Trump Score Card
TRUMP'S INITIAL CHALLENGES
President Trump and his staff are faced with tremendous challenges. He now has the opportunity to take on those challenges after power was transferred over on Jan 20, 2017. The Trump administration has one advantage, however. They will have a mandate of a Republican controlled congress (house and senate) who also shared a victorious night during the Nov 8, 2016 election. America will need some heavy healing and fixing. In fact the Democrats are in the worst shape they have been since 1938.
Top Challenges Trump Inherited From The Previous Obama Administration:
1: A near $20 trillion debt. This is a mind numbing figure. The debt has grown more under President Obama than all previous US Presidents....combined.
2: Historic stagnant economy. It was the first time in the history of America that the economy did not grow by more than 3% in any year of a sitting President (Obama). In fact it has been 10 years since this last happened.
3: Obamacare. (Also known as the Affordable Care Act). It received NOT ONE Republican vote in either the Senate or the House of Representatives. That was a red flag right off the bat.Yes it is true more than 17 million Americans have health coverage via Obamacare but it came with an alarming cost. And now the cat is out of the bag. It did not work and has turned into a disaster. From skyrocketing deductibles, to doctors and insurance companies bailing out, increased insurance premiums, Americans paying special IRS taxes even job loss and what was named "Lie of The Year" in 2013, a broken promise of being able to keep your doctor.
4: Nearly 47 million Americans (record high) on food stamps.
5: The poverty level reaching a 50-year record high.
6: American suffered an Islamic terror attack every year under President Obama.
8: America seems more divided than ever before. The sense that America is more divided than it used to be is backed by hard data and based on several polls. It is seen through the streets of America with frequent riots, protests, American flag burning and attacks on police officers. Ironically President Obama ran his initial Presidential campaign on "healing a divided nation".
9: An all time high of Americans are now on disability.
11: Wages for college grads are now lower than they were 15 years ago
12: For most U.S. workers, real wages have been flat or even falling for decades.
13: America has the 3rd highest (out of 188 countries) corporate income tax rate in the world, at 38.92%
14: The VA (US Dept of Veteran's Affairs) fiasco. Sadly, far too many American heroes have died waiting too long for care and treatment.
15: Illegal immigration at an all time high record pace in 2016
16: Illegal immigrants account for nearly 37% of federal sentences in America.
17: Home ownership rate is at a five-decade low.
18: Sharp rise in heroin-related deaths. Increase of 39% including 90% of first-time heroin users being white
19: America has fallen to 23rd on Forbes list of best countries for business.
20: For the first time since World War II there are no American aircraft carriers deployed at sea anywhere else in the world. And the Army has the fewest active-duty soldiers since 1940, despite a host of worldwide threats facing the United States.
21: America's relationship with Israel is arguably the worst it has ever been.
22: A record 95,102,000 Americans not in labor force. The number grew 18% since Obama first took office in 2009.
23: US and Russia relations fall to their worst since the Cold War.
24: The wealth disparity between upper and middle income Americans has hit a record high
25: The percentage of families in which no one is employed has grown from 17.8 % in 2008 to a 19.7% in 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.
26: 80 % of the Americans are still living on what they were living on in 2008.
27: US Border Patrol morale at an all time low