Collins: A successful first year for Trump?

Published 8:13 am Thursday, January 25, 2018

Suppose someone were to tell you President Donald Trump was the most successful president in his first year of office — more than any other Commander and Chief in history?

How would you feel?

With the media coverage, we usually only see the silly tweets, the confrontations and finger pointing. Add that to the liberal views on how his policies are bad for Americans. With this setup, I can imagine most people feel we are moving backwards.

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Even USA Today stated, “The good news of Trump’s presidency hasn’t received much attention.”

In fact, many publications and news outlets find that Trump, outside of all his foolishness, is, in fact, leading America to better times. The numbers dictate as such, whether you like him or not.

A lot of negativity was thrown from the left about the new tax legislation recently passed. It arguably makes the most sweeping changes since the Reagan era. It slashes corporate taxes and the same for small businesses. Many companies paid out Christmas bonuses in record numbers.

Businesses have responded by investing in plants, equipment and factories. New jobs are being created. Since 2000, the U.S. has seen a loss of more than 2 million manufacturing jobs. In his first year, Trump legislation has brought 193,000 of those jobs back. It’s a small dent, but a good start.

The tax bill puts hard-earned money where it belongs: in our own pockets. The child tax credit was doubled, and the bill repealed the ACA Individual Mandate, which was already terrible in its own right.

People keep more money — there is nothing wrong with that.

With all of this, the American people are more confident, they are spending in the economy and going to work. The unemployment rate was just lowered to 4.1 percent — the lowest in the last 10 years. The DOW keeps setting record highs, continuing in the trend of confidence from companies and consumers.

As for keeping our nation safe, Trump removed the constraints on our military that Obama placed on it. This let us drive terrorists from their strongholds. There is a lot left to be done, but this was another promise he kept. I like feeling safer.

Much of the backlash towards Trump is coming from those who supported Obama and felt he didn’t get a fair shake. Unfortunately, we are comparing politics to personal feelings in this situation. I held no ill feelings towards Obama as a person, I just didn’t like his policies and that is what I griped about. I never attacked his character.

At the end of the day, we are looking for improvements and this comes through growth. We need to relax and watch it happen.

As James Cash Penney said, “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.”

Political enthusiast Will Collins is a lifelong resident of Kentucky and has called Winchester his home for the past 20 years. He can be reached at

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Whitney Leggett is managing editor of The Winchester Sun and Winchester Living magazine. To contact her, email or call 859-759-0049.

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