Sunday, January 22, 2017

Campaign Promises, Non-Energy Stories


December 8, 2017: Trump announces that the US formally recognizes Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel; drives the NeverTrumpers nuts. The bill mandating this was passed by the US Congress in 1995 but gave presidents the permission to "waive" implementing the law if "it might cause undue harm." Clinton, Bush II, Obama all signed waivers every six months to stop implementation of the law. It seems Congress might have gotten the message and could have changed the law sometime over the past 22 years. Trump made a few phone calls; talked with his military experts; looked at the failure of the peace process for the past 50 years; and, made his decision. A profile in courage.

January 31, 2017: daily, signs executive orders, one by one, fulfilling his campaign pledges. No one has seen this before. Truly remarkable.

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President Trump may not enforce ObamaCare's individual mandate. January 21, 2017.  That would pretty much scuttle ObamaCare. There are three legs to the ObamaCare footstool: a) corporate mandate to provide health care to employees; b) individual mandate for those whose employer does not provide health insurance; and, c) taxes on medical devices. I believe Congress has pretty much of "c" -- taxes on medical devices.

President Trump will announce Monday that the US embassy in Israel will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. January 21, 2017.

How Will Mainstream Media Refer To President Donald John Trump?

Every president's go-by-name is defined by the media, and for generations it was based on the amount of space the go-by-name took up in the headlines. For example, both Lyndon Baines Johnson and John Fitzgerald Kennedy were too long for headline purposes, so both were shortened, respectively to LBJ and JFK. Nixon was simply "Nixon." No mainstream media ever used Barack's full name (Barack Hussein Obama) and he simply became "Obama" or "Barack," but generally "Obama." Bush was Bush (sometimes Bush I or Bush II). We all know who "Ike" was. Bill Clinton was frequently, and I think, most often "President Clinton"; never "Bill" unless in this context: "Bill Clinton."

It appears the mainstream media is still looking to settle on the go-by-name for President Donald John Trump. Like Nixon, his last name is so short, there will be no need to go by his initials, DJT. Nor will we likely ever see "John" used. I think it comes down to "President Trump" or "Donald Trump." With all the Trumps in the West Wing, and with so many folks having trouble putting "president" and "Trump" in the same sentence my hunch is we will go with the standard being set by The [London] Independent: "Donald Trump." Not "president" but simply how most of us know him from reality TV: "Donald Trump." The least likely is "The Donald" but one never knows.

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