A number of things are currently in the administration's inbox and it seems useful to review where it stands on each, and whether those stances deserve a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down.
Shane Vander Hart at Caffeinated Thoughts distills, I think, the three main good things the executive order on K-12 does:
Now, for a bad move, the toying with the idea of leaving NAFTA. I cede the floor to the great Senator from Nebraska, Ben Sasse on this one:
1. Administration policy will favor local and state control in education as the law allows.
2. Trump orders a review of all federal rules, regulations, and guidance related to K-12 education.
3. Trump orders DeVos to “rescind or revise” anything that violates statutory prohibitions.
The massive tax plan is excellent, but, as Charles Gasparino at the New York Post points out,
And it may be those "business interests" that scuttle the much-needed exit from the Paris "Climate" agreement:business interest groups [will] lobby Congress to keep their loopholes, Democrats argue that the White House and Republicans are throwing money at the rich — and more than a few Republicans demand that the whole thing not add a cent to the budget deficit, even if the evidence of the Reagan years is that lowering taxes on people and businesses can grow tax revenues and, with some budget restraint, pay for itself.
That said, it is heartening to see camps of resistance to the idea of staying in that stupid and harmful agreement:The latest word on the administration's stance came from Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who said Tuesday he would not advise Trump to abandon the deal but rather renegotiate it.That statement aligned Perry, the former governor of Texas, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who formerly headed ExxonMobil and has spoken in favor of honoring the US commitment to the Paris deal, struck in 2015 and signed by more than 190 countries.Trump's daughter Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner -- who both serve as his advisors -- are also said to be in favor of the deal.On Wednesday, 13 major international businesses ranging from energy to pharmaceuticals to retail urged Trump to adhere to the Paris accord."US business interests are best served by a stable and practical framework facilitating an effective and balanced global response," said the letter signed by BP, Walmart, Google and others."We believe the Paris Agreement provides such a framework."
But some in Trump's inner circle, including advisor Steve Bannon, want Trump to keep his campaign promise to "cancel" the deal.
Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt is also said to be pushing for a US exit, according to Andrew Light, senior fellow at the World Resources Institute, a global research organization.
"He is worried that if the US stays in Paris, that would become the basis for some kind of legal objection to his work now, to do things like dismantle the Clean Power Plan and regulations (former president Barack) Obama put in place on transportation and electricity sectors," Light told AFP.
"I don't think the US staying in Paris interferes at all with what Pruitt wants to do with regard to domestic regulations," he added.
"But if the US stays in Paris there is a very high likelihood they will also announce they intend to change the US target."Again, there's that inconsistency thing. What was the point of hiring Pruitt to do the important work of de-fanging the EPA if he is going tone undercut on the diplomatic and "business interest" front?
Then there is the highly unusual move of calling in all 100 Senators for a b briefing on the North Korea situation, calling it "very grave." That one is what it is. It's the inevitable juncture at which we're going to find ourselves after 20-plus years of idiotic policy, as enshrined in the Agreed Framework, the Six-Way Talks, and "strategic patience." But, jeez, it does kind of raise the hair on one's neck. Have you seen the photos of North Korea's live-fire drills? It's clear that at least one message Kim is sending is that, "Hey, we have plenty of this stuff. It's no biggie to use some of it for drill purposes."
So the mixed-bag record continues to establish itself. It looks silly to cheerlead for this bunch, but conversely, the shrill and idiotic response of the hard Left looks even sillier. IT's best to be guided by conservative principles and assess each development on its merits.