            Keep telling yourself that Paul if that is what makes you feel better.
            The people had 8 years of Obama’s economic policies and they decided they didn’t want 4 more of the same.

          • Wild_Willie

            Sure Paul. It was an ‘info’ problem. Not email fraud, Clinton Foundation fraud, AG meeting with Bill Clinton, sickness, no policies set forth, Man, do you even read? ww

      • Wild_Willie

        This doesn’t and never did show those that have left the work force and benefits exhausted. Even you should know that Paul. ww

    • Scalia

      I especially liked his line, “My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America.”

      • Retired military

        Yeah. I thought that that one was a slap in the face of Obama. Best line of the night.

      • Paul Hooson

        Ask Neville Chamberlain if ignoring the problems outside of his country, going on in Germany proved to be ultimately the correct course. Germany made allies with Japan, which later attacked the U.S. at Pearl Harbor.

        Most Americans knew nothing of the Taliban or al Qaeda in Afghanistan until we were attacked with the 9-11 attacks. It doesn’t take very long for problems elsewhere to become an American problem here.

        Every Republican president in the last 100 years would also take exception to this naive approach to ignoring world problems if it was actually true, but you know it isn’t. Trump won’t follow his own words here and will remain as engaged in world affairs as any president of the past including Obama.

        • Scalia

          What a dolt you are. You apparently didn’t listen to the speech. He never said he’d ignore the world. Listen to the speech and what he said after my quotation. Why do you have to be so stupid?

        • Retired military

          Ignoring the world and placing the US first is not the same thing.

        • Wild_Willie

          Your comment is pretty stupid Paul, even for you. I can you keep making a fool or yourself? ww

        • Jwb10001

          Wait, I thought Trump was Hitler, now he’s also Neville Chamberlain?

          • pennywit

            Joffrey Baratheon, actually.

            Or maybe Jeffrey Dahmer

            Or Geoffrey Sinclair.

            So hard to decide.

  • pennywit

    I remain skeptical of President Trump’s ability to simultaneously build infrastructure, cut taxes, increase military spending, and not increase the national debt.

    • Vagabond661

      This may be simplistic but putting more people to work is more tax revenue. Strengthen military means more industry hence more jobs so more tax revenue.

      Ship illegals is cost savings in the millions if not billions in welfare and healthcare.

      Streamline and/or eliminate duplicitous agencies and departments. Good by DEA, EPA, Etc.

      I can see it but it will take some time because of all the opposition.

      • pennywit

        I don’t share President Trump’s optimism about putting more people to work. One school of thought is that manufacturing jobs are not going overseas so much as being taken over by robots.

        • Vagabond661

          Who’s gonna build the robots?

          • pennywit

            Manufacturing plants for a number of companies that are based in Asia, actually. The category “robots” also includes software. Writing software calls for specialized skills that most people do not possess.

          • Vagabond661

            Are you pessimistic by nature? Just curious.

            I heard Trump say American Steel to be produced here again. That’s exciting! Government regulations forced many businesses to go abroad. That and cheap labor.

            Unions, the EPA and Big Government crushed Detroit. I expect a reversal of those destructive policies. So don’t be surprised if we have a second Industrial Revolution.

          • pennywit

            Are you pessimistic by nature? Just curious.

            Yes, very much so. Especially when it comes to politics.

          • pennywit

            Beyond my natural pessimism, this is why I don’t see American manufacturing roaring back. (Similar material here.) When manufacturing jobs do come back to America, they come back to more automated plants that require fewer people to manufacture the widgets. So … even if I accept, arguendo, that looser regulations and more attractive tax policies will lure manufacturing jobs back to the United States, even at the same pay rate (adjusted for inflation) as those jobs used to pay, I don’t think those manufacturers will employ nearly as many people as they used to.

            I don’t see a second Industrial Revolution in the offing. Rather, I think we’re poised for another wave of the information revolution, probably unfolding over the next decade or two. Outside of the manufacturing sector, we’re seeing more self-service kiosks in retail and food-service establishments, the advent of driverless trucks, and even disruption of the professions, including law and medicine. Neighborhood bank branches are consolidating into locations with fewer salesfolk (called “relationship bankers” in the industry) and fewer tellers. And direct-sell Web sites are starting to displace your friendly neighborhood used-car dealer.

            Forgive me for being a little pithy here, but I think that it’s foolish to pin our economic hope on old-school manufacturing. Rather, we need to figure out the Next Big Thing and enable that.

          • Vagabond661

            Even if you delegate manufacturing to second and third world countries, Workers will be needed to design and construct everything in your examples from restaurants to kiosks to driverless cars to widget plants. Besides most jobs come from small businesses anyway.

            Take away the employer mandate to provide health insurance and there will be a hiring boom as small businesses can then afford to expand.

            Throw in some refineries and increased agriculture and we got something here!

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            Do you know who is currently losing manufacturing jobs?

            China, as their economy matures the jobs are migrating to countries that have a labor force that will work for less.

          • Retired military

            Maybe folks in China want to work for more than a handful of rice a day.

          • Wild_Willie

            Retrofit. Small word. Learn it. ww

          • pennywit

            Yes, yes, yes, I know what retrofitting is. But after the retrofit (again), I think we’re looking at net fewer jobs available.

          • 21ST CENTURY EDUCATION: Code schools and boot camps that teach computer programming skills prove they can rapidly retrain American workers for the 21st century.

          • Retired military

            And maintain them.

        • Lightninbug

          Once again, have you optimism about anything?

          • pennywit

            I’m a Washington Redskins fan. That’s optimism for you.

          • Retired military

            What do the Washington Redskins and Billy Graham have in common?
            They can both make 70000 people get on their feet and say “Jesus Christ”
            What does your spouse say if you wake them up and say “Honey the redskins won the super bowl”?
            “Wake up. You are dreaming again”

          • Scalia

            I think that would apply even more to the Detroit Lions.

          • Retired military

            Actually I converted 2 dallas cowboys jokes to the Redskins.
            I was actually working near Baltimore when the colts left. People were ready to kill. Talking about “our team” blah blah. I just laughed. I don’t follow sports and never really understood people’s obsession with it.

          • Scalia

            I was obsessed with sports in my younger years, and I still don’t understand the obsession; however, I realized that it held too much sway in my life. Thankfully, I can now look at it with much greater detachment.

          • Retired military

            How do you get Dallas Cowboys to stop beating their wives?
            Have their wives wear jerseys of umm any other team.

        • Wild_Willie

          Ah! The Mark Rubin thought. Of course he is talking 20 years down the road and the need to educate the workforce. One thing Trump wants to do through the education department. IT has been held hostage by the unions so long that the children suffered. Now the union has been broken in terms of policy. ww

          • pennywit

            Never heard of a “Mark Rubin.”

    • Lightninbug

      Have you optimism about anything?

      • Retired military

        He hopes Hillary will run again in 2020

  • LiberalNightmare

    It was a tremendous speech. Beautiful, really. Its nice to have a President that wants America to succeed.

    For me, the best part was watching Nancy Pelosi trying to figure out where she was.

  • Retired military

    In other news

    Hillary Clinton is still not President.

  • Retired military

    The left has so completely gone bonkers it is funny

    http://twitchy.com/sd-3133/2017/03/01/nyt-op-ed-writer-awakens-from-8-year-nap-shames-trump-for-using-teleprompter/

    Here we have a story about a NYT OPED writer who stated in a tweet

    NYT Opinion ✔ @nytopinion
    Trump supposedly looked presidential last night, but all he did was read from a Teleprompter http://nyti.ms/2m9aW0Y pic.twitter.com/jYEZ6BVgGG

    Read from a teleprompter !!!!! Really????????

    How many times was TOTUS mentioned during Obama’s 8 years in wizbang caption contests?

    • Hank_M

      The left continues to think we’re all as stupid as they are. They conveniently “forget” that Barry Obama was a stuttering fool without his teleprompter who often sounded like a blithering idiot when he had to ad-lib.

      The NY Times, all the bias that’s fit to print.

      • Retired military

        Not to mention the infamous teleprompter when he was talking to a bunch of first graders.

      • Brian Brandt

        “All the news that fits, we print!”

  • cathymv

    I thought it was one of Trumps best speeches to date. He did what he needed to do with this speech. He was optimistic and brought forth the American can do attitude… We can achieve greatness because we are great. Very Reaganesque and Kennedyesque in a way. This showed Trump at his absolute best and it showed that he is indeed The President!

    The liberals on the other hand, knew that they were doomed and instead of acknowledging gracefully that Trump knocked it out of the park, they kept on digging that hole they are in… insulting a widow of a military man, going negative, putting the retired Kentucky congressman/senator(?) to speak for the dems… If Pilosi and Applewhite had a son, this is what he would look like,

    Why wasn’t a young up and coming democrat chosen instead of a wizened old retired liberal sitting in the midst of zombies?

    All in all, a great step forward for Trump. If he delivers on just half the promises he made in these upcoming 4 years.. it will almost guarantee a second term.

  • Paul Hooson

    First the joint session speech, now it’s time for a “Jeff Sessions” speech. Well. “recuse” me…

    • Sky__Captain

      Actually, it was more of a “OMG, Trump gave a great speech. Quick, let’s put out some FAKE NEWS to distract everyone!” moment.

      Anyone who can’t see it is beyond help.

  • yetanotherjohn

    Is this the caption contest?
    Three heads are better than the ones that preceded them.